New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Delhi Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin Wednesday came down heavily on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for misusing public money to "gain favour" for her and her political party ahead of the assembly polls in 2008. He also asked President Pranab Mukherjee to "advise" Dikshit to reimburse either herself or through her party a sum of Rs.11 crore as half the cost of the advertisements
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) In an obvious reference to the urban centres of criticism, Congress president Sonia Gandhi quipped Wednesday that "Dilliwalas" don't seem to know the UPA's success story. Gandhi made the metaphorical remark at a dinner table where she was seated along with Lalu Prasad when journalists sought her views about the UPA government's nine years in office
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The UPA is committed to transparency and allegations of impropriety in telecom spectrum and coal blocks allocations are being investigated and wrongdoers will be punished, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday. Speaking at a function at his official residence to mark four years of the United Progressive Alliance-II government, the prime minister said the government has introduced transparent systems for future, like auctions rather than administrative allocations.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) India has a very free press and an increasingly active civil society movement, but they do put pressure for early action and sometimes these leads to hasty judgement, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday. Speaking at a function at his official residence to mark four years of the United Progressive Alliance-II government, the prime minister said: "We are the world's largest democracy with a very free press and an increasingly active civil society movement." "These are our strengths.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) On the ninth anniversary of the UPA government Wednesday, its two key figures -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi -- praised one another.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday spoke of the UPA having improved economic performance, rebutted opposition allegations on 2G spectrum and coal blocks allocations, and talked of the country's re-emergence through transformation. Here are excerpts from the prime minister's speech: * On faster growth We are confident that growth in 2013-14 will be better than 2012-13 and could exceed 6 percent. This will set the stage for trying to achieve the 12th Plan target of 8 percent growth for the five year period
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday appealed to the opposition parties, including the BJP, to cooperate with the UPA government in passing the food security and land acquisition bills in the interest of the people. She expressed disappointment that parliament was not allowed to function to enable the passage of the crucial legislations. "I make a plea to the National Democratic Alliance and other opposition parties...
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday described Defence Minister A.K. Antony as his "guru"
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) A five-member Russian delegation Wednesday met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit here and offered expertise in the area of water treatment. The delegation was led by S.E. Cheremin, minister of the Moscow city government, an official statement said
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday appealed to the opposition to cooperate with the government in passing the key food security and land acquisition bills in the interest of people, while expressing her disppointment that parlianent was not allowed to run to enable the passage of the bills. "I make a plea to the NDA and other opposition parties...let us come together to ensure passage of the food security and the land acquisition bills and other important bills," Gandhi said at a function here to mark the UPA's ninth anniversary