Hyderabad, Feb 10 (IANS) The Congress Sunday ruled out early general elections saying the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would complete its five-year term. Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here that elections would be held in 2014 and that the Congress-led UPA government would complete its term. Tewari, who is also the spokesperson of the party, was replying to a query about BJP leader
Islamabad, Feb 10 (IANS) Swiss authorities have said they cannot reopen corruption cases against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Geo News reported Sunday. In response to a letter written by the government of Pakistan asking the Swiss authorities to reopen the graft cases following an order by the Supreme Court, officials in Switzerland have expressed their inability to do so
Agartala, Feb 10 (IANS) Patriotic folk and modern songs, street plays, rhymes, poems and colourful decorations using small trees were the highlights in the run-up to the Feb 14 assembly elections in Tripura. "It's a tradition in Tripura. Patriotic, folk and modern songs, street plays, rhymes and poems being used as a vital campaign module in the electoral battles," political analyst Sekhar Datta told
Narendra Modi may have performed with aplomb at his first appearance in Delhi after his election victory in Gujarat, but it is too early to say whether the pitch which the chief minister made for moving to the national stage will be successful.
Panaji, Feb 10 (IANS) The 2013 Delhi legislative assembly elections will be a test case for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), before the new political outfit sets its eyes on the rest of the country, party co-founder Prashant Bhushan said Sunday. Bhushan, a celebrated public interest litigant and anti-corruption activist, was speaking during a public interaction near Panaji. Asked to comment on the roadmap for the AAP, which is also spearheaded by anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal, Bhushan said: "The Delhi assembly elections are coming in 2013.
Dharamsala, Feb 10 (IANS) An eerie silence prevails at McLeodganj near Dharamsala, where thousands of Tibetans and their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, have been living for over half a century, ahead of the sacred Losar festival, beginning Monday. The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the elected government of exiled Tibetans based here, has appealed to Tibetans across the world to shun celebrations as the current situation in their homeland is grim. According to the Tibetan lunar calendar, Losar is the first day of the New Year.
Chandigarh, Feb 10 (IANS) The battle-lines have been drawn for the Moga assembly seat by-election in Punjab between the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the opposition Congress. Ten candidates are in the fray for the Feb 23 polls
Hyderabad, Feb 10 (IANS) Predicting early elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader M. Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said people were looking at the BJP-led coalition as the best alternative to the ruling dispensation. Addressing a news conference here, he claimed that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has been giving indications of early polls.
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 10 (IANS) Two cases, the Kozhikode ice cream sex case and the Suryanelli sex case have been frequently in the headlines in the state over the past decade and a half. Incidentally, in both cases, the Left Democratic Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist has had occasion to use controversies as a whip against the Congress-led United Democratic Front. The ice cream case dates back to the 1990s, and its strange name is because an ice cream parlour in Kozhikode was used as a place where young women, some of them teenagers, were lured into sex and exploited by men in powerful positions
Kohima, Feb 10 (IANS) Nagaland's ruling party, the NPF Sunday criticised the Manipur cabinet for terming the statement of its Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio against his Manipuri counterpart as "hate speech".