Category archives: Politics

Obama wishes Indians ahead of Republic Day

Obama sent “congratulations and best wishes” on behalf of the American people to the people of India on the occasion of India’s 65th Republic Day. In a message to President Pranab Mukherjee, Obama said, “On this date, we join the people of India in celebrating its inspiring democratic heritage.” “Our partnership has always been guided by our shared values and interests,” he added. “I look forward to working with you […]

Opinion: Why Europe's unemployment ills need urgent economic medicine

People attend a demonstration in Madrid on June 16, 2013 against austerity policies and record high unemployment.   STORY HIGHLIGHTS Michael Marmot says austerity has increased youth unemployment in Europe Marmot argues that unemployment is bad for mental and physical health He says resulting social marginality, poverty and homelessness harm health Unemployment should be a key consideration in macro-economic policy, Marmot says Michael Marmot has led research groups on health […]

India : NCP party chief Sharad Pawar and Family Wealth worth 10,000Cr.

The less than gentle joke in Maharashtra is that Sharad Pawar “Saheb” has enough personal wealth to run Delhi for five years. Pawar disagrees The formal statement he has filed before the Election Commission on oath indicates that Pawar is so poor that he might barely manage to buy a mid size flat in one of the slightly better neighborhoods of Delhi He is worth just Rs 3.6 crores.  Even a casual chat […]

Kejriwal to go ahead with 'dharna' in Delhi; cops order shutdown of Metro

The police ordered a shutdown of four Metro stations from 9 am to 1 pm in the wake of AAP’s protest on Monday. NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and seven of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs on Monday will go ahead with ‘dharna’ in protest against the Delhi police despite prohibitory orders by the cops banning unlawful assembly in the area. However in a setback to the commuters […]

India diplomat row: Delhi says 'no stand-off' with US

  India’s Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has sought to downplay the row with Washington over an Indian diplomat who was arrested in the US. There was “no stand-off” with the US, he told reporters in Delhi, and predicted problems would be sorted out. The row erupted after the diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, was arrested in New York on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her housekeeper. She is now back in […]


India diplomat Devyani Khobragade indicted in US visa row

  An Indian diplomat whose arrest in the US sparked protests from India has been formally indicted by a US grand jury. However, prosecutors said that Devyani Khobragade, 39, had also been granted immunity and that officials had asked her to leave the US. The Indian foreign ministry later confirmed that she was on a flight back to India. Ms Khobragade was detained on charges of visa fraud and of […]

Christie faces political traffic jam as confidant set to testify on lane closures

The political traffic jam that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing over his office’s involvement in controversial lane closures last year could intensify on Thursday as an official at the heart of the scandal is slated to testify.  The governor is also preparing to give a press conference late Thursday morning. The governor is trying to get a handle on the controversy, which could threaten the potential 2016 presidential […]

Germany to help destroy Syria chemical weapons

  Germany is joining international efforts to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons, the foreign and defence ministries have announced. Waste from the destroyed weapons would be burned at a government facility in the town of Muenster, they said. Germany said it was responding to a request for help from the UN and OPCW, co-ordinators of the destruction plan. The first consignment of toxic chemicals left Syria on a Danish […]

Athletes from India will not carry their nation's flag at the Sochi Olympics

India in the 2012 Olympics.  The Olympics are never free from political influence and associations, but in India, political infighting has literally cost the nation’s athletes the chance to compete under their own flag. India’s membership in the International Olympic Committee has been frozen since December 2012, when the IOC learned that India elected officials accused of corruption to its national Olympic committee. The Indian Olympic Association will hold new […]

Who will be the Prime Minister of India in 2014 ?

The chemistry and momentum is clearly with a charismatic Modi but will he have the numbers to become India’s next prime minister? For almost three decades, Sharad Pawar has been India’s prime minister-in-waiting. A few years ago, when journalists asked him if he had finally given up on his prime ministerial ambitions, the Maharashtra leader candidly admitted that with a party of less than 10 MPs, his chances for the […]