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Modi is staring at election losses in big heartland states!

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is staring at election losses in big heartland states, polls show, suggesting that farm distress and a lack of jobs for growing numbers of young people could prove stumbling blocks for his re-election bid in May. India counts votes on Tuesday from five states that chose new assemblies over the past month, but exit polls show Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could lose the three most important races, while it has little presence in two smaller states dominated by…

77 people dead after rain and dust storms hits Indian states

NEW DELHI: At least 77 people have died and more than 143  were injured in fierce dust storms and rainfall that hit the Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.  The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock. Many of the dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning. Dust storms are common in this part of India during summer but the loss of life on this scale is unusual. The storms largely affected…

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh urge India’s supreme court to permit ban on screening of controversial film ‘Padmaavat’

NEW DELHI: The Indian Supreme Court will hear an appeal on Tuesday against a controversial Bollywood film, for the second time in as many weeks, as two states seek to re-impose a ban on the movie, based on an epic poem about a 14th-century queen. The film “Padmaavat” ran into trouble after groups critical of the project accused its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of distorting history by portraying a Muslim ruler as the “lover” of Queen Padmavati of the Hindu Rajput warrior clan. Monday’s action comes after the…

Chief minister says Padmavat not to be released in Rajasthan

The storm surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat (formerly Padmavati) refuses to die down despite the fact that the Central Board of Film Certification has given it U/A certificate after suggesting some cuts including i from its name. The film that was slated to release on December 1 got stuck in controversy after some Rajput groups alleged it of distorting history, a claim times and again denied by the director. In a latest development, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje on Monday said 'Padmavat' won't…