The Indian National Congress (abbreviated INC, and commonly known as the Congress) is one of the two major political parties in India, the other being the Bharatiya Janata Party. It is the largest and one of the oldest democratic political parties in the world. The party's modern liberal platform is largely considered center-left in the Indian political spectrum. Founded in 1885 by members of the occultist movement Theosophical Society—Allan Octavian Hume, Dadabhai Naoroji, Dinshaw Wacha, Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee, Surendranath Banerjee, Monomohun Ghose, Mahadev Govind Ranade and William Wedderburn—the Indian National Congress became the leader of the Indian Independence Movement, with over 15 million members and over 70 million participants in its struggle against British rule in India. After independence in 1947, it became the nation's dominant political party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi family for the most part; major challenges for party leadership have only recently formed.

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Sonia condoles death of noted singer Veena Sahasrabuddhe

New Delhi, July 1

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday condoled the passing away of celebrated classical singer Veena Sahasrabuddhe.

Jain appointed Meghalaya police chief

Shillong, June 30

Senior IPS officer Sunil Kumar Jain was appointed on Thursday as the acting chief of Meghalaya Police following the retirement from service of Rajiv Mehta.

Pay commission recommendations worst in 70 years: Congress

New Delhi, June 30

Terming the 7th Pay Commission recommendations the worst-ever, the Congress on Thursday said that it has left central government employees disappointed and the party will support them if they go on strike on the issue in July.

Dhingra commission seeks more time for Haryana land deals report

Chandigarh, June 30

Amid a fresh controversy over its legal validity, the one-man Justice S.N. Dhingra Commission of Inquiry set up by the Haryana government to probe controversial land deals in Gurgaon district has sought extension of time for six weeks to submit its report, state government sources said on Thursday.

China has 2,740 nature reserves

Beijing, June 30

China has 2,740 nature reserves, covering 1.47 million sq km, a State Council report said on Thursday.

ED quizzes Goa ex-CM for eight hours in bribery case

Panaji, June 30

Former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was questioned for around eight hours on Thursday by Enforcement Directorate officials in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.

Trinamool to launch 'Booth chalo' campaign in Tripura

Agartala, June 30

With an aim to oust the Left Front government in Tripura, the Trinamool Congress will organise "Booth chalo" (march to booth) campaign, party Vice President Mukul Roy said here on Thursday.

Justice Dhingra took favours from Haryana government: Congress

New Delhi, June 30

The inquiry into controversial land deals in Haryana including those of Robert Vadra has become vitiated because Justice S.N. Dhingra who headed it took "favours" from the state government, the Congress said on Thursday.

Will support 'disappointed' employees over pay panel: Congress

New Delhi, June 30

The Congress on Thursday said that central government employees are disappointed with the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations and it will support them if they go on strike on the issue in July.

Youth Congress supporters protest outside Kejriwal's house

New Delhi, June 30

Scores of supporters of the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress on Thursday staged a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence here over the "non-fulfilment of poll promises" and demanded his resignation.

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