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Kharge Gives Dissent On Majority Decision Of High-Profile Panel To Shunt Out CBI Director Alok Verma

New Delhi: Two days after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court of India, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has given a dissent note during a meeting of the high-profile panel chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against its decision to shunt out central bureau of investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma.

According to sources, Kharge said during the meeting that Verma, who was sent on a forced leave, should not be penalised and be given an extension of 77 days for which he was not allowed to attend the office.

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TRS MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha Pitches For A Passage Of Women’s Reservation Bill In Parliament

New Delhi: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter and MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha has pitched for a passage of Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament with the same spirit and speed with which the bill on quota for economically backward classes was passed.

Kavitha, who represents Nizamabad parliamentary constituency tweeted: “If the Women Reservation Bill could be passed with the same speed with which the bill on economically weaker sections/general category reservations has been passed in both the houses, our country would be truly progressive. We need more political will behind Reservation for Women.”

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KCR Doesn’t Want To Share Dais With the Congress So He Will Miss January 19 Rally

New Delhi: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) will in all likelihood not attend the January 19, 2019 rally of opposition parties proposed by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata as he does not want to share stage with the Congress.

KCR, as he is popularly known, had recently met Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as part of his renewed efforts towards forging a ‘non-Congress, non-BJP’ federal front of regional parties.

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The PM Accuses Opposition Of Insulting To India’s Women’s Power After A Remark By Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Addressing a rally in Jaipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Opposition political parties of what he called an insult to India’s “women’s power”. He attacked after a remark by Congress president Rahul Gandhi that India’s woman defence minister could not defend Modi in a Parliament debate on the controversial Rafale jet deal.

Gandhi alleged that Modi ran away from last week’s debate and fielded Nirmala Sitharaman, drawing a sharp response from Modi who attacked the Opposition at an event in Agra. “Janta ki adalat se ek 56-inch ki chaati wala chowkidaar bhag gaya aur ek mahila se kehta hain ‘Sitharamanji, aap meri raksha kijiye...’ [The watchman with 56-inch chest fled from the court of the people and told a woman, ‘Sitharamanji, you save me]’,” Gandhi said, referring to Modi.

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Tony Blair Wants To See India As The Top Three Powers Of The World With US And China

New Delhi: Former British prime minister Tony Blair says, “What I would like to see is India getting to the point where it would be one of the three giants of the world.” India is right up there in Tony Blair’s vision of the world.

Three decades from now, it would be “logical that the two most populous countries and the United States be the world’s most powerful countries. “India should be one of them.”

Blair is in New Delhi wearing two badges: elder statesman for the Raisina Dialogue and social activist for his Generation Global schools project. Yet he remains keenly aware of the state of the world, Britain’s Brexit blues and the future of India’s relations with his homeland.