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Government doesn’t protect whistleblowers: Activists


September 19th, 2012 - 11:37 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) On Sep 2, Nandi Singh, 40, was hacked to death in a remote village in Assam. His crime: he blew the whistle on misappropriation in ... Read more...

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‘Donations run India’s political parties, sources largely unknown’ (Lead)


September 10th, 2012 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) Donations make a major part of the funds on which political parties run in India, but most of these parties do not disclose the ... Read more...

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‘Congress richest party, BJP next’


September 10th, 2012 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) The Congress is the richest political party in India, followed by rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), reveals data collected by think-tanks Association for Democratic ... Read more...

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‘Prohibited bore guns given to 18 MPs booked for crimes’


August 2nd, 2012 - 10:38 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Eighteen of the 82 parliamentarians given licences of prohibited bore guns between 2001-12 had criminal charges pending against them, a study has said, hinting at ... Read more...

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India, Myanmar forge think-tanks’ links


May 28th, 2012 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS
Nay Pyi Taw, May 28 (IANS) With Myanmar opening up to democratic transformation, India and the Southeast Asian state Monday decided to forge links between their think-tanks.The need for building ... Read more...

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Clinton calls Suu Kyi on sanction decision


May 22nd, 2012 - 1:03 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 21 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has informed Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi about the recent US decision to ease sanctions on the ... Read more...

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Obama nominates ambassador to Myanmar


May 18th, 2012 - 6:18 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 18 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday nominated Derek Mitchell as the country's first ambassador to Myanmar in 22 years."Today , I am nominating our first US ... Read more...

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Dalai Lama speaks of Chinese plot to kill him


May 13th, 2012 - 12:12 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 13 (IANS) Chinese agents have trained Tibetan women to poison the Dalai Lama while posing as a devotee, the Tibetan spiritual leader has said.The Nobel Laureate told ... Read more...

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British report on Russian human rights termed partial


May 6th, 2012 - 10:05 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 6 (IANS) A report on human rights in Russia, prepared by the British Foreign Office, has been termed by Moscow as "not impartial and open minded" and that ... Read more...

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Debar criminals from polls: Election Commissioner Brahma


May 5th, 2012 - 5:11 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, May 5 (IANS) Describing the participation of criminals in polls as one of the major problems the country is facing, Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma Saturday called upon the people ... Read more...

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Poll reforms conference begins in Odisha Saturday


May 4th, 2012 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, May 4 (IANS) At least 400 delegates from different walks of life are expected to attend a two-day national conference on electoral and political reforms beginning in Odisha capital ... Read more...

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49 newly-elected MCD councillors face criminal charges


April 19th, 2012 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) At least 49 newly-elected councillors in the recent Delhi civic polls face criminal charges which include murder, kidnapping and extortion, a report said Thursday.Of ... Read more...

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Polls critical step in Myanmar reform: UN


April 12th, 2012 - 4:00 am ICT by IANS
United Nations, April 12 (IANS) The UN Security Council has praised the by-elections held in Myanmar as important progress in the country's democratic reform process."Council members welcome the successful by-election ... Read more...

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‘Criminal charges against 9 percent MCD poll nominees’


April 10th, 2012 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Tweenty-three percent of the candidates in the April 15 municipal elections here are millionaires while nearly nine percent have criminal charges against them, think ... Read more...

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Internet fosters pro-democratic attitudes


April 5th, 2012 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 5 (IANS) The net may have spurred democratic revolutions in the Arab world, but a new study suggests the it is most likely to play a role only ... Read more...

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Manmohan likely to visit Myanmar


April 2nd, 2012 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Against the backdrop of the unfolding democratic transition in Myanmar, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to visit the Southeast Asian country next month.The ... Read more...

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‘Immediate reforms vital for cleansing public life’


March 9th, 2012 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) Ridding the public domain of corruption and criminality may be a laudable goal, but it's doubtful whether a Lokpal would succeed in reforming the ... Read more...

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Three of top four rich contestants are mining contractors


February 22nd, 2012 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Feb 22 (IANS) Three out of the top four candidates in Goa are linked to the mining industry, with the wealthiest having assets worth Rs.211 crore, affidavits filed ... Read more...

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Maldives’ new government agrees to hold early elections


February 17th, 2012 - 2:31 am ICT by IANS
Male, Feb 17 (IANS) The Maldivian government Thursday agreed to hold early presidential elections, a step towards ending the ongoing political crisis in the island nation.The country plunged into turmoil ... Read more...

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Brisk polling on in Uttar Pradesh (Lead)


February 15th, 2012 - 12:48 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, Feb 15 (IANS) Polling began on a brisk note Wednesday morning in 56 assembly constituencies in the third round of Uttar Pradesh's seven-phased election with more than eight ... Read more...

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31 percent of UP third-phase candidates have criminal cases


February 14th, 2012 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, Feb 14 (IANS) Nearly 31 percent of the candidates fielded by political parties for Wednesday's third phase poll of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh state assembly election have criminal ... Read more...

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Many UP poll candidates face criminal charges: Study


February 4th, 2012 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) A total of 41 out of the 114 assembly constituencies going to polls in the first two phases of Uttar Pradesh elections Feb 8 ... Read more...

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Criminals galore among nominees for assembly polls


January 24th, 2012 - 12:42 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) At least 15 percent of the candidates in the Punjab assembly polls and 19 percent of those in Uttarakhand have criminal cases pending against them, ... Read more...

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Development deficit dogs poll-bound states


January 19th, 2012 - 10:37 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) With high fiscal deficits -- an indicator of poor financial management -- the five poll-bound states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa, home ... Read more...

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Manipur legislators have whooping assets


January 18th, 2012 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Close to Rs.1 crore is the average increase in assets registered by Manipur legislators re-contesting the elections, data compiled by a think tank here ... Read more...

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India to scale up ties with democratic Myanmar


January 18th, 2012 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Amid the democratic transition in Myanmar, Foreign Minister U. Wunna Maung Lwin comes to India next week, a visit expected to boost economic and ... Read more...

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Kazakhs in Delhi can vote for Sunday’s Kazakhstan polls


January 13th, 2012 - 7:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) Kazakhs in Delhi can vote in the snap Kazakhstan elections Sunday that will bring an end to one-party democracy in the oil-rich Central Asian republic, ... Read more...

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Mayawati’s assets: Highest at Rs.87 crore (Lead)


January 10th, 2012 - 11:44 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati tops the list of chief ministers in the five election-bound states with maximum assets worth Rs.87 crore and 46 percent ... Read more...

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Mayawati’s assets: Highest at Rs.87 crore


January 10th, 2012 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has topped the list of chief ministers in the five election-bound states with maximum assets: worth Rs.87 crore, according to ... Read more...

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Vote for clean candidates, Aamir says


January 10th, 2012 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Bollywood actor Aamir Khan will urge people not to vote for candidates with criminal background in upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa ... Read more...

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‘33 percent ministers in poll-bound states face criminal cases’


January 10th, 2012 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Around one-third of the total 100 ministers in the poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur have criminal charges pending against them, ... Read more...

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Lokpal weak spots can be overcome through debate: activist


December 26th, 2011 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Dec 26 (IANS) Loksatta president Jayaprakash Narayan says there are "significant deficiencies" in the Lokpal bill tabled in parliament but these can be removed through debate. He is ... Read more...

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Hisar’s main contestants record massive hike in properties


October 12th, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) The three main contenders in the Hisar Lok Sabha by-election have accumulated large properties in the last two years, according to figures compiled by ... Read more...

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Yemen president to step down


October 8th, 2011 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS
Sana'a, Oct 8 (IANS) Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Saturday said he will leave power in the coming days, Xinhua reported.In a speech, addressed to a gathering of high-ranking ... Read more...

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US to release $1.5 bn in Libyan funds


August 26th, 2011 - 8:02 am ICT by IANS
United Nations, Aug 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The US will unfreeze $1.5 billion in Libyan assets to provide humanitarian aid to cash-strapped opposition forces fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi's regime, a ... Read more...

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