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Manmohan Singh to release Punjab Congress manifesto today

Manmohan Singh to release Punjab Congress manifesto today

New Delhi [India], Jan. 9 : Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will release the Congress poll manifesto for Punjab at the Congress headquarters here today.

Singh will be joined by Ambika Soni, Captain Amarinder Singh, Asha Kumari, Randeep S. Surjewala and other party leaders to release the manifesto at the All India Congress Committee Headquarters.

Also, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to officially join Congress today.

According to sources, Sidhu wanted to join Congress in presence of party vice president Rahul Gandhi but since he is out of country, he decided the date accordingly.

Amma's close aid Paneerselvam set to be next Tamil Nadu's CM

Amma's close aid Paneerselvam set to be next Tamil Nadu's CM

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec. 6 : Senior All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader O. Paneerselvam is set to become the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa died of a "massive" cardiac arrest at 11.30 p.m. on Monday.

According to reports, several AIADMK MLAs were called to Apollo Hospitals one by one, where they were asked to sign a declaration, making Panneerselvam successor to Jayalalithaa.

Panneerselvam is considered to be one of the most reliable men of Jayalalithaa and had served as the chief minister when she stepped down for the trial in the disproportionate assets case.

Gujarat Civic Polls: BJP's win shows people's strong faith in development politics, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi [India], Nov, 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the Gujarat bypolls result illustrates that people want all-round progress of the nation and will not tolerate corruption and mis-governance.

"I salute people of Gujarat for continued trust in BJP. BJP's great win in local polls shows people's strong faith in development politics. These results across India illustrate that people want all-round progress of the nation and will not tolerate corruption and misgovernance," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Congratulating the state party unit, Prime Minister Modi also thanked the people of Gujarat for showing faith in the party.

Opposition does not have anything against demonetisation, says BJP

BJP leader Shrikant Sharma

New Delhi [India], Nov. 25 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday blamed the opposition for creating an unwarranted ruckus in Parliament and said the latter has no constructive argument to present to the Centre on the demonetisation drive.

BJP leader Shrikant Sharma dubbed the political parties protesting against demonetisation as confused and said that if the opposition had any facts against the currency swap they would have presented it by now.

"The reality is that the opposition itself does not want a debate as its leaders are not ready, everyday they are coming up with new issues, whereas, in real, they don't have any facts with which they can oppose us. People are supporting the demonetisation drive," said Sharma.

Nicolas Sarkozy knocked out of French presidential race

London [United Kingdom], Nov. 21 : Nicolas Sarkozy was knocked out of the French presidential race by Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe after he finished third in the primary to pick the centre-right's candidate.

Former French prime minister Francois Fillon topped the poll with 44.2 per cent of the vote, whereas another former prime minister, Alain Juppe, with 28.4 per cent of votes, came in second.

The two have now qualified for the second round run-off to decide who should be France's conservative presidential candidate, reports the Independent.

Sarkozy who received 20.7 per cent of votes has conceded his defeat.

The run-off vote to decide who should be France's conservative presidential candidate will be held on 27 November.

Angela Merkel to run for fourth term as German Chancellor

Berlin [Germany], Nov. 21 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that she will run for a fourth term as chancellor in the next year's crucial national election.

Asserting the complex challenges she will face and "absurd" expectations Germany could take a world leadership role when Barack Obama leaves office, Merkel insisted that the decision was not easy for her to make.

"I have spent an unending amount of time contemplating this, as to stand as a candidate for a fourth time after 11 years in power is anything other than a trivial decision, neither for the country, for the party, nor for me," the Guardian quoted Merkel as saying in a press conference in Berlin on Sunday night.

Post U.S. Elections: Vacancy for new leaders in Democratic Party

Post U.S. Elections: Vacancy for new leaders in Democratic Party

Washington DC [USA], Nov. 16 : They are a basket of 'dejectables', if I may coin a word. Completely devastated that they lost an election that was theirs to win, but Hillary Clinton did deliver a dud. Granted that she did poll more votes, but in the end she lost the Dems, an election. And in the end, that is what matters, a win or a loss.

House Democrats today announced that they would delay their leadership elections to November 30; which makes longtime Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's position tenacious. Not a good time to be a woman, at least a woman politician in America.

"No weakening of resolve" by US towards NATO under Trump: Obama

"No weakening of resolve" by US towards NATO under Trump: Obama

New York [USA], Nov. 15 : US President Barack Obama has said that Washington would remain the world's "indispensable" power and committed to NATO even under the administration of his newly-elected successor Donald Trump as the latter has assured him about the same.

"In my conversations with the President-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships," Obama said, adding that he had a message from Trump to pass on to world leaders he will meet this week. "One of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and the transatlantic alliance," said the President.

President Obama will be reassuring the same to US allies during his overseas trip this week.

Congress terms government's demonitisation move immature

Congress terms government's demonitisation move immature

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Nov. 15 : Terming the Centre's demonitisation decision as the most immature one in the last two-and-a-half years, the Congress party on Tuesday said it has stopped growth and development and made the lives of people difficult.

"This government has realised that it has committed a mistake in taking a decision too early, without any preparedness and that was the reason that they first gave three days to exchange notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000, then increased it to three days again, and after this, for 10 days," Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told ANI.

Trump "fine" with same sex marriage, against abortion rights

Trump "fine" with same sex marriage, against abortion rights

Washington [USA], Nov. 14 : United States President Barack Obama's successor Donald Trump, who has been a consistent opponent of marriage equality, has said that he is "fine" with same-sex marriage remaining legal across the country.

He said in an interview that he wouldn't appoint Supreme Court judges with the goal of reversing the ruling on same sex marriage, reports the CNN.

"It's irrelevant because it was already settled. It's law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it's done," he said.

However, standing by his stance against abortion rights, Trump pledged to appoint judges who oppose abortion rights and oppose restrictions on Second Amendment gun rights.

Trump asks supporters to "stop" harassing minorities

Trump asks supporters to "stop" harassing minorities

Washington [USA], Nov. 14 : United States President-elect Donald Trump has urged his supporters to stop harassing minorities over reports that Latinos and Muslims are being harassed in the country post his win.

In his first televised sit-down interview since becoming President-elect, Trump said, "I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, 'Stop it.' If it -- if it helps, I will say this and I will say right to the cameras: 'Stop it.'", reports the CNN.

Trump's radical stance on immigration and regional issues has left many minorities fearful about the future.

Trump said he's seen "a very small amount" -- including "one or two instances" -- of racial slurs being directed at minorities, particularly in largely white schools, since his election.

FBI letters were double whammy to Presidential campaign: Hillary Clinton

FBI letters were double whammy to Presidential campaign: Hillary Clinton

Washington D.C., [U.S.], Nov. 13 : Speaking out on her stunning loss to Donald Trump in the race to the White House, Hillary Clinton asserted that FBI Director James Comey had delivered a double whammy to her candidacy in the final days of the campaign by taking another look at emails related to Clinton's private server before abruptly saying he found no wrongdoing.

A member of her national finance committee who was on the call told CNN that Clinton placed at least some of the blame on Comey for her stunning defeat to Donald Trump.

She said the first letter from Comey, sent to Congress on October 28, stopped the momentum she had built after three debates and the release of Trump's "Access Hollywood" tape.

VP-elect Pence to replace Chris Christie as head of Trump's White House transition team

VP-elect Pence to replace Chris Christie as head of Trump's White House

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 12 : Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has been replaced with Vice President-elect Mike Pence as the head of his White House transition team by the President-elect Donald Trump.

Taking an unprecedented move, Trump also named three of his own children and his son-in-law to the executive committee overseeing the transition, reports the Guardian.

Replacement of Christie comes in the wake of impeachment calls being faced by him following the conviction of two former aides in the so-called " Bridgegate" scandal.

However, Christie denied the allegations being leveled against him.

Christie was among the first to endorse Trump after dropping out from the primary race to the elections.

Voter turnout in U.S. hits 20-year low in 2016

Voter turnout in U.S. hits 20-year low in 2016

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 12 : The voter turnout in the United States has fallen to nearly its lowest point in two decades this year.

As the ballots are still being tabulated by the election officials, the 126 million votes which have already been calculated accounts for 55% of voting age citizens cast ballots this year, reports the CNN.

The turnout has been the lowest in a presidential election given that it was 53.5% in 1996.

The turnout figures will change as outstanding ballots -- such as provisional ballots and those with write-ins are seen by election officials.

For reaching a turnout of 2008 in which nearly 64% of voting age citizens casted a vote, it would take another 18.7 million votes.

Hillary winning popular vote underscores her national campaign support: John Earnest

White House Press Secretary John Earnest

Washington DC [USA], Nov. 10 : Despite Donald Trump emerging triumph in the presidential election, White House Press Secretary John Earnest has said that his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote underscores her ability to built support for a national campaign.

Responding to a poser as to whether the poll have rejected not only Clinton but also incumbent Barack Obama by casting their votes in Trump's favour, Earnest wondered whether anybody has direct answer to the same.

Earnest drew the attention of the media towards some relevant facts to put forth his stand.

Donald Trump to be the 45th president of US

Donald Trump to be the 45th president of US

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 9 : Republican Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th president of the United States and Mike Pence will be his Vice President.

Trump's surprising performance at the polls ended Hillary Clinton's quest to make history as the first female president of the United States.

Trump, a 70-year-old celebrity businessman who had never before run for office, is poised to become the oldest president ever elected to a first term, reports the Washington Post.

Will Trump have the last laugh courtesy blue collared whites?

Will Trump have the last laugh courtesy blue collared whites?

New York [USA], Nov. 8 : Even as on Sunday, Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump 48 percent- 43 percent in a Washington Post/ABC tracking poll, 44 percent - 40 percent in an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll and 45 percent - 42 percent in a Politico/Morning Consult poll, the most recent surveys find that the win is still not very clear.

Most analysis are saying that Trump is in striking distance of winning the election and there's just one reason for that - he is leading white voters without a college degree by a huge margin and Clinton isn't.

Among this particular group, the Republican nominee leads his Democratic opponent by 59 percent to 30 percent, reports the New York Times.

Marijuana, condoms, homelessness and things US will vote for

Marijuana, condoms, homelessness and things US will vote for

London [UK], Nov. 8 : With the big Election Day approaching, a number of issues on the ballot, including efforts to legalize marijuana, tighten gun control laws and require porn actors in California to wear condoms during filming, would take the centre-stage as the US voters chose their candidates for the coveted White House.

There are more than 150 statewide measures on the ballot on November 8 and scores more city- and countywide initiatives for the voters to decide on, reports the Guardian.

Marijuana is a major issue people will vote for on Tuesday. California, Arizona and Nevada will vote on whether to join Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska in legalizing recreational marijuana use meanwhile, Maine and Massachusetts will also vote on recreational marijuana measures.

Is Trump following Obama's footsteps?

Is Trump following Obama's footsteps?

New York [USA], Nov. 8 : Comparing incumbent US President Barack Obama with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may look bizarre to any American. However, the duo indeed has something in common from a political perspective.

Trump has been reckless with his words in many of his speeches, leading many to believe that racism is at the core of his campaign while Obama being the first elected black President in the US history stands quite opposite to Trump's assertion so far.

But what Trump has said is on the same issues and frames that Obama raised in 2008 and 2012. The Republican nominee has, however, changed the story lines, writes the New York Times.

Congress blames BJP for rift in SP

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Oct. 24 : The Congress Party on Monday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for creating tension between other parties to hide their own inability.

"The way the BJP is trying to break the Samajwadi Party through Amar Singh is worth criticising. The BJP is somewhere trying to hide their inability by creating a rift between the parties," Congress spokesperson Surender Rajput told ANI.

Rajput said the Congress is not concerned about the Samajwadi Party's internal matters, but advised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav utilise the remaining time of his government to do some productive work.

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