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Opinion and exit polls should best be on entertainment channels, tweets CEC Quraishi
Taking a dig at the opinion and exit polls being run on several news channels, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi on popular microblogging site, Twitter, said such surveys should at best be on entertainment channels. ANI

Army successfully tests fire BrahMos cruise missile
The Army on Sunday successfully test fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at the Pokharan range in Jaisalmer. ANI

Major fire breaks out in slum dwelling area in Jamshedpur
A massive fire broke out in a slum dwelling area in Jamshedpur's Chayanagar locality in Jharkhand on Sunday, burning down at least 200 shanties and causing huge property loss. ANI

Army Chief V. K. Singh congratulates Lt Gen Bikram Singh on succession
The out going Army Chief General V. K. Singh on Sunday said he has already sent his regards to Lieutenant General Bikram Singh for succeeding him as the new Army chief. ANI

18th century Chinese merchant vessel discovered in Philippines
Philippines has confirmed the recovery of an 18th century Chinese Merchant Vessel in the Roxas City sea in Central Philippines. ANI

Will sit in opposition if BJP fails to gain majority in UP polls, says Kalraj Mishra
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kalraj Mishra on Sunday said the BJP would prefer to sit in the opposition if it failed to gain majority in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. ANI

Congress distances itself from Beni Prasad Verma's remarks on post poll pact
The Congress Party on Sunday distanced itself from the Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma's remark over the post-poll pact in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Russian diplomat supports Manmohan Singh's statement on nuke plant row
The Consul General of Russian Federation in Southern India Nikolay A. Listopadov has come out in support of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's claim that foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are allegedly supporting the anti nuclear plant protestors in Tamil Nadu. ANI

Repolling underway in hill districts of Manipur
Repolling is underway in 67 polling stations in five hill districts of Manipur today. ANI

Railways to run special trains for Holi to Bihar, other states
Indian Railways will run special trains to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and other states during the festival of colours Holi. ANI

'Dalit dominant' BSP better than 'Goonda Raj' SP: Beni Prasad Verma
Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma on Sunday said that alit dominant Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) seemed a much better ally than Goonda Raj Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

CBI grills BJP MLA in Shehla Masood murder case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has questioned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh in connection with the murder of Right to Information activist Shehla Masood. ANI

Congress leader Jaiswal says exit polls insignificant
Congress leader and Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Sunday rejected an exit-poll forecast and said that the Samajwadi Party would be the best bet to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

UP government begins uncovering of Mayawati statues
With the end of elections in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has begun uncovering the statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) symbol, which were covered on January 7 on the directions of the Election Commission (EC) for the assembly polls. ANI

Ajit Singh rules out alliance with Samajwadi Party in UP
Civil Aviation Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) President Ajit Singh on Sunday denied reports of planning to ally with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Rajnath Singh rejects UP exit polls result
With the exit polls predict a clean sweep for the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BSP) leader Rajnath Singh on Sunday rejected the forecast saying that they may not always be right. ANI

Dalit women of Jharkhand being forced into false marriages
Sunita Kumari, a twelve year old Dalit girl from Balthar Mod, Jharkhand, a student of class seven, was forced into marriage not once but twice. Her first tie-up was at the age of seven with a mentally challenged person residing in the nearby Siktia village. ANI

Qureshi happy over outstanding performance by voters in state polls
As the fate of poll candidates from 690 constituencies gets sealed with the conclusion of assembly elections in five states, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y Qureshi has lauded voters, terming their participation as 'outstanding.' ANI

Digvijay Singh says exit polls are trash
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has trashed exit polls after the final round of assembly elections in five states, including the polls taking place in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Tribal development must to curb Maoist insurgency: Jairam Ramesh
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has once again stressed on the need to secure the cooperation of tribal communities in curbing Maoist forces. ANI

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