Mumbai, Nov. 14 : President Pranab Mukherjee will attend the graduation function of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre ( BARC) training school on November 15.
He will visit Mumbai. He will also present the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Awards at a function the same day, a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said. (ANI)
Kolkata, Aug 29 : On a day when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted that the "country is faced with difficult economic situation", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday accused the central government of "selling off" the country for individual interests.
"To suit the interest of one or two countries, the country's economy is intentionally being weakened. While the whole country is concerned at the rapid fall of the rupee, why is UPA (United Progressive Alliance) silent," Banerjee asked mediapersons here.
Islamabad, Aug 27 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday wrapped up his extended visit to Pakistan, which focused on Islamabad's role in talks with the Taliban and the release of Taliban prisoners.
Karzai was scheduled to conclude his daylong visit Monday evening but the visit was extended on the request of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to hold more meetings, Xinhua reported.
Both leaders met in the scenic spot of Murree near Islamabad Tuesday for the second time in two days. The two leaders discussed security situation of the region, the prime minister's office said.
Kolkata, Aug 22 : Contending that India was passing through "an intolerable economic disaster", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday wondered "where is the leader of the country" to save the people from economic onslaught and internal and external security threats.
"The country is passing through a nightmarish situation. From petrol to onions, from diesel to dollar, prices are skyrocketing. The economic disaster through which the country is passing is simply intolerable," Banerjee said on her official Facebook page.
Kolkata, Aug 16 : Describing the Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) as a "complete failure", the BJP said the central government has survived courtesy the CBI and a few parties who indulge in "double speak".
"UPA government has survived courtesy the CBI and 'double speaking' parties. These parties talk and work against the government during the day and bail it out in the evening," senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said here Friday.
Srinagar, Aug 15 : Pained by the criticism over the communal violence in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday demanded to know why Kashmiris were treated differently.
After taking the salute and hoisting the tricolour at the Bakshi Stadium here amid tight security, Abdullah praised Kashmiris for not letting the communal trouble to take a far more serious shape.
"I want to salute the people of the state for defeating forces who wanted to spread the tensions and vitiate peace and harmony in the state," he said.
New Delhi, Aug 8 : External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Thursday said it was not an appropriate time to say anything about the September meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, scheduled on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meet.
"Not in a position today to say anything because this is not the time or appropriate atmosphere in which we should be discussing talks. There will be lot of work necessary if we are to talk... but will it be conducive, we need to look at it," Khurshid said.
New Delhi, August 1 : In what could be seen as a strong endorsement for P. Chidambaram, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh showered generous praise on his finance minister for being a key backer of reforms and said here was a man "intellectually brilliant" and "politically savvy" while being "capable of taking risks and asserting political leadership."
Patna, July 31 : The BJP said Wednesday that it will take action against actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha for saying that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is "prime minister material".
"BJP will take disciplinary action against Shatrughan Sinha for his statement in favour of Nitish Kumar. It is harmful for the party," party vice-president C. P. Thakur told the media here.
Thakur added that the BJP won't stop Shatrughan Sinha if he decides to quit the party.
Patna, July 26 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the demand by a BJP MP that the Bharat Ratna be taken back from noted economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.
"This just makes it clear that the decision of parting ways with the BJP was totally correct. What kind of thinking do they have," Nitish Kumar told reporters here.
Sen had Monday said that he did not want to see Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country as Modi did not have secular credentials.
Patna, July 23 : Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha Tuesday said he favoured BJP leader L. K. Advani over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
"I like Advani more than Modi," the Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb in Bihar told the media here.
Sinha, who is known for his frankness, expressed unhappiness over the sidelining Advani in the party and its decision making process.
"It was wrong to sidelined Advani. It will not help the party."
Washington, July 23 : Vietnam's intensifying crackdown on free expression should be a top agenda item during President Truong Tan Sang's summit with President Barack Obama this week, Human Rights Watch said today.
Sang will be in the US from July 24 to 26 and Obama will host him at the White House Thursday.
Vietnam's previous president Nguyen Minh Triet visited Washington in June 2007, and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited in June 2008.
Since those visits, a growing number of dissidents, bloggers, and religious leaders have been jailed in Vietnam, Human Rights Watch said.
New Delhi, July 22 : Gearing up for the 2014 elections, Congress ministers, including Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, are educating party spokespersons on issues like the food security ordinance and the state of the economy, party sources said Monday.
The United Progressive Alliance's key social welfare initiative, the food security ordinance, top the agenda on the first day of a two-day all-India communication workshop for party spokespersons and media panellists which was opened here by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, the sources said.
Kolkata, July 19 : Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said her party would never support Narendra Modi, likely to be projected by the BJP as its prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general elections.
"We have never supported Narendra Modi. We will never support him," Banerjee said while addressing a panchayat poll rally at Rampurhat in Birbhum district.
New Delhi, July 15 : BJP leader Yashwant Sinha Monday said that his remarks on the 2002 Gujarat riots were not meant to advise Narendra Modi or the BJP, but were a message for the entire political class.
Sinha Sunday said that Modi's remarks on the riots would take the focus away from the issue of corruption.
"If there is any advise, it is for the entire political class. Actually the economic situation is very serious. The country is in serious trouble, the rupee is falling, industrial production is in negative," Sinha told reporters here.
Shillong, July 12 : Narendra Modi has "all the qualities of a prime minister", former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma said Friday adding that the Gujarat chief minister will become prime minister provided the BJP has the numbers in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
"He (Modi) has popular support in the Hindi-speaking belt, but is yet to reach out to people in the South (India). If the BJP comes to power, I am sure he will be the next prime minister, as he also has all the qualities of a prime minister," Sangma told journalists here.
Ranchi, July 11 : Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Hemant Soren will be sworn-in as Jharkhand's ninth chief minister state on Saturday, informed sources here said.
"Hemant Soren has desired to take oath around 10 a. m. Saturday. Governor (Syed Ahmad) has agreed to the request. It will be announced officially once the president approves lifting of the president's rule in the state," a source in the Raj Bhavan told IANS.
Hemant Soren Tuesday staked claim to forming the government, handing over to the governor letters of support of 43 legislators in the 82-member house.
New Delhi, July 5 : The opposition Friday slammed the government again over the food security ordinance that was approved by the union cabinet Wednesday, calling it a political move before elections.
"Successive governments failed repeatedly in addressing the problem of malnutrition. It is a shame. Now they are bringing this through ordinance. What were they doing for four years?" Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat told reporters.
"Were they sleeping all this time? Why are they blaming the opposition now?" she said.
Singapore, July 5 : There is no need to alarmed over hiccups in relations with China but it will pay to be "cautious and vigilant", Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said.
In an interview to The Straits Times published Friday, he also reiterated Indian desires that talks over Afghanistan's future "must be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled".
On Sino-Indian ties, the minister said every step taken with China over the years had been positive. "I think we have constantly, if not rapidly, made progress.
New Delhi, July 4 : As the opposition cornered the government over the the food security ordinance, union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari Thursday said only crocodile tears were being shed over parliamentary propriety.
The principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Left parties and several other parties have raised objections to the government's move to bring in an ordinance on the food security bill without facing parliament.