Rahul Gandhi promises free medical treatment for poor

Rahul Gandhi promises free medical treatment for poorCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday promised free access to medical treatment for poor if the Congress party is voted to power again in Delhi.

Talking of development goals for Amethi, Rahul mentioned that if the Congress forms the new government, then it would ensure that the poor and the deprived have free access to medical treatment.

"The UPA government will come to power in 2014 and ensure the right to free medical operation and free medicines to the poor ," said Gandhi.

Digvijaya welcomes CBI probe into Indore mall case

Digvijaya-Singh-CBIMadhya Pradesh former chief minister and Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has welcomed the state high court's order to get the alleged corruption in the construction of Treasure Island mall in Indore probed by CBI.

On Thursday, the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court directed the CBI to probe the allegations that Digvijaya Singh bent the rules to permit the construction of the Treasure Island Mall in a residential area.

Following the High Court bench order, Digvijay said, "I welcome the decision. must investigate and punish me if I have done any thing wrong."

Digvijay disappointed with charges slapped on BJP chief Gadkari

Digvijay disappointed with charges slapped on BJP chief GadkariThe allegations slapped on BJP chief Nitin Gadkari by India Against Corruption (AIC) activist Arvind Kejriwal were already known, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said.

Digvijay said that Kejriwal had far more information against Gadkari but he revealed only that information which was already known to the public.

Commenting about the charges leveled by Kejriwal, Digvijay said, "I'm disappointed with the charges that Kejriwal has made because they were already in the public domain."

Congress downplays Mamata''s threat to unseat UPA Govt. over FDI in retail, diesel price hike

Mamata-BanerjeeNew Delhi, Sep 16 : The Congress Party on Sunday downplayed West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee''s threat to withdraw her ministers from the Central Government over the issue of Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail and the hike in diesel prices.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi described Banerjee as an important ally of the UPA Government, and added that any problem pertaining to any issue, will be solved through dialogue.

Both Congress and BJP accept funds from foreign group: NGO report alleges

Congress-BJPPolitical parties are not eligible to receive donations from any foreign source but both the ruling Congress and the BJP accepted funds from London-based group Vedanta, according to a newly published NGO report.

NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) portrayed a very corrupt picture of India political parties in its report, which claims that political parties have pocketed a whopping Rs 4,662 crore via donations, many of which were given by foreign groups.

Sonia Gandhi meets party leaders to access poll performance

Sonia Gandhi meets party leaders to access poll performanceCongress president Sonia Gandhi has held a meeting with the senior party members to discuss the poor performance of the partying assembly elections in five states.

Mamata asks Congress to reconsider alliance

Mamata asks Congress to reconsider allianceMamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal and the leader of Trinamool Congress has asked its partner Congress party to decide if it wants to stay in alliance or not, after Youth Congress protested against alleged attacks by activists linked to Trinamool.

She said that the Congress party should reconsider if it wants to continue the alliance in the centre and state level. She also affirmed that her government in the sate is not dependent on the support from the Sonia Gandhi led Congress Party.

Prime Minister denies all allegations of bribery on his party members

Prime Minister denies all allegations of bribery on his party membersThere were rumors that Congress party members have received hefty bribes for supporting rescue of the landmark civilian nuclear deal between India and the United States in July 2008, declaring in Parliament on Friday.

He said that no member from congress party had broken law or get involved in any unlawful act.

He further added that the rumors have been aired by American diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks that is “unverified and unverifiable”.

Aiyar Expresses Regret Over Remarks Against Jaitley In Rajya Sabha

Aiyar Expresses Regret Over Remarks Against Jaitley In Rajya Sabha  Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar expressed regret over his comments against the opposition leader Arun Jaitley in the Rajya Sabha, which caused disturbances in the house for the last two days.

After the house restarted its meeting in the post-lunch session, Mani Shankar said he regretted to have inadvertently and without malicious intent used the words that were subsequently expunged by the chair.

Opposition Demands Due Credit Should be Given to Centre for Help to HP

Opposition Demands Due Credit Should be Given to Centre for Help to HPOpposition Congress blamed BJP Government in Himachal Pradesh for not offering the centre its due credit for help to the province.

State MLA Kaul Singh Thakur raised the problem of corruption and the current CD controversy in the Motion of Thanks on the Governor's address, to forecast that the Government would be unable to recuperate the damages that have been made to its reputation.

Cong accuses Raje of deliberately stopping SC/ST scholarships

Rajasthan Congress on Thursday accused the state BJP government of "deliberately" stopping scholarships for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students.

About 350 scholarships were given by the state government every year but after the Congress regime, no attention was paid to it and was stopped without any thought, leader of opposition BD Kalla said in a statement here.

About 3200 students who got these scholarships were studying for higher degrees and many have got jobs of IAS, IPS and allied services in the country, he claimed.

Warrant out, Sajjan Kumar faces arrest

sajjan kumarA court issued a non-bailable warrant against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Wednesday in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The CBI now gets a free hand to arrest him. The agency has been asked to produce Kumar in court by February 23.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma said he took the “coercive method” of NBW to ensure Kumar’s presence in the court, as he did not appear in response to the summons for Wednesday.

Cong slams Pak remark

congressThe Congress condemned a statement made by the Pakistan Foreign Office that described as “immature” the remarks of External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna that any future terror attack on India could impact bilateral ties.

“Such statements by Pakistan’s Foreign office is an obstacle to good relations between the two countries. We condemn the statement,” spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said on Monday.

New Congress headquarters to have six floors

New Congress headquarters to have six floorsNew Delhi, Dec 30 - With six floors, the Congress plans to make up in height what it will lose in expanse at its new central office.

The Congress plans to construct a six-storey office on the two-acre plot allotted to it on Kotla Road in central Delhi. Though the party is eligible for a four-acre plot according to its numbers in the two houses of parliament, it already has a plot in Rajendra Prasad Road -- which now houses the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation -- so it can only get two acres more.

‘Strong Cong, strong nation’

Manmohan Singh’s flight to Copenhagen delayed by two hoursWith the Centre still grappling with the agitation for a separate Telangana, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh identified regionalism alongwith terrorism, naxalism and communalism as among the “big challenges” before the country that the Congress alone can tackle.

“This is because our party’s politics is aimed at uniting the society and country and not dividing it…We believe in resolving differences and grievances through dialogue,” Singh said at the short function to commemorate the party’s 125th Foundation Day on Monday.

Tharoor ticked off for visa tweet

External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna on Monday rebuked his junior minister, Shashi Tharoor, for publicly airing his differences on government policy.

Trying to soften Tharoor’s “liberality vs security debate” on twitter, a social networking site, Krishna said the government will go by the home ministry’s guidelines and stressed differences over issues should not be discussed in public.

The Home Ministry had issued a directive on November 4 that foreign nationals with long-term multi-entry tourist visa must have mandatory two-month gap between two visits. The new rule was introduced after disclosures that 26/11 suspect David Headley had visited India on a tourist visa.

Sonia to kickstart Congress' 125th anniversary celebrations

Sonia to kickstart Congress' 125th anniversary celebrationsNew Delhi, Dec 28 - The Congress is set to launch its yearlong 125th anniversary celebrations Monday and leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi will address a rally in the national capital.

Sonia Gandhi will hoist the party flag at the Congress headquarters here. She will also lay a foundation stone for a new office of the party to be constructed at Rouse Avenue near Connaught Place, Delhi's business hub, party sources said.

Congress refuses to comment on N.D. Tiwari

Congress refuses to comment on N.D. TiwariNew Delhi, Dec 26 - The Congress Saturday refused to officially comment on the sex scandal involving Andhra Pradesh Governor N. D. Tiwari, but party leaders privately said that the octogenarian leader will have to go in case there is truth in the allegations.

"The matter is before the high court of Andhra Pradesh. The court has passed an order and the matter is sub judice. We should not comment on it," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said.

Congress leaders were more forthcoming in off-the-record conversation.

Punjab Congress legislator's brother-in-law held for fake passport

Chandigarh, Dec 26 - A Punjab legislator's brother-in-law, originally from Afghanistan but living here after allegedly procuring a passport with a fake identity and a wrong address, has been arrested, an official said Saturday.

Walid Khan, brother-in-law of Randeep Singh Nabha -- legislator from the Congress party -- was arrested late Friday after a complaint from intelligence agencies and the Regional Passport Office (RPO) here.

"Walid Khan had come to India in 1996 on a student visa after obtaining passport from Kabul, Afghanistan. After the expiry of his visa, he started living here on a refugee certificate that he got from the UN. We will also check the authenticity of this certificate," a police officer said.

Congress, JVM-P mull government formation without JMM

Congress, JVM-P mull government formation without JMMRanchi, Dec 25 :  The Congress and it's ally, the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P), were Friday mulling the possibility of forming a government without the support of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) as they are against the idea of its leader, Shibu Soren, becoming the chief minister.

JVM-P president Babulal Marandi said Shibu Soren's demand was unacceptable. "There could be a government without the JMM," Marandi told reporters here.

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