Lawmakers

  • 'BJP-led government would be detrimental to religious minorities' 05-04-2014 11:42 PM

    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...
  • US lawmakers ask Pentagon to welcome Sikhs in military 11-03-2014 11:49 AM

    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...
  • US lawmaker withdraws from anti-Modi Congressional resolution 19-02-2014 02:42 PM

    A second US lawmaker has withdrawn from co-sponsoring a new Congressional resolution asking the State Department to maintain its policy of not issuing visa to BJP's prime ministerial candidate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...
  • Steady economic growth expected as Janet Yellen makes Fed debut 10-02-2014 06:02 PM

    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...
  • Lawmaker calls for end of ban on Sikh articles in US military 23-01-2014 11:04 PM

    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...
  • Nepal extends deadline as parties dither over naming lawmakers 17-12-2013 11:37 AM

    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,...
  • US Congress set to celebrate Diwali 25-10-2013 12:17 PM

    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...
  • For Congress, it's better late than never, says Rajnath Singh 02-10-2013 08:07 PM

    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,...
  • Nitish Kumar hails ordinance withdrawal 02-10-2013 07:55 PM

    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...
  • Delhi: Cabinet decides to withdraw Ordinance, Bill on lawmakers 02-10-2013 07:20 PM

    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...
  • Sonia should ask Rahul to resign, seek apology for his statement on ordinance: Rajnath 01-10-2013 04:49 PM

    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...
  • Bangladesh tribunal sentences opposition BNP lawmaker to death 01-10-2013 03:12 PM

    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...
  • PM should resign over Rahul Gandhi's remarks on ordinance: Shivraj Chouhan 28-09-2013 07:11 PM

    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,...
  • Tarun Gogoi admits giving tickets to accused, supports Rahul Gandhi 28-09-2013 05:10 PM

    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...
  • Ordinance aimed only at 'saving' Lalu Prasad, says Venkaiah Naidu 28-09-2013 03:32 PM

    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...
  • SC verdict on lawmakers: Govt accuses BJP of changing stand 26-09-2013 05:03 PM

    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...
  • Ordinance to protect lawmakers not backdoor method: Congress 24-09-2013 06:53 PM

    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...
  • Man jailed for threatening to decapitate Hindu-American lawmaker 31-08-2013 01:42 PM

    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...
  • Convicted MPs, MLAs will retain seats with no voting rights 22-08-2013 11:11 PM

    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...
  • Cabinet to decide on proposal linked with convicted lawmakers 21-08-2013 01:22 AM

    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 16-08-2013 03:19 AM

    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 10-08-2013 07:40 AM

    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...
  • US lawmaker says al Qaeda threat most serious in years 05-08-2013 12:25 AM

    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...
  • Taiwan: Lawmakers exchange punches over nuclear plant bill 02-08-2013 05:32 PM

    Taipei: Taiwanese lawmakers have exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. The fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou's ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces...
  • After SC verdict, political parties push for electoral reforms 10-07-2013 08:15 PM

    New Delhi: In the light of the Supreme Court verdict on disqualification of lawmakers, political parties on Wednesday pushed for electoral reforms as the government said it would hold consultations before deciding on the next step. Most parties reacted cautiously to the landmark verdict saying it was important, but would...
  • India not willing to play by the rules: US lawmakers 29-06-2013 09:45 AM

    Washington: Top American lawmakers on Friday criticised India's trade and business policies, saying that New Delhi is not willing to play by the rules. "When you look at India's industrial policy, trade barriers, the rampant piracy, the tax discrimination and what appears to be an absolute disregard for our intellectual...
  • US shelves plan to allow knives inside planes 06-06-2013 07:40 AM

    Washington: Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and aviation industry, a federal agency responsible for the security of airports in United States has announced to shelve its plan to allow small knives inside a plane. "After extensive engagement with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, law enforcement officials, passenger advocates, and other...
  • Parl delegation meets US lawmakers over H-1B visa 05-06-2013 07:55 AM

    Washington: Indian Parliamentarians met top American lawmakers to raise India's concerns over the immigration bill, in particular those related to the H-1B visa issues. A delegation of seven MPs under the banner of India-US Forums of Parliamentarians of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), included Biju...
  • Lawmakers accuse Obama administration of abusing free speech rights 16-05-2013 03:48 AM

    Washington: US lawmakers accused the Obama administration on Wednesday of trampling on free speech rights and evading questions about the Justice Department's secret seizure of Associated Press telephone records. US Attorney General Eric Holder, testifying before a House of Representatives panel, provided limited responses on the issue, noting he had...