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Janata Parivar merger train derailed: SP refused before Bihar election

May 10, 2015 at 7:07 PM

As it was in air that the much talked merger of Janata Parivar never be come on ground, the latest trends show that it can?t be success before Bihar Election

PM Mod to start BJP's Pool Campaign in Delhi

January 10, 2015 at 11:01 AM

PM Modi is today starting off the Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the upcoming Delhi assembly pools in New Delhi, Today.

Congress trying to arrive at consensus on presidential candidate: Renuka Chaudhary

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary has said the party is trying to arrive at a consensus with the widest consultation in deciding on the next person to be president.

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Going slow on hurried divorce

May 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Speedy divorce got delayed Wednesday with a proposed amendment to the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, getting stalled in the Rajya Sabha.

Karnataka urges PM for massive drought relief package

May 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) An all-party team from Karnataka led by Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought immediate release of Rs.1,500 crore for drought relief in the state.

Rajya Sabha poll: BJP says Munda government safe

May 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Ranchi, May 2 (IANS) Asserting that the Arjun Munda-led Jharkhand government was safe, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ananth Kumar Wednesday said the party was sure of winning in Thursday's Rajya Sabha poll.

Congress not afraid of presidential contest

May 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday said it did not fear a presidential contest and that BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's remark that Vice President Hamid Ansari lacked the stature for the top job was unfortunate.

BJP, JD-U to meet on presidential candidate

May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were set to meet their Janata Dal-United (JD-U) counterparts Wednesday, a day after the allies differed over the presidential candidate, sources said.

BJP seeks PM statement on defence preparedness

May 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday sought an explanation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a parliament panel reported that country lacked defence preparedness.

BJP denies rift with JD-U over presidential candidate

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday denied having any rift with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) over who would be the opposition's choice for president after Pratibha Devisingh Patil ends her term in July.

BJP, JD-U not on same page over next president

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Differences in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the presidential candidate emerged Tuesday with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) refusing to stand by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which the day before declared it supports neither Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee nor Vice President Hamid Ansari for the top post.

BJP rules out backing Mukherjee in presidential polls

April 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) With Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee emerging as probable Congress choices for the presidential polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday ruled out supporting either of them and said the party was open to supporting a candidate chosen by non-Congress parties.

Tainted Bangaru quits BJP executive

April 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) former president Bangaru Laxman Monday resigned from the party's national executive, following a Delhi court last week sentencing him to four years of rigorous imprisonment for accepting a bribe of Rs.1 lakh.

BJP taunts Congress as Bangaru Laxman resigns

April 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

New Delhi, Apr 30(ANI): Hours after Bangaru Laxman stepped down from the party's national executive committee, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday hit out at the ruling Congress party and charged it of indulging in tactics to save its allegedlycorrupt ministers.

Lokayukta to probe sensitive cases after appointment: Parrikar

April 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday said sensitive cases involving politicians and mining mafia would be handed over to the lokayukta once the ombudsman is appointed in the state.

Odisha CM Patnaik rules out Hikaka's resignation under Maoists pressure

April 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 30 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday cleared reports over Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka's resignation, saying there was no reason for a person elected democratically to step down from his post.

NDA walks out of Lok Sabha over slow wheat procurement

April 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party Monday walked out in protest in the Lok Sabha saying the government should help the farmers suffering due to procurement problems across the country.

Bangaru Laxman quits BJP national executive committee

April 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

New Delhi, Apr 30 (ANI): Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman, who was sentenced to a four-year jail term on charges of corruption, resigned from the party's national executive committee on Monday.

Bangaru Laxman sentenced; Congress asks BJP for introspection

April 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): Hours after former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman was sentenced on Saturday to four years in jail for taking a bribe of Rs. one lakh in a fictitious arms deal case 11 years ago, the ruling Congress Party on Saturday hit out at the main opposition, saying it is high time for them to rethink about their organization.

Anna's remark on voters' integrity disputed by BJP

April 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday termed veteran social activist Anna Hazare's remark that voters were not informed enough and could be influenced by money and alcohol to be his personal opinion, and emphasized that it believes people of the country vote with full honesty and integrity.

After Swamy now it's whole opposition against Chidambaram asking his resignation

April 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Earlier Janta Party leader Subramanian Swamy and now whole opposition today targeted Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram and asked for his resignation for allegedly helping his son in getting financial benefits in a telecom deal when he was on the finance ministry post.............

Bangaru's conviction a vindication for Tehelka: Editor

April 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Coming 11 years after the sting operation, the conviction of former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman Friday by a Delhi court for accepting a bribe from a fake arms dealer is a vindication for Tehelka, its managing editor said.

Time for BJP to introspect: Congress on Bangaru conviction

April 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The conviction of former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman in a fake arms deal is an indication for the party to introspect, Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said here Friday.

Bangaru Laxman convicted for taking bribe

April 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman was convicted by a Delhi court Friday for accepting a bribe from a fake arms dealer in a 10-year-old graft case.

Now opposition guns for Chidambaram, Lok Sabha disrupted

April 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Opposition Lok Sabha MPs Friday demanded the resignation of Home Minister P. Chidambaram who is alleged to have helped his son get financial benefits in a telecom deal when he was the finance minister in 2006.

Chidambaram's son Karthi may sue Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy

April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's son Karthi Chidambaram has said that he is likely to consider suing Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy over allegations that he and his firm Advantage earned Rs.26 lakhs from a deal with Aircel in 2006.

Odisha CM Patnaik expresses delight over Hikaka's release

April 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): Expressing his delight over Jhina Hikaka's release from Maoists captivity, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said he was relieved that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA would now meet his family, who were quite distressed and anxiously waiting for him.

'I was treated quite well', says Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 26 (ANI): Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka, who was released by the Maoists at a village in Koraput, on Thursday said that he was made to stay in adverse conditions in the forest, but the ultras did not ill treat him.

Maoists release Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): After being in Maoist captivity for 32 days, Odisha Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was released on Thursday morning.

Congress to field ex-CPI-M legislator in Kerala by-poll

April 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 25 (IANS) R. Selvaraj, a two-time Kerala CPI-M legislator who quit the party last month, will contest the June 2 by-election to the Neyattinkara assembly constituency as a Congress candidate.

Maoists to release Hikaka Thursday: lawyer

April 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) Maoists who have held Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka hostage for over a month will release him Thursday, a lawyer who fights cases for the rebels said Wednesday.

Neyattinkara to go to polls June 2

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 24 (IANS) The Election Commission Tuesday announced June 2 as the date for the by-election to Kerala's Neyattinkara assembly constituency.

Presidential polls: Suggestions continue, parties keep mum

April 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The churning continues for the presidential polls with various political leaders suggesting candidates even as their parties seek to gauge the mood and keep their cards to themselves.

RJD pitches for Ansari as president

April 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Tuesday pitched for Vice President Hamid Ansari for the post of Indian president.

Singhvi CD issue his private affair, says Khurshid

April 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Law Minister Salman Khurshid Tuesday said the controversial CD allegedly featuring Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi is his private affair.

Maoists menace tops BJP agenda ahead of parliament session

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said the increasing Maoist menace would be priority subject of discussion during the second leg of parliament's budget session, starting today.

BJP demands Singhvi to explain his resignation in parliament

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday demanded Congress lawmaker Abhishek Manu Singhvi to explain to the parliament the reason behind his resignation as chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

Singhvi should explain his resignation in parliament: BJP

April 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday said that Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi should explain in parliament why he has quit as chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice.

BJP, NCP push for apolitical candidate as next president

April 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

New Delhi/Mumbai, Apr 23 (ANI): With the five-year term of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil drawing to a close in July this year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are in favour of appointing an apolitical person as the country's next President.

Direct contact with people essential for good governance: Akhilesh Yadav

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Kanpur, Apr 22 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the 'Janata Darbar' were essential in giving his administration an approachable face as well as furthering the cause of good governance.

BJP urges Centre to consider legitimate rights of states

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Amritsar, Apr 22 (ANI): Claiming the 15-day deadline issued by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the central government as a 'legitimate right', Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday urged the Congress party to consider her demand.

UPA not diffident about decisions: Congress

April 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Congress Saturday rubbished opposition parties' allegation of policy paralysis in the party-led United Progressive Alliance and said the launch of nuclear-capable missile Agni-V showed that the government was not diffident about taking decisions.

Maoists say Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka will be tried on April 25

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 20 (ANI): The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, the Maoist group responsible for the abduction of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Friday saying the MLA will be tried in a people's court on April 25.

Yashwant Sinha slams UPA, says 'Basu has merely stated truth'

April 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): Charging the Congress-led UPA Government of putting the blame on others for the nation's economic crisis, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday said Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu had merely stated the truth that major economic reforms are unlikely to happen before the next general elections in 2014.

Hazare to hold talks with stakeholders ahead of Maharashtra tour

April 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Pune, Apr 19 (ANI): Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday said he would hold talks with several stakeholders ahead of his scheduled state tour to awaken the people in India about the need to have a strong anti-graft law to combat the rampant corruption.

BJP nominates S S Ahluwalia as Rajya Sabha candidate from Jharkhand

April 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM

New Delhi, Apr 19 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday announced the candidature of S S Ahluwalia for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election from Jharkhand.

Abducted MLA Hikaka produced in Maoists' people court

April 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 19 (ANI): Abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was produced by the Maoists in their people's court on Thursday, a day after the deadline to release him had ended.

MCD debacle: Sheila hints for cabinet reshuffle

April 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

After the debacle of Congress in the civic body election in Delhi, now the damage control steps is likely to be on cards.

BJP lauds DRDO scientists over launch of Agni-V

April 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

New Delhi, Apr 19 (ANI): Terming the launch of Agni-V as a spectacular achievement for the Indian scientists, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the successful launch of the completely indigenous missile has put India in a very elite club and the nation should be proud of this feat.

Congress MCD debacle: Dikshit indicates cabinet reshuffle

April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) After the Congress's debacle in the Delhi municipal elections, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Thursday hinted at a reshuffle in her government saying there is always a "possibility of change".

BJP hails Agni-5 launch as proud milestone

April 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday 'hailed' the successful launch of the Agni-5 missile.

BJP nominates Ahluwalia for Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll

April 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday decided to nominate party senior leader S.S. Ahluwalia for the forthcoming biennial election to the Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand.

BJP fields Ahluwalia for Rajya Sabha seat

April 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's will field S.S. Ahluwalia, its former deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, for a seat in the upper house of parliament from Jharkhand, the party said Thursday.

GST likely to come into effect from next fiscal: Sushil Modi

April 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The much-awaited unified Goods and Services Tax (GST) is likely to come into effect from April 1, 2013 as the centre is open to the concerns of the states, Sushil Modi, chairman of empowered committee of state finance ministers, said Wednesday.

Odisha offers to withdraw cases as hostage crisis worsens

April 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) With the hostage crisis worsening and a day to go before the deadline set by the Maoists lapses, Odisha Tuesday offered to withdraw cases against people named by the rebels in exchange for the release of state legislator Jhina Hikaka.

Little movement on release of Odisha legislator

April 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) With a day to go before the deadline set by the Maoists lapses, the fate of abducted Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka continued to remain uncertain Tuesday as both the government and the guerrillas refused to budge from their stand.

BJP protests hike in electricity tariff in Andhra Pradesh

April 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Hyderabad, Apr 16 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a protest here on Monday against the hike in electricity tariff.

Jhina Hikaka hostage crisis: Mediator for Maoists wants charges withdrawn against captives

April 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Koraput, Apr 16 (ANI): Convenor of Jana Adhikar Manch (JAM) and Maoist mediator Dandapani Mohanty on Monday held the Odisha Government responsible for delay in the process of release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka.

Karnataka opposes creation of anti-terror centre

April 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda Monday opposed the creation of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), claiming that it encroaches upon the federal nature of India and erodes the powers of the states.

Maoists extend deadline for release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka

April 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 15 (ANI): The Maoists, who have abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, have extended the deadline for his release till Wednesday.

Indecisive BJP leaves its Karnataka unit exasperated (Karnataka Newsletter)

April 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Bangalore, April 14 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's claim to be a party with a difference has, for long, become the butt of ridicule. It may soon be dubbed as a party that is scared to take tough decisions. At least that is what party's Karnataka unit seems to be thinking going by the exasperated comments over the lingering leadership tussle in the state.

Maoists release second Italian

April 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 12 (IANS) Maoists Thursday released Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo after keeping him hostage for nearly a month, official sources said.

Fulfil promises before Italian's release: Maoists

April 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 11 (IANS) The Maoists holding an Italian hostage since March 14 Wednesday reiterated that he will be released only after the Odisha government fulfils its promises on their demands.

Maoists to release hostage in 'democratic' way, says Sabyasachi Panda

April 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 11 (ANI): Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Wednesday said they would release Italian national Paolo Bosusco, who was abducted nearly a month ago, in a 'democratic' way.

For Italian's release, fulfil promise: Maoists

April 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 11 (IANS) Maoists holding an Italian hostage since March 14 Wednesday reiterated that he will be released only after the Odisha government fulfils its promise.

Stop vilification campaign against Modi: BJP

April 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) After a special panel probing the 2002 Gujarat riots gave a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Tuesday the "vilification campaign" against him should stop.

Maoist leader's wife freed, Odisha hostage crisis continues

April 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) An Italian and an Odisha legislator continued to be in the custody of Maoists Tuesday even as a top rebel's wife - whose release from jail had been demanded as one of the conditions to set free the hostages - was acquitted by a court.

Odisha hostage crisis: Maoist deadline ends Tuesday

April 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) As the Tuesday evening deadline set by Maoists for fulfilment of their demands neared, uncertainty continued over the fate of the Italian and the Odisha legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month.

Hostage crisis: Odisha yet to decide on fresh demands

April 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) Odisha has yet to decide on the latest Maoist demands for the release of an Italian and a legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month, even as the deadline given by the abductors ends Tuesday.

Hostage crisis: Odisha yet to decide on fresh demands

April 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) Odisha has yet to decide on the latest Maoist demands for the release of an Italian and a legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month, even as the deadline given by the abductors ends Tuesday.

Court reserves order in case against Dikshit

April 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) A Delhi court Monday reserved its order in a case against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over alleged poll code violation in 2008.

Goa plans mechanism to deter petrol smugglers

April 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Panaji, April 9 (IANS) Goa will soon start monitoring petrol pumps located on its borders to deter "petrol smugglers" from spiriting away hundreds of litres of cheap petrol, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday said.

Odisha crisis: Uncertainty over hostages' release

April 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 8 (IANS) Odisha's efforts to secure the release of an Italian tour operator and a state legislator kidnapped by the Maoists last month plunged into uncertainty Sunday with the rebels failing to budge from their demands.

Odisha crisis: Uncertainty over hostages' release

April 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 8 (IANS) Odisha's efforts to secure the release of an Italian tour operator and a state legislator kidnapped by Maoists last month plunged into uncertainty Sunday with the ultras failing to budge from their demands.

Maoists holding Hikaka jack up their demand

April 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 7 (IANS) Extending their deadline to Tuesday, Maoists holding Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka Saturday demanded unconditional release of five more people from Odisha jails in order to secure his release.

Orissa CM strongly refutes Maoist leader's claims

April 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.7 (ANI): Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday strongly refuted the claims of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda made by him in an audio tape, arguing that the Maoists had asked for the release of six Naxals, out of which the government was facilitating the release of five.

Maoists refuse to release kidnapped Italian, issue fresh 96-hour deadline to Odisha Government

April 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.6 (ANI): Maoists have refused to release Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo and have issued a fresh 96-hour deadline to the Odisha Government to release seven jailed Naxals.

Agnivesh lauds Patnaik's decision to release 27 Naxals

April 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

New Delhi, Apr 6 (ANI): Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Friday said the decision to release 27 Maoists for securing the safe release of abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA and an Italian is a welcome step.

Odisha hostage crisis: Maoists refuse to release Italian

April 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 6 (IANS) Maoists Friday refused to release the Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo they have kept hostage in Odisha since March 14 even though the government offered a swap.

BJP-ruled states progressing well: Gadkari

April 6, 2012 at 3:53 PM

New Delhi, Apr 6 (ANI): A confident Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Friday said states ruled by the BJP, or its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition were showing signs of great progress.

Odisha hostages: Maoists yet to respond to swap offer

April 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 6 (IANS) Two mediators Friday sought clarification from the Odisha government on its swap offer to secure the release of an Italian and a state legislator from Maoist captivity and also said the rebels had not responded to it yet.

Karnataka BJP leaders use drought for political gain (Karnataka Newsletter)

April 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Bangalore, April 6 (IANS) The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka continues to sink deeper into the morass over its internal power struggle, with even the severe drought that has affected more than half the state being used to settle scores.

Parrikar's Lokayukta promise caught in red tape

April 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Panaji, April 5 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's election promise to implement the Lokayukta within hundred days of coming to power is now at the mercy of New Delhi's power corridors.

Congress Party underlines 'need to fight against Naxals in totality'

April 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

New Delhi, Apr 5 (ANI): A day after the Odisha Government bowed down before the Maoists demands for safe release of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka and an Italian from the captivity of the ultras, Congress Party today said the Centre provided full assistance to various state government on such perplexed issues.

Hostage crisis: Odisha agrees to release 27 prisoners

April 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 4 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday said that the government has agreed to release 27 prisoners, including eight Maoists, to secure the release of an Italian tourist and a legislator.

MPs question defence ministry, army on 'coup' reports

April 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Concerned over media reports of the Indian Army moving two key battalions to the national capital and army chief Gen. V.K. Singh's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on gaps in battle readiness, a parliamentary committee Wednesday raised serious questions on the functioning of the defence ministry and the armed forces.

Court decision in Bangaru Laxman sting April 27

April 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) A Delhi court hearing a case against former Bharatiya Janata Party president Bangaru Laxman for allegedly accepting a bribe from a fake arm dealer has reserved its order till April 27.

10 Maharashtra ministers guilty of financial lapses: Opposition

April 4, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) Maharashtra's opposition parties said Wednesday that 10 state ministers had reportedly been held responsible for financial lapses and causing losses to the state exchequer by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its latest report.

Taking Lokayukta out of Lokpal bill: Cabinet to decide

April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) With most political parties at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's all-party meet on March 23 in favour of separating the institution of Lokayuktas in states from the much debated bill to set up a Lokpal, the cabinet has to now take a call on the issue.

Patnaik postpones Chennai trip

April 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 4 (IANS) With an Italian and a ruling party legislator abducted by Maoists still not traced, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday postponed a trip to Chennai.

Trust deficit with army, PM must clear air: BJP

April 4, 2012 at 12:08 PM

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must tell the nation what exactly happened, referring to a media report that suspicious movement towards Delhi by two key army units in January had created unease in the government.

PM should clear the trust deficit with army: BJP

April 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Bhartiya Janata Pary has said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should tell the fact in which it was referred by a media report that suspicious movement towards Delhi

MLA abduction: Maoists set April 5 deadline for Orissa Government

April 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.3 (ANI): Maoists in Orissa have reportedly released an audio tape in which they have set an April 5 deadline for the state government to meet their demands if the latter wants the safe release of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Himachal's Lokayukta Bill is weak: Kejriwal

April 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Attacking on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led - Himachal Pradesh government which has recently drafted a Lokayukta bill to add more teeth to the anti-graft body, team Anna member and.....

Kejriwal slams Himachal Government for drafting weak Lokayukta Bill

April 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Kaushambi (Ghaziabad), Apr 3 (ANI): Team Anna member and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal has slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party led- Himachal Pradesh government for drafting what he called 'a weak Lokayukta Bill'.

Maoists still examining appeals for Italian hostage's release, claims Mohanty

April 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 3 (ANI): Following several appeals by Orissa authorities for the release of Italian national Bosusco Paolo, the Maoists are reportedly considering these requests, claimed an interlocutor Dandapani Mohanty.

Odisha Maoists yet to respond to mediators' appeal

April 2, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 2 (IANS) Maoists are yet to respond to the appeal made by their mediators two days ago to release an Italian held hostage by them in Odisha since March 14, an official said Monday.

Goa plans advisory body on Muslim, Christian issues

April 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Panaji, April 2 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in Goa is planning to set up a minority advisory council, which will sift through the demands of Muslims and Christians, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said here Monday.

Hope of Italian's release brighten after mediators' appeal

March 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 31 (IANS) The chances of an early release of the second kidnapped Italian, held by Maoists in Odisha since March 14, brightened with the rebel-appointed mediators Saturday expressing satisfaction with the government's stand and appealing for the hostage's release.

Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance for widening scope of accountant's definition

March 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

New Delhi, Mar.31 (ANI): The Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance has recommended that the definition of an accountant needs to be widened.

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