PRESIDENT PRATIBHA PATIL

  • FTN: Did India's first woman President fail India's women? July 24, 2012

    Did the first woman President, Pratibha Patil, fail to use her office to make gender justice a national priority? ...
  • President Patil: The controversies and her legacy July 22, 2012

    New Delhi: From the demure sariclad surprise candidate of UPAI to the confident Sukhoiflying CommanderinChief of the armed forces, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, India's first woman president rewrote history. But the 77yearold's tenure was also mired in controversy. In June 2007, a Jalgaon Congressman's wife claimed that Pratibha Patil's brother GN...
  • President's retirement home courts fresh trouble June 26, 2012

    New Delhi: After months of controversy, President Pratibha Patil's search for a new home appears to have finally come to an end. Sources tell CNNIBN, she is close to finalising a government bungalow in Pune, but not without murmurs of discontent. A pictureperfect government bungalow in the heart of Pune, surrounded...
  • President defends clemency decisions June 25, 2012

    New Delhi: The Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday defended its granting mercy to some death row convicts saying the power to pardon is not a private act of grace by the President but a part of the constitutional scheme of things. "Article 72 does confer on the President the power to grant...
  • Activists claim victory as President gives up land April 28, 2012

    Pune: President Pratibha Patil decided to give up the proposed postretirement bungalow being constructed in Pune after allegations of grabbing defence land. The activists who highlighted the violations have claimed victory but the President said she was pained at such baseless allegations. Retired defence officers in Pune congratulated each other and...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai April 27, 2012

    Watch top stories of the day with CNNIBN's EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai. ...
  • Delighted over President's decision: exdefence official April 27, 2012

    Former defence officials Commander (retd) Ravindra Pathak hailed the media for the Pune land story. ...
  • 'Pained' at row, President gives up Pune land April 27, 2012

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil decided to give up her proposed postretirement accommodation in Pune on Friday. This came after allegations that the President's bungalow was being built on defence land in violation of norms. The President's bungalow was being built on 2.6 lakh sq ft in Pune but the...
  • News 360: President Pratibha Patil gives up Pune land April 27, 2012

    President Pratibha Patil decided to give up her proposed postretirement accommodation in Pune on Friday. This came after allegations that the President's bungalow was being built on defence land in violation of norms. ...
  • Pune land row: Statement from the President's office April 27, 2012

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has decided to give up her proposed accommodation in Pune. A bungalow was being built on defence land in violation of norms and was meant for Patil's postretirement stay. Following is the Press Release issued by the President's office on Pratibha Patil's decision: The President of...
  • Pratibha Patil gives up Pune accommodation April 27, 2012

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has decided to give up the proposed accommodation in Pune. A bungalow was being built on defence land in violation of norms and was meant for Patil's postretirement stay. Presidential Spokesperson Archana Dutta said, "The President was very much pained at fabricated observation in the media...
  • President Pratibha Patil lands in new row April 12, 2012

    While an RTI plea showed that a defence land was allotted to President Pratibha Patil, her office denied any land grab. ...
  • Controversy over defence land allotted to Prez April 12, 2012

    New Delhi: There is a fresh controversy surrounding defence land allotted to President Pratibha Patil in Pune. An RTI application filed by former defence officers has shown that her postretirement bungalow is being built on defence land far in excess of what is sanctioned under the rules. The President's office has,...
  • 2G reference to SC: 6 questions asked by Prez April 12, 2012

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Singh on Thursday signed the reference on 2G seeking clarity on the verdict of the Supreme Court. This came after the apex court refused to review its decision on the cancellation of the 2G licences. The government had on Tuesday agreed to issue a Presidential reference to...
  • President Pratibha Patil's brush with controversy April 12, 2012

    An RTI disclosure has revealed that President Pratibha Patil has been allotted defence land, the size of which is six times more than she's eligible for, in Pune to construct a bungalow. President's office, however, said that the government's defence establishment owns the land. This is not the first time...
  • Opposition sees nothing new in Prez speech March 12, 2012

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Monday addressed her last joint session of Parliament before her term ends but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the speech had no new direction and added that the country could soon witness midterm elections. While the President spoke about the economy, security, terrorism,...
  • Patil on whether she always wanted to become the President January 25, 2012

    In a CNNIBN exclusive, children from all over the country got a chance to interact with the President. ...
  • Reform carefully, our institutions not flawless: Patil January 25, 2012

    New Delhi: In an apparent reference to the civil society movement for a strong Lokpal Bill, President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said one has to be cautious in bringing about reforms so that the tree of democratic institutions does not come down. "While bringing about reforms and improving institutions, we...
  • Politics over Afzal Guru, mercy plea with Prez August 12, 2011

    New Delhi: Should Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's case be fast tracked? The Congress admits there should a be a timeframe. "So long as the constitutional rules do not provide for a specific time limit, this is bound to happen. You will have different persons taking different time periods because...
  • PM briefs President on Lokpal Bill standoff April 8, 2011

    New Delhi: In the midst of continued standoff between the Government and civil society activists on the proposed Lokpal Bill, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday met President Pratibha Patil and briefed her about the efforts being made to resolve the issue. "The Prime Minister briefed the President about the efforts...
  • President 'mesmerised' with Team India's win April 3, 2011

    Mumbai: President Pratibha Patil on Sunday said watching the thrilling final of Cricket World Cup was a 'mesmerising' experience and lauded the 'tenacity and hard work' of the Men in Blue. "Team India played with utmost patience, dexterity and displayed superb skills, both with bat and...
  • Government begins process to select new CVC March 11, 2011

    New Delhi: The Government has forwarded a request for annulment of CVC PJ Thomas' appointment to President Prathibha Patil. Sources say the request was sent by the Law Ministry to the Department of Personnel and Training on Thursday and this was then forwarded to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. However, no independent confirmation from...
  • President Patil's husband takes ill February 22, 2011

    Nagpur: Devi Singh Shekhawat, husband of President Pratibha Patil was admitted to a private nursing home here on Tuesday following mild fever, Hospital sources said. "Shekhawat is alright and there is nothing to worry about his health," Director of the Hospital, Dr Murli Rao said. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Divisional Commissioner...
  • Prez: LS will consider women's quota bill February 21, 2011

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Monday expressed sincere hope that the controversial bill to provide 33 percent quota in state legislatures and parliament seats to women will be considered for passing by the Lok Sabha at the earliest. The constitutional amendment bill that provided reservation for women in the legislative...
  • Karnataka GuvCM row: BJP meets President January 24, 2011

    New Delhi: After a successful state sponsored Karnataka bandh against the Governor, the battle for Karnataka will reach the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday. Senior BJP leader LK Advani will be leading a delegation to meet President Pratibha Patil seeking Governor HR Bhardwaj's recall. Meanwhile, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said, he won't move...
  • Lensmen summoned for clicking President's pics January 5, 2011

    Panaji: A photograph of President Pratibha Patil on the Goa beach surrounded by bikiniclad women and men in swimming trunks carried in newspapers on Wednesday has angered officials here who summoned three photo journalists and questioned them. Police called three local photojournalists, who had shot Patil's pictures on the beach, and...
  • Charles and Pratibha Patil to jointly open CWG September 28, 2010

    New Delhi: Thankfully one controversy surrounding the Commonwealth Games is dying down the standoff over who will inaugurate the Games Prince Charles or President Pratibha Patil. Sources have told CNNIBN that a compromise formula has been worked out. Both President Patil and Prince Charles will open the ceremony...
  • Metro row: Buddha's titfortat over Mamata snub September 23, 2010

    Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has hit back at Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. He skipped the banquet hosted by Governor MK Narayanan in honour of President Pratibha Patil. His office gave the excuse that the Chief Minister missed the do because of another engagement. Earlier on Wednesday Railway Minister...
  • President visits flash floodhit Leh September 1, 2010

    Jammu: President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday arrived in the floodravaged Leh town of Jammu and Kashmir to review and assess the rescue and relief operations there. Pratibha, who was received at the Leh airport by Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, was briefed by the Indian Army and...
  • New lease of life for another death row convict August 26, 2010

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has pardoned the death sentence of Shobit Kumar, who was convicted for killing six people of a family. Shobit Kumar has been in jail for the last 21 years. His mercy petition filed with the President in 1998, was the oldest pending application. Earlier, CNNIBN...