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  • CBI registers fresh case in coal scam August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday registered a fresh case against a Nagpur-based company for alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal block during the NDA regime in 2003. CBI sources said a case of criminal conspiracy and cheating has been registered against Gondwana Ispat Limited and its...
  • Sonia had decided not to head the government in 1999 itself, says former home secretary August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Former home secretary RD Pradhan has rejected former minister Natwar Singh's allegations on party President Sonia Gandhi's decision on not taking the Prime Minister's post. In an interview to CNN-IBN, Pradhan said that Sonia Gandhi had decided she won't head the government as early as 1999. He said that...
  • Centre ready for a discussion on UPSC CSAT issue, say sources August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Hoping to end the row over the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Aptitude Test, the Centre has agreed to take up the issue for discussion. There has been high drama in and out of Parliament over the issue with opposition parties demanding clarity from the Centre...
  • BJP blames UPA for UPSC CSAT row, says Centre's decision well thought August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The deadlock over the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Aptitude Test continues with political parties indulging in blame game over the issue. While the opposition parties are demanding clarity over the Centre's stand on the issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party has blamed the Congress and the...
  • Ex-PM Manmohan Singh's daughter defends father in a book, says he faced resistance within Congress August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's daughter has come to his defence in a new book. In an interview to a national daily, Daman Singh has said that her father was not a misfit in politics but that manipulative politics and wheeling dealing didn't come easily to him. She...
  • All-party meet on Insurance Laws Amendment Bill inconclusive August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the NDA government tries hard to get the Insurance Laws Amendment Bill passed in Parliament, the all-party meeting to resolve the deadlock was inconclusive. Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel said that parties will meet again in the next two days to discuss the possible formulation...
  • Godhra case: HC allows Centre to withdraw appeal on panel August 3, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has allowed the Centre to withdraw its appeal against an earlier order which had termed as illegal the Justice UC Banerjee Commission appointed by the then UPA government in 2004 to to probe the Godhra train burning incident. The High Court, in its order passed on...
  • Government should explain problems at WTO: Salman Khurshid August 3, 2014

    Panaji: Demanding an explanation from the government on the WTO logjam, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said there were no problems when the previous UPA regime negotiated the matter. The senior Congress leader said that the government has not "given a clear enough explanation" about the problems that...
  • My father won't do what Natwar Singh did: Pranab Mukherjee's daughter August 3, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee's daughter Sharmistha said that her father will not do what former union minister Natwar Singh did and reveal what transpired during his tenure in the Congress and the government. She said, "My father has a diary for over 40 years. It has lots of sensitive information....
  • Natwar Singh attacks Manmohan Singh in his book August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh's reign as Prime Minister has been severely criticised by his former ministerial colleague Natwar Singh, who says he leaves no legacy after being in power for 10 years. Singh, who was External Affairs Minister under Manmohan Singh, says the MEA was "demoralised" since it was run...
  • Government hints at delay in bringing judicial accountability bill August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: A proposal which seeks to change the present system of investigating complaints of misbehaviour and incapacity against judges of the Supreme Court and high courts requires "further consideration", the government said on Friday, indicating that a bill in this regard may not come in the immediate future. Referring to...
  • CNN-IBN Exclusive: Natwar Singh interview August 1, 2014

    Former union minister Natwar Singh's autobiography 'One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography' has generated a lot of controversies with claims like Congress President Soni Gandhi did not become the prime minister in 2004 as her son Rahul as against it and not because she renounced the post. He has...
  • Rajiv Gandhi sent IPKF to Sri Lanka without consulting Cabinet, claims Natwar Singh August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Estranged Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist, Natwar Singh, in his upcoming autobiography, has apparently written that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had sent the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka in 1987 without consulting his Cabinet. Singh, a former external affairs minister, alleged that the IPKF was sent to...
  • Jaya asks Modi to put an end to monthly increase in fuel price July 31, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put a "full stop" to the monthly increase in diesel price by oil marketing companies introduced during the previous UPA regime. Seeking rollback of Thursday's increase in diesel price by 56 paise per litre, Jayalalithaa...
  • Natwar Singh's book row: Sonia breaks her silence, Manmohan backs her July 31, 2014

    Former external affairs minister Natwar Singh's tell-all book has caught the ire of his former party's leadership. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday broke away from her usual stoic silence to say she will write a book to reveal the truth. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh also slammed Natwar Singh...
  • Manmohan backs Sonia, refutes claims made by Natwar Singh in his book July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: After Congress President Sonia Gandhi's outburst over former union minister Natwar Singh's claims, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, too, on Thursday refuted allegations that the UPA government sent files to 10 Janpath for approval. Backing Sonia, Dr Manmohan Singh said, "There are some conversations that take place which should not...
  • Dalbir Singh Suhag takes over as new army chief on Thursday July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag, whose appointment as Army Chief had kicked up a row, will on Thursday take over as the next head of the 1.3 million strong force succeeding General Bikram Singh who is retiring. Suhag was designated as Army Chief in May by the outgoing UPA...
  • Rahul stopped Sonia from becoming PM in 2004, claims Natwar Singh July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi declined to become Prime Minister in 2004 because of strong opposition from her son Rahul Gandhi who was afraid she would be killed like his father and grand mother if she accepted the post, former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh claimed on Wednesday. Singh(83), an estranged...
  • NDA government issues notices to 16 former UPA ministers for overstaying in bungalows July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Eviction notices have been served to 16 former ministers of the UPA government who have been staying unauthorised in government bungalows for over a month now. Notices have been sent to Kapil Sibal and Farooq Abdullah. Ajit Singh and Sachin Pilot have also been served eviction notices. Urban Development...
  • Process of judges' appointment should be transparent: Justice Katju July 29, 2014

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Press Council of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju on said the present collegium a total failure as there was no mention of collegium system in the Constitution of India. "This system was artificially created by some judges. The process of...
  • CBI wants to block information about graft against its officials July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI wants to stop disclosing details of allegations of corruption against its own officials under the RTI Act--an information being provided by it at present under the transparency law. The agency will challenge before the Delhi High Court an order of the Central Information Commission directing the agency to...
  • Modi government has done commendable work in two months: Venkaiah Naidu July 27, 2014

    Hyderabad: Asserting that the Narendra Modi government has done commendable work since it assumed office two months ago, union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that it was trying to put the country's economy back on rails. He told reporters that the economy was derailed during the UPA's...
  • Congress's plea for Leader of Opposition post in Lok Sabha rejected July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: In a huge blow to the Congress, the Attorney General has rejected the party's plea for getting the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. The A-G has claimed that the party must have 10 per cent of House strength to get the Leader of...
  • No proposal to integrate Aadhar with National Population Register: Centre July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre is not considering any proposal to integrate the UID (Aadhaar) project with National Population Register (NPR), Parliament was informed on Friday. "There is no such proposal under consideration of the government at this stage," Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to the Lok...
  • Government demands statement from Manmohan Singh on corrupt judge issue July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after informing Parliament that the PMO under Manmohan Singh had pushed for extension to a judge facing corruption charges, the government on Wednesday demanded that the former Prime Minister should make a "categorical" statement on the controversial matter. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that...
  • Justice Katju has fallen from the stature of a judge, says DMK July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Two days after former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju alleged that there is corruption and political interference in the judiciary, DMK chief Karunanidhi has slammed him over his charges. He said, "Katju's remark is an insult to the judiciary. Why was Katju silent for 10 years when...
  • Katju expose: Is 'political fixing' of judges a reality? July 22, 2014

    As Justice Katju's allegations create a storm, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday broke his silence, saying that he had nothing more to add to former law minister Hansraj Bhardwaj's comment. Bharadwaj had slammed Justice Katju's allegations saying that the procedure followed in the appointment of the judge, in...
  • Proposed NCTC has been 'kept in abeyance': Government July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The government appears to have given a quiet burial to the controversial proposal to set up anti-terror hub National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) mooted by the previous UPA regime, as it announced on Tuesday that the plan has been "kept in abeyance". "Operationalisation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre...
  • Manmohan denies Katju's charges, says HR Bhardwaj explained everything July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday broke his silence over corruption allegations in the judiciary made by Press Council of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju. Speaking the CNN-IBN, Singh said, "The then law minister HR Bhardwaj has explained everything. I have nothing more...
  • Government backs Katju's claims on judiciary, points fingers at UPA July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju's allegation continued to stall Parliament on Tuesday. The government backed Justice Katju's claims and also pointed fingers at the previous UPA government. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that in June 2005, Manmohan Singh's office asked the...