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Breaking news. It's advantage Fadnavis as BJP puts up best ever show with 81 BMC seats. BMC polls: BJP puts up best ever show with 81 seats, Sena bags 84. UP elections 2017: Over 40% turnout till 2 PM in phase-IV. Bharti Airtel to buy Telenor India unit in response to Jio onslaught. We messed up: Full text of what Kunal Bahl wrote to Snapdeal employees.

No new Rs 1,000 notes are being printed: Shaktikanta Das. Amid 600 job cuts, Snapdeal founders take 100% salary cut. Here is what Airtel, Idea and Vodafone are offering to counter. UP polls 2017: BSP has an edge and Mayawati is likely to return to power. Six months prior to the 2017 Assembly elections, the battle for power in Uttar Pradesh was seen as a fight between the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which is presently ruling at the centre.

UP polls 2017: BSP has an edge and Mayawati is likely to return to power

The BJP's chances had dwindled slightly after its state vice president Dayashankar Singh made some inappropriate comments against Mayawati. At that point, the Samajwadi Party, the party currently in power, was widely perceived to be out of the race. All of a sudden, a series of melodramatic incidents within the SP's ruling family catapulted Akhilesh Yadav from the status of 'half CM' to full chief minister and leader of the party. Earlier, he was often taunted to be subordinate to the SP's big four: his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, uncle Shivpal Yadav, uncle Ram Gopal Yadav and senior leader Azam Khan. Business Standard. Stop endorsing 'donkeys of Gujarat': Akhilesh Yadav to Amitabh Bachchan. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday had a piece of advice for megastar Amitabh Bachchan, "don't advertise for the donkeys of Gujarat".

Stop endorsing 'donkeys of Gujarat': Akhilesh Yadav to Amitabh Bachchan

Without taking any name, he referred to the advertisement in which Bachchan, the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, is seen inviting tourists to visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary located in Little Rann of Kutch in the state. "Ek gadhe ka vigyapan aata hai. Main iss sadi ke sabse bade mahanayak se kahunga ke ab aap Gujarat ke gadhon ka prachar mat kariye (There's an ad on TV which shows donkeys. I appeal to century's biggest star, please stop endorsing the donkeys of Gujarat)," Akhilesh said, giving an interesting twist to the no-holds-barred election campaign. "What will happen if the donkeys also start getting advertised? RBI Deputy Governor opposes free licensing of payment sector. Note ban: You can withdraw Rs 50,000 from your savings accounts. Manipur elections: TMC to raise economic blockade issue in Parliament.

The Trinamool Congress on Saturday said it would raise in Parliament the issue of the ongoing economic blockade in Manipur and already urged the Election Commission to take action to lift the blockade.

Manipur elections: TMC to raise economic blockade issue in Parliament

"We would raise the issue of economic blockade in Parliament. We are against any kind of blockade or shutdown. UP elections 2017: Poll promises have not changed in 15 years; here's why. Amid defection, blockades, Congress hopes to retain power in Manipur. The recurring economic blockades by tribal groups is a major issue in Manipur where the upcoming assembly polls are witnessing a close battle between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.

Amid defection, blockades, Congress hopes to retain power in Manipur

Intriguingly, none of the parties has so far stressed on the important issue of employment generation, despite the state having over 800,000 educated unemployed youths out of its less than 2.8 million population. With the 60-seat assembly slated to hold two-phase polls on March 4 and March 8, campaigning is slowly picking up. The Congress is eyeing a consecutive fourth term in office while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — which had only one legislator in the outgoing House — is throwing a determined challenge to wrest power.

UP polls 2017: SP-Cong alliance pins hope on note ban anger to fight BJP. Campaigning comes to an end for the third phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections today evening.

UP polls 2017: SP-Cong alliance pins hope on note ban anger to fight BJP

As many as 69 seats across central UP’s Lucknow, Kanpur, Sitapur, Mainpuri, Etawah and adjoining districts will vote on Sunday. Samajwadi Party and Congress workers in the region are nervous. They fear a Hindu consolidation for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP believes the third phase will mark a revival of the party after a tepid response in the first two phases. Uber offers 21-year-old Delhi boy Rs 1.25 cr salary, job in San.

Apple to start India manufacturing in coming months with iPhone. Visiting India on an e-visa? The govt will give you a free SIM card. BJP offered Rs 36 cr to contest Manipur polls, alleges Irom; Cong moves EC. Priyanka Gandhi wants to avoid people's questions, says Smriti Irani. Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani on Wednesday attacked Priyanka Gandhi saying the Congress leader is not campaigning in Amethi as she cannot face people's questions.

Priyanka Gandhi wants to avoid people's questions, says Smriti Irani

The Union textiles minister addressed rallies and press conference here, where she did not give direct reply when asked if she would be the party's chief ministerial candidate if it comes to power. Every BJP worker wants that the party forms the next government in Uttar Pradesh, she said on the question of chief ministerial candidate. She said that despite losing the Lok Sabha poll from Amethi in 2014 to Rahul Gandhi she has been working for the people of the constituency.

But, Priyanka Gandhi has not gone to campaign in Amethi because of the "unfulfilled" promises, she said. "Priyanka wants to avoid people's questions," she said. LIVE: Sasikala reaches Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru to surrender. Isro creates history: PSLV-C37 takes off successfully with 104 satellites. Uttarakhand Elections: The odds of a new chief minister.

Amid tight security, the polling for the single-phase Uttarakhand assembly elections began on Wednesday and the one question in everyone's mind is whether this Himalayan state, which was carved out from the gigantic Uttar Pradesh in 2000, is going to have a new chief minister or the incumbent supremacy will continue.

Uttarakhand Elections: The odds of a new chief minister

The rebel party leaders, certainly, hold the key in the outcome in the hilly state where two prominent parties – the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and the Congress — are trying every bit to seek the favour of every section of voters. Both parties expelled many leaders ahead of the elections, who then walked into the rival camps. While the BJP has fielded candidates, who have served the Congress, from 13 seats, the grand old party is trying its luck with seven erstwhile-BJP MLAs. On the other hand, Prime Minister Modi, in his last rally in Pithoragarh, tried to strike an emotional chord where the majority of people are in the Army and other security forces. D-day for Uttarakhand today. Only N D Tiwari has given a five-year-long stable government in to Uttarakhad.

D-day for Uttarakhand today

After Tiwari’s exit, political instability kept haunting the hill state as chief ministers were changed repeatedly by both Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress. And last year, the instability reached its peak when the Harish Rawat government was dismissed and later reinstated. On Wednesday, the state will see its Assembly elections after a year-long political instability, making it a day of reckoning. UP poll: No love lost between political rivals on Valentine's Day. Uttarakhand votes tomorrow, 2nd phase in Uttar Pradesh. EC cracks whip, orders FIR against Hindi daily for running exit poll. Cracking the whip, the Election Commission on Monday ordered registration of cases against the management and Editor-in-Chief of Hindi daily Dainik Jagran for publishing an exit poll on the first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

EC cracks whip, orders FIR against Hindi daily for running exit poll

The EC also ordered an FIR against the management of Resource Development International (RDI) -- the company that conducted the exit poll -- for violating an EC order that bars publication/broadcast of exit polls till the voting is over in poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand. The poll panel has directed the District Election Officers of the state's districts covered under the first phase of elections on February 11 and Lucknow to immediately register cases against the managements of RDI and Dainik Jagran as well as the newspaper's Editor-in-Chief under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Section 126-A and 126-B of the Representation of People Act. UP polls 2017: More women losing deposits, fewer winning elections. Sasikala convicted in DA case: How a Poes Garden raid did her in. PM Modi's letter defending note ban gets delivered in every UP household. Modi replies to Akhilesh's taunt, says people of UP are not fools.

Taking a jibe at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's repeated assertion of 'kaam bolta hai', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday threw light on the rising crime rate in Uttar Pradesh and accused the Samajwadi Party of fooling the people.

Modi replies to Akhilesh's taunt, says people of UP are not fools

"They (Akhilesh) say 'kaam bolta hai', but several projects here are incomplete. What is speaking volumes are the instances of women harassment in the state," Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a rally here. "The people of Uttar Pradesh are not fools. They're well aware that criminals are still operating their gangs from behind bars," he added. Prime Minister Modi accused the Samajwadi Party of not fulfilling the promises made to the people of the state.

"A scam that you (Akhilesh) promised to look into from the tenure of Mayawati was not done. Prime Minister Modi also taunted the newly-formed alliance between the Samajwadi Party and Congress while stating that nothing can redeem their past misdeeds. Brand Akhilesh Yadav and the American style of campaigning. The 2014 general elections represent a watershed in the Indian electoral history in many ways. For one, it changed forever how campaigns are conducted in the country. The Lok Sabha poll campaign saw the then Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi, creating a parallel campaign machinery outside of the party to take his word to the people.

His campaign to become the Prime Minister had, in fact, kicked off even before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) named him its Prime Ministerial candidate. Citizens for Accountable Governance (led by political strategist Prashant Kishor) helped Modi run a political campaign that could have given any MNC giant a run for its money. Through his 360-degree campaign, Modi reached out to disparate voters using their own communication mediums. Lessons from this campaign have been learnt by other political parties as well – some more than the others. To burnish his development and good-governance credentials, the campaign theme of ‘Kaam bolta hai’ was created. UP: Woman who accused SP MLA of rape found dead in Sultanpur. A 22-year-old woman, who had accused Samajwadi Party MLA Arun Verma of raping her along with some other youth in 2013, was found murdered near her house in Sultanpur, police said on Monday. The body of the woman, who was missing since Saturday, was found on Sunday near a primary school in Jaisinghpur, they said.

An FIR has been registered in this regard. Police said the injury mark around her neck suggested that she was strangled to death. The body has been sent for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death. Uttarakhand elections: Rahul Gandhi, Harish Rawat perform Ganga aarti. With just two days left for the Uttarakhand assembly polls and the state Congress striving hard to woo voters in the last leg of the election campaign, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Harish Rawat took part in Ganga Aarti at Haridwar's Har Ki Pauri late night on Sunday. Rahul also held a 75-km long road show and a Nukkad Sabha in the city.

A day before, tearing into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'real' motives behind demonetisation, Rahul Gandhi branded the move as a tool to waive off loans worth crores taken by some 50 rich families, instead of an initiative against black money as the Prime Minister has projected. "He claimed that black money is in Swiss bank accounts, and that he would bring the money back from Swiss banks. UP Assembly polls 2017: Akhilesh to address rallies in Sambhal, Amroha. UP polls 2017: Maya's fortunes hinge on winning reserved seats from SP, BJP. Opposition resorting to desperate measures to come to power: Rajnath Singh. Win at all costs? PM Modi's reforms meet realpolitik in Uttar Pradesh polls. AIADMK is now with autocracy, says Presidium Chairman Madhusudanan. Modi ka Gaon: Censor board 'spikes' feature film on PM, here's.

Note ban splits BJP's trader vote bank in western UP. Rahul draws achievements from UPA-II in UP manifesto. Full text: RBI keep repo rate unchanged at 6.25% PM Narendra Modi to hold election rally in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. Rahul Gandhi to hold four election rallies in Uttar Pradesh today. UP Assembly polls: Now, astrologers predict outcome. UP polls 2017: Dialogue, drama, desperation as action begins. Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl says profits 2 years away, road ahead i. Govt raises Rs 6,700 cr from 2% stake sale in ITC. GST could throw spanner in Apple's Make in India plans: Report. Uber launches hourly cab rental service UberHIRE; cash-only option for now.

Budget proposal for new rail lines to boost SAIL's order book. UP polls 2017: Survey shows BJP leads, but 40% voters still undecided. Punjab polls: AAP attracts youth, elderly prefer old loyalties. Apple inching closer to iPhone assembly in Bengaluru. Pakistan places JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, 37 others on Exit Control List. Consolidation in PSUs flagged with oil sector taking lead. Budget 2017: Base year for calculating capital gains changed. Budget 2017: 20 things Jaitley changed in India through this budget.

Budget 2017: Highlights of Budget 2017 so far. Budget 2017 has sops for selling property but restrictions on buying. 3 reasons why the Sensex rallied 486 points on Budget 2017 day. Budget 2017-18: Railway companies to be listed on stock market. Highways allocation stepped up to Rs 64,000 crore: Arun Jaitley. Budget 2017 pushes Nifty above 8,700 for 1st time since October 25. No more gloom as Budget 2017 gives people many reasons to cheer: Know how. Jaitley makes big bang affordable housing announcements. Budget relief to middle class, 5% income tax for Rs 2.5-5 lakh earners. Budget 2017: Key takeaways for education sector. Govt to abolish Foreign Investment Promotion Board: Finance Minister.

Budget 2017: Centre raises CLSS loan tenure to 20 years. Budget 2017: Highlights of Budget 2017 so far. Budget 2017: Bonanza for farmers & agriculture, Rs 10 lakh crore allocated. Budget 2017: Budget Jaitley presents Union Budget despite Oppn protest. Budget 2017: Big mistake if budget not postponed, says Congress after MP Ahamed's death. Arun Jaitley will present Budget 2017-18 at 11 am today. Jaitley reaches Parliament; Budget on schedule. PM @narendramodi arriving in Parliament House, for the #Cabinet Meeting before presentation of #Budget2017— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 1, 2017 Saddened by E Ahamed ji's demise but Budget will be presented. Markets trade flat as investors await Budget 2017. Budget 2017 will focus on needs of poor, make India self-sufficient: BJP.

Rail Budget to focus on safety, infrastructure development. Budget 2017: Nearly 13 cr poor covered under social security sc. Budget 2017: PM Narendra Modi looks forward to 'fruitful' sessi. Staffing industry seeks resolution of tax woes in Budget. Budget 2017: Govt likely to hike agri-credit target to Rs 10 la. Budget 2017: After Health Minister's warning, health budget lik. Top 5 biggest life insurance myths. Budget 2017: Arun Jaitley may hike service tax to 16-18% Six expectations of banking sector from Budget 2017. 'Budget 2017 must focus on housing, infrastructure for pro-poor thrust' Budget 2017: Govt convenes all-party meet today, seeks Opposition's support. Budget 2017: Post cash ban shock, Modi govt seeks to soothe voters. GST to ease loan access for millions of firms: Nandan Nilekani. Vijay Kelkar says single GST rate easy to administer. Budget 2017: Here's how to make the most of market volatility.

Weekly roundup: Best week in 8-month; Sensex surges a whopping. Measures expected from India's annual budget that could impact markets.