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The tribals of MP have the power to swing elections. Not much else

The tribals of MP have the power to swing elections. Not much else

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Updates from : the Print : Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of tribals in India – about 21.5% of state’s population – whose support can make or break BJP & Congress’ fortunes. Jhabua: Kesar Singh Vaskela is browsing his phone as he waits for the bus that’ll take him to the weekly haat (market). Vaskela, from the village Mohudi Pada in Jhabua, studied up to class 10 in a local school, but was forced to drop out and earn a livelihood thereafter. But a dismal lack of opportunities meant Vaskela had to look for greener pastures. He now lives in Ahmedabad in the neighbouring state of Gujarat for seven to eight months a year, and works as a mason. Dressed in a blue shirt, which he proudly says he bought in Ahmedabad just before Diwali, Vaskela, 24, makes a string of comp
Sabarimala hill shrine set for pilgrimage

Sabarimala hill shrine set for pilgrimage

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Updates from : the Hindu : The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala will open on Friday afternoon for the 62-day annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season that begins on the first day of the Malayalam month of Vrischikom on Saturday. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is busy making arrangements to provide basic facilities for pilgrims at Nilackal, identified as the main base camp in the wake of the destruction of pilgrim facility at the Pampa Manalpuram in the mid-August deluge. The government would deploy a posse of police force at Sabarimala, Pampa and Nilackal to check any untoward incident during the pilgrim season against the backdrop of the ongoing protests by various Hindu organisations opposing the Supreme Court verdict of September 28, permitting entry for women ...
‘Gaja’ landfall likely tomorrow

‘Gaja’ landfall likely tomorrow

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Updates from : the Hindu : ‘System caught between two anti-cyclonic circulations’ Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ is likely to strike the Tamil Nadu coast by Thursday afternoon, bringing heavy rainfall in a few places across seven districts with gale winds. There has been a slight shift in the duration of landfall as the cyclone had remained stagnant for 24 hours, said Meteorological Department officials. On Tuesday evening, ‘Gaja’ lay over west-central and adjoining east-central and south Bay of Bengal, about 660 km east-northeast of Chennai and 760 km east-northeast of Nagapattinam. It is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore on Thursday. S. Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, said the system had slowed down as it was caught
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