Rahul Gandhi became Congress president today, replacing his mother Sonia Gandhi and taking charge of India's oldest party after what many describe as the longest-ever political apprenticeship. At a ceremony held on the lawns of the party's 24 Akbar Road headquarters in Delhi, the 47-year-old accepted a certificate for his promotion, watched by Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh on the stage and younger sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the audience.Rahul Gandhi is the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to lead the Congress; no one challenged his elevation in the organizational election that critics called a sham. Images of Mahatma Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh beamed on a banner behind him as he took charge after the traditional "Vande Mataram".
A short and delayed winter session began today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitching for teamwork by all parties in parliament and the opposition demonstrating just how they plan to shape that script, forcing multiple adjournments of the Rajya Sabha, eventually for the day. The Congress has made it clear that it will not allow work till PM Modi explains and apologises for his allegation that his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh and other party leaders colluded with Pakistani officials at a dinner in Delhi last week in an attempt to influence the Gujarat election.
The December 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar to bank accounts has been extended by the government ahead of tomorrow's hearing of the matter in the Supreme Court. The new date to link the Unique Identification number and the PAN to accounts more than six months old is March 31, 2018.
Rohit Sharma destroyed the Sri Lankan bowling attack to score the 3rd double-century of his ODI career as India ended at a mammoth 392/4 in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Sent in to bat after Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera won the toss, Sharma, who is leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who was away in Italy for his marriage, made amends for a poor outing in the first ODI at Dharamsala with a sensational double-ton.With this knock of 208 not out, Sharma has decisively made himself an icon when it comes to batting in limited-overs cricket. His three triple-centuries are unlikely to be touched in a hurry, as no other batsman has even two and some of them have retired.
Rahul Gandhi has promised a "zabardast" verdict when votes are counted next Monday in the Gujarat assembly elections. At a press conference in Ahmedabad that stood in for a cancelled roadshow, Mr Gandhi wrapped up an intense three-month-long campaign with a point-by-point rebuttal of the BJP's many allegations against him including the rival party's attacks over his frequent visits to temples.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said he was "deeply pained and anguished" by the "falsehood and canards" being spread to score political points in a lost cause by "none less than Prime Minister Narendra Modi".
The licence of an upscale Delhi hospital that found itself in the middle of a huge backlash after it incorrectly declared a newborn dead was suspended today. Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh cannot take new patients for now, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said. "The negligence in the newborn death case was unacceptable," he said.
If elections are about perception, then the BJP won Gujarat even before Rahul Gandhi launched his extensive campaign in the state. In the last few months, much has been made about his aggressive campaigning in the state. About the Patidars and Hardik Patel's electoral speeches. About GST and the impact it has on the traders in Surat and in the business community.
Two opposition chief ministers Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal have tweeted support for senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who has said he will "not budge" from a police ground where he was detained yesterday, till the demands of farmers of the region are not met. Mr Sinha has accused the Maharashtra government of his party, the BJP, of apathy towards farmers of the Vidarbha region.
NEW DELHI: A day after Sri Lankan cricketers took to the field here wearing anti-pollution masks, Delhi's air turned fouler today with a sharp rise in the level of particulates since morning.