Agartala, Jan 16 (IANS) Ahead of assembly elections in Tripura, the Congress received a jolt with 32 tribal leaders quitting Wednesday and fielding their own candidates. The party's tribal department chairman Phani Bhusan Bhowmik and general secretary Debabrata Koloi were among the 32 who sent their resignations to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The dissident tribal Congress leaders have fielded candidates in 21 assembly segments, including 18 seats reserved for tribals
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay were taken into police custody Wednesday after a Delhi court convicted them in a recruitment scam involving JBT (junior basic training) teachers. Chautala along with son Ajay were taken into custody immediately after the ruling by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Rohini
Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Describing the move as "undemocratic", the Balochistan assembly has unanimously rejected the imposition of governor's rule in the Pakistani province. Governor's rule was imposed in Balochistan early Monday following last Thursday's twin bomb attacks in Quetta in which 86 people were killed and over 120 wounded. On Tuesday (Jan 15), the assembly unanimously adopted two resolutions that rejected imposition of governor's rule in the province as an undemocratic move, demanded reversal and called for a judicial inquiry into killing of Shias in the blasts, Dawn News reported.
Hyderabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Telangana Jagruthi, the cultural arm of TRS, has threatened to disrupt Thursday's meeting called by Congress leaders from Rayalaseema and Andhra regions to oppose the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana Jagruthi president Kavita Wednesday said they would not allow the meeting to be held in Hyderabad as it was a 'conspiracy' to stall the formation of Telangana state
Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was not going anywhere and was ready to face "any situation", his spokesperson has said, adding that he was extending his stay in Karachi from where he would monitor political developments. Zardari has also reiterated that general elections would be held on time
Dharamsala, Jan 16 (IANS) Though living in exile in India for over half a century, the longing to see their homeland has not waned among the Tibetan residents in this north Indian hill town. "I still desire to set foot on the soil I left long back," said Lamtso, an octogenarian woman living here since the 1960s. Lamtso has been living in the quaint town with the snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges in the backdrop along with her family since Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived here in the early 1960s after fleeing the Chinese army crackdown in Tibet
Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Only the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) can issue an arrest order in an anti-corruption case, Pakistan's Law Minister Farooq H. Naek has said. He was commenting on Tuesday's Supreme Court judgement ordering the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf and 16 others in the Rental Power Project (RPP) case, Online news agency said
Moscow, Jan 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian foreign ministry has slammed a request by a few dozen countries that the Syria crisis be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). "We believe the initiative is untimely and counterproductive for the resolution of the priority task, which is to immediately stop bloodshed in Syria," the ministry said. It said the initiative would only "complicate the search for ways to politically and diplomatically settle the Syrian conflict".
Washington, Jan 15 (IANS) A majority of Americans support tougher measures to counter gun violence, but are divided on how much priority the Obama administration and Congress should give to gun issues, says a new poll released Tuesday. The Washington Post-ABC poll showed that 52 percent of Americans say the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school, which killed 26 people including 20 children, made them more supportive of gun control.
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) The perennially brittle India-Pakistan relations took a hit Tuesday as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared that there can be "no business as usual" with Islamabad after the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers a week ago while there was further gunfire along the LoC. And in a reflection of the anger within the military over the beheading and mutilation of the two soldiers, the head of the Northern Command warned that the Indian Army had "definite plans to retaliate" but would do so when it wanted. "We have definite plans to retaliate but not in haste and anger, and at the time and place of our own choice," Lt