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Modi tipped for power as India set for polls NEW DELHI: India, the world's largest democracy, was expected to announce general elections on Wednesday that opinion polls forecast will oust the ruling Congress party and bring firebrand Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi to power.The vote will pit Modi, son of a tea-stall seller, against Rahul Gandhi, the Harvard and Cambridge-educated scion of India's biggest political dynasty.India's election commission was expected to announce the schedule for the parliamentary polls at a press conference Wednesday."The probable dates for the commencement of polling are between April 7 and 10," an unnamed election commission official told the Press Trust of India late Tuesday.Speculation has been rife that the polls would be announced this week with the scandal-tainted Congress-led government's second five-year mandate drawing to a close.The voting will likely be staggered over April and May to ensure voter safety in the country of 1.2 billion people, racked by a host of insurgencies from a ...

Senior US official heads to India to revive strained ties NEW DELHI: A senior US official headed to India on Tuesday, admitting that the two countries had "real challenges" to overcome as they try to move on from an ugly diplomatic dispute earlier this year. Nisha D. Biswal, the Indian-born US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, will be the most high-profile US visitor to New Delhi since the row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York in December.Devyani ...
UN calls for more refugee aid at Palestinian development meet JAKARTA: Representatives of 22 nations pledged their support for Palestinian development on Saturday, but the UN urged more action for refugees "in need of aid" in an "increasingly dire" situation.The Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) in Jakarta ended with Japan one of the world's biggest donors to the Palestinian Territories pledging $200 million, most in financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority and for infrastructure development.But the United Nations Relief ...
27 dead, 109 hurt in China rail station attack: Xinhua BEIJING: Attacks by "knife-wielding men" at a Chinese train station late Saturday left 27 people dead and 109 injured, the state news agency Xinhua reported.Police shot dead a number of the attackers at Kunming railway station in the southwestern province of Yunnan and sealed off a wide area around the site, according to the posts by local television station K6 on its official Sina Weibo account the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. Meanwhile ambulances delivered the ...
Sri Lanka family finds mass grave in garden COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan family has stumbled upon the remains of at least nine bodies buried in the garden of their home, police said Saturday, the latest mass grave to be discovered in the country's former war zone.The family made the grisly find on Friday while clearing out their garden in the town of Puthukkudiririppu in the northern district of Mullaittivu, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said."Remains of nine people had been found so far and ...
Maoist rebels kill six police in central India RAIPUR: Maoist rebels opened fire and triggered landmines in India's restive Chhattisgarh state Friday, killing six policemen in the latest in a string of deadly attacks on security forces.The insurgents attacked the policemen as they were on a combing operation near Shyamgiri jungle in Dantewada district, about 263 kilometres (164 miles) from state capital Raipur."A team of 12 policemen was trying to secure an area when the Maoists detonated landmines and started firing indiscriminately at ...
India court blocks release of more Rajiv Gandhi killers NEW DELHI: India's top court halted the freeing of four more killers of former premier Rajiv Gandhi on Thursday after a political uproar over a state government's plan to release all seven.The Supreme Court in New Delhi issued a temporary restraining order against releasing the four who are serving life in jail over Gandhi's assassination in 1991 by a Tamil female suicide bomber.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week rejected the Tamil Nadu chief minister's moves ...


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