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Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll underway, JVM-P stays away

May 3, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Ranchi, May 3 (IANS) Polling for two Rajya Sabha seats is underway in Jharkhand although the key opposition party, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P), has decided to stay away from voting.

'Disappointed by Lok Sabha Speaker's comment on my statement', says Baba Ramdev

May 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Gwalior, May 3 (ANI): Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has expressed disappointment over the political fraternity's reactions, including Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, to his comment that several corrupt politicians and people with criminal backgrounds occupy seats in parliament.

'Disappointed by Lok Sabha Speaker's comment on my statement', says Baba Ramdev

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Gwalior, May 3 (ANI): Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has expressed disappointment over the political fraternity's reactions, including Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, to his comment that several corrupt politicians and people with criminal backgrounds occupy seats in parliament.

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Congress MP breaks down in Lok Sabha over Gujarat police action

May 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) A Congress MP from Gujarat, Prabha Kishor Taviad, broke down in the Lok Sabha Wednesday as her colleague Girija Vyas recounted how she was allegedly punched and dragged by the hair by Gujarat Police to prevent her from reaching the venue of a function being presided over by state Chief Minister Narendra Modi. MPs condemned the incident and demanded justice for Kishor.

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.

Rekha right behind, so Jaya to swap seat?

May 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Actress-MP Jaya Bachchan has sought to change her seating arrangement in the Rajya Sabha after her one-time co-star Rekha was allotted a seat right behind her, an official source said Wednesday.

Jaya Bachchan to swap seat in Rajya Sabha to avoid Rekha?

May 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) With actress Rekha all set to sit in the Rajya Sabha and allotted the seat behind her, Jaya Bachchan, her co-star from the 1981 film 'Silsila', has sought to change her seating arrangement in the house, an official source said Wednesday.

Jamia Millia chief backs women's quota bill

May 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung Wednesday advocated the passage of the women's reservation bill to empower the poor and ordinary Indian women.

SP MP wants action for remarks against MPs

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Samajwadi Party leader Shailendra Kumar Wednesday demanded action against those making derogatory remarks against MPs saying these were lowering dignity of parliament.

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon

May 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon Wednesday following slogan shouting by some members to demand the carving out of a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

Tendulkar says no to politics after RS nomination

May 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Pune, May 1 (IANS) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar Tuesday broke his silence over his Rajya Sabha nomination, saying he was honoured by the Indian government's offer but he would always remain a sportsman and not a politician.

New inning of Sachin Tendulkar as Rajya Sabha Member

May 1, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Sachin Tendulkar has now a new role to play as he has been selected to be a Rajya Sabha member by President of India, Pratibha Patil.

Honoured to be nominated Rajya Sabha MP, but playing cricket will be my priority: Tendulkar

May 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Pune, May 1 (ANI): Cricket star Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said that it was an honour to be a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, but his focus would be on playing cricket for the country as long as he could.

Jharkhand's Rajya Sabha poll could leave Munda shaky

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Ranchi, May 1 (IANS) The May 3 poll for two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand is casting its shadow on the stability of the Arjun Munda-led government.

PM expresses grief over Assam ferry tragedy

April 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday expressed grief over the boat tragedy in Assam's Dhubri district in which many people have died.

Majority in favour of Tendulkar's nomination: Chidambaram

April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Monday said the nation has welcomed the nomination of ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha.

Chidambaram plays down Bal Thackeray's 'Dirty Picture' allegations

April 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

New Delhi, Apr 30 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday rubbished Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's allegations that the 'Dirty Picture' side of the ruling Congress Party had come to the fore through the nomination of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha.

No action taken on troops' movement to Delhi: Antony

April 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Less than a week after clarifying that the troops movement reported on the night of Jan 16/17 was 'purely for training purposes', Defence Minister A.K. Antony again told parliament Monday that the mobilisation was for 'routine training exercises' and hence 'no action was taken to fix responsibility'.

Lok Sabha ex-speakers may get better retirement benefits

April 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The government may soon provide post-retirement facilities to former speakers of the Lok Sabha, as being provided at present to former presidents, vice presidents and prime ministers. The facilities may include free housing, transportation and also expenses on maintaining office and some staff.

Lok Sabha ex-speakers may get better retirement benefits

April 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The government may soon provide post-retirement facilities to former speakers of the Lok Sabha at par with former presidents, vice presidents and prime ministers. The facilities include free housing, transportation and also expenses on maintaining office and some staff.

Nation welcomes Sachin nomination: Chidambaram

April 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has defended the nomination of famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as the Rajya Sabha M.P.

Tendulkar's Rajya Sabha nomination perfectly valid: Chidambaram

April 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

New Delhi, Apr 30 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to Rajya Sabha is perfectly valid under the provisions of the Constitution.

Mayawati demands constitution amendment for SC/ST quota

April 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Monday demanded in the Rajya Sabha that the government bring a constitutional amendment bill during the current parliament session to ensure that Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Uttar Pradesh continue to get reservation benefits in promotions.

Majority in favour of Tendulkar's nomination: Chidambaram

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Monday said the nation has welcomed the nomination of ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha.

Don't speculate on presidential poll, Mukherjee tells media

April 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) As the Congress is holding a series of meetings with allies to build consensus over the next president, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday cautioned against speculating on the issue.

Telangana issue rocked Lok Sabha

April 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Separate Telangana issue rocked the Loksabha as M.P. from the area started shouting slogans for the separate state.

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.

89 power projects pending with environment ministry

April 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) A total of 89 power projects seeking green clearance are pending with the ministry, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told the Lok Sabha Monday.

Lok Sabha adjourned over Telangana

April 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon Monday over the vexed issue of carving out a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh.

Nomination of Sachin to Rajya Sabha, Congess' dirtiest play: Bal Thackeray

April 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Mumbai, Apr 29 (ANI): Doubting the intentions behind the proposal to nominate Sachin Tendulkar as Rajya Sabha member, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said this was the Congress' 'dirtiest play'.

Presidential poll: Antony meets Karunanidhi

April 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Defence Minister A.K.Antony today met DMK chief and former Tamilnadu chief minister Karunanidhi in regards of a consensus for the candidate

Political, business fraternity hail Tendulkar's nomination as Rajya Sabha MP

April 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Mumbai, April 29 (ANI): Hailing the proposal to nominate cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, people from the political and business fraternity said this step would surely bring some positive change in the country.

Big B happy with Sachin's nomination, Sanjay differs

April 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan Saturday expressed happiness at the recent nomination of actress Rekha and cricket legend Sachin Tendulakar to the Rajya Sabha, while Sanjay Dutt was unhappy with Sachin becoming a parliamentarian.

Harbhajan concerned with his woeful form

April 28, 2012 at 6:18 PM

New Delhi, Apr 28 (IANS) Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh, who has been out of the national team since September last year, was concerned with his woeful form that has also dogged him in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Involve developing countries in MDG, Speaker tells UN chief

April 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who is on an India trip Friday met Meira Kumar during which the Lok Sabha speaker asked him to involve developing countries in the consultation process with regard to the millennium development goals (MDG).

Meira Kumar hails Sachin's nomination to Rajya Sabha

April 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

New Delhi, Apr 27 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday hailed the proposal to nominate Sachin Tendulkar to Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha passes amended central institutions act

April 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha Friday passed amendments to the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) Act, 2006, exempting some central institutions from implementing the other backward castes (OBC) quota.

Jayant introduces private bill to amend RTI Act

April 27, 2012 at 7:22 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Rashtriya Lok Dal MP Jayant Chaudhary Friday introduced a private member's bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act to enable the citizens get information from private entities that are part of public private partnership (PPPs) projects.

Foreign mafias creating socio-economic chaos in Goa: Naik

April 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Panaji, April 27 (IANS) Foreign land mafias are usurping and exploiting scarce land resources in Goa and creating "social and economic chaos", Goa's only representative in the Rajya Sabha told the upper house Friday.

IOA welcomes Tendulkar's nomination to Rajya Sabha

April 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Indian Olympic Association (IOA) acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra Friday lauded the government's decision to nominate cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar to a Rajya Sabha seat.

Sachin's Rajya Sabha entry evokes mixed reactions

April 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A day after the government decided to nominate cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, parliament galleries were abuzz with discussion on the new entrant, and the move evoked a mixed response from members.

Only five percent primary teachers clear eligibility test

April 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Expressing concern over the poor quality of school teachers, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal Friday said only 5.5 percent had cleared the primary school teachers eligibility test in 2012.

Three cheers for Sachin, Rekha: Bollywood

April 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) Bollywood diva Rekha and cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar have been nominated to the Rajya Sabha and the film fraternity has extended its best wishes to them and said good people would do good work.

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.

Mixed reactions to Tendulkar's Rajya Sabha nomination

April 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Kolkata/New Delhi, Apr 27 (ANI): India's sporting heroes have given a mixed reaction to the UPA-II Government's decision to nominate cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha.

President approves Tendulkar, Rekha's nomination to Rajya Sabha

April 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar will now play the new role of a parliamentarian with President Pratibha Patil Thursday approving his nomination to the Rajya Sabha, along with that of renowned actor Rekha and businesswoman Anu Aga.

President Patil approves nomination of Sachin, Rekha to Rajya Sabha

April 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has reportedly approved nomination of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and veteran actor Rekha to the Rajya Sabha.

Lawmakers in favour of Sachin's nomination for Rajya Sabha

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

New Delhi/Chennai, Apr 26 (ANI): Cutting across party lines, lawmakers of various political outfits on Thursday appeared to be in favour of the government decision to recommend the name of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar for the Rajya Sabha.

Suspended Congress MPs protest over separate Telangana state in Delhi

April 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Suspended Lok Sabha lawmakers of the Congress Party from Andhra Pradesh continued to demand the formation of a separate Telangana state, shouting anti-government slogans inside the parliament premises on Thursday.

President approves nomination of Sachin, Rekha to Rajya Sabha

April 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Thursday approved the nominations of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, yesteryears Bollywood actress Rekha and businesswoman and social worker Anu Aga to the Rajya Sabha.

19 mercy petitions pending with president

April 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) A total of 19 mercy petitions are pending with President Pratibha Patil, parliament was informed Thursday.

BJP seeks structured debate on Bofors

April 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Even as both houses of parliament were disrupted over Bofors scam Thursday, they are expected to see peaceful proceedings Friday as the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to follow it up in an orderly manner.

Bofors storm rocks parliament, opposition seeks fresh probe (Third Lead)

April 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Almost a quarter century after it surfaced, the Bofors payoff scandal created a storm again Thursday, disrupting parliament, as the opposition vociferously demanded a fresh probe into the deal that has long haunted the Congress.

Tendulkar meets Sonia amid possibility of Rajya Sabha nomination

April 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday amid speculation in party circles that he would be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

Govt. recommends Sachin's name for RS members; Tendulkar's remarks yet to come

April 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today reportedly has written a letter to President of India Pratibha Devi Singh Patil..........

Bofors storm rocks parliament, fresh probe demanded

April 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Almost a quarter century after it surfaced, the Bofors payoff scandal created a storm again Tuesday disrupting parliament, as the opposition vociferously demanded a fresh probe into the deal that has long haunted the Congress.

MPs seek government explanation in Bofors issue

April 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) There was uproar in both houses of parliament with the BJP and other opposition parties demanding an explanation from the government on former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom's revelations on the Bofors gun payoff scandal, including the safe passage to main accused Ottavio Quattrocchi.

Rajya Sabha adjourned over Bofors issue

April 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice Thursday as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded an explanation from the government on former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom's revelations on the Bofors payoff scandal, including the safe passage to main accused Ottavio Quattrocchi.

'Urban projects fail to provide basic services'

April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The number of projects undertaken by the urban development ministry for transition to quasi-urban society has not been accompanied by a commensurate increase in the supply of basic urban services, a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development said Wednesday.

'One MP per 27,000 people in Finland'

April 25, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) There is one parliamentarian per 27,000 people in Finland which enables an MP to know a majority of his voters, speaker of the European country's parliament Eero Olavi Heinaluoma said here Wednesday.

Where is PM, BJP asks in Lok Sabha

April 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his "persistent absence" from the Lok Sabha when crucial issues were being discussed.

No need to panic on S&P negative outlook: Mukherjee

April 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The government is concerned about ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) lowering India's credit rating outlook but there is no need to panic, said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday.

Rajya Sabha adjourned for day

April 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day Wednesday following the death of Samajwadi Party member B.B. Tiwari, who had taken oath just the day before.

Rajya Sabha passes bill to include disabled in RTE Act

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) A bill to include children with disabilities in the ambit of the Right to Education (RTE) Act was passed by the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

Singhvi stays away from parliament

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) After giving up his position in a parliamentary committee and the Congress party over an alleged sleaze CD, Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi chose to stay away from the parliament Tuesday. Party colleague Salman Khurshid defended Singhvi, saying it was his private matter.

Stormy start to parliament, 8 Congress MPs suspended (Roundup)

April 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) In an unprecedented move, the Congress Tuesday moved to get eight of its MPs suspended from the Lok Sabha for repeatedly disrupting the house over separate statehood to Telangana as the second half of parliament's budget session got off to a stormy start.

Outrage in Rajya Sabha over fairness cream for private parts

April 24, 2012 at 6:29 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) An advertisement for a fairness cream for women's private parts sparked outrage in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday with a CPI-M member raising the issue and the presiding officer saying that the government should take note of her contention.

Tax law change may yield Rs.40,000 crore: Government

April 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The proposed retrospective changes in the income tax law that seeks to bring overseas transactions involving Indian assets into the tax net is likely to yield around Rs.40,000 crore ($9 billion) to the exchequer, Minister of State for Finance S.S. Palanimanickam said Tuesday.

Congress moves to suspend eight MPs from Lok Sabha

April 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) In an unprecedented move, the Lok Sabha Tuesday suspended eight Congress MPs from the Telangana region after the party itself moved a motion against them for causing repeated disruptions in the house over the issue of separate statehood to the region. The suspension is for four days.

Singhvi stays away from parliament

April 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) After giving up his position in a parliamentary committee and the Congress party over an alleged sleaze CD, Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi also chose to stay away from the parliament as the budget session resumed Tuesday.

Mayawati takes oath as Rajya Sabha member

April 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

Rajya Sabha takes up bill to include disabled in RTE

April 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) A bill to include children with disabilities in the ambit of the Right to Education (RTE) was taken up by the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

Congress MPs from Telangana suspended from Lok Sabha

April 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Eight Congress MPs from Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh were suspended from the Lok Sabha for four days for causing disruptions in the house over the issue of separate statehood to the region.

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon

April 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon over issues like the granting of statehood for the Telangana region, Naxal issue and defence-related scams.

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon

April 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon over issues like the granting of statehood for the Telangana region, Naxal issue and defence-related scams.

Lok Sabha returns to disruptions

April 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) It was back to disruptions as the Lok Sabha met for the first time after a three-week break Tuesday with members from Telangana raising the issue of statehood to the region, forcing an adjournment of the house.

Trinamool MPs to pressure government for tax monotatorium

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee giving a 15-day ultimatum to the central government for accepting the state's demand for a three-year interest moratorium, Trinamool Congress Monday said it will raise the issue in both the houses of parliament in the upcoming budget session.

Parliament's budget session resumes tomorrow

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): After a recess of three weeks the second phase of parliament's budget session will resume on Tuesday as the central government is prepares to get important legislations such as the Banking Reforms Bill, Insurance Bill, Pension and Lokpal Bill pass in within this session.

Government to table Lokpal bill in parliament soon, says Narayanaswamy

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): Minister for State in Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanaswamy on Monday said government will soon table the anti-graft Lokpal bill in the Rajya Sabha.

CD Row: Lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi resigns from all official positions

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

New Delhi, Apr.23 (ANI): Eminent lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday resigned from all official and Congress Party positions, including as chairman of the Parliament's Standing Committee on Law and Justice and as Congress Party spokesman.

Cong, JMM and BJP in fray for Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll

April 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Ranchi, April 23 (IANS) Jharkhand's ruling alliance partners - the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) - and the opposition Congress have fielded candidates for the May 3 polls to two Rajya Sabha seats.

Marandi's party to stay away from Rajya Sabha poll

April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ranchi, April 23 (IANS) Ahead of the May 3 Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand, the Congress suffered a setback Monday when its alliance partner, the JVM-P of Babulal Marandi, said it will not support the party in the biennial elections for the two seats and will stay away from it.

'Congress MP offered me Rs.25 lakh bribe'

April 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Ranchi, April 23 (IANS) Amid the CBI investigating the March 30 countermanded Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand, a Congress legislator alleged Monday that his own party's upper house MP Dheeraj Sahu had offered him Rs.25 lakh in 2010 to vote in his favour, a charge that has been denied.

CBI again searches Jharkhand Congress lawmaker's home

April 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Ranchi, April 22 (IANS) Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths Sunday searched the house of Congress legislator K.N. Tripathi here for the second consecutive day following horse-trading charges that marred the now-countermanded March 30 Rajya Sabha poll.

Government hopeful of passing important education bills

April 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) With the budget session of parliament set to resume Tuesday, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal and education officials are keeping their fingers crossed for a slew of critical but pending education bills that, among others, seeks to establish a body to oversee and standardise higher education in the country and include children with disabilities under the Right to Education.

Government staring at house trouble in budget session's second half

April 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The budget session of parliament is set to resume Tuesday with the government hoping to pass some key pending bills, but also staring at some house trouble over issues like uncontrolled inflation, corruption and setting up of an anti-terror intelligence hub.

Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll: CBI searches lawmakers' homes

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Saturday searched homes of some legislators and an industrialist in Jharkhand following horse-trading charges that marred the now-countermanded March 30 Rajya Sabha poll.

Ahuwalia files nomination for Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll

April 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Ranchi, April 21 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) outgoing deputy leader in the upper house of parliament, S.S. Ahluwalia Saturday filed nomination papers for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections from Jharkhand scheduled for May 3.

Mamata gives Centre 15-day ultimatum on tax moratorium

April 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) Reiterating her demand for an interest moratorium for the cash-strapped West Bengal government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday gave the central government a 15-day ultimatum and warned that its "indifferent attitude" could become a "big issue".

Mamata insists on tax moratorium for Bengal

April 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) In a stern warning to the Congress-led union government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said it has to accept West Bengal's demand for a tax moratorium for the next three years.

Congress asks opposition parties to support reforms

April 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): Congress party has urged its allies and opposition parties to support the reforms being brought in by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-led central government to spur the country's economic growth.

Rajya Sabha poll: CBI charges three with horse trading

April 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Ranchi, April 20 (IANS) The CBI Thursday night filed a formal complaint against three people for allegedly horse trading ahead of the March 30 Rajya Sabha poll in Jharkhand, an official said.

Government has decided on no more reforms: BJP

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday said the government seems to have decided against any more reforms as the prime minister's economic advisor Kaushik Basu had said reforms were not possible till the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

RBI to notify proposal allowing airlines to access foreign funds

April 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The government Thursday said it expects the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to notify the budget announcement of allowing the cash-strapped Indian civil aviation sector to borrow up to $1 billion in external loans for a period of one year within seven days.

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.

Rajya Sabha poll: JMM irked over BJP decision to field Ahluwalia

April 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Ranchi, April 19 (IANS) The BJP's decision to field S.S. Ahluwalia as its candidate for the forthcoming biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha has irked the ruling alliance partner Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), which has already announced its candidate.

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.

Resentment in JMM over Rajya Sabha candidate

April 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Ranchi, April 18 (IANS) Senior Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and former deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto Wednesday staged a sit-in demonstration in the steel city of Jamshedpur to protest against the fielding of Supreme Court lawyer Sanjeev Kumar for the Rajya Sabha poll scheduled on May 3.

JMM fields Saneev Kumar for Rajya Sabha

April 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Ranchi, April 17 (IANS) The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has again fielded Supreme Court lawyer Sanjeev Kumar for Rajya Sabha poll scheduled on May 3.

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