Foreign Trips

  • News 360: Goa ministers spent over Rs 13 crore on foreign tours in 2 years July 22, 2014

    Three Goa ministers and four legislators have spent a whooping Rs 13.24 crore in two years on foreign trips. The travels were made in the name of promoting tourism. ...
  • Sushma Swaraj may head to Bangladesh for her maiden overseas trip: sources June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may head to Bangladesh for her maiden overseas trip after assuming office, say sources. While dates of Swaraj's visit are yet to be finalized, indications are that she will go to Dhaka in June itself. Earlier in the week, External Affairs Ministry...
  • Karnataka MLAs plagiarise reports on global study tours January 4, 2014

    Bangalore: The global study tours conducted by Karnataka MLAs has led to a fresh controversy. While the controversy over their foreign junkets year after year at the taxpayer's expense is still afresh, reports accessed by CNN-IBN has shown how brazenly they had been copying text from the internet to file...
  • Foreign trip for 30 Karnataka MLAs even as state battles drought December 27, 2013

    30 MLAs from Karnataka are planning to go on a trip to the Amazon rain forests and waterfalls and they are calling it a study tour. The trip is costing Rs 7 lakh per head and is scheduled even as the state is battling acute drought. ...
  • Karnataka MLAs on foreign trips even as the state battles drought December 26, 2013

    Bangalore: Two foreign junket trips by a bunch of MLAs in Karnataka have kicked up a storm. Close to 30 MLAs are on junkets to several countries even as the state was in the grip of a drought and sugarcane crisis. While one group of MLAs has already left to...
  • Prime Minister spent Rs 620 cr on air travel on foreign trips June 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spent Rs 620 crores on air travel during foreign trips spanning the years between 2004 and 2013, the website of Prime Minister's Office has revealed. He spent the most on his trip to Mexico and Brazil in June 2012, racking a bill of Rs...
  • Pratibha Patil spent Rs 18 cr on her last trip as President January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Notwithstanding a huge controversy over expenditure on her foreign travels, the then President Pratibha Patil ran up a bill of Rs 18.08 crore on her last trip abroad shortly before demitting office, according to official information accessed through RTI. The chartering of the Air India Boeing 747-400 jumbo for...
  • Modi continues to question Sonia's foreign trips October 6, 2012

    Junagarh: A combative and unrelenting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday night continued his attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips and accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of misleading the country on the issue, quoting RTI replies from Indian embassies. "The Prime Minister is misguiding the country. I...
  • PM misleading country on Sonia's trip expense: Modi October 5, 2012

    Jamnagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday night accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of misleading the country on the issue of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips, quoting RTI replies from Indian embassies. "The Prime Minister is misguiding the country. I ask the Prime Minister as a common man to...
  • Govt did not pay for Sonia's foreign visits: PMO October 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has stepped in to counter the claims that the government had spent huge amount of money on the foreign travel and her treatment abroad. The PMO issued a statement calling the reports quoting an expense of Rs 1880 crore on Sonia's foreign visits...
  • People have a right to know govt's expenditure: Modi October 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday kept up the attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi saying if the newspaper reports mentioning the details of the expenditure incurred on her foreign trips and treatment abroad were wrong, why did the ruling party shy away from taking legal action. "I...
  • Modi vs Sonia: Gujarat newspaper says it is being targeted October 2, 2012

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he was willing to say sorry to the Congress if his allegations over foreign trip expenses of Sonia Gandhi were proved wrong. He said that he had a newspaper report to back his claims. However, the newspaper company itself has refused to...
  • Modi's conditional apology may prove a trap for the Cong October 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Hours after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi waved copies of a bunch of papers carrying an RTI report on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's foreign tours and the alleged expenditure on her treatment abroad, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongman has been forced to climb down after the RTI...
  • Modi has lost control over his mind: Guj Congress October 2, 2012

    Rajkot: Castigating Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his allegation that Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips were funded from public exchequer, the state Congress unit on Monday said the BJP stalwart has "lost control over his mind and is suffering from "inferiority complex". Modi on monday targeted the Congress President claiming...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai October 1, 2012

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that he will apologise if his allegations against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi turn out to be wrong. ...
  • Modi attacks PM over 'wasteful expenditure' October 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi upped the ante on Monday asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with whose permission the "wasteful expenditure" of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), were being made. "Should we forgive such people who make such wasteful expenditures?" he asked. The Gujarat CM launched a barrage of...
  • K'taka: Touring MLAs return, cost state Rs 4 cr September 15, 2012

    Bangalore: Fourteen MLAs, who went on a state-sponsored tour of 18 countries at a time when their state, Karnataka, was reeling under severe drought-like conditions, have returned. They maintain that their trip, that cost the government approximately Rs 4 crore, was in the interests of the state. The MLAs reportedly continued their...
  • Shettar pulls up MLAs holidaying abroad September 5, 2012

    Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has asked a dozen legislators who were holidaying abroad to return home immediately. This comes as the two-week holiday to South America and Dubai drew criticism from civil society as the state is reeling under a severe drought. Shettar has sharply criticised the ministers as...
  • K'taka: No drought of funds for MLAs' foreign trips August 7, 2012

    Bangalore: They will not be deterred by public criticism or government declarations of austerity in a time of drought. About 100 legislators, accompanied by 15 officials, are going ahead with “study tours” to Russia, the Scandinavian countries and South America. The bill could exceed Rs 8 crore. “The necessary formalities...
  • New guidelines for officers visiting abroad July 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Fresh guidelines have been issued for bureaucrats visiting abroad asking them to furnish details about their sponsors and expenditure. In an order, the Centre has said officials who seek the mandatory government clearance for going abroad have to submit a "write up" if they are going to attend...
  • Misconception over foreign trips: Pratibha Patil May 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Facing criticism over her foreign visits, President Pratibha Patil on Sunday said there has been a "misconception" and wanted people to ascertain the factual position. "Right now, there has been a misconception so far as the visits of the President are concerned...The President does not go at his/her own...
  • President's foreign trip with family normal practice: MEA May 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Government on Wednesday sought to put an end to a controversy, generated by President Pratibha Patil taking her two grandchildren on a 9-day state visit to Seychelles and South Africa, saying it is a "normal diplomatic practice". "It's a normal diplomatic practice that a visiting dignitary occasionally takes members...
  • President's foreign trips cost record Rs 205 cr March 25, 2012

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil's foreign travel has cost the public exchequer a whopping Rs 205 crore on her foreign visits, surpassing the record of all her predecessors. Since assuming office as the country's first woman President in July 2007, Patil has undertaken 12 foreign trips covering 22 countries across four...
  • Govt has no info about foreign tours of Sonia? November 8, 2011

    New Delhi: No government department seems to have any information about the tours and travels undertaken by the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as an RTI application kept moving to different ministries without any substantial response. The case relates to an RTI application filed by one Kailash Kanwar of Bhilwara in Rajasthan...
  • Ministers chilling out on foreign holidays April 14, 2010

    New Delhi: The Met's calling this April the hottest in the last decade and for the aam-aadmi (common man) heading out to work is an everyday struggle. But if you're a Cabinet minister, weather shouldn't bother you. You can hop onto the next plane and chill out on a foreign...
  • Are judges holidaying at public expense? May 27, 2008

    New Delhi: The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, KG Balakrishnan, wants judges to be kept out of the purview of the Right To Information (RTI) Act. Now an RTI application put in by CNN-IBN has thrown up interesting details of how judges have extended their holidays, often for personal purposes,...
  • Speaker clips MPs' wings, sets foreign trips policy November 15, 2007

    New Delhi: Parliament is headed for a Winter Session that could generate much heat. Therefore, a concerned Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee conducted an all-party meet to lay down the ground rules for the smooth functioning of the House. This time, at the receiving end were not the MP's, but...
  • Pak billed crores for Prez, PMs' trips October 16, 2006

    Islamabad: Foreign visits by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and his three prime ministers up till 2004 cost the country’s exchequer billions of rupees. Musharraf and the three prime ministers who served under him made 61 official foreign visits. These visits had cost taxpayers more than a billion Pakistani rupees by December...