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Editor's Guild suspends memberships of Akbar, Tejpal

New Delhi, Dec 12: The Editors Guild of India on Wednesday suspended the memberships of former Union minister M J Akbar and ex-Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal over allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Guild had sought the views of its Executive Committee (EC) on what action should be taken against Akbar, a dormant member at present and one of its...

Poll results show yearning for 'BJP-mukt' regime: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Dec 12: A day after the BJP received a poll drubbing in three Hindi heartland states, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday said the election results indicate people's desire to have a "BJP-free" establishment.

The Sena, an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra, said people have brought "those flying in the air back to the...

Congress defeated BJP's negative politics, says Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Dec 12: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday described the party's good showing in the assembly poll in three Hindi heartland states as a victory over the BJP's "negative politics".

Gandhi's reaction came after the Congress ousted BJP governments in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Expressing happiness over the polls outcome, the UPA chairperson said...

Madhya Pradesh | Governor calls Congress leaders for talks

Bhpal, Dec 12: Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Wednesday called senior Congress leaders at the Raj Bhawan here at noon for talks, after the party sought an appointment with her on the issue of formation of government in the state.

Raj Bhawan sources confirmed that Patel has called the Congress leaders after they sought the appointment with her....

BSP will support Congress in Madhya Pradesh says Mayawati

New Delhi, Dec 12: Still two short of a simple majority to form a government in Madhya Pradesh, Congress on Wednesday breathing easy with BSP chief Mayawati announcing the support of her party’s two MLAs to it.

Hours before Congress meeting Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel to stake claim to form the government, Mayawati announced that despite her differences...

UK home office gets receipt of Vijay Mallya's extradition order to India

London, Dec 12: The UK Home Office confirmed on Tuesday the receipt of the Westminster Magistrates' Court verdict in favour of Vijay Mallya's extradition to India.

After Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled that the "flashy" liquor baron had a "case to answer" in the Indian courts on allegations of fraud and money laundering amounting to nearly Rs 9,000...

India hands over first 50 houses built for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 12: India on Tuesday handed over to Myanmar the first 50 houses built by the country for the displaced minority Rohingya Muslims in the restive Rakhine province.

The housing units were handed over after President Ram Nath Kovind and his Myanmar counterpart U Win Myint held delegation-level talks and decided to step up bilateral ties....

Rahul Gandhi's high-octane campaign clinched Hindi heartland, says Congress

New Delhi, Dec 12: While political analysts will debate in the coming days the reasons for the BJP's setbacks in three Hindi heartland states, the Congress brain trust has an unambiguous answer – Rahul Gandhi's newfound campaign energy.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, once dubbed by critics as a "reluctant politician", addressed 82 public rallies and seven road shows since...

Double Blow to Rupee Quells Revival Hope for Worst Asia Currency

Dec 12: Rupee bulls should put to rest any hope of a respite for Asia’s worst currency in the last few days of what’s been a dreadful year.

This week’s shock departure of India’s central bank chief and defeat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party in key state elections have dealt a double blow to the...

Vasundhara Raje no more 'Maharani' as she loses her raj to Cong

Jaipur, Dec 11: Often seen in wispy 'bandhini' and 'lahariya' chiffons, trademarks of not just Rajasthan craft but also of royalty, Vasundhara Raje is a politician to the manner born, a careful mix of hauteur and reserve -- even in defeat.

The former royal, who is usually called Maharani, is expected to win her seat Jhalrapatan with a handsome...