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In Maharashtra, an NCP, Cong fight spills out

According to NCP sources, one of the reasons why the party is unhappy with the alliance with the Congress in Maharashtra is Mr Chavan. State NCP leaders have complained to their high command that Mr Chavan is stonewalling any proposal that he feels could invite controversy. NCP leaders are confident that Mr Chavan will be replaced within a month.

Mumbai emerges in NCP-Cong row

The Congress party on Saturday ruled out a change of guard in Maharashtra at a time when chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar are trying to checkmate each other. Meanwhile, the confrontation between the Congress and NCP threatens to lead to a spell of political instability in the state.

Ajit son backs anti-women khap, says it wasn’t ‘diktat’

In a clear attempt to pander to caste politics, the Bhartiya Kisan Union, Rashtriya Lok Dal and All-India Jat Aarakshan Samiti have come out in open support of the Talibani-style diktat by Asra villag

128 home after Pak scare

An Air India aircraft, with 122 passengers and six crew members on board, flying from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi had to make an emergency landing at Nawabshah airport in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Monday morning after a computer display system in the cockpit showed all three hydraulic systems of the aircraft had “overheated”, but this was later found erroneous and described as a “false alarm”.

Shettar may take CM oath July 11

The suspense over replacing Karnataka chief minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda continued on Saturday, with the BJP indicating that a final decision will be taken on Sunday. Earlier in the day, there were indications that the BJP core group had buckled under pressure from former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and decided to replace Mr Gowda with Jagadish Shettar, the state rural development minister.

SC quashes assets case against Maya

Giving major relief to BSP supremo Mayawati, the Supreme Court on Friday quashed a nine-year-old disproportionate assets case against her. It also pulled up the CBI for “exceeding its jurisdiction” by filing an FIR against her without any direction from it.

AI pilots call off strike on HC directive

The 58-day strike by over 400 Air India union pilots who fly international routes ended late on Tuesday night after the Indian Pilots’ Guild decided to call off their agitation. Earlier on Tuesday, the aggrieved pilots had assured the Delhi high court they would end their two-month-long strike in the next two days after an assurance by the national carrier that it would be “sympathetic” on their grievances.

Pranab, Sangma in a straight fight

Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi with UPA candidate Pranab Mukh-erjee in New Delhi on Thursday-Pritam Bandyopadhaya

The presidential election on July 19 will see a straight contest between Mr Pranab Mukherjee and Mr P.A. Sangma, who filed their nomination papers for the highest office here on Thursday.

CM doubles unwilling farmers’ allowance

In a bid to placate them, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday doubled the monthly allowance for the unwilling farmers of Singur from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000.

Pranab set for sweep as JD-U, CPM back him

In the race for Raisina Hill, UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee has not just surged ahead, he has virtually split both the NDA and the Left.

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