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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Surrogacy Regulation Bill is mediaeval, says Congress

New Delhi, Aug 26

Dubbing the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2016, as "mediaeval and non-progressive", the Congress on Friday said the Centre should have discussed it with other political parties before approving it.

Amid infighting, Punjab convener refuses to leave AAP

Chandigarh, Aug 26

Differences between top leaders of the AAP's national leadership and the Punjab unit came out in the open on Friday with its Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur saying he won't leave the party on his own.

Renowned cardiologist K.S. Reddy undergoes by-pass surgery

Mumbai, Aug 26

Renowned cardiologist and President of the Public Health Foundation of India K. Srinath Reddy recently underwent a cardiac by-pass surgery at Mumbai's Asian Heart Institute, according to official sources.

Passengers of diverted plane on way to Newark: Minister

New Delhi, Aug 26

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Friday said passengers of an Air India flight, which was diverted to Kazakhstan, were on way to their original destination of Newark in the US.

CPI-M retains Tripura tribal autonomous council seat

Agartala, Aug 26

The ruling CPI-M on Friday retained the Tripura Tribal Areas Autononmous District Council (TTAADC) seat, defeating its nearest rival Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), with a slightly increased vote margin.

Meghalaya CM inducts two in cabinet to calm rebellion

Shillong, Aug 26

After months of internal bickering in the Congress in Meghalaya, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Friday inducted two senior party legislators in his cabinet after sacking two ministers.

Dodgy Punjab Police probes tarnish its reputation

Chandigarh, Aug 26
In the 1980s and 1990s it was said the Punjab Police, with its strong-arm tactics, could even make a monkey admit it was a tiger. But in the past 10 months, the force has been grappling with a situation where it is either unable to solve or is going overboard in investigating major crimes.

Rejig in Meghalaya cabinet, two ministers sacked

Shillong, Aug 25

For the first time in over three years, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma effected a minor rejig in the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA-II) government by axing two cabinet ministers.

Congress leaders cross over to Trinamool in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 25

Continuing the exodus from opposition parties to the Trinamool Congress, a host of Congress leaders and elected representatives switched over to West Bengal's ruling party on Thursday.

Rahul says stands by words on RSS; BJP hits back

New Delhi, Aug 25

A day after telling the Supreme Court he had not blamed the RSS as an organisation for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination but only people linked to it, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he stands by his comments and will never stop fighting the "hateful and divisive agenda" of the RSS.

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