- SP, BSP caused immense damage to UP: Rahul (Lead)(23:50)
Badaun, April 18 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), saying they are scared of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and they caused immense damage to the state during their rule.
- Avoid predatory pricing, government tells airlines(23:22)
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A day after Jet Airways temporarily suspended operations, the government has strictly advised domestic airlines not to indulge in predatory pricing and keep air fares affordable, a senior official said here on Thursday.
- Missing woman's case in Delhi: Probe officer blames 'stars' (Lead)(23:16)
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Astrology has come in the way of preventing closure on a missing person's case in the capital. In a bizarre turn of events, a probe into the disappearance of Air India official Sulakshana Narula, missing since September 2018, cannot be completed because of what is called 'Maha Dosh' in astrological terms.
- Opposition approaches Bengal CEO for central force use(23:04)
Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) Delegations of Left parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party approached the Election Commission on Thursday detailing various irregularities and incidents of vioence in the second phase of Lok Sabha election in West Bengal and demanded more number of central forces for the subsequent rounds.
- Four possible toehold spots for BJP in Kerala (IANS Special) (Lead)(23:00)
By Gautam Datt
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The BJP secured 10 per cent or more votes on nine Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in 2014 but barring Thiruvananthapuram, it came nowhere near even the victory mark. However, in 2019, riding on the Sabarimala sentiment, the party sees a realistic chance for itself on at least four seats -- Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta and Kasargod.
- Unknown person impersonating me: Goa Minister(23:00)
Panaji, April 18 (IANS) Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Thursday demanded a probe, claiming an unknown person has been calling up businessmen in Panaji and demanding money from them by misusing his name.
- Congress' Wayanad message is appeasement: PM(22:58)
Thiruvananthapuram, April 18 (IANS) Slamming Congress President Rahul Gandhi for contesting from Wayanad in Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out that the only message that's being sent out is appeasement politics.
- 66% voting in 2nd phase amid stray violence, EVM snags (Intro Night Lead)(22:56)
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A turnout of 66 per cent was recorded in 95 Lok Sabha constituencies across 12 states and a Union Territory on Thursday in the second phase of polling which was marred by stray incidents of violence in West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir and EVM glitches in seven states.
- 90-year-old Bengal woman casts her vote, thanks EC(22:44)
Raiganj (West Bengal), April 18 (IANS) A 90-year old woman, who had failed to exercise her franchise in the previous municipal polls and urged Special Police Observer for West Bengal, Vivek Dube to arrange adequate security for making elections free and fair, finally managed to cast her vote on Thursday.
- Opposition accuses Trinamool of proxy voting(22:36)
Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) West Bengal's opposition parties on Thursday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of resorting to proxy voting in a number of booths of the high-profile Raiganj constituency.
- Congress supports competitive banking sector: Rahul(22:32)
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said his party affirms its belief in the competitive banking sector and promised that it will merge all the public sector banks and create six-eight big banks, if his party is voted to power.
- 66% turn out in second phase of polls: EC (Lead)(22:18)
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The second phase of Lok Sabha elections across 95 constituencies saw a voter turn out of 66 per cent with the Hindi heartland states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar witnessing a higher voting percentages as compared to the corresponding figures in 2014.
- Crop damage: Amarinder calls disaster management panel meet(21:56)
Chandigarh, April 18 (IANS) Following damage to crops resulting from unseasonal rain and winds, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday called for an urgent meeting of the Disaster Management Committee to assess the extent of the losses.
- Chhattisgarh records 71 pc turnout(21:52)
Raipur, April 18 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's three parliamentary constituencies - Mahasamund, Rajnandgaon and Kanker -- recorded nearly 71 per cent polling on Thursday in the second phase and election officials said the figure could rise once the final voting data is compiled.
- IJA condemns 'dastardly attack' on journalist in Bengal(21:48)
Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) The Indian Journalists' Association (IJA) on Thursday condemned the "dastardly attack" on ABP Ananda journalist Partha Pratim Ghosh near Raiganj in West Bengal's North Dinjapur district when he was covering the second phase of the 2019 polls.