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The Morning Wrap: Mamata May Dial Prashant Kishor For Bengal Elections; Now, Anyone Can Be On A Postage Stamp

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 12: TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses rally at Ramlila ground on March 12, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Anna Hazare skipped the rally. (Photo by Ramesh Pathania/Mint via Getty Images)

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Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat in the country's general election on Monday, as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory that would ensure it can form the next government.

Commenting on Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shatrughan Sinha's meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, following the state election, BJP's senior leader Kailash Vijayvargia compared the actor-turned politician to a dog.

Huffington Post India compiles the best commentary in Indian newspapers on the results of the Bihar polls.

Salman Soz says that though the BJP may have the highest share of votes in Bihar, it is the lowest relative to the number of seats it contested.

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A day after the BJP lost the Assembly election in Bihar, the party’s Parliamentary Board has concluded that the Grand Alliance or the Mahagathbandhan won because there had been an almost total transfer of votes among various parties in the alliance, which overwhelmed the BJP and its alliance partners.

Six leading polling agencies are in talks to form a self-regulating Indian Polling Council, which hopes to bring about greater transparency and improved standards in opinion polling.

Team Mamata Banerjee has approached Prashant Kishor, the election strategist whose stock has zoomed after the Bihar result, to "manage" the 2016 Assembly polls, sources in Trinamul told The Telegraph.

Instead of playing Pakistan in the UAE, as has been proposed, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wants to host the neighbouring country at home in December.

Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as Bihar CM once the Grand Alliance formally elects him as its leader after Diwali. It is learnt that the Alliance will stick to the 4:4:2 seat-sharing formula between RJD, JD (U) and Congress for ministry distribution.

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Miffed BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha claimed that the Bihar poll results could have turned out different for his party had he been projected as the chief ministerial candidate.

Appearing on a postage stamp was once a hallmark of achievement and a rare privilege, but India's Postal services now allows anyone to click a selfie and have their own postage stamp.

Singapore will name an orchid after Narendra Modi to honour him, when the Prime Minister visits the city-state on November 23 to sign a strategic partnership document between the two countries and deliver the prestigious Singapore lecture.


C Rangarajan takes us back to 1991 and recounts how the Indian rupee was devalued in the wake of India's balance of payment-crisis. It is the result of the changes then, he adds, that "India's external sector (today) has never been stronger."

Gopalkrishna Gandhi speaks of symbolism and the veneration of political personalities in India. He expresses his hope that on Nehru's birth anniversary, on November 14, the Congress would admit that "...not just the Nehru-Gandhi one but all cults and cultisms are wrong. It will do history great service and the BJP will then stop foraging in the debris of the Grand Old Party’s narcissistic un-graciousnesses."

Vamsee Juluri discusses the theme of non-violence at the Dharma-Dhamma conference in Indore and says that there is more to religion than 'intolerance.' "When a nation sees only fear spread across its media landscape, without even an acknowledgment of the moments of hope that exist still among its citizens for religious and world harmony, it can warp whatever possibilities that exist for seeing religion as an influential, cultural source of tolerance and acceptance in the world."

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