July 31, 2012Shinde's 'home' run: From peon to Union ministry
profiles Sushil Kumar Shinde, his rise from a police sub-inspector to holding many important posts -- governor, chief minister, power minister and finally, home minister.
We need change in the system, not a dharna: Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen -- Nobel Laureate, former Master of Trinity College in Cambridge and Thomas W Lamont University Professor at Harvard University -- has squarely rejected the notion of using an indefinite fast as a tool to eradicate corruption.
'Muslims still fear persecution in Gujarat'
Voicing concern over the slow pace of proceedings in punishing perpetrators of the 2002 Gujarat riots, a United States report on international religious freedom has said that Muslims in the state "still fear" persecution.
India's worst power crisis; 21 states, 60 crore people hit
Delhi and various other areas in neighbouring states faced a power cut for the second successive day on Tuesday as the Northern Grid failed again.
On day 3 of fast, Anna Hazare says sorry to media
Anna Hazare's indefinite fast entered the third day on Tuesday with the activist regretting the attack on media by his supporters and warned that he will call off his fast if they again indulge in violence.
Narayanasamy is a LIAR: Anna Hazare
Narayanasamy had recently said that Hazare's close aide Arvind Kejriwal had discarded the bill that was earlier presented by the government, which had also been allegedly approved by the anti-graft crusader.
5 amazing things about Curiosity, the Mars rover
The landing will mark the beginning of a two-year prime mission to investigate one of the most intriguing places on Mars.
Why activists live in fear of govt and Maoists
A 60-page report by the Human Rights Watch titled 'Between Two Sets of Guns: Attacks on Civil Society Activists in India's Maoist Conflict', documents human rights abuses against activists in India's Orissa, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh states. Rediff.com brings you this report in a three-part series
July 30, 2012There was a loud sound when S11 caught fire: Mukul Roy
Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Monday said that some injured passengers and a gateman had heard a loud sound when the S-11 coach of Tamil Nadu Express caught fire, but refused to say at this stage whether he suspected sabotage
TN Express fire: 'It was pitch dark, I ran for my life'
It was a harrowing experience for Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express passengers as they saw people burning inside the ill-fated coach.
PIX: Man's mark on the moon still flying high
Four decades after America's last landing on the Moon, new images from National Aeronautics and Space Administration's camera have shown that all flags except one planted during Apollo missions are still standing and waving, despite the harsh lunar climate.
Power blackout: Minister blames states for over-use
"It looks like some states withdrew more power than required. I have constituted a committee of experts and they will examine and file a report on the entire issue in detail. We will take stern action against the erring states. This has happened despite 5000 megawatt additional electricity availability in the northern grid," the minister said.
Powerless Rajdhanis, Shatabdis stuck; chaos in Delhi Metro
Services of about 300 trains, including premier ones like Rajdhani, Shatbadi and Duronto, were severely affected due to collapse of the Northern grid in the early hours on Monday, causing inconvenience to passengers.
Assam's communal clashes: Politics over governance?
As forty-five people lost their lives and 200,000 people were rendered homeless in the week-long communal violence between the Bodo tribals and the Muslim immigrants, the Assam government in northeast India ummed and ahhed, says
PHOTOS: The Rs 27,500 satellite made in a basement
A 34-year-old South Korean engineer who scavenged cheap electronic stores for six years has made a $500 (Rs 27,500) satellite in his basement, which will be launched into space this year.
Blackout in north India, neighbouring states blamed
Entire north India on Monday plunged into the worst power crisis in a decade throwing normal life out of gear for several hours in eight states with collapse of the Northern Grid early morning.
35 charred bodies recovered from TN Express S11 coach
At least 47 people were killed and several others injured when a coach of New Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express was gutted in fire at Nellore station of Andhra Pradesh in the wee hours of Monday.
July 29, 2012Team Anna attacks Ramdev, calls Modi murderer of humanity
Anna Hazare on Sunday joined his three close aides in their indefinite fast while his team attacked yoga guru Ramdev for sharing dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, describing the Bharatiya Janata Party leader as a "murderer of humanity".
Shahid Siddiqui accuses SP of shooting the messenger
A day after the Samajwadi Party disowned him for his interview of Narendra Modi, an agitated Shahid Siddiqui on Sunday accused the party of shooting the messenger.
Assam violence: 'Internal security can't be downgraded'
The principal responsibility for the initial inaction is that of the state government and its police but there has been contributory negligence by the internal security machinery of the government of India too, says
July 28, 2012In PHOTOS: Michelle Obama in a tug of war in London
United States First Lady Michelle Obama played a little tennis with kids, displayed her football skills, handed out some hugs and posed for photos with strapping athletes as she formally began her stint leading the US Olympics delegation.
Controversial Modi, watch Herione and more
Controversial Modi, Kareena's Herione and more
July 27, 2012Zardari invites Manmohan to visit Pakistan
Zardari suggested that if Singh's visit coincided with celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November, it would be well received by the Pakistani people and reinforce the desire of both countries to promote inter-religious harmony.
THE MODI INTERVIEW: I won't apologise for 2002 riots
In a candid interview to a popular Urdu weekly, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has affirmed that he should be hanged if found guilty in the 2002 communal riots in the state.
We struggle for food in relief camps: Assam refugees
People rendered homeless due to clashes between Bodos and minority immigrants have alleged lack of sufficient food, drinking water and medicines in relief camps, a charge denied by authorities.
It's time to give people a political alternative: Hazare
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has admitted that the public's enthusiasm for fasts has waned, as his team continues its indefinite strike for Day 3 at Jantar Mantar demanding a strong Lokpal Bill.
PICS: Mayawati's statue re-installed OVERNIGHT!
Hours after a statue of Bahujan Samaj Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati was vandalised on Thursday afternoon, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav swung into action and ensured the re-erection of a new statue. reports
'What he couldn't do when alive, he did with his death'
For fisherman A Sekar's grieving parents in a coastal village in Tamil Nadu, no answers are forthcoming as to why their son's tiny fishing boat was fired upon by the US navy off Dubai. reports from Thoppuvalasai on the tragedy
Why we must take note of the warning signs in Assam
It is time we consider a residential permit system for economic migrants. With this the migrants will enjoy all benefits other than the right to vote. This single measure of regularising economic migrants will defeat the nefarious designs of the 'vote-bank' politicians. Else, we are storing trouble for the future, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd).
Anuj Bidve killer convicted of murder, sentencing today
British national Kiaran Stapleton was found guilty of the murder of an Indian student Anuj Bidve on December 26.
PHOTOS: In the land of no food, no water, no livelihood
Crops have failed, people don't have jobs and there is no drinking water. reports on the abysmal reality of drought-hit northern Karnataka
PHOTOS: Meet North Korea's mystery woman
Analysts say the disclosure of Kim Jong-un's marital status was aimed at sending the message that the 20-something Kim was mature and stable, someone people can relate to despite having only seven months of experience as leader following the death of his father in December.
July 26, 2012How Pranab-da solved the Mamata riddle!
The bonhomie between Mamata Banerjee and India's 13th President... Why is Sharad Pawar so angry?... Will Sheila Dixit lose her job?... The asli face of Congress sycophancy... All this and more in this week's Dilli Gupshup.
'Can't liken Guj, Assam; Modi sponsored communal violence'
Congress General Secretary and Assam in-charge Digivijaya Singh in an interview to CNN-IBN said it was not right to draw parallel between 2002 Godhra riots in Gujarat and the present ethnic clash in Assam.
PIX: Vandals attack Maya's statue, leave others intact
A statue of Bahujan Samaj Party supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the heart of Lucknow was attacked by vandals on Thursday. The statue was attacked with a hammer, beheaded and its hands were chopped off.
PICS: India remembers Kargil martyrs on 13th anniversary
The Indian Army in its full military grandeur began the two-day celebrations of the 13th anniversary of its victory in the 1999 Kargil war with the hoisting of a massive national flag at the War Memorial in Drass sub-sector of the district.
PIX: Assam violence continues; Gogoi meets riots victims
Scattered violence continued for the sixth day on Thursday in riot-torn lower Assam districts where one person was killed in police firing while four persons were injured in an attack by a group of persons in Baksa district.
Listen: Modi's controversial interview on Gujarat riots
"Hang me if I am guilty," said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as he broke his silence over the 2002 communal riots in his first ever interview to a leading Urdu weekly.
Hazare's popularity dwindling? Poor turnout at fast venue
The indefinite fast by Team Anna against the United Progressive Alliance government on corruption issue entered the second day on Thursday with a thin attendance at the venue.
Could Rahul's entry weaken PM's clout in govt?
Even as speculation has intensified on what would be the contours of Rahul Gandhi's bigger role in the days to come, the young leader has sent the first message that he is ready to assert himself and would be more hands on in the days ahead.
PHOTOS: Pak to restore temple pond with 'Shiva's tears'
Some people in government circles believe that the rehabilitation of the Katas Raj temple and its holy pond has been ordered in view of the likely visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Chakwal, reports
In PHOTOS: The WEIRD stuff that people do!
A collection of some of the weirdest moments from around the world
Nuclear showdown in Delhi's neighbourhood
Plans to build India's biggest indigenous nuclear power plant have failed to impress villagers in Haryana's Fatehabad district, who fear a Fukushima-type disaster. The shoddy way in which the government agencies have handled the issue has not helped matters either. reports.
July 25, 2012'Everyone for redeployment of army in riot-hit Assam'
Even as the Centre directed Bodoland Territorial Council Chief Executive Member Hagrama Mohilary and the president of the All India United Democratic Front Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi to "restrain their supporters and restore peace with immediate effect," the Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary in charge of the North East Shambhu Singh is personally camping in the riot affected Kokrajhar district.
'The awakening has begun, things will change soon'
As team Anna sat on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar reiterating their demands, thousands joined them in pledging their support to the cause. Rediff.com's
mingled with the crowd to get their reactions.
'There was corporate pressure to have Pranab as Prez'
Can an active politician like Pranab Mukherjee ever be an apolitical President? Dilliwalla took questions from Rediff.com's .
In PIX: President Pranab goes to office
Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday became the 13th President of India capping a five-decade career that saw him play significant roles in government, Parliament and party.
Pranab: 'Perennial No. 2' is today India's First Citizen
Capping a 45-year-long run in government and politics, Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday embarked on a new and momentous journey as the country's 13th President putting behind political affiliations and who could play a crucial role in the next Lok Sabha elections due in 2014.
PHOTOS: Fire at Mumbai's Oberoi Mall
A fire broke out at Oberoi Mall in suburban Goregaon on Wednesdau morning, fire brigade sources said. However, nobody was injured in the incident, they said.
PHOTOS: Pranab Mukherjee sworn-in as 13th President
Pranab Mukherjee was on Wedneday sworn n as the country's 13th President at an impressive ceremony in the packed and historic Central Hall of Parliament.
PICS: Pranab pays homage to leaders before oath
President elect Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and other top leaders at their memorials in New Delhi before heading to Parliament to take oath as the 13th President of India.
What's in store for Pranab Mukherjee today
At 11 am on July 25 President-elect Pranab Mukherjee will be ready and waiting at his Talkatora road residence having donned the new bandgala, which is being specially stitched for him.
PHOTOS: Fun, laughter at the Mukherjee household in Delhi
Hours before being sworn in as India's 13th President, Pranab Mukherjee appeared relaxed and in high spirits.
Desi scientist part of God particle hunt speaks!
Archana Sharma, the permanent staff physicist at CERN, details the magnitude of the biggest breakthrough in recent times.
July 24, 2012In PHOTOS: Ethnic violence rocks Assam, thousands flee
The toll in continuing violence in western Assam reached 25 on Tuesday after four persons were killed in police firing in Kokrajhar district, where shoot-at-sight orders and indefinite curfew remained in force.
PIX: 'Stop paying toll till govt brings in transparency'
Asking the state government to bring transparency in toll collection at various nakas, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday appealed to the people from the state not to pay toll henceforth.
Anna to fast on July 25, threatens 'jail bharo' stir
Stepping up pressure ahead of the indefinite fast from Wednesday, Anna Hazare on Tuesday issued a new threat of a 'jail bharo' agitation if the government does not concede to their demands in three-four days.
India has 80 to 100 nuclear warheads: US experts
India is not converting all its weapons-grade plutonium into war heads, two top American nuclear scientists have claimed, estimating that it currently has 80 to 100 nuclear warheads for its emerging triad of air, land, and sea-based nuclear-capable delivery vehicles.
Obama WARNS Syria over chemical weapons
United States President Barack Obama has warned Syria's Assad regime that it would be held 'accountable' if it uses its stockpile of chemical weapons.
Let us do the dirty job, US drones can watch: Pak offers
Islamabad is set to sell to Washington a new formula where it will assure the Barack Obama administration that it will act swiftly on key targets identified by the CIA in the tribal areas. reports
PHOTOS: President Pranab Mukherjee's swanky Mercedes
After becoming the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee will not only have a change in designation and address, but also in his mode of transport. In place of his favourite bulletproof Ambassador, Mukherjee will get a swanky Mercedes Benz limousine to go around
In PHOTOS: The spirit of Ramzan
Glimpses of Ramzan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, from around the world
What's in store for Pranab Mukherjee on July 25
At 11 am on July 25 President-elect Pranab Mukherjee will be ready and waiting at his Talkatora road residence having donned the new bandgala, which is being specially stitched for him.
July 23, 2012EXCLUSIVE: Pranab like you didn't know him before
Pradyut Guha, Pranab Mukherjee's personal assistant since the last eight years and one of his most loyal disciples of more than 30 years, tells all you wanted to know about India's new President
Special: The martyr who remained free even in death
On the 106th birth anniversary of this great partiot, the least we -- a generation of Indians who enjoy our freedom without really valuing it -- can do is remember men like him who paid with their lives to achieve that freedom.
'Can't comment on Afzal Guru until I've assumed office'
India's President elect Pranab Mukherjee, in an interview with CNN-IBN, said he was disturbed about the hatred between political parties.
19 killed in Assam violence, mob stops Rajdhani Express
Two more bodies were recovered on Monday taking the toll to 19 in the violence in Assam's Bodoland Territorial Administered Districts, as the Rajdhani Express was stopped by protestors in Kokrajhar district, police said.
Iraq's deadliest day: Over 90 killed in wave of attacks
A string of bomb attacks and shootings in Iraqi capital Baghdad and other cities on Monday have killed at least 93, reports say.
Reject Afzal Guru's mercy plea: Bal Thackeray to Pranab
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday said that Pranab Mukherjee should begin his tenure as President by rejecting the mercy plea of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and create history. Congratulating Mukherjee on his election as the 13th President, Thackeray said we have great expectations from Pranab Mukherjee.
The case of India's depleting battletank ammo
Facing a critical shortage of ammunition for Army's fleet of T-90 and T-72 tanks after the blacklisting of an Israeli firm, the defence ministry is now looking to procure these shells from Russia.
'Batman' shooting: Obama meets victims of the 'evil act'
United States President Barack Obama on Monday described the shooting in a Colorado theater this week that claimed 12 lives as an "act of evil", as he visited Aurora -- the city of tragic incident -- to meet the victims' families.
IN PIX: Crazy things people do to get well soon
We present some of the most unusual and bizarre treatments people undergo to rid themselves of sickness.
July 22, 2012PHOTOS: Festivities mark President Pranab's triumph
A festive atmosphere prevailed outside the residence of Pranab Mukherjee with beating of drums, distribution of sweets and bursting of crackers as a host of political leaders, associates and his relatives congratulated him on being declared elected as President.
WATCH! Pranab thanks people for electing him President
Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday thanked people for electing him as the President and assured the nation that he would make earnest efforts to preserve and protect the Constitution.
EMPHATIC victory for President Pranab Mukherjee
Pranab Mukherjee was on Sunday elected as the 13th President of India, marking a new journey for the veteran Congress leader after over four decades of life in active politics.
Pranab: Teacher, Economist, Troubleshooter, President
His election to the President's office on Sunday comes as a fitting finale for the 76-year-old Congressman from West Bengal, till recently the trouble-shooter of UPA, a task he has handled for last eight years.
UPA No 2 claim: What Pawar, Antony have in common
The tussle for No 2 position in United Progressive Alliance-II has put the spotlight on the political careers of A K Antony and Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar, which show striking similarities.
VIDEO: Knowing Pranab Mukherjee, the President
Despite a middling career in politics, Pranab Mukherjee has endured because of his reputation as a political troubleshooter par excellence.
PHOTOS: Bengal erupts in CELEBRATIONS for Pranab
Celebrations have begun at United Progressive Alliance candidate Pranab Mukherjee native village Mirati in Birbhum district of West Bengal ahead of the formal declaration of the 2012 presidential poll results.
July 21, 2012No coordination between Cong, NCP in Maharashtra: Patel
The Nationalist Congress Party, which pulled out of the United Progressive Alliance government in protest against the way the party was treated by Congress, on Saturday said it will remain an ally of the ruling coalition.
I'm the Joker, 'Batman' shooting suspect tells police
As authorities investigate the rampant shooting incident at a movie hall during a showing of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises in Denver, Colorado, psychologists have said that James Holmes, one of the two masked gunmen, who stalked the aisles at the theatre with a rifle, may be delusional.
July 20, 2012US: Gunman kills 14 during 'Dark Knight' screening
A masked gunman on Friday turned the much-awaited premiere of the latest Batman flick in a United States cinema hall into a bloodbath, spraying the crowd with bullets, killing 14 people and leaving 50 others injured in the worst mass shooting in the country since 2007.
Motormen strike called off, but chaos reigns in Mumbai
Lakhs of commuters on the Western Railway's suburban lines breathed a sigh of relief after over 200 motormen called off their flash strike following negotiations with the management.
In PHOTOS: WR motormen strike: Send YOUR updates!
Over 400 motormen of Mumbai's Western Railway went on a flash strike on Friday, leaving lakhs of commuters stranded during peak hour.
Do Kashmiri Pandits want to return to their homeland?
Many of the young Kashmiri Pandits argue that it is quite difficult to go back to the Valley, but for different reasons from their parents': there aren't enough opportunities there. finds out what the community thinks in the aftermath of the interlocutors reports on the troubled state
Offer a reward for Saeed; bring him to India for trial
India should declare Hafiz Saeed as a proclaimed and absconding offender in the case and offer a huge reward to anyone who could help in his capture and prosecution before the Mumbai court, says
'Congress a sinking ship; none of its allies are happy'
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday took potshots at the ruling Congress party over reports of Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar offering to resign for not being given the number two position in the government, saying it is an old habit of the UPA to impose pressure on its allies and insult them.
Congress does not know how to run a coalition: NCP
"It is a much more serious issue and is not like what the media is making it out to be, that Sharad Pawar is angry at being not made No 2. Being such a senior politician and minister, he has never asked for higher posts," says NCP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member D P Tripathi
'Pawar no petty leader; we have larger issues with Cong'
Pawar and NCP leader Praful Patel were on Thursday believed to have resigned from the Union Cabinet upset over a variety of issues, including no 2 slot for Pawar.
'We have the BEST possible PM in Manmohan Singh'
Congress leader Virbhadra Singh recently resigned as the Union minister for micro, small and medium enterprises following allegations of corruption. He tells Kavita Chowdhury how he intends to fight both his detractors and his opponents in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly polls
The insanity of resuming cricket ties with Pakistan
India has been trying cricket diplomacy since the 1980s. In one memorable occasion, the Chennai crowd even cheered a Pakistani Test victory. But unfortunately, every such attempt has generally been followed by a terrorist attack to get the Indo-Pakistan relations back to square one, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale.
UP CLOSE: Saturn's glorious rings and mysterious moons
Amazing new images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting the planet give a spectacular view of Saturn's rings and its moons. The Cassini space probe, for the first time in two years, has been able to get a good view of the planet's famous rings owing to a recent change in the spacecraft's angle of orbit. It took seven years for Cassini to travel the two billion miles to Saturn. Here's a look at some stunning pictures of Saturn.
What caused death of Amarnath yatris? Docs submit report
A team of doctors, who analysed the causes of death of 17 pilgrims near the cave shrine, have stated in their report that though several pilgrims were unfit for the high altitude travel had been able to secure medical certificates from Registered Medical Practitioners. reports.
July 19, 2012'Relations with Pakistan not better than it was in 1971'
Pakistan's capacity to carry forward relations with India is lower than ever, a senior government official told select journalists.
PIX: Jagan OUT of jail...only to vote in Prez polls
Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who is in prison as an undertrial in a disproportionate assets case, stepped out of Hyderabad's Chanchalguda jail to cast his vote at the Andhra Pradesh assembly in the ongoing presidential elections.
'The country is run by the Supreme Court, CBI and media'
'The President is the First Citizen of India. To me, he is the First Servant. The essence of politics is serving the people,' former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee tells Rediff.com's Indrani Roy in an exclusive interview.
Akhilesh wins the BIG jackpot that eluded Mayawati
The presidential election has really come as a boon to the four-month-old Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh, which received a largesse of nearly Rs 80,000 crore from the Centre on Wednesday.
PIX: Barack and Michelle Obama's special moments
We bring you a few special moments that the first couple has shared in the past that were caught on camera.
'Not one Muslim will vote for Congress after this'
The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat is preparing a white paper on the state of Indian Muslims languishing in jails in various terror cases, which could convince the community to vote against the Congress party, reports
Voting for next President of India begins
As many as 4,896 lawmakers -- 776 MPs and 4,120 MLAs -- are eligible to vote in Parliament and state assemblies. The total vote value is 10.98 lakh and a winning candidate needs to get 5,49,442 vote value if all of them exercise franchise.
In PIX: Why we are easy targets for nature's MAYHEM
Climate change has induced erratic extreme rainfalls, especially in the South Asian region
July 18, 2012Fake account+middlemen+illegal fund: The unholy trinity
Terrorist groups and drug mafias often use middlemen, who open several accounts in a bank under a number of assumed identities, says
PHOTOS: Mona Lisa's skeleton may have been found
Archaeologists have inched closer to unravelling the secret behind Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, as they believe to have discovered the skeleton of the model who posed for Da Vinci's masterpiece.
'Demining should be an instrument of foreign policy'
Horizon is a Pune-based non-governmental organisation, which specialises in humanitarian demining. The NGO was set up nearly a decade ago by eight retired army officers, who have worked in countries such as Sri Lanka and Jordan. Horizon's Chairman Major General S G Pitre (retired) spoke extensively to rediff.com's about his organisation's contribution towards this crucial mission.
Spoilt ROTTEN by BJP, Yeddyurappa continues to rule
BJP let Yeddyurappa get away with indiscretions as it did not want to rock the boat in Karnataka, says
IMAGES: Dine amid landmines, ammo at China's military bar
The headquarters of former Chinese military leader Lin Biao has been converted into a military-themed bar. Here old military ordnance has been used as furniture including sandbags, helmets, artillery shells and landmines.
Cricket with Pakistan? Have we forgotten 26/11?
expresses anguish at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to play host to Pakistan, barely days after the nation observes the fourth anniversary of the bloodbath in Mumbai.
July 17, 2012'Four-decade relationship with CPM ended just like that'
Speaking at the inauguration of his book, former Speaker and Parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee called on youngsters to join politics and try change the system from within. reports
Cong dismisses reports of Digvijay stripped of duties
It was a comedy of errors on Tuesday that saw Congress's vocal leader Digvijay Singh being 'stripped of' the key charge of Uttar Pradesh and Assam and only retained as party general secretary.
How Mamata Banerjee helped Hamid Ansari
Mamata Banerjee's role in the vice-presidential race... Kapil Sibal's battle with MPs... Why Khurshid is a Khan and Gadkari is a worried man... All this, and more, this week's Dilli Gupshup.
Senior BJP leader and RSS ideologue Bal Apte no more
A key Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue and former Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha member Balvant alias Bal Apte died in Mumbai on Tuesday, losing his 12-day battle for life.
Will vote for Pranab for President, but with pain: Mamata
In a complete U-turn and ending a month-long suspense, Trinamool Congress announced its decision to vote for United Progressive Alliance's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee 'in the interest of coalition'.
'Rahul Gandhi must be more active to help Congress'
Dilliwala talks about the future of Rahul Gandhi in Congress
Dr Singh, you should be seen, heard and FEARED
Dr Singh should explain his worries, concerns, hopes and determination to act to the people through the media, says
Hazare, Ramdev pull UPA govt by the collar
Ahead of their proposed protests in New Delhi, Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev on Tuesday launched an attack on the UPA government accusing it of not showing enough resolve in tackling corruption and bringing back black money stashed away abroad.
Rs 20 crore! The price Janardhan Reddy paid to buy bail
In his confession before the Central Bureau of Investigation, Yadagiri Rao stated that the entire bail deal for Gali Janardhan Reddy was for a sum of Rs 20 crore, but only Rs 9.5 crore was given to him.
Corruption fighters battle for Facebook page rights
Arvind Kejriwal and two of his supporters are scheduled to go on an indefinite fast from July 25. But this round of fasting will not only not include Anna Hazare, it would also be without the platform of India Against Corruption's Facebook page.
In 2012, pirates find themselves in troubled waters
Pirate attacks worldwide has witnessed a sharp decline in the first half of 2012 as international naval efforts played a key role in "frustrating" the menace posed by Somali pirates, a global maritime watchdog said on Monday.
PHOTOS: Flashes in the night sky
One of the most beautiful displays in nature, here is a presentation of some amazing pictures of lightning captured by ace lensmen.
'2014 will be a challenging time for any President'
I have no doubt that in 2014 there will be objective conditions for the Left to take initiatives and have a voice, says former general secretary of the Communist Party of India A B Bardhan.
Best photographs from the last 24 hours
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July 16, 2012Rahul to play larger role in Congress from September
The chorus for Rahul Gandhi playing a greater role in the Congress grew louder on Monday with party General Secretary Digvijaya Singh demanding that he be given "decisive" responsibility and a senior leader making a strong pitch for projecting him as the prime ministerial candidate in the next polls.
Jaswant hopes to reclaim political relevance with VP bid
The numbers are loaded against him but the BJP's vice presidential candidate Jaswant Singh has his eyes set on battles beyond. provides an insight
Thackeray reunion? Raj drives Uddhav home from hospital
After a six-year long tiff, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray drove estranged cousin Uddhav home from Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital.
VP poll: 'Honoured' Jaswant to reach out to Mamata, Jaya
Nominated as the National Democratic Alliance candidate for the Vice President election, Bharatioya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh on Monday said he would reach out to the non-NDA parties including United Progressive Alliance partner Trinamool Congress for their support.
Some relief! Bihar farmers to get 8 hours power daily
Here's some good news for millions of power-starved farmers in Bihar. The state government has directed the Bihar State Electricity Board to ensure at least six to eight hours of power supply for agricultural purposes.
The perils of India trying to look good on PTV
In its campaign against India, Pakistan has used terror and its electronic media to great effect proving how useful a psywar campaign is in these adversarial situations. This will not change and let us not be under any delusion about this, writes
AMAZING rendition! Painting or photograph?
Rediff.com presents some of Alyssa Monk's masterpieces!
Only divine intervention can help the BJP
The BJP has badly lost the plot and risks being sidelined in national politics, says
Top 12 NEWS stories that the world sat and watched
The 9/11 terrorist attacks has topped the list of most memorable televised moments the last half-century.
July 15, 2012I appeal to Mamata to vote for me every day: Pranab
United Progressive Alliance Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said he has been making appeals to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee every day asking her to vote for him.
Five fishermen injured in Sri Lankan navy attack
Five fishermen were injured when they were attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel near Katchathivu islet near the island nation. They were part of a group of 2,788 fishermen who had gone out to sea in 697 boats yesterday, fisheries department officials said.
PICS: Sunita Williams makes second space sojourn
Indian-American record-setting astronaut Sunita Williams along with her two colleagues on Sunday took off for her second space odyssey on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which blasted off successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
July 14, 2012Govt extends LTTE ban, says anti-India posture continues
The government has extended the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam declaring that it continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture and pose a grave threat to the security of its citizens.
July 13, 2012A new Parliament in Delhi?
A High Powered Committee is being set up to suggest an alternative complex to house the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha amidst apprehensions over the structural stability of the building built in 1927.
Where are the CCTV cameras that Mumbai needs?
The 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai highlighted the need for closed-circuit cameras and the 13/7 bombings reiterated it.
13/7: 'It was a tragedy for us, but we have to move on'
A year after the triple blasts in Mumbai, the Tamkas, who lost their son Avinash in the Zaveri Bazaar blast, feel there's no point blaming anybody for the biggest tragedy of their lives, writes
Don't miss: Stunning paintings that spring to life, almost
At the 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition Of China, dinosaurs burst out of doors, fierce sea creatures swim out of the ocean waves and boxes tumble from precarious bicycles. Here's a look at spectacular 3D artwork, which is put up on display at the Hangzhou Peace International Exhibition and Conference Centre in China's Zhejiang province till August 6.
'BJP does not have an inclination towards one caste'
In this interview with rediff.com's , he also speaks about the appointment of two deputy chief ministers and adds that the creation of these two new posts will not create any parallel force in the BJP, and governance will take place well.
President to be elected by 141 murder, 6 rape accused
The next President of India will be chosen by the electoral college which includes 141 murder accused, six alleged rapists and 90 members with charges of kidnapping, reports
SPECIAL COVERAGE: 13/7 triple blasts, one year on
A year on, rediff.com correspondents walk down the memory lane with survivors and re-live the fateful evening that was smeared with blood, agony and fear.
July 12, 201213/7: 'Why do you want to chronicle traumatised lives?'
A year after Tushar Gangaram Kolbe, 28, died in the July 13, 2011 triple blasts in Mumbai, life has slowly gone from bad to worse for his bereaved mother, his unstable elder brother, Tushar's widow Tanuja and his father who shifted to Sanderi, their hometown in Alibaug after his son's death.
'Laila Khan was not a typical Bollywood struggler'
The recent Laila Khan murder case is a story filled with enough intrigue and drama to excite crime novelists and Bollywood script writers, says
Gobsmacked royals frown at William, Kate's honeymoon pics
Intimate pictures of Prince William and Kate Middleton on their honeymoon have been made public by an Australian magazine, causing an outrage in the British royal family.
PIX: India's 1st P-8I aircraft takes off; delivery in 2013
Boeing's first P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy began its official flight test programme on July 7, taking off from Boeing Field in Seattle to demonstrate flying qualities and handling characteristics.
Khurshid's 'wake up call' should have been made to Sonia
Law Minister Salman Khurshid has insisted that his statements to The Indian Express on the 'rudderless' nature of the Congress party have been 'misinterpreted'. On the contrary, it appears that they were more than clear enough, and that they accurately reflect the views of a large and growing section of those within the ruling party.
OLE! Smashing PHOTOS of Spanish BULL RUN
Rediff.com presents some smashing, jostling, raging photographs of the San Fermin festival. Enjoy!
The cult of Scientology: A religion or a deception?
As news comes in of a settlement in the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce case, it has, nevertheless, posed another question mark over Scientology. So, what is Scientology, and why is it so controversial? Rediff.com tries to find out.
MUST SEE! Indian leaders' tryst with TIME magazine
Time magazine has a long history of putting Indian leaders on its cover and many of them have created uproar in the country. Rediff.com looks back.
July 11, 2012Srinagar: Police obstructs protest against dog menace
A novel protest by a sitting MLA against the dog menace was frustrated by the Jammu and Kashmir police in summer capital Srinagar on Wednesday.
Terrorists openly collect funds in Pak for war on India
Thr clout of key terrorist organisations in Pakistan has grown to such an extent that they openly collect funds and recruit cadre for fight the war against India. reports
In PHOTOS: That's Hitler's Mercedes!
A New Jersey auto dealer was shocked to find that the vintage car he bought while searching on an online shopping store was built for the Hitler camp in 1942.
In Photos: Floods in Russia, bullfighting in Spain
Presenting some of the best photographs from around the world in the last 48 hours
The monumental British blunder on Tibet
In the slow-moving historical chess game that underlies the Sino-Indian border dispute, last month saw an important public acknowledgment in Beijing of an important concession from London that kicked the legs out from under the McMahon Line, which India claims as the Sino-Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh.
'The value of life is only 2, 4 lakhs in India'
A year after her husband Mukesh died in a bomb blast in Mumbai, Sheela Seth and her nine-year-old son Mohit confront grief and an uncertain future, reports .
Rare photos: Mars like NEVER seen before
Here's a look at some stunning pictures that shows the terrain that surrounded the rover while it was stationary for four months of work during its most recent Martian mission.
July 10, 2012Politics behind him, Pranab set for a new innings
As Pranab Mukherjee looks increasing likely to be the next incumbent of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, he seems relaxed and humbled. So how will he be as the next President? 'Only time will tell,' he says. reports from New Delhi
Raisina Hill being used as a dumping ground, says Sangma
Sharpening his attack on United Progressive Alliance rival Pranab Mukherjee, Opposition-backed Presidential nominee P A Sangma on Tuesday said Rashtrapati Bhavan was being used as a "dumping ground" for the "failed" former finance minister.
I feel handicapped with guilt and debt: 13/7 survivor
On July 13, 2011, Bapi Motilal Khetu had barely sat down at a shop in Khau Galli in Zaveri Bazaar locality of Mumbai when a bomb placed in a Honda Activa scooter exploded. A year later, he is scared of leaving his home and complains that life will never be the same for him. reports.
Exclusive! Sunita Williams: 'Can't wait to go into space'
"I am so excited. I can't really wait to go," Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams told in a brief telephone interview from Star City last week before being quarantined for the flight preparation
Khurshid: After anti-Rahul remarks comes clarification
A controversy broke out over Law Minister Salman Khurshid's reported comments that Rahul Gandhi is only playing a 'cameo role' and Congress is directionless, prompting the senior leader on Tuesday to clarify what he meant.
Exclusive: 'Sarabjit a victim of mistaken identity'
Awais Sheikh, the counsel for Sarabjit Singh, believes that the Indian convict on death row in Pakistan was the victim of a case of mistaken identity. Sheikh, the president of Pakistan-India Peace Initiatives, has also penned a book on his high-profile client called Sarabjit Singh -- A Case of Mistaken Identity
Tori, the smoking orang-utan, to kick the butt
Tori, a 15-year-old orang-utan who has a penchant for puffing on cigarettes at an Indonesian zoo will be forced to quit her habit, zookeepers have said.
BJP has BADLY lost the plot!
With all its satraps pulling in different directions, the Bharatiya Janata Party's top leadership seems to be standing still, says
IN PHOTOGRAPHS: When bodies became canvasses!
Rediff.com presents some amazing photographs from the 'Mecca of Bodypainting'.
July 09, 2012PIX: Agricultural sector worst hit in Assam floods
The current wave of devastating flood that has lashed 26 out of the total 27 districts in Assam, has left lakhs of people from rural Assam penniless after their houses and paddy fields were destroyed in the flood waters.
Jagan Reddy in SC: Can't I get bail if I am wealthy?
YSR Congress Party leader and Kadappa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday moved the Supreme Court for bail against the state high court order, which denied him the relief in the disproportionate assets case against him.
Bol Bachchan opens well at the box office
Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives the box office verdict for the week.
13/7 took away his legs, but not his will to stand again
Rediff.com's meets a victim of last year's deadly triple blasts in Mumbai who lost both his legs in the terrible incident. But the irreparable injury, coupled with financial crises, has not dented his spirit of responsibility.
Is the Karnataka political crisis over? Of course not!
The BJP's decision to bow down to the caste equation may backfire, points out
Special: Pakistan government to finally clip ISI wings
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari plans to not only disband the political wing of the spy agency but also make it accountable to his country's parliament, reports
China a second class enemy; could be a strong ally: Tata
China's assisting and arming Pakistan has made "it a second class enemy", but its economic strength overpowering India is not a real concern, according to Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata.
13/7: 'If I spend Rs 300 on tablets alone, how do I live?'
Nishit Tiwari caught up with Khar resident Vinod Shukla, whose only source of livelihood was lost forever in the blast near Opera House
'Arjun Singh's story on Ayodhya demolition cock and bull'
Dismissing criticism of former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao over the Ayodhya issue, two top officials who worked closely with him said on Monday that he tried his best to prevent demolition of Babri mosque and to ensure rule of law.
STUNNING: Wiki's Pictures of the Year-Part II
Wikimedia Commons, the most popular website for sharing and using photographs, has compiled the best features pictures from 2011.
SHOCKING: The most repressive nations in the world
A special report by US-based non-government organisation Freedom House -- 'The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2012' -- highlights the plight of the 16 billion people living under intensely tyrannical rule. Here's a look at the countries where liberty and justice are not for all.
Our lives are wrapped in time bombs: 13/7 survivor
It's been a year since three blasts ripped through crowded localities of Mumbai, killing 26 people and injuring 130. Rediff.com correspondents walked down memory lane with survivors and re-lived the fateful July 13 evening that was smeared with blood, agony and fear.
July 08, 2012Modi holds monopoly over LYING, blasts Keshubhai
Continuing his campaign against the Gujarat chief minister, disgruntled Bharatiya Janata Party leader Keshubhai Patel on Sunday alleged that Narendra Modi holds "monopoly over lying" and questioned his motive behind the Sadbhavna Mission.
Sadananda Gowda: A victim of BJP's factional politics
He was the man with the 1000 volt smile and when B S Yeddyurappa made him the chief minister of Karnataka last year that smile only widened. However, this was short lived and the man who mentored him turned out to be the same person who pulled him out of power.
Shettar finally lives his chief-ministerial dream
The last time he was in contention to become the chief minister of Karnataka, Jagadish Shettar through his office had even sent a couple of his portfolio shots to newspaper offices thinking that it may be used when he takes over the coveted post. Sadly that was not to be for him.
Manmohan Singh an UNDERACHIEVER, says Time
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has long been lauded for his pivotal role in liberalising the Indian economy, has been dubbed as an "underachiever" by a top US magazine which says he appears "unwilling to stick his neck out" on reforms that will put the country back on growth path.
July 07, 2012Yeddy gets his way, Jagdish Shettar to be new K'taka CM
Buckling under B S Yeddyurappa's pressure, Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday decided to replace Sadananda Gowda with Jagdish Shettar as the chief minister of Karnataka marking the third change in the state in four years. The decision was taken at the BJP core group meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, sources said.
In PHOTOS: Monsoon finally arrives in Delhi
Delhi recorded over 40 mm of rains in the first few hours of the monsoon, bringing the mercury down and providing relief to people reeling under heat. No major traffic snarl or waterlogging was reported from the city, as there was no heavy rain in the morning hours though the sky was cloudy and it was drizzling.
WATCH: The best videos of the week
WATCH: The best videos of the week
July 06, 2012Pranab's resignation from ISI NOT genuine: Swaraj
Launching a fresh attack on United Progressive Alliance's presidential nominee Pranab Mukerjee, Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday alleged that his signatures on the papers he put in while resigning from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata were not genuine.
How Pakistan helped India during 1962 war with China
Ayub Khan told foreign powers who wanted him to help India that the fact that Pakistan did not take advantage of India's vulnerability was a form of assistance and a sufficient gesture. This and more in veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar's latest book, Beyond the Lines: An Autobiography
Akhilesh Yadav: Controversy's favourite child...
Why is Uma Bharti disillusioned? Did Vaastu lead to this Congress leader's downfall? The late Arjun Singh's controversial autobiography... All this and more in this week's Dilli Gupshup...
PHOTOS: Bharatanatyam 'Maaya' in UK Parliament
For the first time in the 900-year history of the Westminster Hall, a Bharatanatyam performance was held in the British Parliament as part of a unique series of programmes being staged there ahead of the Olympic games.
Assets case: Breather for Mayawati, SC quashes CBI probe
In a major relief to Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, the Supreme Court on Friday quashed a nine-year-long disproportionate assets case against her and pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation for initiating the probe against her without specific directions from the court.
Cracks widen in communist ranks in Delhi
The Communist Party of India-Marxist raised quite a few eyebrows breaking ranks with the Left parties and pledging its support to United Progressive Alliance's Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee.
Adarsh society scam leaves Congress's house in disarray
The ruling Congress in Maharashtra has cut a sorry figure after its leader, former chief minister Ashok Chavan, has been chargesheeted in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
Abu Jundal case: How India should step up pressure on Pak
No dossier, no amount of dramatic TV debates will help in countering Pakistan's use of terrorism against India. Only an effective and deniable deterrent power and in the form of our capability to carry out deniable covert actions against terrorists based in Pakistani territory can help.
STUNNING: Wiki's Pictures of the Year
Wikimedia Commons, the most popular website for sharing and using photographs, has compiled the best features pictures from 2011.
July 05, 2012Ramdev calls Manmohan a FEEBLE prime minister
Yoga guru Ramdev on Thursday called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a 'feeble' prime minister and asked his followers in Punjab to participate in his protest against the United Progressive Alliance to be held in Delhi on August 9.
Modi will NEVER become PM: Swami Agnivesh
Activist and spiritual leader Swami Agnivesh on Thursday said here that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would never become the prime minister of the country because of his mishandling of 2002 riots.
After Pranab's exit, WHO is No. 2 in the government?
With the exit of Pranab Mukherjee from the Council of Ministers, Sharad Pawar's name was listed after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the official website of the Prime Minister's Office, triggering speculation on Thursday as to whether he was now the number two in the government.
Shettar likely to be named Karnataka CM in a week
Bowing to pressure from B S Yeddyurappa, Bharatiya Janata Party appears set to replace Karnataka Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda with Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar and an announcement is expected within a week.
India went nuclear to ensure regional power balance: Kalam
India was forced to go nuclear and develop ballistic missiles to strike a balance of power in the region as "big nations" around the country were armed with atomic weapons, former President A P J Abdul Kalam said on Thursday.
'Narasimha Rao connived at demolition of Babri Masjid'
Yet another book has levelled an allegation that P V Narasimha Rao had connived at the demolition of Babri Masjid claiming that the late prime minister had sat in a puja when the kar sevaks began pulling it down and rose only when it was over.
India seeks justice from Pak in 26/11 attack case
India on Thursday made it clear to Pakistan that bringing those guilty in the 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice is the biggest confidence building measure that Islamabad could do.
India among 22 nations in world's biggest naval exercise
RIMPAC 2012 also marks the first time non-US officers will command components of the combined task force during the exercise. But while there would be major Indian staff participation, India would not be fielding a vessel in the exercise, reports
In PHOTOS: 8 HISTORIC handshakes of our times
Handshakes are a symbol of peace and goodwill, but only a few have created history. Rediff.com brings you a collection of historic handshakes.
Will 'face-saver' politics of US, Pak WORK?
Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives, Clinton said in a press conference on Wednesday
PHOTOS: Russian battle tanks perform a 'ballet'
Russia has produced quite a long list of famous dancers, so it seemed quite fitting that the country organised a 'tank ballet' at a recently-held arms expo, choreographed by none other than the legendary Bolshoy Theatre.
July 04, 2012K C Deo is Cong nominee for VP; NDA may back Jaswant
The Congress has almost made up its mind to nominate Vyricherla Kishore Chandra Suryanarayana Deo for the Vice President's post.
Dummies' guide to the 'God Particle'
Wondering what all that scientific jargon means? Confused about what the mystery of the God particle is all about? Here's a lowdown on what the scientists are seeking to do.
PIX: Mumbai bomb scare a false alarm, say police
There was a scare in suburban Andheri on Wednesday when a bomb-like object was sighted outside a popular shopping mall.
CERN scientists find the 'God particle'
The five-decade-long hunt for the elusive Higgs boson or the 'God particle' has reached a milestone, with scientists at the CERN claiming on Wednesday that they have discovered a new subatomic particle that looks like the one believed to be crucial for formation of the universe.
Adarsh scam: Ex-Maha CM Ashok Chavan chargesheeted
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was among 13 people chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday in the multi-crore Adarsh Housing scam.
For first time, K'taka CM hints his exit may be imminent
For the first time after the B S Yeddyurappa faction demanded his scalp, Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda hinted on Wednesday that his exit might be imminent, even as he sought to highlight the achievements of his 11-month rule.
Indian-Australian singer's 'topless' pic creates a stir
Topless pictures of an Indian-origin singer, who is Gold Coast city's pick to promote tourism in India, has left a section of the Indian community uneasy with some speaking against such moves to sell tourism to a largely conservative India.
President Mukherjee and the future of Indian politics
Pranab Mukherjee's likely clear and impressive victory in the presidential poll will in no way reverse the perceptible decline of the Congress, says .
Exclusive: Secular Muslims are ENEMIES, says Taliban
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has vowed to fight alongside the Haqqani Network if the Pakistan Army launches an offensive against it in North Waziristan Agency.
PHOTOS: Heavy rains in Mumbai; trains, flights delayed
Incessant rains in Mumbai throughout Tuesday night have led to a delay in local trains.
Scientists unveil findings on 'God Particle'
The elusive Higgs boson, or the "God Particle" that may solve the fundamental questions about the formation of the universe has been found, scientists are likely to announce on Wednesday.
Define HINDUTVA: Digvijaya challenges RSS
With Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's pitch for a 'secular' face as the National Democratic Alliance's prime ministerial candidate evoking strong reaction from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday posed five questions to the Sangh asking it to define Hindutva.
July 03, 2012Pix: Flood victims in for tough days ahead in Assam
If it wasn't for the timely help of the brave army personnel, most of the people would have been washed away by the surging waters of the Brahmaputra River that inundated many villages under Naduar Revenue Circle of Sonitpur district on June 27. reports.
ISI row: BJP SLAMS Pranab for 'illegal activity'
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday termed as "fabricated" the resignation letter of United Progressive Alliance Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee from the Indian Statistical Institute and said it had all options open before it, including legal, and would decide on the matter soon.
Hope Pranab's nomination gets rejected: Sangma
P A Sangma, former speaker and a candidate for the President's post, on Monday expressed hope that the Election Commission was aware of the fact that United Progressive Alliance's candidate Pranab Mukherjee held an office of profit while filing his nomination for the post.
'Narasimha Rao fiddled when Ayodhya burned'
Why should the Congress party be hitched to the Nehru-Gandhi family like train compartments to the engine was how the late P V Narasimha Rao reacted to the suggestion that Sonia Gandhi be made the Congress chief after the assassination of her husband Rajiv Gandhi in May, 1991.
Aiyyo! Kerala TOPS list on obscene Internet posts
Kerala is the most literate state in the country but when it comes to posting obscene articles or photos on the Internet, people from God's own country seem to be also on top, if one goes by government data.
US accepts terms of engagement with Islamabad
The United States' acceptance of the news terms of engagement with Islamabad is likely to result in the lifting of the seven-month blockade of NATO supply line to Afghanistan, reports .
Amazing PHOTOS of the Month: JUNE
We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the month gone by
PIX: New WONDERS on UNESCO's World Heritage List
India's 1600-km long Western Ghats mountain chain, which has forests older than the Himalaya mountains, has been added to list of world heritage sites by the United Nations.
July 02, 2012'Did Pranab grant funds to Bihar, WB, UP for VOTES?'
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has questioned the granting of hefty funds to certain states by Pranab Mukherjee, the United Progressive Alliance's Presidential candidate, and sought to know if this was meant to influence the ruling parties including Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal - United and the Trinamool Congress.
Thackeray hits out at Kalam, calls him hypocrite
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday hit out at former president APJ Abdul Kalam for making a statement after so many years that he was ready to swear in Congress chief Sonia Gandhi as the prime minister after the 2004 polls; calling him "hypocrite" and "shallow".
Video: Actor Arbaaz Khan's car crushes woman to death
An elderly woman sleeping on the footpath was crushed to death by a SUV driven by actor and filmmaker Sohail Khan's driver in suburban Bandra on Monday night.
PIX: 81 die in Assam floods; PM announces Rs 500 cr aid
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday announced an ad-hoc financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to flood-ravaged Assam, where floods and landslides have claimed 81 lives so far.
The case of the missing Shobha Karandlage
While everyone was chasing the revolting B S Yeddyurappa faction there was one person missing -- Shobha Karandlage, the power minister who is considered to be extremely close to the former chief minister.
ODD PIX: From junkyard fashion to dinner in the sky
ODD PIX: From junkyard fashion to dinner in the sky
This is Team India's movement: Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal, social activist and founder member of the India Against Corruption, tells their biggest mistake was not to give room to other issues and voices when support for the movement against corruption was at its peak.
After Pranab's exit, THESE will keep Congress busy
There is no one who can step into Mukherjee's shoes and multiple leaders may be needed to fulfill his roles in the Congress and the government led by it, says
July 01, 2012'We back Pranab, but not his wrong economic policies'
Sharad Yadav, JDU chief and NDA convener, tells if the UPA had discussed Pranab Mukherjee's nomination for Presidential election before announcing his name, the NDA would not have put up its candidate against the former finance minister
PIX: Maharashtra CM offers prayers at Pandharpur
Lakhs of devotees congregated at the temple town of Pandharpur on Saturday to witness the maha puja of Lord Vitthal and Rukhmini on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi.
'Govt will be lame duck without super power Pranab'
Having declared his party's support for Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential poll, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday described him as a "super power" in Congress and said the Opposition should be happy as with his election, the government will become a "lame duck".
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