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Sonia, Rahul move high court against summons

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court against the summons issued to them for allegedly cheating and misappropriating funds of a company that used to publish the now defunct National Herald newspaper.


Rahul condoles deaths in Maharashtra landslide

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday condoled the deaths in a landslide in a village near Pune in Maharashtra.

"My condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the landslide in Ambegaon near Pune. I pray that the ongoing rescue efforts rapidly reach those still trapped under the debris. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ambegaon," Gandhi said in a message.

At least 25 people were killed and over 160 remain trapped under a hillock which crashed on a village near Pune early Wednesday.


Lok Sabha passes Delhi budget

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha Wednesday passed the budget for the national capital by a voice vote.

The task, normally carried out in the Delhi assembly, had to be taken up by parliament as the state is under president's rule.

"The Lok Sabha is taking up the budget as it is a constitutional necessity," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha.

On July 18, Jaitley had presented Delhi's Rs.36,776 crore budget for fiscal 2014-15 in parliament, proposing a new specialty hospital and 100 ambulances for accident victims, while keeping tax rates unchanged.


16 UPA ministers served eviction notice for 'unauthorised' stay

New Delhi : Sixteen former ministers of the UPA government were in unauthorised possession of government bungalows for over a month and have been served eviction notices, parliament was told Wednesday.

Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told the Lok Sabha in a written reply that the former ministers owe a total damage charges of nearly Rs.21 lakh for a month of unauthorised stay.


Avoid controversial remarks, Parrikar tells ministers

Panaji : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked all his ministers not to answer tricky questions and avoid controversial remarks.

Parrikar confessed to giving these instructions to his cabinet members, during the question hour in the ongoing monsoon session of the state assembly.

"I have spoken to all my ministers and I have told them to avoid those answers and words which someone is likely to lift and create controversy," Parrikar said.

'Nepal keen to adopt Modi's development model'

New Delhi : Nepal is keen to learn from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development model, visiting Nepalese Commerce Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa said Wednesday.

Speaking at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here, Thapa said, "Nepal is keen to learn from Modi's political model of development leading towards the path of economic model of development."

"Democratic constitution based on consensus is essential for Nepal's economic evolution," he added.


AAP twin rallies to test support base in Delhi

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party will hold two rallies - one for auto rickshaw drivers Thursday and the other Aug 3 - here to test its support base.

The first rally at the Ramlila Maidan will be for the party's crucial vote bank - autorickshaw drivers. The Aug 3 gathering at Jantar Mantar will press for dissolution of the Delhi assembly.

Party leader Manish Sisodia told IANS: "(Party chief) Arvind (Kejriwal) will listen to problems of auto drivers, but he will also tell them not to overcharge passengers."


Badal asks Mulayam for compensation to Saharanpur Sikhs

Chandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Wednesday urged Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to personally intervene to ensure compensation for the Sikh families who were affected by recent riots in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur town.

In a telephonic conversation, Badal urged Mulayam Singh to ensure security for the Sikhs living in Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam Singh, whose son Akhilesh Yadav is the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, told him that the state government would do everything to help Sikhs.

MPs complain about 'stale food' in parliament

New Delhi : Members of the Rajya Sabha Wednesday complained that "stale food" was being served to them in the parliament canteen, and said a few members fell ill because of it.

Raising the issue in the house, Janata Dal-United leader K.C. Tyagi said two members - Samajwadi Party's Ramgopal Yadav and Jaya Bachchan - fell ill after consuming food in the parliament canteen, and asked the government to look into it.

"Members are falling ill after eating in the parliament canteen... Ramgopal Yadav and Jaya Bachchan both fell ill after eating there," Tyagi said.


Tripura tribal party snaps ties with Congress

Agartala : In a significant political development, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), a tribal-based state party, has snapped its ties with main opposition Congress.

"From now on, we would keep equal distance from the national political parties. We would go alone to strengthen our organisational base. Henceforth, INPT has no alliance with the Congress," party general secretary Jagadhish Debbarma told reporters Wednesday.