PRANAB MUKHERJEE

  • Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A tribute to his legacy 16 hours 13 minutes ago

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday approved the government's request to award Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The announcement was made just a day before Vajpayee's 90th birthday. CNN-IBN assesses views from across the country over Vajpayee's legacy. ...
  • Modi government to confer Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Madan Mohan Malaviya Yesterday

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday approved the government's request to award Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The announcement was made just a day before Vajpayee's 90th birthday. "President Mukherjee has been pleased to award Bharat Ratna to Pandit Madan...
  • India attaches highest importance to Bangladesh: Pranab Mukherjee 5 days ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said India attached "highest importance" to bilateral relations with Bangladesh, an official statement by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. Receiving his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid in the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, Mukherjee welcomed him and complimented him for his role in the consolidation of bilateral relations. "India...
  • Pranab Mukherjee hails ISRO for 'landmark' GSLV-Mark III launch 6 days ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday congratulated ISRO for its push in the direction of manned space missions with the successful launch of the GSLV-Mark III rocket as he hailed the feat as an "important landmark" in India's space programme. In his message to ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan, the...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee undergoes angioplasty at Army hospital December 13, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday underwent a heart procedure as doctors at the Army's Research and Referral hospital installed a coronary stent in his artery to remove a blockage. Mukherjee, 79, was taken to the hospital in the morning after he complained of stomach problems and related ailments. Doctors...
  • When Pranab got a 'dressing down' from Indira Gandhi December 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee contested the 1980 Lok Sabha elections much against the wishes of Indira Gandhi who gave him a "vociferous dressing down" for an "interminable span of time" after his defeat but he made a dramatic entry into the Union Cabinet despite the loss. Such was the faith...
  • Indira Gandhi was not aware of Emergency provisions: Pranab Mukherjee December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was not aware of the Constitutional provisions allowing for declaration of Emergency that was imposed in 1975 and it was Siddartha Shankar Ray who led her into the decision, says President Pranab Mukherjee. Ironically, it was Ray, then Chief Minister of West Bengal,...
  • My father will never drop a bombshell, says Pranab Mukherjee's daughter on his book December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will celebrate his birthday on Thursday with the launch of his book 'The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years'. The President has chronicled the fascinating decade of the 70's, including the crucial Emergency period, in his book which will begin online sales on Thursday. Talking about...
  • Congress LS leader in CBI chief selection panel; President gives nod December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Decks have been cleared for appointment of the new CBI Director with President Pranab Mukherjee giving his nod to the amended procedure under which leader of the single-largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha will be included in the selection panel. With tenure of CBI Director Ranjit Sinha ending...
  • People must provide dividend for society's upliftment: President November 30, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said people enjoying the privilege of education must provide dividend to the society as their obligation for the society's upliftment. "Whatever we are today, we are after all the products of the social investment. The society has invested in us to become lawyers, teachers, doctors...
  • Future depends on people's education: President Pranab Mukherjee November 30, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Citing the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday urged people to work for those who are socially deprived and thus help in nation building. "Swami Vivekananda had pointed out that a country's future depends on its people and the education they receive. Everyone should work for the...
  • President calls for imparting skills to India's large workforce November 29, 2014

    Kolkata: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called for imparting skills to India's large workforce through proper training and education. Iterating that the nation's progress is contingent on the drive, motivation, initiative and energy of the youth, he said the demographic dividend of having the largest population of young people can be...
  • Botched surgeries: Congress takes up matter with President November 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Alleging a cover-up, Congress has taken up with President Pranab Mukherjee the issue of the death of 14 women in botched up sterilisation surgeries in BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh. AICC legal department secretary KC Mittal has sent a written communication in this regard to Mukherjee last evening and has sought an...
  • India must be prepared to use might if need arises: Pranab Mukherjee November 21, 2014

    Tezpur: Cautioning against various threats facing the subcontinent, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said it was imperative for India to have an effective deterrence and strong defence to promote development and it must be prepared to use its "might" if the need arises. "Today, our nation is on the path...
  • India must reconnect to spiritual past: Pranab Mukherjee November 16, 2014

    Vrindavan: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said as India makes a "transformative change" from being a developing to a developed nation, it must reconnect to its spiritual past. Speaking at the Chandrodaya temple being established by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) here, Mukherjee said India was one of the...
  • Hindi a symbol of social and cultural unity of India: President November 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Describing Hindi as the symbol of social and cultural unity of India, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the language has a significant role in connecting the government and the people. "In a vast country like India, where many languages are spoken, Hindi has its own special position. It...
  • President gives awards to 20 children for exceptional achievement November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: With a medal, a commemoration letter and a pat of encouragement on their shoulders, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday handed the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement to 20 talented and brave children on the occasion of Children's Day. Among the awardees at the function which was held...
  • Ahead of President's visit, Vrindavan authorities grapple to deal with monkey menace November 14, 2014

    Mathura: To keep monkeys at bay during President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Banke Behari temple in Vrindavan on November 16, the district administration had decided to deploy langurs but it had to abort the plan following outcry from wildlife activists. "We have decided to withdraw services of langurs as it...
  • Kashmir villagers meet Pranab Mukherjee during a national integration tour November 13, 2014

    New Delhi: A group of villagers from Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday called on President Pranab Mukherjee during a national integration tour organised by the Army, an official said. The tour was organised by the army's Romeo Force for elderly people of Surankote and Mandi regions of Poonch district, a defence...
  • Defence forces should cut dependence on imported wares, says Pranab Mukherjee November 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The defence forces should reduce dependence on imported equipment, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said, noting that they should be equipped with modern weapons to counter complex security threats, including the scourge of international terrorism. Citing recent increase in FDI ceiling in defence from 26 to 49 per...
  • Delhi: 34th India International Trade Fair opens on November 14 November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the India International Trade Fair, 2014 on November 14 in which over 6,500 companies from India and abroad are expected to participate. "The 34th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee...
  • Delhi polls: AAP to release 1st list of candidates this week November 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Aiming to recapture power in the capital, the Aam Aadmi Party has finalized a list of 30 candidates, which includes former ministers as well as party chief Arvind Kejriwal, for Delhi assembly polls and it will be released this week. Sources said party has decided not to give...
  • Security of India, Bhutan 'intricately interlinked': Pranab Mukherjee November 7, 2014

    Thimphu: India said Bhutan and its security is "intricately interlinked" and it is important for the two neighbours to be sensitive to each other's concerns, as President Pranab Mukherjee held wide-ranging talks with the Bhutanese leadership. Breaking protocol, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife received President Mukherjee...
  • Bhutan King breaks protocol to receive President Pranab Mukherjee November 7, 2014

    Thimphu: Breaking protocol, the Bhutanese King and his wife received President Pranab Mukherjee at the airport as he arrived in Bhutan for a two-day visit, the first by an Indian head of state to the country in 26 years. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck along with his wife turned up...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Bhutan state visit November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee left on Friday on a two-day state visit to Bhutan, the first presidential visit to Thimphu in 26 years. Mukherjee is visiting Bhutan on the invitation of Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. He is accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and four MPs,...
  • Delhi: Gurbani notes reverberate in Rashtrapati Bhavan November 6, 2014

    New Delhi: On the occasion of Guru Nanak's birthday, the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday reverberated with 'Gurbani' (Sikh religious prayers) as President Pranab Mukherjee hosted a special programme which was attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A portrait of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion,...
  • President dissolves Delhi Assembly, fresh elections soon November 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The 70-member Delhi Assembly elected in December 2013 has been dissolved by President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday. The national capital which was under President's Rule since February will now hold fresh elections. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had recommended dissolution of the Assembly after the single largest party BJP...
  • Leaders pay tributes to Indira Gandhi on death anniversary October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: The nation on Friday remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and other leaders paying tributes to her. Mukherjee, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid floral tributes at Shakti Sthal, the memorial...
  • President invites Oman to 'Make in India', seeks deeper trade ties October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has extended an invitation to public and private companies from Oman to invest in the 'Make in India' programme which offers good returns. This was conveyed by the President when the Commerce and Industry Minister of the Sultanate of Oman, Dr Ali Bin Masoud Al...