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  • Faridabad cracker market fire: Vendors helpless, hundreds of onlookers, no police 22-10-2014 12:08 PM

    Just a day ahead of Diwali people banking on the sale of crackers in Faridabad are reduced to tears, worried and have just one question - what next? A morning after a huge fire gutted Faridabad's biggest cracker market at the Dussehra Ground, there were hundreds of onlookers gathered at...
  • Faridabad: A dark Diwali for vendors who sold crackers at Dussehra Ground 21-10-2014 11:36 PM

    Faridabad: Ajay Batra, a middle-aged businessman, was one of those who lost their shops and vehicles in the huge fire that gutted over 200 cracker stalls at Faridabad's Dussehra Ground on Tuesday evening. And like anyone in his situation, Batra was rightly outraged. "We paid hefty fire safety charges when...
  • Watch: Over 200 stalls gutted in fire at Dussehra Ground in Faridabad 21-10-2014 08:58 PM

    Over 200 shops were gutted in a huge fire at a cracker market in Faridabad's famous Dussehra Ground on Tuesday evening. Five people were reportedly injured and 20 cars were damaged in the fire. ...
  • Faridabad: Over 200 stalls gutted in fire at cracker market at Dussehra Ground 21-10-2014 07:32 PM

    Faridabad: Over 200 shops were gutted in a huge fire at a cracker market in Faridabad's famous Dussehra Ground on Tuesday evening. The number of injuries and deaths is still not confirmed as the police say that five people were hurt but eyewitnesses put the figure at 20. Around 20...
  • Haryana Assembly elections: BJP scripts history with absolute majority, all eyes now on CM 19-10-2014 04:24 PM

    New Delhi: In a historic shift in power in Haryana, the Bharatiya Janata Party won Assembly elections with absolute majority for the first time. The BJP, which only had four MLAs in Haryana till the morning of October 19, easily crossed the halfway mark of 45 in the 90-member Assembly...
  • Judgement day for Haryana: Anti-incumbency haunts Congress, BJP banks on Modi, INLD on sympathy 18-10-2014 08:07 PM

    New Delhi: It is the judgement day in Haryana, which has seen the Congress regime led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for 10 years. The state saw a record 76 per cent voting in the Assembly elections on October 15. The high voting percentage may well be indicating a...
  • On Haryana election campaign trail: Drama, sound, wave, storm, action

    Sanguine Symphony |  Pragati Ratti
    Living in NCR, travelling to Delhi and working in NCR, I had the chance to witness several rallies during the Lok Sabha elections 2014. When...

  • Haryana elections: BJP fights to combat Congress's 'partiality' in Ambala Cantt 14-10-2014 01:04 PM

    Ambala Cantt: Ambala Cantt, as people say, has been bearing the brunt of election a BJP MLA while the state has had a Congress government in Haryana. While people say Congress candidate Nirmal Singh has done enough for the constituency considering the support he got from the Bhupinder Singh Hooda...
  • Haryana Assembly elections: The battle for clean parties and candidates 14-10-2014 11:46 AM

    Faridabad: Congress was decimated in the 16th Lok Sabha election because of massive corruption charges against its government at the Centre and now the Bharatiya Janata Party is using the same in the Haryana Assembly elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his rallies in Haryana was often seen taking on...
  • Haryana CM must change if Congress comes to power again, says 6-time party MLA from Rewari 13-10-2014 11:26 AM

    Rewari: Haryana's Rewari constituency has been a Congress stronghold for over 20 years. Congress MLA Captain Ajay Singh Yadav has represented Rewari since 1991 and remains the frontrunner in the forthcoming Assembly elections on October 15. With such experience and following, having chief ministerial ambitions is no surprise. Speaking to...
  • Narendra Modi's rally won't help BJP in Karnal, he thinks only about Gujarat, says Congress candidate 11-10-2014 10:21 PM

    Karnal: Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned in Karnal for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Haryana Assembly polls, the Congress has called him a man who thinks only about Gujarat. Karnal Congress candidate Surender Singh Narwal questioned that if Modi really wanted to make Karnal a 'smart city',...
  • BJP relying on Narendra Modi in Haryana elections reflects poorly on state leadership 11-10-2014 09:52 PM

    Karnal: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), hopeful of a repeat of the success of Lok Sabha polls in the Haryana Assembly elections, too, is once again playing the Narendra Modi card. With the Prime Minister addressing rallies across the state, the local leadership has been sidelined. As the message of...
  • Haryana Assembly elections keep policemen on their toes 11-10-2014 09:12 AM

    Rewari: With just four days left for Haryana Assembly elections, security has been beefed up across the state especially on the highways. Several cases of money laundering and liquor distribution are reported during the election season. To check such notorious activities, the Election Commission has deputed policeman and district officials...
  • In Haryana Assembly elections, focus is on power, sewage, roads and water 10-10-2014 09:25 PM

    While Lok Sabha elections were all about economics, foreign policies and women security, these issues have taken a backseat in the Assembly elections, at least in Haryana. People are looking at candidates who promise to solve basic issues of electricity, water, cleanliness, sewage and roads. In Karnal, Ambala and Faridabad,...
  • I'm a star campaigner: Ambala Cantt BJP candidate on leaders not campaigning for him 10-10-2014 04:09 PM

    Ambala Cantt: Star campaigners are seen as adding colour to the poll campaign of political parties during election season. Even though Assembly elections are more about the presence of the local leaders, many parties have been relying on their star campaigners, especially the Bharatiya Janata Party. Like the Lok Sabha...
  • Haryana elections: INLD eyes sympathy votes if Om Prakash Chautala's bail is cancelled 10-10-2014 02:05 PM

    Rewari: Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) is eyeing sympathy voted if former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's bail is cancelled by the Delhi High Court. Chautala, convicted and serving a 10-year jail term in connection with a teachers recruitment scam, appeared before the Delhi High Court on Friday after...
  • IBNLive exclusive: BJP Karnal candidate on his party's chances in Haryana polls 10-10-2014 12:54 PM

    In an interaction with IBNLive, BJP candidate from Karnal Manohar Lal Khattar said that riding on the success in Lok Sabha elections, the party is not shying away from keeping him at the forefront even in the upcoming Haryana elections. ...
  • BJP silent on nepotism, dynasty politics as Swaraj's sister gets ticket for Haryana elections 10-10-2014 10:12 AM

    Ambala: After coming to power Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to ensure that there is no dynatsy politics or nepotism within the Bharatiya Janata Party or his ministries. However, the forth coming Assembly elections in Haryana are bringing out a different picture altogether. It has also brought to the fore...
  • Freedom must have limits too, girls should dress decently to not lure boys, says BJP's Karnal candidate 10-10-2014 08:10 AM

    Karnal: Another politician has blamed girls for rapes. Karnal BJP MLA candidate Manohar Lal Khattar has said that girls must be dressed decently and not 'lure' boys. On a question about Khap panchayats and their rulings, Khattar said that to an extent Khap rulings were justified as they 'tried to...
  • BJP, Shiv Sena became arrogant in Maharashtra, will suffer due to break-up, says BJP MP Chopra 10-10-2014 07:54 AM

    Karnal: The Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena break-up in Maharashtra will hurt both the parties, according to BJP members. BJP MP from Karnal Ashwini Kumar Chopra said, "Both parties will suffer in the polls. There can be a hung Assembly too in Maharashtra." The BJP and Shiv Sena ended their 25-year-old...
  • BJP's real test is Haryana Assembly election, says party MP from Karnal 10-10-2014 07:49 AM

    Karnal: As Haryana goes to polls on October 15, Karnal MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra visited his constituency on Thursday to campaign for his Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Manohar Lal Khattar. Backing Khattar, Chopra said that he is a strong and honest candidate. Chopra rejected the claim that Khattar is an...
  • Haryana Assembly elections 2014: The key players in Karnal 10-10-2014 07:30 AM

    Karnal: Karnal has been a constituency dominated by the Punjabi community. Congress's Sumita Singh is the current MLA, but the competition is a tough three-way fight in this year's Assembly elections. While the main battle will be fought between the Congress and the BJP, the INLD and an Independent candidate...
  • Will keep Narendra Modi at the forefront in the smallest of elections too, says BJP Karnal candidate 10-10-2014 07:25 AM

    Karnal: While Bharatiya Janata Party rode high on the Narendra Modi wave in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party is not shying away from keeping him at the forefront even in the forthcoming Haryana elections. While rivals are questioning BJP's move of relying on the Modi wave yet again,...
  • Modi Cabinet: All key portfolios for BJP, minor for allies, Jaitley the biggest gainer 27-05-2014 11:21 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended all speculation on Tuesday as he announced the portfolios for his ministers a day after he was sworn in along with his Cabinet. The number 2 in Modi's Cabinet is the man who lost the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Arun Jaitley. Jaitley is...
  • Over 400 rallies, personal appeal, hope: How a tireless Narendra Modi got it right 16-05-2014 07:20 PM

    New Delhi: It was in September last year that the Bharatiya Janata Party declared Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate despite internal differences and objections from senior party leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj. Seven months later, the Modi-led BJP has got majority on its own...
  • AAP routed in Delhi, other states, springs a surprise in Punjab 16-05-2014 12:49 PM

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party, which stunned everyone by its impressive show in the Delhi Assembly elections in December 2013, has now been completely routed from the national capital. The Narendra Modi wave has swept Delhi with the Bharatiya Janata Party leading in all seven seats. However, what's interesting...
  • Bored of college food, this National Law School student started his own food joint on campus 06-05-2014 12:42 PM

    Bangalore: What do you end up doing when you don't like the food at your college, when you're bored of it or when you find it unhygienic? Go to a food joint outside college? Meet Aruj Garg, an alumni of the National Law School, Bangalore, who took to making his...
  • AAP candidate Phoolka confident of winning Ludhiana, says people fed up of the system 29-04-2014 12:02 PM

    Ludhiana: The Aam Aadmi Party is on a high in Ludhiana with 1984 anti-Sikh riots lawyer HS Phoolka in the fray. Even as he is a new entrant in the industrial hub, he seems to have made his presence felt well. Phoolka is confident of winning the Ludhiana Lok Sabha...
  • Ludhiana a tight 3way battle, AAP, Independent candidate frontrunners 29-04-2014 11:43 AM

    Ludhiana: The industrial hub of Ludhiana is set for a tight three-way battle on April 30, when the constituency goes to polls. While there may be signs of a 'Modi wave' in many parts of the country, Ludhiana seems to be ignoring this wave. Ludhiana is a complex constituency divided...
  • The Amazing SpiderMan 2's Hindi anthem: A song composed in just one night 26-04-2014 11:57 AM

    New Delhi: The Indian anthem of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' is out and is doing the rounds on social media. Composed and performed by Indian band - SANAM, 'Main Hoon' is the promotional music video for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' for keeping the Spiderman buzz among the Indian audience alive....