POLITICS

Pranab Mukherjee’s Daughter Sharmistha Won’t be Official Hostess When Obama Visits

When President Pranab Mukherjee hosts US President Barack Obama for the official ceremonial banquet and the At Home on Republic Day, his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee won’t be playing the usual hostess. Sharmistha, named the Congress candidate for the Greater Kailash assembly constituency for the Feb 7 poll, is bound by the Model Code of Conduct. “I will definitely not be ...

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Harishankar Bramha takes over as new Chief Election Commissioner

Harishankar Bramha has assumed charge as the 19th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) succeeding V.S. Sampath in New Delhi on Friday. Bramha has served as Election Commissioner since 25th August, 2010. An IAS officer of 1975 batch (AP Cadre), Bramha served as Secretary in Ministry of Power before joining the Election Commission. He has held various senior level posts in the ...

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Kiran Bedi Finds Home in BJP, Kejriwal May grow Stronger

Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi on Thursday joined the BJP and will be fielded in the Feb 7 Delhi assembly elections as possible chief ministerial candidate against Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal, though AAP chances to get majority on its own still look slim. Flanked by Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and union Finance Minister Arun ...

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It’s BJP or Congress, AAP no Alternative in Delhi: Sheila Dikshit (Interview)

BJP leaders admit the AAP is their main foe in Delhi, but three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit doesn’t feel that the Arvind Kejriwal-led party is an alternative to the BJP or the Congress. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes all out campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi, Congress leader Dikshit says her party is very much in the ...

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Enable voting by NRIs in 8 weeks, SC tells Govt.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to take steps, within eight weeks, for implementation of e-voting by NRIs after being told the government has accepted the poll panel’s recommendation to this effect. The government has accepted both in “letter and spirit the recommendation of the Election Commission. Further steps are to be taken to implement the suggestions in ...

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Who is Sirisena? Man who escaped LTTE attack, eliminated Tigers, to rule Sri Lanka now

Maithripala Sirisena, elected to govern Sri Lanka, was once jailed for alleged links to leftwing Sinhalese rebels who almost ousted the government in 1971. He remained in prison for 15 months. And if luck had not been on his side, Sirisena might have been assassinated by the Tamil Tigers who attacked his convoy in a suburb in 2008, leaving one ...

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