Rs 775-crore Defence Ministry offices ready, to accommodate 7,000 personnel working from hutments

Around 7,000 officers and subordinates of different units of the Defence Ministry, and the armed forces will soon be moved into the two new Defence Ministry office complexes that have been prepared at the combined cost of Rs 775 crore. The two complexes in Delhi, one on Africa Avenue and another on Kasturba Gandhi…

Cong panel on agitations meets, Priyanka lays stress on follow-up

A panel set up by Congress president Sonia Gandhi under the chairmanship of senior leader Digvijaya Singh to plan “sustained agitations” on national issues met for the first time on Tuesday. At the meeting, AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra suggested that the party should try and…

HP CM’s 2nd Delhi visit in a week sparks talk of change of guard, BJP leaders deny

With several BJP states witnessing a leadership change in the past few months, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur’s second visit to the national capital in a week has triggered speculation of a similar reshuffle for the poll-bound hill state. Last week, Vijay Rupani of the BJP had resigned as CM…

Agriculture Ministry inks MoU with 5 firms

The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare on Tuesday signed 5 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for pilot projects with five private companies­ CISCO, Ninjacart, Jio Platforms Limited, ITC Limited and NCDEX e-Markets Limited (NeML). According to the Agriculture Ministry, Jio Platforms Limited will…

DMK fields two Rajya Sabha candidates, keeps Congress waiting

The DMK on Tuesday announced the party’s two candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha bye-elections to fill the two vacant seats from Tamil Nadu contrary to expectation in some Congress quarters that the regional party may give one seat to ally Congress. Sources in the Congress said the DMK had agreed to consider…

‘BJP claimed double-engine govt, now has made a volte-face’: CPI(M) leader Manik Sarkar

Days after clashes between workers of BJP and CPI(M) in Tripura, and amid a push by the TMC to emerge as a power in the state, former chief minister and senior CPI(M) leader Manik Sarkar tells that attacks are taking place on CPI(M) workers since the party is regaining ground, and that Trinamool may still be at a…

Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh’s samadhi in Vrindavan: Memory revived, a memorial forgotten

A Rickety structure of exposed bricks surrounding a pale white marble samadhi is where Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh was cremated 42 years ago. The structure has no roof, nothing to protect the samadhi from the elements. On the bank of Yamuna’s Keshi Ghat in Vrindavan, under a towering banyan tree, the memorial is not…

Choice of CMs shows BJP now sticking to caste calculations

Having once pointedly chosen leaders from non-dominant castes in states as its chief ministers, the BJP appears to have had a change of heart. Ahead of several Assembly elections, it has brought in new CMs in recent days who hew to the safe, time-tested strategy of caste balancing. After Uttarakhand and Karnataka,…

PM meets Council of Ministers to review performance of key ministries

With the BJP gearing up for crucial elections next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers to review performance of key ministries. In the marathon meeting lasting nearly five hours — held, unusually, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s cultural centre,…

Criticism of Supreme Court: A-G nod to contempt proceedings against portal editor

Attorney General K K Venugopal on Monday granted consent to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Ajeet Bharti, editor of the newsportal dopolitics.in, over a video critical of the Supreme Court and judges. “I find that the contents of the video which has been watched by about 1.7 lakh viewers are…