President Pranab Mukherjee remembers Indira Gandhi, lauds GST

Outgoing president Pranab Mukherjee today in his farewell speech remembered his mentor and former prime minister Indira Gandhi. In his last speech as the President of India, Mukherjee said that Gandhi was a towering personality. “My career was mentored by Mrs Indira Gandhi who was a towering personality. She had the courage to call a spade a spade,” Mukherjee said as he related an interesting incident that happened in London

PM Narendra Modi Walks Up to Opposition In Parliament, Greets Sonia Gandhi, Others

Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked up to the Opposition benches in Parliament on Monday morning, greeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi with a Namaste and shaking hands with leaders like former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, all seated in the front row. PM Modi, who arrived in the Lok Sabha about five minutes before

Modi govt not serious on GST, no proper framework in place: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president in an interaction with the students of Mumbai’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies raked up the issue of GST and accused the Modi government of arrogance and intolerance. The Congress has come under attack for attempts to block the Parliament and not let major reform bills pass. Rahul Gandhi, however, stepped clear of the controversy and said that they are simply putting a little pressure on the

Democracy can't function at whims and fancies of anyone: Narendra Modi dig at Congress

Expressing his strong displeasure over continuous disruptions in the Lower and Upper House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that ”it’s matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running”. The Prime Minister further said that democracy “cannot be restricted to elections and government only” and everyone must feel that he or she is working for the country’s progress. PMO India ✔@PMOIndia Our definition of democracy can’t be restricted to

PM Narendra Modi holds lunch meeting with Jayalalithaa in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today took up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi a slew of issues concerning her state, ranging from inter-state river disputes to the GST rollout, besides the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. Jayalalithaa presented a detailed memorandum to Modi during their 50-minute luncheon meeting at her Poes Garden residence in Chennai. She called for retrieval of Katchatheevu islet from Sri Lanka, besides stressing on India’s role

Arun Jaitley shrugs off Congress threat to disrupt Parliament

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday brushed aside concerns of Parliament’s upcoming Monsoon Session being disrupted over the Lalit Modi controversy, saying some people may be relevant to TV channels but not to governance. Jaitley said the Bills to amend the Land Acquisition Act and bring in a uniform pan-India Goods and Services Tax (GST) are very crucial for development and hoped no political party takes anti-growth and anti-development position. “Some

FM Arun Jaitley to present Union Budget 2015 today

Eager to win over the middle class following Delhi poll debacle, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to present a common man-friendly Union Budget on Saturday by either raising tax slabs or hiking investment limit in savings instruments. Besides giving sops to individual tax payers, he is also expected to unveil initiatives to boost investments by corporates and promote manufacturing as part of the ‘Make in India’ campaign that aims

Arun Jaitley to meet state Finance Miniters today on GST

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will today meet his state counterparts to iron out the “challenges” in rolling out the Goods and Services Tax (GST).The meeting would “discuss some of the challenges that the states see at this point of time”, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of Delhi Economics Conclave here on Wednesday.“On GST we are working on variety of discussions with the states.