Lobby

  • There is a need for transparency in defence procurement: VK Singh 07-11-2013 11:26 PM

    Ahead of the release of his book 'Courage and Conviction', former Army chief VK Singh has alleged that the arms lobby had become "very powerful" and was now a part of the "system" in the country. "The arms lobby is very powerful now. As far as arms dealers are concerned,...
  • Walmart halts India-specific lobbying in US 28-07-2013 03:50 PM

    Washington/New Delhi: Global retail giant Walmart has stopped its lobbying with the US lawmakers on India-specific issues, after continuously seeking their support for about five years to facilitate its entry into the high growth Indian market. The disclosure incidentally comes at a time when Indian government is preparing a report...
  • Sohrabuddin case: Mumbai court to hear Gulab Chand Kataria's bail plea 05-07-2013 08:33 AM

    Mumbai: A Mumbai court will on Friday hear the bail plea of former Rajasthan minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gulab Chand Kataria in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. He had applied for anticipatory bail after he was named by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the supplementary chargesheet....
  • Walmart lobbying inquiry inconclusive; fresh probe likely 30-06-2013 12:22 PM

    New Delhi: Walmart may face a fresh probe into its lobbying activities for entering India, after issues raised by a one-man inquiry committee, set up by the government earlier this year to look into this matter, were stonewalled by the global retailer. The inquiry conducted by the panel remained inconclusive...
  • Moily retracts statement on threat from import lobby 15-06-2013 09:20 PM

    Bangalore: Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily Saturday denied he had said that he faced a threat personally from oil import lobbies. "I did not say that. My statement has been confused by media," he told reporters on the margins of a function in Bangalore. Moily said what he had stated...
  • Moily hits out at oil lobbies, says they threaten petroleum ministers 14-06-2013 02:50 PM

    New Delhi: Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily spoke against those opposing the government's move to put in place a new pricing regime for natural gas produced from domestic fields. Moily hit out at oil import lobbies saying they threaten all oil ministers. "Every minister who occupies this position is threatened by...
  • Sohrabuddin case: Gulab Chand Kataria's anticipatory bail hearing adjourned till June 21 14-06-2013 12:40 PM

    New Delhi: The anticipatory bail hearing of former Rajasthan minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gulab Chand Kataria in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case has been adjourned till June 21. The minister's period of protection against custody which was to be expired on Friday has been extended. Kataria is accused...
  • Pope laments 'gay lobby' in the Vatican: Report 12-06-2013 07:28 AM

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a "gay lobby" and a "stream of corruption" in the Vatican, according to reports in Catholic media not denied by the Vatican. The pope made the remarks last week in Spanish during a private meeting with representatives of the Latin American...
  • Walmart lobbying case 'closed' due to lack of evidence: Sources 19-05-2013 05:59 PM

    New Delhi: Investigation into whether US giant Walmart may have bribed Indian officials to gain wider access to the country's vast market has been closed due to lack of evidence, sources said on Sunday. Corporate Affairs Ministry has confirmed and said no evidence of lobbying was found. The one-man committee...
  • Panel probing Walmart lobbying submits report to govt 18-05-2013 07:35 PM

    New Delhi: A committee looking into US giant Walmart's lobbying activities to enter India today submitted its report to Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot. Former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal who headed the panel set up to look into lobbying activities by Walmart, submitted the...
  • Walmart lobbying: Probe panel to submit report this week 18-05-2013 02:20 PM

    New Delhi: The panel looking into retail major Walmart's lobbying activities with American lawmakers for its entry into the Indian market is likely to submit its report to the government in a day or two. The one-man committee, headed by former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul...
  • Probe panel on Walmart lobbying to meet on Monday 05-05-2013 10:47 AM

    New Delhi: The government-appointed panel looking into Walmart's lobbying with American lawmakers for its entry into the Indian market is likely to meet on Monday and deliberate on information provided by the retail giant. The one-man committee, headed by former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal,...
  • Walmart continues lobbying with US on FDI in India 23-04-2013 03:40 PM

    Washington: Walmart continued to lobby with the American lawmakers over Indian retail FDI rules during the first quarter of 2013, even as a probe is underway into the global retail giant's US lobbying activities for facilitating its India entry. In its latest lobbying disclosure report filed with the US Senate...
  • Walmart lobbying case: Probe panel gets extension till May 18-04-2013 11:40 PM

    New Delhi: The government-appointed probe panel, which is looking into Walmart's lobbying with the US lawmakers for facilitating India entry, on Thursday got a one-month extension in its tenure till May-end. The one-man inquiry committee, which was set up by the government in January 2013, was earlier asked to submit...
  • Karnataka polls: The real estate lobby and the richest candidates 12-04-2013 09:07 AM

    Bangalore: The real estate lobby entered the Karnataka state politics in the late 90s. CNN-IBN takes a look at some of the richest candidates in the fray for this year's Assembly polls, many of them from the real estate business. Priyakrishna is the richest candidate in the fray and also...
  • Lobbying case: Probe panel seeks more details from Walmart 10-04-2013 05:40 PM

    New Delhi: A government appointed probe panel looking into Walmart's lobbying with US lawmakers for its India entry on Wednesday sought fresh details from the global retailer and it expects to complete the investigation by June. The one-man panel of former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul...
  • Need a stronger lobbying law in India: Manish Tewari 16-12-2012 09:12 AM

    New Delhi: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari says it is time to enact a law on disclosing lobbying by politicians and corporates after allegations that Walmart had bribed its way into India. Tewari was speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate. Below is an excerpt of the interview:...
  • Will cooperate in Indian probe: Walmart 14-12-2012 12:29 PM

    Washington: Retail giant Walmart has said it will provide "relevant information" to the Indian authorities for the judicial probe announced due to pressure from Opposition parties on the issue of the company's lobbying efforts in the US regarding India's multi-brand retail sector. "We will be working to provide the authorities...
  • Govt announces judicial inquiry into lobbying by Walmart 12-12-2012 12:42 PM

    New Delhi: Bowing to opposition pressure, government on Wednesday announced a time-bound inquiry by a retired judge into reports of lobbying by retail giant Walmart to gain entry into India. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath made the announcement as soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day. "Government will...
  • Lobbying not the same as bribery: Business Standard editor 12-12-2012 12:38 PM

    Considering lobbying is legal in the United States and since India has also used the services of lobbyists before in the US to push its agenda through, is there any merit behind the hue and cry of the Opposition? Business Standard editor AK Bhattacharya shared his perspective in an interaction...
  • Disclosures not linked to Indian govt contacts: Walmart 12-12-2012 08:41 AM

    New Delhi: US retail giant Walmart has responded to the charges being levelled by the Opposition leaders in India. A company statement says, "These disclosures have nothing to do with political or governmental contacts with India government officials." According to a US law of 1995, all companies that lobby for...
  • The Last Word: Have Oppn MPs misunderstood the nature of lobbying? 11-12-2012 11:23 PM

    Have Opposition MPs misunderstood the nature of lobbying as well as its legal status? ...
  • No early hearing on Walmart lobbying issue: SC 11-12-2012 06:44 PM

    New Delhi: The Walmart lobbying issue was on Tuesday raised in the Supreme Court which said it cannot give an early hearing to a plea seeking direction to the Government for placing before it copies of reports filed in the US Senate by the retail giant which lobbied with lawmakers...
  • BJP using Walmart report to project FDI vote as tainted 11-12-2012 01:48 PM

    New Delhi: Smarting from the defeat in Parliament over the voting in Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail, the Bharatiya Janata Party is using Walmart disclosures about lobbying to project the vote as tainted. Ever since the Walmart lobbying report emerged, the BJP has been trying to corner Bahujan Samaj...