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Hyundai Archery World Cup final to be held in Russia        Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz named in Pakistan''s World Cup squad        Uber partners with ICC for Men''s cricket World Cup 2019        Markets soar in early trade; Sensex zooms 942 points, rupee gains 79 paise        Lanka govt appeals to parents to send their children to school without fear        US delays implementation of Huawei trade ban by 90 days : Commerce Dept.        Swaraj to attend SCO foreign ministers meet in Bishkek from Tuesday        International calls diversion racket held in Telangana        Welcome decision to sack me as UP minister: Rajbhar        China "regrets" Security Council''s rejection of Russian-requested meeting on Ukraine        LS polls come to close; over 64 pc voting recorded in last phase        PM performs puja at Kedarnath after meditating for 17 hrs, will also visit Badrinath        Modi govt set to return to power, Exit polls predict        Exit polls gossip, don''t trust them: Mamata        S. Arabia calls GCC, Arab League meetings        Blast near tourist bus injures at least 17 in Egypt        Bravo, Pollard named in W Indies reserve players list for World Cup 2019        Opposition unity: Naidu meets Akhilesh, Mayawati over opposition unity post LS polls        I could be assassinated like Indira Gandhi, BJP after my life: Kejriwal        LS polls candidate attacked in Kerala        
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National News
Shocker defection: Sonia''s former aide Vadakkan deserts Congress, joins BJP
 
New Delhi: Giving a shocker in the run-up to the general elections, the BJP on Thursday could bring in Tom Vadakkan, a former close aide of Sonia Gandhi, into their fold. "It gives me a great pleasure coming here.....The reason why I left Congress is with a heavy heart. Because the attack by Pakistani terrorists on our land and the reaction from Congress was sad indeed. It hurt me deeply," Mr Vadakkan told reporters in presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

"When you question the integrity of the armed forces, I am deeply hurt and that''s precisely the reason I am here," he said. Mr Vadakkan, who is a Roman Catholic, said the matter is not about ideology alone - "yeh desh prem ki baat hai....(This is a matter of one''s love and dedication for the country)". "If a political party takes a stand which is against the country....then I was left with no other alternative than to quit such a party," said Mr Vadakkan, who was once political secretary of Sonia Gandhi.

Apparently, Mr Vadakkan was unhappy lately after he was sidelined. He also lashed out at the ''dynastic'' politics being pursued in Congress. Welcoming him to the BJP, Union Law Minister Mr Prasad said "Mr Vadakkan is a senior Congress leader and comes from Roman Catholic family in Thrissur. He has decided to join the BJP after getting impressed by the policies and programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and equally getting disenchanted by the Congress party".


Swaraj to attend SCO foreign ministers meet in Bishkek from Tuesday
International calls diversion racket held in Telangana
Welcome decision to sack me as UP minister: Rajbhar
LS polls come to close; over 64 pc voting recorded in last phase
PM performs puja at Kedarnath after meditating for 17 hrs, will also visit Badrinath
Exit polls gossip, don''t trust them: Mamata
Opposition unity: Naidu meets Akhilesh, Mayawati over opposition unity post LS polls
Modi is an actor, says Priyanka; compares him to Asrani in Sholay
Every religion has its own terrorist: Kamal Haasan
Rahul Gandhi meets Alwar gang-rape victim; says she will get justice
Cong not averse to supporting regional party leader for PM post: Ghulam Nabi
Pragya Thakur apologises for calling Godse a ''patriot''
Modi's legacy as Gujarat CM burden on country's communal history: Mayawati
Chappals hurled at Kamal Haasan
Priyanka's Varanasi roadshow gathers crowds
Madan B Lokur appointed judge of Supreme Court of Fiji
Morphed image of WB CM: SC says arrest of activist prima facie arbitrary
TMC behind violence in Kolkata, not BJP, says Shah
Modi's legacy as Gujarat CM burden on country's communal history: Mayawati
I am not an outsider; have come here to campaign for BJP: Amit Shah
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Cate Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski to star in 'Stateless'
 Los Angeles: Cate Blanchett is set to feature in Australian TV psychological drama "Stateless".
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I am not going to get into politics: George Clooney
India moots tax breaks, refunds for foreign film units
To attack Vidyasagar is to attack Bangla language: Mahesh Bhatt
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Lanka govt appeals to parents to send their children to school without fear
 Colombo, May 20 (PTI) Sri Lankan government on Monday appealed to all parents to send their children
US delays implementation of Huawei trade ban by 90 days : Commerce Dept.
S. Arabia calls GCC, Arab League meetings
Blast near tourist bus injures at least 17 in Egypt
KERALA NEWS
LS polls candidate attacked in Kerala
 Kannur: Independent candidate from Vadakara Lok Sabha constituency and former CPI(M) local leader CO
Two women abort their plan to enter Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala
Kerala CM meets CEOs of leading business firms in Switzerland
Elephant to undergo medical test for Thrissur 'pooram'
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