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Congress: Election for new president becomes challenging, Rahul Gandhi reluctant to contest polls
India

Congress: Election for new president becomes challenging, Rahul Gandhi reluctant to contest polls

Congress tried to persuade Rahul and considers Priyanka as the second option. If not, Sonia Gandhi will be asked to stay till 2024 for the sake of party unity, claim sources

President Murmu, PM Modi pay tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on death anniversary
India

President Murmu, PM Modi pay tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on death anniversary

President Murmu, Vice-President Dhankhar, PM Modi and a host of other dignitaries paid tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his fourth death anniversary on Tuesday.

Explained: Why the Tricolour is hoisted on Independence Day but unfurled on Republic Day
Explainers

Explained: Why the Tricolour is hoisted on Independence Day but unfurled on Republic Day

The national flag flies high on Independence Day as well as Republic Day. However, there are key differences between the two — the prime minister 'hoists' the Tiranga, whereas the President 'unfurls' it

Sri Lanka: New Provisions added in constitutional amendment bill to curb presidential powers
World

Sri Lanka: New Provisions added in constitutional amendment bill to curb presidential powers

The former President Rajapaksa wanted to retain the power to sack the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Since his departure, we have changed that so the President can't remove them, said the Justice Minister

Explained: The elections for Kenya's president and why this vote matters
Explainers

Explained: The elections for Kenya's president and why this vote matters

Opposition leader and top candidate Raila Odinga is in his fifth run for the presidency, supported by his former rival Uhuru Kenyatta. The other candidate is Kenyatta’s deputy William Ruto. The result for the election will be announced on 9 August

Sri Lanka's new president Ranil Wickremesinghe seeks unity government to save economy
World

Sri Lanka's new president Ranil Wickremesinghe seeks unity government to save economy

Wickremesinghe took office earlier this month after public anger over the island nation's worst economic crisis forced his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country and quit

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh calls on President Droupadi Murmu
India

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh calls on President Droupadi Murmu

On 22 July, Murmu registered a historic win over her rival Yashwant Sinha in the Presidential election, becoming the first woman tribal candidate and the second woman in the country to occupy the highest office in the country

Sri Lanka: President Ranil Wickremesinghe invites all parties to form national government
World

Sri Lanka: President Ranil Wickremesinghe invites all parties to form national government

Wickremesinghe also proposed to start a dialogue with parties on the reintroduction of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which pruned presidential powers by empowering Parliament above the executive president

Presidential and VP polls have left Opposition more vulnerable than before
Opinion

Presidential and VP polls have left Opposition more vulnerable than before

While the BJP has used these elections to strengthen its hands ahead of the upcoming state polls and the 2024 general elections, its moves have weakened the Opposition considerably

In first return to Washington, former president Donald Trump hints at 2024 White House run
World

In first return to Washington, former president Donald Trump hints at 2024 White House run

Trump stopped short of declaring his candidacy, but laid out what he believed should be the priorities for the 'next Republican president'

Opposition parties write to President; allege 'misuse' of central agencies by government
India

Opposition parties write to President; allege 'misuse' of central agencies by government

The leaders also raised the issue of the 'stubborn attitude' of the government, which is not allowing an urgent discussion on the issue of price rise and GST hike

Droupadi Murmu to take oath as President on Monday followed by 21 gun salute
India

Droupadi Murmu to take oath as President on Monday followed by 21 gun salute

Murmu, 64, scripted history on Thursday after defeating Opposition Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha in a one-sided contest

Droupadi Murmu as President reinforces the new Bahujan that the BJP has put together
India

Droupadi Murmu as President reinforces the new Bahujan that the BJP has put together

The new Bahujan is more successful than the politics of Dalit integration that the Congress practised decades back

Dinesh Gunawardena appointed as Sri Lankan prime minister
World

Dinesh Gunawardena appointed as Sri Lankan prime minister

Dinesh Gunawardena, a veteran political leader, was appointed as prime minister by his schoolmate and now President Ranil Wickremesinghe

More uncertainty in Europe as Italy government implodes, premier Mario Draghi heads to President
World

More uncertainty in Europe as Italy government implodes, premier Mario Draghi heads to President

Draghi's government imploded Wednesday after members of his uneasy coalition rebuffed his appeal to band back together to finish the legislature's natural term

Sri Lanka crisis: Three candidates in the fray to replace former president Rajapaksa
World

Sri Lanka crisis: Three candidates in the fray to replace former president Rajapaksa

The winner will take charge of a bankrupt nation that is in talks with the IMF for a bailout, with its 22 million people enduring severe shortages of food, fuel and medicines

'Will the real president please stand up?' Sri Lanka's political chaos sows worries for recovery
World

'Will the real president please stand up?' Sri Lanka's political chaos sows worries for recovery

The political ruckus has deepened worries that solutions to the crisis, including a crucial assistance from the International Monetary Fund, may be delayed

Podcast: How does India choose its President?
India

Podcast: How does India choose its President?

The president is chosen by members of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and members of state legislative Assemblies as well as Delhi and Puducherry

President polls 2022: Droupadi Murmu to meet BJP MLAs in Ahmedabad on 17 July
Politics

President polls 2022: Droupadi Murmu to meet BJP MLAs in Ahmedabad on 17 July

Opposition nominee for the Presidential polls, Yashwant Sinha, visited Gujarat on 8 July to seek the support of Congress MLAs

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to be re-elected YSR Congress chief on 9 July
Politics

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to be re-elected YSR Congress chief on 9 July

The election will take place this afternoon on the concluding day of the YSRC's two-day plenary after the party constitution is amended to enable Jagan's election as president for a lifetime