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The latest inheritor of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty Sonia Gandhi has assumed office as the president of Indian National Congress from 1997 till now. Sonia, born and brought up in the nation of Italy fortunately fell in love with the scion of Nehru Dynasty, Rajib Gandhi in Cambridge University where she was in study. Thus they married and a national of Italy crept in to Nehru-Gandhi family and received the citizenship of India in 1983. Sonia was a luminary person though not interested in politics. When Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, the leadership of INC fell on her shoulders and was given to Narasimha Rao. But again she took it as Congress made devastating result in polls through out India. By the effective leadership of this lady congress made momentous victory in 2004 parliamentary poll thus her hand proved to be auspicious in bringing back to INC in power what it had lost for 14 years. For her extraordinary leadership quality and making Indian National Congress A-One political party, Sonia Gandhi was placed in the 6th rank in the Forbes list of the best and most powerful 100 women in the world. As the chairperson of INC Sonia Gandhi brought a revival in Indian society with many more welfare projects for the women, downtrodden, and the backward castes and peoples. It has got more recognition from the people of India and home country along with some decries like Bofors case.

Banerjee to meet PM, Sonia to seek financial package, discuss President poll

May 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday afternoon.

President polls: Congress hopes for Mamata's support

May 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) The Congress is hoping for the support of the Trinamool Congress in the presidential polls when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee meets party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later Thursday.

Congress MP breaks down over Gujarat police action

May 2, 2012 at 8:54 PM

New DelhiAhmedabad, 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. The Gujarat government defended the police action saying it was out of 'compulsion'.

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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.

Rahul Gandhi meets kin of ferry disaster victims

May 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Guwahati, May 2 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Wednesday cut short his Amethi visit to fly to Dhubri in Assam and express solidarity with the relatives of the ferry tragedy victims.

Presidential polls: Mamata tightlipped

May 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) With Congress looking for support for presidential polls, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was Wednesday tightlipped but said she will try to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi to enquire about her health.

Rahul hints major shakeup in UP Congress

May 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Taking strong action for the party debacle in the recently held assembly election in Uttar Pradesh,

Rahul Gandhi indicates major shakeup in Uttar Pradesh Congress

May 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Lucknow, May 2 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Wednesday dropped enough hints about a major shake up in the Uttar Pradesh unit of the party, saying no one would be spared for the poor showing in the February-March assembly elecctions.

Rahul, Gogoi to visit Assam disaster site (Lead, Changing dateline)

May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Guwahati, May 2 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is Wednesday expected to visit the site of the boat tragedy in Assam's Dhubri district that is feared to have claimed 270 lives.

Rahul Gandhi's consent was not taken before Natarajan submitted bill to gag media: Congress

May 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi has clarified that a private member's bill on restraining the media, which was submitted by Meenakshi Natarajan contains the personal views of the lawmaker, and added that she did not take the approval of Rahul Gandhi before submitting it.

Congress distances itself from media bill

May 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday distanced itself from a bill on media regulation proposed by Meenakshi Natarajan, a Lok Sabha MP and an aide of party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, even as Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju accused the media of diverting interest from national issues.

Himachal Congress to project 'united face'

May 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Shimla, May 1 (IANS) The opposition Congress in Himachal Pradesh Tuesday announced it would stage public rallies in the state beginning this month to project its united face in the run up to assembly polls due later this year.

Workers in Delhi demand better pay on May Day

May 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Demanding better remuneration and abolition of anti-worker policies of the government, the All India Federation for Trade Unions (AIFTU) Tuesday protested in the capital on International Workers' Day or May Day.

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.

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.

Gogoi more needed in Assam than in New Delhi: Assam Congress

April 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Guwahati, April 30 (IANS) The Congress party's Assam state unit Monday sought to end the over-week long speculation about Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's probable nomination as vice president, saying his services were required more in the state than in New Delhi.

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.

Rahul in Amethi to motivate workers

April 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM

After the major debacle of the Congress in the recently held Uttar Pradesh assembly election, party general secretary Rahul Gandhi visited to Amethi to

Rahul Gandhi visits UP to assess poll disaster

April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Lucknow, Apr 30 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived here on Monday to take part in a post- Assembly poll review.

Rahul in Amethi to 're-motivate' Congress workers

April 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Amethi (Uttar Pradesh), April 30 (IANS) Hoping to 're-motivate' party workers in his parliamentary constituency, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived here Monday on a three-day visit, his first after the party's defeat in the state assembly elections.

Why no social security for unorganised workers, NAC asks government

April 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The National Advisory Council (NAC) has pulled up the central government for failing to formulate a social security package for India's 430-million informal sector workers even though the Unorganised Workers' Social Security Act (UWSSA) was passed three years ago.

Uttarakhand Governor credits Sonia for appointment

April 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Bhopal, Apr 29(ANI): Newly appointed Governor of Uttarakhand and senior Congressman, Aziz Qureshi, today said that his appointment was a result of the blessings of the Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi. He was addressing media persons here.

Antony meets Karunanidhi ahead of presidential polls

April 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) With the presidential polls round the corner, Defence Minister A.K. Antony met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi here Sunday, saying "we always value his advice".

Antony meets Karunanidhi ahead of presidential polls

April 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) With the presidential polls round the corner, Defence Minister A.K. Antony met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi here Sunday, saying "we always value his advice".

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

Presidential poll: Antony meets Karunanidhi (Update)

April 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Chennai, Apr 29 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday met Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi to build a consensus for the Congress-led UPA Government's candidate for the presidential election.

Sonia Gandhi visits Karnataka, aims to woo Lingayat community

April 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Tumkur, Apr 28 (ANI): Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi arrived in the Karnataka to woo voters from the Lingayat community and attend the birthday celebrations of the highly respected Lingayat seer Shivakumara Swami at the 'Siddaganga Mutt' in Tumkur District.

Give us water, Maharashtra villagers tell Rahul

April 28, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi visited drought-hit villages of Maharashtra's Satara district for two and a half hours Saturday but did not any announce any relief measure.

Jaffar Sharief, Dhawan for governor's posts?

April 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) The Congress leadership is considering some senior leaders and retired officials for appointment as governors in view of Raj Bhavan vacancies in some states, party sources said Saturday.

Sonia meets Karnataka sect leader, party workers

April 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Bangalore, April 28 (IANS) Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, in a short trip to Karnataka Saturday, met drought-hit villagers, attended a 104-year-old religious leader's birthday celebrations and addressed party workers from the state.

Arunachal Governor conferred with Mahatma Gandhi Seva Award

April 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Itanagar, Apr 28 (ANI): Former Army chief and Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.J. Singh has been conferred with the Mahatma Gandhi Seva Award (MGSA) in recognition of his yeoman service to the people of the state.

Third Gandhi visits Maharashtra, but drought continues...

April 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) As Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi began his one-day tour of drought-hit areas of Maharashtra's Satara district Saturday, he became the third Gandhi after his late father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi to visit the region, though little has changed there in all these decades.

Rahul Gandhi visits drought-hit Satara, assures all assistance

April 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Satara, Apr 28 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi visited the drought-hit regions in Mumbai's Satara District on Saturday, and assured the locals that the government would come up with a proper solution to help them get rid of all their problems.

Himachal Congress tries to put house in order (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)

April 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Shimla, April 28 (IANS) As Himachal Pradesh goes to the polls for its 68 assembly seats later this year, the faction-ridden opposition Congress has begun an exercise to put its house in order with the hope of ousting the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Rahul Gandhi visits drought-hit Maharashtra district

April 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived in Satara town Saturday morning for a visit to nearby drought-hit areas of Maharashtra, an official said.

Rahul Gandhi visits drought-hit Maharashtra district

April 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived at Satara district Saturday morning for a visit to drought-hit areas there, an official said.

Tendulkar gets mixed response over his RS member acceptance

April 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Indian Cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar who on Thursday accepted the proposal of being a Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Parliament) member has received mixed response over it..........

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.

BJP questions Sonia Gandhi over hesitation to probe Bofors scam

April 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

New Delhi, Apr 27 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticised the Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the UPA-II Government's ' hesitation' to re-investigate the 1985-86 Bofors scam.

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.

Mumbaikars' mixed reactions to Sachin's Rajya Sabha nomination

April 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) The reactions of Mumbaikars varied to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Rajya Sabha, with some welcoming the move and others critical of his new role, which will deprive him from playing.

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.

Congress proposes Sachin Tendulkar's name for Rajya Sabha seat

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (ANI): The Congress has reportedly recommended cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's name for a nominated seat in the Rajya Sabha.

Rahul to visit Maharashtra, Amethi

April 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Mumbai/Lucknow, April 26 (IANS) In his first major political engagements outside the national capital after the recent assembly polls, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit Maharashtra this week and his parliamentary constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh later this month.

Wage disparity linked to rural jobs to go: Ramesh

April 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The government is likely to bring changes in its flagship rural job scheme to remove disparity between wages given under it and the minimum wages fixed in states, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Thursday.

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.

Bofors truth revealed repeatedly: Congress

April 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Asserting that truth had come out repeatedly and courts had given their verdicts, the Congress Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of levelling irresponsible allegations in the Bofors payoff controversy on the basis of remarks of a retired Swedish police chief.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi April 30-May 2

April 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Lucknow, April 26 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi would be in his Amethi parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh from April 30-May 2. This would be his first visit to the state after the party's drubbing in the assembly polls, party sources said Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi to visit drought-hit areas in Maharashtra

April 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi arrives here Friday on a two-day visit to Maharashtra during which he will visit some drought-hit regions, a party office bearer said here.

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..........

Opposition wants fresh probe in Bofors scam, rocks Parliament

April 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The latest disclosure of Bofors pay off scam by its whistleblower who to gave clean-chit to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and erstwhile leader and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan in his statement, has once again created strom in Indian politics and a tug of war has begun between Congress-led UPA government and BJP led-opposition...............

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.

Pawar meets Sonia over presidential poll

April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Wednesday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to evolve "consensus" on the presidential election due in July.

Rajiv Gandhi had no role in Bofors case, says Khurshid

April 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM

New Delhi, Apr 25 (ANI): Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had no role to play in the Bofors Gun case, and added that there was no need to reopen the case.

Amitabh Bachchan happy to be cleared of Bofors taint

April 25, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Expressing his happiness over his name being cleared from the Bofors payoff scam, mega-star Amitabh Bachchan, however, said that he is "pained" that it came 25 years.

25 years of India's 'Watergate': The Bofors scandal (Second Lead, superseding previous story)

April 25, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Chronology of events since the 1986 Bofors howitzer payoff scandal - one of the biggest corruption scandals in India in which then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and many others were accused of receiving kickbacks from the Swedish gun manufacturer and which was called India's 'Watergate' by a New York court after it led to the fall of the Rajiv Gandhi government.

Bofors resurrected, Congress again on mat over Quattrocchi (Intro Roundup)

April 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Bofors ghost returned to haunt the Congress Wednesday with former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom giving a clean chit to the late Rajiv Gandhi in the payoff scandal but also saying that he just 'watched the massive cover-up' and the guilty, Italian Ottavio Quattrocchi, got away.

No minister has offered to quit: Congress

April 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday dismissed rumours that five union cabinet ministers had offered to quit and work to strengthen the party and denied that any such communication has been made to party chief Sonia Gandhi.

25 years of India's 'Watergate': The Bofors scandal

April 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Chronology of events since the 1986 Bofors howitzer payoff scandal - one of the biggest corruption scandals in India in which then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and many others were accused of receiving kickbacks from the Swedish gun manufacturer and which was called India's 'Watergate' by a New York court after it led to the fall of the Rajiv Gandhi government.

Chronology: Bofors graft row over last 25 years

April 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The following is a chronology of events since the 1986 Bofors howitzer payoff scandal - one of the major corruption scandals in India in which then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and many others were accused of receiving kickbacks from the Swedish gun manufacturer.

Lindstrom's revelations clean chit for Rajiv: Congress

April 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday said former Swedish police officer Sten Lindstrom's revelations on the Bofors payoff scandal has given a clean chit to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

What Lindstrom said on key players in Bofors scam

April 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom has spoken out on the Bofors artillery guns payoff scandal, which broke out in 1987. Here, in a nutshell, is what he told the website thehoot.org on the Bofors gun deal that brought down the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1989:

Bofors resurrected, Congress on mat over Quattrochchi again (Roundup)

April 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Bofors ghost returned to haunt the Congress Wednesday with former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom giving a clean chit to the late Rajiv Gandhi in the payoff scandal but also saying that he just "watched the massive cover-up" and the guilty, Italian Ottavio Quattrochchi, got away.

Parties should apologise for misleading on Bofors: Congress

April 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Political parties who had been misleading the nation on the issue of the Bofors gun deal should apologise, the Congress said Wednesday after former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom gave a clean chit to the late Rajiv Gandhi in the bribery sandal

We've been vindicated, say Bachchans after Bofors revelations

April 25, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) With former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom giving him a clean chit in the Bofors gun payoff scandal, Amitabh Bachchan Wednesday said the accusations had led to years of "anguish of petulant blame".

Funds for building toilets to be hiked: Jairam

April 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Government is mulling increasing the allocation for constructing toilets under the total sanitation programme, from present Rs.3,500 to Rs.9,900 per toilet, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Wednesday.

Congress deliberately prolonging Telangana row: BJP

April 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

New Delhi, Apr 25 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain has said that Congress- led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition Government has no intention of discussing the separate state row of Telangana in Parliament.

Mukherjee terms Cabinet reshuffle report to be media imagination

April 25, 2012 at 1:27 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday termed reports that four senior UPA ministers have written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi offering to step down from their posts to be media imagination, and said all leaders are doing the party work whether in government or outside it.

Narayanasamy downplays UPA leaders visit at 10, Janpath

April 25, 2012 at 1:27 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Tuesday downplayed the visit by several senior leaders at Congress President Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence in the wake of reports over four UPA ministers offering to resign from their posts, and contended that it was a routine meeting.

Speculation mounts of changes in Congress, two ministers deny quit offer

April 25, 2012 at 1:27 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Speculation of a rejig in the Congress and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government increased Tuesday following reports that four ministers had offered to quit to work for the party. Two ministers later denied they had written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi offering to quit.

Reshuffle in the air as Congress ministers offer to quit

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Amid speculation of a rejig in both the party and the United Progressive Alliance government in order to gear up for the 2014 political battle, five Congress ministers have reportedly offered to quit to strengthen the party.

BJP questions UPA Govt.'s leadership over Cabinet reshuffle report

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday hit out at the UPA Government over reports that four senior Cabinet ministers have written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi offering to step down from their posts, and said the main problem that the country is facing at the moment is the lack of good governance.

Vayalar Ravi dismisses Cabinet reshuffle report

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday rubbished media reports that he along with several other senior UPA ministers has written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi willing to be relieved of their portfolios.

Ministers write to Sonia Gandhi, say they want to work for Congress Party

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (ANI): Several senior ministers of the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II Cabinet have reportedly written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, saying that they would like to be relieved of their portfolios and would like to work for the party.

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.

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.

Storm over Telangana, price rise disrupts Lok Sabha

April 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) It was back to adjournments as the Lok Sabha met after a three-week break Tuesday with members from Telangana raising the issue of statehood to the region and Left parties demanding a discussion on spiralling prices.

Neem tree can be effective for HIV treatment

April 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

A recent study by Indian origin researcher has revealed that the extracts of neem tree that are found in abundance in the tropical and subtropical areas can help to prohibit the multiplication of virus.

CD row: Singhvi quits party, parliamentary posts (Roundup)

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) A day before parliament reconvenes for the budget session, Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi quit Monday as party spokesperson and as head of the parliamentary panel on law and justice in the wake of a controversial CD allegedly featuring him.

Singhvi quits as Congress spokesperson, parliamentary panel chief

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi Monday resigned as chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice and as party spokesperson in the wake of a CD controversy surrounding him, saying that he had done so to prevent "even the slightest possible parliamentary disruption".

Neem tree may hold clues for HIV treatment

April 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): An Indian origin researcher has hinted that extracts from neem tree, profuse in tropical and subtropical areas, may thwart the virus from multiplying.

Zardari's new political initiative and Ajmer visit

April 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

London, April 22 (ANI): President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari is best known for other things, and not for anything that links him with Islam or teachings of Islam. He is not a great admirer of saints or their shrines, as he idolises things that make his life in this world more charming and worth living. However, rumours are that he always takes help from Peers and fortune tellers before formulating his political strategies; and some even claim that he is often surrounded by them in Awan e Sadar and in Bilawal House.

Karnataka caste politics set to get Sonia boost (Karnataka Newsletter)

April 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Bangalore, April 22 (IANS) The Congress is going all out to woo a powerful caste group in Karnataka that is generally perceived to be a strong supporter of the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) even as the latter dithers in setting its house in order.

Singing is my first love: Raghubir Yadav

April 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) He has acted in more than 50 films and has done more than 2,500 theatre shows, but veteran actor Raghubir Yadav says singing is his first love and will always remain above acting for him.

Spirit Airlines apologises and pulls Secret Service sex scandal spoof ad

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Wellington, April 22 (ANI): Responding to the request of Colombian government, Spirit Airlines has issued an apology and pulled a "More Bang For Your Buck" ad spoofing the Secret Service prostitution scandal, according to NBC Miami.

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.

Under flak, Chavan meets Sonia, PM

April 21, 2012 at 6:13 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Saturday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to apprise her of the political situation in the state in the face of criticism of his government over its "slow" decision-making and the CAG report on land deals.

Neither Congress nor BJP has the people's mandate (Comment)

April 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Elections in India for even the panchayats and civic bodies are seen as political barometers. Although they are supposed to reflect local concerns, no party can afford to ignore their outcome, not least because they are all fought on political lines.

Who will be next president? Many names but could be another dark horse

April 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) With less than three months before President Pratibha Patil demits office, a host of possible successors have now surfaced. But a poor Congress show in recent state elections may ensure regional parties hold the key to who will be India's 13th president.

Sam Pitroda to Hamid Ansari - who will be India's next president?

April 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

New Delhi, April 20 IANS) With less than three months to go before President Pratibha Patil's term ends, a slew of possible successors are doing the rounds. But with the ruling Congress doing poorly in recent state elections, regional parties may hold the key to selecting the nation's 13th president.

Kaushik Basu's remark on economic reforms receives flak from Shahid Siddiqui

April 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): The statement of Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu in Washington that major economic reforms are unlikely before 2014 polls are attracting flak from the opposition and even the government is expressing reservation in endorsing his statement.

Kaushik Basu's remark on economic reforms receive flak from Shahid Siddiqui

April 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): The statement of Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu in Washington that major economic reforms are unlikely before 2014 polls are attracting flak from the opposition and even the government is expressing reservation in endorsing his statement.

FIFA appoints 84 officials for London Olympic football

April 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Geneva, April 20 (IANS) The FIFA Referees Committee has confirmed the appointment of 84 officials from 36 countries to officiate at the 2012 London Olympic football tournaments.

FIFA appoints 84 officials for London Olympic football

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Geneva, April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): The FIFA Referees Committee has confirmed Thursday the appointment of 84 officials from 36 countries to officiate at the 2012 London Olympic football tournaments.

Mukut Mithi named APCC President

April 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Itanagar, Apr 19 (ANI): Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi was today chosen as the President of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).

Defeat in Delhi civic polls a wake up call to Dikshit

April 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The loss in the capital's civic polls may not cause too much worry to the Congress at the centre but it has certainly dented the impeccable record of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who helped the party romp home in Delhi elections thrice in a row.

Economic consensus possible if no political hostilities: Jaitley

April 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Claiming that "two power centres" of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) were "not on the same page" on issues of governance, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley Wednesday said government can build an environment of economic consensus with the opposition provided there were no political hostilites.

Retired teacher waits for Gandhi memorabilia auction result

April 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Thrissur (Kerala), April 17 (IANS) A 70-year-old retired school teacher has been waiting patiently for the outcome as his rare collection of Mahatma Gandhi memorabilia went under the hammer in London Tuesday. He intends to use the proceeds to set up an antique museum.

Indian Army chief-designate conferred medal for distinguished service

April 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Indian Army's chief-designate and present Eastern Army Commander Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh and vice chief Lt. Gen. Shri Krishna Singh were among senior armed forces officers conferred medals for distinguished service of the most exceptional order by President Pratibha Patil here Tuesday.

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