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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 06, 2018, 06.52 PM(IST)

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat. Photograph:( PTI )

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India a world power, hope for strong ties: Marshall Islands president to WION

Hilda Heine, Marshall Islands first women president, spoke to WION and shared her views on India-Pacific ties, PM Modi, climate-change and her interest in Bollywood. 

Election Commission announces dates for Assembly polls in five states, results on December 11

The Election Commission on Saturday announced dates for the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram Assembly elections. 

While polls in Chhattisgarh are likely to be held in two phases, elections in the other states might see polling in one phase.

Jammu and Kashmir: 15 killed, 19 injured as minibus falls into gorge near Banihal

At least 15 people were killed and 19 injured when a minibus fell into a deep gorge along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway near here, a senior police officer said on Saturday.

Google CEO secretly met Pentagon leaders over AI project: Report

Google's India-born chief executive Sundar Pichai quietly paid a visit to the Pentagon to ease tensions that erupted after employee outrage prompted the tech giant to sever a controversial defence contract to analyse drone video, according to a media report. 

Nana Patekar dismisses sexual harassment allegations, says, 'A lie is a lie'

Nana Patekar on Saturday denied sexually harssing Tanushree Dutta on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss'. 

"I said this ten years ago... A lie is a lie (Dus saal pehle bol chuka hoon, ab jo jhoot hai woh jhoot hai')", said Patekar after returning from Jodhpur at the airport.