MINISTERS

  • States want issues to be resolved before GST roll-out Yesterday

    New Delhi: Days after Centre bringing in the landmark single rate GST bill, the states on Friday demanded early redressal of their concerns on revenue loss while pressing for release of more funds and having a say in implementation of the central schemes. Besides seeking decentralisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS),...
  • Immediately disburse Rs 5 lakh compensation to kin of 1984 riots victims: MHA to CMs Yesterday

    New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday wrote to all the chief ministers asking them to immediately disburse compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims. In a letter to the CMs, the Home Minister mentioned about the need for immediate release of...
  • BJP conspiring to demolish Taj Mahal: Azam Khan Yesterday

    Muzaffarnagar: Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Thursday alleged that BJP was conspiring to demolish Taj Mahal the way its workers brought down Babri mosque in Ayodhya. "BJP is making conspiracies to demolish Taj Mahal in the same manner it demolished Babri Masjid. They are playing dangerous games. They are trying...
  • No talks with NDFB (S), NIA will probe attack on Adivasis in Assam: Rajnath Singh 2 days ago

    Guwahati: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday announced that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would probe the attack on Adivasis by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) (NDFB (S)) on Tuesday evening and the reprisals in which 78 were killed. The Home Minister also ruled out any talks with...
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee has contributed a lot to India: Amartya Sen 3 days ago

    "Its a great thing that Atal Bihari Vajpayee is finally being honoured. Questions can be raised over me, but its a good thing that people who I have reasons to respect are being conferred with that honour," said Amartya Sen. ...
  • Bharat Ratna: The country's highest civilian award 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award instituted in 1954, is given in recognition of exceptional service, performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for this award. The recommendations for Bharat Ratna...
  • Manohar Parrikar's high jump, mining ban, bikini issue kept Goa busy 1 week ago

    Panaji: While Goa remained busy during the entire year for some reason or the other, the unexpected elevation of its Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to the post of Defence Minister surprised many. Amid the discussion of ban on bikinis on the beaches, Goa's Transport Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar hogged limelight, after he...
  • After Rishi Kapoor backs out of projects to accomodate 'All is Well'; Smriti Irani, Abhishek Bachchan leave it unfinished 1 week ago

    Mumbai: Umesh Shukla's 'All Is Well' landed in a lurch when Smriti Irani stepped out of the project after shooting for over half the movie. Then, Abhishek Bachchan took time off to take care of his sports commitments. But Rishi Kapoor, who plays his father in the film, says comprising...
  • Two terrorists hanged in Pakistan after lifting of ban on death penalty December 19, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistani authorities on Friday night executed two men convicted for attacks on the army headquarters and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, days after Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty. The two are among 17 terrorists who would be executed in the first phase after the end of self-imposed...
  • Odisha cancels allotments of plots through discretionary quota to state bigwigs December 19, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The Odisha Cabinet on Thursday cancelled all discretionary quota plots and houses which were illegally allotted since 1995 to highly influential people in Odisha. This after CNN IBN had first exposed these illegal allotments in 2011 and followed up the story compelling the Naveen Patnaik government to act. Of...
  • Modi's second warning to BJP MPs: Don't cross 'Lakshman Rekha' December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: At a time when religious issues are taking predominance over development issues of the NDA government at the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday again warned the ruling BJP MPs against crossing the "Lakshman Rekha" (limits) by making controversial statements, sources said. The PM's warning came in the...
  • Rome will bid to host 2024 Olympic Games: Matteo Renzi December 15, 2014

    Rome: Rome will bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday. "All too often Italy seems resigned," Renzi said at an event in the Italian capital to launch the bid. "You can lose but what isn't acceptable is not to try to win,"...
  • 'Strong response' needed to counter terror attacks: Manohar Parrikar December 12, 2014

    New Delhi: A week after 11 security personnel were killed in terror attacks in Kashmir, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said the militants had come from Pakistan and India will have to give "strong response" to check such "blatant attempts". The Defence Minister, who visited Kashmir on Thursday, said a...
  • New government policy on 'representatives' for arms purchase, blacklisting December 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Resolving to end perennial delays in arms procurement, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said government will unveil a "clear-cut" policy in January on engaging "representatives" for arms purchase and announce fresh norms to blacklist erring firms. Promising a raft of steps to speed up military procurement, Parrikar said...
  • Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani booked in graft case; rules out resignation December 11, 2014

    Thiruvanthapuram: Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani on Thursday was booked by the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau in connection with the bar bribe scam that had rocked the Congress-led UDF government even as the minister ruled out resigning from the post, saying he would prove his innocence. Taking cognizance of the...
  • J&K: Defence Minister, Army pay tribute to Uri terror attack martyrs December 11, 2014

    Srinagar: A week after the deadly terrorist attack in the Uri sector of Jammu & Kashmir, the Army on Thursday paid tribute to the soldiers who were slain in the attack. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was also present for the ceremony in memory of the martyred soldiers. "The brave Army personnel's...
  • Arun Jaitley promises 'civilised' tax regime to attract investment December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: India will soon raise the foreign investment cap in insurance sector and work for making the tax regime "civilised" to attract overseas investments, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said while exuding confidence of achieving 6 per cent growth next fiscal. Underlining that growth would...
  • Palestinian minister dies after getting beaten by Israeli forces December 10, 2014

    Ramallah: A senior Palestinian official died on Wednesday after being beaten by Israeli forces during a protest march in the West Bank, medical and security sources said. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemned the "barbaric act" and vowed measures in response. Ziad Abu Ein, who was in charge of the issue of...
  • Kerala: UDF MLA raises corruption charges against PWD Minister's personal staff December 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Former minister KB Ganesh Kumar and ruling UDF MLA raised corruption allegations against the personal staff of PWD minister VK Ibrahim Kunju in the state Legislative Assembly. It was during a calling attention that the MLA has raised the issue and put the UDF in a fix. The Speaker ruled...
  • Timeline of 1975 Lalit Narayan Mishra murder case December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Timeline of the 1975 murder case of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra: June 2, 1975: Mishra goes to Samastipur to declare open the Samastipur-Muzaffarpur broad gauge railway line. A bomb explosion on the dais seriously injures him. June 3, 1975: Mishra dies at the railway hospital in Danapur. June 9,...
  • Wi-fi service launched at New Delhi railway station December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Close to five lakh passengers travelling via the New Delhi railway station, the busiest in the country, will now be able to connect to the internet through the wi-fi service, which was launched at the station on Monday. Terming internet as a "new necessity", Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said...
  • Development only path to solve problems ailing J&K: Modi December 8, 2014

    Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invoked his mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas' again and said development is the only path to solve all the problems of Jammu and Kashmir. He also invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ideas of communal harmony, humanity and democracy to share...
  • Delhi court convicts 4 people in 40-year-old ex-railway minister LN Mishra murder case December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday convicted four people in a case relating to the murder of former railway minister LN Mishra at a function in Bihar nearly 40 years ago. The court has fixed December 15 for hearing arguments on the quantum of punishment. The case relates to the bomb...
  • Need to create institution in spirit of 'cooperative federalism': Modi to CMs December 8, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed up on his Independence Day pledge to dismantle the Planning Commission by holding the first meeting with Chief Ministers on Sunday. The Prime Minister said there's need to create a new institution in the spirit of 'cooperative federalism', a body that will encourage the planning...
  • PM Modi to meet CMs on Planning Commission; Mamata, Omar to skip it December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold consultations with Chief Ministers on Sunday on the structure and role of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who has been at loggereheads with the Bharatiya Janata Party over Burdwan blasts and Saradha...
  • Lift carrying ministers breaks down in Kerala Assembly complex December 5, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Three ministers of the Kerala Cabinet had a narrow escape after a lift carrying them fell down at the state Legislative Assembly building here on Friday. None of the lift occupants were injured in the mishap, sources said. State Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty, Public Works Minister VK Ebrahim Kunju, Food...
  • Naxalism is a national challenge, we will succeed in tackling the menace: Rajnath Singh December 2, 2014

    Raipur: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday paid homage to the 14 CRPF jawans who were killed in a deadly Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh. Singh announced compensation of Rs 38 lakh for the relatives of 14 CRPF jawans killed and Rs 65,000 each to 15 injured. The Home Minister, who visited...
  • Former Union Minister AR Antulay passes away at 85 December 2, 2014

    Mumbai: Senior Congress leader A R Antulay passed away in Mumbai on Tuesday after a prolonged illness. He was 85. Antulay, who was former Maharashtra chief minister and a minister in UPA-I government, was suffering from kidney ailment. He breathed his last at the Breach Candy hospital where he was admitted...
  • Haven't become Chief Minister to sit on files, says Devendra Fadnavis December 2, 2014

    Thane: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that he did not become a chief minister to "sit" on files. "I have not become a Chief Minister to sit on files, like the previous ones, but to clear genuine files quickly," Fadnavis said at a function, inaugurating the 'Agri Mahotsav' at Dombivili. "The...
  • Railway minister Suresh Prabhu calls for fast tracking pending projects November 30, 2014

    Kolkata: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu advised Metro Railway and Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRC) authorities to resolve the hurdles and accelerate the progress of their pending projects. "All pending projects need to be expedited to prevent further escalation of project costs," Prabhu said after reviewing various project works in...