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  • Following is the text of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s uncorrected speech in the Lok Sabha on corruption: 

    “PRIME MINISTER : Hon. Speaker Madam, I am very happy that at long last, the House had a debate on the issue of corruption. I thank all the Members who participated in this debate. 

  • With a number of party MPs raising questions on the handling of Anna Hazare issue, Finance Min Pranab Mukherjee will hold a special briefing for them in New Delhi on Thursday.

    The decision comes in the backdrop of sections of party leaders voicing reservations over the government's bill on Lokpal.

    Replying to questions about the meeting, AICC media department chief Janardan Dwivedi said, "It's a briefing of the party MPs by Pranab Mukherjee on the issue of Lokpal."

  • Hectic efforts to break the deadlock over Lokpal were on for the second day on Wednesday as Team Anna presented a fresh draft for consideration by the government.

    Even as both sides have differences on three contentious issues, Team Anna submitted a draft which will be taken to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the chief government negotiator, sources said.

    After the 90-minute meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, both sides maintained that the discussions were good but declined to go into specifics of their deliberations.

  • Accusing the party of not taking up seriously enough the issue of corruption, three BJP leaders including Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday offered to quit as Members of Parliament.

    Besides Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Uday Singh, MPs from Patnsaheb and Purnea respectively, sprung a surprise at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi to discuss the strategy for the ongoing session as also the all party meeting on the Lokpal issue convened on Wednesday.

  • The term ‘civil society,’ as wisely noted by Shri K. Ashok Rao, president, National Confederation of Officers’ Associations (NCOA), is an integral part of neo-con lexicon.

    It denotes a group created by Capital and supported by Corporate Media. In this scheme of things, campaigns launched by foreign-funded NGOs are ‘civil society’.

  • While condemning the short detention of Anna Hazare and his colleagues, it is nevertheless pertinent to understand what the Magsaysay Award really is, especially in the wake of the United States’ official support to the anti-corruption agitation led by three Magsaysay awardees (Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal).

  • The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA)  on Tuesday night discussed threadbare the issues that came up during the meeting between government and Anna Hazare team and the strategy to be adopted at all-party meet on Wednesday.

    A meeting of the Congress Core Group, the party's highest policy-making body, followed the CCPA at the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence.

  • Anna Hazare has said his campaign has not closed the door of dialogue with government, a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated it was open for discussion.

    "We have not closed the door of dialogue. We have kept it open. Only through dialogue the issues can be resolved," he told his supporters at Ramlila Ground on sixth day of his fast on Sunday.

    Hazare's fast demanding a strong Lokpal bill entered the sixth day on Sunday.

  • I, along with thousands of others, was present at India gate in Delhi on 17thAugust as we heeded the call of Anna Hazare,called by many as someone who is hell bent upon subverting the power of parliament, and marched to Jantar mantar sweating under the merciless sun. We were the same people who had elected these very parliamentarians and now we were marching against them.