Prasad remarks part of well-planned attack on India's secular character: CPI

CPI on Thursday condemned Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's "pernicious" proposal for a debate on the relevance of words 'socialist' and 'secular' in the preamble of the Constitution, saying this is a "well planned concerted attack" on the secular character of the nation.

'Committed to secularism; wouldn't remove the word,': Naidu

Observing that secularism was in the blood of Indian people, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said the government was "committed to secularism and it didn't think of removing it" from the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.

Govt under fire for debate talk on Shiv Sena's Preamble demand

The NDA government on Thursday came under attack from ally PMK over its willingness for a debate on whether the words "socialist and secular" should be in the Preamble to the Constitution after a demand by key ally Shiv Sena's for its removal that was dubbed as "worrying".

Manjhi, Tushar Gandhi attack Shiv Sena on its Preamble demand

Shiv Sena's demand to remove the words 'secular' and 'socialist' from the Preamble of the Constitution Thursday drew flak from Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson Tushar Gandhi.

India celebrates 66th Republic Day

India is celebrating its 66th Republic Day on Monday. The biggest of the celebrations will be held at the Rajpath where the country's military might and cultural diversity will be showcased.

Nepal lawmakers to vote on charter despite opposition fury

Nepal`s parliamentary speaker Sunday announced plans for a vote on a new national constitution to end a political deadlock, sparking fresh anger from opposition lawmakers.

Nepal to vote on Constitution, opposition calls for protests

Nepal's Constituent Assembly Chairman on Sunday took a step towards voting on the Constitution setting aside opposition demands of consensus for framing the document, even as the Maoists-led alliance vowed fresh protests against the move, deepening the political turmoil.

Nepal constitution logjam remains, lawmakers intensify stir

 Nepal's opposition lawmakers led by Maoists today intensified their protests over a new constitution leading to fresh chaos in parliament, a day after the House missed the deadline to promulgate the new statute.

Nepal to miss constitution deadline amid continuing confusion

 Nepali lawmakers were Wednesday set to miss a self-imposed deadline for promulgation of the country`s new constitution after the various political parties failed to reach a consensus on key issues eluding a resolution.

Nepal: Opposition turns violent inside Parliament

Opposition politicians threw chairs and attacked the parliamentary speaker during a violent general strike in Nepal on Tuesday that was aimed at blocking the government from pushing through a draft of a new constitution.

Nepal MPs brawl as anger over constitution boils over

 Fighting broke out in Nepal`s parliament Tuesday, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers as tensions ran high ahead of a deadline to complete a new national constitution.

Nepal's Maoist chief warns of 'conflict' over charter

Nepal's Maoist leader warned on Monday of "conflict" if ruling parties try to push through a constitution by a Thursday deadline without opposition agreement, and promised to press ahead with a general strike.

Nepali lawmakers submit signatures demanding voting

More than two-thirds of lawmakers in Nepal`s Constituent Assembly on Friday petitioned chairman Subhas Chandra Nembang to promulgate the country`s new Constitution through voting.

'Nepal parties must put aside interests for new constitution'

 The United Nations on Wednesday asked Nepal's warring political parties to put aside their narrow interests and focus on writing a new constitution that is based on a broad consensus and inclusiveness.

Implement solemn assurances given in Constitution: President Pranab

 President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday asked the civil servants to implement solemn assurances given in the Constitution which guarantees justice, liberty and equality for all during their services.

Govt to start wider consultations on Uniform Civil Code

Government Friday said it will move on implementation of the controversial Uniform Civil Code as per the spirit of the Constitution and will start at the earliest the process wider consultations for a consensus.

Nepal Constitution drafting possible within deadline: CA chairman

 The chairman of Nepal's Constituent Assembly today asked political parties to make "sincere efforts" in reaching consensus on Constitution drafting and expressed confidence that a January deadline for promulgating the statuette was possible.

No Nepal constitution without consensus, says Prachanda

 CPN-Maoist leader Prachanda on Saturday warned that it would not be possible to draft the new Nepal Constitution without consensus from all the political parties.

Bhattarai submits Constitution committee's report to Parliament

Amidst serious differences among political parties regarding the key issues of Nepal's new Constitution, a crucial report was on Friday submitted to the Constituent Assembly for discussions on the statute, to be promulgated by January next year.

Constitution does not permit coins with religious symbols: Delhi HC

 The Delhi High Court on Wednesday questioned the Centre's step to commemorate religious events by issuing coins having pictures of deities embossed on them observing that "our Constitution does not permit this".