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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).


For the first time in 226, woman to lead the NYSE
Now, it's India vs Pakistan over Kishanganga project at World Bank
Afghanistan blast: 16 killed, 38 wounded in southern Kandahar province
Venezuelan Prez Nicolas Maduro wins re-election
Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes
Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors 'critical'
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle declared husband and wife
8 killed in explosions at Afghanistan stadium
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Trump offers Kim no toppling pledge for giving up nukes
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Melania Trump undergoes surgery for 'benign kidney condition'
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US opens Jerusalem embassy amid death of 52 protesters
Chinese double amputee finally summits Everest, decades after first bid
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Philippine chief justice Sereno, Duterte's critic, removed
PM Modi, KP Oli Jointly Inaugurate Janakpur-Ayodhya Direct Bus Service
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
No charges for cancelling flight tickets within 24 hours of booking: Aviation Ministry proposal
 (New Delhi, May 22, 2018):In a comforting piece of news for air passengers, the government on
Gowda says he is not opposed to Shivakumar being made minister
Plea In Supreme Court Seeks Review Of Verdict In Judge Loya Death Case
BJP now down to 272 Lok Sabha seats from 2014 tally of 282
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