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Much at stake for Kerala parties in Aruvikara bypoll

Thiruvananthapuram : With their prestige at stake, the ruling Congress, the CPI-M and the BJP in Kerala are gearing themselves up for the June 27 by-election to the state assembly from the Aruvikara constituency.

The bypoll in the Thiruvananthapuram district was necessitated by the death of senior Congress leader and speaker G. Karthikeyan in March 2015. It is seen as a dress rehearsal for the state's local bodies elections later in the year and the assembly elections in 2016.


Rajnath to visit Jammu on Wednesday

Jammu : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive here on Wednesday on a day's visit, but no formal review of overall security in Jammu and Kashmir is part of his schedule, sources said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources told IANS that he will address party leaders and workers at the K.K. Resort in Talab Tillo Bohri locality of the city as part of 'Jan Kalyan Parv' programme.

He will also oversee the party membership drive in Jammu city. Sources said he will address the media before winding up his visit.


TDP's three-day conclave kicks off in Hyderabad

Hyderabad : The Telugu Desam Party's three-day conclave kicked off at Gandipet on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Wednesday.

TDP's president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the 34th conclave by lighting the lamp, unfurling the party flag and paying tributes to party founder N. T. Rama Rao.

He also inaugurated a photo exhibition and a blood donation camp on the occasion.


First-time BJP MP bags Sansad Ratna award

Chennai : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader P.P. Chaudhary, a first-time Lok Sabha member from Rajasthan, has been selected for the Sansad Ratna 2015 Awards for his performance in the house till the end of the budget session.

"Chaudhary is among four Lok Sabha members selected for the Sansad Ratna 2015 Awards for outstanding performance in the 16th Lok Sabha till the end of the budget session," K.Srinivasan, chairman, Prime Point Foundation told IANS on Wednesday.


Rajnath takes jibe at Rahul for questioning Modi's foreign travel

Kolkata : Taking a veiled dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who recently asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit farm markets and the families of dead farmers rather than embarking on frequent trips abroad, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said Modi's foreign tours have strengthened India's position.

"Regarding questions being raised on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's frequent foreign visits, such trips have strengthened India's position," Rajnath Singh said at a public meeting here.


Jaitley happy with Swiss naming black money account-holders

Karnali (Gujarat) : Expressing satisfaction with Swiss authorities sharing the names of two Indian nationals in connection with black money stashed abroad, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that the move should provide enough indications of action against those holding unaccounted assets outside India.

"I am extremely encouraged by the government of Switzerland and the competent authorities there in cooperating with the Indian request," Jaitley said here.


'Congress to contest panchayat polls in UP'

Lucknow : The Congress would contest the forthcoming Panchayat polls with its full might, party leader Madhusudan Mistry said here on Tuesday.

Interacting with party workers and district Congress presidents, Mistry said they lost the Lok Sabha elections but not their self-confidence.

Lauding party workers for launching an all out offensive against the Narendra Modi government's proposed Land Acquisition Bill, the party general secretary said party workers need not lose hope as the future was bright for the party.


Modi visits BJP headquarters

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday visited BJP headquarters at Ashoka Road in central Delhi and interacted with party officials and staff on completing a year in office.

"Prime minister had one-on-one interaction with the staff and he enquired about their well-being," an official told IANS.

The prime minister shook hands and later posed for photograph with the staff.

Modi arrived at the party headquarters after launching DD Kisan, India's first television channel dedicated to farmers.


BJP government's achievements include corruption-free rule: Najma

Srinagar : Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla on Tuesday said the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government include ruling without corruption in comparison to the previous Congress-led UPA government.

"If we see the corrupt acts in UPA government like the 2G and coalgate scams, I think the BJP government's achievement has been being free from corruption and our aim is to work for the development of India," she said in a press conference here.


Modi government has restored hope in India: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is in "action mode" and has restored hope in India.

"The government led by Shri @narendramodi is in action mode and it has been successful in restoring confidence and hope in India and its people," the home minister tweeted.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government completed one year in office on Monday.