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  • Telangana Bill cleared in Rajya Sabha: No match-fixing with Congress, says BJP
    The Rajya Sabha passed the historic and controversial bill that makes Telangana India's 29th state amid vociferous protests by members from Seemandhra region as also from Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena. The suspense over the passage of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 came to an end with BJP backing the government on it despite raising several concerns. Apparently responding to demands from Seemandhra MPs as well as from BJP for "justice" to the region, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a six-point special package for Seemandhra.
  • Welcome Tamil Nadu government's decision to release Rajiv Gandhi's killers: Karunanidhi
    The Tamil Nadu government has decided to release seven people convicted in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's cabinet met this morning and decided to free the convicts a day after the Supreme Court left it to the state to grant them remission. The convicts have been in jail for 23 years.
  • Telangana bill passed: Democracy killed in broad daylight, says Jagan Mohan Reddy
    In an unprecedented move, live telecast of Parliament proceedings was stopped as the Lok Sabha passed the controversial bill that seeks to create a Telangana state by dividing Andhra Pradesh. Here are reactions from several politicians on the passage of the bill.
  • Measures announced about student loans aimed at India realising its demographic dividend: PM on Interim Budget
    Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday presented the interim budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 to cover expenditure until the government's term ends in May. The biggest highlight of Mr Chidambaram's speech was the announcement on fiscal deficit. The finance minister said the government will curtail its 2013-14 fiscal deficit to 4.6 per cent of GDP, lower than the red line at 4.8 per cent he drew in the last budget. India's fiscal deficit will come down to 3 per cent of GDP by 2016-17, Mr Chidambaram added.
  • It is unfortunate that Arvind Kejriwal has resigned, says Anna Hazare
    Arvind Kejriwal today resigned as Delhi's Chief Minister after his anti-graft Jan Lokpal Bill was stalled in Delhi legislature.
  • Telangana clashes: 'This is terrorizing parliamentary democracy,' says Veerappa Moily
    Chaos reigned in both houses of the Parliament as MPs tore papers, threw mics and destroyed a computer. One MP even produced a knife and one sprayed pepper spray on other members of the House. Some MPs affected by the pepper spray were rushed to a hospital. The Telangana Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha despite protests.
  • Everyone supporting N Srinivasan is guilty by association: Lalit Modi
    Gurunath Meiyappan, whose father-in-law N. Srinivasan heads cricket's most powerful body in India, has been indicted for illegal betting in last year's Indian Premier League.
  • If Aseemanand has made the disclosure, then it may be true: Sushil Kumar Shinde
    According to reports by Caravan Magazine, Aseemanand, a key accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case, has claimed that the Malegaon, Ajmer and Samjhauta Express attacks were sanctioned by the RSS top brass, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat. No prominent RSS leader has been named in the chargesheet of the Natoinal Investigating Ageny so far. The RSS has contested the report asking how could Aseemanand be interviewed when he is in jail.
  • Britain says it advised India on Operation Bluestar: reactions
    UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament today that an official investigation has shown Britain did advise India on planning the controversial Operation Bluestar against Sikh separatists at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.
  • Quotable quotes from key Congress meet
    A gigantic all-day brain-storming session of the Congress is being held in Delhi today on the national election, due by May. Below are some notable quotes from party leaders during the meet.
  • Whether Rahul Gandhi got scared, people will decide: BJP
    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will lead his party's campaign for the general election, but will not be the party's prime ministerial candidate, the Congress said today.
  • There is no law and order, says Raj Babbar after women are beaten in Uttar Pradesh
    A group of women were protesting against no action being taken for the death of their relatives in a road accident. Policemen were caught on camera while beating these women.
  • I will not take security, says Arvind Kejriwal after AAP office vandalised
    Today, a mob of 50-60 people entered the Aam Aadmi Party's office near Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's home and threw stones and broke windows with lathis. The attackers were carrying flags of a group calling itself the "Hindu Raksha Dal."
  • Row over Prashant Bhushan's Kashmir remarks: 'AAP no longer an NGO or group of commentators'
    AAP leader Prashant Bhushan's comments over a referendum in Kashmir regarding the deployment of Army has sparked a major controversy, inviting severe criticism from political parties. Mr Bhushan later clarified on his remarks, saying "any reference to referendum should not be misconstrued to mean plebiscite on Kashmir's relationship with India."
  • Prime Minister's address on UPA's 10-year achievements: who said what
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced that he will retire after the general election and not seek a third term even if his party defies predictions and is re-elected for a third consecutive term. "In a few months' time, after the general election, I will hand the baton over to a new Prime Minister. I hope it will be a UPA-chosen Prime Minister," he said in his opening remarks at a press conference.

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