Venkatesh Kesari

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Shukla, Meenakshi, Manish for young Cabinet?

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s “open indication” of a Cabinet reshuffle by reducing its average age has enthused young MPs. But it has given sleepless nights to the senior citizens in his Council of Ministers. The Prime Minister plans to undertake this exercise before the Winter Session of Parliament begins early November.

Non-Marathas lobby for post

Non-Marathas are lobbying hard for a post of Maharashtra PCC president after the successive victory of the party in the Lok Sabha the state Assembly polls since 2004.

Guessing game on AICC reshuffle begins

A guessing game has begun in the Congress whether the party chief Sonia Gandhi will reconstitute her AICC team before or after the Bihar Assembly polls expected in October-November this year.

PC, Sibal seem to grow isolated

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Cong may keep most PCC chiefs, nominations to be filed Sept. 2

The Congress wants there to be status quo in states. The current trend in the party is to “elect” Pradesh Congress Committee presidents without a contest. The state party units are expected to pass a one-line resolution authorising the Congress chief to nominate PCC presidents.

‘Unsure’ govt considered dropping nuclear bill till last minute

The government was unsure of consideration and passing of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill till 2.10 pm on Wednesday and even thought of dropping the bill after receiving “reports” of rethink in some non-UPA parties on supporting the piece of legislation in the Lok Sabha.

N-bill: Govt ready for floor test

The government is prepared for a floor test on the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill but it is unlikely to be passed without a deal with either the BJP or the Mandalite parties on Wednesday.

Pranab woos Opp. to get key bills passed

After dousing fires on price rise, the Bhopal gas leakage tragedy and alleged irregularities in the Commonwealth games inside Parliament, the government is all set to get the main Opposition BJP on board on the civil liability for nuclear damage bill.

Arjun statement puts Cong in quandary

Senior Congress leader Arjun Singh on Wednesday put the ball in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s court over Union Carbide Chief Warren Anderson. He suggested that the PM take up compensation and extradition of Anderson with US President Barack Obama during his visit to India in November.

Cong wary of Pawar labour body launch

The NCP’s attempts to get space among youth and the working class, especially industrial workers outside Maharashtra, have cautioned Congress managers.

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