PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE

  • PM Narendra Modi's first 10 days in office, a busy beginning June 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed his first 10 days in office. With a massive majority in the Lok Sabha and the BJP on its own securing majority in the 545member Lower House of Parliament, Modi has got the mandate to rule for a term of five years...
  • #Twittergate: All that you wanted to know about the @PMOIndia controversy May 22, 2014

    On May 20, four days after the Congress party and its ruling alliance conceded the mother of all mandates in three decades to the Narendra Modiled Bharatiya Janata Party, the Twitter handle of the Prime Minister's Office, @PMOIndia, vanished mysteriously. It soon reappeared, but minus its 1.2 million followers, and...
  • Jet likely to relocate its network, revenue management to Abu Dhabi: Sources July 9, 2013

    Sources said the cooperative board of the company will have control with 19 foreign nationals nominated by Etihad. ...
  • 'Jet's plan to relocate ops after Etihad deal inconsistent with norms' July 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The JetEtihad deal, which is under the scanner by various regulatory bodies, has hit turbulence once again. Fresh questions are being raised over Jet Airways' commercial pact with Etihad. Jet's plan to relocate operations and core functions to Abu Dhabi has raised eyebrows as the proposed plan is not...
  • Civil Aviation Minister to send a note to Cabinet on JetEtihad deal July 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh is all set to send a note to the Cabinet on the IndiaAbu Dhabi bilateral JetEtihad deal. The Prime Minister's Office had written a note to the Civil Aviation Minister in June to get the seat sharing deal approved by the Cabinet. Several complaints...
  • Big questions and pointers of the JetEtihad deal July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The deal between Jet Airways and Etihad seems to have hit a fresh roadblock with the government divided on the domestic airlines' 24 per cent stake sale to the Abu Dhabibased carrier. The Prime Minister's Office has asked Civil Aviation Ministry to allay concerns over the deal and...
  • JetEtihad deal: PMO seeks clarification from Ministry of Corporate Affairs July 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office has sought clarifications from ministries concerned, including Ministry of Corporate Affairs, on the proposed Rs 2,058 crore JetEtihad deal. The Cabinet Secretary is likely to chair a meeting on security concerns over JetEtihad deal on Tuesday. The PMO has already asked Finance Ministry and Commerce...
  • Prime Minister's Office seeks clarification on JetEtihad deal June 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office has sought clarifications from ministries concerned, including Commerce and Industry, on the proposed Rs 2,058 crore JetEtihad deal. The deal, largest foreign investment proposal in the aviation sector, is facing regulatory hurdles with various ministries raising major concerns over the ultimate control of Jet...
  • Coal scam: CBI records statement of two PMO officials June 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday recorded statements of two officials of the Prime Minister's Office as part of its probe into the coal scam. The CBI sought clarification from Vini Mahajan and Ashish Gupta regarding the allocation of the coal blocks, sources said. The probe agency...
  • 'Wages under MGNREGA per day have almost doubled' May 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office on Friday tweeted that growth must be inclusive and must benefit the poor, especially in rural areas. It further tweeted that wages given under MGNREGA per day have almost doubled since the launch of the scheme. "Every fifth rural household in India benefits from Mahatma...
  • Cong in damage control mode after reports of rift with PMO May 14, 2013

    New Delhi: There have been speculations of the growing rift between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. After CNNIBN reported the inside story of how a section of the Congress wants the Prime Minister to make way for new leadership, the Congress clarified that Dr Manmohan Singh...
  • PMO put pressure on MoEF to ease coal mining rules, reveals RTI query May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Just two days after the removal of Ashwani Kumar as Law Minister over the coal scam, there seems to be more trouble for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. A Right to Information application shows that it was the Prime Minister's Office that put pressure on the Environment Ministry to...
  • CBI's affidavit on coalgate: Is UPA's credibility damaged beyond repair? April 26, 2013

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed its affidavit on the coal block allocation scam report with the Supreme Court, in which the agency's director Ranjit Sinha has said the draft of the report was shared with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, a charge that the Congress has been...
  • CBI's affidavit on coal scam says agency shared report with Law Min April 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed its affidavit on the coal block allocation scam report with the Supreme Court, in which the agency's director Ranjit Sinha has said the draft of the report was shared with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar "as desired by him", a...
  • BJP demands SIT probe into the coal scam April 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded a probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the coal scam alleging that the government is influencing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has accused the Law Ministry and the Prime...
  • PMO unhappy with cancelling Italian chopper deal: sources February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The government is divided on whether to cancel the AgustaWestland chopper deal or not. Sources say the Prime Minister's Office is unhappy with the proposal to cancel the chopper deal. This comes amidst reports that the Defence Minister was inclined to cancel the deal in view of the...
  • Sir Creek not being handed over to Pak: PMO to Modi December 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday rejected a claim by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that Sir Creek was being "handed over" to Pakistan. In a letter to Modi, the PMO said, "The writing and release of this baseless letter by the Chief Minister of Gujarat in his...
  • MoS Defence Lalchand Kataria's portfolio may be changed October 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Defence Lalchand Kataria's portfolio is likely to be changed, sources said on Tuesday. The sources said that the Prime Minister's Office had put on hold the decision to appoint Kataria as one of the two Ministers of State for Defence. Sources said that this was...
  • PMO replies to Washington Post, slams journalist September 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office has replied to The Washington Post journalist Simon Denyer claiming that the newspaper never contacted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his version on the article slamming him. "Despite all lines of conversations open, you never got in touch with us for our side of...
  • ISRO row: Nair writes to PM, says ban regretable January 30, 2012

    Bangalore: Former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking a withdrawal of the ban on him and three other colleagues over the controversial AntrixDevas deal. Nair wrote in his letter that the ban targeting him and the other three scientists was regretable. The former...
  • ISRO row: Govt may speak to former scientists January 30, 2012

    New Delhi: The government has showed signs of blinking in the standoff with former ISRO scientists. Sources have told CNNIBN that the government will speak to Madhavan Nair and the other 3 former ISRO scientists soon. The government is in fact expected to speak to the banned scientists to get...
  • ISRO row: Madhavan alleges witch hunt January 25, 2012

    Bangalore: Former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair on Wednesday lashed out at the Prime Ministers Office for its order barring him and three of his colleagues from holding government posts for their alleged involvement in the controversial AntrixDevas Sband spectrum deal. Nair did not spare his successor, K Radhakrishnan, either. "This...
  • ISRO row: PMO defends ban on Madhavan January 25, 2012

    The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has stood by its ban on former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief G Madhavan Nair, barring him from government jobs. V Narayanasamy, MoS in the PMO, said, "It was a decision taken by the committee on the basis of the report... It was in...
  • PMO, Cabinet Secy knew about 2G note: Pranab November 1, 2011

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister has stated that it was the Prime Minister's Office which insisted on Home Minister P Chidambaram's name being included in the controversial note 2G note. Pranab has also written that the Cabinet Secretariat was in the know...
  • Prime Minister's Office not indicted by CAG: Sibal August 8, 2011

    New Delhi: The Government on Monday firmly rejected the Opposition's contention that the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) had indicted the Prime Minister's Office on the Commonwealth Games issue and insisted that Constitutional processes must be followed before blaming anyone. "I do not think that there is an indictment of the PMO...
  • Karuna calls PMO's gesture to Jaya a protocol June 15, 2011

    Chennai: Seeking to downplay the PMO's gesture of sending an SPG vehicle for Jayalalithaa, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Wednesday said it was only "a security protocol" followed for any Chief Minister. In his first comments on the keenly watched twoday Delhi visit of Jayalalithaa that concluded on Tuesday, Karunanidhi said...
  • Anna Hazare begins fast against corruption April 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare is set to begin a fastuntodeath outside Parliament from Tuesday to demand change in anticorruption laws. Specifically, changes in the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill which has been drafted by Lokayukta of Karnataka justice Santosh Hegde, Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and RTI activist...
  • All you need to know about Bt Brinjal February 6, 2010

    New Delhi: Bt Brinjal, a genetically modified version of the common vegetable, and its proposed introduction in India has become a topic of debate not only among scientists but politicians as well. A look at what the issues at stake are: Bt Brinjal is a transgenic brinjal created by...
  • PM's office checks swine flu; minister sparks row August 9, 2009

    Pune/Ahmedabad/New Delhi: The contagious swine flu claimed two more lives in India on Sunday, taking the national death toll in just a week to four and forcing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office to start monitoring the gradually spreading virus. Authorities in Maharashtra and Gujaratwhich account for all four deathswere on high...
  • Fraud in PMO, ofiicial held for salary scam January 25, 2009

    New Delhi: Its a case of financial embezzlement at the highest level. The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police today arrested Vikas Rana an Under Division Clerk working in the Prime Minister's office for allegedly transferring lakhs of rupees into his account from that of four former employees. This...