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India Politics

Only constitutional crisis will get Goa 'special status': NCP

Panaji : All 12 ministers in Goa, including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, should resign and create a constitutional crisis so that the central government is forced to accede to the state's demand for special status, the NCP said Thursday.


Natwar attacks 'ruthless' Sonia over foreign origin

New Delhi : Former external affairs minister K. Natwar Singh has raked up the issue of Italian origins of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, stating that no Indian would have treated a loyalist the way he was treated by her and that she had a part which was "ruthless."

In an interview to Headlines Today over his book "One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography", Natwar Singh also said former prime minister "was not incompetent" but "so trusting".


Find amicable solution: Delhi HC to Gadkari, Kejriwal

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Thursday asked union minister Nitin Gadkari and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to find an amicable solution and reach a compromise in a defamation case filed by the former BJP chief to seek redressal for charges of corruption hurled at him.

A division bench of Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice S.P. Garg asked both the leaders to "shake hands" and solve the issue amicably. The bench also said it was only a "matter of ego".


Congress demands special package for drought-hit farmers

New Delhi : The Congress Thursday sought a special package for farmers affected by floods and drought in the country.

Speaking during a special discussion in the Lok Sabha on the floods and drought situation in the country, Congress MP Ravneet Singh said there should be measures to save farmers from natural calamities by giving them special packages like special assistance to small farmers and crop insurance schemes.


Rajiv sent troops to Sri Lanka on his own: Natwar

New Delhi : Then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi decided to send Indian troops to Sri Lanka in 1987 without consulting his officials, former external affairs minister Natwar Singh has said.

In an interview to Headlines Today over his book "One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography", Natwar Singh also said that Gandhi had no coherent policy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka.

Asked if Gandhi decided to despatch Indian troops at the home of then Sri Lankan president J.R. Jayewardene in Colombo, Natwar Singh said he saw the prime minister with a lot of people there.


Snooping by US unacceptable, Sushma Swaraj tells Kerry

New Delhi : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday said she raised the issue of US agencies allegedly snooping the BJP with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry and conveyed to him the public anger in India about it.

"This act on part of the US is completely unacceptable to us since we are friendly nations," Sushma Swaraj told the media here in a joint interaction with Kerry.

Kerry however said he can't discuss the issue with the media as it is a practice in the US that intelligence matters are not discussed publicly.


Trained men scaring monkeys away from parliament: Naidu

New Delhi : Forty trained men are scaring away monkeys from the parliament premises by posing as langurs, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Thursday.

"The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has hired 40 young people for this purpose," Naidu said in parliament.

Rubber bullets are also being used to tackle the monkey menace, Naidu informed.

To deal with the problem of stray dogs, a team of dog catchers visits Parliament House and its surrounding areas twice a week.


Modi condoles death of Karzai's cousin

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday wrote to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, condoling the assassination of his cousin Hashmat Karzai.

In his letter, he reiterated that terrorism remained the biggest threat to Afghanistan, while also hoping that Hamid Karzai would continue his effort to contain it.

"Incidents such as this only deepen our conviction that terrorism remains the main threat to peace and security in Afghanistan," he wrote.


More FDI in insurance will cause trouble: CPI-M

New Delhi : The government decision to hike the FDI cap to 49 percent in the insurance sector will inject "volatility and vulnerability of the deregulated financial system" into India, the CPI-M has said.

The cabinet's approval of the raising of the FDI cap from 26 percent is the Narendra Modi government's "welcome gift to John Kerry, the US Secretary of State who is visiting India", it said.

An amendment to the insurance laws will be placed in this session of parliament, the CPI-M said in an editorial in "People's Democracy", its weekly journal.


Don't make tipplers Congress office bearers: Kerala chief

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala state Congress chief V.M. Sudheeran Thursday made a passionate plea to party leaders not to include people who imbibe alcohol or use drugs as office bearers.

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee has announced an organisational revamp from the grassroots to the district level.

"Tipplers, or those under the influence of drugs, in no way should be elected to the post of office bearers at any level," Sudheeran told reporters here after a high-level meeting of party leaders.