MP bypoll: Congress lodges complaint against BJP MLA with EC

New Delhi, Feb 22 : A Congress delegation on Thursday met Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat and lodged a complaint against Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA Bhind Narendra Singh Kushwaha for trying to influence the bypoll in Kolaras assembly constituency by distributing money. The party also demanded that the SP and Collector should be removed […]

Qatar says Gaza aid spares Israel war, shows Doha does not back Hamas

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Feb 22 : Qatar is helping Israel avoid another Gaza war by funneling relief money to impoverished Palestinians with Washington’s blessing, a Qatari diplomat said on Thursday, describing the cooperation as evidence of Doha’s distance from Islamist Hamas. Since coming under an embargo last year by its U.S.-allied Gulf Arab neighbours, […]

‘Needed a preferential tea trade agreement between India, China’

Kolkata, Feb 22 : Pitching for a preferential tea trade agreement between India and China, Tea Board Chairman P.K. Bezbaruah on Thursday said both the countries were not competitors. “India and China were not competitors as far as tea was concerned, but rather complemented each other,” he said before a 22-member business delegation from Dali, […]

Expelled BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui joins Congress

New Delhi, Feb 22 : Expelled Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui on Thursday joined Congress here in presence of senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Uttar Pradesh Congress President Raj Babbar. He also merged his political outfit Rashtriya Bahaman Morcha into the party. Siddiqui, one time the closest confidante of Mayawati, joined […]

Protesting Rajasthan farmers block Jaipur-Sikar highway

Jaipur, Feb 22 : Rajasthan farmers staged a massive protest on Jaipur-Sikar highway on Thursday to press for fulfilment of their demands, including complete loan waiver and implementation of the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission. The farmers first tried to gherao the state assembly, but as they were not allowed to enter Jaipur, they staged a […]

UP Investor Summit ends with address by President Kovind

Lucknow, Feb 22 : The two-day Investors Summit organized by the Uttar Pradesh government drew to a close on Thursday evening with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind, who said that the state had the potential to become the biggest economic power in the country and the turnaround in the fortunes had begun. “Youth […]