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MP booked for poll code violation

By IANS, Lucknow : Sitting Amroha MP Harish Nagpal, who is again contesting the polls as an independent candidate, has been booked for violating the model code by distributing lunch packets to voters, police said Monday. "A case under section 171 E (bribery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against Nagpal," police inspector Girish Kothiya told IANS by telephone. The case against Nagpal was registered Sunday at the Gajraula police station in Amroha, some 350 km from Lucknow.

Don’t let sanctions hinder Iran ties, CPI-M

By IANS, New Delhi : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has accused the government of backing out of the Iran gas pipeline under US pressure and urged New Delhi to continue economic and energy ties with Tehran despite the latest UN sanctions. "India had gone on record that it does not think sanctions are the way to tackle (Iran's nuclear) problem. But India had fallen in line with the US whenever Iran was targeted in the IAEA," said an editorial in the CPI-M's mouthpiece People's Democracy. "The US keeps patting India on the back for this stance," it said.

Lok Sabha adjourned over sugarcane price

By IANS, New Delhi : The Lok Sabha was adjourned Thursday, the opening day of the winter session of parliament, when the entire opposition united to oppose the new sugarcane pricing policy. The house was adjourned till 12 noon when opposition members, led by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, gathered near Speaker Meira Kumar's podium to demand a withdrawal of the sugarcane pricing order.

Congress, BJP spar over Pakistani ‘terror boat’

New Delhi : The ruling BJP Sunday hit out at the Congress for seeking a probe into the alleged Pakistani "terror boat" incident and...

When will Rahul return, asks BJP; Soon, says Sonia

New Delhi/Bhopal: The BJP on Thursday took a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi wondering when he will return but Congress chief Sonia...

Bodyguards of JD-U leaders suspended for distributing sweets

By IANS, Patna : Five policemen were suspended for distributing sweets among Janata Dal-United (JD-U) workers in Bihar's Rohtas district during the filing of nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls by politician Mahabali Singh, officials said Thursday. "The five police bodyguards were suspended Wednesday on charges of distributing sweets among JD-U workers during the filing of nomination papers by Mahabali Singh in a violation of the model code of conduct," Rohtas Superintendent of Police Vikas Vaibhav told IANS.

Four die after consuming spurious liquor in Bihar

Patna : Following the complete ban on liquor in Bihar, four people died after consuming spurious liquor, police said on Wednesday. Three friends died in...

Why the life and achievements of Allama Mashriqi is worthy of a documentary

By Nasim Yousaf for Nobel Prize nominee Allama Inayatullah Khan Mashriqi was one of the great minds of the 19th and 20th centuries –...

Trinamool Congress asks Left Front chairman to explain remarks

By IANS, Kolkata : The Trinamool Congress Tuesday asked the state's ruling Left Front (LF) chairman Biman Bose to explain the derogatory comments against its leader Mamata Banerjee he allegedly made at a rally two days ago. "Our party's lawyer today sent a notice to Bose asking him for a clarification on his comment that he made during the rally. We are waiting for his reply," Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy told reporters here.

Moody’s now positive on India, Jaitley promises more

New Delhi : Global ratings agency Moody's on Thursday enhanced India's sovereign rating to positive from stable, expecting positive steps from policy-makers to spur...

NITI Aayog hazy like fog: Mamata

Kolkata : Facing criticism for skipping the inaugural NITI Aayog meet, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said there were inconsistencies about the...

Court issues summons to Kejriwal for ‘thulla’ remark

New Delhi : A court here on Saturday issued summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly using the derogatory word "thulla" to...

Congress dilly-dallying on Telangana, says BJP

By IANS, New Delhi: Expressing its full support to the demand for a separate Telangana state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday accused the Congress party of dilly-dallying on the issue despite wide political acceptance on the demand. BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said people, farmers, traders and employees are agitating for Telangana. "The Congress has always betrayed the cause of Telangana. It has only provided lip-sympathy," he said. Javadekar said that the Congress had formed a party committee headed by Pranab Mukherjee "to buy time on the issue".

Ministers quit after cabinet meeting, PM to call on Patil

By IANS, New Delhi : All union ministers Monday submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who will give his own letter and that of his cabinet to President Pratibha Patil in the afternoon. "It is protocol that the prime minister of the outgoing government resigns after election results," a prime ministerial aide told IANS, adding that Manmohan Singh and the ministers would be asked to continue till the formation of the next government.

Former legislator shot at in Delhi, critical

New Delhi: Former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Bharat Singh was on Sunday battling for his life in a hospital along with two...

BJP demands dismissal of West Bengal government

By IANS Bangalore : Violence in Nandigram region showed a complete breakdown of the constitutional machinery in West Bengal and hence the state government should be dismissed, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh said here Monday. "Nandigram incidents symbolise dictatorship and tyranny of the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist)," Singh told a press conference. The state government had abdicated its responsibility to protect the constitution and the people of Nandigram, he said.

Eminent Muslims meet Modi, laud his development agenda

New Delhi : A delegation of eminent Muslims called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and appreciated his Saudi Arabia visit and development...

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee expelled from CPI-M

By IANS, New Delhi : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Wednesday expelled Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee after he refused to follow the party's advice to resign from the post. Chatterjee had been under pressure to quit the constitutional post after the four left parties withdrew support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government following their differences over the India-US nuclear deal.

Essar may open Jharkhand mine next year

New Delhi : Indian conglomerate Essar Group's power arm, Essar Power, on Wednesday said that it may open its Jharkhand coal mine for production...

Kejriwal’s family attends final assembly session

By IANS, New Delhi : The last day of a tumultuous session of the Delhi assembly saw the maiden visit by the family of Arvind...