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Congress will give 40% tickets to women in 2022 UP assembly polls, Priyanka Gandhi says

Terming it as their 'first promise', Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said they want women in politics to become a full-fledged partner in power.
The rebel Samajwadi Party MLA Nitin Agarwal | ANI

‘Exposes fallacy of Oppn unity’: Why BJP has ensured a deputy speaker in UP assembly after 14 yrs

With just about six months to go for assembly polls, the rebel Samajwadi Party MLA Nitin Agrawal, backed by the BJP, was Monday elected as deputy speaker of the UP assembly. 
Basavaraj Bommai

Karnataka CM Bommai’s new headache — ministers battling publicly to be Bengaluru in-charge

While two senior ministers in the Bommai cabinet have made the battle for Bengaluru quite public, a few others are quietly lobbying for the post.

Congress denies BJP’s claims of ‘vilifying’ Sardar Patel during CWC meet

BJP's Sambit Patra Monday claimed that Congress leader Tariq Hameed Karra alleged Sardar Patel of wanting to keep J&K out of India while lauding the Nehru-Gandhi family.
File image of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan | Facebook

Why 4 Madhya Pradesh bypolls are another litmus test for Shivraj Chouhan  

Bypolls are scheduled for the assembly seats of Raigaon, Jobat, Prithvipur and the Khandwa Lok Sabha seat. Voting is on 30 October.
Police personnel dressed in saffron pose outside the Kaup police station in Udupi on the festival of Ayudha Pooja last week | Photo: Twitter | @siddaramaiah

Slugfest over Karnataka cops dressed in saffron, Siddaramaiah calls it ‘UP-like jungle raj’

Congress leaders hit out at Bommai’s BJP govt, while senior police official says cops were celebrating ‘Ayudha Pooja’ and have been asked to be more careful about clothes.
A vehicle set ablaze at Lakhimpur Kheri during the 3 October violence | ANI photo

Boycott BJP or face music — Sikh farmer leaders in Uttarakhand warn community ahead of polls

Seething over Lakhimpur Kheri, Sikh farmer leaders say they will force community members to boycott BJP. But ruling party is unfazed, says will win community over before polls.
Actor Vijay is an icon in Tamil cinema | Twitter/@actorvijay

How actor Vijay scored a blockbuster poll debut without even contesting elections

Actor Vijay’s fan club contested & made inroads in Tamil Nadu's rural local body elections this month, but mainstream parties & analysts believe it is too soon to take it seriously.
BJP flags | Representational image | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

2 Bodoland elected representatives and other opposition leaders join ruling BJP in Assam

Rajib Brahma & Prabhat Basumatary, members of Council Legislative Assembly of Bodoland Territorial Region, and tea tribe leaders Gautam Dhanowar & Pradip Majhi joined BJP Sunday.
Lalu Prasad's elder son Tej Pratap Yadav (left) has a long-running rivalry with brother Tejashwi Yadav | File photo: ANI

Lalu sons’ rivalry at rock bottom as Tej Pratap backs Congress against Tejashwi’s man in bypoll

Allies RJD & Congress are facing-off in Kusheshwar Asthan & Tarapur bypolls. Tej Pratap has asked his supporters to back Congress in the first and his own party in the second.

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Why Colin Powell’s death from Covid complications argues for vaccines, not against it

Powell, who was fighting multiple myeloma, needed as many people around him as possible to be vaccinated to diminish his chances of encountering the virus.
A pile of coins representing Bitcoin cryptocurrency | Photo: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg file photo

Bitcoin pushes toward record high before futures exchange-traded fund debut

The ProShares bitcoin-linked exchange-traded fund will trade on the NYSE. The move is the latest sign of how cryptocurrency-related investments are becoming more mainstream.

Defence

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande. | Photo: Nirmal Poddar | ThePrint

China has ramped up troops deployment, infra along LAC but so have we — Eastern Army commander

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande says there has been a 'marginal increase' in patrolling activities in some areas along the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.
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