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It is to the credit of Narendra Modi that he imbibed the lessons of the 1998-2004 experience and sought to inject the party with a new sense of purpose even while wielding power at the Centre.(ANI)

For the BJP, it has been a productive year

By Swapan Dasgupta
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:05 PM IST
It has treated every election, including local body and panchayat polls, as equally important, even those outside its traditional areas of influence.
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Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu.(PTI)
Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu.(PTI)

Govt expedited reforms by Narasimha, says vice-president Naidu

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 06:12 AM IST
Rao and then-finance minister Manmohan Singh in the early 1990s initiated the reforms that dismantled the so-called License Raj of approvals and red tape that stifled businesses for much of the first four decades of independence, and opened India up to foreign investment.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during the 3-year completion of Himachal Pradesh government program via video conferencing, in New Delhi.(ANI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during the 3-year completion of Himachal Pradesh government program via video conferencing, in New Delhi.(ANI)

New farm laws aimed to continue reforms Vajpayee govt initiated, says defence minister Rajnath Singh

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 04:37 PM IST
The defence minister was addressing a virtual event to celebrate the completion of three years of Jai Ram Thakur government in Himachal Pradesh.
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With no financial dependency on the state, Pune mayor Murlidhar Mohol was of the view that the civic body did not require state government’s permission for recruiting staff.(Hindustan Times)
With no financial dependency on the state, Pune mayor Murlidhar Mohol was of the view that the civic body did not require state government’s permission for recruiting staff.(Hindustan Times)

PMC awaits state government nod for medical college recruitment

By Abhay Khairnar | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 04:05 PM IST
As the college will function with funds from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), all resources will be provided by the civic body
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks at a public listening event of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address on the new farm laws, at Gaushala Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj, in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks at a public listening event of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address on the new farm laws, at Gaushala Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj, in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

No corporation can snatch your land: Amit Shah to farmers

By Amandeep Shukla | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 02:54 AM IST
Addressing a gathering in Delhi’s Mehrauli on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, Shah promised that the government will continue to provide assured prices for crops and support state-regulated agricultural markets, or mandis.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi staunchly defended his farm-reform agenda, which he said was needed to “modernise” the agrarian sector.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi staunchly defended his farm-reform agenda, which he said was needed to “modernise” the agrarian sector.(PTI)

‘Don’t get misled’: Modi leads govt’s mega farmer outreach

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 04:56 AM IST
On the occasion of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, the Prime Minister released the year’s last tranche of PM-KISAN, the direct income-transfer scheme started by his government for farmers, making payments worth 18,000 crore to 90 million cultivators.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference at his residence in New Delhi, India. (HT Photo)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference at his residence in New Delhi, India. (HT Photo)

Kejriwal says BJP endorsing new farm laws

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:59 AM IST
Earlier on Friday, four MPs of the AAP had protested against the law in the central hall of the Parliament after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was done paying tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 96th birth anniversary.
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Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan warned anti-social elements in Madhya Pradesh and asked them to not cause trouble.(ANI)
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan warned anti-social elements in Madhya Pradesh and asked them to not cause trouble.(ANI)

‘Will bury you 10-feet deep’: Madhya Pradesh CM Chouhan warns mafia

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 09:53 PM IST
Chouhan was speaking at a Good Governance Day event, organised to mark the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
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Union home minister Amit Shah.(ANI)
Union home minister Amit Shah.(ANI)

Union ministers say govt is committed to farmers’ welfare amid protests against farm laws

By Amandeep Shukla | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 06:18 PM IST
Addressing a gathering in New Delhi to mark late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, Amit Shah accused the opposition of spreading lies about the three farm laws
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BJP members arguing with police personnel when they asked them to leave the venue after farm activists disrupted their function to celebrate the birth anniversary of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
BJP members arguing with police personnel when they asked them to leave the venue after farm activists disrupted their function to celebrate the birth anniversary of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) activists resort to vandalism at BJP function on Vajpayee anniversary in Bathinda

By Vishal Joshi | Hindustan Times, Bathinda
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 02:41 PM IST
Farm activists said they disrupted the function where arrangements were made for the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to farmers as they were opposed to the Centre’s farm laws.
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Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.(PTI File)
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.(PTI File)

Vajpayee played transformational role in shaping India’s foreign policy: Jaishankar

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:43 PM IST
In his opening remarks at the maiden Atal Bihari Vajpayee Memorial Lecture, Jaishankar said the late premier “introduced corrections, some bold and others more nuanced”
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“The dreams of Atalji are now being realised,” Adityanath said at a poetry event organised by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Memorial Foundation in Lucknow.(Sourced)
“The dreams of Atalji are now being realised,” Adityanath said at a poetry event organised by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Memorial Foundation in Lucknow.(Sourced)

Yogi Adityanath pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on birth anniversary

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 09:56 AM IST
Adityanath said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is following Vajpayee’s tradition and is engaged in the betterment of the country and its people
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays floral tribute at the memorial to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary, at Sadaiv Atal, near Rajghat on December 25, 2020 in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays floral tribute at the memorial to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary, at Sadaiv Atal, near Rajghat on December 25, 2020 in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

President, PM Modi, ministers pay tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 96th birth anniversary

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 11:20 AM IST
Prime minister Narendra Modi will also be releasing a book titled ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Parliament: A Commemorative Volume’ in the Parliament on Friday.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and remembered Vajpayee, Madan Mohan Malviya on their birth anniversaries.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and remembered Vajpayee, Madan Mohan Malviya on their birth anniversaries.(PTI)

‘Unprecedented heights of development’: PM Modi remembers Vajpayee on birth anniversary

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 09:00 AM IST
PM Modi also paid his tributes to Madan Mohan Malviya whose birth anniversary too falls on December 25.
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The event will be a part of “Good Governance Day”, which will be observed on the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25.(PTI file photo)
The event will be a part of “Good Governance Day”, which will be observed on the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25.(PTI file photo)

Karnataka to mark Vajpayee’s birth anniversary with event on technology, innovation, higher education

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 08:38 AM IST
The Departments of Electronics Information Technology Biotechnology and Science & Technology, and Skill Development will hold a five-panel discussion of 45 minutes each on five different topics.
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While one crore farmers will directly participate, over five crore of them will hear Modi’s speech, an official said.(PTI)
While one crore farmers will directly participate, over five crore of them will hear Modi’s speech, an official said.(PTI)

PM Modi to address farmers today as BJP plans to scale up outreach

By Amandeep Shukla | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:13 AM IST
The PM’s session with farmers is a part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s nationwide outreach to the farmers on December 25, the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
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The ASI has 3,692 centrally-protected monuments under it and the fee for filming at the these locations is Rs 50,000 per day per site, which is non-refundable, and Rs 10,000 as security deposit, which is refundable.(Sanjeev Verma/HT file photo. Representative image)
The ASI has 3,692 centrally-protected monuments under it and the fee for filming at the these locations is Rs 50,000 per day per site, which is non-refundable, and Rs 10,000 as security deposit, which is refundable.(Sanjeev Verma/HT file photo. Representative image)

Filming of centrally-protected monuments will be free from Dec 25 to Aug 15

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 12:00 AM IST
The order issued on Thursday states that the ministry “exempts the payment of fees/charges under rule 44(1) of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Rules, 1959 for the filming of centrally protected monuments and sites from December 25, 2000 to August 15, 2021”.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first BJP leader to successfully complete a five-year term as the country’s prime minister.(PTI)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first BJP leader to successfully complete a five-year term as the country’s prime minister.(PTI)

Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 96th birth anniversary

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:48 AM IST
In 2015, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was bestowed with India’s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna.
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Lucknow, India – December 24, 2020: A physically impaired student from Dr. Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University works on a painting of Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a three-day programme on Vajpayee’s 97th birth anniversary, at Sangeet Natak Academy in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on Thursday December 24, 2020. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Lucknow, India – December 24, 2020: A physically impaired student from Dr. Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University works on a painting of Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a three-day programme on Vajpayee’s 97th birth anniversary, at Sangeet Natak Academy in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on Thursday December 24, 2020. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 96th birth anniversary: Iconic poems penned by late former prime minister

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 09:47 PM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart, who passed away in August 2018, was a skilled orator and poet.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the centenary celebrations of Visva Bharati University, in West Bengal’s Shantiniketan on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the centenary celebrations of Visva Bharati University, in West Bengal’s Shantiniketan on Thursday.(ANI Photo)

PM Modi to address farmers, release Rs 18,000 crore under PM-Kisan scheme on Friday

By hindustantimes.com | edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 10:44 PM IST
Many Union ministers, MPs, MLAs and BJP office bearers are expected to be present in various parts of the country to listen to the Prime Minister’s address with the people.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a complex political figure — but there is little doubt that his complex worldview, which defies easy categorisations, helped shape the India of today.(File photo)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a complex political figure — but there is little doubt that his complex worldview, which defies easy categorisations, helped shape the India of today.(File photo)

The world of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

By Shakti Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 06:02 AM IST
The former PM was committed to Hindu traditions, opposed caste, sought economic freedom and was prescient about China
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Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.(PTI File)
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.(PTI File)

BJP may hold events for farmers across the country on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary

By Amandeep Shukla | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 11:11 AM IST
Special leaflets prepared for awareness about the government’s “pro-farmer initiatives” will also be distributed
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BJP President JP Nadda (ANI File Photo)
BJP President JP Nadda (ANI File Photo)

JP Nadda gives ‘6-point agenda’ to BJP cadres for Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 12:18 PM IST
The party has issued an advisory to all its state unit chiefs, state in-charges and all organisational leaders to actively take part and celebrate the late Prime Minister’s birth anniversary as “Good Governance Day”.
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During their years in power, we thought of them as near equals; Vajpayee as prime minister, Advani his deputy(Prakash Singh/ HT Photo)
During their years in power, we thought of them as near equals; Vajpayee as prime minister, Advani his deputy(Prakash Singh/ HT Photo)

Atal-Advani: The jugalbandi in the BJP

UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 11:03 PM IST
For my generation, they were either heroes or villains but never non-entities. Vinay Sitapati’s book on their relationship, aptly called Jugalbandi, shows aspects of their relationship — and their individual personalities — that are revealing, disillusioning and, possibly, controversial
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Pawar is scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on December 9 over the ongoing farmers’ protest against the new agrarian laws after the NCP joined opposition parties in supporting the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called on December 8 by farmer unions, which have demanded the repeal of the Centre’s new agri-marketing laws.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Pawar is scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on December 9 over the ongoing farmers’ protest against the new agrarian laws after the NCP joined opposition parties in supporting the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called on December 8 by farmer unions, which have demanded the repeal of the Centre’s new agri-marketing laws.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Pawar persuaded states to implement Vajpayee’s APMC Act, says NCP

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 03:35 PM IST
With Pawar backing farmers’ protest against the contentious agri reforms, government sources on Sunday pointed out that as the agriculture minister in the UPA dispensation he had asked chief ministers to amend the APMC Act in their states to allow the private sector to play an important role in the field.
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No single government or political personality is to blame for this impasse; this problem has been in the making since Independence.(Bloomberg)
No single government or political personality is to blame for this impasse; this problem has been in the making since Independence.(Bloomberg)

Make inclusive changes in the agrarian sector

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:13 AM IST
The impasse will end sooner or later, but will the problems that beset agriculture be solved?
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated 76 multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament, through video conferencing(Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated 76 multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament, through video conferencing(Twitter)

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates flats for MPs

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 04:11 AM IST
The PM said that although talks regarding the Ambedkar National Memorial began during the term of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it was built after a gap of 23 years by his government
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The farmers are apprehensive that the government may abdicate its responsibility of buying grains at the minimum support price (MSP). This apprehension stems from the fact that the Shanta Kumar Committee recommended in 2015 that the Food Corporation of India hand over procurement operations to states, knowing fully well that the states did not have the funds to procure the grains.(HT file photo)
The farmers are apprehensive that the government may abdicate its responsibility of buying grains at the minimum support price (MSP). This apprehension stems from the fact that the Shanta Kumar Committee recommended in 2015 that the Food Corporation of India hand over procurement operations to states, knowing fully well that the states did not have the funds to procure the grains.(HT file photo)

Managing flood of foodgrains is the nation’s problem today

By DS Bains | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2020 10:02 AM IST
GUEST COLUMN Every mandi yard must have silos, automatic cleaning and weighing machine (that issues electronic receipt) and an elevator to store the grain in the silo. state procurement agencies and even private players can be roped in.
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My life has been about reconciling contradictions: NK Singh

By Prashant Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 08:38 AM IST
In an interview with HT, Singh examines his early socialisation in Bihar, the economic doctrines that governed India in the 1960s and 1970s and its subsequent evolution, the current political moment, and the structural challenges faced by India.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the Atal Tunnel as defence minister Rajnath Singh, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat and army chief General MM Naravane look on at Rohtang near Manali on Saturday.(PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the Atal Tunnel as defence minister Rajnath Singh, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat and army chief General MM Naravane look on at Rohtang near Manali on Saturday.(PTI photo)

Atal Tunnel is a symbol of Atmanirbhar Bharat, will strengthen border infrastructure: PM Modi

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 03:04 PM IST
ENGINEERING FEAT The 9.02-km Atal Tunnel running under the 13,050-ft Rohtang Pass on the Manali-Leh axis is the highest motorable highway tunnel in the world.
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