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News18 Daybreak | Guj Exit Polls, What Took Place at Aiyar's House and Other Stories You May Have Missed

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Updated:December 15, 2017, 8:46 AM IST
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News18 Daybreak | Guj Exit Polls, What Took Place at Aiyar's House and Other Stories You May Have Missed
File photos of PM Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and BJP chief Amit Shah. (PTI Photos)
If exit polls are to be believed, BJP is winning both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

In Gujarat, while there is a difference in the margin with which various exit polls suggest BJP will win, but the larger trend undoubtedly points towards a victory for the party in the home state of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. The halfway mark in the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly is 92. Here’s a look at the predictions.

Today’s Chanakya gives a two-third majority to the BJP with 135 seats.

According to India Today–Axis exit poll, BJP will win 99-113 seats.

Republic-Jan ki Baat showed an even bigger victory for the BJP. The saffron party, it says, will win 115 seats in the 182-seat Assembly.

SAHARA SAMAY-CNX survey has predicted 110-120 seats for the saffron party and 65-75 seats for the Congress.

TIMES NOW-VMR projects 109 seats for the BJP.

NewsX has given BJP between 110-120, Congress has been given 65-75.

Meanwhile, in Himachal Pradesh, BJP is enjoying a landslide victory. Find out more here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi converted an informal and entirely innocent dinner hosted by Mani Shankar Aiyar at his New Delhi residence on December 6 into a controversy and an election issue in Gujarat. So what really happened at Mani Shankar Aiyar's house in Khurshid Kasuri and Manmohan Singh's presence? Rahul Singh, former editor of Indian Express, who was present there as a guest writes a personal account on what he witnessed. Read about it here.

In a boost to the rights of transgender persons, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has decided to amend the definition of the word transgender in keeping with the recommendation of the standing committe on the transgender persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016. The word "neither wholly male nor female" to describe a transgender person has been removed, as per the advice of the Standing Committee.

Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek has joined the ranks of Hollywood women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, calling him a "monster" in an article published by the New York Times.



A teacher couple working in a private school in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir were sacked on their wedding day with the school management claiming their "romance could adversely affect the students".

The lone accused in the Jisha rape and murder case, a migrant labourer from Assam, was sentenced to death by a sessions court in Ernakulam. Ameerul Islam will serve 10 years for rape and death for murder. Sentences will run concurrently. The judge while reading out the quantum of punishment said it was a "rarest of rare case and Islam did not deserve any mercy.”

Agree or disagree?

Lt Gen (Retd) DS Hooda, former Northern Commander, Indian Army, writes why there should be a push for larger defence budget to emerge as leaders in the world order. “I am not underplaying the importance of economic strength because without wealth, military power cannot be built. But wealth by itself does not bring global or even regional dominance. Japan is a clear example. Despite being the second largest economy in the world, it was never considered an international power because of its small military and the outsourcing of its security to the Americans. On the other hand, Soviet Union, with its military might, was one of the two superpowers,” he writes.

Rohit Sharma’s metamorphosis into an opener with an insatiable hunger forruns, and ability to pace his innings perfectly, has now seen him equal the great Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner for the most number of 150-plus knocks in one-day cricket. This isn't the time for comparison between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, this is a time to celebrate the fact that the Indian team has two top order batsmen who can bat long and bat well.

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