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
Expressing hope of further strengthening the special partnership between the two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his greeting on the occasion of India’s Republic Day. In his message to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Putin said India enjoys well-deserved authority in the world arena, plays an important role in solving pressing international and regional issues. We highly appreciate the relations of special and privileged strategic
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the real dirt of India lies not in our streets but in our minds and in our unwillingness to let go of views that divide society into ‘them and us, pure and impure’. “We must make a success of the laudable and welcome Swachh Bharat Mission. However, this also must be seen as just the beginning of a much larger and intense effort to
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul on Tuesday led the party’s leaders and MPs in a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan in protest against “growing intolerance” in the country, accusing the Modi government of “unleashing a sinister campaign” to create social and communal tension. After leading the march from Parliament, Sonia handed over a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention in checking such incidents which are causing social divide.
President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife Suvra Mukherjee, who had been ailing for some time, passed away on Tuesday. First Lady Suvra Mukherjee, President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife of 58 years, was 74. President of India ✔@RashtrapatiBhvn It is informed with deep sorrow that First Lady, Mrs Suvra Mukherjee passed away this morning at 1051 am 11:08 AM – 18 Aug 2015 · New Delhi, Delhi, India She had always remained in the
The Supreme Court on Tuesday is expected to hear the curative petition of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon (Yakub Memon), a death row convict in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Today’s hearing is the last attempt of Memon to escape the gallows. If the apex court rejects Memon’s curative petition, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict is expected to be hanged on July 30. It will be the
Former IPL chief Lalit Modi has alleged that it was Pranab Mukherjee who had ordered the Enforcement Directorate probe against him in connection with his IPL-related and personal financial transactions. Mukherjee was the finance minister in the UPA-2 government when the ED probe against Lalit Modi was initiated in 2010. Soon after the probe was ordered, Lalit Modi left India and has been living in the United Kingdom since. The
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had sought time to meet President over the Aam Aadmi Party’s rift with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on the issue of appointment of a senior bureaucrat as Chief Secretary, has been given time to meet Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. Kejriwal will be meeting the President on Tuesday evening at 6 PM to apprise him of what the Delhi government alleges is Jung’s refusal to act
Engaged in a tussle with Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung over the appointment of a senior bureaucrat as Chief Secretary, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that he has sought an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee. The confrontation between Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal deepened today with senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin taking charge as acting Chief Secretary despite being asked not to do so
Four Opposition MPs have accused the Smriti Irani – headed HRD ministry of undermining higher education institutions’ autonomy and sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention to check “lasting damage” to some of the IITs and central universities. The Congress’s Rajeev Shukla, Janata Dal United’s K.C. Tyagi, NCP’s D.P. Tripathi and the CPI’s D. Raja have voiced the concerns against the backdrop of controversies over the ministry’s alleged meddling in some IITs
President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday conferred Padma Vibhushan on Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Padma Vibushan was also conferred on Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan for his work in science and engineering and jurist K.K. Venugopal for public affairs. The awards were conferred at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan, and was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several union ministers. The awards were announced on the eve of this year’s Republic Day.
Shiv Sena on Wednesday slammed its alliance partner in Maharashtra – Bharatiya Janata Party – for backing the no-confidence motion against Legislative Council chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh and “betraying” the people of the state. Notably, this is not the first time Shiv Sena has criticised BJP after forming an alliance government in the state. Whether it is Land Bill or forming government with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP has