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India's embattled ruling Congress to release poll manifesto NEW DELHI: India's floundering ruling Congress party will make a last ditch bid Wednesday to stave off defeat at national elections, releasing its manifesto expected to focus on access to health care and other pro-poor policies.Congress boss Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are set to announce the manifesto amid fanfare at the party's headquarters in New Delhi later Wednesday.The manifesto is an attempt to win over millions of voters ahead of the world's biggest elections starting on April 7, when Congress are almost certain to suffer a crushing loss after a decade in power.Local media said Wednesday the manifesto included welfare policies that have been a hallmark of the current Congress government as it vies for a third term against the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It was expected to focus on the right to decent and affordable health care and job quotas for disadvantaged ...

Blasts heard near home of Afghan presidential candidate: witness, police KABUL: Two explosions were heard Tuesday close to the Kabul home of Afghan presidential election candidate Ashraf Ghani, police and a witness said.Ghani, a former World Bank economist, is seen as a leading runner for the April 5 poll, which the Taliban have vowed to disrupt with violence.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
India minister asks people to vote twice NEW DELHI: An Indian cabinet minister found himself at the centre of a vote-rigging row on Monday, after he asked supporters to vote twice for his party in elections which begin next month. Speaking at a rally on Sunday, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar urged voters to wash off the ink which would be daubed on their fingers after they cast their ballots and then go to a different constituency and vote again for his National ...
Election observers pull foreign staff out of Afghanistan KABUL: Two major foreign election observer and support missions have pulled staff out of Afghanistan after a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel, observers said on Sunday, in a move which could undermine confidence in the outcome of the crucial vote. The April 5 vote is less than two weeks away and could mark the country's first democratic transfer of power. Many fear a repeat of the widespread fraud that discredited the poll in ...
'Increasing hope' of solving MH370 mystery: Australian PM SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott voiced increasing hope Sunday of discovering the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the 239 people on board after unidentified debris was sighted in the search zone."It's still too early to be definite, but obviously we have now had a number of very credible leads and there is increasing hope -- no more than hope, no more than hope -- that we might be on the road to ...
Police intervene as Chinese anger mounts over fate of MH370 BEIJING: Police were forced to intervene on Saturday as relatives of Chinese passengers aboard vanished Flight MH370 rushed towards Malaysian officials at a Beijing hotel, demanding answers over the fate of their loved ones.The confrontation at the Lido Hotel came as the search for the missing jet entered its third week, with many clinging to the hope that family members might still be alive and alleging Malaysian involvement in a cover-up.A total of 153 Chinese ...
Maldives police probe reports of MH370 sighting NEW DELHI: Police in the Maldives are probing reports that islanders in the tourism paradise saw a "low-flying jumbo jet" on the day the missing Malaysia Airlines plane vanished.In a statement released late Tuesday, police said they were investigating a report on the Haveeru news website that local residents had spotted a large plane flying over the remote southern island of Kuda Huvadhoo on March 8. "The police are looking into the reports in the ...


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