Pranab Mukherjee

  • Pranab Mukherjee offers prayers at Mosque Yesterday

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee offered 'dua' (prayers) at a mosque inside President's Estate on the occassion of 'Khatam Shareef' -- which marks completion of recitation of holy Quran. Mukherjee visited the President's Estate Masjid to participate in the 'Dua' (prayers) on the occasion of 'Khatam...
  • President rejects mercy petitions of Nithari killer Surendra Koli, 5 others 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Mercy petitions of six death row convicts including Surendra Koli, found guilty in the sensational Nithari serial rapes and killings, have been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday. Besides Koli, mercy pleas of sisters Renukabai and Seema (Maharashtra), Rajendra Pralhadrao Wasnik (Maharashtra), Jagdish (Madhya Pradesh) and Holiram Bordoloi...
  • Pranab Mukherjee asks NIITs to promote scientific temper among students 4 days ago

    Tiruchirappali: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday asked NITs to work towards promoting scientific temper in their students and said the academic curricula must have an industry focus. Speaking at the inauguration of the golden jubilee celebrations of National Institute of Technology (NIT) here, he said that to address faculty shortage, vacant...
  • MH17 crash: Pranab Mukherjee conveys sympathy to King of Malaysia 4 days ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has deeply condoled the crash of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine and expressed grief and sympathy over the tragedy which has claimed 298 lives. In a message to the King of Malaysia, Abdul Halim, the President said, "I wish to convey my sincere...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee to visit Kerela, Tamil Nadu 6 days ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Kerala and Tamil Nadu July 18-19, Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Thursday. "On July 18, Mukherjee will attend the first convocation of the Central University of Kerala at Kasaragod. On the same day, he will inaugurate the platinum jubilee celebrations of the College of Engineering,...
  • Facing 'torture' by supporters of a politician, family pleads euthanasia to President 6 days ago

    A family alleged "regular torture" by supporters of a political leader in Palamau and approached the Deputy Commissioner to forward their "euthanasia plea" to President Pranab Mukherjee. "It is a serious matter. The memorandum will be forwarded to the President as demanded by the family," Deputy Commissioner KN Jha told reporters...
  • President to worship at Padmanabhaswamy temple on July 19 1 week ago

    Thiruvananthapuram: President Pranab Mukherjee, who will arrive in Kerala on a two day visit on Friday, will offer worship at the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple on July 19. On his arrival on July 18, he would attend the first convocation function of the Central University at Kasargod and also take...
  • Mahatma Gandhi's ideals are the future for us: President July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi's ideals not only held our past but will guide our future too, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday as he conferred the Gandhi Peace prize on noted environmentalist-social worker Chandi Prasad Bhatt. The President, during the event held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, said the prize was an expression...
  • Sleeping on the job? Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani and 17 politicians from across the world who were caught napping in Parliament July 15, 2014

    Politicians probably have the most uninteresting jobs. Are discussions in the Parliament really boring or do they have very comfortable chairs there? Why is it that we often find politicians dozing at work? The first infamous politician who was regularly spotted napping in Parliament was HD Deve Gowda. It was...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee to present Gandhi Peace Prize on Tuesday July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will honour noted environmentalist and pioneer of the Chipko movement Chandi Prasad Bhatt with 2013 Gandhi Peace Prize July 15, a statement said on Monday. Bhatt has also been awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 1982 followed by the Padma Bhushan -...
  • President replaces Puducherry Lt Governor Kataria July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday replaced Puducherry Lt Governor Virendra Kataria and gave Andaman and Nicobar Lt Governor Ajay Kumar Singh the additional charge. The move came on the day the Nagaland Governor resigned in retaliation to his transfer from Mizoram to Nagaland. Vakkom Purushothaman Purushothaman claimed that...
  • Sonia Gandhi meets President over LoP status in Lok Sabha July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee in the backdrop of the UPA pitching for Leader of Opposition status for her party in Lok Sabha. Gandhi, on Monday made a strong pitch for Congress being given the post of Leader of Opposition, held a meeting with...
  • Snapshot: Have you been inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan? Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a personal tour and looks massively impressed July 3, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined President President Pranab Mukherjee for lunch today, following a round of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The photos were tweeted by the President's official handle @RashtrapatiBhvn. The inside of the President's House is not only imposing, but vastly grand. There are arched ceilings with in-laid work and...
  • Arvind Kejriwal to meet President to demand fresh polls in Delhi July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal along with his party legislators will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday over the alleged "horse trading" by the BJP in Delhi, and will demand fresh assembly elections in the capital. "All AAP MLAs meeting the President tomorrow at 6.30 pm to request him to...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee makes his debut on Twitter, becomes the first Indian President to join the social networking site July 2, 2014

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday made his debut on social networking site Twitter and his account will have regular updates about activities as well as news from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The twitter handle @RashtrapatiBhvn has a message "Rashtrapati Bhavan is now on Twitter. Please follow us for regular updates." The account,...
  • CJI hits out at Centre for segregating Gopal Subramanium's case in appointment of SC judge July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Chief Justice of India RM Lodha on Tuesday lambasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for segregating former Solicitor General and senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium's case from the other three nominees for the appointment as Supreme Court judges. "I fail to understand how the appointment to a high constitutional...
  • Pranab Mukherjee to become the first Indian President to join Twitter today July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will join Twitter on Tuesday making him the first Indian President to join the social networking site. The move comes as attempts are being made to make the Rashtrapati Bhawan more accessible to the general public. Pranab Mukherjee's Facebook page already has over 5 lakh likes....
  • Pranab Mukherjee laments lack of quality higher education June 28, 2014

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed regret that many higher education institutions in the country lacked the quality to produce graduates for global markets and no Indian university featured in the top-200 list. The president called for quality teachers and good governance practices coupled with faster and transparent decision-making for building...
  • Agricultural institutes should lead next farm revolution: Pranab Mukherjee June 28, 2014

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called on "committed, capable and hard-working" professionals of the country's agricultural institutes to lead the next farm revolution. "We require committed, capable and hardworking professionals from our agricultural institutions to spearhead the next farm revolution," Mukherjee said at the golden jubilee convocation of the Jawaharlal Nehru...
  • Essential to impart quality education to youth: Pranab Mukherjee June 27, 2014

    Stressing on the need for imparting quality education to the youth, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said quality upgradation is essential to meet the standards like ancient days when India used to dominate the world scenario in the realm of higher education. "Our country remains as exciting a place to live...
  • Agricultural institutes should lead next farm revolution: President June 27, 2014

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called on "committed, capable and hard-working" professionals of the country's agricultural institutes to lead the next farm revolution. "We require committed, capable and hardworking professionals from our agricultural institutions to spearhead the next farm revolution," Mukherjee said at the golden jubilee convocation of the Jawaharlal Nehru...
  • Need to make drug addicts productive members of society: President June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday expressed concern over the growing alcoholism and drug abuseand advocated a comprehensive programme with focus on making the addicts productive members of society after getting them off alcohol and drugs. "The aim of the comprehensive treatment programme should not merely be to get the...
  • UP Governor to meet public regularly, BJP questions move June 24, 2014

    The newly-appointed Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Aziz Qureshi, has decide to meet the general public regularly, a move which has been questioned by BJP. "Dr Qureshi will be available for general public at Raj Bhawan between 11 am to 1 pm daily (excluding holidays)," said an official release in Lucknow on...
  • Will allow the BMC to disconnect utilities, say Campa Cola residents June 22, 2014

    Mumbai: In a move to end the stand off with the Mumbai civic officials, the Campa Cola residents have agreed to let the BMC carry out their duties and disconnect the utilities in their houses. However, they said that they will not hand over the keys of their houses to...
  • Mumbai: Campa Cola residents write mercy petition to President June 22, 2014

    Mumbai: There is a high drama at Mumbai's Campa Cola society as the residents have not let the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials to enter the society compound on Sunday. The defiant residents wrote a mercy petition to President Pranab Mukherjee under article 143(1) of the Constitution urging him to seek...
  • Chhattisgarh Governor quits, submits resignation papers to President June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt resigned on Thursday and has submitted his resignation letter to President Pranab Mukherjee. The move came as the Narendra Modi government was planning to remove all Governors appointed by the Congress. Government sources said that Nagaland Governor Dr Ashwini Kumar could be asked to...
  • Nithari killings: Home Minister Rajnath Singh rejects mercy petition of Surendra Koli June 18, 2014

    Government on Wednesday recommended the rejection of five mercy petitions including that of Surendra Koli sent to the gallows for the infamous serial killing of children in Nithari in Noida and of two sisters sentenced to death for murdering several children. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh signed five files recommending to...
  • Uttarakhand Governor given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh June 18, 2014

    The resignation of Uttar Pradesh governor BL Joshi has been accepted by President Pranab Mukherjee, an official said on Wednesday. Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi has been given the additional charge of UP. Joshi, a retired IPS official had assumed charge as UP governor in 2009 during the second term of the...
  • Appointment of governors a prerogative of the government: HR Bhardwaj June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Refusing to have resigned from his post of Karnataka Governor, HR Bhardwaj said that the appointment of Governors is a policy decision taken by the Cabinet and if it decides to have a change in guard, no one can stop them. "Change of government means change of system,...
  • Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva meets Narendra Modi June 17, 2014

    Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here amid reports that a number of Governors appointed by the previous UPA government may be asked to quit. "It was a courtesy call," a PMO statement said without giving any further details on the meeting Alva had with...