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Monday, May 5, 2014, Chandigarh, India

updated at 9.05 pm

Govt drops move to name judge to head snoopgate probe
NEW DELHI: Hot on the heels of a stiff opposition from allies, the government today decided to drop its move to name a judge to head the Commission set up to probe the snooping of a young woman by the Gujarat Police allegedly at the instance of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

EC can inquire into paid news allegations: SC
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Election Commission was empowered to inquire into the allegation of paid news if the expenses for the same are not being reflected in the election return filed by the candidate.

Mayawati slams Shah, terms Gujarat 'base of communalism'
LUCKNOW: Lashing out at Amit Shah for his controversial remarks against Azamgarh, BSP chief Mayawati on Monday said Gujarat can be termed as a �base of communalism� by the same parameter.

Modi invokes Lord Ram at Faizabad rally, EC seeks report
FAIZABAD: With the portrait of Lord Ram providing the backdrop, Narendra Modi on Monday asked people "living" in the birthplace of the Hindu deity to teach Congress and those who support it a lesson for not fulfilling electoral promises.

Assam violence: Curfew relaxed in 3 districts
GUWAHATI: Curfew was on Monday relaxed in violence-hit Baksa and Kokrajhar and neighbouring Chirang districts of Assam, where 34 persons were killed in the mayhem unleashed by NDFB-Songbijit militants since Thursday last.

Centre agrees in SC to re-examine Lokpal selection rules
NEW DELHI: The Centre today agreed in the Supreme Court to re-examine the contentious issues on selection of the Lokpal and said it was was ready to make final amendments in the rules before proceeding with the process.

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Cong, allies split over snoopgate panel 
NC, NCP say setting up commission in �dying hours� wrong * No going back, says Cong
New Delhi, May 4
In a major embarrassment to the Congress, its key allies � the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the National Conference (NC) � in the UPA government today questioned the timing of setting up a commission to look into the snoopgate scandal.

Martyr�s name used for poll gains: Sonia
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi being honoured at a rally in Kullu on Sunday. Jai KumarKullu, May 4
Congress president Sonia Gandhi appealed to people to choose either the path of development or destruction.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi being honoured at a rally in Kullu on Sunday. Jai Kumar







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Modi takes on poll panel, alleges bias
Asansol/Bankura (WB), May 4
Narendra Modi at a rally in Bankura, West Bengal. PTIA combative Narendra Modi today took on the Election Commission, accusing it of not acting impartially in the wake of complaints of booth rigging in West Bengal, Bihar and western Uttar Pradesh and dared it to take action against him.

Narendra Modi at a rally in Bankura, West Bengal. PTI

19 die as train derails in M�rashtra 
Mumbai, May 4
At least 19 persons were killed and 132 injured when the engine and four coaches of the Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed between Nagothane and Roha railway stations, around 120 km from Mumbai, this morning.
People at the accident site in Raighad district, Maharashtra. PTI
People at the accident site in Raighad district, Maharashtra. PTI 


PUNJAB: Hefty road charges take a toll on commuters

HARYANA: Councillor�s brother battered to death in Mahendragarh

J&KLife in city returns to normal after three days of curfew

HIMACHAL: Rajnath promises tribal status to trans-Giri area

CHANDIGARH: Mercury dips as hailstorm lashes tricity

LUDHIANA: It�s peanuts, say poll duty officers

DELHI: Khan Market, Gole Market to don a new look

OPINIONSBack to Snoopgate

NATION: Shinde: Plot to create communal rift in Assam

BUSINESS: Tax trivia you should know
SPORTS: AB blinder snatches victory from jaws of defeat for RCB
WORLD: 67 freed as pro-Russia crowd storms Odessa police station


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Pilgrims throng the Kedarnath temple after it was reopened to public on Sunday. (left)and The ravaged shrine after the June-2013 flash floods. 

Kedarnath, a year on

* Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand was reopened to people on Sunday, almost a year after the Char Dham yatra was suspended following flash floods that left thousands dead
* At least 1,252 devotees visited the shrine on the opening day; makeshift tents have been pitched en route for pilgrims

Mother dies to save infants� honour
Jalandhar, May 4
A 30-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide in Jalandhar yesterday so that her eight-month-old twins, Noor (daughter) and Dilaawar (son), could live with honour.
In a suicide note, Jaspreet (not her real name) alleged that her father�s sister Davinder Kaur, her husband Gurmej Singh (a Head Constable with the Punjab Police) and their son Amritpal had been blackmailing her using an MMS clip.


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