articles by Ayswarya Murthy

Politics

'Changing governance, not govt our goal,' says TJS chief M Kodandaram as party emerges as Congress' key to counter KCR

For the newly formed Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), the upcoming Assembly election is all about making governments more accountable to the people and ensuring their participation in the decision making process

Business

Deep sea fishermen receive no banking support as lenders don’t want to fish for trouble

Boat owners rely on the local network of agents who advance them the fuel or supplies they need against the expected catch.

Politics

Karnataka polls: Electorate shuts the door on small parties despite the entry of at least 12 new players

In contrast to previous elections, no party — apart from the big three — were able to claim a piece of the electoral pie in Karnataka this time around.

Politics

Karnataka polls: Confident Narendra Modi won't be PM again, can see it in his face, says Rahul Gandhi

'Confident that Modi won't be the PM again. I can see it in his face," Rahul Gandhi said while inaugurating the Samruddha Bharat Foundation on Tuesday.

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Karnataka polls: With no Muslims among BJP candidates, state's largest religious minority may turn to Siddaramaiah

In at least eight constituencies Muslims make up at least half the population and in a dozen more seats they can play a decisive role in deciding the winner

India

Karnataka polls: I would rather dissolve the party than contest on religious basis, says AIMEP president Nowhera Shaik

Nowhera Shaik & her All India Mahila Empowerment Party have made a loud entry into the Karnataka elections arena. She speaks about her chances in the polls.

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Karnataka polls: Sam Pitroda says NRI support, Rahul Gandhi's revamp of Congress can make difference

Technologist, policymaker and staunch Congressman Sam Pitroda was in Bengaluru over the weekend to discuss highlights of the Congress manifesto in front of an audience of voters and senior party leaders.

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Karnataka elections: Congress, BJP lock horns beyond dusty campaign trail, heat up social media to attract urban voters

With the BJP ahead in the social media game, the Congress will have to do some serious catching up so far as the Karnataka Assembly elections are concerned.

India

Four months after Cyclone Ockhi, survivors and kin of deceased still counting losses, awaiting compensation

Although it's the March-April fishing season, very few boats are out fishing. The fisherfolk are too traumatised to return to sea after Cyclone Ockhi.

India

During Cyclone Ockhi, lack of early warnings and at-sea communication devices left fisherfolk helpless

In the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi, which ripped through southern India in late November last year, killing 365 people, there is a lot of discontent.

India

Months after Cyclone Ockhi, Tamil Nadu fisherfolks' families allege government apathy in recovering bodies

Father Lucian Thomas' office in Neerody witnesses a steady stream of the faithful seeking his counsel, and these days it invariably revolves around the aftermath of Ockhi. The cyclone left 203 people dead in Tamil Nadu, 162 in Kerala and tore through the lives of fishing communities in coastal villages between Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari. A village of nearly 6,000 people, Neerody lost 34 men, one of the highest casualties among fishing villages on this coast.

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Congress, BJP rush to stitch alliances in Meghalaya, but undecided regional kingmakers may delay govt formation

Voters of Meghalaya have elected a hung Assembly, with no single party or pre-poll alliance securing enough seats to be able to form the government

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Meghalaya polls: Political parties set musical tone to electioneering even as local artistes try to stay above fray

The role of music in the Meghalaya’s society and culture is well-documented and celebrated; from the dying folk and community music traditions to the venerated rock music scene.

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Congress needs no allies in Karnataka, pro-incumbency sentiment prevails: KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao

Dinesh Gundu Rao, working president of the KPCC, says the Congress doesn’t need allies in Karnataka ahead of the Assembly elections and is going on its own.

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RK Nagar bypoll: TTV Dhinakaran drubs AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan by 40,000 votes, wins J Jayalalithaa's former seat

The by-election for former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s Assembly seat saw not her party candidate, but her aide VK Sasikala's nephew and Independent candidate TTV Dhinakaran winning the contest. Dhinakaran won by 40,707 votes. While he polled 89,013 votes, the AIADMK candidate Madhusudhanan secured 48,306 votes. The DMK’s Maruthu Ganesh came third with 24,651 votes.