CHANDIGARH: The politically-appointed chairmen and trustees of the Improvement Trusts across Punjab have been relieved with immediate effect.      Disclosing this today, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu categorically said he has taken this decision to ensure greater transparency and efficiency in the working of these Trusts.      He said the trusts will now be headed by Administrators (Deputy Commissioners/SDMs) appointed by the government till further order...
The U.S. Capitol. (John F. Kelly/The Washington Post) As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed that if elected he would use his business talents to make the best deals for the American people. But as president, Trump’s first foray into dealmaking failed miserably with the demise last week of the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. What went wrong? Real estate deals and legislative deals are quite different — and Trump’s business experience is ill-suited for work with Congr...
Richard Branson isn’t shy about his political views. (GeekWire Photo / John Cook) Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson is clearly unhappy with President Donald Trump – and he thinks that a different sort of business leader, such as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would have been much better for America. But the way Branson sees it, even Bloomberg may have a problem now. “There is a danger that Trump will have blown it for any business person to ever follow into the Whi...
A German politician has admitted selling illegal Nazi relics, including concentration camp money. Rudolf Müller, 65, is an antiques dealer turned leading member of Germany’s nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. He is due to take up one of three seats won by the AfD in the 51-member parliament of Saarland, Germany’s smallest state which borders France, following an election on Sunday. Müller told Stern magazine that he was unaware it was illegal to sell lagergeld currency fr...
The life of a celebrity is not easy all over the world.  Any mistake or decision no matter how little can cause you a lot. In Ghana, celebrities have gotten themselves in a couple of issues all because of politics, with the latest being John Dumelo. Below are some celebrities who have had issues because of politics. 1. John Dumelo. Aside being castigated for supporting the NDC, news got out last week that he’s been caught in possession of some government vehicles reported missing. JohnDu...
Uber is at the center of a brewing political row in London involving former UK prime minister David Cameron and his chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne. According to the Daily Mail, aides working in Cameron’s government allegedly tried to stop attempts by former Mayor of London Boris Johnson to halt the rampant growth of the US taxi firm in the British capital. The paper said Uber pays only 1% tax in the UK and is guilty of clogging up London’s roads with thousands of Toyota Prius car...
HBO Girls‘ Star and Hillary Clinton aficionado Lena Dunham is becoming more woke every day. This weekend, Dunham tweeted: “Let’s say PC no longer means political correctness—it’s Powerful Consideration. Proactive Compassion. Cuz that’s what we’re all trying for.” Let's say PC no longer means political correctness–it's Powerful Consideration. Proactive Compassion. Cuz that's what we're all trying for. — Lena Dunham (@lenad...
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R- Wis.) last week announced the decision to pull the Republican health-care bill.(Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post) The failure of the American Health Care Act is a stunning moment. The failure was not just a one-off event that can be blamed on President Trump, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) or any specific politician. It is the culminating event in a broader process of “political fragmentation” that I have been writing about for several yea...
Here is a timeline of how the slipper has formed an important weapon of making a political statement over the years. Sycophancy tool 1976: N D Tiwari is said to have carried Sanjay Gandhi’s slippers at the heights of the Emergency. Once the dark days were over, the episode became synonymous with the dynastic culture of Congress 2010: Maharashtra minister Ramesh Bagwe picks up Rahul Gandhi’s shoes, as the scion pays homage at an Ambedkar’s statue in Mumbai. People harked back ...
British politicians have voted to stop printing all new laws on calf skin, ending a tradition which dates back five centuries to the reign of King Henry VIII. The House of Lords, which oversees the printing of copies of parliamentary legislation for the archives, has been lobbying for the change. Some of its members claim that if laws are printed on paper instead it will save the public purse £80,000. In reality, this represents a tiny fraction of the annual parliamentary budget. The decision t...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban stepped to the podium on Tuesday looking to make a point. Speaking to reporters following the Crimson Tide’s first spring practice, Saban became a little agitated when asked if the Crimson Tide would return to a more “ball-control” offense under new coordinator Brian Daboll. Saban shot down the notion of the Crimson Tide’s offense slowing down its pace. In his response, he also managed to rant about the NCAA and politics. ...
CHANDIGARH: Political strategist Prashant Kishor has got some belated praise from the Congress, with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh saying his team's "work was absolutely critical to the victory". "Fully endorse this! As I have said many times before, PK and his team and their work was absolutely critical to our victory in Punjab! (sic)", he wrote on Twitter. His tweet came days after a UP Congress leader pasted a poster outside the party office in Lucknow o...
The death of former IRA commander turned deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness (pictured) has been welcomed by the British Conservative Party politician Lord Tebbit. Lord Tebbit, whose wife Margaret was left paralysed by the IRA in 1984 after the terrorist group planted a bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, said the “world is a sweeter place” as a result of McGuinness’ death from a heart condition at the age of 66. The bomb, which was intended to murder Marga...
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Rights activist Irom Sharmila, who is spending a post-election sabbatical in Kerala, said on Monday that the people of Manipur are hypnotised by the system of money and muscle-power based electoral politics. Participating in a meet-the-press programme organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists' Trust here, she reiterated her resolve to quit politics, but added that she wanted her political outfit—the Peoples' Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA)—to su...
Have the ripples of the Narendra Modi wave that began in Uttar Pradesh travelled right up to Tamil Nadu? Here are a few straws in the wind. Modi’s representatives in the past few weeks helped quickly bring closure to at least three major issues — the Neduvasal agitation, unrest following the killing of a fishermen in mid-sea by the Sri Lankan navy and the alleged suicide of a JNU scholar hailing from Salem. Such decisive intervention by the BJP has not happened so far in Tamil Nadu. ...
A British politician who was lambasted by feminists for referring to the women employees in his office as ‘girls’ has had the last laugh. Sir Roger Gale gave an interview to the BBC about the controversy of MPs hiring relatives to work for them in their offices – a system which has been subject to abuse in the past. But instead of commenting on what he had to say about that important matter, Sir Roger was condemned by some feminist listeners for being sexist. However, in a neat twi...
When drama happens to collide uncannily with shifts in the political landscape, the effect can be spectacular. Think of the political intrigue in the original British TV drama version of House of Cards being broadcast when Margaret Thatcher was days away from dramatically resigning (or indeed of the US-Russian subplots currently depicted in Netflix’s current House of Cards).  The political cocktail can be potently served up in theatre too. Look at 1960s musical Hair which embodied the...
When it comes to socially conscious and preternaturally good looking world leaders, Canadian prime minister and certified dreamboat Justin Trudeau might have some new competition from none other than Jesse Klaver, a progressive young politician from the Netherlands that some are dubbing the “Dutch Trudeau.” While Klaver, known to his Green Left supporters as “the Jessiah,” says he wants a more “centre-left government” so he might not be on the same political...
United Nations: The number of women in executive government and in Parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only marginal improvements since 2015, according to data presented in the Women in Politics 2017 Map launched on Thursday by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women.  India was placed at 148 in representation of women in executive government. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, has called for reservations for women across the world. The data showed that women made...
WILL no one stand up for the Dutch cosmopolitan elite? For many observers of this week’s election in the Netherlands there was only one story: the fate of Geert Wilders, the bottle-blond nativist who wants to ban the Koran and exit the European Union. Rare was the bar in Limburg, Mr Wilders’s home province, left unmolested by journalists expecting Dutch voters to deliver a populist hat-trick, following the triumphs of Brexit and Donald Trump. The young, educated urbanites of Amsterdam’s Ca...