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Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Chandigarh, India,

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PMO changes Twitter handle, BJP terms it unethical
New Delhi
: The Prime Minister�s Office on Tuesday changed the Twitter handle of the PMO � two days before BJP leader Narendra Modi takes oath as the next prime minister, provoking the BJP to term it an �ungraceful and unethical� move by the outgoing establishment.

Modi elected leader of BJP Parliamentary Party
NEW DELHI: Elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, Narendra Modi today declared that the Lok Sabha election results represents a new hope for the common man and dedicated his government for the uplift of the poor, oppressed and deprived.

Relationship with India strong and enduring: US
WASHINGTON: The relationship with India is strong and enduring, the US said today and expressed hope that it would continue to grow in the future, downplaying the Twitter rank order of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi while responding to congratulatory messages from around the world.

JK govt lifts ban over SMS on pre-paid mobiles 
: Jammu and Kashmir government today lifted the four-year-old ban on Short Messaging Services (SMS) on all pre-paid cell phone subscribers in the state. "On the instructions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the restriction on SMS to the pre-paid cell phones in the State has been revoked," an official spokesman said.

Cong extends support to new JD(U) govt in Bihar
PATNA: Congress in Bihar today decided to continue with "unconditional" support to JD(U) government in Bihar and handed over its letter of support to Governor D Y Patil. As directed by the All India Congress Committee (AICC), a Congress delegation led by state president Ashok Choudhary met the Governor and submitted the letter.

17 killed as bus falls into gorge on JK Highway
BANIHAL (Ramban): Seventeen people were killed and 34 others injured when a passenger bus rolled down into a 400-feet deep gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district in the wee hours today.

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Modi to be elected BJP leader today 
To meet President, stake claim to form government; suspense over portfolios
New Delhi, May 19
YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy greets Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Narendra Modi is all set to be elected leader of the BJP and NDA parliamentary coalition on Tuesday as jockeying for positions in the new Cabinet gained momentum today.

YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy greets Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. PTI 







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Sonia, Rahul offer to quit Cong posts
CWC says no, party set for revamp
New Delhi, May 19
AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and party V-P Rahul Gandhi arrive for the Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi. Mukesh AggarwalA rush for resignations was witnessed at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today soon after party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi offered to quit from their positions owning responsibility for party's historic defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and party V-P Rahul Gandhi arrive for the Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi. Mukesh Aggarwal

Nitish picks Dalit leader Manjhi as Bihar CM
Patna, May 19
Bihar ex-Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today chose senior minister Jitan Ram Manjhi as his successor. The JD(U) has staked claim to form the government in the state under Manjhi, Kumar said.

Bihar ex-CM Nitish Kumar with CM-designate Jitan Ram Manjhi in Patna. PTI Bihar ex-CM Nitish Kumar with CM-designate Jitan Ram Manjhi in Patna. PTI 


PUNJAB: Farmers denied subsidy for tube wells

ditional INLD support to Modi

J&KSuspected attack by Pakistan BAT exposes chinks in security on LoC

HIMACHAL: Rana, Mankotia made vice-chiefs of corpns

CHANDIGARH: Youths open fire in Sec 17; 2 hurt

LUDHIANA: Power plays hide-and-seek

DELHI: AAP MPs meet Kejriwal to discuss future strategy

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NATION: Pak seeks early dialogue without precondition

SPORTS: Women soar as men take flight
BUSINESS: India Inc frames agenda for new govt
WORLD: Balkans brace for fresh floods as thousands left homeless


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Jawan killed in Pak �BAT strike�
Jammu, May 19
Soldiers take up positions near an encounter site in Budgam.An Army jawan was killed and two critically injured in an attack by suspected personnel of Pakistan's notorious Border Action Team (BAT) on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Akhnoor sub-division, north of Jammu district, on Sunday.

Soldiers take up positions near an encounter site in Budgam.

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Punjab DGP Saini to resume duty today
Chandigarh, May 19
Sumedh Singh Saini will resume his duty as the Punjab DGP tomorrow. The orders reinstating him as the DGP were issued by the state Home Department tonight.

Poohla case: 3 acquitted for lack of evidence
Amritsar, May 19
Three of the six persons accused of killing Nihang chief Ajit Singh Poohla were today acquitted for lack of evidence by the District Sessions court. After several witnesses turned hostile, Justice Gurbir Singh today acquitted Navtej Singh, Harchand Singh and Harpreet Singh.

Punjab, UT Admn caught in New Chandigarh tangle
Chandigarh, May 19
The Punjab Government and the Chandigarh Administration are at loggerheads over access to Mullanpur. The UT Administration today alleged before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that its neighbour was not cooperating with it in the development of a regional plan for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh; and one of the objections was that there were not enough �doors on the Mullanpur side�.


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