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LIVE! Polling begins in Manipur and Uttar Pradesh

08:23  Polling begins in Manipur and Uttar Pradesh:  Voting is underway in the first phase of elections in Manipur where 38 constituencies in five districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur, Churachandpur and Kangpokpi are polling.

While, the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections, spread across Mau, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh and Ballia, has also started.

Assembly segments of Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency of firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yogi Adityanath, and Mau, where jailed gangster-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari is in fray, also figure in this penultimate phase of polling that will also cover some districts bordering Nepal.

Around 1.72 crore UP voters, including 94.60 lakh men and 77.84 lakh women, are eligible to cast their votes in this round to decide the fate of 635 candidates.

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00:09  Trump administration would be good for India: US industry body:  

The Trump administration would be good for India as Washington sees New Delhi as a stabilising factor in the region, a top US industry body has said.

“I think US needs India for its presence in the region itself,” Mukesh Aghi, president of US India Business Council, a representative body of top American businesses having a footprint in India, told PTI.

Noting that geopolitically as India sits in a very turmoil arena, New Delhi needs Washington more.

“We feel that from the Indo-US relationship perspective, Trump administration will be good for India,” Aghi said, adding that two principles could drive Indo-US relationship.

“First, this administration sees that the economic prosperity of India is good for America. Second, it also sees the military growth of India as a stabilising factor in the region itself,” he said.

“We believe that India wants to see the US as a strong nation, sending a strong message out there because at this stage while India is trying to grow economically you do not want too much disruption in global order. We feel that the ties between the Trump administration and Modi government will be positive and much more deeper also,” Aghi said.

Source: Rediff