Pranab Mukherjee

  • President urges citizens to make cleanliness 'national passion' Yesterday

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday urged countrymen to turn cleanliness into a national passion and ensure that every nook and cranny of the country is kept clean. In his message, the President said, "The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, is an occasion for all...
  • XI Jinping's visit will lead to deeper Sino-India engagement: Pranab Mukherjee 2 days ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed the hope that the just-concluded visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India will lead to a "deeper" bilateral engagement as this was in the interest of Asia and the international community. In a message to Xi on the eve of the...
  • Pranab Mukherjee condoles deaths in Assam, Meghalaya floods 1 week ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday condoled the loss of lives due to floods in Meghalaya and Assam. He wished speedy recovery for those who are injured, a statement said. In messages sent to Meghalaya Governor Krishan Kant Paul and Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik, the president said, "I am...
  • Mars mission a historic achievement: President September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The success of the mission to Mars will "inspire our scientists to make even greater strides", said President Pranab Mukherjee who described it as a "historic achievement". Mukherjee on Wednesday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) entering the orbit of the red...
  • Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan says 34 oil blocks offered by Vietnam viable September 17, 2014

    Vietnam has offered India oil and gas blocks outside the territory claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday. India is considering exploring in 23 blocks out of the 5 areas in South China Sea that Vietnam had offered on nomination basis in...
  • On his 64th birthday, PM Modi meets his mother, seeks her blessings September 17, 2014

    Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday celebrated his 64th birthday in his homestate Gujarat. He began his day by visiting his mother Hira Baa in Gandhinagar and sought her blessings. This is Modi's first visit to his homestate after taking charge as the Prime Minister in May. On the...
  • Did not receive any letter on PPP audit from Vinod Rai, says Chidambaram September 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that he did not receive any communication from exCAG Vinod Rai on the audit of PPP projects. "I do not recall any address to me by the CAG on the subject. I have since confirmed that no letter was addressed...
  • Modi government created favourable atmosphere for India, says President September 16, 2014

    Ho Chi Minh City: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday had some words of praise for the new Indian government as he credited it for not only initiating steps to bring the economy on a better path but also for creating a "favourable" atmosphere for India across the globe. The President, who...
  • India, Vietnam sign seven pacts; call for 'freedom' of navigation September 15, 2014

    Hanoi: Strategically important oil and gas cooperation and extension of a USD 100 million credit by India for defence purchases are among the seven pacts inked between India and Vietnam as they called for "freedom" of navigation in the South China Sea, a remark that could irk China which has...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Vietnam for state visit September 14, 2014

    Hanoi: President Pranab Mukherjee arrived on Sunday on a fourday state visit to strategically important Vietnam during which he will hold talks with the country's top leadership and the two nations will ink pacts in key areas of oil exploration and air connectivity. Mukherjee was received at the Noi Bai...
  • Hindi, regional languages must be encouraged: Pranab Mukherjee September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the use of Hindi and regional languages must be encouraged. Speaking at a function organised on the occasion of 'Hindi Divas' at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, he said, "The constitution provides that Hindi should be developed in such a way that it should reflect...
  • President travels on state visit to Vietnam on Sunday September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday leaves for a fourday state visit to Vietnam during which he will hold talks with the top leadership of that country and also visit sites of cultural and historical significance. Mukherjee will meet his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang, general secretary of the Vietnamese...
  • India keen to enhance cooperation with Vietnam September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: India is looking to enhance cooperation with Vietnam in defence, security and political arena as there is immense potential for bilateral engagement between the two nations, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday. The President noted that IndiaVietnam partnership has reached a "high point" and is also beneficial to ASEAN...
  • RTI activists write to President September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: RTI activists and former Information Commissioners on Thursday urged the President Pranab Mukherjee to take immediate steps to appoint the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC). In a letter to the President, the activists said that it is a matter of grave concern that the post...
  • Kejriwal asks LG to withdraw letter to President on Delhi government formation September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: AAP leaders on Wednesday met Delhi LG Najeeb Jung and asked him to withdraw the letter to the President seeking his permission to invite the BJP to form the government in Delhi. "We have submitted the CD of our sting operation which shows BJP trying to buy our...
  • CPI asks President to stop LG from inviting BJP to form Delhi government September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Tuesday sought President Pranab Mukherjee's intervention to ensure that Delhi's Lt Governor does not invite the BJP to form government in Delhi saying it will be unconstitutional and demanded fresh polls. "Please direct the Lt Governor of Delhi that he should not...
  • Priyanka Chopra: A big thank you to the ever gracious Pranabda and Suvrama for having me at their home September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: National Award winning actress Priyanka Chopra Wednesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and his wife at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here ahead of the release of her forthcoming film "Mary Kom". "Always incredible to be at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. A big thank you to the ever gracious Pranabda and Suvrama for...
  • 117 Kerala lawyers move resolution against appointment of Sathasivam as Governor September 3, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The appointment of former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as Kerala Governor has stirred a controversy as 117 members of Kerala High Court Advocates Association moved a resolution requesting President Pranab Mukherjee to discard the Central government's recommendation. Kerela High Court Advocate Association Secretary MR Nandkumar said, "P...
  • Justice HL Dattu to be next Chief Justice of India September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu is likely to be the next Chief Justice of India, government sources said on Wednesday. Sources confirmed that the file has been sent to Rashtrapati Bhawan for President Pranab Mukherjee's approval. Dattu is presently a judge in the Supreme Court. He will replace CJI RM Lodha...
  • Kerala HC Advocates Association against appointment of exCJI as Governor September 2, 2014

    Kochi: Kerala High Court Advocates Association on Tuesday passed a resolution, requesting President Pranab Mukherjee not to appoint former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as Kerala Governor. The association passed the resolution with a thumping majority during an extraordinary general body meeting held on Tuesday. Only two members opposed...
  • President bestows controversymarred Arjuna Awards August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Mired in selection controversies and devoid of a Khel Ratna for the first time in 20 years, the National Sports Awards were on Friday presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in a ceremony which was severely short on star power. Like the past editions, selection controversies...
  • Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit resigns August 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit resigned on Tuesday. Dikshit is the seventh UPA appointed governor to resign after the Narendra Modi government came to power at the centre. Her resignation comes a day after she met President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Dikshit said that she did not...
  • Sheila Dikshit meets President, Home Minister amid indications of resignation August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh amid indications that she may put in her papers if shunted out of the southern state. Dikshit's meetings came a day after her Maharashtra counterpart K Sankaranarayanan quit, protesting his transfer to Mizoram. Five...
  • Pranab Mukherjee congratulates Turkey's new President August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday congratulated Turkey's former prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election as the country's president. "On behalf of the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend my greetings and good wishes on your election as the...
  • Sheila Dikshit meets Home Minister, refutes reports of her resignation as Kerala Governor August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst row over the new government removing UPAappointed governors, Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital on Monday morning. Sheila is also scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee later in the evening. She, however, put to rest speculations about her stepping down as...
  • Will return to active politics soon, says K Sankaranarayanan August 24, 2014

    Hours after he was transferred to Mizoram, Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan submitted his resignation letter to President Pranab Mukherjee. While making his decision public, Sankaranaryanan said he will soon return to active politics. The Congress is likely to use this issue to their advantage when Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi's petition...
  • OP Kohli replaces Sankaranarayanan as Maharashtra Governor, Congress cries foul August 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli sworn in as the new governor of Maharashtra on Sunday at Raj Bhawan in Mumbai. Kohli has been given the additional charge of Maharashtra after K Sankaranarayanan resigned after he was transferred to Mizoram by the Narendra Modi government. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief...
  • Karunanidhi writes to President, PM, seeks Bharat Ratna for Annadurai August 24, 2014

    Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking conferment of Bharat Ratna for party founder and Dravidian idealogue CN Annadurai. "The founder leader of the DMK, Arignar Anna (Annadurai) is a great social reformer, great writer, orator and litterateur of Tamil...
  • Maharashtra Governor Sankaranarayanan resigns, says it's not possible for him to go to Mizoram August 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Sunday sent his resignation letter to President Pranab Mukherjee after he was transferred to Mizoram by the Narendra Modi government in the morning. Sankaranarayanan refused to divulge more details on his resignation saying, "I have to honour the Constitution." He added, "It is not possible for...
  • Take up the challenge of making products for which India is dependent on imports: PM Modi to IITs August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Asking IITs to come together to find innovative solutions to the problems of the common man, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said they should take up the challenge of making products for which India is critically dependent on imports. "Science is universal. Technology must be local,"...