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Congress asks why government is not taking up pending bills

New Delhi : Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi Thursday questioned why the government is not taking up legislative business even though so many bills are pending.

"Government is not taking up any legislative business even though so many bills are pending... What is this government doing," Chaturvedi asked, raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said the Congress leader need not be worried about the issue as it is the government's responsibility.

"Why are you worried," Kurien questioned Chaturvedi.


Political parties condemn BJP leader's remark on Sania

New Delhi : Political parties Thursday condemned a Telangana BJP leader for criticising the appointment of tennis star Sania Mirza as the state's brand ambassador, saying it was "unfortunate" and "bizarre."

Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury said that Mirza is a "youth icon who has brought glory to the country."

Nepal geared up for Sushma Swaraj's visit

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrives here Friday for a three-day visit - the first high-level visit from the new Indian government - where the Nepal-India Joint Commission at foreign ministers' level will be meeting after 23 years.

Of the three days, two days are being allocated for the meetings of the joint commission and one day for meetings with political leaders.


Government to speak Friday on Shiv Sena MP row

New Delhi : The government Thursday told the Rajya Sabha it will inform the house Friday about facts of the incident in which a Shiv Sena MP tried to force food into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan Muslim staffer who was observing Ramadan fast.

As soon as the upper house met Thursday, opposition members were on their feet seeking a clarification from government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the house.


Nitish practising politics of opportunism: Kushwaha

New Delhi : A union minister Wednesday accused former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar of opportunism, saying the JD-U and RJD tie-up for the bypolls shows he does not practise politics of principle.

In a release, Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha who heads the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), said several leaders, including Nitish Kumar, came under Samata Party to "rid Bihar of misrule" of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), headed by Lalu Prasad.


Meghalaya CM's office least functioning in state: MLA

Shillong : The Meghalaya Chief Minister's Office was one of the least functioning offices in the state due to the regular absence of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Independent legislator Saleng Sangma said Wednesday.

The legislator met Governor Krishan Kant Paul and sought his intervention on Mukul Sangma's regular absence from office amid the prevailing turmoil in the insurgency-hit Garo Hills region.

India, Nepal to revive joint panel during Sushma visit

New Delhi : India and Nepal will resurrect a bilateral joint commission after 23 years during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's three-day visit to Nepal beginning July 25.

Her trip to Nepal comes a month after she visited Bangladesh, highlighting the BJP-led government's intent of focusing on neighbours.

The focus of her visit will be presiding over the India-Nepal joint commission meeting July 26, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin at a briefing here Wednesday.


Congress moves SC over foreign funding

New Delhi : The Congress Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging a Delhi High Court verdict that held it and the BJP guilty of receiving funds from the subsidiaries of Britain-based Vedanta Resources, flouting norms of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).


Kanimozhi seeks early hearing of plea in 2G case

New Delhi : DMK leader Kanimozhi has moved the Supreme Court seeking an early hearing of her plea seeking the quashing of charges framed against her in the 2G case being exclusively heard by a special CBI court.

Contending that she was innocent of the offences alleged against her by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Kanimozhi alleged that NGO Centre for Public Interest, which was made a respondent in the matter, following the Jan 21 order of the apex court, was "deliberately" not making an appearance and has failed to file its response to her plea.


Plea in Delhi HC over prosecuting Kejriwal, Bharti

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the central and city governments on a plea seeking direction to grant sanction to prosecute former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and ex-minister Somnath Bharti in a criminal case.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the governments to file their responses by Nov 19 on a plea filed by Ajay Gautam, who had earlier filed a criminal complaint case against Kejriwal and Bharti in a trial court.