Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala on Wednesday appeared set for a sweep in the local body polls in the state, while the BJP seemed to have made some gains, leading in Pandalam, the centre of protestsagainst women’s entry into Sabarimala, among others. The Left Democratic Front was leading in 514 of the 941 gram panchayats, five of the six city corporations and 11 of the 14 district panchayats, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. PTI
Team found no need to ban Bajrang Dal: FB India head
New Delhi: Facebook’s India head Ajit Mohan deposed before a parliamentary panel on Wednesday and suggested that the social media company’s fact-checking team has so far found no such element that necessitates a ban on the Bajrang Dal, sources said. He was questioned about a recent Wall Street Journal report suggesting that the social media giant is reluctant on banning Bajrang Dal. PTI
Adhikari resigns as TMC MLA, may switch to saffron party
Kolkata: Ending weeks of speculations, TMC heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari resigned as an MLA of the state assembly on Wednesday further fuelling the theory of him switching over to the saffron camp. Adhikari, who has resigned from the state cabinet last month, submitted his resignation to the Assembly secretary. PTI
Biting cold grips region
New Delhi: Cold wave and dense fog are sweeping plains of northwest India as temperatures continue to drop over the region with many parts of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab recording season’s lowest temperatures so far. At 2°C degrees Celsius, Amritsar was the coldest followed by Ganganagar (2.4°C) and Narnaul (3.4° C).