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Sonia Gandhi hospitalised

Sonia Gandhi hospitalised

Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram hospital in New Delhi on Thursday. She was suffering from infection of the lower respiratory tract, which affects the airway and the lung. According to hospital sources, Gandhi went to the hospital on Thursday evening with complaints of breathing difficulty and chest congestion, ,...

US MPs set last-ditch push for IS war authorisation

US MPs set last-ditch push for IS war authorisation

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made a last-ditch push on Thursday to vote on an authorisation for the use of military force against Islamic State before they hand full control of Congress over to Republicans next month. As debate intensified in the House of Representatives and Senate over the campaign against the...

Obama demands $6bn for Ebola fight

Obama demands $6bn for Ebola fight

President Barack Obama has renewed calls for Congress to approve $6bn (£3.8bn) in emergency aid to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The president made the plea on a visit to the National Institutes of Health, where he congratulated scientists on work towards a vaccine. The WHO says 6,055 people have died in...

Implement land deal with Bangladesh

India's main opposition Congress yesterday asked the BJP-led NDA government to take the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh forward for implementation after a parliamentary body submitted its report on the issue in both houses of parliament. The move came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government was determined to go ahead with the LBA as it would serve India's long-term security interest. Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs ministry,...

US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen

US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen

The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion...

Obama defends immigration pledge

Obama defends immigration pledge

US President Barack Obama has defended plans to use his overriding executive powers to push through changes to the nation's immigration system. He said Congress had been given ample opportunity to come up with its own plan but had failed to act. His remarks follow reports in the New York Times and Fox News that...

India bans first-class air travel for officials

India bans first-class air travel for officials

India's government has banned first class air travel for bureaucrats, meetings in five-star hotels and purchases of cars in a series of tough austerity measures. The moves are aimed at achieving a fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the gross domestic product for this year. India's economy has slowed in recent years, growing by 4.7%...

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Whither Congress?

THE defeat of the Congress in Haryana and Maharashtra state elections does not come as a surprise. It was expected. Those who have followed the political developments since the 2014 Lok Sabha election had inferred that the party was a story of the past. It had been battered by charges of corruption so much and for so long that it had no public image left. The other parties, particularly the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), are finding favour with the...

India holds crucial state elections

India holds crucial state elections

Voting has begun in crucial state elections in India in what is seen as PM Narendra Modi's first major test of popularity five months after he led his BJP to a landslide win. The BJP is hoping to win in Maharashtra and Haryana, which have been ruled by Congress along with its allies. In September,...

Congress drops Shashi Tharoor for 'praising Modi'

Congress drops Shashi Tharoor for 'praising Modi'

India's main opposition Congress party has removed MP Shashi Tharoor from the post of party spokesman after criticism that he had praised PM Narendra Modi. The twice-elected MP from Kerala recently said he was "honoured" to have been invited by the PM to be part of his Clean India campaign. Tharoor's critics said his praise...

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