Nirmala Sitharaman

  • PM Modi leaves for Brazil to attend the BRICS summit July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Brazil on Sunday to attend the five-nation summit of BRICS nations on July 14 and 15. The summit is expected to finalise the setting up of a development bank and seek reforms of the United Nations and international financial organisations. "I look at...
  • Gold jewellery import dips 80 pc from Thailand in 2013-14 July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid concerns over the certificate of origin issue, import of gold jewellery from Thailand has dipped by 80.7 per cent to Rs 100.46 crore (351 kg) in 2013-14, Parliament was informed on Friday. "Since 2011-12, import of gold jewellery from Thailand has come down," Commerce and Industry Minister...
  • Alphonso mango ban: EU team visiting India in September July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid a temporary import ban on mangoes, a team of experts from European Union will visit India in September to check the measures put in place by the country with regard to fruits and vegetables. "In the light of concerted efforts on India's part, Food and Veterinary office of...
  • Government to sort out compensation issues for early GST roll-out: Arun Jaitley July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the Centre would sort out compensation issues with states to ensure early roll-out of Goods and Service Tax, a new indirect tax regime that will subsume various levies. After meeting state finance ministers, he said there is a broad consensus on...
  • Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman files nomination June 21, 2014

    Hyderabad: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday filed her nomination for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Andhra Pradesh going to polls next month. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, BJP presidents of the state and Telangana K Haribabu and G Kishan Reddy and leaders of TDP and BJP accompanied...
  • BJP nominates Sitharaman for RS from Andhra Pradesh June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will get a Rajya Sabha nomination from Andhra Pradesh after her name was finalised by BJP on Thursday. The party decided to nominate her for the Upper House from Andhra Pradesh where the seat has fallen vacant after the demise of N Janardhana Reddy on...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle June 17, 2014

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  • Government will present a good not just a populist budget: Sitharaman June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday accused the former UPA government of having exhausted the treasury and the ramifications engendered on the incumbent government on account of that. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Sitharaman said that although the NDA government has a lot...
  • News 360: Centre steps in to control prices, imposes minimum export price on onions June 17, 2014

    With India's wholesale price inflation rising to a five-month high in May, the government on Tuesday held a high level meeting chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss inflation. The Centre has advised the state governments to take appropriate steps to crack down on hoarding. ...
  • FDI in Multi brand retail not welcome: Nirmala Sitharaman June 14, 2014

    Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that FDI in Multi brand retail is not welcome. "We have initially made a very clear commitment that in multi-brand retail, opposition is very clear. FDI in Multi brand retail is not welcome at the moment." She had called on Prime Minister Narendra...
  • Nirmala Sitharaman likely to take Rajya Sabha route from Andhra June 14, 2014

    Hyderabad: Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to be elected to Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh in the by-election slated for July 3. The ruling Telugu Desam Party has decided to allot the lone seat to its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party. The by-election was caused due to the death of...
  • Nirmala Sitharaman briefed on trade issues with China June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was briefed by a top diplomat on trade issues between the countries. "Briefed by Indian Ambassador to China Mr Ashok K Kantha on issues and possibilities in mutual trade between India and...
  • Commerce Minister approves proposal to hike FDI in Defence to 100 pc May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Commerce & Industries Minister (Independent charge), Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the Cabinet note proposing hike in FDI cap in Defence to 100 per cent, say sources. Currently, the FDI cap in Defence is 26 per cent. AK Antony, who was the Defence Minister during the UPA...
  • Nirmala Sitharaman briefed on challenges facing industry, exporters May 28, 2014

    Challenges such as curbs on gold imports, imposition of MAT on special economic zones, the drop in manufacturing output and problems related to labour laws and land acquisition figured in presentations made to new Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday. In separate presentations, the Commerce and Department Of Industrial...
  • FTP: Will more women in Cabinet lead to greater women's empowerment? May 27, 2014

    Seven MPs represent the female brigade of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 45-member Council of Ministers. Six out of the seven enjoy Cabinet rank. CNN-IBN Deputy Sagarika Ghose asks the panel of experts if more women in Cabinet would lead to greater women's empowerment. ...
  • Nirmala Sitharaman says no to FDI in multi-brand retail May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Reaffirming BJP's stand on FDI in multi-brand retail, new Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday indicated that foreign players will not be allowed to open mega stores in the country as it may adversely impact the small traders and farmers. "At this stage the party...
  • Meet the women in PM Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Seven MPs represent the female brigade of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 45-member Council of Ministers. Six out of the seven enjoy Cabinet rank. Barring Nirmala Sitharaman, who has been made Minister of State with Independent Charge, rest including Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti and Najma Heptulla, the lone Muslim face,...
  • Should a politician's private life become a public issue? May 1, 2014

    Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has tweeted that he is in a relationship with a journalist Amrita Rai. In a tweet he said, "I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case." ...
  • Is politics being played out over Chennai terror blasts? May 1, 2014

    One passenger was killed and 14 others injured in twin explosions in the Bangalore-Guwahati Express at platform number 9 of the Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday morning. The blasts reportedly took place in the sleeper coaches of the train as it was coming to an halt at the station,...
  • Congress doesn't understand Indian culture: BJP on FM's remark May 1, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP on Thursday took on Finance Minister P Chidamabaram for saying he was not sure if Priyanka Gandhi would accept Narendra Modi as "father figure", saying he belongs to a party whose DNA does not allow appreciation of a gesture coming out of Indian culture. "It is part of...
  • BJP slams St. Xavier's College's Principal, says his action wrong April 23, 2014

    A day before Mumbai votes, Principal of the city's prestigious Xavier's College Dr Frazer Mascarenhas has sparked off a controversy by writing an e-mail to his students. However, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that if a teacher is comparing different states in order to influence the minds of students, it...
  • BJP distances itself from Giriraj Singh's remark, says Modi has positive agenda April 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has distanced itself from Giriraj Singh's 'Pakistan remark' saying that it does not agree with such statements. "The BJP has completely distanced itself from Giriraj's remark. We do not believe in this kind of comment," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman. The BJP has said that...
  • AAP hits back at BJP on Kashmir map issue March 27, 2014

    Rejecting as "lies" BJP's attack on it for showing Kashmir out of India's map, AAP on Thursday hit back saying the map on the saffron party's website has shown the state as a "disputed site" AAP also challenged BJP for an open debate on the issue. Reacting to BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman's...
  • BJP's list for Delhi candidates expected on Saturday March 14, 2014

    The Bharatiya Janata Party's much awaited list of Delhi candidates for the Lok Sabha elections is expected on Saturday, party sources said. The list was to be declared on Thursday. However, party leaders faced difficulty in arriving at a consensus over the many names that have come up for the seven...
  • BJP condoles death of Sunanda Pushkar January 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party condoled the death of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar, whose body was found in a a room of five-star Hotel Leela Palace in Delhi on Friday night. BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, "I am shocked to hear about Sunanda." BJP Yuva Morcha chief...
  • Jayanthi hits back at Modi over tax remark, says he can never be the PM January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused Jayanthi Natarajan of corruption, the former Environment Minister hit back saying that it was an intimidation tactic by the Gujarat CM. "It was the Congress culture that built India and Modi no matter what he does can...
  • Has Modi experienced spirituality involved in cleaning a toilet, asks Digvijaya October 3, 2013

    Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh took a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over his toilet remark. Digvijaya said, "I would like to know what VHP, RSS thinks of it. Modi talks of a spiritual experience. I would like to ask him if he has experienced the spirituality involved...
  • BJP dismisses Digvijay Singh's claim on burqas for Narendra Modi rally September 24, 2013

    BJP on Tuesday denied Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh's charge that the party has ordered 10,000 burqas for Muslim women who would attend its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Bhopal and said it does not indulge in appeasement politics. "Congress has been doing votebank politics for the last 50...
  • Why is govt in hurry in bringing ordinance on lawmakers: BJP September 24, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday sought to know why the government was "in a hurry" in bringing the ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification and wondered if it was being done to protect some leaders close to the ruling party. "Why has the government brought this...
  • The govt has failed the people, it needs to be shown its place: BJP September 18, 2013

    CPI leader D Raja said held the central government responsible for price rise and added that steps must be taken to control the hike. He also added that the government should not be in power if they cannot control the market. BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government which...