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Modi wins landslide election victory in India’s biggest state

NEW DELHI:┬áPrime Minister Narendra Modi's party won a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, in a personal triumph that will strengthen his claim to a second term as national leader. Wresting control of India's most important battleground state is a ringing endorsement of Modi's stewardship of Asia's third-largest economy after his high-risk decision last November to scrap high-value banknotes to rein in corruption. The Election Commission of India said Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won a clear…

Leader of Australia’s biggest state economy quits politics

MELBOURNE: The leader of Australia's biggest state economy, New South Wales (NSW), on Thursday announced his resignation from politics two years out from the next election, citing ill-health in his family as one reason for his surprise departure. State Premier Mike Baird has overseen major privatisation and infrastructure investment in Australia's most populous state, which is worth A$530 billion ($398.19 billion) and larger than the economies of Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. "I said many times I didn't want…