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Nitish practising politics of opportunism: Kushwaha

New Delhi : A union minister Wednesday accused former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar of opportunism, saying the JD-U and RJD tie-up for the bypolls shows he does not practise politics of principle.

In a release, Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha who heads the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), said several leaders, including Nitish Kumar, came under Samata Party to "rid Bihar of misrule" of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), headed by Lalu Prasad.


Meghalaya CM's office least functioning in state: MLA

Shillong : The Meghalaya Chief Minister's Office was one of the least functioning offices in the state due to the regular absence of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Independent legislator Saleng Sangma said Wednesday.

The legislator met Governor Krishan Kant Paul and sought his intervention on Mukul Sangma's regular absence from office amid the prevailing turmoil in the insurgency-hit Garo Hills region.

India, Nepal to revive joint panel during Sushma visit

New Delhi : India and Nepal will resurrect a bilateral joint commission after 23 years during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's three-day visit to Nepal beginning July 25.

Her trip to Nepal comes a month after she visited Bangladesh, highlighting the BJP-led government's intent of focusing on neighbours.

The focus of her visit will be presiding over the India-Nepal joint commission meeting July 26, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin at a briefing here Wednesday.


Congress moves SC over foreign funding

New Delhi : The Congress Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging a Delhi High Court verdict that held it and the BJP guilty of receiving funds from the subsidiaries of Britain-based Vedanta Resources, flouting norms of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).


Kanimozhi seeks early hearing of plea in 2G case

New Delhi : DMK leader Kanimozhi has moved the Supreme Court seeking an early hearing of her plea seeking the quashing of charges framed against her in the 2G case being exclusively heard by a special CBI court.

Contending that she was innocent of the offences alleged against her by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Kanimozhi alleged that NGO Centre for Public Interest, which was made a respondent in the matter, following the Jan 21 order of the apex court, was "deliberately" not making an appearance and has failed to file its response to her plea.


Plea in Delhi HC over prosecuting Kejriwal, Bharti

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the central and city governments on a plea seeking direction to grant sanction to prosecute former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and ex-minister Somnath Bharti in a criminal case.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the governments to file their responses by Nov 19 on a plea filed by Ajay Gautam, who had earlier filed a criminal complaint case against Kejriwal and Bharti in a trial court.


Race in Bihar BJP for chief minister candidate

Patna : Much ahead of the 2015 assembly polls in Bihar, several BJP leaders have staked claim to being nominated as the chief ministerial candidate.

"There are many in the BJP, who are lobbying to be named as chief ministerial candidate for the next assembly polls," a BJP leader said.

If an alliance of the JD-U, the RJD, the Congress and the Left parties comes into being, former chief minister Nitish Kumar will be its leader and face for the next assembly polls.


Assam governor approves dropping of ministers

Guwahati : Assam Governor J.B. Patnaik Wednesday approved Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's recommendation to drop Ardhendu Dey and Siddeque Ahmed from the council of ministers for "indiscipline".

The governor also approved the resignation of Himanta Biswa Sarma on the recommendation of the chief minister, said a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office here.


Accidentally missed out Moon Moon's name in award list: Mamata

Kolkata : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday veteran actors Moon Moon Sen and Arindam Seal would also be honoured with the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman instituted by her government.

The names of both stars were missing during the announcement of West Bengal's top cine award a day earlier.

Sen, a Trinamool Congress MP, will be awarded with the 'Mahanayika Samman' while Seal will get the Special Film Award (Acting).


Had no idea staffer was Muslim: Shiv Sena MP

New Delhi : Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare, who was seen in a video clip trying to put food into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan staffer observing Ramadan fast, Wednesday defended his action, saying he had no idea about the man's religion.