UPA

  • Government response to SC decision on coal block good governance, says Ravi Shankar Prasad 16 minutes ago

    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 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    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 2 hours 5 minutes ago

    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 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    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 11 hours 35 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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' 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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,...
  • SC declares all coal block allocations made from 1993 to 2010 as illegal, stops short of cancellation August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: 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 apex court bench comprising Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Madan B. Lokur, and...
  • List of Governors for Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Rajasthan likely to be finalised today August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The list of Governors for Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Rajasthan is likely to be finalised on Monday. Sources have said that senior BJP leader Kalyan Singh could be appointed as the Rajasthan governor. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayan resigned on Sunday after he was transferred to Mizoram. So far six...
  • SC to deliver judgement in coal blocks allocation today August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to deliver a judgement in coal blocks allocation on Monday, based on a petition alleging irregularities in the allotment of coal blocks to private parties was made in 2012. The petition challenged the allocations during the UPA and NDA regimes to private parties...
  • UPA's sanitation scheme a failure, will review it: Government August 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will review the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan scheme, launched by the previous UPA government in 2012 to eradicate the menace of open defecation in the country, saying it was a "failure". Ahead of the conference of state ministers in-charge of drinking water and sanitation here tomorrow, the...
  • Congress stands exposed, reveal who had pressurised CAG: BJP August 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Attacking the Congress over former CAG Vinod Rai's claims, BJP on Sunday said that the opposition party stood "exposed" and demanded that the identity of leaders who "approached him" to drop names of those involved in scams during the UPA regime be revealed. The ruling party said that Rai's...
  • BJP came to power by making false promises: Digvijaya Singh August 24, 2014

    Hyderabad: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power by "making false promises", Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said that some shortcoming lay with his party too in taking the UPA's achievements effectively to the people. "Gujarat model of development. What is this Gujarat model of development? By...
  • Centre transfers another UPA-appointed Governor August 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The BJP-led NDA government transferred yet another Governor appointed by the previous UPA regime. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan was on Sunday transferred to Mizoram. Meanwhile, Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli was given the additional charge of Maharashtra. The Governor's seat in Mizoram fell vacant after Kamala Beniwal, a bete noire...
  • SC to pronounce verdict on coal block allocation on Monday August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Monday its judgement on a batch of petitions seeking quashing of coal blocks allocation during the previous UPA regime. A bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha has examined the allegations about alleged irregularities in the allocation of around 194...
  • Centre allows Finmeccanica, Agusta Westland to do business in India albeit in a limited capacity August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has allowed Finmeccanica and Agusta Westland to do business with India but in a limited capacity. The Defence Ministry has allowed Finmeccanica to remain in contention in single bid deals; meaning where the company is a lone bidder. Finmeccanica will deal in spare parts and...
  • RSS wants UPA appointees in NCTE removed: Sources August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: In its latest diktat to the Narendra Modi government, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has asked the Union HRD Ministry to 'change all members' appointed by the previous UPA government in the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The RSS has communicated its demand to HRD Minister Smriti Irani. The...
  • Congress unable to digest out 'Good Governance': Naqvi August 20, 2014

    BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in response to the allegations of Congress president Sonia Gandhi that BJP is riding on schemes of UPA government said, Congress is unable to digest our 'Good Governance'. ...
  • Modi government took credit for schemes introduced by Congress, says Sonia Gandhi August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused the Narendra Modi government of taking credit for the schemes and programmes of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and stated that despite doing so much, the Congress-led alliance lost in the Lok Sabha polls as people got misled by false...
  • CBI registers fresh case in coal scam August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday registered a fresh case against a Nagpur-based company for alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal block during the NDA regime in 2003. CBI sources said a case of criminal conspiracy and cheating has been registered against Gondwana Ispat Limited and its...
  • Sonia had decided not to head the government in 1999 itself, says former home secretary August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Former home secretary RD Pradhan has rejected former minister Natwar Singh's allegations on party President Sonia Gandhi's decision on not taking the Prime Minister's post. In an interview to CNN-IBN, Pradhan said that Sonia Gandhi had decided she won't head the government as early as 1999. He said that...
  • Centre ready for a discussion on UPSC CSAT issue, say sources August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Hoping to end the row over the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Aptitude Test, the Centre has agreed to take up the issue for discussion. There has been high drama in and out of Parliament over the issue with opposition parties demanding clarity from the Centre...
  • BJP blames UPA for UPSC CSAT row, says Centre's decision well thought August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The deadlock over the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Aptitude Test continues with political parties indulging in blame game over the issue. While the opposition parties are demanding clarity over the Centre's stand on the issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party has blamed the Congress and the...
  • Ex-PM Manmohan Singh's daughter defends father in a book, says he faced resistance within Congress August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's daughter has come to his defence in a new book. In an interview to a national daily, Daman Singh has said that her father was not a misfit in politics but that manipulative politics and wheeling dealing didn't come easily to him. She...
  • All-party meet on Insurance Laws Amendment Bill inconclusive August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the NDA government tries hard to get the Insurance Laws Amendment Bill passed in Parliament, the all-party meeting to resolve the deadlock was inconclusive. Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel said that parties will meet again in the next two days to discuss the possible formulation...