Madhya Pradesh

Former Lok Sabha speaker Balram Jakhar passes away

Former Lok Sabha speaker Balram Jakhar passed away today morning. The body is being taken to Abohar in Punjab for cremation tomorrow, his son and former Congress Legislature Party leader of Punjab Sunil Jakhar said. Jakhar served as Speaker of Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989 during which he contributed to the establishment of Parliament Museum. He also served as Agriculture Minister in the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Narasimha

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh marries TV anchor Amrita Rai

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh got married to TV anchor Amrita Rai in Chennai late last month, sources said. The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister is currently in the US. Sources close to the 68-year-old leader confirmed the wedding. Rai was unavailable for comment, and staff at her Rajya Sabha TV office told that she is on leave. Singh had confirmed his relationship with Rai, 44, in April last year.

I am not yet married, no scope now: Uma Bharti

“I am not yet married and there is no scope also.” This is what 56-year-old Union Minister Uma Bharti quipped in the Lok Sabha after a slip of tongue by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Mahajan, while asking Bharti to place a statement on the table of the House, addressed her as ‘Shrimati’. The Minister quickly said, “I am not yet married and there is no scope also… There is a no vacancy

Vyapam scam: CBI files eight more FIRs

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered eight fresh FIRs in connection with its ongoing probe in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The first FIR was registered against against 22 people on allegations of impersonation by certain people in respect of five candidates in the Vyapam conducted Pre Medical Test (PMT) 2011, who joined a medical college at Rewa. The second case has been registered for impersonation

Vyapam scam: CBI likely to file status report in SC today, 18 FIRs registered

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to file its status report in the multi-crore Vyapam recruitment scam (Vyapam Scam) before the Supreme Court on Thursday. The CBI had yesterday registered its 18th FIR in connection with its ongoing probe in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The first information report (FIR) was registered against 64 people related to the alleged illegalities committed in the police constable recruitment examination

Sushma Swaraj ready to make statement in Parliament

Facing Opposition heat on ‘Lalitgate’, Government on Monday made it clear that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is ready to make a statement in Parliament on allegations against her on facilitating Lalit Modi’s travel documents. Talking to reporters after an all party meeting called by him on the eve on Monsoon beginning tomorrow, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that Swaraj was keen to make a statement on

Shivraj Singh Chouhan is as holy as river Ganga

Voicing confidence that Shivraj Singh Chouhan will come out unscathed in the Vyapam probe, BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit president Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan on Sunday said the chief minister is “as holy as the river Ganga” and the CBI investigation would prove this. “The Chief Minister is as holy as the river Ganga and the CBI probe will prove it. All attempts of the Congress to defame Chouhan will ultimately lead

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chooses silence as opposition attacks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a skilled orator and prolific on social media, so his studied silence about allegations of corruption and influence trafficking affecting his party has set other tongues wagging. At rowdy election rallies last year, Modi used Hindi to deride his reserved predecessor Manmohan Singh as Maun-mohan, or Silent-mohan, when the then leader slipped from the public eye as his government was engulfed by scandal. Now headline

Vyapam scam: Shivraj Singh Chouhan visits journalist's family

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday met the family of journalist Akshay Singh here, who died under mysterious circumstances while probing the Vyapam scam, and assured the family of an unbiased probe into his death and help in providing a government job to his kin. “I am here to meet the family who has undergone a big loss. I have assured the family of all help and

SC hands over Vyapam scam probe to CBI, seeks response by July 24

The Supreme Court on Thursday handed over the Vyapam scam probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and alleged deaths related to it and also issued notice to the Centre, Madhya Pradesh Government and the Governor on a plea seeking his removal over his alleged involvement in the scandal. The court has sought the response of the CBI by July 24 in the case. The CBI will start its

Shivraj Singh Chouhan must quit for neutral Vyapam probe: Congress

The Congress on Tuesday stuck to its demand for the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, saying it is important for a neutral probe into the Vyapam scam. The party said that Chouhan was trying to “mislead” people by requesting the high court for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the scam. “It is an effort to mislead people. We still remain firm

Vyapam scam: Only courts can order CBI probe, says Rajnath Singh

Backing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s stand that only the courts can decided on a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said it is for the Madhya Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court to decide on the matter. “All cases related to Vyapam are not under the supervision of the state government but the High Court. It for the High Court