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Both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi travelled extensively and often criss-crossed each other’s paths. (Network18 Creatives)
The voting for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls 2017 has begun. Follow all the live updates here:
The campaigning in Gujarat was quite an interesting one. The Congress party, decimated in Uttar Pradesh by the BJP, rose from nowhere and made Modi’s party work for every vote on its own turf. By the end of the campaign, Modi had traversed 28,000 kms in his own state, the last leg of it on a seaplane, rallying votes for his party that has been in power for over two decades. News18 charts out the paths taken by the two leaders — Rahul and Modi in their quest to win Gujarat.
The Election Commission issued a showcause notice to Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi after TV channels in poll-bound Gujarat aired his interview in alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit back at successor PM Narendra Modi, accusing him of spreading "falsehood and canards" to score political points and seeking an apology for his "ill-thought transgression". Singh put out a video message to attack Modi over his remarks insinuating that the Congress leader colluded with Pakistan in the polls, and said it was unfair to question the nationalism of public servants.
Watch the episode of Face-Off with Zakka Jacob where he discusses Congress’ Manmohan Singh ‘video weapon’.
RECOVERING FROM CYCLONE OCKHI
The cyclone has passed, but the little hamlet of Thoothoor at the fag end of Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari district is helpless and angry, yet to come to grips with its missing men. Official figures put the number of missing at 412 in Kanyakumari alone, though the fishermen community claim the number is almost double that.
ROHIT SHARMA'S STELLAR PERFORMANCE
India registered a strong comeback victory in the second one-day international as they thrashed Sri Lanka by 141 runs to tie the three-match series at 1-1. Stand-in Indian captain Rohit Sharma made a huge statement as he slammed his third ODI double-century, second against Sri Lanka, to guide his team to an easy win.
Giving more ammunition to the ruling Congress party, a senior Karnataka BJP leader was caught in a video, asking party workers not to refrain from “lying if you have to”. Watch the video here.
GST VS BITCOIN
Indians, it seems, were more stumped by GST than they were by the concept of bitcoins this year. A compilation of the top trends for 2017, released by Google Trends showed ‘What is GST’ as the top searched phrase in India under the ‘What is’ category. It was followed by ‘What is bitcoin’.
March 31, 2018 is the new deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts.
Does India's new offshore port change the strategic and economic game in South Asia vis-a-vis China and Pakistan or is there still more hype than truth to India's rise as a regional giant? News18.com looks at the ramifications of the Chabahar Port Project, its competition with Pakistan's Gwadar and the fractures underneath the India-Iran friendship that forms the cornerstone of this initiative.
When Kapil Sharma and Ishita Dutta paid a visit to News18.com, we thought why not ask the Firangi stars to give an English twist to some of the iconic scenes from Bollywood films? Sit back and enjoy as Kapil and Ishita try not to get lost in translation!
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