Union Minister

  • No difficulty in implementing policies if PM can whip ministers: Shourie June 17, 2014

    Mumbai: If bureaucrats are to implement the policies of the government, they would do so very efficiently if there is a prime minister who can "whip ministers and secretaries into doing their work", former Union Minister Arun Shourie said. "If you really want bureaucrats to implement policies, they will very efficiently...
  • 12 states have implemented Right to Food Act: Ramvilas Paswan June 15, 2014

    Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan on Sunday said only five states have fully implemented Food Security Act and seven others have done so partially so far. Till date, only 12 states have implemented the Food Security Act with the states like Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Punjab doing so fully as per...
  • Prakash Javadekar elected as Rajya Sabha member from MP June 12, 2014

    Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar was declared on Thursday elected as the Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh. The result was declared by the State Assembly's Principal Secretary and Returning Officer for the Rajya Sabha bypoll, Bhagwandev Israni. Israni handed over the certificate of election to...
  • All ministers to submit property details to PM within 2 months June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: All ministers in the Narendra Modi government will have to submit details of their assets, liabilities and business interests to the Prime Minister within two months. They have also been directed to sever all connections, short of divesting themselves of ownership, with the conduct and management of any business...
  • Jayalalithaa meets President, Union ministers during her Delhi visit June 3, 2014

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee while three Union ministers called on her during her visit to the national capital. Minister for Communications ~~amp;amp; Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Heavy Industries...
  • Industry condoles passing away of Gopinath Munde June 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Condolence messages poured in from India Inc following the sudden demise of Union Minister Gopinath Munde, who died in a road accident on Tuesday morning. "We are deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Gopinath Munde, Minister of Rural Development, Panchyati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation. We...
  • CBI director meets MoS Personnel Jitendra Singh May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will work towards "restoring" the credibility of CBI and it will be given functional autonomy to ensure complete independence in its operations, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. "We are of the considered view that all the organisations including the CBI were conceived with a noble...
  • Has merit won over politics in Narendra Modi's Cabinet? June 14, 2014

    Narendra Damodardas Modi on Monday took charge as the 15th Prime Minister of India. The 63-year-old Modi was sworn-in on the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Pranab Mukherjee. He will take charge of the office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday morning. CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose discusses...
  • How do you rate Narendra Modi's Cabinet? June 14, 2014

    Narendra Modi, who was sworn in as India's Prime Minister on Monday, has a 45-member strong Council of Ministers. Out of these, 24 are Cabinet Ministers. Ten are Ministers of State with Independent Charge, while the rest are Ministers of State. He has broken the conventional experiments of ministerial quota...
  • LS polls: Union Minister gets voting machine direction changed to suit Vastu in Karnataka April 17, 2014

    An election official changed the direction of EVM allegedly at the request of candidate and Union Minister K H Muniyappa to make it "Vastu" compliant, following which he was shifted from a polling centre in Kolar Lok Sabha constituency. "The official has been shifted from Harohalli polling centre, which is in...
  • Congress is soul of the country, can't be wiped out: Sriprakash Jaiswal April 3, 2014

    Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Thursday said those who have given the slogan of a "Congress-free India" were unaware of the fact that it was not just a political party, but the soul of the country. While inaugurating the central election office of party candidate from Lucknow Lok Sabha seat Rita...
  • UP treasure hunt yielded glass bangles, bones: Union minister February 12, 2014

    Glass bangles, iron nails and bones make up all that was yielded in the dig at the site in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh where a seer had claimed a treasure of gold was buried, Parliament was told on Wednesday. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on the dig carried...
  • Union minister agrees to probe into resale of Taj Mahal's entry tickets February 11, 2014

    Union minister for culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch on Tuesday agreed to investigate the allegations of resale of entrance tickets to the Taj Mahal. She admitted there could be resale of entrance tickets at the Taj Mahal after a delegation from Agra, led by MP Ram Shankar Katheria, met her on Tuesday...
  • Kumari Selja may quit Union Ministry, work for Congress ahead of polls January 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha MP Kumari Selja may quit the Union Cabinet, according to Congress sources. Going by the sources, Selja is expected to work for the party ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections. She currently holds the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Earlier in the day, Congress had also...
  • No one saw Narendra Modi selling tea, says Union minister RPN Singh January 24, 2014

    Barring his own testimony, no one has seen Narendra Modi selling tea on streets, Union Minister RPN Singh on Thursday said, and alleged that BJP was a party "dream sellers". Taking a dig at the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, the Union minister of state for Home said,"no one has seem him...
  • Congress works more than the Opposition, but fails in marketing: Rahul January 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in a veiled attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the Congress works more than the Opposition but is not as good when it comes to marketing. "Our opposition markets better, works less. We work more but aren't good at marketing," he...
  • Vijay Bahuguna demands Central Medical College for Uttarakhand January 9, 2014

    The Uttarakhand government has demanded setting up of a Central Medical College in the hill state for strengthening health services and medical education. The request was made by Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna when he met Union Minister for Health Ghulam Nabi Azad in Delhi on Wednesday, official sources said in Dehradun...
  • Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola dead December 15, 2013

    Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola died at a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday after a prolonged illness. The 86-year-old Congress leader had been suffering from various ailments, sources in Medanta Medicity said. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Born on 30 July, 1927, the...
  • Harish Rawat appointed Cong's poll coordinator for MP November 11, 2013

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed Union Minister Harish Rawat as election coordinator for Madhya Pradesh, which goes to polls on November 25. The Union Minister for Water Resources has reached Bhopal and taken up his new assignment, his representative Rajiv Jain said on Monday. Rawat is working along with AICC general...
  • Telangana fire spreads, six Union Ministers quit, Jagan to go on fast October 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Protests erupted within the Congress soon after the Union Cabinet cleared the way for dividing Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana with six ministers quitting from the Union Council of Ministers till Friday. Anti-Telangana protests were also witnessed in Seemandhra and the region is witnessing a 72-hour bandh from...
  • Rahul Gandhi will become PM one day: Shashi Tharoor October 3, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said he was optimistic about seeing the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi becoming the prime minister one day. "I certainly hope that one day he (Rahul) will," Tharoor told reporters in Bhubaneswar replying to a question on whether Gandhi would become Prime Minister as he...
  • New Land Acquisition Act not anti-industry: Jairam Ramesh September 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Sunday allayed fears of Indian industry and said the new Land Acquisition Act would make projects economically viable. Terming the new act "historic", Ramesh said it was "humane, its thrust is on rehabilitation and resettlement and in the national interest, as it promotes...
  • There is no corruption in India, claims Union Minister Rahman Khan September 14, 2013

    Kolkata: Asserting that the UPA government has taken steps to improve transparency in the functioning of the government, Union Minister of Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan on Saturday claimed that there was no corruption in the country. "How do you say that there is corruption? The so-called Coalgate or the 2G...
  • Jairam Ramesh blames 'forcible acquisition' by PSUs for Naxal problem September 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on PSUs for displacing tribals, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday blamed their actions for growth of Naxalism in many areas and cautioned that the era of "forcible acquisition" was now over. The Union Rural Development Minister said if the new Land Acquisition Act is implemented...
  • Jairam Ramesh to visit Jharkhand on Friday August 8, 2013

    Union Minister Jairam Ramesh, who was made Chairman of Congress Committee for Implementation of Common Minimum Programme in Jharkhand recently, is visiting the state on Friday to chalk out a strategy for the alliance government. Congress is participating in the alliance government in the state headed by JMM's Hemant Soren. The...
  • Farooq Abdullah blames media for misquoting him on Re 1 meal remark July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday blamed the media for misquoting him on the Re 1 meal remark saying his comments on the cost of meal have been taken out of context by the media. "My comments on the cost of a meal in the media have been...
  • Joshi, Maken in Rahul's high-power coordination committee July 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday brought in senior leaders C P Joshi and Ajay Maken into the party's high-power coordination committee headed by Rahul Gandhi for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. With their addition, the number of members of the committee, set up in November 2012, has gone up to eight....
  • Govt to spend Rs 17,000 cr on minorities in 12th five-year plan May 31, 2013

    Siddharth Nagar (UP): To remove socio-economic and educational backwardness of minorities, the Centre has decided to spend Rs 17,000 crore in the 12th five-year plan, Union Minister for Minority Welfare K Rehman Khan said on Friday. He told reporters that of the 72 recommendations made by the Sachar Committee for...
  • West Bengal: Cong MP, workers ransack DM's bungalow February 7, 2013

    Murshidabad: In a shocking incident in West Bengal, several workers of the Congress party, led by Union Minister and party MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, went on a rampage at Murshidabad. The Congress MP was seen cheering the mob of party workers as they ransacked the house of the District Magistrate. The...
  • Accord state funeral to the braveheart: Patel December 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Expressing grief at the death of the 23-year-old braveheart, Union Minister Praful Patel on Saturday said the Delhi government should accord her a state funeral as a mark of respect to women of the country. "Saddened by the loss of a braveheart. Delhi government should accord her a...