Sonia Gandhi turns 66  

New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi turned 66 today as jubilant party workers in large numbers thronged outside 10 Janpath, her official residence, to greet their leader. The Congress workers distributed sweets on the occasion amid beating of drums and bursting of crackers.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a number of Union ministers and senior party leaders had greeted Gandhi yesterday itself. Members of the Congress Working Committee and Union ministers including Sushil Kumar Shinde, Beni Prasad Verma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal, Janardan Dwivedi and Motilal Vora had visited her 10 Janpath residence to greet Gandhi on Saturday evening. Sources said Gandhi has some engagements today due which the leaders willing to meet her were given time yesterday itself. A number of Chief Ministers and state Congress leaders including Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Andhra Pradesh Kiran Kumar Reddy wished her on the occasion.

Positive talks are on with China over border dispute: Khurshid  

Farrukhabad : “Positive” talks are on with China over the border dispute, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said, hoping that desired results would be achieved. “Positive talks are going on over the border dispute with China and we hope that desired results would come from them,” Khurshid, who was here in his parliamentary constituency, told reporters yesterday. He hoped that the new leadership in China will facilitate bilateral talks. On the fate of Sarabjit Singh, who has been sentenced to death in Pakistan, after the execution of 26/11 Mumbai carnage convict Ajmal Kasab, he said the two cases were totally different. “Kasab was a terrorist whom Pakistan was not ready to accept as its citizen and also did not claim his body while we have been accepting Sarabjit as our national right from the beginning,” he said. “Sarabjit is in Pakistani jail for 20 years now and in this way he has already completed the term of life sentence…We had talked to Pakistan on his death sentence following which it has been put on hold,” Khurshid said.

Policies of Centre, Guj govt benefiting corporates: Mayawati

Rajkot : Accusing the Congress-led UPA government at Centre and Narendra Modi government in Gujarat of coming to power on the “financial muscle power” of corporates, BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday attributed the surge in corruption to “anti-poor and anti-Dalit” policies. “Congress at Centre and BJP in Gujarat came to power with the financial help of a few industrialists and their policies are tilted in favour of corporates,” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said while addressing a poll meeting at Shastri Maidan here. BSP has fielded 163 candidates for the 182 Gujarat Assembly seats going to polls on December 13 and 17.

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