New Delhi [India], Jan. 9 : Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will release the Congress poll manifesto for Punjab at the Congress headquarters here today.
Singh will be joined by Ambika Soni, Captain Amarinder Singh, Asha Kumari, Randeep S. Surjewala and other party leaders to release the manifesto at the All India Congress Committee Headquarters.
Also, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to officially join Congress today.
According to sources, Sidhu wanted to join Congress in presence of party vice president Rahul Gandhi but since he is out of country, he decided the date accordingly.
New Delhi, Nov. 4 - Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be awarded 'The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers', after becoming the first Indian to receive the rare honour.
He has been chosen for one of Japan's top national awards for his significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship between Japan and India for about 35 years.
Acknowledging the award, Singh said he is truly honoured and feels humbled by the love and affection showered upon him by the people and government of Japan.
New Delhi: Manmohan Singh had joined a pre-medical course as his father wanted him to become a doctor but pulled out after a couple of months, losing interest in the subject, according to a book on the former prime minister by his daughter.
Daman Singh charts the journey of her parents in her book "Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan", providing new insights into the couple but keeps away from the last 10 years when Singh was heading the UPA government.
She also finds her father to be a funny man saying he has a good sense of humour.
In April 1948, Singh was admitted to Khalsa College in Amritsar.
New Delhi, July 31 : Dismissing former union minister K. Natwar Singh's bombshell about Congress president Sonia Gandhi in his autobiography, former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has categorically stated that no files were sent from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to Gandhi's 10 Janpath residence for clearance during his tenure.
"No files used to go from PMO to 10 Janpath," Dr. Singh said.
Natwar Singh has reportedly given an explosive interview to Headlines Today on his memoirs "One Life Is Not Enough: An Autobiography" in which he details his public life with some focus on Sonia Gandhi.
New Delhi: BJP Tuesday asked former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress to answer allegations of "improper compromises" by three ex-CJIs during UPA rule, saying the matter was "unfortunate".
"Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress should come forward and answer the allegations of how different constitutional bodies, including the judiciary, were misused for political reasons. It is unfortunate and a matter of serious concern," BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
New Delhi, May 19 : Price rise and corruption were the issues on which the UPA government failed to communicate with the people, outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the CWC Monday, accepting shortcomings of his government that led to the poll drubbing.
Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, quoted Manmohan Singh as saying in the meeting: “I take responsibility for the shortcomings of my government.”
“We were not able to communicate satisfactorily with the people on the issues of price rise and corruption, and the situations that arose because of it,” said the prime minister.
New Delhi, May 14 : Helsinki-based Nokia has taken initial steps to seek international arbitration to amicably resolve the multi-million dollar tax dispute related to its Chennai's manufacturing unit and has sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“Nokia is keen to work with authorities in India to resolve the tax disputes. As one of our actions Nokia has sent a letter under Finland India Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The letter seeks for amicable resolution of the current tax disputes,” a Nokia spokesperson said.
New Delhi, May 8 - India would hand over $1 million financial assistance to Afghanistan for relief and rehabilitation in Badakshan province that was hit by a massive landslide last week burying over 2,000 people.
The Indian embassy would hand over the financial assistance to the Afghan ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) Thursday in Kabul, a ministry of external affairs statement said.
"As per PM's announcement of financial assistance for relief and rehabilitation of damages caused by landslide in Badakshan province of Afghanistan on May 2 Embassy is going to handover $1 million to Afghan MFA tomorrow in Kabul."
New Delhi, May 3 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday expressed shock at a devastating landslide in Afghanistan that claimed close to 2,000 lives and offered India's assistance in relief and rehabilitation efforts.
"I am deeply shocked and saddened by the devastating natural disaster that has struck Badakhshan province in Afghanistan," he said in a statement here.
New Delhi, April 29 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold a meeting of the Planning Commission Wednesday to take stock of the economic situation.
Prime minister is the ex-officio chairman of the plan panel, and this will probably be the last meeting of the plan panel under his chairmanship.
The term of the panel is co-terminus with the government. The general elections are underway and Manmohan Singh has ruled himself out of the race to head the new government.
New Delhi, Apr 18 : Former media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sanjay Baru, has said that Dr. Singh redefined India's foreign policy and took important initiatives to ensure that the country improved its bilateral relations with other nations.
Baru, it maybe recalled, stirred a controversy through his controversial book, "The Accidental Prime Minister", in which he claimed that Dr. Singh's authority was repeatedly undermined by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
New Delhi, April 12 : Despite being plagued by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and a perceived effete government, the UPA-II could not afford to "retire" Manmohan Singh as prime minister as Rahul Gandhi had repeatedly failed to deliver electoral victories for the Congress party, says a revealing new book.
Sivasagar, March 29 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday urged the people to compare the performance of the Congress and non-Congress governments at the centre before casting their votes in the Lok Sabha polls.
He was speaking at a rally for Congress' candidate from Khumtai in Assam.
He said poverty declined three times faster under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
"No other decade has recorded as much development as there has been in the last 10 years," Manmohan Singh said.
New Delhi, March : The Congress in its election manifesto released Wednesday promised to bring a new legislation to protect the rights of sexual minorities.
Listing the legal reforms it plans to move in if voted again to power in the Lok Sabha polls, the party said it "will enact a law to ensure that consensual sexual relations between adults of the same-sex are not criminalised."
New Delhi, March 12 : Some aberrations have crept into journalism in India and the media should itself find ways to remove them, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday.
"Vibrant and fiercely independent media in our country is an asset for all of us. It has served us well in disseminating information, educating the public and keeping a critical eye on the work of the government," he said at a function to mark 125 years of the Malayala Manorama group.
Manmohan Singh said that while the media had evolved and grown in size, some "aberrations" have crept in.
Nay Pyi Taw, March 4 : Even as the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 32 more Indian fishermen, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raised the issue with the neighbouring country's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, here Tuesday, calling for a humane approach to the issue.
Meeting on the margins of the BIMSTEC Summit, the two leaders also spoke about the upcoming US-led resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the text of which was released to member countries late Monday.
Naypyidaw, March 3 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is on his last foreign visit of his tenure would be meeting leaders from the neighboring countries as he arrives to attend the BIMSTEC summit.
Singh's first engagement here is with the host Myanmar President U. Thein Sein. Sources tell ANI that both leaders will discuss cooperation in security related to the presence of insurgent groups present on both sides of the border. They will also discuss disputes in the demarcation of border, and the issue of 9 disputed pillars is expected to come up during the Thein - Singh talks.
New Delhi, Mar 3 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday left for Myanmar to attend the third Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Nay Pyi-Taw.
In a statement before his departure for the Myanmarese capital, Nay Pyi-Taw, Dr. Singh said: " I am proceeding today on a two-day tour of Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to take part in the third Summit of the BIMSTEC."
New York, March 1 : A US federal judge in Washington has granted a Sikh rights group's plea to serve summons on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India in a case of alleged violation of human rights during his tenure.
The 1965 Hague Service Convention allows the process of judicial documents from one signatory state to another without the use of consular and diplomatic channels.
New Delhi, Feb 20 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said special status will be given for five years to Seemandhra region - the residual state of Andhra Pradesh following creation of a separate Telangana.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on the bill to create a separate Telangana state, the prime minister said that the bill already stipulates that the central government shall take appropriate fiscal measures, including offer of tax incentives to the successor states in order to promote industrialization and economic growth in both the states.