PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE

  • 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...
  • Pranab raps MPs, says Parliament should debate, not get disrupted February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has rapped the Parliamentarians, reminding them of their responsibilities. Speaking in Parliament, he has asked them to introspect over Parliament's functioning. "Parliament is the Gangotri of democracy and if Gangotri is polluted, Ganga cannot be clean. All stakeholders must introspect and follow convention and rules," he...
  • Populist anarchy cannot substitute governance: President January 25, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday made a veiled attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's street protests saying government is not a "charity shop" and "populist anarchy" cannot be a substitute for governance. Without taking the name of AAP leader, who earlier this week staged a twoday dharna outside...
  • Nelson Mandela, an icon of inspiration for humanity: Pranab Mukherjee December 6, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday expressed profound grief over the death of global antiapartheid hero, Nelson Mandela saying, he was an "icon of inspiration for humanity". In his message, he said, he conveyed his profound grief and condolences over the loss of a statesman, world leader and icon...
  • My Patna visit won't coincide with Modi's rally, President assures BJP October 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The row over Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi's Bihar rally seems to have blown over after BJP leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and Rajiv Pratap Rudy met President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday. The President has assured them that his visit to Patna on October 26 will not...
  • BJP takes economic concerns to President, seeks early elections August 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday took the issue of economic crisis to the President demanding early elections. "We have suggested that the general elections be advanced and be done with the Assembly elections that are due this year," senior BJP leader LK Advani said. "Early elections could be...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai August 14, 2013

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  • News 360: Big blow to Navy, blasts in submarine Sindhurakshak, 18 sailors missing August 14, 2013

    A massive fire broke out in a submarine, named Sindhurakshak, between Lion Gate and Seta Gate late on Tuesday night at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. ...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee signs Food Security ordinance into law July 5, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday gave his assent to the ordinance on Food Security that had been approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday. The President has signed the ordinance, which now becomes a law. It will now be tabled before Parliament for approval. Parliament has to clear it...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee to visit Maharashtra June 30, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Maharashtra on July 1 to attend the concluding ceremony of the birth centenary celebrations of former chief minister of Maharashtra Vasantrao Naik, an official release said. It said that the function will be held at the auditorium of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in...
  • Illegal mining: Cong leaders meet President seeking Bokhiria's ouster June 28, 2013

    Ahmedabad: In fresh trouble for Narendra Modi associate Babubhai Bokhiria, who is also the Natural Resources Minister, Gujarat Congress leaders, led by state chief Arjun Modhvadia, met President Pranab Mukherjee to press for his removal from the Gujarat Cabinet. Earlier in June, Bokhiria was found guilty by a Porbandar court...
  • Afghan President arrives in India, to seek military aid May 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived in the country on Monday on a threeday visit during which he will seek increased military aid from India and discuss recent crossborder clashes with Pakistan. "We will ask for assistance for the strengthening of our security forces," Karzai's spokesman had said in...
  • Delhi: Politicians condemn rape of minor April 20, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and leaders from across the political spectrum on Saturday expressed shock over the brutal rape of a fiveyearold girl in New Delhi and pressed for strong action to check such barbaric incidents. While Congress President Sonia Gandhi sent out a stern...
  • CBI celebrates its Golden Jubliee amidst criticism April 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Amidst a heated political discourse on the alleged misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by parties in power, the country's premier probe agency would celebrate 50 years of its founding at a function in New Delhi on Saturday. President Pranab Mukherjee will unveil the Golden Jubilee logo...
  • Justice Katju writes to the President seeking pardon for Dutt and Zaibunisa March 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice Markandey Katju has kept his word and written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt and 1993 Mumbai blasts case convict Zaibunisa Kazi. Even as Dutt said in a statement that he would not apply for mercy, Katju...
  • Dhaka: Explosion outside President Pranab's hotel March 4, 2013

    Dhaka: There was a minor explosion outside the Sanargaon Pan-Pacific hotel where President Pranab Mukherjee was scheduled to stay during his 3-day Bangladesh visit. There were no reports of any damage or casualty. No one was injured in the blast which took place around 2 pm, said Apoorva Hassan, the...
  • BJP calls President's address to Parliament a 'damp squib' February 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Terming as a 'damp squib' President Pranab Mukherjee's joint address to Parliament, BJP on Thursday said the speech did not touch upon relevant issues like price rise and corruption. "It is a damp squib as it has not actually touched what is relevant today and we are very...
  • Full text: President Pranab Mukherjee's speech in Parliament February 21, 2013

    The Budget Session of Parliament has formally begun with President Pranab Mukherjee's address in which he laid out the government's agenda in the forthcoming session. Pranab Mukherjee spoke on issues including safety of women, economic slowdown, inflation and also laid stress on crossborder relations. Following is the full text of...
  • Gangrape protest: Violence not a solution, says President December 25, 2012

    Pranab Mukherjee expressed 'deep distress' over the recent gangrape of the 23yearold girl in Delhi but cautioned that though anger over the 'ghastly incident' was 'justified', violence was 'no solution'. ...
  • Gangrape protest: President condoles constable's death December 25, 2012

    Allahabad: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed "deep distress" over the recent gangrape of a girl in Delhi but cautioned that though anger over the "ghastly incident" was "justified", violence was "no solution". Condoling the death of a policeman who succumbed to injuries suffered during the violent protests against the...
  • Delhi gangrape: Pranab praises victim for being strong December 24, 2012

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday praised the courage and tenacity of the Delhi gangrape victim and asked people to redouble efforts for women's protection. In a message on the eve of Christmas, the President expressed "anguish and distress" over the horrific attack on the 23yearold girl in the...
  • President visits his alma mater, turns nostalgic December 19, 2012

    Suri: It was a trip down memory lane for President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday when he stepped into the portals of Suri Vidhyasagar College, his alma mater from where he finished his graduation. Known for his eidetic memory, 77yearold Mukherjee was received with much fanfare at his alma mater where...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee to visit Kerala today October 29, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: President Pranab Mukherjee will arrive here on Monday for a twoday visit to the state capital. On his first official visit to the state as President, Mukherjee would arrive here in the evening by a special aircraft and stay at the Raj Bhavan. He will inaugurate the Viswa Malayala Mahotsavam...
  • President Pranab in West Bengal for Durga Puja October 22, 2012

    Birbhum: The Durga Puja festivities are on in West Bengal and Birbhum has more than one reason to celebrate. President Pranab Mukherjee is at his village Mirati and will take part in the festivities for the next few days. This is his first visit to the village after being appointed...
  • Telangana: Shinde to meet President, decision soon October 18, 2012

    Hyderabad: Under fire on the corruption front, the government seems to be fasttracking a decision on the contentious Telangana issue. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the issue. The meeting comes on the heels of Congress war room meeting which Shinde attended...
  • Align domestic fuel prices with global rates: Pranab October 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Close on the heels of steep increase in diesel price and cap on supply of subsidised LPG, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said greater alignment of domestic rates with global prices was in the interest of both consumers and investors. A steep Rs 5.62 per litre hike notwithstanding,...
  • Cong undermining CAG authority, BJP tells Pranab September 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday took the battle over the coal blocks allocation controversy to the Rashtrapati Bhawan as a delegation of the party met President Pranab Mukherjee. Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj met President...
  • I have become an antique piece: President Pranab September 10, 2012

    New Delhi: "I have become an antique piece" President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday joked about his transition from an active political life to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "....of course, it (being the President) has the other side of the picture that perhaps I have become an antique piece in the theatre of...
  • President Mukherjee concerned about fiscal deficit September 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Expressing concern over fiscal deficit, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said if subsidies are not contained below 2 per cent of the GDP, it may pose a serious problem for the economy. "Fiscal deficit which is not confined to 5.1 per cent of GDP as projected in the Budget...
  • President to visit Bihar on October 3: Nitish September 2, 2012

    Patna: In his maiden tour since becoming the President, Pranab Mukherjee will arrive in Patna on a twoday visit from October 3, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Sunday. Mukherjee will return to New Delhi the next day as per a tentative schedule, the Chief Minister told reporters. He did...