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I will write my own book to tell the truth: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi Thursday refuted the allegations made by former Congress leader Natwar Singh's in a book and said she would write her own book to tell the truth.

"I will write my own book and then everyone will know the truth," Sonia Gandhi told TV news channel NDTV.

"The only way the truth will come out is if I write. I am serious about this," she said.


UPSC test issue raised in Lok Sabha again

New Delhi : Opposition members in the Lok Sabha Thursday yet again raised the issue of change in syllabus of UPSC examination and the government assured them of an early decision in the matter.

Raising the issue during the zero hour, Samajwadi Party member Dharmendra Yadav claimed that police had unjustly baton-charged students who have been on a hunger strike over the issue.

"The Modi government claims to be in favour of Hindi language but where is the proof? The government had assured that it will be solved within one week but what is the government doing?"


'Old fears' of cultural polarisation rising in Goa

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : While apologizing for his "India is already a Hindu Nation" and "I am a Christian-Hindu" comments, Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza did not necessarily admit to any wrongdoing.

What D'Souza, in fact, ended up saying was exactly what Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the New York Times' India blog 'India Ink' in September 2013 that India was "culturally Hindu".

Nepal gears up security cover for Modi visit

Kathmandu : Air surveillance will be stepped up, a special command centre has been set up and Indian commandos will fly down here as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his Nepal visit Sunday.

The Nepal government has mobilised personnel of all its four security agencies for Modi's visit.

Modi is arriving on his maiden, two-day official visit to Nepal Sunday at the invitation of Nepalese Premier Sushil Koirala.


Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha was Thursday adjourned till 2 p.m. as the opposition disrupted the proceedings seeking a debate on the reported bugging at union minister Nitin Gadkari's residence here.

After being adjourned twice, the house met at noon. Members from the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Left reiterated their demand for a discussion and asked the government to launch a formal inquiry into the allegations.


Modi's visit to Buddha's birthplace uncertain

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : The visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and a Unesco World Heritage Site in Nepal, has not been confirmed yet, a minister said.

Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey told the media Wednesday that Modi's visit to Lumbini would be possible if the weather permitted.


Grover to be acting Lok Sabha secretary general

New Delhi : Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has appointed P.K. Grover to officiate as secretary general of the lower house and its secretariat with effect from July 31, an official release said Tuesday.

Grover is a secretary in the Lok Sabha secretariat.


DMK demands Katju's removal as Press Council chief

Chennai : The DMK Wednesday demanded the removal of former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju as chairman of the Press Council to protect the reputation of the judiciary, legislature and the panel.

DMK legal wing secretary R.S.Bharathi sent a representation to this effect to the vice president, Lok Sabha speaker, the chief justice of India and the union ministers for information and broadcasting and law and justice.


Sonia, Manmohan refute allegations by Natwar Singh

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday refuted former union minister Natwar Singh's allegation that she had access to government files, while also voicing her wish to write a book herself for "everyone to know the truth". She was backed by former prime minister Manmohan Singh who said "private conversations should not be misused for capital gains".

"I will write my own book and then everyone will know the truth," Gandhi told news channel NDTV.

"The only way the truth will come out is if I write. I am serious about this," she said.


Sonia, Rahul move high court against summons

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court against the summons issued to them for allegedly cheating and misappropriating funds of a company that used to publish the now defunct National Herald newspaper.