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India Politics

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Colombo

Colombo : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Friday to participate in the third round of a high-level bilateral meet and lay the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the island nation next week.

She was received at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Sri Lankan Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ajith Perera.

Swaraj will call on President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Pinsiri Samaraweera. She will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on Saturday and discuss bilateral issues.


Sushma Swaraj leaves for Sri Lanka ahead of Modi visit

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday left for Sri Lanka to lay the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the island nation next week.

Modi will be in Sri Lanka on March 13-14, during which he will hold meetings with President Maithripala Sirisena and other senior leaders across the political spectrum.

Modi is to address the Sri Lankan parliament on March 13. His will be the first state visit by an Indian prime minister after 1987 when then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi visited the island nation.


President accepts Danve resignation

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday accepted the resignation of union minister Raosaheb Dadarao Danve with immediate effect, an official statement said.

"The president, as advised by the prime minister, has accepted the resignation of Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, from the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect," it said.

Danve had resigned on Thursday.


Nitish not celebrating Holi, people miss Lalu

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is not celebrating Holi following the death of former chief minister and senior JD-U leader Ram Sundar Das.

"Nitish Kumar has decided not to celebrate Holi due to death of Das," an official said.

According to officials here, Nitish Kumar has also cancelled his public Holi celebrations at his official residence here.

He, however, greeted citizens of the state and appealed to them to celebrate it in the spirit of love and brotherhood.


Former Bihar CM Ram Sundar Das passes away

Patna : Former Bihar chief minister and ruling JD-U leader, 94-year-old Ram Sundar Das died here on Friday.

According to family members, Das breathed his last at the Patna Medical College and Hospital early Friday.

Das, whose trademark dress was a cotton dhoti, kurta and Gandhi cap, is survived by two sons and one daughter. His wife passed away a few years ago.

Expressing condolences, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that Das was active in politics till early this week when he was admitted to the hospital for age related problems.


'Dirty politics' in AAP ?

By Amulya Ganguli,

For the Aam Admi Party (AAP) to begin falling apart less than a month after its famous victory in the Delhi election will be a cause of surprise and disappointment to its legions of followers in the national capital and outside.

Surprise will be felt because it was believed that the party had learnt the right lessons from the suicidal tendencies which it displayed after its electoral success last year. The need for piping down was evident from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's call for eschewing arrogance during his speech after being sworn-in.

Left boycotts Governor's address in Kerala assembly

Thiruvananthapuram : The Left opposition walked out of the assembly on Friday as soon as Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam rose to read out the government's policies for the year.

Leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan rose at the same time as the governor and was heard speaking a few sentences which were not audible.

The governor smiled and paused for a while before going onto reading out his address as the entire Left opposition walked out of the house.


Trinamool MP Tapas Paul assures cooperation with CBI

Kolkata : A day after his house was raided by the CBI in connection with a chit fund case, Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member Tapas Paul on Thursday assured of cooperating with the agency if he was summoned.

"I was in Delhi when they raided. But they (CBI) are doing their investigation in a very courteous manner. If they call me, I will definitely go. They are honourable people and I will surely talk to them," said Paul.

Paul's South Kolkata residence was one of the 43 locations of the Rose valley Group where the CBI had conducted raids Wednesday.


Karunanidhi urges party men to be united

Chennai : DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Thursday urged party men to add "unity" as the fourth principle of the party after duty, dignity and discipline.

Speaking at the party's executive committee meeting, Karunanidhi urged the party men to maintain unity among themselves to win the elections and take forward the community.

"After duty, dignity and discipline (the party's three basic principles) add unity-unity in the party- as the fourth word and resolve to maintain that," Karunanidhi said.


'Electoral corruption very high in Tamil Nadu'

Chennai : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Thursday urged the party's Tamil Nadu unit to enrol more members to strengthen the party in the state.

Shah was in Coimbatore, around 500 km from here, to address the BJP's state and district office-bearers, said a party leader.

"Shah said electoral corruption is very high in Tamil Nadu. The electoral corruption can be smashed only if the party increases its membership," the BJP leader told IANS on the condition of anonymity.