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Category Archives: Politics

Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa mulls joining AIADMK 

Chennai:  Announcing her decision to enter politics, late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s niece J. Deepa on Tuesday said she wasn’t sure whether she will join the AIADMK or float a new party. Speaking to the media here, Deepa said there were two views on her political journey. “I need time to decide. Have…

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Congress declares final list for Punjab polls

Chandigarh:  The Congress on Tuesday announced its final list of candidates for the Punjab assembly elections, naming three for the pending seats of Amritsar South, Mansa and Ludhiana East. The three candidates the party is fielding are Inderbir Singh Bolaria for Amritsar South, Manju Bansal for Bansa, and Sanjiv Talwar for Ludhiana East constituencies. The…

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Tripura parties to rally in Delhi for empowering tribals

Agartala:  One year ahead of the assembly election in Left-ruled Tripura, tribal-based parties have stepped up their activities to push their demands — including for a separate state. Two tribal-based political parties — Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) – would organise “Delhi Abhiyan” (march to Delhi) to…

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Indian American Congresswoman not to attend Trump’s inauguration

Washington:  Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has said she won’t attend the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump on January 20. Instead, the Seattle Representative would be taking part in other events in her area. Jayapal said in a statement on Sunday that she will remain in her Seattle district to “be with constituents who…

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This is homecoming for me: Navjot Sidhu

New Delhi:  A day after his formal induction into the party, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu termed his joining the Congress as his “homecoming” and launched a broadside against Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). “I am a born Congressman. This is a homecoming for me,” Sidhu said. “This (election) is a fight for Punjab’s existence,…

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Turkey approves constitutional reforms to expand presidential powers

Ankara:  Turkey’s parliament on Friday approved a series of controversial constitutional reforms that grant extensive powers to the President. In a session that extended from late Thursday to early Friday, Turkish lawmakers approved three of 18 articles, including one that names President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “head of state” and grants him the right to rule…

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Minister Paswan ‘out of danger’, says aide

Patna:  Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who was admitted to hospital here on Thursday after developing breathing problems, has shown improvement in his health but was yet to be discharged. A close aide of Paswan told IANS that the Minister was “out of danger” and he was expected to leave for Delhi on Saturday morning.…

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Income Tax department harassing, will raid us: AAP

New Delhi:  The AAP said on Friday that the Income Tax department was harassing it and also planning to raid it ahead of the Goa and Punjab assembly elections on February 4. Aam Aadmi Party spokesman and treasurer Raghav Chadha told the media here that the Income Tax department was under “tremendous pressure” from the…

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Parrikar evades questions on return to state politics

Panaji  A day after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said a central leader could be brought back to Goa and appointed Chief Minister if the BJP wins the upcoming state assembly elections, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday dodged questions on the subject. A former Goa Chief Minister, Parrikar — when asked if he was likely…

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