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All-party meeting on Telangana ends, Shinde says decision likely in a month

All-party meeting on Telangana ends, Shinde says decision likely in a month New Delhi, Dec 28 : Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said the central government will take a decision on Telangana statehood within a month.

"The meeting was very cordial. Some representatives said the decision should be given as early as possible, and some said that it should be taken within a month," Shinde told reporters after the all-party meeting here.

He said he has full faith that there will be a solution to the problems being faced by people of Andhra Pradesh.

Mukherjee wishes cancer-hit Venezuelan President Chavez speedy recovery

Mukherjee wishes cancer-hit Venezuelan President Chavez speedy recovery New Delhi, Dec 28 : President Pranab Mukherjee has conveyed his sincere prayers for the good health of his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, who is recovering at a hospital in Cuba after undergoing his latest cancer surgery.

In a message, Mukherjee has extended his best wishes for the speedy and complete recovery of the President of Venezuela and stated that he was confident that the President of Venezuela would have the strength and courage to overcome his present difficulties with his health.

BJP condemns CPI-M leader''s obscene rape-linked remark on Mamata

BJP condemns CPI-M leader''s obscene rape-linked remark on Mamata New Delhi, Dec 28 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday condemned Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Anisur Rehman's indecent comments against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Addressing a meeting of the party''s peasants wing -- Krishak Sabha -- in North Dinajpur District''s Itahar area, Rahman ridiculed the Banerjee-led government''s decision to compensate victims of crimes against women like rape and trafficking.

Sonia wishes speedy recovery for Delhi gang-rape survivor

Sonia wishes speedy recovery for Delhi gang-rape survivor New Delhi, Dec 28 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday wished a speedy recovery for the young-girl who is fighting for her life in a Singapore hospital after being gang-raped by six men on a moving bus in Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion of 127th foundation day of Indian Nation Congress (INC), Sonia Gandhi refuses to celebrate the day and wished for the speedy recovery of Delhi gang-rape survivor.

Pakistan once again raises Kashmir issue in UN General Assembly

Asif-ZardariPakistan once again raised the lingering Kashmir dispute on the international platform of United Nations.

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Pakistan President Asif Zardari alleged that Kashmir remained a symbol UN system’s failure.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s 65th session, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that the Kashmiri people had been given their fundamental right to self-determination, and added that their movement had gained a new momentum.

Exiled Tibetans in India demand citizenship rights

Dalai-LamaTibetans living in exile in India are demanding more rights and Indian citizenship after decades of living in the south Asian country.

Tibetan exiles are demanding a right to vote and also contest elections in the country. The community also wants their spiritual leader Dalai Lama to speak in the national parliament. At present, the community members have the status of foreigners in India.

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.

Government misjudged moderation of inflation, says Ahluwalia

Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said that the government may have misjudged the rends in inflation by expecting it to moderate earlier adding that if the prices remain high, it would hurt the government’s credibility.

"It is true inflationary pressure is higher than we had thought it would be... It's absolutely true we have been hoping that this would happen earlier and to that extent our credibility becomes questioned," Ahluwalia said.

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid extends rousing welcome to British Defense Secretary

British Defense Secretary Liam Fox got a warm welcome from Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at a function held at the Zaabeel Palace. The British Defense Secretary is visiting the country along with a high level delegation from England for expediting co-operation between two nations in the field of Military setup.

They discussed various issues of mutual interest and expressed satisfaction over the current level of relations in various fields.

Hansraj Bharadwaj resigns from his post–Says Source

Governor Hansraj Bharadwaj has given his resignation from the post of chairman of International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR). He has resigned after there was a strong debate in the office over its profit.

The office of chairman was directed by him since it has been established. It was constituted 16 years before. ICADR is a quasi-judicial body which aims in settling the disputes between multi-national corporations.  It reconciles all sorts of commercial disputes.

Kapil Sibal meets country’s consular heads posted abroad

Union Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal met the country''s envoys, who are posted abroad, on the concluding day of the Conference of the Heads of Missions (HoMs) here on Sunday.

About 119 HoMs from Indian Embassies and High Commissions participated in the three-day conference, conceived to brainstorm on the course of the national foreign policy and chart its future course.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, addressed and interacted with the delegates during the course of the three-day conference.

British Conservatives are demanding rights to pilot subsequent government

British Conservatives are demanding to form the Government in the UK Parliament. David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party has said that his party can have the necessary majority and they can form the next Government. He has also urged smaller Democratic parties to support and he is anticipating that he will be able to form an alliance soon.

The recent general national election has shattered 13 years of supremacy of the Labor Party. The Party has ended with only 258 seats. But at the same time it has provided the Conservative Party and other small organization a chance to prove their majority.

Rahul Gandhi sees Shashi Tharoor as an asset for Congress

Rahul Gandhi sees Shashi Tharoor as an asset for CongressThe External Affairs Minister Mr. Shashi Tharoor may be in news for all wrong reasons, but he has managed to get an appreciation from the AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

When the entire Congress working committee has stood against Tharoor, Rahul Gandhi seems to be standing with the Thiruvananthapuram MP. He has said that Mr. Tharoor is still a possible asset for the party as well as for the country.

80 years old widow of former Philippine dictator to run for Parliament

80 years old widow of former Philippine dictator to run for ParliamentWidow of longtime Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, has announced another run for elective office at the age of 80.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Marcos plans to run for a seat in the lower house of Parliament, joining a field of 18,000 candidates for 287 seats. One of her goals for re-entering politics is to restore her late husband to the honor he deserves, she said.

BJP government seeks extension of tax holidays in Uttarakhand

BJP government seeks extension of tax holidays in UttarakhandThe Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) led government in the state of Uttarakhand has set its mood up to get the tax holidays extended from the central government for another three years.

In fact, the leaders of the opposition party Congress have also supported the move of extending the tax holidays. While the tax breaks vary from product to product but broadly it is referred to the excise duty concessions that the companies get who are operating in the state.

Millions of Russians take part in elections

Millions of Russians take part in electionsObservers have said that millions of Russians took part in elections in 76 of Russia's 83 regions Sunday, offering support for the country's various political parties.

Nearly 32 million voters were able to take part in Sunday's elections, which included parliamentary voting in regions such as the Kurgan Region, the Sverdlovsk Region, the Voronezh Region and the Khabarovsk Territory, said RIA Novosti.

Some House Democrats are less than anxious to have Obama campaign for them

Barack Obama and DemocratsPolitico has been told by some moderate House Democrats that they are less than anxious to have U.S. President Barack Obama campaign for them.

Interviews with close to a dozen unnamed congressional Democrats on the ballot this year show a lack of enthusiasm for Obama's help, something that reflects the president's 46 percent approval rating in the polls, the newspaper said.

According to the newspaper, the Democrats give a variety of reasons, like, The president's busy schedule and a long-term practice of not bringing in outside campaigners.

Don’t need U.S. forces to fight terrorism in middle east, says Iran

Don’t need U.S. forces to fight terrorism in middle east, says IranTthe Iranian president has said in Kabul that U. S. military forces do not need to be in Afghanistan because fighting terrorism requires only intelligence operations.

President Hamid Karzai welcomed his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Afghan capital Wednesday .

There were not only common interests but also common enemies that strengthened ties between the two Asian neighbors, Ahmadinejad further said.

Few changes expected in the political landscape of Iraq

Few changes expected in the political landscape of IraqThough accepting that they expect few changes in the country's political landscape, Kurdish political leaders in Iraq claimed victories in parliamentary elections.

The parliamentary elections witnessed a turnout of more than 60 percent. Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party published the results according to which their Kurdistan Alliance won eight of the 12 seats in the ethnically divided province of Kirkuk.

PM for smooth passage of women’s quota bill

PM for smooth passage of women’s quota billPrime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is hopeful for the government to arrange two-third majority in the parliament to pass the much-awaited Women's Reservation Bill.

The bill has been gathering dust in files since it was firstly introduced in the Parliament in 1996 during the tenure of PM H. D. Devgoda.

The bill, aimed to provide one-third reservation to woman in Lok Sabha and State Legislatures, would be presented in the upper house on Monday.

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