UPA

  • Lessons from bypoll results - Public Memory is short but not always sweet! 5 hours 28 minutes ago

    The recent Parliament and bypolls have brought out one thing conclusively, which is the impatience of people. People wait long to form an opinion and once formed they act on it quickly. They do not care much for reputations, caste- calculations, dynasty factor etc. Their aspirations and fears are paramount and...
  • Did not receive any letter on PPP audit from Vinod Rai, says Chidambaram Yesterday

    New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that he did not receive any communication from ex-CAG 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...
  • Centre seeks consensus for changes in Land Acquisition Act 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The central government on Monday sought "consensus" to bring changes in the Land Acquisition Act to make it more investor-friendly but said it was not happening due to the "contradictory views" within political parties which are wanting changes in the legislation. Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari also hit out...
  • Former CAG Vinod Rai refutes rumours of joining politics, says it's not his cup of tea 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai on Monday refuted all rumours of his political ambitions. The remarks came after Rai's upcoming book 'Not Just An Accountant' accused former prime minister Manmohan Singh of not taking stand against corruption. He said, "I sincerly believe politics is a good profession...
  • Manmohan Singh refuses to comment on ex-CAG Vinod Rai's allegations 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh refused to comment on ex-Comptroller & Auditor General Vinod Rai's book which questioned his integrity as the PM while major scams like 2G and Coalgate took place during the UPA regime. "I don't want to comment on what other people say", remarked Singh. They...
  • Sheila Dikshit slams NDA for nudging UPA-appointed governors to quit 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Attacking the NDA government for "forcing" UPA-appointed governors to quit, former Kerala Governor and three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said that the new dispensation targeted the holders of the constitutional office "selectively" and "humiliated" them which does not auger well for democracy. 76-year-old Dikshit, who was...
  • Rs 25,000 crore Navy tender only for private sector: Defence Ministry 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Seeking to build capabilities of Indian private sector warship builders, the Defence Ministry has rejected the plea of a state-owned shipyard to participate in the Rs 25,000 crore project to construct four amphibious warfare vessels for the Indian Navy. The Defence Ministry has decided that only private sector shipyards,...
  • Ajit Singh says he will vacate government accommodation by September 25 4 days ago

    New Delhi: A day after the Union Government cracked the whip by disconnecting power and water supplies to the official accommodation of former union minister Ajit Singh, the Rashtriya Lok Dal leader on Sunday said that he will vacate the accommodation by 25th of this month. "I have lived here...
  • Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal meets Sushma Swaraj over problems of Sikhs 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, along with a delegation of Sikh leaders, on Saturday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and demanded that the issues pertaining to Sikhs in the United States be included in the agenda of meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US...
  • I wrote to Manmohan Singh warning him over 2G allocations, claims Congress's Kamal Nath 6 days ago

    New Delhi: In a statement that could send ripples across the Congress, senior party leader and former parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath has claimed that he had warned former prime minister Manmohan Singh over 2G allocations. "I did write a letter to the PM warning him of the allocations in...
  • Manmohan Singh isn't answerable, says Congress as ex-CAG blames him of inaction during scams 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The allegations of former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai has brought former prime minister Manmohan Singh back in the dock. In his yet to be released book "Not Just an Accountant", Rai has accused the former PM of taking no corrective measures to avert loss...
  • Foreign brokerages expect upgrade in India's credit outlook 1 week ago

    Mumbai: There is a 'compelling' case for an upgrade of India's sovereign rating outlook, two brokerages said on Thursday that with one of them anticipating the revision in 2017. Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Thursday said "worst is over" for India and credit rating agencies are likely to upgrade...
  • Centre will not allow FDI in multi-brand retail: Nirmala Sitharaman September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government will not allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday. "We are clear that FDI will not be allowed in multi-brand retail trade. We shall not entertain FDI in MBRT. There is no...
  • Telangana: TRS, TDP-BJP and Congress slug it out to win Medak LS bypoll September 7, 2014

    Hyderabad: A shrill campaign is on for the high-stakes Medak Lok Sabha bypoll in Telangana, which has been necessitated after the resignation of Telengana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of the ruling TRS, with the Congress and the Telugu Desam (TDP)-BJP combine leaving no stone unturned to win the contest. The...
  • Modi government has never refused financial aid to Punjab: CM Parkash Singh Badal September 7, 2014

    Ludhiana: Accusing Congress of misguiding people by spreading "false propaganda" that the Centre was not providing funds to Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday asserted that the Narendra Modi government has never denied financial aid to the state. "The UPA government knew that they will not be able...
  • PM Modi reviews Aadhaar, may use it to improve delivery of schemes September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed progress of Aadhaar project and is believed to have discussed the possibility of using the platform to resume Aadhaar-based direct benefit transfers of subsidised schemes. It will also help monitor attendance of government officials. The discussions, which were attended by Home Minister...
  • Gujarat High Court disposes PIL challenging Sonia photos in UPA ads September 3, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has disposed of a PIL, filed just before the last Assembly polls seeking removal of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's photos from erstwhile party-led UPA Government's advertisements, on ground that the matter has become infructuous. A Division Bench comprising Justices Akil Kureshi and JB Pardiwala on Tuesday...
  • Only seen good speeches by PM, not good results: Shashi Tharoor September 3, 2014

    Congress has hit out at the NDA government saying that the credit for the 5.7 per cent GDP growth goes to the UPA. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that the NDA government has merely renamed UPA schemes and are taking credit for it. ...
  • Government response to SC decision on coal block good governance, says Ravi Shankar Prasad September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: The government's decision to accept the Supreme Court's decision to term the coal block allocation since 1993 as illegal is an example of good governance, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday. "We said we accept your decision. Please consider the 46 mines where production is about...
  • NDA slams Congress-led UPA for 'sitting on' black money issue September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: The ruling NDA on Tuesday hit out at the previous UPA regime saying it had failed to set up an SIT on black money despite a Supreme Court direction for the same even as it asserted that it will bring out the truth in the matter after acting...
  • Former Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati passes away September 2, 2014

    Mumbai: Former Attorney General of India GE Vahanvati, the first Muslim to become the top law officer of the country, died on Tuesday following a heart attack aged 65. Goolam Essaji Vahanvati is survived by his wife and son, Maharashtra's Advocate General Darius Khambata said. Vahanvati was appointed the 13th...
  • Congress conspiring to tarnish Modi government's image: Prakash Javadekar September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Opposition Congress is "conspiring to tarnish" the image of the Narendra Modi government after being unable to find anything against its "transparent" functioning, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday. Hitting back at the opposition party for its comments that the NDA regime's first 100 days in power...
  • Hits and misses: 100 days of Narendra Modi government September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Narendra Modi government completed over 100 days in power, there has been a stark difference in the functioning of the NDA and UPA governments. There has been speedy decision making and many projects which were previously seen to have been stalled, have now been cleared. The...
  • Modi government simply repackaged UPA schemes: Congress September 1, 2014

    The Opposition has raised questions on Narendra Modi's 100 days in office. Congress strongly criticised Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana. The Opposition has claimed that the government has simply repackaged UPA schemes and is misleading people. Senior congress leader Anand Sharma told CNN-IBN that the UPA had started the process...
  • BJP forms panel to help government roll out social schemes August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to help publicise and implement social welfare schemes initiated under Prime Minister Narendra Modi government, BJP has formed a committee for active coordination between the party and the government. The move, BJP sources said, was a conscious strategy to ensure that benefits of welfare programmes...
  • 'Ministers enjoy large powers under PM Modi' August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday sought to dismiss any perception that power is centralised with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying ministers enjoy large extent of decentralisation with accountability. "See this whole debate is not about over centralisation. For instance I look after different departments in the government and...
  • Congress proved right, GDP data shows decline in economic growth halted in 2013-14: Chidambaram August 30, 2014

    New Delhi: In response to the first quarter growth figures being the highest its been in two-and-a-half years, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that the results are in line with the Congress's stand that the decline in growth had ended in their term. "Congress party and I are...
  • SC order on coal block allocations to affect 218 blocks August 25, 2014

    The Supreme Court declared on Monday that all coal block allocations made by the 36th screening committee as illegal and said that coal block allocations from 1993 till 2010 were arbitrary and not transparent. The court has stopped short of de-allocation and posted the matter for further hearing on September...
  • 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...
  • Can't be held responsible for decisions taken by government, says former coal secretary August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: As Supreme Court termed all the coal block allocation from 1993 onwards as illegal, all eyes are on at the ministers and officials who were at the helm during this period. While former Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal refused to comment on the latest court ruling in the coal scam,...