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  • Israel mulls hard-line legislation after attacks November 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli lawmakers on Sunday called for a series of hard-line measures, including a proposal to strip Palestinian attackers of their residency rights, in response to a wave of deadly violence. The measures are billed as a deterrent, but critics view them as racist policies that could further escalate tensions. In Gaza,...
  • Spanish lawmakers pass symbolic motion on eventual recognition of Palestine November 19, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognise Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-running conflict. The symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and Ireland, received the backing of all the political groups of the...
  • 23-year-old Indian-American is one of the youngest US lawmakers November 5, 2014

    Washington: Niraj Antani, a 23-year-old Indian-American student was today elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, becoming one of the youngest state lawmakers in the US. "I am deeply honored to have been elected your State Representative for Ohio's 42nd House District. Thank you all so much for the support....
  • Congressmen press Obama to discuss religious freedom with Modi September 29, 2014

    New York: A group of 11 American lawmakers has written to President Barack Obama to discuss the issue of religious freedom in India with visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during their meetings at the White House. "Your meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week provides an opportunity to discuss...
  • US lawmakers smitten by PM Modi's Madison Square Garden speech September 29, 2014

    New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only won the hearts of NRIs here but also of nearly 40 top US lawmakers who described his words as "inspirational and visionary". During his speech at the Madison Square Garden, attended by nearly 40 top lawmakers, the Congressmen immediately connected with Modi when...
  • More than three dozen US lawmakers attend Modi's Madison Square event September 28, 2014

    New York: In an unprecedented show of solidarity for India-US relationship, more than three dozen top US lawmakers on Sunday attended the public reception hosted for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the iconic Madison Square Garden. This is for the first time that such a large number of US lawmakers...
  • US lawmakers disappointed over FIBA decision on Sikh players September 18, 2014

    Washington: Two leading US lawmakers have expressed disappointment over the decision of FIBA to continue with its policy to ban players from wearing headgears in international matches, even though it allowed them to sport religious headgear as part of a "trial period" for two years. "We are deeply disappointed with the...
  • US lawmaker seeks suspension of visafree travel for Europeans September 13, 2014

    Washington: Citing the presence of a large number of Islamist extremists in European countries, a Democratic lawmaker sought an immediate suspension of visafree 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 September 12, 2014

    Washington: The world response to the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa needs a major scaleup 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 fasttrack 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 daytoday 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 Indianorigin American officials about 'your country' July 26, 2014

    Washington: A freshman US lawmaker committed an embarrassing faux pas when during a Congressional hearing he mistook two top Indianorigin 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 IndoUS 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 Ministerdesignate 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 antiModi Congressional resolution February 19, 2014

    A second US lawmaker has withdrawn from cosponsoring 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 cosponsorship 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 longstanding demand of the SikhAmerican 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 pollrigging 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 IndianAmericans, US lawmakers are set to have their firstever 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 cochairman 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 DalUnited 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 vicepresident 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 threemember 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 VicePresident Rahul Gandhi's statement over controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers. "If the Prime Minister has even little bit of shame and selfrespect, 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 vicepresident 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...