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Modi whips up frenzy over Mani remark; using it for electoral advantage

Continuing his attack on suspended Congress party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now alleged that Aiyar had gone to Pakistan after the NDA came to power where he had said that until Modi was not removed India-Pakistan ties could not improve. "Why did he go to Pakistan? To give my 'supari'? (contract killing)," a provocative PM asked the crowd at an election rally.

Modi intolerant, does not like questions; ministers, MPs all scared: BJP MP quits party

Nana Patole has been in politics for almost 30 years. In 1990, he became a member of the Bhandara Zilla Parishad from Sangadi Zilla Parishad Constituency. Before becoming a Lok Sabha MP, Nana Patole was a three-time MLA in the Maharashtra Assembly between 1999 and May 2014. He had contested the first Assembly election as an Independent candidate- after the Congress denied him a ticket - but lost to the BJP. Later in 1999 and 2004, Nana Patole contested Assembly elections on Congress symbol and won. He was also the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly. But his real claim to fame came in 2014 when he emerged as the giant killer defeating NCP leader Praful Patel in his own backyard in Gondia. Currently, Nana Patole is a member of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests. Nana Patole is known to go ballistic on issues that appeal to him. He is considered as nobody's man. In September this year, Nana Patole kicked up a storm when he claimed that he was not allowed to pose questions to PM Modi during a meet. He referred to a meeting between the BJP MPs from Maharashtra and Narendra Modi. Patole claimed that the Prime Minister got angry when he raised the issues of OBCs in Maharashtra and farmers suicide during the meeting. Patole said that Modi did not like being questioned by anybody including a Member of Parliament.

China claims Indian drone invaded airspace; Delhi says Beijing informed

China claims an Indian drone "invaded" its airspace and crashed on its territory in the Sikkim section of the border where the two countries were locked in a 73-day military stand-off. New Delhi said the drone crossed the border by mistake, and that China had been informed about it.

Hamas calls for new uprising against Israel to protest Trump’s decision

The Israeli military was reinforcing troops in the occupied West Bank as Hamas urged Palestinians to abandon peace efforts. The Islamist group is calling for a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. Protests so far have been scattered and largely non-violent. But dozens of Palestinians gathered at two points on the Gaza border fence with Israel and threw rocks at soldiers on the other side. Inside Gaza, thousands of Palestinians rallied, some chanting: "Death to America! Death to the fool Trump!" and burning tires.