Frisking of MPs may come up in meet of Committee on Security

New Delhi, February 14 (PTI): The issue of frisking of MPs could come up at an emergency meeting of the Committee on Security in Parliament Complex on Monday in the wake of the pepper spray attack in the Lok Sabha yesterday evoking outrage. A Congress member from Telangana has complained to the Speaker for initiating […]

BJP pulls further ahead: opinion poll

NEW DELHI, February 14 (Reuters): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has picked up more popular support and remains best placed to lead a coalition government after a national election due by May, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. The ruling Congress will slump to its weakest showing in parliament since independence in 1947, the Times […]

Kejriwal resigns over Janlokpal bill; sets stage for national role

New Delhi, February 14 (IANS): Forty-nine days after he took charge of the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday resigned following a tumultuous day in the state assembly where combined Congress and BJP legislators “defeated” his party’s attempts to introduce its signal Jan Lokpal bill, which the Aam Admi Pary (AAP) says was meant […]

SC told ‘high dignitaries’ term not constitutional

New Delhi, February 14 (IANS): The Supreme Court Friday asked the central and state governments to respond to a petition seeking to declare “unconstitutional” a section in the Motor Vehicle Rules that allows use of red beacon lights by “high dignitaries”. A bench of Justice R.M.Lodha and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh issued notice as amicus […]

US takes India to WTO over solar industry

Washington, February 11: The US has challenged in the World Trade Organization (WTO) India’s domestic content requirements in the second phase of the National Solar Mission (NSM), adding another irritant to bilateral ties already strained over the Khobragade affair. Terming India’s domestic content requirements as “discriminatory”, US Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman told reporters Monday […]

Kejriwal threatens to quit over Jan Lokpal bill

NEW Delhi, February 10 (PTI): Upping the ante over the Jan Lokpal Bill, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tonight threatened to resign if his pet anti-graft legislation is not passed by the state Assembly due to lack of support from other parties. A day after he told PTI that he can “go to any extent” […]

Italy tells India handling of marines case could hurt EU ties

New Delhi, February 10 (Reuters): Italy warned on Monday that India’s relations with the European Union would be seriously damaged if New Delhi decides to use strict anti-piracy laws to try two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen during a security operation in 2012. The sharply worded warning from Prime Minister Enrico Letta came […]

Nitish, Left leaders meet to give shape to ‘third force’

NEW DELHI, February 10 (PTI): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and the Left leadership on Monday had a breakfast meeting with other leaders to discuss the formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance for the next Lok Sabha polls. The informal meeting took place at the residence of JD(S) chief and former Prime Minister HD Deve […]

Parliament still paralysed over Telangana

New Delhi, February 10 (IANS): With both houses of parliament remaining paralysed for the fourth day Monday over Telangana, ugly scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha when a member pulled out the chairman’s microphone. The Rajya Sabha saw protests over the proposed formation of Telangana while members from Tamil Nadu demanded a discussion on […]

Why IT industry is not growing in North East

BANGALORE: Narendra Modi may want information technology companies to flock to the northeast but software services firms are saying the BJP prime ministerial candidate’s wishes are unlikely to be fulfilled any time soon. The absence of technical manpower , exacerbated by the lack of infrastructure, prevents development of IT in the northeast, insiders in India’s […]

Parliament is the Gangotri of Indian democracy: President

New Delhi, February 10 (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee Monday unveiled the photographs of the presidents of the central legislative assembly and the portraits of former Lok Sabha speakers at the Parliament House. “Indian parliament is the ‘Gangotri’ of our democracy. It represents the will and the aspirations of one billion-plus people and is the link […]

Rahul accuses Naveen Patnaik govt of corruption

Rahul blames BJD for Odisha’s backwardness Bhubaneswar, February 9 (Agencies): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi received huge applause from the people as he went on a roadshow from Odisha’s Capital city of Bhubaneswar on Sunday to address a rally at Bhatpada in Cuttack district, an exercise aimed at rejuvenating the party in the State. Thousands of […]