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  • Hindu-Hindi row: Everybody in a democracy has a right to their opinion, says Najma Heptullah 7 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Everybody in the Indian democracy has the right to their opinion, said Najma Heptullah clarifying her controversial remark that sparked outrage among the opposition, and insisted that she is proud to be an Indian. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah said that her...
  • Live Blog: Najma Heptullah on Hindu-Hindi comment row 53 minutes ago

    Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah clarified her stand on the controversial statement made on Friday. Heptullah said that saying her words have been misinterpreted and that she used the word "Hindi" and not "Hindu' for Indians. Heptullah had faced flak Heptullah said that saying her words have been misinterpreted and...
  • Modi enjoys twice the security cover of his predecessor 1 hour 45 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys double the security cover of his predecessor Manmohan Singh in terms of commandos of the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) and vehicles in his cavalcade. The reason: "No other prime minister except Rajiv Gandhi was under such a threat as Modi from militant groups,"...
  • Indian economy warms in after-glow of Narendra Modi's triumph 4 hours 2 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The after-glow of Narendra Modi's election victory nearly four months ago is expected to have helped India's lumbering economy register its fastest growth in more than two years for the quarter ending in June. India's new prime minister has promised to make it easier to do business through speedier...
  • Used 'Hindi' for Indians not 'Hindu', Najma Heptullah clarifies stand after facing criticism 4 hours 38 minutes ago

    New Delhi: After facing flak for saying that there is nothing wrong with the term Hindu being applied equally to all citizens as a national identity, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah has been forced to issue a clarification. Defending her stand, Heptullah said that saying her words have been misinterpreted and...
  • 100 days of Modi government: GDP growth likely to be highest in last 10 quarters 5 hours 9 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The NDA government is set to complete a 100 days in office and going by the expected GDP growth from its first quarter in power, there may be a huge boost to the economy. The GDP figures for the 100 days of the Modi government will come out on...
  • Sonia's reaction boosted sales of my book, says Natwar 7 hours 22 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Taking a dig at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh on Thursday said she should not have reacted to the controversy caused by his book, and that her intervention only helped increase the sale of his just released autobiography. Singh claimed Sonia and her daughter Priyanka's May...
  • Retirement age necessary in politics as well: Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi 20 hours 57 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dropped senior leaders from its Parliamentary Board, senior Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi sparked off a debate. Dwivedi said on Thursday that there should be a retirement age in politics. He went on to say that in active politics, preference must be given...
  • Government is committed to the welfare of the people, says Ravi Shankar Prasad Yesterday

    Bharatiya Janta party member Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Government is committed to the welfare of the people. The idea is to put India on the path of growth and progress." Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister to launch Jan Dhan Yojana from Rajahmundry. ...
  • Congress member Manish Tewari slams government on ceasefire violation Yesterday

    Congress member Manish Tewari said, "This is a failure on the part of the BJP and NDA to bring peace at the border. The situation on the Line of Control and International border is very tense." ...
  • Herald case: Delhi court to hear matter against Sonia, Rahul on December 9 Yesterday

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday fixed December 9 for hearing the complaint case, in which it had issued summons against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others, on the issue of acquisition of National Herald daily. Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha postponed the matter after the counsel appearing for...
  • Haryana Janhit Congress 'dumps' BJP, says it has a history of betraying allies 20 hours 19 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Hitting out hard at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC-BL) on Thursday "dumped" the BJP ending its 3-year-old alliance with the party. HJC-BL's Kuldeep Bishnoi claimed that the party has a history of betraying its allies. Bishnoi claimed that they did all that they...
  • 100 days of Narendra Modi government: CMs allege high-handedness, say federal principals ignored Yesterday

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power on the promise of strengthening federalism, is not popular with many Chief Ministers today. In fact, they have been accusing the Modi government of high-handedness and ignoring federal principals. "The government of the day is behaving like the Viceroys of...
  • Narendra Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip Yesterday

    New Delhi: India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country. India has been pushing for an agreement with Japan...
  • PM Modi to launch his ambitious plan Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana today Yesterday

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious financial inclusion plan is all set to kick off on Thursday. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will be launched nationally in the capital by the Prime Minister himself. The scheme intends to accomplish the objective of housing for all by providing basic...
  • Karnataka CM says Modi wave over, credits Rahul, Sonia for Congress's victory in bypolls Yesterday

    Bangalore: The Congress won two out of three seats in the Karnataka bypolls last week. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the Congress's victory in the state can be credited to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi's leadership. "The results were expected. I had said that we'll...
  • Decide complaint against Sonia Gandhi in 6 months: Delhi HC to CIC Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the Central Information Commission to decide in six months a complaint against Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the issue of non-compliance of transparency panel's directions that the party was answerable under the RTI Act. Noted RTI activist RK Jain had approached the Commission...
  • Rajnath Singh breaks down: Is there a lack of trust at the top of Modi government? Yesterday

    In the first signs of an internal tussle within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) within the first 100 days of the Narendra Modi government, several party leaders have targeted Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his son Pankaj over allegations of misconduct. ...
  • SC puts moral pressure on PM, CMs, says those facing criminal charges not to be made ministers Yesterday

    The Supreme Court has put moral pressure on the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers by observing that people facing criminal or corruption charges should not be made ministers. The apex court, however, stopped short of prescribing disqualification for such people from becoming ministers and left it to the wisdom of the...
  • Infighting in Modi government within 100 days, BJP leaders target Rajnath Singh, his son Yesterday

    New Delhi: In the first signs of an internal tussle within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) within the first 100 days of the Narendra Modi government, several party leaders have targeted Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his son Pankaj over allegations of misconduct. Even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP...
  • Will join hands with secular forces wherever required: Congress Yesterday

    New Delhi: With the Bihar Assembly by-poll results going in favour of RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance, Congress on Wednesday said the party is ready to join hands with "secular forces" wherever necessary. "Years ago, Congress had in Shimla talked about alliances. That policy continues to hold. Wherever necessary, we will join with other...
  • Should PM & CMs keep criminal netas out of their cabinet? Yesterday

    In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking the removal of people with alleged criminal background from becoming ministers at the Centre or states. "We leave it to the wisdom of the Prime Minister whether to appoint people with criminal background or not," the apex...
  • PMO should clarify who was spreading rumours about Home Minister's son: Left Yesterday

    New Delhi: With Narendra Modi government facing embarrassment over "rumours" about "alleged misconduct" by Home Minister Rajnath Singh's son, Left parties today said that the rift within the ruling BJP was now out in the open and the PMO should clarify who was spreading these "rumours". "It is very much...
  • Senior party leaders not sidelined, says Venkaiah Naidu Yesterday

    Kochi: Union Urban Development and Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday dismissed reports of senior party leaders being sidelined and said it was a 'generational change'. "Nobody is sidelined. It is a generational change that is taking place. It happens in a family. It...
  • 6 ex-ministers, 23 former MPs yet to vacate government accommodation Yesterday

    New Delhi: Continuing its eviction drive against former ministers and MPs, Directorate of Estate has managed to vacate government houses of 241 former ministers and MPs till date. While 11 ex-ministers out of 17 have vacated their bungalows, 230 former MPs out of 258 have also surrendered the houses till now,...
  • PM sets up committee to identify 'obsolete' laws within 3 months Yesterday

    New Delhi: Moving ahead with his resolve to weed out archaic rules and procedures as part of reforms process, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday set up a committee to identify "obsolete" laws which he believes hamper governance by creating "avoidable confusion". The committee will submit its report in three months...
  • Modi government to emphasise on e-governance: Jitendra Singh Yesterday

    New Delhi: The government will emphasise on e-governance measures to ensure good and simplified governance, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. "It was a matter of satisfaction that the Department of Administrative Reforms had during the last three months not only taken major initiatives in the direction of ensuring good...
  • SC order puts pressure on PM to act against criminal politicians: Congress Yesterday

    In a landmark observation, the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea against the appointment of ministers with criminal background and put the onus firmly on the Prime Minister. ...
  • Amit Shah defends Rajnath, says rumours against him, his son baseless Yesterday

    New Delhi: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Wednesday came out in defence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his son Pankaj saying all rumours against them were baseless. Shah said, "All reports against Rajnath Singh and his son are baseless, tactless and an attempt...
  • PM Modi comes to Rajnath Singh's defence, says reports against him and his son are 'plain lies' Yesterday

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday issued a statement dubbing allegations leveled against the conduct of some Union Ministers, and the alleged misconduct of Home Minister Rajnath Singh's son Pankaj Singh as 'plain lies' and 'motivated'. The PMO tweeted on the matter saying that the rumours were a 'malicious...