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Tamil Nadu political crisis: Sasikala approaches Congress

The camp of AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala is reported to be in touch with the Congress for support to form the government in case of emergency.

According to media reports, Congress high command on 9 February had summoned Tamil Nadu Congress chief S Thirunavukkarasar along with legislature party leader K Ramasamy to New Delhi to consult the same.

If the sources are to be believed, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is likely to meet Tamil Nadu party MLAs.

Amid the political crisis that began with state chief minister O Panneerselvam's rebel against Sasikala, she visited the memorial of her predecessor Jayalalithaa last evening, accompanied by hundreds of supporters, including some senior ministers, prior to her meeting with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

Will honour 'one China' policy: Donald Trump to Xi Jinping over 'extremely cordial' phone call

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping over phone on 10 February evening for the first time since he took office.

The two leaders discussed "numerous topics" during the phone call and Trump committed to honoring the "One China" policy at Xi's request, reported the CNN.

The call was described as "extremely cordial," and the readout released by the White House said"representatives of the United States and China will engage in discussions and negotiations on various issues of mutual interest."

The two leaders also extended invitations to meet in their respective countries.

Since his election in November, President Trump has challenged Beijing over several issues and, most controversially, upended decades of diplomatic protocol by questioning the longstanding US policy towards Taiwan.

National Women's Parliament: A first-of-its-kind conclave starts today

The National Women's Parliament (NWP), a three-day event being organised by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, began on 10 February 2017 in the state capital region Amaravati. The theme of the event is 'Empowering Women - Strengthening Democracy',

The vision of NWP is to enable and encourage social, political and economic empowerment of women in all strata of the society. One of the objectives of NWP is to generate new ideas, concepts, theories and ideologies for women empowerment.

An 'International Woman Icon of the World' award and 12 best young achievers awards for women in different fields will be presented at the NWP. There would be seven plenary sessions at the event with discussions on subjects like socio-political challenges in women empowerment, women's status and decision-making, building own identity and vision for the future.