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A war of words erupted among the "first family" of Indian politics as a new poll pointed to a sweeping election win for the Hindu nationalist opposition. Priyanka Gandhi, sister of Rahul Gandhi who is leading the ruling Congress party's campaign, called the bitterly fought election contest an "ideological war" against the hardline Hindu (BJP).

A total lunar eclipse, the first since December 2011, will take place with the Americas best placed to get a glimpse. The moon will fully emerge from the Earth's shadow at 1037 GMT. While the entire event is visible from North and South America, sky watchers in northern and and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia will be out of luck, according to NASA. It's the first of four consecutive phenomena of this kind this year and next, a series astronomer call a tetrad.

The water festival is a time where local community groups come together so children can have fun and not spend too much money.

Traditional dance troupes have been competing since the start of the Thingyan festival and it is a popular part of the New Year celebrations. T

Meanwhile celebrations also continued in Nay Pyi Taw, with the biggest ones held in hotel zone and government quarters. In the Presidential Palace, the Myanmar Traditional Maha Thingyan Pandal hosted performances by groups from ministries and celebrities. State officials joined President U Thein Sein and his family in celebrating the festival, with very hopeful wishes for the year ahead.

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Updated on 11-4-2014  11:41 AM



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