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How BJP's Chanakya met his waterloo in Bengal

The BJP could win only 16 out of the 57 seats in Bengal where Amit Shah campaigned, reports Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com. IMAGE: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Amit Anilchandra Shah on a roadshow......

Modi's Bengal strike rate: Less than 50%

The BJP's star campaigner could not help even half the number of candidates for whom he campaigned in his aggressive 'Didi-o-Didi' style in Bengal, reveals Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf. IMAGE:......

Impressive turnout in high-stakes assembly polls

A high voter turnout was recorded in West Bengal, Assam Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections on Tuesday. The massive polling exercise following COVID-19 health protocol and......

Mamata Banerjee sworn in as West Bengal CM for second time

Mamata Banerjee was on Friday sworn in as the chief minister of West Bengal for the second consecutive time, heading a 42-member ministry. Banerjee, 61, was administered oath of office and secrecy......

Why Kejriwal can dent Modi's campaign

'AAP's real value must be measured not by the number of Lok Sabha seats it wins in the election -- which may not exceed 10 or 15 -- and not even by the number of votes it takes from the BJP, but by......

Budget gets a thumbs up from India Inc

"India's middle class, small traders and farmers are the lifelines of its economic growth. By catering to these ambitions #Budget2019 infuses hopes for millions of dreams." Illustration: Dominic......

'Now, I am reduced to nothing'

'I have tutored my family and myself to fight hunger,' the former agent for the Saradha chit fund says, his eyes welling up. 96 of the 107 cases referred to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office......

The new republic of Bihar

The foetid smell of sweat, raw onions, garlic and mustard oil rises in the still, humid air of 1, Anne Marg as thousands collect in the sweltering heat to meet the chief minister of Bihar.This is......

PR firms set a scorching pace

After two years of recession, the Rs 150-175 crore (Rs 1.5-1.75 billion) public relations business is on a roll with the country's top agencies growing at a blistering pace of 30-50 per cent in the......

Reader Review: Khandaani Shafakhana has no impact

We asked readers to send in their reviews of the latest Friday release, Khandaani Shafakhana, and we got quite a few! Here's a look at what reader Arvind Moorthy thought about the film: Khandaani......

The Khandaani Shafakhana review

Khandaani Shafakhana neither enlightens nor entertains, feels Sukanya Verma. What sounds like a heavy-duty title of a Muslim social could well be called Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby. Khandaani......

'If you make a film on sex, you don't need to be vulgar'

'It was fun trying to regulate ourselves and keep it in the family zone, and yet be tongue-in-cheek.'Ronjita Kulkarni/Rediff.com meets director Shilpi Dasgupta to find out what it takes to make a......

'I could never sell myself'

'A producer once told me that one doesn't get paid for his acting skills.'' If you work here, you have to be either lovable or sellable.''Nobody talks about talent.' 'Here, people can pay huge......

Box Office: Kabali fares average

The hits and misses of the week. The Hindi version of Rajinikanth's Kabali did not find much love outside Tamil Nadu, and could not match the hype it generated. The Superstar has never......

Could this be the most watched IPL ever?

IPL could reach more than 530 million viewers on TV and a few hundred million more online.But can it make money for Disney Star?Vanita Kohli-Khandekar reports. IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore......

Rohit's super stats from Visakhapatnam Test

Rajneesh Gupta presents the numbers from the first Test. IMAGE: Rohit Sharma celebrates scoring a hundred in his first Test as India opener. Photograph: BCCI The 317 run opening stand between......

Ganguly rubbishes allegations of lack of transparency in ticket allocation

Former Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) treasurer Biswarup Dey has launched a fresh tirade against the Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal alleging discrepancy in ticket......

BCCI hopes amended Sports Bill is tabled during Budget Session

IMAGE: BCCI president Anurag Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke speak during a press conference. Photograph: Shashank Parade/PTI. Under pressure to implement Lodha Committee Reforms as per......

Gambhir, Tiwary come to blows during Ranji match

There were ugly scenes at Feroz Shah Kotla ground as rival captains Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary nearly came to exchanging blows during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Bengal, in New......

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