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Dantewada: Goods train derailed, Naxal hands suspected        Never planned to meet Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in Delhi: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan        GST rides on federalism: Narendra Modi        15 Killed, 10 Injured as Tractor-trolley Falls Into Canal in Telangana        Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving ends officially        White House spokesperson Sanders says she was kicked out of restaurant        Germany: Huge explosion rips through apartment building, leaves 25 injured        Hat-trick hero Kane helps England reach knockouts after beating Panama 6-1        Roger Federer loses No.1 spot as Borna Coric stuns him in Halle Open final        Federer beats Kudla to reach 12th Halle final        Hockey: Clinical India crush Pakistan 4-0 in CT opener        Infosys stable and on verge of something momentous: Nilekani        Boko Haram raid kills five in Nigeria: residents        Musharraf says he has not quit politics        AP will be torn apart if 'monkey gangs' come to power: CM        Congress neglected development of cities: PM        BJP will not allow Kashmir to get disintegrated from India: Shah        Wary of hacks, World Cup teams get serious on cybersecurity        You pass YoYo test, you play for India, says Shastri, Kohli endorses        Prof Debashis Chatterjee assumes charge as Director of IIM-K        
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International News
US Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi beats Krishna Menon's record with 8-hour speechathon
 
(WASHINGTON, Jan 30, 2018):Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi set a record on Wednesday by speaking for more than eight hours on the subject of immigration, eclipsing a previous world landmark on speeches widely credited to Indian diplomat and defense minister VK Krishna Menon, who addressed the United Nations in January 1957 for seven hours and 48 minutes on the Kashmir issue.

Pelosi, who is 78, began speaking at 10:04 am Washington time on Wednesday and finished her speech at 6:11 p.m. local time, eight hours and seven minutes after she began, eclipsing what Congressional historians said was the previous House record of five-hour and 15-minute speech about a tariff overhaul given in 1909 by a Missouri House member.

But a broader search beyond Washington DC brought into play Menon, whose speakathon at the UN stretched across two days (23 and 24 January 1957) in two sessions of five hours and two hours 48 minutes, between which he had to be hospitalized briefly for exhaustion. Fidel Castro is generally credited with the second longest speech - a four and half hour (269 minutes) effort at the General Assembly on 26 September 1960.
Pelosi comfortably eclipse both even though she struggled just after the five-hour mark, sniffing repeatedly from what she suggested was an allergic reaction to the dust from the House carpeting. She regrouped as she wiped her nose and joked that she expected to get hungry or thirsty, not get a red nose from dust. "I never thought I'd get sniffles from the rug," she said, telling her fellow lawmakers, "But I can handle it if you can." They barely hung in, even though they had the liberty to drift in and out of the House.

House rules allowed the party leader's one-minute speech time to be extended indefinitely as long as she did not sit down or even take a restroom break. The 78-year old California lawmaker, who was been criticized in some quarters for being too "old" to bear the mantle of Democratic leadership in Congress, was on her feet and spoke without pause for eight hours - in four-inch heels, someone noted — except to sip water occasionally.

Speaking primarily on the so-called Dreamers, people brought into the US illegally as children, Pelosi, supplied by a stream of notes from her staff, read scores of stories about their hopes, aspirations, and fears after President Trump last year announced the end of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gave them temporary status in the United States.

Rescinding DACA will affect some 800,000 Dreamers, including hundreds of young Indian adults who face the threat of deportation. In fact, scores of Indian Dreamers began gathering on Capitol Hill on Thursday to draw attention to the plight of legal high-skilled immigrants stuck in decades long employment based green card backlog. Under the banner of Skilled Immigrants in America, they will be visiting dozens of Senators and Congressmen to raise awareness on an issue that has convulsed U.S politics.

Pelosi herself is from California, and her constituency (12th Congressional District) includes the immigrant heavy and 80-per cent Democrat-leaning San Francisco city and suburbs. A Democrat win in the nationwide midterm elections to the House in November will return her to the Speakership, a post that is second in line of succession to the White House (after the vice-president).


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Boko Haram raid kills five in Nigeria: residents
Musharraf says he has not quit politics
UN slams Trump over child detentions
Trump tells GOP to 'stop wasting their time' on immigration
Turkey hits back at Trump, imposes tariffs on US goods worth $1.8 bn
Israeli Prime Minister's wife charged with fraud
Iran lawyer arrested after claiming executed man innocent
UK PM calls US images of migrant children 'deeply disturbing'
Merkel, Macron search for reforms to halt EU 'disintegration'
S Korea, US confirm suspending military drills
Iraq force accuses US of killing 22 of its fighters in Syria
Merkel gets ultimatum from hardline ally over migrants
Nigeria: 31 people killed in twin suicide blasts
1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting
Pakistan SC bars Musharraf from contesting election
N Korea no longer a nuclear threat: Trump
Former president Maldives and chief justice sentenced for obstruction of justice
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
I am a big flop actor: Karan Johar
 (Mumbai, May 5, 2018): Filmmaker Karan Johar is in mood to take up full-fledged acting jobs.  
Bittersweet moment for us: Akshaye on Vinod Khanna's Dadasaheb Phalke honour
Happy Sonam is getting married, Anand a great guy: Harshvardhan Kapoor
Auctioning 'Rustom' costume for good cause: Akshay Kumar
KERALA NEWS
Kerala among 13 states on thunderstorm alert
 (New Delhi, May 7, 2018): Thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likel
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Malappuram press club attack: RSS workers nabbed
Workers injured in mudslide at construction site
NATIONAL NEWS
Dantewada: Goods train derailed, Naxal hands suspected
 (Dantewada, June 24, 2018):Eight coaches and engine of a goods train travelling through Dante
GST rides on federalism: Narendra Modi
15 Killed, 10 Injured as Tractor-trolley Falls Into Canal in Telangana
AP will be torn apart if 'monkey gangs' come to power: CM
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