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Air India Plane Lands At Gujarat’s IAF Base As Man Suffers Cardiac Arrest

The Indian Air Force responded promptly after the plane was diverted. (File)

Ahmedabad: An Air India flight from Delhi to Muscat was diverted to Jamnagar Air Force base in Gujarat on Sunday night after a 33-year-old passenger suffered a cardiac arrest onboard.
After landing at the Indian Air Force base, the patient was rushed to the Jamnagar civil hospital accompanied by an air force doctor.
“AI 973 Delhi Muscat flt diverted to Jamnagar Air Force Base at 2230 with an Indian passenger aged 33 sufferng cardiac arrest in flight. IAF responded promptly. Diversion to civil airfield wd hv taken more time. Patient shifted to hospital accompanied by IAF doc,” PRO Defence Gujarat Puneet Chadha said in a tweet late on Sunday night.
He said the patient was taken to Guru Govind Singh Hospital for treatment.
It is rare when commercial flights are allowed to land on IAF bases. However, Mr Chadha said in the tweet that IAF responded quickly as the flight diversion to civil air field would have taken..

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BJP Says Trinamool Leaders “Have Lost Their Mind”, Demands Re-Polling

Over 72 per cent of voters of the over 1.49 crore electorate cast their votes on Sunday. (File)

Kolkata: The BJP on Sunday accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of widespread violence in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, and demanded repolling at several booths in eight out of the nine constituencies.
Over 72 per cent of voters of the over 1.49 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 5 pm in the nine constituencies of West Bengal during the seventh and final phase of polling.
“In Diamond Harbour, Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Jadavpur, Basirhat, Mathurapur and Joynagar, there has been rampant violence. The goons of TMC didn''t allow elections in most of the booths. We would seek repoll in several booths,” senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said.
“The TMC is afraid of defeat, that is why it is resorting to violence,” BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said.
On Trinamool Congress' allegations that central forces were “brutally tort..

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As Polling Ends, Venkaiah Naidu Laments New Low in Political Discourse

Venkaiah Naidu said the people should shun the four Cs of “caste, cash, community and criminality”.

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed anguish over the extent by which political discourse in the country had fallen in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, with politicians resorting to personal attacks instead of focusing on larger issues of public concern.
“Politicians should remember that they are just rivals and not enemies who wouldn't think twice before resorting to abusive language,” Mr Naidu was quoted as saying by news agency ANI at a function held to commemorate his receipt of a honorary doctorate by the University for Peace at Costa Rica. “All political parties, people and even the press should seriously ponder over the issue.”
The Vice President recalled how he used to be highly critical of the government's policies in his younger days as a legislator, but without resorting to personal attacks. “It is particularly important to respect the ..

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Punjab Likely To Be Silver Lining For Congress, Exit Polls Predict

Exit Polls: Polling was held on all the seats of Punjab in the last of the seven-phase election today

New Delhi: The two-year-old government of Amarinder Singh in Punjab, which the BJP hoped was facing some amount of anti-incumbency, could fare the best among the Congress-ruled states, exit polls predicted today. An aggregate of 11 exit polls today indicated that the Congress could win nine of Punjab's 13 seats.
The alliance between the BJP and the fractured Akali Dal could win as few as four seats. Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which after a victory on four seats in 2014, and a spectacular performance in Delhi the next year, has hit a rough patch, can win just one, the poll of polls indicated.
Exit polls, though, do not always get it right.
Polling was held on all the seats of Punjab in the last of the seven-phase election today.
In 2014, the BJP-Akali alliance, which had been ruling the state since 2007, had won six of the state's 13 seats, AAP had won four and t..

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Gujarat BJP Says Exit Polls “As Expected”, Congress Dismisses Claims

Exit polls predicted BJP will win almost as many seats as it did in 2014 and form government comfortably.

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday expressed confidence that the exit poll predictions on the Lok Sabha elections would be reflected in the actual results when they are announced on May 23, even as the opposition Congress insisted it would prefer to wait for the real thing.
“The exit polls are no surprise for us, and this demonstrates the people of Gujarat as also the entire country wants the government to be in the safe hands of a strong leader and there is no alternative than Narendra Modi,” Mr Rupani said.
Senior Congress leader and Saurashtra legislator Virji Thummar, however, said, “The exit polls are way far from the ground reality and the actual results would surprise everyone.”
“We are getting at least 11 seats, if not more, in Gujarat. All the factors like demonetisation, unemployment, severe farmer distress, et al which brought us very close to powe..

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Congress Will Do Much Better, Says Amarinder Singh After Exit Polls

Amarinder Singh said that after 50 years in politics, he saw no reason to trust exit polls.

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today rejected the poll of polls results, saying that their accuracy was doubtful and that he expects the Congress to do much better, both at the national level and in the state.
The poll of polls is giving a near-clear majority to BJP-led NDA at the Centre, while projecting 9-10 seats out of 13 for the Congress in Punjab.
Captain Singh said after 50 years in politics, he saw no reason to trust the exit polls. “With so much experience, even if I go around Punjab to gauge the voter swing, I would not be able to do it with complete accuracy. So how can these exit polls be accurate?” he asked.
The Punjab Chief Minister said he was confident the Congress would do much better in these Lok Sabha elections. Even in Punjab, he said he expected the party to get more than nine or 10 seats the exit polls were predicting.
Captain Singh also thanked the vote..

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Sukhbir Badal’s Daughter, First-Time Voter, Gets Notice From Poll Body

Gurleen Kaur was among the 3.94 lakh first-time voters in Punjab.

Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal's younger daughter Gurleen Kaur, a first-time voter, was issued a notice for allegedly violating the model code of conduct.
The show-cause notice was issued for wearing Akali Dal badge when she reached a polling booth to cast her vote in Muktsar, under Bathinda parliamentary constituency, an official said.
The Election Commission took cognizance of videos showing she was wearing the party badge.
“We have issued a notice based on videos and we have issued a notice to her,” said Muktsar Deputy Commissioner M K Aravind Kumar.
“After the reply comes, we will decide the next course of action,” he said.
In Chandigarh, Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju said he was yet to receive a report in this regard.
Meanwhile, Mr Badal posted a picture of his daughter and other family members on his Facebook page after she cast her vote. Gurleen Kaur was among..

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Fire At Chemical Factory In Dadra And Nagar Haveli’s Silvassa

A fire broke out a chemical factory in Silvassa, the capital of Dadar and Nagar Haveli today.

Silvassa: A fire broke out a chemical factory in Silvassa, the capital of Dadar and Nagar Haveli today, news agency ANI reported. Eight fire engines are at the spot.
Pictures of the fire, released by ANI, show massive flames and dense smoke rising up to the sky.
More details are awaited.

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Mehbooba Mufti’s Party Worker Shot At Allegedly By Terrorists In J&K

A police case has been registered in the matter. (Representational)

Srinagar: A Peoples Democratic Party activist was seriously injured after terrorists allegedly shot him at Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on Sunday, police said.
Suspected terrorists shot at PDP worker Mohammad Jamal, 65, near his home at Zungalpora village of south Kashmir's Kulgam district, a police official said.
Mohammad Jamal was rushed to a hospital in a critical condition, he added.
A police case has been registered and a hunt has been launched to arrest the attackers, the official said.

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In Karnataka, Congress-JDS Heading For Big Defeat, Predicts Poll Of Polls

Exil Poll Results: In 2014 general elections, the BJP had won 17 seats, the Congress nine

New Delhi: The pattern of the Congress crashing out in states it won in the assembly elections has continued in Karnataka, exit polls predicted today. The party, which managed to keep the BJP out of power in the state with a deft alliance with HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular last May, has failed to stem the tide of BJP's popularity. An aggregate of 13 exit polls show that of the 28 seats in Karnataka, the alliance would win only nine seats, compared to the BJP's 19.
The maximum outer limit predicted for the BJP is 25 seats in a poll by Aak Tak-Axis My India; a minimum of 15 by ABP News-Nielson.
Exit polls, though, do not always get it right.
While the Congress or Mr Kumaraswamy is yet to respond to the figures, the Chief Minister's Andhra Pradesh counterpart, Chandrababu Naidu, tweeted: “Time and again exit polls have failed to catch the People's pulse. Exit polls hav..

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