Pratibha Patil

  • Pratibha Patil returns all 155 official gifts to Rashtrapati Bhavan 01-12-2013 02:32 PM

    New Delhi: Former President Pratibha Patil has returned all the gifts received by her in official capacity after they were displayed at a school owned by her family in Amravati in Maharashtra. "155 gifts received by the former President Pratibha Devisingh Patil in her official capacity were loaned to Vidya...
  • SC notice to Centre on PIL against commuting death sentence 18-11-2013 02:30 PM

    New Delhi: Former President Pratibha Patil's decision to commute death sentence of five condemned prisoners in child rape cases on Monday came under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court issuing notice to the Centre on a plea seeking to set aside the commutation. A bench headed by Chief Justice P...
  • Pratibha Patil denies General VK Singh's claim on quitting 08-11-2013 08:10 PM

    Nashik: Contradicting his claim, former President Pratibha Patil on Friday denied that she had advised the then Army Chief General VK Singh not to resign over the age controversy. She said she had told him that it was for him to decide whether to quit or not. "....whether to resign...
  • Ex-president Patil was informed about Kalam's decision on MN Das: MHA 03-05-2013 07:33 PM

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Friday made it clear that former President APJ Abdul Kalam's acceptance of the mercy petition of an Assam death row convict was conveyed to his successor Pratibha Patil and she was not kept in the dark. In a statement, the Home Ministry said the...
  • FTN: Pratibha Patil's last day: did India's first woman President fail India's women?

    President Pratibha Patil's last day in office: Tonight at 10 pm CNN-IBN's Deputy Editor discusses with a panel of experts, did India's first woman President...
  • The Castle, the Commoners and their cronies

    Uday's Space |  Uday Sahay
    Seldom does the Indian media today act as the cronies of the commoners. However, when it does, especially in pelting stones at the castle, it...

  • Best way to find the next President!

    Chanakya's Chant |  Ashwin Sanghi
    With presidential candidates being discussed in the circles of power, Panditji was wondering what the characteristics of the ideal presidential candidate would be. Back again...

  • Humble tips for choosing a new President

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    Five years ago, one 'almost' broke the story of India's next President. Amidst feverish speculation, a source sent an sms: "Congratulations! India is getting its...

  • Lokpal: BJP meets Prez, asks for special session 05-01-2012 01:53 PM

    New Delhi: A high level BJP delegation on Thursday submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil demanding reconvening of Parliament session so that voting is conducted on the Lokpal Bill. The delegation, led by senior BJP Leader LK Advani and BJP President Nitin Gadkari, also registered an official protest over...
  • Lokpal fiasco: BJP leaders to meet Prez today 05-01-2012 06:21 AM

    New Delhi: A high level BJP delegation is set to meet President Prathiba Patil on Thursday to register an official protest over the Lokpal Bill fiasco that took place in the Rajya Sabha on December 29. The delegation will be led by senior BJP Leader LK Advani and BJP President...
  • Lok Sabha to have a special session on May 13 04-01-2012 10:21 PM

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha is likely to have a special session on May 13 to mark the 60th anniversary of its first sitting way back in 1952. President Pratibha Patil is expected to inaugurate the three-day celebrations where parliamentarians are expected to discuss issues like Millenium Development Goals and the...
  • BJP delegation to meet President over Lokpal 03-01-2012 08:33 AM

    New Delhi: A BJP delegation is expected to call on President Prathiba Patil on Tuesday to register an official protest over the Lokpal Bill fiasco that took place in the Rajya Sabha on December 29. The high-level delegation will be led by senior BJP leader LK Advani and party President...
  • Oppn unhappy with Ansari's conduct in RS 31-12-2011 06:58 AM

    New Delhi: The BJP on Friday indicated that it was unhappy with the way Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari had conducted himself during the last few minutes of the session on Thursday when the Lokpal Bill was being discussed but restrained itself due to respect for the high office. Vice...
  • Prez gives approval for tabling of Lokpal in RS 28-12-2011 12:48 PM

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday gave her approval for tabling of the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said the President gave her approval from Hyderabad where she is on a ten-day visit. The President's approval was required for the measure since the Lok Sabha...
  • Media should behave with responsibility: Prez 22-12-2011 01:49 AM

    Mumbai: Expressing concern over over-commercialisation of media, President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday asked it to exercise freedom with "honesty, objectivity and conviction" to promote national goal and build public opinion. Patil also advised journalists to verify and double-check facts before airing a story. "The media is a powerful tool in...
  • Navy to induct 80 new warships in 2-3 years 20-12-2011 10:25 PM

    Mumbai: The Navy is all set to get younger, with over 80 new warships, including two aircraft-carriers and nuclear submarines each, scheduled to join its fleet. Due to the scheduled inductions in next couple of years, the average age of the fleet would come down making it a comparatively younger...
  • President reviews naval fleet from warship 20-12-2011 11:19 AM

    Mumbai: After flying in frontline Sukhoi jet and riding a battle tank, President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday set sail in a warship for the first time to review the mammoth naval fleet of the country. Sailing on-board INS Subhadra, a naval off shore patrol vessel guarded by the elite Marine...
  • Navy must strengthen itself to ensure peace: Patil 20-12-2011 12:13 AM

    Mumbai: President Pratibha Patil on Monday urged the Navy to strengthen itself and ensure regional peace as it is essential for India's increasing power and expanding interests. "India's growing national power and its expanding vital interests not only present an opportunity for us to strengthen our 'Blue Water' Navy but...
  • Norms violated for minister at the Indo-Pak border 18-12-2011 12:09 PM

    Munabao: The Centre bent the rules for a Rajasthan minister, allowing him to board the train to Pakistan from Munabao station, which is used only for security checks and no boarding is allowed as per norms. Rajasthan Minister of state for minorities Amin Khan, who was dropped from the Gehlot...
  • Waiting for Prez's decision on Afzal Guru: Govt 13-12-2011 09:14 PM

    New Delhi: Under fire from Opposition over the delay in carrying out the death sentence of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, government on Tuesday put the onus on President Pratibha Patil saying a decision on the issue has to be taken by her. Using the occasion of the 10th anniversary...
  • 'Afzal Guru's mercy plea under consideration' 13-12-2011 02:26 PM

    New Delhi: The mercy plea of decade-old Parliament attack case convict Mohd Afzal Guru was among 14 other such applications pending decision by President Pratibha Patil. Replying to an RTI query, the President Secretariat declined to disclose copies of correspondence and file notings related to Guru's clemency petition, saying they...
  • WB: Prez awards girls for opposing child marriage 08-12-2011 02:28 AM

    New Delhi: Fifteen-year-old Sangita Bauri never feared her parents and society when she opposed her forcible marriage in a remote village in West Bengal but she trembled when she was honoured in New Delhi by President Pratibha Patil for her feat. Bauri along with two other young girls- Mukti Majhi,...
  • Dev Anand will be remembered always: Pratibha Patil 04-12-2011 05:15 PM

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil Sunday condoled the death of legendary actor Dev Anand, saying the film industry has lost a creative talent and a man who personified the spirit of graceful ageing with dignity. In her message, the president said: "Anand was a legendary film artiste as well as...
  • President's flight delayed due to technical snag 30-11-2011 12:23 PM

    President's flight delayed due to technical snag Kolkata: A technical problem detected in the special aircraft of President Pratibha Patil as the IAF Boeing 737 was being readied for takeoff on Wednesday from the NSC Bose International airport in Kolkata delayed her departure to Pune. Airport sources said the pilot...
  • President, VP's greetings on Guru Nanak Jayanti 10-11-2011 08:18 AM

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil and Vice-President Hamid Ansari have greeted the people on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, which is being celebrated on Thursday. "On the auspicious occasion of the birthday of Guru Nanak Devji, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens," Patil...