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Sonia, Manmohan call on Xi

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh Friday met visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping here.

They were also accompanied by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

They called on Xi at Taj Palace Hotel, where he is staying.

Xi is on a three-day official visit to India and will depart from here Friday.


Saradha scam: Kunal Ghosh calls for questioning minister, MP

Kolkata : Having already dragged the name of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Saradha scam, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh Thursday called for interrogating state Sports Minister Madan Mitra for "unearthing the larger conspiracy".

As Ghosh, who headed the Saradha Group's media arm, was presented before a city court on the expiry of his judicial remand, he also called for questioning fellow party MP Srinjoy Bose and his father Swapan Sadhan Bose, a former party parliamentarian.


Police crackdown on Jadavpur students: BJP wants judicial probe

Kolkata : The BJP Thursday slammed Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha for claiming there was no baton-charge on demonstrating Jadavpur University students, and demanded a judicial inquiry into the violent crackdown.

Many students of the prestigious university were hospitalised after police allegedly beat them up early Wednesday for laying siege to Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty's office while seeking a fresh inquiry into the purported sexual harassment of a female student on the campus last month.


RLD, BKU workers protest, want memorial to Charan Singh

Ghaziabad/New Delhi : About 200 farmers and policemen were injured in clashes when a Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) protest turned violent at Murad Nagar town of Ghaziabad district Thursday.

Workers of both the organisations were protesting the snapping of water and power supply to the Tughlak Road residence of former civil aviation minister Ajit Singh to force him to leave the government bungalow. Ajit Singh lost the recent Lok Sabha elections.


It's thumbs down again for Congress in Uttar Pradesh

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow : It is thumbs down again for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh - a state that has supported four generations of its leadership beginning from the illustrious Jawaharlal Nehru to the present-day party vice president Rahul Gandhi.

The disastrous show for the Congress that saw its double-digit impressive showing in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls dwindle to just two seats (Amethi and Rae Bareli) in the May 2014 general elections, continues as the party drew a blank in the recent bypolls for the 11 assembly seats.


Saradha scam: CBI to grill Trinamool MP, CPI-M leader

Kolkata : Probing the multi-crore Saradha scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now summoned for questioning Trinamool Congress MP Suvendu Adhikari and CPI-M leader Rabin Deb, an official said Thursday.

"They have been summoned for questioning regarding the Saradha scam," the CBI official said.

Adhikari, Lok Sabha member from West Bengal's Tamluk in East Midnapore district, however, denied having any information about the agency calling him for questioning.

"I am yet to receive any communication from the CBI," Adhikari told IANS.


Sushma Swaraj meets Xi

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday met Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-day visit to the country.

"Ge xia, wo hen huanying nin dao yindu lai - I extend a very warm welcome to you in India," Sushma Swaraj greeted the Chinese president.

Earlier Thursday, Xi was presented a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. He also visited Rajghat - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi - and laid a wreath.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Xi would hold talks at Hyderabad House later in the day.


Modi raises incursion issue with Xi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping the latest incident of incursion by Chinese troops into Indian territory during their meeting in Ahmedabad Wednesday, the external affairs ministry said Thursday.

Ahead of talks between Modi and Xi at Hyderabad House Thursday, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India would raise the incursion issue by Chinese troops into Ladakh area.


Uproot Congress-NCP govt in Maharashtra: Amit Shah

Kolhapur (Maharashtra) : BJP president Amit Shah Thursday gave a clarion call to "uproot the scam-ridden Congress-NCP" government in Maharashtra to ensure the state's return to pride and progress.

Launching the party's campaign for the Oct 15 assembly elections, Shah said that the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have "destroyed" the state during their rule over the past 15 years.


BJP building martyrs' memorial in Karnataka

Bidar (Karnataka) : The BJP's youth wing is building a martyrs' memorial at Gorata, 65 km from here in northern Karnataka, as a tribute to about 200 freedom fighters who were massacred by Nizam soldiers (Razakars) in the village in 1948 when it was part of the erstwhile Hyderabad state.

The BJP's Yuva Morcha (youth wing) is also constructing a statute and a building in the sleepy hamlet in memory of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, who was instrumental in liberating the Hyderabad state from Nizam's suzerainty.