Hamid Ansari

  • Country remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The country on Wednesday fondly remembered former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari leading the nation in paying tributes to the departed leader. Mukherjee, Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid floral tributes at Vir Bhumi,...
  • Half-an-hour conversation with Pranab Mukherjee is like reading a good book, says Narendra Modi August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday heaped lavish praise on President Pranab Mukherjee by saying that speaking to the President for half an hour was like reading a good book. "A half-an-hour talk with him is like reading a good book," he said. Praising the President who pops out...
  • Watch: Politicians across party lines celebrate Eid together July 29, 2014

    Cutting across the party lines, polticians celebrate Eid together. Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad and the BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain offered prayers together in the spirit of Eid. They called for peace across the nation appealing to all communities to live together in harmony. ...
  • Uproar over Gaza: Rajya Sabha adjourned twice during Question Hour July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress-led Opposition on Thursday created ruckus in Rajya Sabha over a discussion on violence in Gaza not being listed in the day's agenda, leading to two adjournments during the Question Hour. As soon as the House met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari said...
  • RS Chairman rejects Centre's demand, agrees to discuss Gaza in House July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: In an embarrassment for the Union government, Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari has rejected the Centre's demand not to hold a discussion on Gaza violence in the House. Ansari said there will be a discussion on the issue but in consultation with the government. While the Opposition wanted...
  • India and China have to narrow down differences: Hamid Ansari June 28, 2014

    Beijing: India and China have to narrow down differences and build on convergences by exploiting the potential of Panchsheel, the five principles of peaceful coexistence propounded by the two countries along with Myanmar in 1954, Vice President Hamid Ansari said on Saturday. "In our respective bilateral relations, our common interests far...
  • Hamid Ansari to visit China for 60th anniversary of Panchsheel June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari will visit China next week to attend events marking the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel treaty signed between the two countries in 1954 in Beijing. Ansari is visiting China from June 26 to 30 at the invitation of the Vice President of China Li Yuanchao....
  • President, PM pays tribute to BR Ambedkar April 14, 2014

    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 House...
  • LS polls: Delhi records 64.77 pc voter turnout, highest in three decades April 10, 2014

    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 voter turnout...
  • Saudi Arabian crown prince to visit India next week February 22, 2014

    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 is...
  • Live: Parliament passes Telangana Bill by voice vote, India gets 29th state February 20, 2014

    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: "Sonia...
  • 'Can we not respect the dead even' asks Hamid Ansari in Rajya Sabha February 6, 2014

    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 created...
  • Mumbai: Son missing since 14 months, family seeks government help December 20, 2013

    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 December 16, 2013

    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 December 15, 2013

    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 the...
  • MPs pay homage to martyrs of 2001 terror attack on Parliament December 13, 2013

    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 Sabha...
  • World should follow Indian multi-culturalism: Ansari November 2, 2013

    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 Perspective',...
  • Ansari concludes three-nation trip, leaves for India November 2, 2013

    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 from...
  • Hamid Ansari leaves for visit to Peru, Cuba October 25, 2013

    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 the...
  • Technology should be used to promote, propagate Urdu, says Hamid Ansari September 13, 2013

    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 promote...
  • Kerala govt seeks explanation from organisers on national anthem row September 13, 2013

    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, the...
  • Faux pas during vote on Food Bill ordinance delays RS proceedings September 2, 2013

    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 August 31, 2013

    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 Development...
  • Govt must restore faith in police, judiciary, says Hamid Ansari August 31, 2013

    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, Ansari...
  • BJP cut up with govt putting a nominated member in JPC on 2G August 29, 2013

    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, Public...
  • Question Hour won't be disrupted, Rajya Sabha MPs assure Hamid Ansari August 19, 2013

    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 August 19, 2013

    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 that...
  • Uproar in RS over special status for Uttar Pradesh, adjourned till noon August 19, 2013

    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 Chairman...
  • Vice President M Hamid Ansari lauds role of church in nation building August 18, 2013

    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 of...
  • President, vice president, PM greet nation on Parsi new year August 17, 2013

    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 of...