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Rajiv Gandhi, again the scion of Gandhi-Nehru family was another leading politician of the time, commonly known as the youngest prime minister of the largest democracy in the world. Born of Gandhi-Nehru family in 1944 from the union of Indira and Feroz Gandhi, this illuminating guy seemed as a bright lamp at the time of his birth a well. Educated in Oxford University, Rajiv was an official pilot in Indian Airlines and was never hopeful to join in politics. But the sudden death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi in the year 1980 compelled him to bear the burden of the country and be the driver of this nation. In his nature and outlook this young and energetic person was very straightforward and convincing and right and sober in his approach. Owing to his leading capacity in politics, Rajiv brought towering victory for congress in 1984 parliamentary poll and stood as the highest majority party in the Lok sabha. Rajib brought major political, economic and social reforms in the country alleviating the reservations and provided all sorts of advantages to the lower caste people and to all. Bofors scandal was the chief fault of the party at that time that chained Rajib in criticisms and he faced all round castigation from the citizens of India. This unveiled the inner quality of Congress government led by Young leader Rajib. During his internship as the PM India had good bilateral tie with US thus enhancing friendship with major economies of the world. He was also unfortunate owing to his conflict with LTTE in SriLanka as a consequence of which he had to face bomb attack from the militants.
Hyderabad, May 18 (IANS) Already out of contention for a place in play-offs, Kolkatta Knight Riders is keen to finish off this Indian Premier League (IPL) with a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad here Sunday, its coach said.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 18 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday praised Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and asked the CPI-M to introspect and rethink its ideology.
Ranchi, May 18 (IANS) Rampaging elephants trampled two people to death in a village on the outskirts of the Jharkhand capital Ranchi Friday, an official said Saturday.
Bangalore, May 18 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister K. Siddaramaiah will expand his ministry on Saturday, amid demands that "tainted" legislators be kept out.
New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has held the Congress Party responsible for the non-passage of the Food Security Bill during the budget session of Parliament.
Hyderabad, May 17 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad brightened their chances of entering the semifinals of Indian Premier League (IPL) by beating Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs in a crucial tie at Rajiv Gandhi international stadium here Friday night.
Hyderabad, May 17 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here Friday.
Hyderabad, May 17 (IANS) It was a game held under the shadow of spot fixing scandal and the way Rajasthan Royals played Friday night against Sunrisers Hyderabad, it looked they were keen to put behind the ugly episode to focus on the game. Their body language right from the word go showed they were out to prove a point.
Hyderabad, May 17 (IANS) James Faulkner had a dream spell, claiming five for 16 as Rajasthan Royals restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 136 in their crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium here Friday.
Hyderabad, May 17 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 136 for nine against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here Friday.
Mumbai, May 17 (IANS) Maharashtra has initiated steps to modernise its rural healthcare network with a tie-up with an international consortium, an official said here Friday.
Mysore, May 17 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said Friday he will induct 29 members to his ministry Saturday, four days after he took office.
New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has assured a high-level delegation from Arunachal Pradesh that his government will take action through the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) against all those responsible for printing a wrong India map in a class X geography and economics textbook that shows a substantial part, including Tawang, of Arunachal Pradesh, in China.
Hyderabad, May 16 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid said Thursday he was shocked, disappointed and distressed by the spot-fixing scandal that led to the arrest of three of the team's players.
Hyderabad, May 16 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid said he was shocked, disappointed and distressed by spot-fixing scandal which led to the arrest of three of the team's players.
Hyderabad, May 16 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad will focus purely on winning the game against Rajasthan Royals Friday, without bothering about various calculations to reach the semifinals, chief coach Tom Moody said Thursday.
Hyderabad, May 16 (IANS) Shocked by the arrest of their three players for being allegedly involved in spot-fixing, Rajasthan Royals arrived here Thursday to play their last league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad Friday.
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi, who was exonerated of all charges of making hate speeches before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, is now being accused of "brazenly subverting the entire judicial process to get his name cleared", a report by news magazine Tehelka said.
Jaipur, May 15 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi arrived in Rajasthan's Bikaner district Wednesday to hold "feedback meetings" with the party's workers, party officials said.
Mumbai, May 15 (IANS) Filmmaker Prakash Jha's political drama "Satyagraha", said to be about the uprising of the middle-class against a corrupt system, is likely to have a quote from Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography as its prologue.
Lucknow, May 14 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday said it would appeal in a higher court against the relief given to BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi by exonerating him of a hate speech charge.
New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed her concern over violence against women, and made a strong pitch for a proactive society to create a safe environment for the feminine gender.
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday said she was "pained" at society's failure to counter violence against women and called for it to be proactive in providing a safe and secure environment for women and girls.
New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang, will pay a three-day state visit to India beginning on May 19 at the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) India has welcomed Nawaz Sharif's victory in Pakistan and his declaring that he would work for warmer ties with New Delhi, but experts caution that one should wait and see how he plans to deliver on his assurance, given his past role of playing "consort" to the Taliban.
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is offering a masters programme on rural development from the 2013 session, an official said Monday.
New Delhi, May 13 (ANI): Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday took additional charge of the law and justice ministry.
Jabalpur, May 13 (ANI): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla has criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for frequently demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Terming the electoral outcome in Karnataka not surprising, BJP leader L.K. Advani Sunday said the party had erred in not taking immediate firm action on allegations of corruption against B.S. Yeddyurappa and its handling of the state had been "absolutely opportunistic".
Shimla, May 12 (IANS) Just over a month after the Himachal Pradesh High Court directed the Shimla Municipal Corporation to ensure that the streets of this popular hill resort, once the summer capital of British India, are free of stray dogs, animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi has stepped in.
Bangalore, May 11 (IANS) Revamping of the state administration for efficient delivery of services to the people would be the focus of the Congress government, Karnataka Chief Minister-designate Siddaramaiah said here Saturday.
Shillong, May 11 (IANS) Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary has directed the state government to probe the private Mahatma Gandhi University after complaints were received about its functioning.
In a display of assertive leadership, Sonia Gandhi seems to have played a major role in the sacking of the two Union ministers, Ashwini Kumar and Pawan Bansal, whose names had come under a cloud.
New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): President of Janata Party Subramanian Swamy on Saturday in said it is time for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi step down, after two Cabinet ministers resigned.
Bangalore, May 10 (IANS) Karnataka's Congress chief minister-designate Siddaramaiah Friday outsmarted union Labour Minister and rival Mallikarjun Kharge to the state's top executive post by securing the majority support of the party's 121 newly-elected lawmakers.
Bangalore, May 10 (IANS) The Congress High Command Friday named 64-year-old Siddaramaiah as Karnataka's new chief minister.
Bangalore, May 10 (IANS) The Congress Friday set a record by swiftly naming Siddaramaiah as its chief minister in Karnataka - just about four hours after the meeting of central observers with its newly-elected legislators here. This is perhaps the shortest time the party has taken to decide on its leader in a state.
New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) After Sonia Gandhi's pet Food Security Bill could not be passed in the budget session of parliament, the Congress Friday said the issue should become part of a national debate.
Guwahati, May 10 (ANI): The decline of insurgent activities in the northeast has led to a surge in developmental activities.
Mumbai, May 9 (IANS) As he completes a decade in Bollywood, actor Shahid Kapoor thanks his fans for showering their love on him.
Mumbai, May 9 (IANS) Welcoming the Congress party's thumping victory in the Karnataka assembly polls, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Thursday claimed it would make way for "victory for the party in all the future elections".
Hyderabad, May 8 (IANS) Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey carried Chennai Super Kings to a 77-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League here Wednesday.
Bangalore, May 8 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday recaptured power in Karnataka after seven years, crushing the BJP in the assembly elections - a victory that might boost the morale of the party facing a relentless opposition onslaught over massive corruption scandals.
Bangalore, May 8 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday comfortably returned to power in Karnataka after seven years, crushing the BJP in an election that grabbed national attention as it was fought over the corruption issue.
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's pet legislation, the national food security bill, could not be passed in the budget session of parliament that ended Wednesday as the BJP did not allow the house to run.
Bangalore, May 8 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday won a thumping victory in Karnataka to wrest power after a seven year gap, crushing the BJP in a key election ahead of next year's Lok Sabha ballot.
New Delhi, May 8 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to ask for the formation of a special investigation team under the supervision of the Supreme Court to re-examine the 1984 Sikh riots case.
New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) In a rare gesture, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Tuesday reached out to BJP leader Sushma Swaraj by placing her arm around her shoulder and walking a few steps with her in the parliament corridor.
Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) Sending out a strong disciplinary signal, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) has suspended its Mumbai unit chief for allegedly dancing nude at a private party, official sources said here Tuesday.
Hyderabad, May 7 (IANS) On the eve of their match against defenders Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad's chief coach Tom Moody says the track at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here looked challenging but wasn't as bad as it looked statistically.
Hyderabad, May 7 (IANS) Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Andy Bichel hopes that the team would bounce back in Wednesday's match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, after the huge loss to Mumbai Indians in their last Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter.
Hyderabad, May 7 (IANS) Undefeated on home turf so far, Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to cementing their position for a berth in the playoffs when they clash against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi international cricket stadium here Wednesday.
Mumbai, May 7 (ANI): Suraj Singh Thakur, the Mumbai chief of National Students Union of India (NSUI), has been suspended for allegedly dancing naked at a party function in the Mumbai suburb of Kandivli last month.
New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) The Congress core committee met Tuesday to discuss the logjam in parliament with the opposition refusing to let the house function till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Railway Minister P.K. Bansal resign.
Hyderabad, May 5 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Darren Sammy feels that their team will make it to the Playoffs in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Hyderabad, May 5 (IANS) After Delhi Daredevils suffered a crushing six-wicket defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here, coach Eric Simons said it was not a good wicket for Twenty20 cricket.
Hyderabad, May 4 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to bat in their Indian Premier League clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Saturday.
New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) Saturday recommended Sardar Singh for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
Hyderabad, May 3 (IANS) Looking for their fifth consecutive win on home turf, Sunrisers Hyderabad start favourites when they take on Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Saturday.
Lucknow, May 3 (IANS) A court Friday exonerated BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi of charges of inciting mob violence and firing at police four years ago.
Bangalore, May 3 (ANI): As the speculation of a Rahul Gandhi versus Narendra Modi fight for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections gathers steam, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar on Friday said the Gujarat Chief Minister has carved a niche for himself through three hat-trick victories in his state, while the nation doesn't know the merits and demerits of the Congress vice-president "who sounds hollow and empty".
Bangalore, May 3 (ANI): The campaigning for the May 5th assembly polls in Karnataka will come to an end this evening.
Gulbarga, May 2 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday took potshots at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for pointing fingers at her political outfit, and alleged that the main opposition party is neck-deep in corruption.
Bangalore/Gulbarga, May 2 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday sought a clear mandate for her party to provide a stable government in Karnataka, which, she alleged, had slipped on development due to the BJP misrule in the past five years.
London, May 2 (IANS) The sale of effects and documents belonging to Mahatma Gandhi will be organised in Ludlow in England May 21, a statement from a renowned auction house in Europe said Thursday.
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) The All India Tennis Association (AITA) Thursday recommended former player Vijay Amritraj for the Dhyan Chand Award and the country's top singles player Somdev Devvarman for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday met the family of Sarabjit Singh, Indian death row prisoner who died in a Lahore hospital after being severely beaten up in jail.
New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday expressed its delight over Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi's comment that he sees reflection of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in national president Rajnath Singh.
Hyderabad, May 1 (IANS) Shikhar Dhawan guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to a seven-wicket victory against Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Wednesday.
Hyderabad, May 1 (IANS) The blazing sun did not deter cricket-crazy fans from turning up in huge numbers to watch the IPL action between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium here Wednesday.
Hyderabad, May 1 (IANS) Mumbai Indians have set a modest target of 130 for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Wednesday.
Hyderabad, May 1 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad restricted Mumbai Indians to 129 for four in 20 overs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, here Wednesday.
New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday termed the Bharatiya Janata Party's decision not to attend any meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar or Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath for the rest of the session as another sad development in the Indian democracy.
Hyderabad, April 30 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad look to keep their home record intact when they take on mighty Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Wednesday.
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Tuesday condemned as "objectionable" the comments by Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj accusing Congress president Sonia Gandhi of inciting Congress members and creating a ruckus in the lower house.
Bangalore, April 28 (IANS) BJP's star campaigner and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Sunday made a virulent attack on the Congress, especially on its vice president Rahul Gandhi, who he termed "a child born with a golden spoon", asking people never to vote for the party.
Chikmagalur, Apr. 27 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Karnataka with betraying the people's mandate.
Haveri (Karnataka), April 26 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday said the BJP government in Karnataka has created a "world record" in corruption but was talking about corruption of the central government.
Haveri (Karnataka), Apr. 26 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Karnataka has created a world record in corruption.
New Delhi, Apr. 26 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Friday hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for demanding Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's resignation on the coal scam issue, saying the opposition's demand is unreasonable.
New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Delhi government Thursday decided to set up a committee of secretaries to decide the modalities of allotting flats to the urban poor under the Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojana.
Noida (Uttar Pradesh), April 25 (ANI): Amity University on Thursday held a special convocation during which, they honored two legal luminaries - S.P. Gupta, Advocate General, Uttar Pradesh and Rajiv Nayar, Senior Advocate at the Delhi High Court with Doctorate Degrees in Law (Honoris Causa) here.
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The sale of 24 percent stake in Jet Airways to the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways for around Rs.2,000 crore ($379 million) is a positive step for the aviation industry, experts watching the sector opined Wednesday.
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) States which hold elections to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) on time will get benefits from the programme of the central government to fund construction of gram panchayat offices, Panchayati Raj Minister K.C. Deo said Wednesday.
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) A zila parishad of Himachal Pradesh Wednesday received a national award for adopting innovative measures to strengthen panchayati raj institutions, the village-level third-tier of governance, a statement said.
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Pushing for power and responsibilities to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday called for change in the thinking that comes in the way of delegating power to the grassroots democratic organisations.
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks disrupted both houses of parliament Tuesday with the government and the Congress rejecting the opposition's demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar over the issue and a parliamentary panel suggesting cancellation of all mines given since 1993.
Raichur, Apr. 23 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who kicked off a high-voltage campaign for the May 5 Karnataka assembly polls on Tuesday, launched a frontal attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the state, and said that his party would heal all the wounds of the people and fight for their rights.
Jammu, April 21 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition partners -- the National Conference (NC) and the Congress -- are building political pressure on each other, ahead of the parliamentary and assembly polls due in 2014.
New Delhi, April 21 (ANI): The president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Mahila Morcha, Saroj Pandey, on Sunday criticised Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi, saying that rather than feeling sorry for the five-year-old girl who was raped, she should use her clout and proximity to the government to act firmly against the accused, besides putting in place a tougher regime to prevent crimes.
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Saturday condemned the brutal rape of the five-year-old girl in Delhi and said "action and not words are required to check incidents like this heinous rape".
Hyderabad, April 19 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Friday.
Chandigarh, April 19 (IANS) Paying a surprise visit to Punjab, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday expressed his desire to correct the system within the party, saying the problems of grassroots level workers did not reach its top officials due to a communication gap.
Hyderabad, April 19 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab scored 123 for nine against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Friday.
New Delhi, Apr. 19 (ANI): UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi held a strategy meeting with senior leaders here on Friday ahead of the second phase of Parliament's Budget Session beginning on Monday.
Hyderabad, April 19 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Saturday.
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) With politics hotting up over the draft of the 2G Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report before the second half of parliament's budget session starting April 22, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Friday reviewed the party's strategy with leaders, said party sources.
Mumbai, April 19 (IANS) Filmmaker Prakash Jha's "Satyagraha" will be screened in South Africa because of its "inherent Mahatma Gandhi connection", says a source.
Hyderabad, April 18 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab coach Darren Lehman hopes his batsmen will come good in Friday's game here against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) A committee appointed to probe the beating up, allegedly by legislators, of a sub-inspector of police within the Maharashtra assembly premises last month recommended, Thursday, a departmental inquiry against the police officer.