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Parliament disruptions a 'regular drama'?

By IANS,

New Delhi : The continuous disruption of parliament has not gone down well with the common man, with some dismissively terming the pandemonium as a "regular drama", while a National Advisory Council member said the commotion was defeating the purpose of having an opposition.

The entire first week of the monsoon session, which began July 26, was wasted without transaction of any business in both houses of parliament, as a united opposition raised a persistent din over the issue of rising prices.

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Poll panel working to make NRI voting practical: New CEC

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Election Commission is discussing the various "logistical issues" to make voting rights "practical" for non-resident Indians (NRIs), the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S.Y. Quraishi said Friday.

"We have done some discussions with the ministry of overseas Indian affairs and other departments. We are trying to find a way out," Quraishi told reporters here.

Congress, Trinamool supporters killed in Bengal

By IANS,

Kolkata : A Trinamool Congress zonal committee member and a Congress supporter have been killed in two separate incidents in West Bengal, police said Friday.

Rajen Mahato, a popular leader in Maoist-hit Balarampur area of Purulia district was shot dead late Thursday.

"He was also a member of the Kerua-Ghatbera zonal committee. When he was returning home he was shot dead by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists at Kerua More," Purulia Trinamool Congress president Santiram Mahato said.

However, police suspect Rajen was killed by Maoist rebels.

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Slogans, songs in Bihar jails to remember Charu Mazumdar

By IANS,

Patna : Hundreds of jailed Maoists and activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) Friday remembered their icon and Communist revolutionary Charu Mazumdar in different jails across Bihar, police said.

Mazumdar, born in Siliguri in West Bengal, was the founding father of the Naxalite movement. He was captured on July 16, 1972 and died in police custody at Alipore Central Jail on July 28 the same year.

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Andhra Pradesh Congress chief loses by-election

By IANS,

Hyderabad : The ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh Friday suffered a major setback with its state unit chief D. Srinivas losing the assembly by-election.

In a repeat of the 2009 result, Srinivas was defeated by BJP's A. Lakshminarayana by a margin of 12,200 votes in Nizamabad Urban constituency.

The result has come as a big jolt to Srinivas, who was planning to join the state cabinet and was even emerging as a possible successor to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.

The state Congress president lost in the 2009 elections by 11,015 votes.

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TRS wins five seats, leading in six

By IANS,

Hyderabad : Riding on the Telangana sentiment, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) swept the assembly by-elections in the Andhra Pradesh region, winning six seats and was leading in six other constituencies Friday.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained one seat with its candidate Lakshminarayana defeating state Congress chief D. Srinivas in Nizamabad Urban segment.

It was big blow for Srinivas who was aiming to join the state cabinet and even emerge as successor to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.

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Logjam over prices continues, both houses adjourned

By IANS,

New Delhi : Opposition parties continued to force the adjournment of both houses of parliament Friday, marking the end of the first week of the monsoon session that has been washed away with no real business conducted due to demands for a discussion on rising prices as an adjournment motion that entails voting.

The stalemate continued for the fourth day Friday with a united opposition adamantly putting forth its demand, forcing two adjournments of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, the second one till Monday.

TRS leader Harish Rao wins by record margin

By IANS,

Hyderabad : Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader T. Harish Rao Friday set a record in Andhra Pradesh's electoral politics by retaining his Siddipet assembly seat in the by-elections by a margin of over 95,000 votes.

He was elected with a margin of 95,858 votes, breaking the record of late former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who was re-elected from Pulivendula constituency in Kadapa district last year with a margin of 68,681.

Harish Rao came second in last year's elections in terms of victory margin with 64,677 votes.

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Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12

By IANS,

New Delhi : The price rise issue stalled the Rajya Sabha for the fourth successive day Friday, forcing its adjournment till 12 noon.

As on previous days, the trouble erupted as soon as the house assembled at 11 a.m., with S.S. Ahluwalia of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Manohar Joshi of the Shiv Sena leading the opposition in demanding that question hour be suspended and the house discuss the spiralling food prices.

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Soz speaking out of turn: National Conference

By IANS,

Jammu : Members of the ruling National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir are not too happy with Saifuddin Soz, leader of their ally Congress, for going public with government decisions on dealing with the turbulent situation in the Valley before the state cabinet formally announced them.

"It's highly regrettable that Soz speaks out of turn," a senior National Conference (NC)leader told IANS.

Party leaders now feel the state Congress chief is undermining the sanctity of the cabinet.

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