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Egyptian opposition figure denounces presidential elections, will not run

Cairo, Jan 15 (IANS) A renowned Egyptian opposition figure and former MP on Monday announced he no longer intended to take part in the presidential election in March, stating he did not consider it an honest competition. Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, the leader of the Party for Reform and Development and nephew of assassinated President Anwar al-Sadat, called a press conference in which argued...

18 hours ago
Woman injured in grenade blast near army office in Imphal

Imphal, Jan 15 (IANS) One woman was injured in a blast after a grenade was lobbed at an army office here, located adjacent to the Raj Bhavan and close to the Chief Minister's home and office, on Monday, police said. The office is located on the national highway No 2 that skirts Raj Bhavan, the office cum residence of the chief minister and other senior ministers and was full of cars and ...

1 day ago
JNU deploys guards to thwart student union's boycott

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration deployed guards outside several schools on Monday to thwart the student union's call for boycotting lectures to oppose the mandatory attendance decision imposed recently. The administration wrote to the campus security agency to deploy enough number of security guards to not let the striking students detain oth...

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Abbas slams Trump's Mideast peace plan as 'slap on face'

Ramallah, Jan 15 (IANS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas slammed on Sunday the peace deal proposed by US President Donald Trump, calling it a a slap on the face. Abbas told members of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Council, who convened in the city of Ramallah for two days, that Trump's deal of the century is a slap on the face, adding we will slap back, Xinhua report...

3 days ago
Gadkari to boycott Bengal business summit, says state BJP

Kolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh on Friday claimed Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari will not attend the Bengal Global Business Summit starting from next Tuesday as a protest against the attack on BJP workers by the ruling Trinamool Congress. There is no environment of democracy in the state. The ruling party has been treating us as their enemy. We have ur...

4 days ago
Saudi Arabia: Transforming the face of a Kingdom

There is a huge buzz throughout Saudi Arabia as the hitherto conservative Kingdom -- seen as the religious font of Islam and home to its holiest shrines -- gets ready to welcome women into its sports stadiums Friday. The women of Saudi Arabia have entered 2018 with hope unlike ever before, for now they will be allowed greater freedom and perhaps play select sports -- and drive. These eff...

5 days ago
Injustice being done to JNU students: Students Union

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) The JNU administration is meting out a grave injustice to students by not allowing them a hearing or consultation on various matters, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) said on Wednesday. Slapped with a proctorial notice for protesting at the the administrative block, the union members condemned the administration as anti-student and anti-dem...

6 days ago
Opposition boycotts J&K CM's speech

Jammu, Jan 10 (IANS) The opposition on Wednesday boycotted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's speech in the Assembly demanding a statement on the killing of a youth in Kulgam district. After the House met here, members from the National Conference and Congress and some independent legislators created uproar in the House, demanding a statement from the government on the Tue...

6 days ago
Nagaland minister favours postponing assembly polls

Kohima, Jan 9 (IANS) Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister Imkong Imchen on Tuesday said he supported the demand of various Naga pressure groups to defer the upcoming assembly elections in order to facilitate a solution to the seven-decade-old Naga insurgency. The term of the 60-member Nagaland assembly expires on March 13, 2019. I strongly feel that the assembly elections ...

6 days ago
CPI leader compares Vijayan to Modi, Trump

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 9 (IANS) A Communist Party of India (CPI) leader on Tuesday compared Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, saying all three treat the media with disdain. Former CPI legislator Rajaji Mathew Thomas, the Chief Editor of the CPI party organ, said he had never heard any Chief Minister of Kerala ordering t...

8 days ago
DMK, Congress boycott TN Governor's address

Chennai, Jan 8 (IANS) The DMK and Congress on Monday boycotted Governor Banwarilal Purohits inaugural address to the Tamil Nadu Assembly and their MLAs trooped out of the House after accusing him of letting a minority AIADMK government remain in office. The DMK, along with the Congress, demanded an immediate floor test in the legislature. As soon as Purohit addressed the MLAs wit...

8 days ago
JNUSU calls for boycott of mandatory attendance

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JNUSU) on Sunday called for a boycott of the 'compulsory attendance' decision of the varsity administration, urging students to not sign the attendance register when the classes resume on Monday -- the first day of the winter semester. Each of us must ensure 'total boycott'. Following the signature campaign initiated by the JN...

12 days ago
Hasina regime can't keep BNP out of polls: Khaleda

Dhaka, Jan 3 (IANS) Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia has warned the government that no matter how hard it tries, it will not be able to hold the 11th parliamentary elections by keeping the BNP out of the mix. We are an election-oriented party. We must take part in elections. No one can keep us out of the polls even if they want to. We will join the election, Zia told ...

13 days ago
All sections should engage in dialogue with special representative: J&K Governor

Jammu, Jan 2 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N.Vohra on Tuesday sought participation of all segments of society, including the separatists, in the dialogue process initiated by the central government by appointing the special representative for negotiated settlement of problems faced by the state. Addressing the joint session of state legislature here, he said: The appointment of the...

14 days ago
Lorde labelled 'bigot' after cancelling Israeli show

Jerusalem, Jan 2 (IANS) A full-page advertisement was placed in a newspaper calling singer Lorde a bigot following her decision to cancel a concert in Israel. The advertisment in the Washington Post was put by rabbi Shmuley Boteach and featured an image of the singer from New Zealand superimposed over a photograph of men running through rubble while cradling babies, reports aceshowbiz.co...

16 days ago
Post-pub blaze, Mumbaikars nix plans of New Year partying

Mumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) Traumatised by the pub fire which killed 14 on Friday, many Mumbaikars on Saturday said they have either cancelled or scaled down their planned New Year Eve celebrations. Simultaneously, social media campaigns were launched with hashtags like #MumbaiMourning# appealing to people to boycott celebrations or at least subdue them. The Public Relations Council of...

19 days ago
Palestine vows UN punishment for Guatemala's Jerusalem decision

Ramallah, Dec 27 (IANS) The Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on Wednesday said the country's leadership will resort to the UN to punish Guatemala for its decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Saeb Erekat told the official Palestinian radio station Voice of Palestine that Guatemala's decision was in breach of international law, the UN charter and the 1...

20 days ago
Russian journalist, celebrity Ksenia Sobchak launches presidential bid

Moscow, Dec 27 (IANS) A Russian journalist, TV celebrity and socialite on Tuesday had her candidacy for the upcoming presidential election approved by the country's Central Election Commission, a day after the electoral body had turned down the main opposition leader's bid for the presidency. Ksenia Sobchak, 36, is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak _ former mentor of President Vladimir Put...

20 days ago
Barring Navalny's candidacy bodes ill for democracy in Russia: EU

Brussels, Dec 26 (IANS) The European Union's top diplomat warned on Tuesday that Russia's decision to ban a prominent opposition member from running in next year's presidential elections casts serious doubts on how democratic the vote would be. The Russian Central Election Committee had on Monday decided to bar Alexei Navalny from participating in the March 2018 election due to past conv...

21 days ago
The Darjeeling hills simmered, centring on the Gorkhaland movement

Darjeeling, Dec 26 (IANS) Through much of 2017, the picturesque Darjeeling Hills -- once a dreamy tourist gateway -- simmered with violence over the revived demand for a separate Gorkhaland state. The agitation that started against the alleged imposition of Bengali language on the locals snowballed into an intense movement for statehood, triggering widespread arson and vandalism, massive...

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