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69th Independence Day: Modi Promises 'One Rank-One Pension' To Ex Servicemen

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 10:01 PM

NEW DELHI -- Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on its 69th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on issues ranging from financial inclusion and sanitation to good governance and combating corruption, while informing ex-servicemen that he has accepted their demand of "One Rank-One Pension."

"I assure the...

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Monsoon Session Complete Washout; BJP And Congress Locked In Vicious Battle

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 8:07 PM

NEW DELHI -- The Monsoon Session concluded today amidst heightened political bitterness, making little headway on two critical bills dealing with land acquisition and tax reforms. The war of words in parliament between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress Party got acrimonious and personal, obliterating room for backroom...

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Narendra Modi Was Impressed By Sushma Swaraj's Fiery Speech In Lok Sabha - Are You?

(21) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:56 PM

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose not to step into the minefield of words which exploded in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday after the Congress Party agreed to a debate the Lalit Modi scandal.

The Monsoon Session concludes today.

In a no holds barred session, External Affairs...

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Gandhi, Jaitley, Swaraj Face Off: No Holds Barred In Lok Sabha Today

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:13 PM

NEW DELHI -- It was no holds barred in Lok Sabha today after the Congress Party agreed to debate the Lalit Modi scandal - just one day before the Monsoon Session concludes on Thursday.

On Wednesday evening, Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi hit back at Prime Minister Narendra...

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Sushma Swaraj: My Daughter Has Not Taken One Rupee From Lalit Modi In Passport Case

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 2:37 AM

NEW DELHI -- Responding to allegations that her family had financial ties with Lalit Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today denied any conflict of interest in the role she played to procure travel documents from the British authorities for the cricket magnate, who is a fugitive from Indian law.

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Top Business Leaders Sign Petition To End Parliament Paralysis

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:44 AM

NEW DELHI -- With two days left to go for the Monsoon Session to conclude, top business leaders of the country have signed a petition to end the deadlock in parliament which is holding up discussion on several bills including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

Over 17,000 people...

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Monsoon Session Day 15: Arun Jaitley Says Gandhi Family Can't Bear Anyone Else In Power

(5) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 5:45 AM

NEW DELHI -- With two days left for the Monsoon Session to conclude, the Congress Party today frustrated the Modi government's last ditch efforts to allow a discussion of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, and persisted with its demands for the resignations of three senior Bharatiya Janata Party...

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Yogendra Yadav Says He Was 'Beaten And Manhandled' By Delhi Police

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 11:51 PM

NEW DELHI -- Former Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav has claimed that he was "beaten and manhandled" by the Delhi police after being detained for organising a "Hal Satyagraha" at Jantar Mantar to highlight the persisting problem of
farmer suicides in the country.

Yadav along with...

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AAP's Alka Lamba Is A Drug Addict, Says BJP's OP Sharma

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 7:48 AM

NEW DELHI -- High drama ensued in the national capital today as the Delhi police registered a case of trespass against Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker Alka Lamba for walking into a shop in Chandani Chowk with her supporters, and shoving the cash machine.

Lamba is facing flak for her...

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Nitish Kumar Will Send Modi 50,000 Bihari DNA Samples

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 5:13 AM

NEW DELHI -- Escalating his attack on Narendra Modi over his DNA remark, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is launching the "शब्दवापसी /TakeBackYourWords" campaign, which will involve 50,000 people from Bihar sending their DNA samples to the prime minister in September.

"Modi's DNA remark is an insult to Bihar...

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Monsoon Session Day 14: Arun Jaitley Loses Cool As Congress Party Disrupts Parliament

(4) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 2:06 AM

NEW DELHI -- With four days left to go for the Monsoon Session to conclude, and the Congress Party continuing to paralyse both houses of parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today railed against the ruckus prevailing in the Rajya Sabha.

A visibly irate Jaitley said that it was an "sad...

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First Give Up Crores In Benefits And Then Talk About Canteen Subsidies: MPs to Jay Panda

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 7:40 PM

NEW DELHI -- Just weeks after Jay Panda donned the hat of Good Samaritan by calling for an end to the subsidies enjoyed by lawmakers in the parliament canteen, the Biju Janata Dal leader has got some unexpected pushback from other lawmakers who have suggested that MPs should first give...

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Sushma Swaraj Addresses Lok Sabha On Lalit Modi Scandal: I Did Not Do Anything Wrong

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 4:24 AM

NEW DELHI -- While the Congress Party boycotted Lok Sabha for the third day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took the opportunity to speak about the Lalit Modi scandal, and insist that she had done nothing wrong.

Swaraj said that she had never asked the British government to give travel...

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Udhampur Attack Gunmen Are From Pakistan: Rajnath Singh

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:59 PM

NEW DELHI -- Home Minister Rajnath Singh has condemned the attack on Wednesday by two gunmen, who ambushed a security convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur, killing two Indian soldiers and wounding 14 others.

The preliminary interrogation being conducted in Jammu has revealed that both gunmen are...

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Nitish Kumar Open To Shatrughan Sinha Joining JD(U): 'It Is His Call'

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:45 AM

NEW DELHI -- On the day that Shatrughan Sinha made a contrarian remark about the suspension of Congress Party lawmakers from the Lok Sabha, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party leader could join his party - the Janata Dal (United) - if he...

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Congress Party Persists With Boycott Of Lok Sabha, Escalates Protests

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 3:03 AM

NEW DELHI --Escalating protests over the suspension of over half of its lawmakers, the Congress Party boycotted the Lok Sabha for a second day, and disrupted proceedings in the Rajya Sabha.

Senior party leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh raised slogans near the Mahatma Gandhi statue...

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Monsoon Session Day 12: Congress Party Persists With Boycott Of Lok Sabha, Escalates Protests

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 3:03 AM

NEW DELHI -- Escalating protests over the suspension of over half of its lawmakers for five days, the Congress Party boycotted the Lok Sabha for a second day, and disrupted proceedings in the Rajya Sabha.

Led by Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi, senior leaders raised slogans near the Mahatma...

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Nitish Kumar Writes To Modi: Your 'DNA' Remark Has Insulted People, Take It Back

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:00 AM

NEW DELHI -- As the battle for Bihar intensifies, so does the war of words between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is the face of the Bharatiya Janata Party's election campaign in the state.

On Tuesday morning, Kumar shot off a letter to Modi...

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Monsoon Session Day 11: Opposition Parties Boycott Lok Sabha After 25 Congress Party Lawmakers Are Suspended

(5) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 4:21 AM

NEW DELHI -- A day after 25 Congress Party lawmakers were suspended for five days from the Lok Sabha, party president Sonia Gandhi unleashed a scathing attack on the Modi government, while at least nine other opposition parties boycotted the lower house of parliament.

Gandhi today led a protest...

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Top Official To Meet Lost Indian Girl In Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 1:46 AM

NEW DELHI -- For the past fifteen years, human rights lawyer Ansar Burney has been searching for the family of an Indian girl, who reached Pakistan over a decade ago, and now External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has given impetus to his quest.

Swaraj tweeted today that the Indian High...

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