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Polls open in India's marathon general election DIBRUGARH: Polls opened on Monday in six northeastern constituencies on the first day of voting in India's six-week general election, the world's biggest exercise in democracy.The elections are expected to sweep the opposition Hindu nationalists to power and bring an end to the centre-left Congress party's decade-long rule.The election ends on May 12 and the results should be announced four days later.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

India's Hindu nationalists tipped to win as poll looms NEW DELHI: Indian politicians hit the campaign trail for a final day Saturday before the start of a marathon nine-phase election, expected to vault the right-wing Hindu nationalist opposition to power. Newspapers carried full front-page ads with a photograph of Narendra Modi, the fiery prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) carrying the party's slogan: "Time for a Change, Time for Modi."Politicians had their last chance to woo voters Saturday with the next ...
AP says photographer killed, reporter wounded in Afghanistan KABUL: The Associated Press said that one of its photographers was killed and a reporter wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan."Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly... Kathy Gannon, the reporter, was wounded twice and is receiving medical attention," the news agency said in a report from Kabul.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
India's opposition lacks manifesto four days from polling NEW DELHI: India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), frontrunner to form the next government, faced criticism Thursday for failing to release its manifesto just days before polls open.Reports earlier this week claimed the Hindu nationalists' programme would be unveiled on Thursday, but a party source told AFP it was now highly unlikely to be before Saturday -- two days before the first voters cast their ballots.Some political observers have attributed the delay to internal differences ...
16 killed in China storms BEIJING: At least 16 people were killed in rain and hailstorms that triggered flooding and landslides in southern China, officials said Monday.The severe weather, which began last Friday, has affected seven provinces and municipalities, China's ministry of civil affairs said in a statement, leaving 16 people dead and two missing.The storms are the first round of heavy rainfall this spring, the ministry said.In Guangdong province, one of the hardest-hit areas, flights at major airports ground ...
Sri Lanka ruling party set for local election win COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's ruling party was headed for victory in local elections but with smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, early results showed Sunday.The president campaigned for polls held Saturday for southern and western provincial councils, both in the ethnic majority Sinhalese heartland, which account for more than a third of the total electorate.Rajapakse's Freedom Alliance party won comfortably in his home constituency of Hambantota, with 57.42 percent ...
Chinese MH370 relatives renew pressure on Malaysia envoy BEIJING: Frustrated relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 demanded answers from the Malaysian ambassador for a second consecutive day Wednesday, with some openly insulting him at a Beijing hotel."All the things that were promised, we have received nothing. Was the ambassador talking out of the other end of his body -- was he talking out of his arse?" one relative said.His comments drew applause from other family members, querying why some of the ...

 



 
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