Sumit Pande

  • No Advani, Joshi, Vajpayee in BJP Parliamentary Board, party makes Marg Darshak Mandal for them 26-08-2014 03:52 PM

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has dropped its patriarchs LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee from the Parliamentary Board. BJP leaders Shivraj Singh Chouhan and JP Nadda, on the other hand, have been included in the Board. BJP President Amit Shah has created a separate...
  • SC admits pleas challenging Judges Appointment Bill, to be heard on Monday 21-08-2014 12:32 PM

    New Delhi: The Judicial Appointment Bill passed by Parliament last week, now faces a challenge in the Supreme Court. The apex court will hear on Monday a batch of petitions challenging the 121st constitutional amendment by which collegium system for appointment of judges in higher judiciary was scrapped and a...
  • Reconstituting Parliamentary Board: BJP chief Amit Shah's next big task 21-08-2014 12:31 PM

    New Delhi: The newly appointed BJP national president Amit Shah has already reconstituted the office bearers of the party. It was met with no resistance or sulking. His next big challenge is the reconstitution of BJP's top decision making body- the Parliamentary Board. The BJP constitution stipulates that the national...
  • Won't join SP again, says Amar Singh after meeting Mulayam 19-08-2014 11:33 AM

    Lucknow: Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh on Tuesday brushed aside all the rumours of his joining the Samajwadi Party again by announcing that he won't return to the party. Singh said, "It was an informal, cordial meet. I am not joining Samajwadi Party." The remarks came after his meeting with...
  • RSS imprint on BJP chief Amit Shah's new team, seven party members get key posts 16-08-2014 09:25 PM

    New Delhi: The imprint of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Bharatiya Janata Party's new team is certain with as many as seven RSS members being given key posts in BJP President Amit Shah's newly constituted core team. Ram Madhav, who has been the media face of the RSS, has been...
  • BJP chief Amit Shah's new team; Varun Gandhi out, BS Yeddyurappa named vice president 16-08-2014 12:45 PM

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Saturday reconstituted his core team. He has appointed former Karnataka chief minister and MP BS Yeddyurappa as one of the national vice presidents. Other senior leaders Bandaru Dattathreya and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi have also been appointed as vice presidents. The announcement...
  • 'Ram Sethu' will not be broken for Sethusamudram project: Centre 14-08-2014 04:48 PM

    New Delhi: The Central government will not "break" the 'Ram Sethu' for the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project and will make efforts to see that the navigation system is put in place without damaging it, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Lok Sabha on Thursday. Gadkari said during Question Hour that...
  • Centre may consider extending Parliament session to pass pending Bills: sources 12-08-2014 11:39 AM

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government may consider extending Parliament session in order to pass pending Bills, said sources on Tuesday. Some of the pending Bills include the Insurance Laws Amendment Bill, which seeks to raise the cap on FDI in the insurance sector from the current 26 percent to...
  • Amit Shah anointed BJP president, Party charts poll strategy 09-08-2014 09:41 PM

    Amit Shah officially took over as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President in the party's National Council meet held on Saturday in New Delhi. The next big challenge for him are the upcoming assembly elections in Mahrashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Shah's mentor Prime Minister Narendra Modi has...
  • Rajnath Singh hands over BJP chief baton to Amit Shah, says he is best suited 09-08-2014 11:37 AM

    New Delhi: Home Minister and former Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Saturday handed over the party's baton to Amit Shah in New Delhi. Praising Shah for his leadership, Singh said that the former was best suited for the position of the party's President. Singh said it was Shah's...
  • BJP National Council meet today, first after NDA took charge at the Centre 09-08-2014 08:34 AM

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Council is scheduled to meet on Saturday in Delhi to ratify Amit Shah as its party chief. This will be the first national council meeting after the BJP led NDA took charge at the Centre. The session, to be held at Jawaharlal...
  • Uttar Pradesh struggles with a progressively faltering law and order situation 08-08-2014 10:42 PM

    Meerut: Three separate incidences of communal flare-ups in western UP-Saharanpur, Moradabad and Meerut- have formed a triangle around the epicenter of the communal cauldron which festered for months in Muzaffarnagar before the last General Elections. The first place to erupt post the General Elections was a small town in Moradabad...
  • Government buys time on Insurance Bill, likely to take final call on Thursday 06-08-2014 10:16 AM

    New Delhi: There is no end to the deadlock between the government and the opposition parties on the Insurance Bill. Even as the Centre is buying more time over the issue, an all-party meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been scrapped. According to sources, the government is expected to take a...
  • Opposition set to corner Centre over Gadkari snoopgate issue in Parliament 30-07-2014 10:10 AM

    New Delhi: The opposition parties are set to corner the government in Parliament on the Nitin Gadkari snooping controversy on Wednesday. The Congress will raise the issue in Parliament when it meets after two days leave in view of Eid celebration. The Congress has issued notice to Lok Sabha Speaker...
  • Focus on Judicial Appointments Commission Bill after Markandey Katju's charges 21-07-2014 12:23 PM

    New Delhi: Justice Markandey Katju's allegations have triggered another debate on appointment of judges in the higher judiciary through the collegium system. There is already a Bill drafted by the previous UPA government to bring in changes in current system. It is called the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Bill. The...
  • BJP MLAs put pressure on party to form government in Delhi 16-07-2014 04:41 PM

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata party MLAs are putting pressure on the party to form the government in Delhi, said sources on Wednesday. A section of the BJP MLAs also met party Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay in this regard. Sources added that Jagdish Mukhi was the front-runner for the chief...
  • Modi's aide Amit Shah appointed new BJP President 09-07-2014 11:15 PM

    BJP's Uttar Pradesh in-charge and close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah is the new President of the party. Shah was rewarded for the party's massive victory in Uttar Pradesh and his appointment is a move that reflects the absolute stamp of Modi over party and the government....
  • PM Modi's key aide Amit Shah set to be made the BJP President today 09-07-2014 07:48 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's key aide Amit Shah is all set to be the next Bharatiya Janata Party President as his name has almost been finalised. The BJP's Parliamentary Board will meet on Wednesday to nominate him. Modi's most trusted lieutenant will now be in-charge of the organisation....
  • Senior RSS leaders Ram Madhav, Shiv Prakash join BJP 07-07-2014 07:01 PM

    New Delhi: Senior leaders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Ram Madhav and Shiv Prakash on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Both the leaders were spokespersons for the RSS. Ram Madhav announced in the evening that he has been deputed to BJP. The two RSS leaders are likely to...
  • Modi government gets into action after Met department's weak monsoon warning 14-06-2014 08:52 AM

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has gotten into action after the Meteorological department's warning that India could be looking at a weak monsoon this year. Prime Minister Modi chaired a meeting with key ministers to frame a monsoon action plan. The meeting had Agriculture, Rural Development, Fertilizer, Water Resources...
  • Badaun gangrape: After Usmani, UP government removes Principal Secretary for Home 02-06-2014 08:10 PM

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government which is facing severe flak for the surging rate of crime against women and children in the state on Monday removed Principal Secretary for Home, Anil Gupta. This comes a day after the Akhilesh Yadav government removed its Chief Secretary Javed Usmani over the Badaun gangrape...
  • Political blame game over Badaun gangrape continues 02-06-2014 07:41 PM

    Political blame game over the Badaun gangrape continues. While BSP chief Mayawati demanded President's Rule; LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan who met the bereaved families today asked why the UP CM have not yet paid them a visit yet. ...
  • Modi empowers ministries, abolishes GoMs for speedy decisions 31-05-2014 05:47 PM

    New Delhi: Dismantling a legacy of UPA rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday abolished all the 30 Groups of Ministers (GOMs) and Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs) and told ministries and departments to take decisions on pending matters. Announcing the decision to scrap nine Empowered Groups of Ministers and...
  • Education row: Smriti Irani appeals to DU to reinstate suspended officials 31-05-2014 09:35 AM

    New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday appealed to the Delhi University to reinstate the suspended officials. The Delhi University suspended five officials for allegedly leaking documents related to the educational qualifications of Irani on Friday. Reacting to the same, she tweeted, "Since the Delhi University is...
  • Modi unveils 10-point agenda for governance 29-05-2014 11:25 PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled a new 10-point agenda for his ministers. Among other things, Modi wants his colleagues to raise the confidence level of bureaucrats so that they come with more innovative ideas. All ministers have been told to chart a separate 100-day action plan. The focus would...
  • Parliament session to be held from June 4 to June 11 29-05-2014 12:13 PM

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi Cabinet met for the second time in 48 hours on Thursday and decided on Parliament session dates. The Parliament session will take place from June 4 to June 11. Briefing the media about the Cabinet meet, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the ministers...
  • Modi meets Advani, party leaders; top Cabinet posts under discussion 18-05-2014 12:58 PM

    New Delhi: Hectic parley and consultations are underway in the national capital with Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi meeting several top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take a final decision on the Cabinet formation. RSS general secretary Ram Lal and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley met party President Rajnath Singh...
  • Watch: Preparations for celebrations at BJP HQ ahead of result 16-05-2014 06:58 AM

    With just over an hour left till the numbers start coming in, let us take a look at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. ...
  • BJP discusses roles for Advani, Joshi if NDA gets majority 15-05-2014 08:19 AM

    New Delhi: It may be dismal news for the Congress but riding high on the back of exit polls findings, the Bharatiya Janata Party is in the mode of government formation. Despite a day left for the results, the BJP's top leadership is planning a grand welcome for its Prime...
  • Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh up for a tough contest in Azamgarh 12-05-2014 10:27 AM

    Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh is contesting in Azamgarh other than his home turf Mainpuri in this Lok Sabha elections. ...