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Five days before the Manmohan Singh government faced a crucial vote of confidence on the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal in 2008, a political aide to Congress leader Satish Sharma showed a U.S. Embassy employee “two chests containing cash” he said was part of a bigger fund of Rs. 50 crore to Rs. 60 crore that the party had assembled to purchase the support of MPs. The aide also claimed the four MPs belonging to Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal had already been paid Rs. 10 crore each to ensure they voted the right way on the floor of the Lok Sabha.

Wikileaks Cables say: "For the Congress government, the execution presents a significant electoral dilemma. Congress sources tell us that if the UPA grants a pardon for Afzal or stalls his execution, the Congress Party will be portrayed by BJP leaders as weak on national security. If, however, the President lets him hang, some fear Congress may lose support from their traditional Muslim vote block on a national scale."

Unabated Naxal violence poses a serious threat to the country’s internal security. In 2010, as compared to the previous year, there was a small decrease in the number of Naxal incidents, but the number of deaths of civilians went up.

Presenting the budget 2011-12 in the Lok Sabha today, the Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that the budget is a transition towards a more transparent and result oriented economic management system in India. 

No hike in the passenger fare and freight rate has been proposed in the Railway Budget 2011-12. The Budget with highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 57,630 crore will have Rs. 9,583 crore for new railway lines and significant funds for passenger amenities.

Read the complete text of the address by The Hon'ble President of India, Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil, to Parliament prior to the budget session on February 21, 2011.

The Dawoodi Bohra community has organized a trade exhibition – ‘Burhani Trade Expo: 2011’ in Ahmedabad, to celebrate centenary birthday of their spiritual leader Dr. Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin. Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi while inaugurating the expo today called upon the Dawoodi Bohra people to transform the centenary celebration into a social welfare movement where the entire community works for the good of the society. 

Bharatiya Janata Party patriarch Lal Krishna Advani's  letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi about naming her family in the party task force's report on illegal Swiss bank accounts has set tongues wagging in the political circles. So what did Sonia say to Advani that he made him regret his remarks? 

The BJP Memorandum to President Pratibha Patil says: "Thousands of crores corruption in the North East States has affected the life of people. Development is suffering.  Chief Minister, Ministers, Executive have been charged for corruption.  Resources/funds of social welfare schemes, public distribution system are misappropriated, embezzled. Hardly 15% of the eligible poor, bpl families are getting foodgrain of PDS in north east. Rice to be distributed through public distribution system goes straight to black market and Bangladesh from FCI godowns.  Transport contractors are none other than the family members of Ministers."

 

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