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Minor earthquake shakes Sonitpur region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Sonitpur region of Assam this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 93.0°E, occurred at 0607 hours at a focal depth of 36 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Nagaon region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale, shook the Nagaon region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.2°N and longitude 92.7°E, occurred at 1130 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Bye-elections to be held on November 19 to fill four LS, eight Assembly seats

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The Election Commission (EC) today said it would hold bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the Lok Sabha from three States and eight seats in the Legislative Assemblies in seven States.
 
The vacancies in the Lok Sabha are from Lakhimpur in Assam, Shahdol (ST) in Madhya Pradesh and Coochbehar (SC) and Tamluk in West Bengal, an official press release said.
 
The Assembly seats vacant are 20-Baithalangso (ST) in Assam, 45 – Hayuliang (ST) in Arunachal Pradesh, 179-Nepanagar (ST) in Madhya Pradesh, 263-Monteswar in West Bengal, 195-Thiruparankundram in Tamil Nadu, 4-Barjala and 25-Khowai in Tripura and 17-Nellithope in Puducherry.
 
The release said the notification for the bye-elections will be issued on October 26 and the last date for making nominations is November 2. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 22.
 
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Javadekar launches Param-Ishan supercomputer at IIT, Guwahati

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Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Param-Ishan supercomputing facility at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati here yesterday.
 
“It is a glad moment to launch the fastest and most powerful computer in northeastern, eastern and southern regions,” he said at the launch.
 
“The IITs are modern temples for development and we reiterated our commitment to give a big push to research and innovations by empowering the educational institutes to transform into higher seats of learning and platforms for advanced research.  A nation’s potential for growth today is evaluated on the quality of its research and development,” he added.
 
Prof. Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT Guwahati said Param-Ishan had power of 250 Teraflops and 300 terra bytes capacity. It will not only augment the research initiatives in the Institute, but also help in creating an ecosystem for attracting right talents to the field of research, he said.
 
Param-Ishan can be used in the application areas like Computational Chemistry, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Electromagnetic, Civil Engineering Structures, Nana-block Self Assemble, Optimization, and so on, an official press release said.
 
North East India receives heavy rainfall during monsoon, which leads to flooding and landslides. Param-Ishan can be used for weather, climate modelling and seismic data processing, it said.
 
Mr. Vinay Sheel Oberai, Secretary, Department of Higher Education,  Prof. Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC, Pune, and Prof. S.V. Rao, Head, Computer Centre, IIT, Guwahati were also present at the launch.
 
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Regional conference on Citizen Centric Services Delivery System in Guwahati

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A two-day Regional Conference on Path Breaking and High Impact Initiatives in Citizen Centric Services Delivery System opened here today.
 
The conference has been organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, in collaboration with the Government of Assam.
 
Inaugurating the conference, DARPG Secretary C. Viswanath said the Government had taken several initiatives for better administrative reforms.
 
“Government is not something separate or very different. People make the Government. Our common notion is that Government is routine, repetitive and hierarchical, where there is no accountability, no transparency and also where procedures are more important than outcome.
 
“But our Prime Minister Narendra Modi now appeals for the Government to reform, perform and transform,” he added.
 
He also emphasized that recently more than 1000 archaic laws have been reformed which will be definitely one step towards reducing corruption.
 
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Mr Pawan Kumar Borthakur, Principal Secretary, Administrative Reforms & Training Department, Assam, explained the importance of the conference in his introductory speech. The panellists will discuss digital intervention, corruption free governance and rural area connectivity issues.
 
Ms T. Y. Das, Additional Chief Sectary, Assam, spoke on good governance and called for steps to make the Government more accountable, transparent and citizen centric to meet the public expectation.
 
Delegates from eight states of North Eastern Region and four states of Eastern Region--West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand--and senior officers of DARPG are participating in the conference.
 
The conference aims to create a common platform to share experiences in the formulation and implementation of citizen centric governance, improved public service delivery through e-Governance, transparent, accountable and citizen friendly effective administration.
 
Ms Smita Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Ms Alpana Shukla Rao, Director, DARPG, Ms Anjan Chakravarty, Director, Assam Administrative Staff College and senior officers were present on the occasion.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Sonitpur region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, sook the Sonitpur region of Assam in the early hours of today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 92.6°E, occurred at 0316 hours at a focal depth of 30 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Sibsagar region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Sibsagar region of Assam this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.1°N and longitude 94.6°E, occurred at 1322 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier this morning, an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 jolted Nepal. It had its epicentre at latitude 27.7 N and longitude 86.2 E, and occurred at 0734 hours IST at a focal depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Darrang region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Darrang region of Assam today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3°N and longitude 92.0°E, occurred at 1711 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Darrang region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Darrang region of Assam early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 92.0°E, occurred at 0454 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Karbi Anglong region of Assam today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.7 N and longitude 93.2 E, occurred at 1531 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 jolts Myanmar, tremors felt in eastern, NE India

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 jolted Myanmar this afternoon and the tremors were felt in several parts of eastern and north-eastern India.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 21.0 N and longitude 94.4 E, near Chauk town on the Irrawaddy river, occurred at 1604 hours IST at a focal depth of 58 km.
 
Reports reaching here said the tremors were felt in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal, Patna in Bihar, Guwahati in Assam and Tripura, among other places. They were also felt in Bangladesh and Thailand.
 
Residents of the affected areas ran out of their homes and offices as a precautionary measure.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong region of Assam in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.6 N and longitude 93.2 E, occurred at 0254 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Mukherjee, Modi condemn militant attack in Assam

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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condemned the attack by militants in Kokrajhar district of Assam, in which 13 people lost their lives.
 
“I am extremely sad to learn about the attack by militants in Assam’s Kokrajhar district today in which a number of persons have lost their lives and several others are injured," Mr. Mukherjee said in a message to Mr. Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, the Governor of Assam.
 
"Such senseless acts of terrorism targeting innocent lives undermine the democratic base of society and deserve to be universally condemned. They must be met with determination and collective action. I call upon the State Government and all concerned other agencies to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice and law and order is maintained in State. I am sure necessary steps are being taken to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured. 
 
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I also wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he added.
 
Mr. Modi also expressed sadness and strongly condemned the attack. “Saddened by the attack in Kokrajhar. We strongly condemn it. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and those injured. 
 
"The Home Ministry is in touch with the Assam Government and is monitoring the situation closely," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"News of the terror attack in Kokrajhar, Assam extremely worrying. My thoughts& prayers are with the families of the victims," Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Morigaon region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Morigaon region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3 N and longitude 92.5 E, occurred at 1137 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong district of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.5 N and longitude 93.3 E, occurred at 1121 hours at a focal depth of 30 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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BRICS Youth Summit, 2016 to be held in Guwahati from July 1

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The three-day BRICS Youth Summit, 2016 will be held in Guwahati from July 1 with thematic debates, cultural events, site-visits and interactive sessions with local youth.
 
The theme for the summit is “Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges”, an official press release said.
 
The subjects to be covered by thematic debates are Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Social Inclusion, Youth Volunteerism and Youth Participation in Governance.
 
The youth delegates will also call on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi and meet Assam leaders and senior officials during the course of the summit.
 
All the BRICS nations have confirmed their participation in the summit. The Indian Youth Delegation will be led by Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Jitendra Singh.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karimganj region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Karimganj region of Assam tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.7 N and longitude 92.3 E, occurred at 1945 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Exercise Jalrahat for flood relief commences in Assam

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Exercise Jalrahat, a mock drill for disaster preparedness, a joint initiative by the Assam government and the Armed Forces commenced today at Narangi Cantonment.
 
In his opening address, Lt Gen D Anbu, GOC Gajraj Corps, stressed the need for integrating the key facets of the National Disaster Management Policy (NDMP-2016) guidelines. These include understanding and strengthening disaster risks, governance to manage disaster risks, investing in disaster risk reduction and enhancing disaster preparedness, he said.
 
Assam Chief Secretary V. K. Pipersenia commended the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and the Armed Forces for taking the unique initiative, the first of its kind, to spread awareness among various stakeholders about each other’s role, tasks and capabilities.
 
A series of presentations and brainstorming sessions with syndicates followed co-opting different agencies responsible for disaster management. Several issues ranging from preparation, planning, early warning and immediate response to relief and rehabilitation measures came up for discussions.
 
In addition to Exercise Jalrahat based on flood relief in an urban setting, Indian Navy will be carrying out Exercise Prakampana based on relief and assistance in case of a super cyclone at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh in August this year. 
 
The Indian Air Force will be undertaking Exercise Sahayta based on relief and assistance in case of a major earthquake at Bhuj, Gujarat. All these will be joint exercises like Exercise Jalrahat.
 
The exercise, spread over three days, will witness an outdoor display and demonstration on June 29 before terminating with Lessons Learnt on June 30.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Dibrugarh region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, jolted the Dibrugarh region of Assam this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.3 N and longitude  95.2 E, occurred at 0934 hours at a focal depthof 5 km.
 
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Suspension of Operations Agreement with NDFB (P) extended by six months

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The Suspension of Operations Agreement with the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive) (NDFB-P) was today extended for a period of six months upto December 31, 2016.
 
An official press release said this was decided at a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG), consisting of representatives of Government of India, Government of Assam and National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive) held here today.
 
The meeting reviewed the observance of Agreed Ground Rules for Suspension of Operations was, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in North Cachar Hills area of Assam

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A minor earthquake, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the North Cachar Hills region of Assam early this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.1 N and longitude 93.2 E, occurred at 0409 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Marigaon region of Assam

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A minor earthquake, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Marigaon region of Assam this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.2 N and longitude  92.4 E, occurred at 1805 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Sonowal takes over as Assam CM as BJP forms its first government in North-East

Former Union Minister Sarbanand Sonowal was on Tuesday sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Assam at the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party's first government in the North-East.
 
Sarbananda Sonowal takes oath as Assam's first BJP CM
Former Union Minister Sarbanand Sonowal was today sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Assam at the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party's first government in the North-East.
 
Governor P. B. Acharya administered the oaths of office and secrecy to Mr. Sonowal, who was Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports in the Union Council of Ministers, and 10 of his ministerial colleagues.
 
Those who took oath as Ministers included Mr. Hemanta Biswas Sarma, who had switched sides from the Congress to the BJP, now in power at the Centre, ahead of the elections.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several Union Ministers, BJP President Amit Shah and the Chief Ministers of states ruled by the BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), attended the ceremony.
 
Mr. Sonowal, 53, is the 14th Chief Minister of Assam. He and Mr. Sarma had led the BJP and its two regional allies, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) to victory in the elections held in April to the State Legislative Assembly, the results of which were announced on May 19. The coalition won 86 seats in the 126-member assembly.
 
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Congress leader Tarun Gogoi, who ruled the state for 15 years in three consecutive terms, was amongst those present at the swearing-in ceremony.
 
Later, addressing the gathering after the formal ceremony was over, Mr. Modi told the people of Assam that, in Mr. Sonowal, they had a Chief Minister from the tribal community who is dedicated to serving society.
 
He expressed confidence that the new Government would serve the people of Assam and transform the State through development. 
 
Mr. Modi said the Union Government was working on the principle of cooperative federalism, and wanted to give States maximum strength to enable them to progress. 
 
He said democracy is about "bhaagidaari" (participation), and stressed that the Centre and the States must walk shoulder to shoulder for development. He underlined the need for comprehensive and all-round development of the nation, and especially the eastern part of the country. 
 
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BJP wins Assam, LDF back in Kerala; Jaya retains power in TN, Mamata in WB

The BJP, the ruling party at the Centre, came to power for the first time in the North-East when the coalition led by it won a historic victory in the Assembly elections in Assam, while the Left Democratic Front returned to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.
 
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre, came to power for the first time in the North-East when the coalition led by it won a historic victory in the Assembly elections in Assam, while the Left Democratic Front (LDF) eturned to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister J Jayalalitha proved exit polls wrong as she won a rare second consecutive term in office while her West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) also won a second term with a massive win as the counting of votes in the Assembly elections to the four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry progressed today.
 
In Assam, the BJP dislodged the 15-year-old Congress regime headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who could not quite overcome the anti-incumbency factor. While the BJP won 60 seats in the 126-member assembly, its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) got 14 seats and the Bodoland People's Front picked up 12. The Congress got only 26 seats. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) won 13 seats. One seat was won by an independent candidate.
 
Among the winners were Mr. Gogoi from Titabor and BJP's chief ministerial nominee, Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who won from Majuli.
 
In West Bengal, the TMC won 211 seats in the 294-member assembly, while the Congress, which went into the elections as an ally of the Left Front, won 44. The Left Front got 32 seats, while the BJP won three and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha got three. One seat went to an independent candidate.
 
Ms. Banerjee, whose party had ended the 34-year reign of the Left Front in 2011, won from Bhawanipore.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalithaa became the first Chief Minister to get a second consecutive term in office after 1984 as her AIADMK won 134 of the 232 seats for which polling was held. The DMK, led by veteran M. Karunanidhi, a former Chief Minister, got 87 seats, and was leading in two more at the time of writing this report, while its ally, the Congress, could manage only eight. The Indian Union Muslim League got one seat.
 
While Ms. Jayalalithaa won from Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar, while the 93-year-old Mr. Karunanidhi won the Thiruvarur seat. Mr. Karunanidhi's son and DMK Treasurer M K Stalin retained the Kolathur constituency.
 
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In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) won 91 seats in the 140-member assembly, while the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) could manage only 47. The BJP won a seat in the Kerala Assembly for the first time, with party veteran O. Rajagopalan winning from Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram.
 
Former Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth, the BJP's candidate in Thiruvananthapuram, also lost.
 
Among prominent winners were Chief Minister and Congress leader Oommen Chandy, his predecessor V S Achuthanandan (LDF), former Finance Minister K M Mani and Government chief whip P C George, who left Kerala Congress (M) to fight from Poonjar as an independent candidate. Film actor Mukesh won from Kollam as a CPI(M) candidate.
 
CPM leader and possible Chief Ministerial candidate Pinarayi Vijayan won from Dharmadam in Kannur district. Mr. Chandy, who has represented Puthupally in Kottayam for more than four decades, won once again from there.
 
In Kollam, well-known Malyalam film actor won as an LDF candidate, while another actor, K B Ganeshkumar, who had switched over to the LDF from the UDF before the elections, won from Pathanapuram, defeating another popular actor Jagadish of the Congress. In the losers' list were Ministers K Babu and PK Jayalakshmi..
 
In Puducherry, the Congress won 15 of the 30 seats and its ally, the DMK, got two to wrest power from the ruling All India NR Congress, which could get only eight seats. The AIADMK won four seats.
 
Polling was held in the four states and one UT between April 4 and May 16. Counting of votes began at 8 am today and all the results are expected by late tonight.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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BJP wins in Assam, Congress ousted in Kerala; Jaya retains power in TN, Mamata in WB

The Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the Centre, appeared headed for a historic win in Assam to form its first ever government in the North-East, while the Left Democratic Front was all set to return to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.
 
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre, appeared headed for a historic win in Assam to form its first ever government in the North-East, while the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was all set to return to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister J Jayalalitha proved exit polls wrong as she headed for a rare second consecutive term in offie while her West Bengal Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was also poised for another term with a huge win as the counting of votes in the Assembly elections to the four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry was underway today.
 
In Assam, the BJP was set for a huge win, dislodging the 15-year-old Congress regime headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
 
In Kerala, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy appeared to be on its way out as the Left Democratic Front (LDF) built up a huge lead.
 
As early counting trends came in, Ms. Jayalalithaa's ruling AIADMK was ahead in 131 of the 232 seats where polling was held, while the DMK led by veteran M. Karunananidhi, was leading in 90, its ally Congress in 8 and others in three constituencies.
 
In West Bengal, the TMC was leading in 212 of the 294 constituencies, while the Congress was ahead in 45, the CPM in 24, the CPI in 1, the RSP in 3, the Forward Bloc in 2 and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in 3. The BJP was leading in 3 seats.
 
In Assam, the BJP was ahead in 61 of the 126 seats, while the Congress was a distant second with leads in 26. The All India United Demcratic Front (AIUDF) was ahead in 12 seats, while the Asom Gana Parishad was leading in 14 the Bodoland People's Front in 12.
 
In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was leading in 91 of the 140 seats, while the Congress-led UDF was ahead in 47, while the BJP was ahead in one seat.
 
In Puducherry, the Congress was ahead in 15 of the 30 seats and its ally, the DMK, in two and the combine was all set to wrest power form the ruling All India NR Congress, which was ahead in eight seats. The AIADMK was leading in four.
 
Polling was held in the four states and one UT between April 4 and May 16. Counting of votes began at 8 am today and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
Votes are also being counted today in the bye-elections held on May 16 to fill one vacancy in the Lok Sabha -- Tura in Meghalaya -- and six in legislative assemblies in four states -- Jharkhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
 
The assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Godda and Panki in Jharkhand, Talala in Gujarat, Jangipur and Bilari in Uttar Pradesh, and Palair in Telangana.
 
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The Election Commission has deferred the bye-elections in Ghoradongri (Madhya Pradesh), Anantnag (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kanubari (Arunachal Pradesh).
 
The bye-election in Tura (ST) was necessitated by the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4 in New Delhi.
 
In Assam, the votes are being counted at 51 counting centres across the state amidst tight security. There are 1064 candidates in the fray, including Mr. Gogoi, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term as Chief Minister, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal. The state had witnessed 84.72 percent polling.
 
In West Bengal, where Ms. Banerjee is seeking a second term, the polling turnout was around 80 percent. 
 
The Election Commission has set up 80 counting centres for the counting of votes in the elections to the 140-member state assembly in Kerala. The state had registered more than 77 percent polling. There are 1203 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose Congress-led UDF government is looking for a second consecutive term.
 
In Tamil Nadu, the counting of votes is being held at 68 centres across the state in the elections to the 234-member assembly. Polling was held on May 16 for 232 seats. The polling percentage was 73.76 percent.
 
In Puducherry, about 82 percent of the electorate had exercised their franchise on May 16. There were 344 candidates, including 21 women, in the fray for the 30 seats.
 
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