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Mangaluru North: 7 common questions - different answers from Bava, Shetty, Muneer

A news-maker for all seasons, the legislator of Mangaluru City North, B A Mohiuddin Bava is contesting for the third time at the upcoming polls. Though Bava had lost to the then-BJP stalwart Krishna J Palemar in 2008 by a margin of 14,426 votes, the former became a giant killer in 2013 and defeated the latter by a margin of...


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22 voters’ favourite MLAs of Karnataka: Will they win again?

Want to win polls, ask these tried, tested, trusted candidates of the political parties, who beyond the day to day political dynamics, have remained larger than life figures at their respective constituencies. More than these individuals needing a political backing, it is the parties who end up bee-lining at the doors of these evergreen leaders to add-up to their victory....


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Booze, chicken and religious excursion: How wannabe MLAs are wooing voters in Karnataka

From organising a fleet of 25 luxury buses to ply natives from neighbouring state, to an MLA-aspirant delivering juicy Tandoori Chicken to the voter’s home, in a candid conversation with this reporter, respondents across some of the districts visited in poll-bound-Karnataka – gave detailed account of how their would-be representatives are trying to woo them for their ballots....

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Masjid One — a vision in the making

The gathering point of the Muslim Ummah or community is the mosque. For Muslims, it is a divine place wherein they connect to their Creator through prayers. It is synonymous to the house of God, as one can see the rich and poor, healthy and ill, educated and uneducated stand alongside one another, praying in synchronization.

In India, Muslims...


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A mini airport may come up in Kasaragod

The Kasaragod Zilla Panchayat of Kerala has proposed construction of a mini-airport or airstrip to accelerate the growth of tourism industry in the coastal district.

The plan is to float a company modelled on the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) in Kasaragod and facilitate operation of small aircraft.

This was among the highlights of the...


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‘I write to challenge stereotypes and norms…’: An interview with Mafazah Sharafuddin

Poets are an asset to the society. Many a poets have vindicated the age-old saying, ‘Pen is mightier than the sword’, by challenging norms and addressing grievances. Poems are synonymous to eye-openers. Reality-checks via poems could be the upcoming recipe to mend a society that prevails on undercurrents of hypocrisy and insensitivity.

Mafazah Sharafuddin,...


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Can JD(S) billionaire BM Farooq make it to Rajya Sabha this time?

Nearly two years after a futile bid by the Janata Dal (Secular) to send its new leader BM Farooq to Rajya Sabha, the March 23 elections to the Upper House are heading for a high-pitched battle as the Karnataka’s regional party has announced the billionaire entrepreneur as its official candidate once again even though it has no hope of...

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Weapons being smuggled into Karnataka from BJP-ruled UP, MP, Maha?

Pistols, revolvers and other dangerous weapons that can be used for terror activities are being smuggled to Karnataka from BJP ruled northern states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh, according to State Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy.

The revelation comes days after the arrest of Hindu Yuva Sene leader Naveen Kumar T alias Hotte Manja by the special investigation...


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High probability of first SDPI legislator entering Karnataka Assembly

The Social Democratic Party of India, which had only succeeded in contributing to the vote split in a few constancies in 2013 legislative assembly polls in Karnataka, is now making all possible efforts to make a greater impact in the state and register victory at least in one of the minority strongholds.

The Muslim dominant party, which...


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Inspired by Jignesh Mevani, many activists in Karnataka set to entre poll fray

Bouyed by the triumphant win of Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani in recent Gujarat polls, many social activists in Karnataka have shown keen interest in testing their luck in the upcoming state legislative elections.

Ravi Krishna Reddy, an anti-corruption activist who is associated with Aam Aadmi Party; C S Dwarakanath, an advocate and former chairperson of Karnataka State...