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India kicks off state polls in first big test for Congress

India kicks off state polls in first big test for Congress

GUWAHATI – Tens of thousands of Indians in the insurgency-racked state of Assam cast votes on Monday for a state assembly, with the ruling Congress party seen as the early favourite in its first big test since it became embroiled in several corruption scandals.
Five states, from which come just over a fifth of members of the 545-member lower house of the national parliament, are holding elections for state assemblies that run until mid-May, and a good showing by Congress will

India kicks off state polls in first big test for Congress

GUWAHATI – Tens of thousands of Indians in the insurgency-racked state of Assam cast votes on Monday for a state assembly, with the ruling Congress party seen as the early favourite in its first big test since it became embroiled in several corruption scandals.
Five states, from which come just over a fifth of members of the 545-member lower house of the national parliament, are holding elections for state assemblies that run until mid-May, and a good showing by Congress will

Afghan leader calls on US Congress to condemn Quran burning

KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on Sunday for the U.S. Congress to condemn the burning of Quran by a radical fundamentalist U.S. pastor and prevent it from happening again, his office said in a statement.
Karzai made the request at a meeting with U.S. ambassador Karl Eikenberry and General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, the statement said.
Eikenberry read to Karzai from U.S. President Barack Obama’s earlier condemnation of

Mickey Rooney tells Congress of abuse

Veteran actor Mickey Rooney on Wednesday urged elderly victims of abuse to speak up to anyone who will listen and described to a Senate panel his own suffering at the hands of a family member. In court documents, Rooney accused his stepson Christopher Aber of intimidating and bullying him and blocking access to his mail. The documents also alleged Aber deprived Rooney of medications and food. Rooney rose to fame as a child star in the 1930s and 1940s when he made more than a dozen

Hu faces rough welcome in US Congress

WASHINGTON – Chinese President Hu Jintao comes face to face with some of his sternest critics in the US Congress on Thursday as he pursues a high-stakes visit to the United States. Hu was to meet with leaders of the US Congress, a source of frequent ringing attacks on China’s rights record and economic policy as well as sharp criticism of its role in nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea. President Barack Obama’s pressed Hu to embrace “universal rights” and pushing Beijing to

World Pashto Congress to hold literary conference

PESHAWAR – The World Pashto Congress is set to hold a 3-day the Pashto Conference in April this year to highlight the need to revive the Pashto language script. The event is aimed at looking into the downfall of Pakhtuns’ culture and Pashto literature over the years.
Those attending the session would also analyse the implications of militancy, the government’s apathy which some Pashto men of letters believe contributed to the decadence of rich culture and literary tradition of

US Congress vows to continue assisting Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The US Congress has vowed to continue extending all possible assistance to Pakistan in countering terrorism and to achieve peace and prosperity. A seven-member US Senate delegation, led by Senator Mitch McConnell, on Saturday met Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir at the Foreign Office.
The other members of the delegation included senators Richard Burr, Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson, Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey, and Marco Rubio. Ambassador Cameron Munter was also present.

PFF Congress approves budget

LAHORE – The Pakistan Football Federation Congress Tuesday approved a budget of Rs 55 million for the calendar of activities of the year 2011.
The Congress meeting, chaired by President Faisal Saleh Hayat, was held at the Football House.
The house gave permanent membership to Islamabad Football Association, Afghan FC Chaman, PMC Atheltco Faisalabad, Young Rising Star Women Club Rawalpindi & Diya Women Football Club Karachi. With the induction of these new members, the

India’s struggling Congress party vows anti-corruption drive

NEW DELHI – India’s ruling Congress party on Sunday vowed to fight corruption by fast-tracking court cases, as the government tried to overcome stinging criticism after a string of financial scandals. Party president Sonia Gandhi, the key powerbroker of Indian politics, told the annual Congress leadership conference in New Delhi that the 125-year-old party must show zero tolerance of corruption to survive.
The pledge followed a telecom scandal that deadlocked an entire session of

India’s ruling Congress party meets amid controversies

NEW DELHI – India’s ruling Congress party began three days of soul-searching on Saturday as it goes through its roughest political patch in the six years since it was returned to power.
The party’s plenary session comes as authorities probe what could be India’s biggest corruption case — a mobile phone licensing scandal which cost the nation 40 billion dollars in lost revenue. Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, India’s most powerful politician, is due on Sunday to address the

Obama says will push for START in ‘lame duck’ congress

YOKOHAMA: US President Barack Obama said on Sunday he would push hard to get the US congress to approve a new START weapons treaty with Russia and stressed the former Cold War foes were now cooperating closely on key issues.
Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also discussed a possible veto by Russian foe Georgia of Russia’s entry to the World Trade Organisation, which Obama has backed under his administration’s “reset” policy to repair US-Russia ties.
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