India Politics

India Politics

China supports Pakistan's security, development: Li Keqiang

Beijing : China supports Pakistan in its efforts to realise national security, stability, and economic development, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday.

He also said China is ready to deepen strategic cooperation with Pakistan and forge their "common destiny", Xinhua reported.


Coal scam exposer outperforming others in LS

Chennai : Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, the BJP's member of parliament (MP) who uncovered the Rs.1.86 trillion coalgate scam, continues to outperform other members in the Lok Sabha, said an NGO official.

"Analysing the data released by the PRS Legislative Research till the end of the second session of the 16th Lok Sabha, Ahir has scored a total points of 129. The points are calculated, based on the number of questions raised, participation in debates and introduction of private member bills," K. Srinivasan, chairman of Prime Point Foundation told IANS here Wednesday.


BJP names candidate for Mainpuri LS seat

Agra : The BJP Wednesday named Prem Singh Shakya as its candidate for the Lok Sabha bye-election for the Mainpuri seat which was vacated by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The Samajwadi Party has fielded Tej Pratap Singh, another member of the ruling Yadav family.

Mainpuri goes to polls Sep 13.

Modi's Japan visit preponed to Aug 30

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Japan from Aug 30, instead of Aug 31, till Sep 3, the Japanese embassy said here Wednesday.

"Modi was scheduled to pay an official visit to Japan from Aug 31 to Sep 3. The schedule of the visit has been changed. The new schedule is from Aug 30 to Sep 3," said a statement from the embassy.

It further said that because of this change of schedule, "Modi is considering to visit Kyoto, in addition to his schedule in Tokyo".

Modi had announced the preponement of his Japan visit Tuesday.


Congress asks Rajnath to specify charges he denied

New Delhi : The Congress Wednesday said Home Minister Rajnath Singh should specify the charges he has denied.

"Congress will like to know what allegation is Rajnathji and his son facing which are being denied," Congress leader Ajay Maken said.

"We also want to ask who put these allegations on the home minister, since the Congress has not done so," he said.

Gossip in the corridors of power says that the home minister's son Pankaj Singh got a dressing down from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajnath Singh's presence over some misconduct.


Lalu undergoes three surgeries

Mumbai : RJD chief Lalu Prasad Wednesday underwent a marathon over six-hour-long surgery here to treat his heart condition, an official said.

"Three procedures were performed on him - an aortic valve replacement, aortic repair and repairing a 3mm hole in the heart," the official said.

On Tuesday, the Rashtriya Janata Dal president was diagnosed with aortic stenosis necessitating the surgeries, according to Asian Heart Institute (AHI) medical director Vijay D'Silva.


Akhilesh to take stock of UP government programmes September

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will tour the state September to inspect various development and welfare projects launched by his government, an official said Wednesday.

While the official maintained that the visit was aimed at stock taking of government programmes, sources said the inspections were part of the ruling party's attempts to regain lost ground.


Kerala Congress crisis storm in a tea cup: Antony

Thiruvananthapuram : The present crisis in the Congress party is just a storm in a tea cup, former defence minister A.K. Antony said here Wednesday.

Relations between party president V.M. Sudheeran and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy have not been cordial over the liquor policy which the government submitted to the Kerala High Court Tuesday.

While Sudheeran wanted that the 418 bars that have not opened this fiscal should not be given licenses, Chandy tried to find an amicable solution to the issue.


Amit Shah backs Rajnath Singh

New Delhi : BJP president Amit Shah Wednesday backed Home Minister Rajnath Singh and said all rumours against him and his son Pankaj are baseless.

In a statement issued in Hindi, Shah said there have been baseless and imaginary rumours surrounding Rajnath Singh and his son.

"As the party president I believe the conduct of all our ministers is of highest standard, and such propaganda is baseless," the statement said.


Congress announces candidates for Rajasthan, Gujarat by-polls

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday approved the party candidates for by-elections to legislative assemblies of Rajasthan and Gujarat, her office said.

Bajanlal Jatav and Ramnarayan will be the Congress candidates in Weir and Nasirabad assembly constituencies in Rajasthan, a statement from the Congress headquarters said.

Govabhai Ravan, Jatin Vijay Lella, Lalit Kagthara, Meraman Markhi Goria will be the candidates for the Deesa, Maninagar, Tankara and Khambalia assembly seats respectively in Gujarat.