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Opposition parties to meet only after results are declared

Opposition leaders seem to be now planning to meet in New Delhi after May 23, the day the results of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls would be declared, rather than before as suggested by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party leader N. Chandrababu Naidu.

IPL 2019 final | Mumbai Indians sneak home by one run in thriller to clinch fourth IPL title

Big men show up in a Cup final. Amidst the pressures and the demands of the summit clash, they display character. Some thundering drives from the hefty Kieron Pollard (41 off 25 balls) piloted Mumbai Indians to 149 for eight here on Sunday night. Lasith Malinga, who had gone for 42 runs in his first three overs, was entrusted with the task of bowling the final over with Chennai Super Kings needing nine runs.

Saudi educated trainer of Easter bombing kingpin held in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, throwing a spotlight on the rising influence of Salafi-Wahabi Islam on the island’s Muslims.

Fragmentation of OBCs may be helping BJP in Uttar Pradesh

The fragmentation of backward caste politics in Uttar Pradesh could be helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in this election, even as the the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are increasingly being reduced to represent only the Yadavs and the Jatavs, respectively. Communities that have some exposure to organisational politics and have leaders who could develop a theoretical basis for their individual identity have formed their own parties, while the residual groups have migrated to the BJP.

Odisha set to introspect post-disaster communication

Puri remained cut-off for 48 hours after cyclone Fani made landfall in the district on May 3 and the State control room was not able to establish regular communication with the district headquarters, resulting in utter confusion in relief and rescue operations.

Myanmar pilot safely lands plane on its nose

Myanmar pilot saved the day after his aircraft’s landing gear failed, forcing the jet into an emergency landing with no front wheels on Sunday morning, an official said. The nail-biting touchdown — in which nobody was injured — was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in less than a week within the country.

Cyclone Fani: Toll now 64; CM eyes special category status

The death toll due to cyclone Fani rose to 64 with 21 fresh deaths confirmed on Sunday, nine days after the ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm devastated coastal Odisha.

BJP targets Mamata, Gehlot

The BJP launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over violence in their States.

Assam produces an orchid link to the Orient

An Assam forest officer’s chance discovery has given India one of its smallest orchids in terms of size and duration of bloom to be recorded botanically.

Opinion: The War on Terror is in peril

The world needs to be united on the issue of terrorism and resolve contradictions in the fight, writes Suhasini Haidar.



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