Amethi: A litmus test awaits the Gandhis in their bastion Amethi, which votes on Monday in the fifth of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh assembly election. Having been loyal to the Congress party and the Gandhi surname for decades, the constituency first gave the family jitters in the 2014 general election when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and now Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani gave the dynasty's scion Rahul Gandhi a run for his money.

Bahraich and Mirzapur districts (Uttar Pradesh): "Path mera alokit kardo, naval prath ki naval rashmiyon se, mere ur ka tam har do," Saidun Ahmed, 8, recited a Hindi poem by Dwarika Prasad Maheshwari, a twentieth-century poet, at top speed. "Light up my path, with the morning sunlight light of the new sun, overcome the darkness within my heart."

New Delhi: Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit taking an U-turn on her earlier remark on party Vice President Rahul Gandhi has clarified that he has "the sensitivity of a mature leader". Party veteran Dixit in a newspaper interview on Thursday said Gandhi was "still not mature, his age does not allow him to be mature".  Her comments were quickly lapped on by Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, who ridiculed Gandhi saying "immature Rahul should be kept at home" instead of being sent to Uttar Pradesh.

New Delhi: The US Embassy in New Delhi strongly condemned the tragic shooting in Olathe, Kansas, which resulted in the death of an Indian citizen besides injuring another Indian and an American.  "We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Kuchibhotla.  We share their grief, and wish a full and speedy recovery to those who were injured," the embassy said in a statement.  

Panaji: An uncharacteristically flamboyant photograph of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar baring his upper torso in a forest resort pool has gone viral on social media. The image of Parsekar staring contemplatively into emptiness, from the infinity swimming pool was uploaded via the Chief Minister's official Facebook account late on Thursday night. The normally conservatively attired leader had to endure a brief spell of trolling following the upload given the caption accompanying the photo, which was later edited.

New Delhi: Noted historian and biographer, Ramachandra Guha has said that India offers an "inhospitable" atmosphere for writing historical biographies. He said that biographies are written under constant fear of offending someone, a problem that historians have been dealing with regularly. Guha was speaking at the Samvatsar Lecture of Sahitya Akademi's Festival of Letters on Thursday here on "The Craft of Historical Biography" on Thursday evening.

Mumbai: After the outcome of elections to 10 major civic bodies, including the country's biggest and richest, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, the Maharashtra political landscape now resembles one huge lake full of blooming lotuses -- the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) symbol. The BJP showed huge appetite for success as it gulped down one civic body after the other, in some cases uprooting incumbents entrenched for the past three or four decades, and stunning allies and the opposition alike.

Kannur: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the police won't go after "imaginary" accused persons in the kidnapping of the Malayalam actress. "The police will not go after imaginary accused persons," Vijayan told a public meeting.  At the same time, he urged the Malayalam film industry to keep out the underworld from taking a grip on the industry. Police on Thursday arrested the prime accused, Pulsar Sunil, and an accomplice, six days after the incident. 

Gonda (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh of protecting and patronizing the "copying mafia" in the state which was harming the future of the youth. Addressing a well-attended election rally here, the Prime Minister said the mafia was not only looting poor people but was also jeopardizing the future of the young generation.

New Delhi: A day after DMK leader M.K. Stalin met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum on the events that took place in Tamil Nadu assembly last week, he met Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday and discussed the political situation in the state. "It was a courtesy call. He enquired about her (Sonia Gandhi) health and she enquired about party supremo Karunanidhi's health condition. It was a formal discussion. They also discussed political situation in Tamil Nadu," said a DMK leader, adding that the meeting lasted 25 minutes.

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is saddened by the killing of an Indian in shooting in the US. "Saddened to learn about the death of Srinivas Kuchibotla and injuries to Alok Madasani in Kansas," tweeted Naidu on Friday. Both the men hailed from Telangana and were working as aviation programme managers at Garmin, an electronics manufacturer. Kuchibhotla (32), from Hyderabad, was killed and Madasani, from Warangal town were injured when an American fired at them at a bar in Olathe, Kansas State, on Wednesday. 

Faizabad: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation that his government discriminated against a religion and favoured another. Addressing an election rally here, in favour of close aide and Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator Pawan Pandey, the SP President said his government had ensured better and adequate power supply to all areas and regions, on Ramadan and Diwali alike.

New Delhi: The US on Friday "strongly" condemned the shooting in which an Indian man was killed and another injured in Kansas and said it has reached out to Indian consular officials to offer support, a statement said. "The US Embassy strongly condemns the tragic shooting in Olathe, Kansas, resulting in the death of an Indian citizen and injury to an Indian and an American," an embassy statement said. 

Ghaziabad: After arresting Mohit Goel, Director of Noida-based Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd, police said they were searching for four more directors of the company that launched the world's cheapest smarphone. Goel was detained late on Thursday after an FIR was filed by Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises, alleging that Ringing Bells defrauded it of Rs 16 lakh. "We are trying to arrest four other directors -- Anmol Goel, Dharna Garg (Mohil Goel's wife), Ashok Chadha and Sumit Kumar -- named in the FIR," Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil told IANS.

Bengaluru: India may have to import milk in four years, if it cannot increase fodder supply for its 299 million cattle, as rising pressure on land reduces pastures nationwide.


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