54 killed in thunderstorms across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, MP 

Storms and lightning across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bengal killed at least 54 people in the past 24 hours, officials said on Tuesday, taking the toll from freak weather this month to around 290. Two people died in Bengal’s Malda district during heavy rain and thundershower on Monday night. Anima Ghosh, 40, died in the Englishbazar area when a big tree fell on the three-wheeler in which she was returning home from work. In another incident, Anup Saha, 35, died in the Rathbari area when part of…

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Congress, RJD cite Karnataka decision, to stake claim to govts in Goa, Bihar

The Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Thursday said they will ask governors in Goa and Bihar to invite their parties to form governments in the state, speaking afer the BJP came to power in Karnataka despite not having majority in the assembly. The Congress said it had the “strength” to form a government in Goa and pointed at Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala who invited BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to take over as chief minister after his party got the most seats in elections but fell short…

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