New Delhi: In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met the secretaries of all the government departments collectively and asked them to take decisions without fear.
It was reported that while Modi asked the secretaries to approach him directly to resolve issues and expedite decision-making, he also told them to take decisions and assured his full support.
He also "encouraged the officers to take decisions and assured them that he would stand by them," an official statement later said.
New Delhi, May 31: HRD Minister Smriti Irani Saturday appealed to the Delhi University vice chancellor Dinesh Singh to reinstate the five officials suspended for allegedly leaking documents related to her educational qualifications.
Irani took to Twitter to express her opinion and said she has requested the vice chancellor to reinstate the officials.
"Since the Delhi University is an autonomous institution, I have put forth my personal appeal to the VC to reinstate the officials," she tweeted.
"In public life one should be open to scrutiny and criticism. So am I," Irani tweeted.
Lilongwe (Malawi), May 31 : Malawi's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika has emerged winner of the May 20 presidential race in the southern African country, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said Friday.
Mutharika, the 74-year-old brother of the late former President Bingu wa Mutharika, was elected president of the country after garnering 36.4 percent of the votes cast, Xinhua quoted MEC as saying.
New Delhi, May 30 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown an apparent disinterest over his life struggles becoming a part of the school curriculum of some states.
Modi posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter: "Am reading in the news that some states want to include Narendra Modi's life struggles as a part of their school curriculum - PM Narendra Modi."
"I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum -PM Narendra Modi," he said.
New Delhi, May 28: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj today formally took charge as the Minister for External Affairs.
Addressing media outside South Block, Swaraj said talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and SAARC leaders were very successful.
Swaraj also said that Modi had told Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that terrorism was the first issue that needs to be tackled before holding dialogues.
She said, "The PM told Nawaz Sharif that bomb attacks won't let us hear each other out. Terrorism has to be tackled on a priority basis."
New Delhi, May 27 : Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan has arrived at Hyderabad House for a courtesy meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi greeted Karzai as the two leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.
Following his meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai he is scheduled to meet leaders from Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mauritius, Nepal.
All eyes would be on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who will hold meeting with Modi at 12.10 a. m. Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will meet Modi at 1245 hours.
New Delhi, May 20 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary Party will meet here today to formally elect BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) prime minister- designate Narendra Modi as their leader.
The meeting will be held in the Central Hall of Parliament. This will be followed by a meeting of NDA allies.
After Modi's election as parliamentary party leader, the BJP-led NDA will stake a claim to form a new government at the Centre.
Gandhinagar, May 12 : In a video message on the last day of voting, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi appreciated the voters stamina to come out and vote in scorching weather.
"Despite the scorching heat, people have come out and voted to give strength to the new government. Without the people's involvement, this festival of democracy could not have been possible," Modi said.
He also held out hope that the election commission will be able to conduct the last phase polls peacefully and not totally depend on the help of the state police.
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, Apr 14 : Reacting to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's comment on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Monday said that Priyanka was the bedrock of support for her mother and brother and that nobody could prevent her from enlarging her role in the spectrum of Indian politics.
Barmer, (Rajasthan), Apr 12 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Congress Party only knew how to make false promises and has acquired a habit of rubbing chillies in the eyes of the public.
"I do not make false promises; I won't rub your eyes with chillies like the Congress. We have seen such leaders in the country who do not even show their faces for five years after being elected," said Modi, while addressing a rally in Barmer.
New Delhi, Apr 10 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday cast his vote for the Lok Sabha elections in New Delhi.
Rahul, who was accompanied by former Union Minister Ajay Maken, cast his vote at a polling station in Aurangzeb Lane.
Voting is underway for 91 seats in 11 states. People are voting in Chhattisgarh (1), Haryana (10), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (5), Kerala (20), Madhya Pradesh (9), Maharashtra (10), Odisha (10), Uttar Pradesh (10), Bihar (6), Delhi (7), Andaman and Nicobar islands (1), Chandigarh (1) and Lakshadweep (1).
Pune (Maharashtra), Apr 9 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh has said that his party is not in the business of seeking "unwanted support" from other parties during this year's general elections, and added that if any party wanted to help the BJP come to power, it should either merge with the BJP or become part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Addressing a rally here on Tuesday, Singh's missive appeared to be directed at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, who of late has been attempting to create divisions between the BJP and its long-term ally, the Shiv Sena.
New Delhi, Apr 3 : Senior Congress leader and Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has urged people not to waste their votes on political party that is not beneficial to the country.
"Make sure that this time your votes do not get wasted. Those votes, which will not come in our favour, will strengthen some other party which will not be beneficial for the country," said Sharma.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar has asserted that governance under leadership of Narendra Modi can put an end to misrule of Congress party.
New Delhi, Mar 26 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab.
The party announced this as it released a list of nine more candidates last night.
Khanna will take on Punjab Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa who had defeated him in the last election in 2009 by a narrow margin.
Khanna had joined BJP in 1997 and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in the next year's Lok Sabha poll. In 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency.
New Delhi, Mar 23 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has replaced L. K. Advani's loyalist and sitting MP Harin Pathak with Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal from Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat.
In the fresh list of nine candidates announced yesterday, the BJP also decided to field state office in-charge of the party, Alok Sanjar, from Bhopal seat in Madhya Pradesh.
Sitting MP Prabhatsinh Chouhan would seek re-election from Panchmahal seat and former MLA Deep Sinh Rathore will contest from Sabarkantha. (ANI)
Dharamsala, Mar 20 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will today address an election rally in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala town in an attempt to garner people's support ahead of the upcoming general elections .
Gandhi was earlier scheduled to address the rally on March 8 but later it was postponed.
On Wednesday, Gandhi appreciated the talented youth of Manipur who have brought laurels from national and international arenas at various sports events.
Amethi (Uttar Pradesh), March 17 - Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will lose "by a big margin" in the Lok Sabha polls here, AAP leader and candidate Kumar Vishwas says.
The Arvind Kejriwal associate also said in an interview that the biggest losers of the election in Uttar Pradesh will be, besides the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the now ruling Samajwadi Party.
Saying a "historic campaign" was under way in Amethi, Kumar Vishwas said his confidence about his own victory and Gandhi's defeat came from numerous interactions with voters, mainly in rural pockets.
Hyderabad, March 9 : Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Sunday asked former chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and actor Pawan Kalyan to back the TDP to ensure a bright future for Telugu-speaking people.
Kiran Reddy last week announced the formation of a new political party to fight for the self-respect of Telugus. Pawan Kalyan, brother of central minister K. Chiranjeevi, is reportedly planning to float another party.
Pune, Mar 3 : Expressing confidence on winning the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari has said that party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will definitely be the next prime minister of the country.
"We are confident that Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA will win 275 seats in the next elections and Narendra Modi will surely be the next Prime Minister of India. If we run short of some seats, we will think about other options," Gadkari told media here yesterday.