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Sonia to chair CEC meeting for Jharkhand polls on Nov 9

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New Delhi, Nov 6 : With just 24 days to go for the Jharkhand Assembly polls, a meeting of the Congress Election Committee (CEC) will be held on November 9 at the residence of interim party President Sonia Gandhi to discuss the names of the candidates, party leaders said on Wednesday.

A party leader in the know of things said that the meeting on Saturday will be chaired by Sonia Gandhi, who will discuss the probable candidates for the Jharkhand Assembly elections with the CEC members.

The Congress has faced a rebellion in its Jharkhand unit following the resignation of former state unit chief Ajoy Kumar, who quit the party in August after accusing several senior leaders of working for themselves. He later joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

After Kumar, former state unit chief Sukhdev Bhagat and party MLA Manoj Yadav also jumped ship to the ruling BJP in October.

The 81-member Jharkhand Assembly will go to the polls in five phases from November 30 to December 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 23.

In the 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP had won 37 seats while its ally All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) won five. The combined tally was enough for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to cross the majority mark of 41 in the Naxalism-affected state where the 2014 Assembly polls were also held in five phases.

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Rajinikanth: Tamil Nadu people to perform miracle in Assembly polls

Haasan and Rajinikanth, the two Tamil movie megastars with political ambitions, had recently said they could join hands if needed.

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Chennai, Nov 21 : Tamil actor Rajinikanth on Thursday said people of Tamil Nadu will perform a miracle in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Speaking to reporters here the actor said the Tamil Nadu people will 100 per cent perform a miracle in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Queried who will be the Chief Ministerial candidate if he and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan join hands and contest the polls, Rajinikanth said that will be decided after he floats a political party and discussions with his partymen.

Haasan and Rajinikanth, the two Tamil movie megastars with political ambitions, had recently said they could join hands if needed.

While Haasan has floated a party called the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), Rajinikanth has announced his intentions to launch a political party and contest all the 234 Assembly seats in the state as and when the polls are announced.

Speaking to reporters at the airport Haasan said, he and Rajinikanth were friends for a long time and if needed they would join hands for the welfare of Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to reporters later, Rajinikanth echoed Haasan.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka PM

The development comes a day after his predecessor and leader of the former ruling United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from the post.

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Colombo, Nov 21 : Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the island country’s 23rd Prime Minister in the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat here on Thursday.

Rajapaksa, who served as the Sri Lankan President from 2005 to 2015, will lead the government’s caretaker cabinet until the general election, the Sunday Times reported.

The development comes a day after his predecessor and leader of the former ruling United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from the post.

Wickremesinghe tendered his resignation after his party’s presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa lost last Saturday’s presidential election.

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Strong earthquake shakes northern Thailand, Laos

TV footage showed cracks on the wall of a 500-year-old temple hall in Nan.

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Bangkok, Nov 21 : An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit a border area between northern Thailand and Laos on Thursday. The Thai TV images showed collapsed roof from make-shift houses in Nan Province.

Director-General of the Thai Meteorological Department Somsak Khawsuwan said over 100 small and large tremors occurred in neighbouring Laos since 11 p.m. local time on November 20, Xinhua reported.

Somsak also said the major quake was recorded at 6.50 a.m. on Thursday.

School were ordered to shut down.

TV footage showed cracks on the wall of a 500-year-old temple hall in Nan.

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