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Saturday, May 3, 2014, Chandigarh, India

updated at 5:45 pm

Assam violence: Nine more bodies recovered in Baksa district
GUWAHATI: Nine more bodies were recovered from a village in Baksa district on Saturday morning, taking the toll to 32 in the violence unleashed by NDFB-Songbijit militants in Bodoland Territorial Administration Districts area in Assam.

Over 2,100 dead in Afghanistan landslide
KABUL: More than 2,100 are confirmed to have been killed after a landslide crashed into a remote mountain village in northeast Afghanistan, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on Saturday.

Doordarshan struggling to maintain freedom: Modi
NEW DELHI: BJP�s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed concern that public broadcaster Doordarshan was struggling to maintain its professional freedom.

Beni again makes controversial remark, calls Modi a 'monster'
GONDA: Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma, who has been censured by the Election Commission for his insulting remarks against Narendra Modi, has stoked a fresh controversy by comparing the BJP prime ministerial candidate to a "monster".

Rahul questions source of funds for BJP�s campaign
AMETHI: Attacking BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over election expenditure, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that corporates were pumping money into the saffron party�s campaign.

EC to consider Army Chief appointment issue 

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Saturday said it will consider the issue of the appointment of the next Army Chief at a meeting of its top brass next week.

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EC clearance sought for naming new Army Chief
* Decision after approval
* BJP opposes appointment by UPA
New Delhi, May 2
Amid strong opposition by the BJP to the appointment of the next Army Chief, the government today said the matter had been referred to the Election Commission and any decision will be taken only after getting its nod. �The matter is before the Election Commission. We want to strictly follow all the procedures before taking any final decision on the issue,� said Defence Minister AK Antony when asked about the status of appointing the next Army Chief.

Haryana highway liquor loss Rs 1,340 cr
Chandigarh, May 2
With the closure of nearly 1,400 liquor vends along the national and state highways on the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court across Haryana, the fund-starved Haryana Government will be facing a excise revenue loss of about Rs 1,340 crore.







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Bodo militants kill 23 in Assam; Army out; curfew in 4 districts
Guwahati, May 2
At least 23 persons, including children and women, were killed and 14 seriously injured by heavily armed militants of the NDFB(S) � National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) � in communally sensitive districts of Kokrajhar and Baksa of Assam in the past 24 hours.
Security personnel at Narsingbari where some people were killed by militants in Baksa district of Assam on Friday
Security personnel at Narsingbari where some people were killed by militants in Baksa district of Assam on Friday. PTI

Gujarat snoopgate panel before May 16: Shinde
Shimla/New Delhi, May 2
A judicial commission to probe snoopgate, allegedly involving Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be in place before the Lok Sabha poll process comes to an end on May 16, the Union Government said today, rejecting questions raised by the BJP over it. The assertion by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Law Minister Kapil Sibal evoked a sharp reaction from BJP that said it only reflects the "arrogance" of the UPA that would soon be �voted out of power�.


PUNJAB: Tardy lifting leads to wheat glut

HARYANA: Two more political parties are born in state

J&KJammu residents stay indoors as mercury touches 41�C

HIMACHAL: Parties rope in stars to attract voters

CHANDIGARH: 30-yr-old records destroyed in office fire

LUDHIANA: Five shops gutted in fire

DELHI: Chaos at school : Students told to leave entrance exam midway

OPINIONS: Terror in every bomb

NATION: NSG at Chennai blast scene, looks for clues

BUSINESS: India increases pressure on Switzerland to share bank info

SPORTS: KP revels in Metro ride, selfies
WORLD: Rebels down 2 Ukrainian copters


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NSG at Chennai blast scene, looks for clues
New Delhi, May 2
Bomb experts of the National Security Guard (NSG) are trying to ascertain if the composition of the two bombs that went off inside a train at the Chennai Central railway station on Thursday were similar to those that exploded at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi�s rally in Patna in October last year.
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350 dead as landslide hits Afghan village
Mazar-i-Sharif, May 2 
A landslide in northern Afghanistan killed at least 350 persons today, officials said, with hundreds also feared missing as a major rescue operation was launched to find survivors in villages buried under mud.

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Poll heat peaks in high-altitude Ladakh battle
Kargil, May 2
With three days for the end of campaigning, candidates for the May 7 Lok Sabha election are sweating it out in the cool climes of Ladakh. It�s an uphill task to reach out to the segment�s 1.59 lakh voters scattered across 1.73 lakh sqkm in the Himalayan ranges and all four candidates are racing against time.
Party workers take a lunch break during poll campaign at Sospul village on the Leh-Kargil highway on Friday
Party workers take a lunch break during poll campaign at Sospul village on the Leh-Kargil highway on Friday. Photo: Anand Sharma
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