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The Congress called the strike in support of the 12-point charter of demands that included proper health services at the Govind Ballabh Panth (GBP) hospital, the state’s lone dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Agartala and other Covid Care Centres, giving <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 lakh to the kin of Covid-19 victims and withdrawal of chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s anti-media remark. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

Congress to elect new president by June

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 05:01 AM IST
The Congress Election Authority (CEA), the party’s panel in charge of the elections, proposed a timeline between May 15 and 30 to hold organisational elections, although some leaders, particularly those in charge of poll-bound states, said this could clash with the assembly elections.
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi blamed the ruling BJP for its handling of the pandemic. “The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country by the manner in which it has managed the Covid-19 pandemic."(Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi blamed the ruling BJP for its handling of the pandemic. “The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country by the manner in which it has managed the Covid-19 pandemic."(Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)

'To boost PM Modi's image': Congress picks holes in govt's Covid-19 vaccine plan

Written by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:57 PM IST
Noting the rise in hesitancy for Covid-19 vaccine, the committee also slammed the government for allowing blatant politicisation of the regulatory process to clear the vaccine for use in order to boost the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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A meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) was held on Friday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) was held on Friday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

'Dismissing angst of millions of farmers': CWC passes resolution on farm laws

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:58 PM IST
Passed in the CWC meeting on Friday, the resolution noted that the laws did not pass the test of Parliamentary scrutiny as they were "bulldozed by muzzling the voice of the opposition".
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The young Turks, some Congress leaders said, may yet again demand that the CWC pick Rahul Gandhi as the next party chief .
The young Turks, some Congress leaders said, may yet again demand that the CWC pick Rahul Gandhi as the next party chief .

Internal elections, upcoming assembly polls in focus as CWC meets today

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:00 AM IST
The meeting is being closely watched both by the old guard, including the 23 signatories to a August letter to party president Sonia Gandhi seeking sweeping changes in the Congress’ functioning, as well as the young Turks, mainly leaders allied with former party president Rahul Gandhi.
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Reacting to the developments, Goswami, in a statement on Tuesday, said: “I am horrified that the Congress party actually thinks that any journalist in India expressing the views publicly stated by the Government is committing a crime.”
Reacting to the developments, Goswami, in a statement on Tuesday, said: “I am horrified that the Congress party actually thinks that any journalist in India expressing the views publicly stated by the Government is committing a crime.”

Congress steps up attack on Centre over Arnab Goswami's chats

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:59 AM IST
The Congress leaders claimed in a statement that the chats “conclusively prove leaks of top secret information detrimental to national security & integrity” and held members of Cabinet committee on security responsible for the leak.
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Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi is widely preferred within the party to replace Sonia Gandhi as efforts to pick a non-Gandhi party president have not succeeded in the past two years ago.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi is widely preferred within the party to replace Sonia Gandhi as efforts to pick a non-Gandhi party president have not succeeded in the past two years ago.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Congress Working Committee meet on Jan 22 with eye on party polls

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 04:32 AM IST
“It will be a meeting of the full CWC,” a senior Congress leader said on condition of anonymity. The meet will include 19 members, 26 permanent invitees and nine special invitees other than the Congress president.
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Bengaluru: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar (C) addresses a press conference regarding the ongoing farmers' agitation in Delhi, at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, Monday. Dec. 7, 2020. MLC Narayanaswamy (L), and MLA Ajaysingh (R) are also seen. (PTI Photo)(PTI07-12-2020_000084B)(PTI)
Bengaluru: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar (C) addresses a press conference regarding the ongoing farmers' agitation in Delhi, at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, Monday. Dec. 7, 2020. MLC Narayanaswamy (L), and MLA Ajaysingh (R) are also seen. (PTI Photo)(PTI07-12-2020_000084B)(PTI)

Congress in Karnataka to lay siege to Raj Bhavan on Wednesday

PTI, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 08:22 PM IST
"Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are laying siege to the Raj Bhavan against the three laws and the failure to release grants for the control of coronavirus in the state," D K Shivakumar said.
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The Ministry of External Affairs had said that it has seen recent reports on China undertaking construction work along with the border areas with India.(PTI file photo)
The Ministry of External Affairs had said that it has seen recent reports on China undertaking construction work along with the border areas with India.(PTI file photo)

BJP MP blames Rajiv Gandhi for Chinese construction in Arunachal Pradesh

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:18 PM IST
The MP from Arunachal East pointed out that China has been constructing roads in the region since the 1980s.
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Congress leader Randeep Surjewala speaks to media on 8th Dec Bharat Bandh, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI PHOTO)
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala speaks to media on 8th Dec Bharat Bandh, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI PHOTO)

Congress claims India is paying more for Covishield doses, opposes export plan

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:35 PM IST
The party on Sunday asked the Centre why Bharat Biotech's Covaxin costs more than Oxford vaccine, for which India is already paying more than other countries.
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State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, following the meeting, said talks on seat-sharing between the two sides are likely to conclude by the end of the month.(HT Photo)
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, following the meeting, said talks on seat-sharing between the two sides are likely to conclude by the end of the month.(HT Photo)

Congress, LF leaders hold seat-sharing talks in poll-bound West Bengal

PTI, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:44 PM IST
During the 2016 state elections, too, the two parties had stitched an alliance and bagged 76 of the 294 assembly seats.
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Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Farm laws: Bhupinder Hooda, other Congress leaders taken into custody over march

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:54 AM IST
Hooda along with state party chief Kumari Selja, general secretary Randeep Surjewala and other party leaders were taken into preventive detention here by the Chandigarh Police and first taken to the Sector 3 police station.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi gestures as he attends the annual bull taming event "Jallikattu" in the village of Avaniyapuram, on the outskirts of Madurai on January 14, 2021.(AFP)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi gestures as he attends the annual bull taming event "Jallikattu" in the village of Avaniyapuram, on the outskirts of Madurai on January 14, 2021.(AFP)

Rahul Gandhi backs farmers' 'satyagraha against govt', plugs freedom struggle

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:14 AM IST
"Farmers are upholding our freedom by ensuring food security and nutrition for our children," the video shared by Gandhi states.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday at the Madurai airport in Tamil Nadu to attend Jallikattu event. (Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday at the Madurai airport in Tamil Nadu to attend Jallikattu event. (Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)

'My duty': Rahul Gandhi reaches Madurai to attend the Jallikattu event

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:03 PM IST
Gandhi will lend his moral support to farmers protesting against the new farms laws across the country by witnessing the sport, as the bull is a symbol of farmers and part of their lives, a party member said.
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Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma opposed Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's demand that minimum age of marriage for women be increased to 21.(ANI Twitter)
Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma opposed Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's demand that minimum age of marriage for women be increased to 21.(ANI Twitter)

Child rights body pulls up Cong leader for comment on girls' reproductive age

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:06 AM IST
The Congress minister responded to MP CM's suggestion that the minimum age of marriage of women should be made 21, at a press conference.
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File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Rahul Gandhi in Madurai on Thursday to attend 'Jallikattu'

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 08:11 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to arrive reach Madurai by 11 am on Thursday and will spend about four hours in the temple town.
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File photo: Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat.(Shahbaz Khan)
File photo: Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat.(Shahbaz Khan)

Harish Rawat urges Cong high command to declare CM candidate for 2022 polls

By Neeraj Santoshi, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 06:24 PM IST
  • The bickering in Uttarakhand Congress over who will lead the party as the chief ministerial candidate in the 2022 assembly polls has come out in the open.
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Congress veteran Madhavsinh Solanki passes away(HT Photo)
Congress veteran Madhavsinh Solanki passes away(HT Photo)

Remembering Madhavsinh Solanki: Congress veteran, doyen of Gujarat politics

By HT Correspondent, Gandhinagar
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 11:28 PM IST
The four-time CM and former external affairs minister was also credited for introducing the mid-day meal scheme in Gujarat.
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Madhav Singh Solanki also served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for four times.(File photo)
Madhav Singh Solanki also served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for four times.(File photo)

Congress leader Madhav Singh Solanki passes away, PM Modi condoles death

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 11:44 AM IST
PM Modi condoled the death of the leader and said that he played a key role in Gujarat politics for decades.
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Flags at the US Capitol fly at half-mast to honour US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on January 8.(AFP)
Flags at the US Capitol fly at half-mast to honour US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on January 8.(AFP)

Murder probe opens after US police officer dies in Capitol mob attack

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Sicknick was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher on Wednesday while struggling with the rioters who swarmed through the halls of Congress.
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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters.(REUTERS)
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters.(REUTERS)

Nancy Pelosi speaks to US army chief regarding Trump’s access to nuclear codes

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:51 PM IST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi alerted fellow Democrats that she is concerned that an “unhinged” President Donald Trump would access nuclear launch codes and order a military strike, and wants Pentagon officials to take precautions.
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US Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), told CBS News on Friday he would “definitely consider” any articles of impeachment because the president “disregarded his oath of office.”(REUTERS)
US Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), told CBS News on Friday he would “definitely consider” any articles of impeachment because the president “disregarded his oath of office.”(REUTERS)

Republican Ben Sasse would consider Democratic effort to impeach Trump

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:54 PM IST
Top Democratic leaders say they believe the House can impeach the Republican president within a week but with Trump’s term due to end anyway by Jan. 20 and the Senate still controlled by Republicans, the prospects of him then being thrown out of office are unclear.
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Balasaheb Thorat says Congress has always opposed renaming proposals.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Balasaheb Thorat says Congress has always opposed renaming proposals.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)

Aurangabad renaming: Thorat says Cong has a clear stand on the issue

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:29 PM IST
While Thackeray’s Shiv Sena has been advocating the name change for over two decades, the Congress has always opposed it.
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What other, newer democracies find relatively easy — conducting an election, the counting of votes, the peaceful transition of power — seems to have befuddled the US. There can be and must not be any normalisation of gross prejudice or violence(AP)
What other, newer democracies find relatively easy — conducting an election, the counting of votes, the peaceful transition of power — seems to have befuddled the US. There can be and must not be any normalisation of gross prejudice or violence(AP)

After anarchy in the US, reimagining the middle ground

UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:53 PM IST
Governments have to learn how to engage with those who did not vote for them. Citizens have to learn how to converse amidst ideological divisions
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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also discussed the way forward for the agitation against the farm laws with party leaders.(PTI Photo)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also discussed the way forward for the agitation against the farm laws with party leaders.(PTI Photo)

‘Will not back down on farm laws’: Priyanka Gandhi tells Cong MPs

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:14 PM IST
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s meeting with party leaders also addressed the need for improvements in the party to better provide an effective opposition, said leaders.
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Hawley has often been cited as possible future presidential candidate.(Associated Press)
Hawley has often been cited as possible future presidential candidate.(Associated Press)

Simon & Schuster drops book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley

By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | New York
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:55 PM IST
A planned book by Sen. Josh Hawley, who objected to President-elect Joe Biden’s win and backed baseless claims that the election was stolen, has been canceled by its publisher in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump supporters.
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Gandhi cited another incident of rape reported from Moradabad and said that women would never forgive this administrative system.(PTI file photo)
Gandhi cited another incident of rape reported from Moradabad and said that women would never forgive this administrative system.(PTI file photo)

‘Will we ensure women’s safety with such behaviour?’: Priyanka Gandhi slams NCW member over Budaun rape

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:56 PM IST
NCW’s Chandramukhi Devi had stoked controversy when she reportedly blamed the Budaun rape victim, saying if the woman did not go alone, the crime could have been avoided.
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In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo remain in the European Union, anti-Brexit protesters, including one with a placard depicting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson under the thumb of US President Donald Trump, demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London, on the day of Prime Minister's Questions taking place inside.(AP)
In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo remain in the European Union, anti-Brexit protesters, including one with a placard depicting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson under the thumb of US President Donald Trump, demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London, on the day of Prime Minister's Questions taking place inside.(AP)

Boris Johnson is embarrassed by Donald Trump

By Bloomberg Opinion
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:27 PM IST
As the democratic world reacted with horror to Wednesday’s insurrection at the Capitol, Johnson tweeted “Disgraceful scenes in US Congress,” adding that “the United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.” 
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Chandigarh’s new mayor Ravi Kant Sharma (centre) senior deputy mayor Maheshinder Singh Sidhu and deputy mayor Farmila after their election at the municipal corporation office on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Chandigarh’s new mayor Ravi Kant Sharma (centre) senior deputy mayor Maheshinder Singh Sidhu and deputy mayor Farmila after their election at the municipal corporation office on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

BJP’s Ravi Kant Sharma is new Chandigarh mayor

By Munieshwer A Sagar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:00 PM IST
Of the 24 votes polled, Sharma got 17, while Devinder Singh Babla of the Congress could muster only five votes. Two votes were declared invalid.
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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav with party MLA and his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav arrives at party office to attend a review meeting on Bihar Assembly elections.(PTI file photo)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav with party MLA and his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav arrives at party office to attend a review meeting on Bihar Assembly elections.(PTI file photo)

‘PM Modi should take first shot of Covid-19 vaccine’: Tej Pratap Yadav

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:18 PM IST
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take first shot of Covid-19 vaccine, then, we will also take it,” said the Bihar politician, reported news agency ANI.
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally on Januar 6.(AP file)
President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally on Januar 6.(AP file)

Faced with removal and prosecution, Trump owns up defeat, slams Capitol raiders

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:29 AM IST
Five people died in the hours-long assault on the seat of US democracy that had forced Vice-President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the certification process, his family, who were also there, and lawmakers to take shelter wherever they could behind furniture and under desks.
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