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Hakeem Irfan

  • IED that killed 5 CRPF men was planted two years ago

    The IED blast that killed five CRPF personnel and two ambulance staff members in Dharba area of Bastar on Saturday, police suspect, was planted more than two years back. The CRPF personnel, violating the standard operating procedure, had allegedly boarded the ambulance as one of the elderly...

    Monday, 14 April 2014 - 6:00am
  • Intermittent violence in Bastar on D-day

    Moaists opened fire at polling booths in Sukhma district, Samoli (Dantewada), Narayanpur and Kondagoan districts, injuring five CRPF personnel in the restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Thursday. The rebels had called for a poll boycott. Maoists also snatched and set afire EVM machines from a...

    Friday, 11 April 2014 - 8:40am
  • In Maoist bastion, a remote booth sees 85% polling

    I had to ride pillion on a motorbike to reach Neta Naar from Jagdalpur. The young man, who gave me the ride (for a price, of course) gave his name only as "Shekhar". He appeared to be 23 years old, perhaps 24. This was what he did for a living — took people on his motorbike to wherever they wanted...

    Friday, 11 April 2014 - 7:10am
  • Ignorant about BJP, Maoist heartland supports Narendra Modi

    If a 280-km bus ride through vast stretches of land and forest from Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur to Jagdalpur with 100-odd passengers from various castes, and different professions and economic strata is any indication, then the BJP has an upper hand in Bastar, probably the worst Maoist-hit region...

    Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 11:25am
  • Manifestos are 'last-minute magic tricks'

    Election manifestos in India are nothing more than 'irrelevant fancy documents' as political parties are seldom serious about implementing the promises made in these poll documents. Unaccountability and non-implementation, say political observers, have, over the years, reduced the document's...

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 8:00am
  • Jharkhand candidate has Rs 2.75 crore-antiques

    The Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate from Jharkhand's Hazaribagh Lok Sabha constituency, known for its coal reserves, has an antiques collection worth Rs 2.75 crore. Venture capitalist Jayant Sinha, who is the son of senior BJP leader and former union minister Yashwant Sinha, and Jayant's wife...

    Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 7:15am
  • Guns, gold, silver add to Uttar Pradesh politicians’ electoral weight

    Everybody loves a good gun, gold and silver in Uttar Pradesh. The nominations filed till now reveal almost all candidates have taken a fancy to guns apart from the precious metals. Six-time MP Maneka Gandhi, the BJP candidate from Pilibhit, loves not only animals but also gold. As of now, she tops...

    Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 6:19am
  • Politicians go all gun blazing in Uttar Pradesh

    Everybody loves a good gun, gold and silver in Uttar Pradesh. The nominations filed till now reveal almost all candidates have taken a fancy to guns apart from the precious metals. Six-time MP Maneka Gandhi, the BJP candidate from Pilibhit, loves not only animals but also gold. As of now, she tops...

    Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 9:15am
  • Glitzy Gurgaon contest harks back to caste factor

    Destiny has catapulted Gurgaon — once gifted to Guru Dronacharya by Yudhishtra in guru dakshina — from an erstwhile suburb of the national capital to a symbol of rising India, with its steel-and-glass office towers, malls and posh housing townships. But rapid urbanisation has meant the city juggles...

    Monday, 24 March 2014 - 8:45am
  • Job promises bite the dust

    UPA created just 15 million jobs in seven years compared to NDA's 58 million in five year scholarship.

    Monday, 24 March 2014 - 8:40am

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