LOBBY

  • Make essential drugs affordable for all: Cipla May 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid US firms' allegations of patent norm violations against Indian pharma companies, leading domestic drug maker Cipla has said that "essential" medicines be made available to people at affordable rates and should not be sold under "monopoly". "As a scientist I believe that an inventor or innovator of a...
  • There is a need for transparency in defence procurement: VK Singh November 7, 2013

    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 Indiaspecific lobbying in US July 28, 2013

    Washington/New Delhi: Global retail giant Walmart has stopped its lobbying with the US lawmakers on Indiaspecific 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...
  • Sohrabuddin case: Mumbai court to hear Gulab Chand Kataria's bail plea July 5, 2013

    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. Kataria...
  • Walmart lobbying inquiry inconclusive; fresh probe likely June 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Walmart may face a fresh probe into its lobbying activities for entering India, after issues raised by a oneman 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 June 15, 2013

    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 was...
  • Moily hits out at oil lobbies, says they threaten petroleum ministers June 14, 2013

    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 the...
  • Sohrabuddin case: Gulab Chand Kataria's anticipatory bail hearing adjourned till June 21 June 14, 2013

    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 of...
  • Pope laments 'gay lobby' in the Vatican: Report June 12, 2013

    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 and...
  • Walmart lobbying case 'closed' due to lack of evidence: Sources May 19, 2013

    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 oneman committee of...
  • Panel probing Walmart lobbying submits report to govt May 18, 2013

    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 report...
  • Walmart lobbying: Probe panel to submit report this week May 18, 2013

    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 oneman committee, headed by former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul...
  • Probe panel on Walmart lobbying to meet on Monday May 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The governmentappointed 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 oneman committee, headed by former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal, during...
  • Walmart continues lobbying with US on FDI in India April 23, 2013

    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...
  • Walmart lobbying case: Probe panel gets extension till May April 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The governmentappointed probe panel, which is looking into Walmart's lobbying with the US lawmakers for facilitating India entry, on Thursday got a onemonth extension in its tenure till Mayend. The oneman 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 April 12, 2013

    Bangalore: The real estate lobby entered the Karnataka state politics in the late 90s. CNNIBN 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 one...
  • Lobbying case: Probe panel seeks more details from Walmart April 10, 2013

    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 oneman panel of former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal,...
  • Probe panel meets Walmart officials, seeks lobbying details March 23, 2013

    New Delhi: A governmentappointed inquiry committee, looking into the US lobbying activities of Walmart Stores for Indian market foray, on Friday met senior executives of the global retail giant and sought details on the issue. The Committee met the representatives of Walmart Asia as well as those of Bharti Walmart...
  • Walmart officials summoned by probe committee March 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Officials of the retail giant Walmart have been summoned by a government panel probing the bribery allegations made against the company. Walmart officials will now meet the probe committee on March 22. US officials are also expected to be present during the meet. First meeting of the Walmart probe...
  • Probe report on graft charges against Walmart by April February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: A government appointed one-man committee that is investigating alleged corruption charges against the retail giant Walmart in India will submit its report by April, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. "The government has decided to appoint one-man committee regarding media reports concerning Walmart vide resolution dated 31.1.2013. The committee...
  • Higher taxes on super rich will affect business: Assocham February 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Industry lobby Assocham Sunday said any higher taxes on the super rich will affect business sentiment in a time of economic slowdown. Backed by a corporate sector survey, the chamber said that instead of higher taxes for the rich, the government should focus more on high growth. "The focus...
  • Meghalaya polls: cement, coal lobbying remain a major concern February 21, 2013

    Meghalaya/Shillong: In the last 40 years of its statehood, Meghalaya has seen 23 governments. The coal and cement lobbies in the state are increasingly controlling elections and ensuring unstable governments. Ardent Basaiawmoit, a legislator from Nongkrem is swimming against the tide, pushing for clean politics in Meghalaya. Basaiawmoit expects to win,...
  • Walmart lobbying charges: govt to set up panel January 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it will set up a committee to look into the allegations that US retail giant Walmart indulged in lobbying activities in India to gain entry in the country's market. Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot said the government will set up a committee to...
  • Need a stronger lobbying law in India: Manish Tewari December 16, 2012

    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: Karan Thapar:...
  • Will cooperate in Indian probe: Walmart December 14, 2012

    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 multibrand retail sector. "We will be working to provide the authorities...
  • Govt announces judicial inquiry into lobbying by Walmart December 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Bowing to opposition pressure, government on Wednesday announced a timebound 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 December 12, 2012

    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 December 12, 2012

    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 a...
  • The Last Word: Have Oppn MPs misunderstood the nature of lobbying? December 11, 2012

    Have Opposition MPs misunderstood the nature of lobbying as well as its legal status? ...
  • No early hearing on Walmart lobbying issue: SC December 11, 2012

    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...