India Politics

India Politics

Sushma Swaraj to travel to China Feb 1

New Delhi : After an intensive engagement with the US during the visit of President Barack Obama, India is now set to engage with China with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to pay an official visit to Beijing Feb 1-3.

Sushma Swaraj's visit, on the invitation of her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, is also expected to lay the ground for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year.

The two ministers will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of concern to both sides.

NCC taught me a lot: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday credited the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for teaching him a lot.

"Will address NCC rally today (Wednesday). Mind is full of memories of my association with NCC. NCC taught me a lot," Modi tweeted, ahead of addressing a NCC rally in the national capital.

The Prime Minister's Rally, which will take place at the Garrison Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment, will be Modi's first after assuming office last May.


NC, Congress won't fight each other in RS polls

Jammu: The National Conference will back Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Feb 7 Rajya Sabha elections for four seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

This was decided after an hour long meeting between National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Congress president Sonia Gandhi late Tuesday in New Delhi. The National Conference will field former ministers - Sajad Ahmad Kichloo and Nasir Aslam Wani - for two other seats.

The NC-Congress combine would field candidates for only three out of the four seats to ensure Azad's victory in these elections, sources said.

BJP names two candidates for RS polls in Kashmir

New Delhi: The BJP Tuesday named two candidates - Shamsher Singh and Chander Mohan Sharma - for the Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, in an indication that informal talks on government formation with the PDP were making headway.

The names were approved by Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Shah, a BJP release issued here said.


BJP names two candidates for Rajya Sabha polls in Kashmir

New Delhi : The BJP Tuesday named two candidates - Shamsher Singh and Chander Mohan Sharma - for the Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

The names were approved Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Shah, a BJP release issued here said.


Will bring Jan Lokpal, says Kejriwal

New Delhi : Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said his party was still committed to bring anti-graft Jan Lokpal legislation in the capital.

Addressing people at party's Delhi Dialogue campaign in east Delhi, the former chief minister said: "Media kept saying that we forgot Jan Lokpal bill, but we were waiting for the end (of campaigning). It (the bill) is the only way to remove corruption."

After ruling Delhi for 49 days, Kejriwal had resigned Feb 14, 2014 over the failure to introduce the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly.


Lalu supports Obama's advice of tolerance

Patna : RJD chief Lalu Prasad Tuesday praised US President Barack Obama for his advice to have religious tolerance for all.

"Obama has rightly advised (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for religious tolerance to all. Obama's words were also a caution for Modi not to play politics using religion," the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief told the media here.

The US president Tuesday stressed the need for the governments to uphold the freedom of religion written in the constitution of both the countries.

Poor offering their all inspired me, says Modi

New Delhi : Narrating how he was offered milk and a roti made of bajra (millet) by a poor family in his days as an "ascetic", Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said their gesture inspired him to devote his life to people like them.

Addressing the nation in his "Maan Ki Baat" radio programme along with US President Barack Obama, Modi said he was touched by how the family tried to provide him their best food.


Modi concerned over India's skewed sex ratio

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday expressed concern over the skewed sex ratio in India and blamed a "defect in attitude" towards girls and boys for it.

"There is a lot of worry because of the sex ratio in India. For every 1,000 boys, the number of girls is less. And the main reason for this is that there is a defect in our attitudes towards boys and girls," he said addressing a special episode of Mann Ki Baat, his regular radio address to the nation which he conducted jointly with US President Barack Obama.


Third EC notice to Kejriwal on 'bribe for votes' comment

New Delhi : The Election Commission Tuesday issued a third notice to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal asking him to "desist" from making comments on bribing of voters by political parties and warned of strict action in the event of any violation.

The notice was issued over Kejriwal's comments that people from both the BJP and the Congress would offer money to voters which they should not refuse. The AAP asked electors to, however, cast their vote in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party.