UPA

  • India promises to look into UK-Gujarat direct flights 3 days ago

    London: India has assured the diaspora that it will push for direct flights between the UK and Gujarat. "We had prepared a strong proposal for Air India to start direct flights between London and Ahmedabad but due to financial and logistics reasons it couldn't go forward," TK Manoj Kumar, Ministry...
  • Government's reforms will benefit common man: BJP 4 days ago

    New Delhi: BJP on Saturday welcomed government's decision that will help reduce diesel prices and said it is the beginning of economic reforms which would bring relief to the life of the common man suffering from price rise for the last many years. The party also...
  • Govenment approach on black money not adventurist, says Arun Jaitley 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Rejecting the charge that NDA has done a U-turn on disclosure of names of black money holders, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that the government will not be pushed into an act of adventurism and jeopardise the chances of getting cooperation of other countries in future....
  • Want to put environment ministry on autopilot: Prakash Javadekar 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that he wanted to put the environment ministry in "autopilot" with transparent, policy-based decision making and acknowledged that the previous UPA government had hampered growth by not clearing key environmental decisions. "I want to put...
  • Black money: Refusal to declare names of account holders disillusions BJP supporters 5 days ago

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government's promise to bring back black money stashed abroad, is now veering uncomfortably close to the UPA government's line. The Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday that it cannot disclose details given by countries with which India has a double taxation avoidance agreement. Finance...
  • Black money: Congress demands apology as Centre refuses to declare names of account holders 5 days ago

    New Delhi: With the Centre announcing its apprehensions regarding declaring names of people having black money stashed away in foreign banks, Congress on Friday launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led coalition. "Declare black money account holders or apologize to Congress for previous attacks," Congress leader and former External Affairs Minister...
  • MGNREGA much exploited, will go ahead with tweak: Government 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Amidst opposition in several quarters to its plan to tweak the rural job scheme, NDA government on Thursday asserted that it would go ahead with MGNREGA reforms as it charged that the flagship programme of the previous UPA regime "was allowed to be exploited for purely partisan purposes."...
  • Economic recovery result of work done by UPA government: Chidambaram October 11, 2014

    Mumbai: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram asserted it is the result of efforts of the earlier UPA government that the economy is now showing signs of recovery. "When the first quarter GDP results came out, at 5.7 per cent, I said it was because of the work done by the...
  • Maharashtra polls: Sharad Pawar wanted to join NDA before 2014 LS polls, says Raj Thackeray October 8, 2014

    Thane: MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday alleged that NCP president and former union minister Sharad Pawar was planning to join the BJP-led NDA alliance before this year's Lok Sabha elections. "Pawar was going to join NDA, but some people in BJP did not let...
  • Maharashtra elections: Scams led to UPA doom, anti-Congress wave hit allies too, says Bhujbal October 7, 2014

    Jalna: NCP leader and former state minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Tuesday said that the UPA government faced defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as it got embroiled in scams. It was the anti-Congress wave and not the Narendra Modi wave which had led to the UPA's poll debacle, Bhujbal...
  • What did Congress do in 60 years to bring back black money, asks Venkaiah Naidu October 6, 2014

    Hyderabad: Taking exception to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's reported attack on NDA government on the issue of black money, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu asked what her party did on the matter when it was in power. "I am putting a straight question to the Congress president. If it is...
  • Centre relooking UPA's airport privatisation plan September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: With airlines complaining of high airport charges in the country, the government is having a relook at the process of privatisation of six major airports started by the previous UPA dispensation. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju has suggested fresh broad-based consultations between the Centre and states and with...
  • Supreme Court declares Centre's move to set up National Tax Tribunal as unconstitutional September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday declared as unconstitutional the National Tax Tribunal Act under which a tribunal was set up to decide tax-related cases by taking away jurisdiction of high courts in such matters. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said that the Act passed...
  • SC accepted our suggestion on coal block cancellation: Sriprakash Jaiswal September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court has accepted the previous UPA government's suggestion of cancellation of coal blocks which were allocated since 1993. The Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed allocation of 214 which were alloted to various companies since 1993. "The Supreme Court...
  • Government to scrap outdated laws, says Prime Minister September 23, 2014

    Bangalore: Declaring that his government has decided to clear "the jungle of laws", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said antiquated laws would be done away with to impart direction and speed to administration. "In our country there are many laws which have been made, which don't have any relevance today....
  • Lessons from bypoll results Public Memory is short but not always sweet! September 18, 2014

    The recent Parliament and bypolls have brought out one thing conclusively, which is the impatience of people. People wait long to form an opinion and once formed they act on it quickly. They do not care much for reputations, caste calculations, dynasty factor etc. Their aspirations and fears are paramount and...
  • Did not receive any letter on PPP audit from Vinod Rai, says Chidambaram September 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that he did not receive any communication from exCAG Vinod Rai on the audit of PPP projects. "I do not recall any address to me by the CAG on the subject. I have since confirmed that no letter was addressed...
  • Centre seeks consensus for changes in Land Acquisition Act September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The central government on Monday sought "consensus" to bring changes in the Land Acquisition Act to make it more investorfriendly but said it was not happening due to the "contradictory views" within political parties which are wanting changes in the legislation. Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari also hit out...
  • Former CAG Vinod Rai refutes rumours of joining politics, says it's not his cup of tea September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai on Monday refuted all rumours of his political ambitions. The remarks came after Rai's upcoming book 'Not Just An Accountant' accused former prime minister Manmohan Singh of not taking stand against corruption. He said, "I sincerly believe politics is a good profession...
  • Manmohan Singh refuses to comment on exCAG Vinod Rai's allegations September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh refused to comment on exComptroller & Auditor General Vinod Rai's book which questioned his integrity as the PM while major scams like 2G and Coalgate took place during the UPA regime. "I don't want to comment on what other people say", remarked Singh. They...
  • Sheila Dikshit slams NDA for nudging UPAappointed governors to quit September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Attacking the NDA government for "forcing" UPAappointed governors to quit, former Kerala Governor and threetime Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said that the new dispensation targeted the holders of the constitutional office "selectively" and "humiliated" them which does not auger well for democracy. 76yearold Dikshit, who was...
  • Rs 25,000 crore Navy tender only for private sector: Defence Ministry September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to build capabilities of Indian private sector warship builders, the Defence Ministry has rejected the plea of a stateowned shipyard to participate in the Rs 25,000 crore project to construct four amphibious warfare vessels for the Indian Navy. The Defence Ministry has decided that only private sector shipyards,...
  • Ajit Singh says he will vacate government accommodation by September 25 September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after the Union Government cracked the whip by disconnecting power and water supplies to the official accommodation of former union minister Ajit Singh, the Rashtriya Lok Dal leader on Sunday said that he will vacate the accommodation by 25th of this month. "I have lived here...
  • Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal meets Sushma Swaraj over problems of Sikhs September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, along with a delegation of Sikh leaders, on Saturday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and demanded that the issues pertaining to Sikhs in the United States be included in the agenda of meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US...
  • I wrote to Manmohan Singh warning him over 2G allocations, claims Congress's Kamal Nath September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: In a statement that could send ripples across the Congress, senior party leader and former parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath has claimed that he had warned former prime minister Manmohan Singh over 2G allocations. "I did write a letter to the PM warning him of the allocations in...
  • Manmohan Singh isn't answerable, says Congress as exCAG blames him of inaction during scams September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The allegations of former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai has brought former prime minister Manmohan Singh back in the dock. In his yet to be released book "Not Just an Accountant", Rai has accused the former PM of taking no corrective measures to avert loss...
  • Foreign brokerages expect upgrade in India's credit outlook September 11, 2014

    Mumbai: There is a 'compelling' case for an upgrade of India's sovereign rating outlook, two brokerages said on Thursday that with one of them anticipating the revision in 2017. Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Thursday said "worst is over" for India and credit rating agencies are likely to upgrade...
  • Centre will not allow FDI in multibrand retail: Nirmala Sitharaman September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government will not allow foreign direct investment in multibrand retail, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday. "We are clear that FDI will not be allowed in multibrand retail trade. We shall not entertain FDI in MBRT. There is no...
  • Telangana: TRS, TDPBJP and Congress slug it out to win Medak LS bypoll September 7, 2014

    Hyderabad: A shrill campaign is on for the highstakes Medak Lok Sabha bypoll in Telangana, which has been necessitated after the resignation of Telengana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of the ruling TRS, with the Congress and the Telugu Desam (TDP)BJP combine leaving no stone unturned to win the contest. The...
  • Modi government has never refused financial aid to Punjab: CM Parkash Singh Badal September 7, 2014

    Ludhiana: Accusing Congress of misguiding people by spreading "false propaganda" that the Centre was not providing funds to Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday asserted that the Narendra Modi government has never denied financial aid to the state. "The UPA government knew that they will not be able...