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Bangladesh: Bomb explodes outside Indian president’s hotel in Dhaka

By Mon, Mar 04, 2013 6:54PM UTC 0 Comment

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police say a small homemade bomb exploded outside a hotel in the Bangladesh capital where visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is staying. Local police official Biplab Sarker said Pranab was not in the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel when Monday’s explosion happened. He said no one was hurt. The explosion comes amid...

Congress candidate wins India presidential vote

By Mon, Jul 23, 2012 11:37AM UTC 1 Comment

NEW DELHI (AP) — The candidate from India’s governing Congress party, former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, was declared winner Sunday in voting for the country’s president, a largely ceremonial position. Election official P.K. Agnihotri said Mukherjee, 76, had received more than twice as many votes as his rival in last Thursday’s balloting by national and...

India’s political fixer set to become president

By Thu, Jul 19, 2012 10:43AM UTC 0 Comment

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s political fix-it man is preparing to rise above the fray. Pranab Mukherjee, who whipped coalition partners into shape and quelled scandals as the Congress party’s chief firefighter for years, seems likely to leave all that behind and become India’s figurehead president in an election Thursday. “Eight years he has been...

Manmohan-Sonia: The relationship is unlikely to heat up

By Thu, Jun 28, 2012 4:07PM UTC 0 Comment

Ever since the Congress party nominated Pranab Mukherjee as its candidate for the presidential polls there has been a gaggle in sections of the Indian media. It suggested that with an old style politician out of the way, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be back to ‘Big Ticket’ reforms that had been held up...

India’s next President – the emerging scenario – VII

By Fri, Jun 22, 2012 12:24PM UTC 0 Comment

The seventh part in serial posts in the run-up to India’s Presidential and Vice Presidential elections 2012. Unless there are dramatic developments, the race for the Indian Presidential House – Rashtrapati Bhavan – will remain a two-horse canter with one clearly trundling along. At the stage where the election for India’s 13th President is poised,...