POLITICS

9-day-old water protest in Khandwa continues

With the agitation against the raising of the water-level in Omkareshwar dam here in Madhya Pradesh continuing for the ninth day on Sunday, the condition of protestors highlighting their plaint by squatting in the river worsened. The protest comes in the wake of the raising of the height of the water-level in the dam to 191 metres from 189 metres ...

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Mekedatu Water Row: Karnataka to Observe Counter Bandh Saturday

Karnataka organisations and pro-Kannada outfits have called for a bandh on Saturday in the state and Bangalore from 6 am to 6 pm for 12 hours in protest against what they said Tamil Nadu’s attempts to stall the Mekedatu drinking water project across the Cauvery. The move in response to similar bandh observed by Tamil Nadu on March 28 against ...

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For Record, Rahul Gandhi Returns to Delhi from Bangkok

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has returned to the national capital after nearly two months’ absence, officials said on Thursday. “He (Rahul Gandhi) is back,” an official at his office told IANS. He added that an official confirmation would soon be released. The 44-year-old returned in a Thai Airways flight around 11 am this morning and drove directly to his residence ...

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2 Days More, Rahul Gandhi Will be Back, ‘to Cheer BJP’?

Absent for long, Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice President, will re-appear on national political scene effective from April 15, after going on a 2-month sabbatical with prior permission from his mother. The Congress party said he would be leading a Kisan (farmer) rally against the Land Acquisition Bill on April 16 and perhaps 19 sharing the dais with his mother and ...

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Govt-run Media Institute IIMC Snubs 2002 Gujarat Riots Documentary Maker

It should not come as a surprise when the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), run by the government’s I&B Ministry for training journalists and the ministry recruits, decided to cancel the invite to a speaker at the last minute citing the busy schedule of its director general. The row over the cancellation of a lecture of Gauhar Raza, a ...

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Netaji Snoopgate: What’s so Strange? Where’s the Missing Link?

Post-independence, the government of India changed the hands to Indian leaders but not its intelligence traditions, going by the fact that for two decades until 1968, the family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was under watch. Essentially it was a case of not sharing the spoils of a success that led the Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi to keep off Netaji family from ...

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Six Janata Dal parties try to stitch unity as strong BJP looms large

After Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) of Bihar has affirmed its approval for the merger of six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar. “The party has declared its support for merger and authorised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and JD-U president Sharad Yadav to finalise the process of the merger,” Bihar Water Resources Minister Vijay ...

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BJP distances itself from Minister VK Singh’s ‘presstitute’ tweet

The BJP on Wednesday distanced itself from Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh’s “presstitute” tweet. The Congress demanded that he be sacked. “Tweets are personal. The way (words have been used is) best deciphered by the person who has tweeted,” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra told the media about Gen. (retd) Singh’s latest tweet which has ...

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Advani Not Invited to BJP’s 35th Foundation Day ?

The BJP held its 35th foundation day function at the party office in New Delhi but party patriarch L. K. Advani was not “officially” invited for the event, sources said. They said that Advani’s office got to know about the function through an SMS that was also sent to the media. The foundation day function had special significance this year ...

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Fabindia CCTV Case: Goa Image Goes for Toss Globally

Four employees of Fabindia were released on bail by a Goa court on Saturday, as Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar ruled out any mischief and the company issued an apology to union HRD minister Smriti Irani over the alleged CCTV snooping at a store in the coastal state. But there was fresh trouble for the boutique chain as the media unearthed ...

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Sonia Gandhi Refuses to React to Giriraj Singh’s ‘Narrow Mindset’

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday when asked about BJP Minister Giriraj Singh’s remarks on her white skin said it’s “narrow mindset” of him that requires no reply. During his visit to Patna, Giriraj Singh said, if former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had married a woman who was not white-skinned, would the Congress have accepted her? “If Rajiv Gandhi had ...

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Supreme Court stays summons issued against Manmohan Singh

In a dramatic turn of events, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was relieved by the Supreme Court, which gave a stay order against the summons issued by a special court in the coal scam. The summons were issued by a special court in connection with the allocation of 15 percent share in the Talabira II coal block to Kumarmangalam Birla ...

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Ashutosh Goes Open Letter Way to Deal with Prashant Bhushan

The war of words in Aam Aadmi Party has gone open with the lines drawn between arvind Kejriwal supporters and those who are against him. However, the open debate between the party members shows enough evidence to show the public who was at wrong. Recalling the events of Prashant Bhushan’s association with the party, journalist-turned-politician ashutosh has written an open ...

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AAP Forms New Lok Pal and Disciplinary Panel

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) A day after it acted against dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, the AAP on Sunday decided to form a new internal Lokpal and a disciplinary committee. The decision was taken at a meeting held at Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. “We have taken four decisions. A new ...

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Kejriwal Says Yogendra Yadav Tried to Snatch Convenor Post from Him

After successfully kicking out party veterans Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Prshant Bhushan, AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal revealed the real plot behind their sacking from the party. In a video released by the party, Kejriwal was seen accusing dissidents Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan for working against the party. “In February last year, Yogendra Yadav’s PA Vijay Raman called one ...

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AAP Kicks Out Yogendra Yadav Bereft of Inner Party Democracy

History Repeats and in less than two months after its historic win, Aam Aadmi Party showed the world that it is no less dictatorial than the Nazi party of Adolf Hitler that set out to run the mankind in World War Two, reiterating old political mantra “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” In a shocking revelation to the world ...

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Vajpayee Conferred Bharat Ratna Finally

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was on Friday conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, by President Pranab Mukherjee in a brief ceremony at his home here attended by the country’s leadership. The president, in a break from protocol, arrived at Vajpayee’s 6, Krishna Menon Marg residence here to confer the top honour on the nonagenarian Bharatiya ...

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Is Rahul Gandhi in Bangalore?

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been on sabbatical with his mother Sonia Gandhi’s permission but BJP is in a hurry to make him come out of his hiding as soon as possible. His absence in the budget session of Parliament had caused surprise in the party and in the ruling BJP too. While posters in his constituency cropped up ...

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