Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Manmohan to head Cong panels on economy, security, foreign affairs

NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has constituted three key committees of the party to formulate its strategy on issues related to economy, national security and foreign affairs -- all headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

NCP opposes South Western Railway double tracking in Goa

PANAJI:Another opposition political party in Goa, the Nationalist Congress Party on Friday formally announced its opposition to the double tracking of the South Western Railway, which is being dubbed as a part of a move to create a coal transportation corridor through the picturesque coastal state.

To avoid Delhi pollution, Sonia arrives in Goa with Rahul 

PANAJI: Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi arrived in Goa on Friday afternoon, after doctors advised her to move out of Delhi for some time owing to her chest infection to avoid severe pollution in the national capital, according to party sources.

Doctors advise Sonia for sojourn outside Delhi to avoid pollution

NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been advised by doctors to move out of Delhi for some time owing to her chest infection to avoid severe pollution in the national capital, party sources said on Friday.

Goa CM Sawant slams expats for criticism of government projects

PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday took on the Goan expat community, over criticism of development projects in forested areas in and around Mollem village in South Goa, saying his government is committed to protecting the state's forest cover and that "outsiders" need not worry about Mollem village.

Goa CM announces recruitment for 10,000 govt vacancies

PANAJI:Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday announced start of the recruitment process soon to fill nearly 10,000 vacant government posts, doing away with the moratorium on new recruitment and tendering for new developmental projects at the end of November.

7 new BJP Gujarat MLAs take oath

GANDHINAGAR: Seven of the eight newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members of the Gujarat Assembly took oath on Thursday, the auspicious day of 'Labha Pancham'. One BJP MLA Akshay Patel was not present at the swearing-in ceremony.

Yediyurappa awaits BJP chief's nod to expand cabinet

NEW DELHI:Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Wednesday said that he would expand the cabinet after BJP President J.P. Nadda approves the list of proposed ministers.

13 Bihar Ministers are crorepatis, BJP tops: Report

NEW DELHI: A total of 13 ministers of the 15-member newly sworn-in Bihar cabinet are crorepatis and the average assents of these leaders 3.93 crore, said Bihar Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

Andhra SEC misusing constitutional position: Minister

AMARAVATI:Andhra Pradesh Civil Supplies Minister Kodali Sri Venkateshwar Rao has accused State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar of "misusing his constitutional position" in his eagerness to conduct rural local bodies' elections.

Andhra inducts opposition leader in state security commission

AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh government has inducted opposition leader and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president Nara Chandrababu Naidu in the state security commission.

After Sibal's attack, Cong rushes in Rahul's defence

NEW DELHI:After Kapil Sibal's attack on the party high command over the Bihar election results, several Congress leaders have rushed to defend the party and the leadership, with many criticising Sibal for going public.

Massive response to J&K UT's 1st poll; no boycott call

NEW DELHI: Kashmir-based mainstream opposition parties decision to form an anti-BJP conglomerate and to participate in the first District Development Council (DDC) elections in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir has put many speculations to an end. All the political analysts who were sceptical about the prospects of the Indian authorities holding a dignified democratic exercise after abrogation of Article 370, and the erstwhile states division into the two UTs in August 2019, have been proved wrong.

Greater Hyderabad MC polls on Dec 1; woman to be Mayor

HYDERABAD: Elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will be held on December 1, the Telangana State Election Commission said on Tuesday.

Rename JNU after Swami Vivekanada: K'taka BJP leader

BENGALURU: BJP's national general secretary for Maharashtra, Goa and Tamil Nadu, C.T. Ravi, demanded on Monday that Delhi's premier institute, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), be renamed as Swami Vivekananda University.

Kerala BJP alleges secret pact between CPI-M, Congress

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State BJP president K.Surendran on Friday alleged that the ruling CPI-M led Vijayan government and Ramesh Chennithala-led Congress have entered a 'secret pact' as the top leaders of both the parties are caught in various cases.

EC rejects recounting applications of 6 candidates in Bihar

PATNA: Election Commission of India (ECI) has rejected applications of six candidates who are shouted recounting of votes for the recently concluded Bihar Assembly Elections.

Gujarat CM announces 10K festival advance to govt employees

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday announced that over 5 lakh state government employees can avail of interest-free festival advance of Rs 10,000 each for the Diwali festival.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Kannur for a day on Nov 12

THIRUVANTHANAMPURAM:Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will make a flying visit to Kannur in Kerala on Thursday, party sources said.

Pooja Bedi invited to next Kumbh by Mahant Giri

PRAYAGRAJ:The Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex body of the country's 13 recognised Hindu monastic orders, has strongly condemned actor Pooja Bedi for comparing actor Milind Soman's nude photograph with Naga sadhus.

Cong will disintegrate more in coming days: BJP MP Amin

GANDINAGAR: Former Congress leader and BJP parliamentarian Narhari Amin said that he is confident that the BJP will win all eight Assembly seats in Gujarat for which bypolls were held on November 3, adding that the Congress will disintegrate more in the coming days.

Congress misses mark as BJP gains in Bihar polls

NEW DELHI: As the trends are coming in from polling centres, the BJP is emerging as the single-largest party in the state but the Congress is not able to repeat its 2015 performance of 27 seats and the Mahagathbandhan is behind the ND

Changing trends sees Bihar BJP's happiness return

PATNA:With the trends changing in the Bihar Assembly election results, confidence seemed to be returning to the BJP as the workers started assembling at their party office in Patna.

Tejashwi leads from Raghopur, Tej Pratap trails

PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief and Grand Alliance Chief Minister candidate Tejashwi Yadav is leading from his Raghopur Assembly seat while his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav is trailing from the Hasanpur Assembly seat.

RJD-BJP neck and neck in Bihar after 2 hours of counting

PATNA: Key rivals for the Bihar Assembly, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are neck and neck after two hours of counting for the 243-seat-Vidhan Sabha.

Stalin wishes Kamala Harris in Tamil, invokes Tamil sentiment

CHENNAI: US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, with her maternal roots in Tamil Nadu, seems to be the flavour of the season.

BSP starts preparing for 2022 UP Assembly polls

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati has started screening and short-listing candidates for the 403 seats in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, which are still a year-and-a-half away.

Bihar Polls: Cong spent more than Rs 61L on FB ads

PATNA:Ahead of Bihar Assembly election results on Tuesday, it has emerged that the grand old Congress Party invested more than others in reaching out to voters through the popular social media platform Facebook in the last one month.

Wary Cong deploys 2 leaders in Bihar to stall poaching bids

NEW DELHI: Wiser after the Madhya Pradesh and the Rajasthan experiences, the Congress has deployed party leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Avinash Pandey to Bihar ahead of the November 10 to take quick decisions to stall MLA poaching bids.

Ahead of Bihar poll results, Nadda meets BJP functionaries

NEW DELHI: Just ahead of the Bihar poll results on Tuesday, the BJP went into a huddle on Sunday as party chief J.P. Nadda chaired a meeting which was attended by all General Secretaries and Morcha Presidents.

Cong terms Owaisi 'B Team' of BJP ahead of final phase in Bihar

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the final phase of polling in Bihar on November 7, the Congress has targeted AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi and termed him the B team of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Chirag terms Nitish 'most corrupt Bihar CM'

PATNA: Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan on Thursday said Nitish Kumar is "greedy", "would befriend anyone to remain in power" and thus the "most corrupt Chief Minister" Bihar has ever seen.

Plea to disqualify jailed BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari

LUCKNOW:A Varanasi resident, Sudhir Singh, has filed a plea before the Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, seeking disqualification of jailed Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Mukhtar Ansari.

K'taka bypolls: Voting for 2 seats underway

BENGALURU: Voting for bypolls to two seats in Karnataka commenced on Tuesday morning amid tight security following Covid pandemic norms. Voting began at 7 a.m. and will continue till 6 p.m.

Bihar Phase II polls: 2.85 cr voters to exercise franchise in 94 seats

PATNA: Voting in 94 of the total 243 Assembly seats in Bihar will be held on November 3 during the second phase of state elections in which over 2.85 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,463 candidates in fray.

Akhilesh emerges as main challenger to BJP now

LUCKNOW:The spat between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) over the Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh may have reopened the chapter of acrimony between the two parties but the situation now seems to be working to the advantage of SP.

Mumbai Police's FIR against Sushant's sisters vitiated and bad in law: CBI 

MUMBAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday slammed the Mumbai Police for registering an FIR against late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's sisters on the complaint of Rhea Chakraborty, saying it is "vitiated" and "bad in law".

52.24% voting in Bihar till 5 pm: ECI

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 pandemic could not affect voters' enthusiasm in the first phase of polls in Bihar as the state registered 52.24 per cent turnout till 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the Election Commission of India said here.

Election Commission appoints police observer for Dubbak bypoll

HYDERABAD: The Election Commission on Wednesday appointed Tamil Nadu IPS officer, Saroj Kumar Thakur as the police observer for November 3 by-elections to Dubbak Assembly seat in Telangana.

Why BSP is a party prone to splits?

LUCKNOW: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has a tendency to split at regular intervals and the revolt of five MLAs on Wednesday is the fourth in the series

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