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Ajit Pawar, the proverbial Trojan Horse

A few weeks before he passed away, former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had warned me that it would not be long before Ajit Pawar broke from his uncle Sharad Pawar and struck out on his own. “Today he has more resources than his uncle and he has carefully built up support among party MLAs who, at a pinch, will opt for him rather than Sharad Pawar.”

People are determined to vote for a change in state, says JMM’s Hemant Soren

With Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president and former chief minister Shibu Soren (75) restricting himself to few token rallies owing to his old age and health, JMM working president and the chief ministerial face Hemant Soren (44) has emerged as the main campaigner for the JMM, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (JDF) alliance in Jharkhand assembly elections. He spoke on various election-related issues. Edited excerpts:

Pregnant 19-year-old set on fire by partner in Bihar

Bettiah: A day after a college student was burned for resisting rape attempt in Muzaffarpur, a 19-year-old pregnant girl was allegedly set on fire by her boyfriend at a village under Sikarpur police station limits in Bihar’s West Champaran district on Tuesday morning. The accused was arrested late evening, police said.

Two arrested with fake currency

Noida: Two men in their late twenties were arrested on Monday afternoon for allegedly trying to dupe a Delhi-based businessman using fake currency. Police recovered fake currency with a face value of ?1.2 crore from them.

MP raises concern over Haryana green cover in Parliament

Gurugram: Member of parliament of Rajya Sabha for Haryana, Kumari Selja, raised the issue of legal protection for the state’s forests and Aravalli regions during the zero hour session in Parliament on Tuesday. Selja also called for the formation of a task force dedicated to raising Haryana’s forest cover from the 3.5%, at present, to 5% by 2024, and 10% by 2030.

The CAB’s discriminatory spirit undermines justice

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, appears destined to become law in the near future. The primary criticism is that it discriminates on religious grounds by treating persons belonging to six religions differently from all others, while carving out an exception and effectively allowing them to escape “illegal status” and gain citizenship.

JNU row: What is the outrage all about

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is all set to witness another showdown between the students and the administration. The agitating students have given the call to boycott the end-semester examinations which are scheduled to begin on December 12.

When Thanos came to Mumbai: What happened at Comic Con 2019

Ask professional cosplayer Saurabh Rawat, what he wanted to be when he was little and he laughs while saying, “I wanted to be a cartoon.” The art director from Mumbai’s suburbs has been cosplaying professionally for five years and has even won a couple of accolades for his costumes. The ninth edition of the two-day comic convention, popularly known as Comic Con, saw a bit of dance, music, culture and dollops of drama as characters from every comic book series, manga and movie got into character to compete for the cosplay competition. Saurabh’s rendition of DOTA’s Centaur Warrunner — a half-man, half-horse character — took him three months to create. It had velcro strips on his face to accommodate three braided locks of hair that acted as his beard and moustache and that was only part of his detailed ensemble.

India vs West Indies 3rd T20I:?Predicted XI – Virat Kohli needs to make crucial changes in decider

India is a team that plays T20 cricket with an ODI mindset, still. Yes, you can keep your brick bats ready for this analysis of ours but that is what it seems with the way the team bats, especially when they are setting a target. The practice of keeping wickets in hand initially and looking to go hammer and tongs in the last 5 has not yielded great results for the team which has found itself short of putting up unachievable targets despite a strong platform upfront on most occasions.

Horoscope Today: Astrological prediction for December 10, what’s in store for Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius and other zodiac signs

Horoscopes help by giving a little hint about what the day is going to be like for all of us.The sun, moon and the planets determine whether the odds will be in our favour today. Each sign has its own characteristics and personality traits which tell us a lot about a person. Wouldn’t it then be helpful if we started our day by already knowing about what’s going to come our way? Read on.