Lok Sabha Election

  • Article 370: MoS PMO's remark can create a communal divide, says PDP May 28, 2014

    Srinagar: Lambasting the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitender Singh for his comments on Article 370, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti said that his comments have the potential to divide the state on communal lines. "We condemn the statement by the MoS PMO. His...
  • We should not be treated just as a regional party: Shiv Sena May 28, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi mollified the Shiv Sena on Wednesday after Anant Geete refused to take charge as the Heavy Industries Minister. Geete has now taken charge of his ministry. The party says while it was unhappy with the ministry given to it, it has spoken to Modi about its...
  • 30 pc Modi ministers face criminal charges, 18 pc have not been to college June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 44 ministers out of 46 Ministers (including Prime Minister) from Lok Sabha 2014 and the current Rajya Sabha. The details of Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Seetharaman were not analysed as they are...
  • Terrorism a mutual concern for both the neighbouring countries: Pak May 28, 2014

    Islamabad: Calling the bilateral meeting between the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers as "constructive", Advisor to Pakistani PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that though Nawaz Sharif's visit to India was a ceremonial occasion, "the outcome was better than expected". Aziz also said that the Pakistani Prime Minster also invited...
  • More than one-sixth of Modi's ministers have not been to college June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The row over the new Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualification has led to a nationwide debate over the minimum qualification required to be a minister at the Centre. According to Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysis, there are eight ministers whose educational qualification is...
  • Smriti Irani a graduate or not? Differences in her affidavits emerge May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: There is more controversy over Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualifications. Two separate affidavits filed by the minister have discrepancies in them. In an affidavit filed by Irani to the Election Commission in 2004, she claims to have completed her BA in 1996 from Delhi University's School...
  • PM told Pak talks can't go ahead if terrorism continues: Sushma Swaraj May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday took charge even as she began her work on Tuesday with meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Soon after taking charge, Swaraj said that her first prerogative would be to portray the strengths of India...
  • Abrogation of Article 370 a very complex affair, say legal experts May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that a debate on the repealing of Article 370, which guarantees special status to Jammu & Kashmir has begun. Speaking to the media after taking charge Jitendra Singh said "the process of repealing...
  • Enormous task ahead, says SIT black money probe panel chief MB Shah May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after the government constituted a Special Investigation Team to bring back black money, retired SC Judge Justice MB Shah, who is heading the SIT said the committee has an enormous task ahead of it. "The task is enormous. It will take some time. We will have...
  • Smriti silent on education row, BJP asks what is Sonia's qualification June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani herself has refused to comment on the controversy over her educational qualification. This after the Congress came down hard on Irani with Ajay Maken questioning how a 12th class pass-out can head the HRD ministry. The Bharatiya janata Party has, however, hit back...
  • Venkaiah Naidu takes charge as the Urban Development Minister May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Venkaiah Naidu took charge of the Urban Development Ministry on Wednesday. Soon after taking charge, Naidu said that he will focus on 100 new smart cities, cleanliness and sanitation. "100 new smart cities are to be developed, this is the dream of our PM. Twin city and infrastructure for...
  • Cabinet to meet today, decision on Parliament session dates likely May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet will be meeting for a second day in a row on Wednesday evening. It is being said that finalising the dates of the Parliament session will be on agenda for the meet. A discussion on the Polavaram river-linking project in Andhra Pradesh is...
  • Looking forward to welcome Modi to the US: John Kerry June 14, 2014

    Washington: The Obama Administration is looking forward to welcoming new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. Kerry conveyed this message for Modi during his meeting with Indian Ambassador to the US S Jaishankar, who also met Deputy Secretary of State...
  • Shiv Sena's Geete agrees to take charge as Heavy Industries Minister May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have mollified the Shiv Sena with Anant Geete agreeing to take charge as the Heavy Industries Minister. Geete will take over as the Heavy Industries Minister at 11 am on Wednesday. This comes after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray intervened and spoke...
  • Article 370: RSS hits out at Omar, says J&K will always be a part of India May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst the raging debate over Article 370, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Ram Madhav has lashed out at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeting that the state "has been and will always be a part of India." "J&K won't be a part of India? Is Omar...
  • Modi Cabinet: Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti to take charge of their ministries today June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Several ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet are set to take over their new offices on Wednesday. Sushma Swaraj is set to take charge as the External Affairs Ministers while Uma Bharti will take over the Water Resources Ministry. Swaraj was present during Modi's meeting with Pakistan...
  • Live blog: May 28 May 28, 2014

    Several ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take charge on Wednesday. Here are the latest updates related to the new government. ...
  • Shiv Sena miffed with portfolio, Uddhav to speak to PM Modi today June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Barely two days after his government was sworn in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already dealing with miffed allies over the number of berths allocated to them in the new council of ministers. Shiv Sena's Anant Geete, who was appointed as the Heavy Industries Minister, told CNN-IBN that...
  • Pak won't hand over Saeed till the courts find him guilty: Sharif aide May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Hours after the bilateral talks between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan has made it clear that it won't hand over 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to India yet. This even as Modi conveyed to Sharif India's concerns on cross border terrorism...
  • Challenges, expectations from Narendra Modi government June 14, 2014

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers assume office, panel of experts on CNN-IBN discuss the challenges in store for the new government. ...
  • BJP stands divided over Modi's Council of Ministers June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumes office with his Council of Ministers, his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party stands a divided house. It is a known fact that Modi's Council of Ministers comprises of ministers mainly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The West Bengal unit of BJP...
  • My remarks on Article 370 misquoted, says MoS Jitendra Singh May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS, PMO who stirred up a controversy with his remarks on the revocation of Article 370 issued a statement on Tuesday evening saying he was misquoted. Singh had stirred a hornet's nest when he said that the Narendra Modi government had started speaking to stakeholders to...
  • Modi government forms SIT to probe black money as per SC orders June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In a major step, the Narendra Modi government in its first ever Cabinet meet formed a Special Investigation Team to probe black money following the Supreme Court orders. The SIT will be headed by former Supreme Court judge M B Shah and will include Revenue Secretary, CBI and IB...
  • Omar Abdullah says talks of repealing Article 370 'irresponsible' May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has reacted strongly to the statements made by MoS, PMO on repealing Article 370 in the state. He condemned the move saying, "Mark my words & save this tweet - long after Modi government is a distant memory either J&K won't...
  • PM Modi calls upon Dr Manmohan Singh at his residence June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office, he called upon his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh at his residence on Tuesday evening. Modi, who was sworn-in on Monday drove to 3, Motilal Nehru Place, the new abode of Singh, to meet him this evening. He was received by...
  • UP packs a punch in Modi Cabinet, BJP now eyes state June 14, 2014

    With India's new Prime Minister, Home Minister and seven other union ministers coming from Uttar Pradesh, the state now occupies the most coveted position in the new government. Having won 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, Uttar Pradesh was bound to figure in a big way in...
  • Kanpur BJP leaders unhappy over non-inclusion of Murli Manohar Joshi in Modi Cabinet June 14, 2014

    The non-inclusion of senior BJP leader and Kanpur MP Murli Manohar Joshi in Narendra Modi's Cabinet has left party leaders and workers here disappointed. "We are disappointed that Murli Manohar Joshi did not get a Cabinet berth. He is such a senior leader, he should have got at least one ministry,"...
  • Smriti Irani takes charge as Union HRD Minister May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Smriti Irani took charge as the Union Human and Resource Development Minister on Tuesday. Irani, a Rajya Sabha member is one amongst the seven women ministers in Modi's Council of Ministers who enjoy Cabinet rank. Irani's anointment to the close knit Cabinet of Prime Minister...
  • Arun Jaitley assumes office as Union Finance Minister May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Arun Jaitley took charge as the Union Finance Minister on Tuesday. Going by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'minimum government, maximum governance' policy, Jaitley is heading a cluster of ministries including Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs. Jaitley was sworn in as a Minister on...
  • Modi holds 'fruitful' talks with SAARC leaders, raises terror with Pak June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his work. On his first day in office, he met the prime ministers and premiers of eight countries constituting the SAARC or South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, holding what the External Affairs Ministry labelled as 'fruitful talks'. "On the whole, the meeting...