Lawmakers

  • US lawmaker seeks suspension of visa-free travel for Europeans 3 days ago

    Washington: Citing the presence of a large number of Islamist extremists in European countries, a Democratic lawmaker sought an immediate suspension of visa-free travel to the US from countries like Britain, Germany and France. "I urge the Administration to immediately suspend the Visa Waiver Programme for countries such as Great...
  • WHO: Ebola outbreak is accelerating out of control 4 days ago

    Washington: The world response to the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa needs a major scale-up that should include military flights for delivering supplies, US lawmakers and leading doctors said. The calls came amid new warnings from the World Health Organization that the viral outbreak is accelerating out of control,...
  • Home Ministry asks states to fast-track cases against MPs, MLAs September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry has asked all state governments to speed up cases against MPs and MLAs facing charges which attract disqualification, directing them to seek day-to-day trial in courts, appoint special public prosecutors and ensure regular monitoring. The direction came in the wake of Supreme Court setting a deadline...
  • Faux pas by US lawmaker, asks Indian-origin American officials about 'your country' July 27, 2014

    Washington: A freshman US lawmaker committed an embarrassing faux pas when during a Congressional hearing he mistook two top Indian-origin American officials as representing the Indian government, quizzing them about "your country" and "your government". Congressman Curt Clawson, who has now apologised for the gaffe, was giving his maiden speech during...
  • 83 US lawmakers seek joint address to Congress by Modi July 23, 2014

    Washington: Ahead of his September visit, as many as 83 US lawmakers have signed a letter asking House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the Congress. "The voices in Congress are growing, and the message is clear: the United States...
  • Cuba's lawmakers examine weak economy July 6, 2014

    Havana: Cuba's National Assembly opened its biannual session, with the communist island's faltering economy topping the agenda. President Raul Castro, 83, was due to address the assembly on Saturday, which plans to examine why one of the world's last command economies has not experienced greater growth, after six years of...
  • US lawmakers hail Modi's victory, call for greater Indo-US ties May 23, 2014

    Hailing the "historic victory" of Narendra Modi in general elections, several influential American lawmakers have called for rejuvenating ties with India as they invited the Prime Minister-designate to the US. "What a great time! Now we have a new opportunity in India to see a new government and to see some...
  • 'BJP-led government would be detrimental to religious minorities' April 5, 2014

    Washington: Several eminent officials and experts from both India and the US have told lawmakers that a BJP-led government at the center would be detrimental to the basic rights of the religious minorities in India. Testifying before the influential Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US Congress (TLHRC) on 'The...
  • US lawmakers ask Pentagon to welcome Sikhs in military March 11, 2014

    Over 100 members of Congress from both Democratic and Republican parties have urged the US defence department to end the presumptive ban on Sikh Americans serving in the US military with their beards and turbans. In a letter to Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, the lawmakers specifically requested that the US Armed...
  • US lawmaker withdraws from anti-Modi Congressional resolution June 3, 2014

    A second US lawmaker has withdrawn from co-sponsoring a new Congressional resolution asking the State Department to maintain its policy of not issuing visa to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania Scott Perry, according to Hindu American Foundation (HAF) announced his decision to withdraw his co-sponsorship to...
  • Steady economic growth expected as Janet Yellen makes Fed debut February 10, 2014

    Janet Yellen's first test as chair of the Federal Reserve comes on Tuesday when she faces US lawmakers, some hostile to the central bank, who will want to know how committed she is to winding down the Fed's support for the economy. With the world's financial markets watching, Yellen, who succeeded...
  • Lawmaker calls for end of ban on Sikh articles in US military January 23, 2014

    A top American lawmaker on Thursday asked the Pentagon to end a ban on Sikh articles of faith including turban and beard in the US military, a long-standing demand of the Sikh-American community. In the wake of new Pentagon rules permitting limited religious accommodations, Congressman Joe Crowley requested the US Armed...
  • Nepal extends deadline as parties dither over naming lawmakers December 17, 2013

    Nepal's election commission on Monday extended its deadline for submitting names of proposed lawmakers after Maoists and other major parties sought more time and demanded a probe into alleged poll-rigging in last month's elections. Parties can submit the names of candidates chosen under the proportionate representation system by December 25, said...
  • US Congress set to celebrate Diwali October 25, 2013

    Thanks to the initiative of bipartisan Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, US lawmakers are set to have their first-ever Diwali reception to celebrate the Indian festival of lights. An invitation to lawmakers for the reception next Tuesday has gone out from old India friend and Democratic caucus co-chairman Joseph Crowley,...
  • For Congress, it's better late than never, says Rajnath Singh October 2, 2013

    Shortly after the union cabinet on Wednesday decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance and the bill to protect convicted lawmakers, BJP president Rajnath Singh said it was "better late than never" for the ruling party. "It is better late than never for the Congress," Rajnath Singh told a TV channel, adding...
  • Nitish Kumar hails ordinance withdrawal October 2, 2013

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar welcomed the Cabinet decision to withdraw a controversial ordinance aimed at protecting convicted lawmakers. “It is a welcome decision and a positive development,” he told the media. The Janata Dal-United leader recalled that he had earlier urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take back the ordinance and...
  • Delhi: Cabinet decides to withdraw Ordinance, Bill on lawmakers October 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Reversing its earlier step, Cabinet on Wednesday decided to withdraw the Ordinance as well as Bill that sought to give protection to convicted lawmakers in the wake of public outburst against it by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. The Cabinet took the decision in a meeting of about 20...
  • Sonia should ask Rahul to resign, seek apology for his statement on ordinance: Rajnath October 1, 2013

    Kolkata: Hitting back at Sonia Gandhi, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said if she has any concern for Prime Minister's respect, she should ask Rahul Gandhi to resign as Congress vice-president or seek apology for his statement on the ordinance on convicted lawmakers. "I am surprised to read a statement...
  • Bangladesh tribunal sentences opposition BNP lawmaker to death October 1, 2013

    An influential opposition BNP lawmaker was on Tuesday sentenced to death by a special Bangladeshi tribunal for committing "crimes against humanity" in collusion with Pakistani troops during the 1971 liberation war. "He (Salauddin Quader Chowdhury) will be hanged by neck till he is dead," the chairman of a three-member International Crimes...
  • PM should resign over Rahul Gandhi's remarks on ordinance: Shivraj Chouhan September 28, 2013

    Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation in the wake of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's statement over controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers. "If the Prime Minister has even little bit of shame and self-respect, then he along with his entire Cabinet, should...
  • Tarun Gogoi admits giving tickets to accused, supports Rahul Gandhi September 28, 2013

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the Congress did not have any guideline to stop giving tickets to criminals and he supported party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's statement denouncing the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers. Gogoi admitted that he had in the past allowed accused persons to contest elections...
  • Ordinance aimed only at 'saving' Lalu Prasad, says Venkaiah Naidu September 28, 2013

    The BJP on Saturday said Congress sought to issue the ordinance on lawmakers in a hurry to "save" its ally Lalu Prasad, in case he is convicted in the fodder case on September 30. "If ordinance is not issued before the 30th and if there is a judgement negative against him,...
  • SC verdict on lawmakers: Govt accuses BJP of changing stand September 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Under attack from the opposition for bringing an ordinance to protect lawmakers from immediate disqualification, the government on Thursday hit back, accusing BJP of changing its stand on overturning a Supreme Court judgement on the issue. "Actually you should ask the BJP. They first wanted a change in the...
  • Ordinance to protect lawmakers not backdoor method: Congress September 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday rejected criticism on the issue of an ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification, saying such a measure is "not a backdoor method" as it has to go to Parliament. "Ordinance is not an undemocratic act by any government. It is not...
  • Man jailed for threatening to decapitate Hindu-American lawmaker August 31, 2013

    A man who allegedly threatened to decapitate the first Hindu-American lawmaker, Tulsi Gabbard, was ordered to remain in jail for now after a court appearance in San Diego, California. The accused Aniruddha Sherbow allegedly made two threats to murder the Democratic House member from Hawaii earlier this month, CNN reported Friday...
  • Convicted MPs, MLAs will retain seats with no voting rights August 22, 2013

    Moving to negate Supreme Court ruling on immediate disqualification of convicted lawmakers, the Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod to a proposal under which such MPs and MLAs will retain their membership till pendency of appeal but will be barred from voting and drawing salary. The proposal, in the form of...
  • Cabinet to decide on proposal linked with convicted lawmakers August 21, 2013

    Against the backdrop of a Supreme Court ruling for immediate disqualification of convicted lawmakers, a proposal has been moved for the Cabinet under which such MPs and MLAs will be barred from voting in the House and drawing salary till the court decides their appeal. But at the same time,...
  • Parliament's prerogative will decide SC ruling on lawmakers: CJI August 16, 2013

    Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam on Thursday said it is the prerogative of the parliament to take a decision on the Supreme Court verdict that protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the ground of pendency of appeal in higher courts. "It is parliament's prerogative. If it is possible...
  • Edward Snowden is not a patriot, says Barack Obama August 10, 2013

    Washington: Days after a US lawmaker compared Edward Snowden with Mahatma Gandhi, US President Barack Obama said the former CIA contractor who leaked to the world the secretive internet and phone surveillance programs, is not a patriot. "I don't think Snowden was a patriot," Obama told reporters during a White House...
  • US lawmaker says al Qaeda threat most serious in years August 5, 2013

    Washington: The al Qaeda threat that closed US embassies in the Middle East on Sunday is the most serious in years and the "chatter" among suspected terrorists is reminiscent of what preceded the September 11 attacks, a US lawmaker who is briefed on intelligence said. The State Department closed 21...