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432 nominations rejected in Haryana


Chandigarh : Of the 1,874 nominations filed for the Haryana assembly election, 432 nominations have been rejected during scrutiny Saturday, officials said.

"Nomination papers of 432 candidates, which mostly included Independent candidates, have been rejected due to one or the other reason. Nominations of remaining candidates were found in proper order," said an official spokesperson of the election department here Saturday.

Friday was the last day for filing nominations for the 90 seats and Tuesday is the last day for withdrawing from the contest.


Meira Kumar to attend Commonwealth parliamentary conference


New Delhi : An Indian parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Meira Kumar will leave Monday to attend the 55th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPA) in Tanzania Sep 29-Oct 5.

"The theme of this conference is 'The Commonwealth and the CPA; Meeting Future Global Challenges'," Meira Kumar said Saturday.

Meira Kumar will also attend the executive committee meeting and will be the lead speaker at the workshop on 'The Role of Parliament in shaping the Information Society'.


Parliament should sit for 110 days a year, says Meira Kumar


New Delhi : The Indian parliament's sittings should be increased to 110 days a year, Speaker Meira Kumar said Saturday.

"We should increase the number of sittings (of parliament) to 110 days," the speaker told reporters here, adding that "disruption of the house proceedings is a major concern for everybody".

She said that bigger state assemblies in the country should also convene for 110 days a year. Meira Kumar said the matter was discussed in the recent state parliamentary affairs ministers' meeting.


Puducherry's Congress nominee elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha


Chennai : The Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha from Puducherry, P. Kannan, was declared elected unopposed Saturday evening.

"The result was officially declared at 3 p.m," M.Shivaprakasam, the returning officer, told IANS from Puducherry by phone.

Kannan, a former state assembly speaker, had merged his party - the Puducherry Munnetra Congress (PMC) - with the Congress last month.

Apart from him, three Independents had entered the fray. But their nominations were rejected as they did not fulfil the required norms.


Justice against India’s Hitler

By Abdul Hannan

Slaughter of Muslims in India is not new. They have suffered during the long freedom struggle against the British occupation. They have suffered during partition of India and they continued to suffer in numerous anti-Muslim riots after the independence.

Tharoor says he'd tweet, but in moderation

New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) Unfazed by the controversy surrounding his comments on the microblogging site Tweeter, Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor is upbeat about using this "innovative method of communication" used by the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

"(US President) Barack Obama uses it, (Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton used it while she was in Delhi and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd does it," Tharoor said in an interview to the India Today magazine.


Maoists gun down Chhattisgarh MP's son

Raipur : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Baliram Kashyap's two sons were shot by suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district Saturday, killing one of them, police said.

"Maoists fired several rounds at Kashyap's sons, Dinesh and Tansen, when they were at a temple performing Mahashtami Durga Puja in their ancestral village Gharguda in Bastar district," a top police official told IANS.

The site of the attack lies 300 km south of here.


Political activity picks up in Himachal ahead of bypolls


Shimla : Political activity in Himachal Pradesh has picked up ahead of by-elections to two assembly seats.

The two main political parties in the state - the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress - have started wooing the electorates of the Rohru and Jawali (Fatehgarh post delimitation) constituencies.

Rohru and Jawali were vacated by former Congress chief minister Virbhadra Singh and BJP's Rajan Sushant, respectively, upon their entry into the Lok Sabha in the May general elections.


Maharashtra polls: Congress has edge, Pawar in decline

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

The Maharashtra assembly elections have assumed an even greater importance for the Congress in the aftermath of its recent setbacks in the by-elections in Gujarat. Besides, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)'s good showing in Bihar, along with that of its junior partner, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), has also been discomfiting to the party.

The only way for the Congress to recover its poise is to fare well in Maharashtra, the home of India's financial capital Mumbai.

Congress nominee from Puducherry elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha


Chennai : The Congress candidate for Rajya Sabha from Puducherry, P. Kannan, will be declared elected unopposed Saturday evening.

Kannan, a former state assembly speaker, had merged his party - the Puducherry Munnetra Congress (PMC) - with the Congress party last month.

According to a Puducherry Election Commission official, the election results will be declared around 3 p.m.

Four people had filed their nominations for the elections. But the nominations of three independent candidates were rejected as they did not fulfil the required norms.