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US daily terms PM Manmohan Singh ‘tragic figure’

Washington/New Delhi: Months after the Time magazine termed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “an underachiever”, The Washington Post described him as “a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government” even as the prime minister’s office said the daily had apologised for not carrying its version. The US daily, however, Wednesday made it clear that

Mukherjee hints at austerity as rupee dips to record low

New Delhi: The Indian government is planning to introduce some austerity to aid fiscal consolidation, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Wednesday as the rupee slumped to a record low of 54.50 against the dollar and stock markets tumbled. Mukherjee said he would take austerity measures to bring more fiscal discipline and send a right signal

Anna returns with anti-graft protest

New Delhi: Anna Hazare, on a day-long fast Sunday, set a 2014 deadline — when general elections are scheduled — for an all-powerful anti-corruption watchdog and threatened to launch a court arrest stir in August if the government doesn’t act against corrupt ministers. A large gathering of his supporters — 2,000 according to police estimates

Australian PM rescued by riot police during protest

Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott were trapped in a building Thursday in the capital Canberra during a violent protest and had to be rescued by riot police. The two political leaders were attending a function to mark Australia Day — the day the first British fleet came to establish

Anna set for fast, political class dubs him ‘impatient’

Mumbai/New Delhi: Anna Hazare Monday prepared to take on the UPA government over his insistence for a strong Lokpal with a three-day hunger strike in Mumbai starting Tuesday but he came under attack from the political class which dubbed him impatient and his protest premature. The 74-year-old activist Monday evening reached Mumbai, ahead of his

Lokpal bill finally in parliament, tough ride ahead

New Delhi: The government Thursday finally tabled in parliament the much-debated Lokpal bill to combat corruption, with the Prime Minister and most of the bureaucracy under its fold. But the road ahead seemed bumpy with Anna Hazare trashing it as weak and political parties sharply divided on its efficacy. The government also introduced a separate

Lokpal Bill to be introduced in Parliament today

New Delhi: The much-awaited Lokpal bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and will be discussed during parliament’s extended session on December 27, amid solid backing from Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and the threat of a fast by Anna Hazare. The session, originally scheduled to end on December 22, will now

PM under Lokpal ambit but not CBI; Hazare furious

Anna Hazare and the Indian government were set for a showdown after the cabinet Tuesday finalised its Lokpal bill bringing the Prime Minister under its ambit but leaving out two other key demands of the activists — inclusion of the CBI and the lower bureaucracy. A furious Hazare dubbed the government ‘dishonest’ and vowed a

Hindus make last bid to save ‘Gita’; Indian lawmakers miffed

New Delhi: Hindus in Russia on Monday made a last ditch effort to save the Bhagavad Gita from a ban by a Siberian court. The issue rocked the Indian parliament, with MPs cutting across party lines Monday condemning the ‘insult’ to the holiest of Hindu scriptures for facing the prospect of being branded ‘extremist’. Following