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Sushma makes statement on Yemen in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : Amid a huge ruckus and slogan shouting by opposition members, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said in the Lok Sabha that the evacuation of Indians from strife-torn Yemen was a collective effort, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We successfully evacuated Indians from Yemen under very difficult circumstances," Sushma Swaraj said in her statement.

"It was a collective effort, led by the prime minister in which everybody collaborated. The international community has commended our efforts to bring back Indian citizens from Yemen," she said.

Modi's next 'Mann ki Baat' on April 26

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his next radio address 'Mann Ki Baat' would be on April 26.

"Looking forward to 'Mann Ki Baat' on the 26th of this month," Modi tweeted. He, however, did not share the subject of his monthly address.

In his last 'Mann Ki Baat' on March 22, Modi had addressed farmers.


Modi hopes for productive budget session

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that the second half of the budget session of parliament would be "as productive and successful as the previous one".

Modi told reporters that "some unprecedented decisions" were made after many years in a parliament session.

The first half of the budget session "was successful because of the cooperation from all political parties," he said, thanking them for their support in helping constructive debate take place in parliament.


Modi's jibe at UPA in Canada regrettable, disgraceful: Tharoor

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's jibe at the previous UPA government during his Canada trip, saying he would "clean up the dirt" left behind by them, was "regrettable" and "nothing less than disgraceful", Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said here on Sunday.


Government to table copy of land ordinance in Lok Sabha Monday

New Delhi: With the government slated to table a copy of the land ordinance in the Lok Sabha on Monday, the house is expected to witness a stormy start as it meets after a recess for the second half of the budget session.

According to the schedule of business of the house, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy would lay a copy of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.


Rahul ready for leadership in strategic action: Sandeep Dixit

New Delhi: Maintaining that Sonia Gandhi was still his preferred choice for leading the Congress, party leader Sandeep Dixit on Sunday said Rahul Gandhi was ready to take over the leadership mantel in "strategic action".

Dixit, among the number of voices within the party maintaining that Sonia Gandhi should continue as party chief, told IANS: "Rahul Gandhi is taking the leadership of our strategic action... So that's good."


Kashmiri Students ‘selected’ under PM scholarships scheme expelled from Rohtak college

By Staff Reporter,

Srinagar: A private engineering college in Rohtak, Haryana has prohibited 13 students from Jammu and Kashmir from appearing in end-semester examinations over non- payment of fees.

According to the students they were selected for the Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), a centrally sponsored scheme for J&K students who wishe to pursue studies outside the state.

Bengal poll panel takes U-turn, calls civic polls violence-free

Kolkata: A day after expressing displeasure over the conduct of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, the West Bengal State Election Commission on Sunday did a volte-face claiming there were no major law and order disruptions during the exercise.

Facing a plethora of complaints regarding unfair practices, State Election Commissioner S.R. Upadhyay on Saturday said: "Ideally, if the polling is conducted properly, you don't get so much of complaints."

However, on Sunday he gave a contrary view.


Congress will oppose land bill tooth and nail: Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi: As parliament reconvenes this week after the intra-session break, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday that the party will oppose the land acquisition bill "tooth and nail" as well as any "divisive and confrontational" policies of the Narendra Modi government.

Tharoor also termed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's address at a farmer's rally here as a "new boost" to the party's momentum.

Tharoor, a Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, said the party had been "very constructive in parliament" and had supported the BJP-led NDA on the insurance bill.


Sitaram Yechury: Suave, soft-spoken and dynamic

By Mohammed Shafeeq,

Hyderabad: Sitaram Yechury, who has been elected the new general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, has been the most prominent face of the party for decades.

Suave and soft-spoken, he has been associated with the Communist movement since his student days and now at the age of 62 faces the onerous task of rebuilding the party.