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Obama says Hillary Clinton would be 'a great President'  Nov 24, 1:29 pm
London, Nov 24 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama has reportedly said that Hillary Clinton would be "a great President" if she decides to contest the presidential elections in 2016.
Sharif rules out polls before 2018  Nov 23, 11:59 am
Karachi, Nov 23 (ANI): Refuting demands by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for early polls, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sahrif has declared that general elections will not be held before 2018.
US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints  Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
Sri Lankan health minister defects from party to stand against President Rajapaksa  Nov 22, 4:56 pm
London, Nov 22 (ANI): Sri Lankan Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has announced that he is defecting from the party in order to stand against the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the upcoming presidential elections.
PM Modi to address rally in J-K  Nov 22, 9:53 am
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address an election rally on Saturday, in Kishtwar district of Jammu, with just three days left for the polling for the first phase of Assembly Elections.
Rahul Gandhi to address two election rallies in Jharkhand   Nov 22, 9:32 am
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is all set to address two election rallies on Saturday, one in Manika and the other in Panki region of Jharkhand, ahead of upcoming legislative assembly elections in the state.
J-K polls: Sonia targets BJP, promises slew of development measures  Nov 21, 2:42 pm
Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov 21 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday took on the BJP-led NDA government ahead of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, stating that the Centre had made big promises to the people after last month's floods but failed to live up to it.
Recollections of a Communicator:Robin Raphel played patron's role during Pakistan's proxy war against India  Nov 21, 2:28 pm
New Delhi, Nov.21 (ANI) Twenty years ago this month, I spent a fortnight in the United States as a delegate to the United Nations trying to convince as many diplomats and media persons as possible that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was near normal, and the state would participate in the national and assembly elections.
BHU students clash with UP police  Nov 21, 10:51 am
Varanasi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Students of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Thursday clashed with the Uttar Pradesh Police, leaving a number of people in both parties injured. The students were reportedly demanding the restoration of the students union instead of fresh elections being held for the students' council.
Can these elections be a game changer for the Kashmiris  Nov 20, 9:32 am
Jammu, Nov.20 (ANI): The five-stage election in Jammu and Kashmir will commence next week and the entire process will last nearly a month.
Supporters of regional parties clash in poll-bound Kashmir  Nov 20, 9:22 am
Srinagar, Nov.20 (ANI): Clashes broke out between the workers of the ruling regional National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Forum (PDF) in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam District on Wednesday, as candidates filed their nominations for the upcoming assembly elections.
Campaigning for first phase of polls in Jharkhand gaining momentum  Nov 20, 8:24 am
Ranchi, Nov. 20 (ANI): Campaigning for the first phase of elections in Jharkhand is reportedly gaining momentum.
'Mamata will know Amit Shah when elections are due in WB': BJP  Nov 19, 12:48 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 19 (ANI): Taking potshots at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her remark that she did not know Amit Shah, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo will know the latter when elections take place in her state.
Mulayam blames distribution of laptops for Lok Sabha loss  Nov 17, 8:53 pm
Lucknow/New Delhi, Nov. 17 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday blamed the laptops that his party had distributed as the reason why his party suffered losses in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Training workshop for upcoming Assembly elections held in J-K   Nov 17, 10:55 am
Srinagar, Nov. 17 (ANI): A training workshop for election officials was held in Srinagar here on Monday.
J-K, Jharkhand polls: Last day for nominations' withdrawal for 2nd phase today  Nov 17, 8:27 am
Jammu/Ranchi, Nov.17 (ANI): Monday is the last day for the withdrawal of nominations for the second phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.
Hong Kong pro-democracy student leaders stopped from flying to Beijing  Nov 16, 10:29 am
London, Nov 16 (ANI): A group of three pro-democracy student leaders from Hong Kong, protesting against Beijing's decision to vet candidates in 2017 elections, have been stopped from boarding a plane to Beijing, a report said.
Suspended Students Union of BHU demand fresh elections  Nov 16, 6:16 am
Varanasi, Nov. 16 (ANI): At an event attended by the Education Minister Smriti Irani, the Students Union of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), All India Students Association (AISA), protested their suspension and demanded fresh elections for the body.
EC issues notification for third phase of five-phased J-K elections   Nov 15, 10:01 am
Srinagar, Nov. 15 (ANI): The Election Commission (EC) issued notification for 16 Assembly segments in the third phase of the five phased Legislative Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP to seek suggestions to prepare its manifesto for Delhi Assembly elections  Nov 15, 8:16 am
New Delhi, Nov. 15 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sought people's suggestions to prepare its manifesto for the Delhi Assembly elections.
Delhi polls: AAP releases first list of 22 candidates  Nov 13, 7:10 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 13 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday released the first list of 22 candidates for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.
Elect BJP in Jharkhand to usher development: Amit Shah  Nov 11, 9:08 pm
Ranchi, Nov. 11 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday appealed to the people of Jharkhand to elect the party to power with full majority in the coming assembly elections, promising that under the BJP, the state will develop for the better.
SC says declaration of dates for Delhi Assembly polls to be made by EC  Nov 11, 12:50 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 11 (ANI): The Supreme Court has said it will not intervene in the declaration of dates for the Delhi Assembly elections, and added that it was the Election Commission of India's responsibility to do so.
Congress points to upcoming J-K elections as reason for Sajjad Lone meeting PM Modi  Nov 10, 8:27 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 10 (ANI): The Congress on Monday pointed to the upcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir as the reason for Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting People's Conference leader Sajjad Lone, accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of having eyes 'solely on the upcoming polls'.
Injured Dhoni out of last two ODIs,Brisbane Test; Rahul, Karn, Raina in Test squad  Nov 10, 4:34 pm
Mumbai, Nov.10 (ANI): Skipper M S Dhoni has been rested for the remaining two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka and the first Test against Australia to be played in Brisbane to recover from a right wrist injury.
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