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Surge in voter turnout in Indian polls

Voters form a queue in a polling booth
TURNOUT in India's multi-phase election is so far almost eight percentage points higher than last time, data showed on Wednesday (April 16), reflecting enthusiasm for polls expected to bring the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power.   Polling in five of the ten phases has been completed, with the biggest day of voting set for Thursda...




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Opinion poll gives absolute majority to BJP

THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are set to win a narrow majority in the world's largest democratic election, the latest opinion poll showed on Monday (April 14).   India's oppposition party, led by prime-min More Real life news »

Top court recognises transgenders as third gender

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday (April 15) recognised India's long marginalised transgender community as a third gender and, in a landmark judgment lauded by human rights groups, called on the government to ensure their equal treatment. &n More Real life news »

Rajnath Singh rules out major change to nuke policy

THE HEAD of India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tipped to win ongoing national elections, has ruled out any change in the country's “no-first-use” nuclear weapons policy.   The BJP sparked speculation More Real life news »
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