Sumit Pande

  • Centre calls for anti-conversion law in states, Opposition stages walkout 11-12-2014 11:05 PM

    The Centre on Thursday said an anti-conversion law was needed in all the states and the issue needed a wider debate. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Nadu said this while replying to a debate in the Lok Sabha on the Agra conversion issue even as the major opposition parties staged a...
  • Modi government cornered in Parliament over alleged forced conversion row 11-12-2014 11:46 AM

    The opposition cornered the Narendra Modi government in Parliament over the alleged forced conversion row. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh claimed that it forcibly converted 100 Muslims in Agra to Hinduism. The opposition parties led by BSP supremo Mayawati demanded a clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. ...
  • Centre contradicts BJP chief Amit Shah, says Saradha scam money not linked to Burdwan blasts 03-12-2014 01:51 PM

    New Delhi: In an embarrassment for Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday contradicted him on the Burdwan blasts by saying there was no link between Saradha chit fund scam money and blasts. The comment came in a response to a question in the Rajya...
  • Modi calls for stronger ties, Pakistan stalls inking of India-backed SAARC pacts 26-11-2014 09:57 PM

    Pakistan's intransigence on Wednesday came in the way of the SAARC Summit failing to sign agreements on greater connectivity among the eight member nations on its opening day marked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the members to fulfill their commitment to combat terrorism. ...
  • Sharif ready for talks but got cold gestures from India: Pakistan journalist 26-11-2014 10:22 AM

    Speaking over talks between India and Pakistan, journalist from the Jang Group Pakistan Farooq Aqdas said that he had questioned Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif over a possible meeting. "He replied saying we should ask the Indian PM instead. The Pakistan government had been willing to hold talks but how what...
  • India likely to hold bilateral talks with all SAARC nations except Pakistan 26-11-2014 08:33 AM

    Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a clear message to the Pakistan government that India will hold structured bilateral talks with all SAARC nations except Pakistan. An informal meeting between the two heads has, however, not been ruled out. On Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said that...
  • Modi, Nepalese PM to inaugurate Delhi-Kathmandu bus service 25-11-2014 03:43 PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala will inaugurate Delhi-Kathmandu bus service, a new initiative by the two countries. In the past there have been private operators who have been operating these bus services between India and Kathmandu but for the first time it is happening...
  • Modi reaches Kathmandu for SAARC summit, to hold bilateral talks with Nepalese PM 25-11-2014 03:37 PM

    Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached Kathmandu to attend the two-day SAARC summit. Leaders from eight South Asian countries will attend the 18th SAARC summit which will begin on Wednesday. Modi has a jam-packed schedule as he will be flagging off the Kathmandu-New Delhi bus service. He will...
  • Hectic preparations underway for SAARC summit, PM Modi to reach Kathmandu by afternoon 25-11-2014 08:26 AM

    Kathmandu: Hectic preparations are underway for the 18th SAARC summit in Nepal. Leaders from eight South Asian countries will attend the two-day event which will begin on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon. India is set to pitch for greater regional connectivity, people-to-people contact, and...
  • Parrikar may resign as Goa CM today, discussions on his replacement underway 07-11-2014 09:48 AM

    New Delhi: With a Cabinet expansion likely on Sunday, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to move to the capital soon. As reports of him taking charge as the Defence Minister come to the fore, Parrikar is likely to resign as Goa Chief Minister after meeting the state Cabinet...
  • BJP ally TDP likely to get another berth in Union Cabinet as Modi speaks to Naidu on nominees 07-11-2014 08:03 AM

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party ally Telugu Desam Party is likely to get a berth in the Narendra Modi Cabinet, say sources. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly called up TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on Friday evening and asked him to nominate a party leader for the Union Cabinet. Naidu has...
  • Ahead of Parliament's Winter session, Mulayam, Lalu, Nitish meet for lunch 06-11-2014 10:42 AM

    New Delhi: With just a few days left for the commencement of Parliament's Winter Session, some regional parties are trying to put up a united front against the Narendra Modi government which enjoys a clear majority in the Lok Sabha. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh on Thursday hosted a lunch...
  • Goa CM Parrikar meets PM Modi, says no discussion on Cabinet expansion 05-11-2014 08:30 PM

    New Delhi: Amid speculation that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may be inducted in the Union Cabinet, the Chief Minister met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 7 Race Course Road in New Delhi. Rubbishing all speculations, Parrikar said, "There was no discussion with the Prime Minister about any role in...
  • BJP tells L-G it wants fresh elections in Delhi, won't form minority government, say sources 03-11-2014 12:18 PM

    New Delhi: Riding high on the success of recent Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, the BJP unit is looking forward to improving its fortune in Delhi too and has conveyed to the L-G that it was not interested in forming a minority government. BJP leaders met Lieutenant Governor Najeeb...
  • No end to BJP, Sena seat sharing stand off yet as Amit Shah cancels Mumbai visit 25-09-2014 09:43 AM

    New Delhi: The impasse between allies Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena over seat sharing for Maharashtra Assembly elections is likely to continue for some more time with the former's chief Amit Shah calling off his Mumbai visit yet again. Sources said that the decision was taken after talk between...
  • Bypoll jolt to BJP after massive win in Lok Sabha polls 16-09-2014 05:47 PM

    The BJP has received a jolt in the bypolls ahead of assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana. In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP which almost swept the Lok Sabha polls has managed to win just 2 out of total 11 assembly seats that went to by-polls. The ruling Samajwadi Party has...
  • BJP MP Yogi Adityanath defensive, says not allowed to campaign in all bypoll seats 16-09-2014 05:31 PM

    Reeling from the loss of bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party's star camapaigner Yogi Adityanath has pegged the blame on the fact that he was not allowed to campaign in all 10 bypoll seats. "I haven't seen the results but they are dependent on a lot of factors. I...
  • Maharashtra Assembly elections: BJP talks tough now, demands equal share of seats 14-09-2014 07:03 PM

    Mumbai: After a day of tough talking by the Shiv Sena, ally Bharatiya Janata Party has proposed to share the seats equally between the two parties for upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra. Addressing a news conference, BJP leader in charge of Maharashtra affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the BJP had...
  • Voting underway for bypolls in 3 Lok Sabha, 33 assembly seats across 10 states 13-09-2014 07:34 AM

    New Delhi: Three Lok Sabha and 33 Assembly seats are going to bypolls on Saturday with the results crucial for both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance and the opposition parties who are yet to recover from the massive mauling in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The resignations...
  • EC issues showcause notice to BJP's Yogi Adityanath for violation of poll code 09-09-2014 09:42 PM

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued show-cause notice to Bharatiya Janata Party MP Yogi Adityanath for alleged violation of poll code. Yogi Adityanath had given some inflammatory speech at Noida on September 7 at a public meeting. The Commission found that prima facie there was violation of model...
  • Government has no plans to rationalise LPG, kerosene subsidy: Dharmendra Pradhan 04-09-2014 07:45 AM

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that the Narendra Modi government has no plans of rationalising LPG and kerosene subsidy, but has hinted at linking the Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana to provide direct subsidies to consumers. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN, Pradhan said...
  • PM Narendra Modi's address to students on Teachers' Day riles rivals, but Centre defends diktat 01-09-2014 01:51 PM

    New Delhi: After the opposition parties, some state governments and schools raised objections to the Centre's move to telecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi speech live on Teachers' Day and made it compulsory for the students to listen to it, the Human Resources Development Ministry on Monday clarified that the directive...
  • Used 'Hindi' for Indians not 'Hindu', Najma Heptullah clarifies stand after facing criticism 29-08-2014 10:45 AM

    New Delhi: After facing flak for saying that there is nothing wrong with the term Hindu being applied equally to all citizens as a national identity, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah has been forced to issue a clarification. Defending her stand, Heptullah said that saying her words have been misinterpreted...
  • 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...