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New Governors of Odisha, Mizoram appointed

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday appointed BJP leaders Ganeshi Lal and Kummanam Rajasekharan, both long associated with the RSS, as Governors of Odisha and Mizoram respectively, as per an official statement. Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik was having additional charge of Odisha since March 21 after Governor S.C. Jamir completed his tenure. Rajasekharan ...

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Kumaraswamy wins trust vote amid BJP walkout in Karnataka Assembly

Bengaluru, May 25 (IANS) Putting an end to weeks of political turmoil in Karnataka, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday won the confidence motion with a voice vote in the new Assembly, after opposition BJP members walked out ahead of the floor test. The confidence motion has been put to vote and won by a voice vote in favour of Kumaraswamy, declared newly-elected Assembly Speaker K...

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Pakistan political parties fail to name caretaker PM

Islamabad, May 25 (IANS) Following the failure of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the opposition to reach a consensus on the name of a caretaker Prime Minister, the issue will now be sent to a parliamentary committee for deliberations, it emerged on Friday. Following the cancellation of a meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the opposition leader in the Nat...

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SP-BSP alliance will be challenge for BJP: Amit Shah

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah on Friday admitted that an alliance between the BSP and SP in Uttar Pradesh will be a challenge for the BJP in 2019 but asserted that the BJP will defeat the Congress either in Amethi or Rae Bareli. If the BSP and SP contest in alliance, it would be a challenge to us. But we are sure that we will win either one seat: Amethi or Rae Bareli, ...

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Kumaraswamy government wins trust vote after BJP walkout in Assembly

Bengaluru, May 25 (IANS) The Karnataka government led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday won the confidence motion with a voice vote in the new Assembly after opposition BJP members walked out ahead of the floor test. The confidence motion has been put to vote and won by a voice vote in favour of Kumaraswamy, declared newly elected Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar. Th...

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Facebook, Twitter introduce new guidelines for political ads

San Francisco, May 25 (IANS) In a fresh attempt to prevent foreign interference in elections globally, Facebook and Twitter have announced new guidelines for political advertisements on their platforms, beginning with the US. Facebook has begun labelling all political and issue ads, including a Paid for by disclosure from the advertiser at the top of the advertisement. Advertiser...

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Karnataka shadow on Modi's 4th anniversary

If Narendra Modi expected Karnataka to be the icing on the cake on the eve of the completion of his four years in office, he must be disappointed. Yet, the setback in the southern state is only one of the several reverses which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered in the recent past. These include a series of by-election defeats in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and UP, which ...

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Facebook to now label political ads

San Francisco, May 25 (IANS) In a fresh bid to prevent foreign interference into elections, Facebook has begun labelling all political and issue ads in the US -- including a Paid for by disclosure from the advertiser at the top of the advertisement. Advertisers wanting to run ads with political content in the US will also need to verify their identity and location, the social media giant...

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Karnataka CM braces for trust vote on Friday, says confident of win

Bengaluru, May 24 (IANS) An upbeat Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday expressed confidence about winning the trust vote on Friday and proving that his JD-S-Congress coalition government has the majority in the new Assembly. I am confident of winning the trust vote on the Assembly floor as we have the numbers in our favour, Kumaraswamy told reporters here, a day after h...

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Andhra CM foresees drastic changes after 2019 polls

Hyderabad, May 24 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said that the country's political scene will witness drastic changes after the 2019 general elections. A day after sharing dais with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and leaders of other non-BJP parties at the swearing-in of Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru, the Telugu Desam Party...

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BJP, Shiv Sena bag two seats each in Maharashtra LC polls

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) Ruling allies Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena have bagged two seats each in the biennial elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the Local Authority category, an official said on Thursday. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) secured a Vidhan Parishad seat whereas the Congress lost both seats it contested. The results of the electio...

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Minorities secure, their rights safe in India: Centre

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The central government on Thursday said that the rights of minorities are more safe and secure in India compared with the rest of the world, and that secularism, social and communal harmony and tolerance are in the country's DNA. The remarks came days after a letter from the Archbishop of Delhi talked about the turbulent political atmosphere in the country.

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New Twitter tool to mark real candidates in US midterm poll

San Francisco, May 24 (IANS) In line with its efforts to help users identify original sources and authentic information on Twitter, the microblogging site plans to add new labels to the campaign accounts of political candidates, starting with those running in the 2018 US midterm general election. The legitimate accounts of the candidates will be clearly identifiable with a small icon of ...

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Won't support BJP if mining crisis not resolved: Goa party

Panaji, May 24 (IANS) Goa Forward, an alliance partner in the BJP-led coalition government, on Thursday warned of rethinking its decision to support the state government if it does not resolve the mining imbroglio at the earliest. If the BJP does not resume mining in Goa at the earliest, they will have trouble in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I request them to resolve this crisis at the ...

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Key candidate withdraws in Kairana, opposition upbeat

Lucknow, May 24 (IANS) In a major boost to opposition unity, the Lok Dal candidate who was contesting against his sister-in-law and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) nominee Tabassum Hasan in the Kairana Lok Sabha by-election in Uttar Pradesh withdrew from the contest on Thursday. Lok Dal's Kanwar Hasan also announced his support for the RLD nominee who is being backed by the Samajwadi Party, Bahu...

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Many leaders in queue to join BJP: Fadnavis

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday claimed that many leaders from various parties in Maharashtra are ready to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) soon. Several leaders are enthusiastically queuing up to join the BJP. Just wait and watch, Fadnavis said, while welcoming former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Niranjan Davkhare to the party fold....

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13 transgenders will contest 2018 Pakistan general elections

Islamabad, May 24 (IANS) At least 13 transgenders will contest the Pakistan general elections this year. Two of them will contest for the National Assembly and the rest for the provincial assemblies. This was officially announced on Wednesday at a national consultation organised by All Pakistan Transgender Election Network (APTEN) in collaboration with the Election Commission of Pakistan...

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Facebook unveils three-pronged strategy to fight fake news

San Francisco, May 24 (IANS) To stop false news from spreading on its platform, Facebook has said it put in place a three-pronged strategy that constitutes removing accounts and content that violate its policies, reducing distribution of inauthentic content and informing people by giving them more context on the posts they see. Another part of its strategy in some countries is partnering...

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US expels two Venezuelan diplomats in retaliatory move

Washington, May 24 (IANS) The US has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, ordering them to leave the country within 48 hours, in a retaliatory move against Caracas's decision to remove two American diplomats, the media reported. The Venezuelan Charge d'Affaires in Washington D.C., Carlos Ron Ramirez, and the deputy consul general of the Venezuelan consulate in Houston were declared persona...

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Over 70% of Italians back anti-establishment parties: EU survey

Brussels, May 23 (IANS/AKI) A total 71 percent of Italians think populist parties can bring about much-needed change and 65 percent believe they are more able than traditional parties to solve their country's problems, the latest Eurobarometer survey found on Wednesday. A majority of Italians (55 percent) do not view grassroots, eurosceptic parties like the Five-Star Movement and the far...

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