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Lok Sabha election schedule in states

Lok-Sabha-ElectionNew Delhi, March 5 : The following is the Lok Sabha election schedule in all states and union territories (seats in parenthesis):

April 7: Assam (5), Tripura (1)

April 9: Arunachal Pradesh (2), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1)

April 10: Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (1), Haryana (10), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (5), Kerala (20), Madhya Pradesh (9), Maharashtra (10), Odisha (10), Uttar Pradesh (10), Andaman and Nicobar (1), Chandigarh (1), Lakshadweep (1), Delhi (7)

April 12: Sikkim (1), Tripura (1), Assam (3)


Confident about winning by a clear majority: BJP

rajnath-singhNew Delhi, Mar 5 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the party welcomed the decision of the Election Commission (EC) on upcoming polls and that by looking at the response to the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rallies, the BJP was confident about winning by a clear majority.

"The Election Commission has made their decision on the poll dates, and I am sure the upcoming elections would be unbiased," said Singh.


Plea in Delhi HC to block 'Gulaab Gang' release

Plea in Delhi HC to block 'Gulaab Gang' releaseNew Delhi, March 5 - Activist Sampat Pal Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court for blocking the release of forthcoming Hindi movie "Gulaab Gang", which is reportedly based on her life.

Sampat Pal formed Gulabi Gang, a group of pink sari clad women vigilantes from Uttar Pradesh.

The film, starring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla as leads, is set for release March 7.

Sampat Pal moved the high court seeking a restraining order on the release of "Gulaab Gang", saying the filmmakers did not take her permission before making the movie.


Lok Sabha poll schedule to be announced today

V S SampathNew Delhi, Mar 5 - The schedule for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will be announced by the Election Commission today.

With the announcement of poll dates, the Model Code of Conduct for governments and political parties will come into force with immediate effect.

The schedule is likely to be announced at a press conference by Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath along with two Election Commissioners H S Brahma and S N A Zaidi at Vigyan Bhawan here 10:30 am.

The Election Commission has already indicated last month that the general elections would be held in five phases from mid-April. (ANI)


Kohli trending more than Dhoni

Virat-Kohl-dhoniNew Delhi, March 4 : A series of losses overseas for Team India saw skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's popularity taking a hit on internet and Virat Kohli's fan following rising.

A study by search engine Google showed that Dhoni's last minute withdrawal from the Asia Cup and Kohli's century as a captain has impacted the ranking of these two cricketers on Google Search Trends.

While Kohli ended 2013 with more endorsements than Dhoni, a search trend analysis over the past 30 days revealed how online search on Kohli is on the rise leaving the popular Dhoni at second spot.


Essar Telecom plans to sell Kenya business

Essar-TelecomNew Delhi, March 4 : Essar Telecom is planning to sell its Kenya business to Indian telecom service provider Airtel and Kenya's operator Safaricom.

"Airtel Networks Kenya Limited has sought approval from the Communications Authority of Kenya to acquire the telecommunications licences and subscribers of Essar Telecom Kenya Limited, which operates under the brand name 'yuMobile'," Airtel said in a statement Tuesday.


ONGC expects peak gas output of 25-30 mscmd from KG basin

ONGCNew Delhi, March 4 : State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) expects a peak gas output of 25-30 million standard cubic metres per day (mscmd) from its KG basin block on the country's east coast, exploration director N. K. Verma said here Tuesday.

Verma told mediapersons that gas production from the deep water block, which holds over 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, will begin in 2017.

In July 2013, ONGC signed an agreement with Reliance Industries (RIL) to explore possibility of hiring RIL's infrastructure facilities on the east coast to economise on costs, as well as expedite field development.


Reliance Jio, Bharti Infratel to share tower infra

Bharti-Infratel-Reliance-JioNew Delhi, March 4 : Reliance Jio Infocomm would utilize the telecom tower infrastructure of Bharti Infratel to launch its services across the country, the company said here Tuesday after the two firms signed an agreement in this regard.


Sandeep Singh among Hockey World Cup probables

Sandeep-SinghNew Delhi, March 4 : Following his impressive performance in the second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh finds himself among India's 33 probables for the World Cup to be held in The Hague from May 31 to June 15.

The drag-flicker was dropped from the national squad before the Asia Cup in mid-2013. Sandeep, playing for the Jaypee Punjab Warriors, was the top-scorer of HIL 2 with 11 goals.


Tata Housing to invest Rs.1,200 crore

Tata-HousingNew Delhi, March 3 : Tata Housing Development Company, a unit of Tata Group, Monday said it will invest Rs. 1,200 crore in 12 projects in eight major cities in India by 2018.

Addressing a media conference here, managing director and chief executive officer of Tata Housing Brotin Banerjee said the company targets a market share of 25 percent by 2018 in senior living segment.

Tata Housing unveiled its expansion plans for the senior living brand “Riva Residences”.


LG showcases curved TV, latest products at Tech Show

LG-curved-OLED-televisionNew Delhi, March 3 : Consumer durables giant LG Electronics is showcasing over 230 “revolutionary products” including the world's largest curved OLED television at the second edition of its technology show here.

Smart-technology and energy efficiency is the core theme of the event called "LG Tech Show 2014".


Power Grid to invest Rs.575 crore in two projects

Power-GridNew Delhi, March 3 : State-run transmission company Power Grid Corp Monday announced investments of over Rs. 575 crore in two projects, one each in the eastern and the western regions of the country.

"Board of directors of the company has approved the investment approval for Eastern Region Strengthening Scheme at an estimated cost of Rs. 196.58 crore, with a commissioning schedule of 24 months from the date of investment approval," the company said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.


Defamation case against Modi dismissed

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, March 3 : A court here Monday dismissed a defamation complaint against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and others filed by former Gujarat Police chief R. B. Sreekumar.

Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain dismissed the complaint after observing that neither the complainant nor his counsel appeared for the hearing despite repeated calls since morning.

The court noted that Sreekumar did not appear in the court in the previous hearing too.

"Complainant is not interested, not willing to pursue his matter... as such the present complaint is dismissed," said the judge.


Manmohan Singh leaves for Myanmar to attend 3rd BIMSTEC summit

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Mar 3 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday left for Myanmar to attend the third Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Nay Pyi-Taw.

In a statement before his departure for the Myanmarese capital, Nay Pyi-Taw, Dr. Singh said: " I am proceeding today on a two-day tour of Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to take part in the third Summit of the BIMSTEC."


Veer campaign close to target, collects Rs.50 lakh

Veer-campaignNew Delhi, March 2 : Veer campaign, an initiative to raise funds to create employment for 1,000 people with disabilities, seems to be quite close to its target - the two-month drive has already collected Rs. 50 lakh.

The campaign, a joint initiative by Thumps Up, Salman Khan's Being Human, the American India Foundation, and CNN-IBN, launched Jan 24 with a target to raise at least Rs. 75 lakhs.

CNN-IBN and IBN7 have showcased inspiring stories of people with disabilities, who despite various obstacles have managed to achieve success and earn people's respect.


Now, Sonam Kapoor sparkles on bridal magazine's cover

Sonam-KapoorNew Delhi, March 2 : Actress Sonam Kapoor, who has been on cover of various high-end magazines, has now graced the cover of debut edition of bridal magazine - Harper's BAZAAR Bride.

With fonts in bridal colours like yellow and red, her golden ensemble looks perfect for the cover of the magazine, which is targeting bride, groom and all high-life enthusiasts.

It will hit the newsstands this month.


Don't sign ordinances, CPI-M tells president

pranab-mukherjeeNew Delhi, March 2 : The CPI-M Sunday urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to approve a clutch of bills which it said the cabinet might turn into ordinances for politically vested reasons.

"The union cabinet is considering a clutch of bills which were not taken up in parliament during the recently concluded session," CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said in a letter to Mukherjee.

He said the cabinet may also propose some amendments in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, which the president has already approved to form a state called Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh.


Shrinking spin talent worries Harbhajan

Harbhajan-SinghNew Delhi, March 1 : India's most successful off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is worried about the dwindling spin talent in the country.

Harbhajan, who is busy playing domestic cricket for Punjab after being sidelined from the national team, says he has not spotted a quality spin bowler lately.


Nishi Vasudeva is first woman head of HPCL

Nishi-VasudevaNew Delhi, March 1 : Nishi Vasudeva created history Saturday, becoming the first woman to head a Navaratna public sector undertaking - the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL).

She succeeds Subir Roy Choudhury as the chairman and managing director, who demitted office Friday on attaining superannuation.

The state-run oil marketing company has "Navaratna" status, that allows its board to make investments of up to Rs. 1,000 crore without seeking government permission.


Mahindra's February sales down 12 percent

MahindraNew Delhi, March 1 : Automobile manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra Saturday reported a decline of 12 percent in its overall sales, including exports, in February, which stood at 42,166 units from at 47,824 units in the corresponding month of last year.

Domestic sales stood at 39,338 units during last month, as against 44,399 units during February 2013, a decline of 11 percent.

The company's exports during the month under review fell by 17 percent at 2,828 units from 3,425 units being shipped-off in the corresponding period 2013.


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