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Thursday, November 08, 2007


In 1884, at the annual convention of the Theosophical Society at Adyar in Madras, Mr. Allan Octavian Hume laid bare to his friends his plan to organize the Congress.  The first session, of the Congress took place in Bombay on the 28th December 1885, with Mr. W. C. Bnnerjee, the doyen of the Calcutta Bar in the chair.  72 delegates came from different parts of the country and most important among them were Dadabhai Naoroji, Ranade, Pherozeshah Mehta K.T. Telang, Dinshaw Wacha, etc. 

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The Indian National Congress, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, Sadar Vallabhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, etc. led the country to independence in 1947.

The Congress (I) was born in 1978, after a split in the INC over leadership issues. The party has remained one of the main political players in India.  It formed government at the Center in 1991, under Shri P V Narasimha Rao, and initiated the economic reforms.  In May 2004, Congress and its allies stormed back to power, under the leadership of Ms. Sonia Gandhi and replaced the BJP-led NDA.  The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), has Dr. Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister.

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Events in Pakistan have overshadowed recent developments in Sri Lanka and its impact in Tamil Nadu. (The Other Crisis, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 08, 2007)

The Congress today targeted Shibu Soren for the rift within the UPA, accusing the JMM chief of “too much interference” in the government’s functioning. (Cong Puts Rift Blame On ‘Meddling’ Soren, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The UPA-Left panel on the nuclear deal is unlikely to meet on November 16. Indications are that the next sitting could be held early next month. (Cloud On N-Panel Meet , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Warning that terrorism could trigger disasters across borders, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that the modern societies must prepare to come together to deal with manmade disasters, be they industrial disasters or disasters caused by terrori (Pm: Terror Threat Can Trigger Disasters, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Apparently not to spoil the festive mood ahead of Diwali, the Congress-led UPA government has put off till at least next week a decision on raising fuel prices, despite global crude price nearing $100 a barrel. (No Fuel Hike Till After Diwali, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today agreed that human rights violations were rampant in the Kashmir valley and custodial disappearances were also prevalent before the Congress took over the reins from the PDP two years ago. (Human Rights Violations Have Declined, Claims Azad , Tribune, Tejinder Singh Sodhi, Nov 08, 2007)

Participating in his first meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Rahul Gandhi made a strong plea for injecting greater flexibility in the guidelines for AICC membership. (Cong To Amend Its Constitution , Tribune, Anita Katyal, Nov 08, 2007)

Betting on cricket is passe. The latest craze among punters is the on-going drama on government formation in Karnataka! (Punters Betting On Yeddy As Cm , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Nandigram is still burning but a consensus is eluding not only the Left Front but also the CPM on how to bring peace back. (Bullets In Turf War, Potshots In Party, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

With no signs of Left giving way on the India-US nuclear deal and expectations in the PMO of a shift in BJP's opposition to the pact proving unfounded, the November 17 AICC session will have just one omnibus political resolution which will mention . . . . (Congress To Play Down Us-India Nuclear Deal At Aicc, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

As the National Conference (NC) stepped up its village-to-village campaign in Bhaderwah, the hometown of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress leaders ultimately came out to counter rivals' propaganda by highlighting achievements of the son of the soil who . . . . (Cong Workers Campaign To Counter Oppn Propaganda , Tribune, Dinesh Manhotra, Nov 08, 2007)

Violence broke out in Nandigram on Wednesday as rival groups traded gunfire and hurled bombs leaving two persons injured while two of those injured on Tuesday succumbed on Wednesday, taking the toll to four. (Death Toll In Nandigram Violence Rises To Four , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Farmers angered over the compulsory seizure of land in eastern India clashed with supporters of communist state authorities for a third day Wednesday, leaving four more people dead, the government said. (4 Killed As Farmers, Communists Clash Over Land Takeover For , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Farmers displeased with the compulsory seizure of their lands in eastern India clashed with supporters of state authorities for a third day Wednesday. Four more people killed. (4 Farmers Killed In Continuing Farmer-Authority Fights, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Now that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) have backed up with firm numbers their case for forming a new government in Karnataka, the Central government is left with no constitutional option but to revoke President’s Rule. (It’S A Numbers Game, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Nov 08, 2007)

Expressing its deep concern at the recurrence of violence in Nandigram, the CPM today said those who continue to project the trouble in Nandigram as a land issue were deliberately covering up disruptive activities aimed at the physical elimination of poli (Maoists Behind Violence: Cpm , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Congress Working Committee on Wednesday approved proposals to amend the party constitution to weed out bogus membership and allow for larger participation by delegates in AICC sessions. (Congress To Weed Out Bogus Membership, Hindu, GARGI PARSAI, Nov 08, 2007)

The United Progressive Alliance government has deferred oil price hike for the present. (Increase In Oil Price Deferred For Now, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Basu favours postponement of fresh deployment; ready for talks with Mamata (Left Front Discusses Crpf Deployment, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Landmine blasts point to Maoists, says CPI(M) (Nandigram: Sporadic Violence Continues, Hindu, Marcus Dam, Nov 08, 2007)

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