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Category archives: Politics

U.S. downplays Hagel’s remarks, backs India’s role in Afghanistan

After Chuck Hagel’s controversial remarks on India’s role in Afghanistan, a top U.S. official has strongly backed New Delhi’s investment program and said they have a holistic view of the war-torn region. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake on Wednesday at a Congressional hearing said,” India has taken a very kind of holistic view of what needs to be done there, and they have a […]

A pre-poll lollipop, say trade unions.

No fund has been allocated for the welfare of people living below the poverty line Trade unions have criticised Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for presenting a “pre-election lollipop” budget to “deceive the people.” Communist Party of India MP and All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said Mr. Chidambaram was trying to win over the people with the 2014 general election in mind. When there was enough number […]

Mend ways or face consequences, Ajit Pawar warns MNS

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday asked Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to mend ways and desist from the smear campaign against the Nationalist Congress Parry or face a “befitting reply”. “Some people are trying to defame the NCP. If they try to attack us by doing nautakni(theatrics), we are ready to give a befitting reply. We have done good developmental work and that is why people are electing […]

Raj Thackeray's comments about Sharad Pawar spark clashes between their party workers in Maharashtra

Ahmednagar: MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s recent comments about the powerful Pawars of the Nationalist Congress Party sparked street fights in several parts of Maharashtra between workers of the two parties last evening. The NCP, headed by Sharad Pawar, rules Maharshtra in partnership with the Congress. It has accused Raj Thackeray of making unparliamentary remarks about its leaders at recent rallies in drought-hit areas of the state. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or […]

Woman cop held for sending vulgar messages to bureaucrat

Patna, Bihar: A Bihar woman constable was arrested for sending vulgar SMSes and regularly calling on the mobile phone of a trainee IAS officer, police on Tuesday said. Constable Joyti Kumari, posted in Gaya district, was taken into custody on Monday from near the official residence of trainee Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Kanwal Tanuj in Kishanganj district, about 350 km from Patna. “Police acted on the complaint of Kanwal Tanuj,” […]

India financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, says US Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel

New Delhi/Washington: India has sharply rejected that it “financed problems” in Afghanistan to create trouble for Pakistan, as alleged by Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s Defence Secretary nominee. Despite the controversy, the US Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for confirmation of Mr Hagel to be the US’ next Defense Secretary. The confirmation is expected later in the day. “Senator Hagel’s remarks are in sharp contrast to the viewpoint of the […]

Cauterizing the wounds of 1971.

For more than two weeks, the Shahbag area in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka has been the centre of an extraordinary protest, with tens of thousands converging there every day peacefully to demand that those convicted of 1971 war crimes must be given nothing less than the death sentence. In this interview with Nirupama Subramanian, Bangladeshi writer, columnist and development worker Farah Ghuznavi, who was in Chennai for The Hindu Lit for Life 2013, described the […]

India arrests man accused of spying for Pakistan

Indian police say they have arrested a man suspected of passing military secrets to arch-rival Pakistan. The man, an Indian citizen, was held in the western state of Rajasthan near the two countries’ border. Police say he passed details of military exercises held last week to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. India and Pakistan frequently accuse each other of spying. The arrest comes after weeks of tension over the disputed territory of […]

Hyderabad blasts: Police taking away innocent youth, say Muslims

“Come near Chandrayangutta bridge. Thoda baata karne ka hai (We need to talk to you),” ordered the voice in Hyderabadi Urdu on Sunday morning The man who identified himself as an officer from Hyderabad police’s East Zone was in fact calling Dr Ibrahim Ali Junaid from Mohammed Rayeesuddin’s phone. Rayeesuddin had been called for questioning and the police wanted to quiz Junaid as well. When Junaid told the officer he […]

Muslim woman to head BJP's minority wing

For the first time, a Muslim woman has become the head of a wing other than the women’s wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party in UP. Among the new office-bearers, whose names were announced on Saturday, Rumana Siddiqui, a housewife, is president of the minority wing of the party. Except the women’s wing, which is always headed by a woman, the BJP has never had a woman heading any of […]