The Election Commission, which is holding an inquiry into the ‘ink’ row surrounding the Rajya Sabha elections in Haryana held recently, on Wednesday deferred the hearing till Saturday. While Congress-backed losing candidate R K Anand appeared before Haryana’s chief electoral officer, Independent nominee and media baron Subhash Chandra -- who won with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s support -- sought more time to appear as he was away after which the matter was put off till ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP’s Chandra Kumar Bose and the Left-supported Congress candidate Deepa Das Munshi are in the fray in this phase. IMAGE: Voters show their identity cards before casting votes at a polling station in Hooghly on Saturday. Photograph: PTI A voter turnout of over 78.25 per cent marked the fifth and penultimate phase of assembly polls in West Bengal where 186 people were arrested in incidents of electoral malpractice and sporadic violence that left ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Kolkata’s creme de la creme turned up at the launch of Bandhan, The Making of a Bank, but the evening nevertheless had an informal touch typical of the young bank with CMD Chandra Shekhar Ghosh personally welcoming the dignitaries, reports Indrani Roy/Rediff.com. "I need high heels to be photographed with you," senior finance journalist-writer Tamal Bandyopadhyay told Bandhan founder and CMD Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. “But then I can never be as 'tall' as you. What you ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's name did not figure in any list of war criminals, indicated a declassified file on the freedom fighter released on Friday. The government today released 25 declassified files on Netaji whose disappearance over 70 years ago remains a mystery. The declassified files noted about a letter by a director in ministry of External Affairs dated February 21, 2002 to Justice M K Mukherjee Commission mentioning about "authentic true copies of documents based on which our ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago Centre to build memorial for Netaji, 25 more files declassified Rediff.com, 2 months ago
As counting is on in the five states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Assam and West Bengal -- here’s a look at where the heavyweights stand. TAMIL NADU J Jayalalithaa The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has won from the RK Nagar constituency in Chennai. No surprises there! M K Stalin Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Karunanidhi son and apparent heir to the throne, MK Stalin, has won from Kolathur. Karunanidhi DMK President M ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Series of controversies related to Dalit issues have come at a time when the BJP has launched a massive campaign to win back Uttar Pradesh. Archis Mohan reports. If atrocities on Dalits in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Gujarat and a massive rally to protest the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan in Mumbai on Tuesday were not enough, the party on Wednesday had to remove a senior figure in its Uttar Pradesh leadership for making derogatory comments about Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. The series ...Rediff.com, 5 days ago
Leaders from across parties condemned BJP vice president Dayashankar Singh for comparing the BSP chief to a sex worker; Arun Jaitley personally apologised, saying that action would be taken against him. A senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday stoked a major row by making derogatory remarks against Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati that drew severe condemnation from parties while an embarrassed BJP expressed regret but furore over the issue forced ...Rediff.com, 5 days ago
Nabam Tuki, who was restored as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, was on Thursday asked by the governor to take a floor test by July 16 to prove his majority in the state assembly. However, Tuki, who led a Congress government that fell in January after the controversial role played by Governor J P Rajkhowa, said that he needed time to face the floor test. Talking to media persons after attending office, Tuki said he would request the acting Governor ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The Sampark Foundation boasts of a $100 million outlay funded entirely by the Nayars and represents more than half of their wealth. IMAGE: Vineet Nayar, one of India’s best philanthropists with former US president Bill Clinton. Photograph kind courtesy: Vineet Nayar's website Five Indians have made it to the Forbes Asia's annual Heroes of Philanthropy list that highlights some of the region's noteworthy givers. The list, which included 40 philanthropists from 13 ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
'Here was a man (Rao) with no charisma. His party hated him. He ran a minority government in Parliament. For a man like that, to bring about the kind of transformation he did, there is no parallel in world history. There is no other reformer in the world who has achieved this much with so little.' 'Rao was capable of changing his mind very quickly.' As India approaches the 25th anniversary of the reforms initiated by the Congress government in 1991, political scientist Vinay Sitapati, bottom, ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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