Hamid Ansari

  • President, PM pays tribute to BR Ambedkar 14-04-2014 01:58 PM

    President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday paid tribute to BR Ambedkar on his 123rd birth anniversary. With several other leaders present, the dignitaries paid floral tributes to the principal architect of the Indian Constitution at his statue in the precincts of Parliament...
  • LS polls: Delhi records 64.77 pc voter turnout, highest in three decades 10-04-2014 09:55 PM

    Delhi on Thursday recorded its highest voter turnout in the last three decades with 64.77 per cent polling. The capital saw a 64.88 per cent turnout in the 1984 elections, held post the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi. The turnout in 2009 election was 51.85 per cent. "The high...
  • Saudi Arabian crown prince to visit India next week 22-02-2014 10:35 PM

    Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will pay an official visit to India Feb 26-28, the highest level political visit from the kingdom after the 2006 landmark trip by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations. Crown Prince Salman, who...
  • Live: Parliament passes Telangana Bill by voice vote, India gets 29th state 20-02-2014 11:00 AM

    New Delhi: 9:08 pm: "We could have defeated the Bill but we didn't, we have played an important role in passing this legislation," says Arun Jaitley. 9:00 pm: "No decision yet on merging or even going on an alliance with the Congress," says TRS MP KT Rama Rao. 20:45 pm:...
  • 'Can we not respect the dead even' asks Hamid Ansari in Rajya Sabha 06-02-2014 12:51 PM

    New Delhi: "Can we not respect even the dead", wondered an anguished Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari in the house on Thursday. His observation came as he deplored members for disrupting a discussion on the death of a student from Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi last week. AIADMK and TDP members...
  • Mumbai: Son missing since 14 months, family seeks government help 20-12-2013 10:55 AM

    Mumbai: While India pulls out all stops to bring back diplomat Devyani Khobragade from the US with dignity, another family in Mumbai is awaiting the return of its son. 28-year-old Hamid Ansari has been missing for the past 14 months. Ansari went missing while he was looking for a job...
  • SP, BSP skip all-party meet, NDA wants Lokpal Bill passed in din 16-12-2013 04:20 PM

    New Delhi: While the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders told Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari at the all-party meet on Monday that the Lokpal Bill be passed in the din, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) skipped the meeting. The Samajwadi Party is adamant...
  • President, Prime Minister condole Ola's death 15-12-2013 10:19 PM

    President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday condoled the passing away of Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola, who breathed his last at a Gurgaon hospital after a prolonged illness. "I am deeply saddened to learn about...
  • MPs pay homage to martyrs of 2001 terror attack on Parliament 13-12-2013 11:02 AM

    New Delhi: Members of Parliament on Friday paid homage to the martyrs of the 2001 terror attack on Parliament. Today is the 12th anniversary of the terror attack. Nine people, including eight security personnel, were killed in the December 13, 2001 terror attack on Parliament. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok...
  • World should follow Indian multi-culturalism: Ansari 02-11-2013 07:19 PM

    The success of Indian multi-culturalism is an example for the whole world to establish a peaceful and harmonious society, Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari said here. Ansari was addressing a gathering at the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre at Said Business School in Oxford, England on 'Identity and Citizenship: An Indian...
  • Ansari concludes three-nation trip, leaves for India 02-11-2013 07:16 AM

    London: Vice President Hamid Ansari left for India on Saturday after concluding his 8-day official tour that took him to Peru, Cuba and Britain. Ansari left for Delhi soon after delivering a lecture on "Citizenship and identity" at the prestigious Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He arrived here last night...
  • Hamid Ansari leaves for visit to Peru, Cuba 25-10-2013 11:41 AM

    Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday left for Lima on the first-ever visit to Peru and Cuba as part of India's thrust towards Latin America. The 8-day official visit will also take Ansari to UK where he will deliver a public lecture at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on...
  • Technology should be used to promote, propagate Urdu, says Hamid Ansari 13-09-2013 07:46 PM

    Technology should be increasingly used to promote and propagate Urdu among the masses, especially students in schools, Vice President Hamid Ansari said on Friday. Ansari, in a function organised by Urdu daily Nai Duniya, said while films have had a huge impact in spreading Urdu, technology can be used to...
  • Kerala govt seeks explanation from organisers on national anthem row 13-09-2013 03:22 PM

    Embarrassed by the inept compering and mistakes in rendering the national anthem at a function attended by Vice-President Hamid Ansari in the city this week, the Kerala Government has sought explanation from the organisers of the event. The Genderal Administration Department has sought an explanation from Sree Narayana Dharma Samithi,...
  • Faux pas during vote on Food Bill ordinance delays RS proceedings 02-09-2013 10:54 PM

    New Delhi: A faux pas by Treasury benches during the voting on the ordinance on food security held up proceedings of Rajya Sabha for some time. The problem began when Chairman Hamid Ansari called for a voice vote on statutory resolution moved by Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley disapproving...
  • Delhiites enjoying better life but safety is a worry: Report 31-08-2013 05:36 PM

    Quality of life in Delhi has improved significantly in the last few years due to high economic growth and better delivery of basic services but safety and security of residents remains an area of concern, a report released on Saturday by Vice President Hamid Ansari said. According to Delhi Human...
  • Govt must restore faith in police, judiciary, says Hamid Ansari 31-08-2013 03:28 PM

    As Delhi grapples with the problem of rising crime rate, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday said the issue of safety and security has been agitating the public mind and government must restore people's faith in police and justice delivery system. Underlining the need for improved security in the city,...
  • BJP cut up with govt putting a nominated member in JPC on 2G 29-08-2013 09:08 PM

    Miffed at government putting a nominated member in the JPC on 2G spectrum scam, BJP is likely to write to Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari asking him whether the proportional representation rule will be followed in future committees or the ruling party will have its say. The Parliamentary Standing Committees,...
  • Question Hour won't be disrupted, Rajya Sabha MPs assure Hamid Ansari 19-08-2013 11:55 PM

    New Delhi: In view of frequent disruptions of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday met leaders of various parties who promised to allow legislative business during the remaining part of the Monsoon Session. At the meeting, the representatives gave Ansari an assurance that Question Hour will not be...
  • Hamid Ansari calls all-party meet to ensure smooth proceedings in Rajya Sabha 19-08-2013 01:22 PM

    Apparently exasperated over frequent disruptions, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has called an all-party meet on Monday to discuss possible changes in rules for smooth running of House. The meeting comes close on the heels of his observation last week calling for reviewing procedures of the House. He had said...
  • Uproar in RS over special status for Uttar Pradesh, adjourned till noon 19-08-2013 12:25 PM

    The Rajya Sabha was Monday adjourned till noon following noisy protests by the Samajwadi Party members demanding special status for Uttar Pradesh. As the house met at 11 a.m., members condoled the death of sitting BJP MP Dilip Singh Judeo and victims of the naval submarine tragedy. While Rajya Sabha...
  • Vice President M Hamid Ansari lauds role of church in nation building 18-08-2013 05:20 AM

    The Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC) has rendered yeoman service in nation building and community development over the past five decades, Vice President M Hamid Ansari said on Saturday at an event in the Karnataka capital. "The contribution of the ECC in promoting inter-faith harmony and greater understanding among all sections...
  • President, vice president, PM greet nation on Parsi new year 17-08-2013 11:03 PM

    New Delhi:President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday greeted the nation on the eve of Navroz, the Parsi New Year, which will be observed Sunday. "Navroz symbolises new beginnings and is seen as a harbinger of peace and prosperity. The festival reminds us...
  • Hamid Ansari, Meira Kumar greet people on Independence Day 14-08-2013 11:36 PM

    Vice President Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar greeted the people of India on the eve of the Independence Day. In his message, Ansari asked the citizens to work together towards building a modern collective and progressive nation. "On this day, as we celebrate with pride our national...
  • Rajya Sabha MPs protest Chairman Ansari calling them 'anarchists' 13-08-2013 12:23 PM

    New Delhi: There was an uproar in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday as Chairperson Hamid Ansari called MPs 'anarchists'. Coming out strongly at the MPs creating an uproar in the Rajya Sabha, Ansari said, "Every single day, rules and etiquettes are being violated. If we want the House to become...
  • India celebrates Eid with fervour, prayers and feasting 09-08-2013 08:46 PM

    New Delhi: A festive spirit gripped India on Eid today with millions of Muslims offering special prayers at mosques and idgahs, exchanging greetings and gifts along with warm embraces and taking part in feasts with friends and family. In the capital, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur...
  • Kanimozhi takes oath as Rajya Sabha member 05-08-2013 12:30 PM

    New Delhi: DMK Chief M Karunanidhi's daughter M Kanimozhi on Monday took oath as a member of Rajya Sabha on the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament. As the House met for the day, her name was called for taking oath or affirmation. Kanimozhi, who was re-elected to...
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari meets new Iranian president 05-08-2013 03:48 AM

    New Delhi/Tehran: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Sunday met new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani after the latter's swearing in ceremony in Tehran. Ansari represented India at the swearing-in ceremony. Rouhani, who won a landslide victory in the June 14 presidential election, succeeds president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran has sent invitations to...
  • US Vice President to reach Delhi for a 4-day visit today 22-07-2013 09:24 AM

    New Delhi: US Vice President Joe Biden will reach Delhi on Monday evening for a four-day visit. Source said the visit is expected to lay the ground work ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to India later this year. Biden will meet Prime minister Manmohan Singh and leader of Opposition...
  • PM takes oath as Rajya Sabha member for 5th consecutive term 17-06-2013 11:17 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was recently elected a member of the Rajya Sabha from Assam for the fifth consecutive term, takes oath on Monday morning. Singh, who is the Leader of the Upper House, took oath in the chamber of Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari at 10...