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Mumbai: Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's wifeSunanda Pushkar's sudden death has left Bollywood celebritieslike Shabana Azmi and Sridevi shocked.Sunanda, who was upset over an alleged extra-maritalaffair between her minister husband Shashi Tharoor and aPakistani journalist, was found dead in a five-star hotelroom."Shocked to hear news about Sunanda. Condolences to Shri.Shashi Tharoor & family of Sunanda Pushkar," singer AshaBhonsle tweeted.Condoling the tragic passing of the entrepreneur, actressShabana Azmi said, "Deeply saddened by Sunanda's tragicpassing away. She was warm, lively and very affectionate.Heartfelt condolences to the family. "Actress Sridevi grieved Sunanda's death and rememberedher as an affectionate and vibrant personality. "Saddened by the unfortunate demise of a warm,affectionate, vibrant and good soul. RIP Sunanda Pushkar," the'English Vinglish' star said."Shocked to hear about Sunanda Pushkar... Seems likeyesterday she was with us at all Kolkata Knight Riders matchesin Kolkata. Cheering and cheerful," said actress-entrepreneurJuhi Chawla.Filmmaker Kunal Kohli said, "It's disturbing whatsocial media can lead through... We have to see what is goingon in our society and where social media is taking us to." Actor-producer Anupam Kher said he is stunned to knowabout Sunanda Pushkar's sudden death."She was bright, forthright, loving & full of life.Really sad and tragic. Sunanda Pushkar lived life on herterms. She was larger than life. Had a great sense of humour.Shocking. Feel bad for her family and her son," Kher said.Lyricist Javed Akhtar said, "It is shocking that some onelike Sunanda, full of zest for life, full of joy and happinessis no more. Deepest condolence to Shashiji."Author Shobhaa De, "I refuse to call her Sunanda Tharoor.Free at last! God bless her free spirited , beautiful soul."PTI

Around 50 pc voting in Karnataka bypolls

from IANS

Around 50 pc voting in Karnataka bypolls

Around 50 percent of over 3.6 million voters cast their ballots Wednesday in the bypolls for two Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka, an official said.


Mumbai gangrape: Politicians express shock

from IANS

Mumbai gangrape: Politicians express shock

Political leaders cut across party lines on Friday to condemn the gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai.

TDP MP N Harikrishna quits Rajya Sabha

from IBNLive

TDP MP N Harikrishna quits Rajya Sabha

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP N Harikrishna has resigned from the Rajya Sabha to protest against the formation of Telangana.

Harshvardhan, Vijay Goel eye CM post

from IBNLive

Harshvardhan, Vijay Goel eye CM post

An all-out factional war has broken out between Harshvardhan and Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, with both vying for the Chief Minister's post if the party comes to power.

Congress has 2 by-polls in Karnataka

from CNN-IBN

Congress has 2 by-polls in Karnataka

It is a crucial day for the Congress in Karnataka as by-polls began in Mandya and Bangalore Rural constituencies on Wednesday.

Social media can't help in elections: Tharoor

from PTI

Social media can't help in elections: Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said the platform alone cannot help win elections but gives new options of reaching out to public.

'Centre only worried about saving its chair'

from IBNLive

'Centre only worried about saving its chair'

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre was neither concerned about the economy nor the falling rupee but only worried about saving its chair.