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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut seen addressing the media in this file picture from 2020 at Sena Bhavan, Dadar in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut says Sharad Pawar should lead UPA

PTI | , Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 02:23 AM IST
The need of the hour is to strengthen the United Progresstive Alliance so that it emerges as a strong alternative to the BJP, Raut told reporters in Nashik.
This debate goes beyond the feud within the Mukherjee family — and raises a larger question about the place of political memoirs in India(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
This debate goes beyond the feud within the Mukherjee family — and raises a larger question about the place of political memoirs in India(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The importance of political memoirs | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:06 PM IST
What India needs is more — not less — of candid autobiographies by those who helmed the nation; it also needs readers to be more open in treating this as a historical record rather than scoring political points over it.
Ahmed Patel.(HT Archive)
Ahmed Patel.(HT Archive)

Ahmed Patel: Congress’ indispensable man, an emissary and an archetypal party person

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vinod Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:44 PM IST
A three-term Lok Sabha and five-time Rajya Sabha member, Patel never held a ministerial office. He was an archetypal party person, an apparatchik whose membership of the Congress’s core group fetched him a slot on the high table
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.(Amal KS/HT Archive)
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.(Amal KS/HT Archive)

On former PM Manmohan Singh’s birthday, Chidambaram seeks Bharat Ratna for him

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent I Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 03:31 PM IST
Singh is credited with playing a key role in ushering in economic reforms as the finance minister in the PV Narasimha Rao government during 1991-96
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)

‘Wrong to question Sonia Gandhi’s unifying leadership’: Ashwani Kumar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 07:02 PM IST
Ashwani Kuma also targeted the leaders who have signed the letter, saying some Congress leaders have harmed the party repeatedly.
Leading from the front was particularly important because many in the Congress were ambivalent about the deal(Sunil Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Leading from the front was particularly important because many in the Congress were ambivalent about the deal(Sunil Saxena/Hindustan Times)

The inside story of the nuclear deal | Analysis

By Montek Singh Ahluwalia
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 06:16 PM IST
Manmohan Singh’s quiet leadership drove the pact. Sonia Gandhi played a key supportive role
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HT Image

2G spectrum case: Can’t be tried under obsolete law, say accused

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 12:10 AM IST
All 17 accused in 2G spectrum scam including Raja, DMK leader MK Kanimozhi, executives of some telecom companies, and government officials were acquitted by Special CBI Judge OP Saini in December 2017.
The current land acquisition law has made building roads costlier and more time-consuming, the Union government’s think tank Niti Aayog has said.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The current land acquisition law has made building roads costlier and more time-consuming, the Union government’s think tank Niti Aayog has said.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

In growth report, Niti red-flags land acquisition rules

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2019 02:06 AM IST
The land acquisition law was put in place in 2013 by the United Progressive Alliance government following protests from farmer groups and the then opposition parties led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It has, however, continued to be a sensitive issue with interests of farmers clashing with those of industries.
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the labour wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has warned the government that the economy will take a turn for the worse unless it comes up with special packages to boost farming(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the labour wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has warned the government that the economy will take a turn for the worse unless it comes up with special packages to boost farming(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

RSS labour wing for special farm packages

New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 12:49 AM IST
While the Narendra Modi government has described the slowdown, which pushed economic growth down to an over six-year low of 5% in the quarter to June, as a cyclical process, the Opposition has blamed its economic policies for the downturn evidenced by high-frequency indicators such as auto sales.
The Modi-led government’s transformative initiatives include the changes in Kashmir, passage of pending legislations, economic reforms, and setting new goals like water conservation and discouraging plastics(PTI)
The Modi-led government’s transformative initiatives include the changes in Kashmir, passage of pending legislations, economic reforms, and setting new goals like water conservation and discouraging plastics(PTI)

The stunning beginning of Modi’s second term

By Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 09:29 AM IST
There is a zeal to transform India, a commitment to milestones, and willingness to make adjustments
Congress President Sonia Gandhi consoles the family members of former finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley as Rahul Gandhi looks on in New Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi consoles the family members of former finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley as Rahul Gandhi looks on in New Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)

‘Jaitley attracted admirers across political spectrum’: Sonia

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 04:33 PM IST
In a letter to Jaitley’s wife, Sangeeta Jaitley, Sonia Gandhi said, “I am very sad to learn of the passing away of your beloved husband.”
In 2013, the Forest Advisory Committee of the ministry of Environment and Forests put the project on hold after it found that around 350,000 trees had to be felled for the project that was supposed to come up on the Dibang river.(HT Photo)
In 2013, the Forest Advisory Committee of the ministry of Environment and Forests put the project on hold after it found that around 350,000 trees had to be felled for the project that was supposed to come up on the Dibang river.(HT Photo)

Centre nod for largest hydro-power project

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2019 01:18 AM IST
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar hailed the hydro-electric multipurpose project as a “major contribution of India” to the world which is battling climate change.
In their first ever such meeting, the two leaders are said to have discussed the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra. (ANI photo)
In their first ever such meeting, the two leaders are said to have discussed the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra. (ANI photo)

Raj Thackeray, in first visit to Delhi in 14 years, meets Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 07:23 AM IST
According to Thackeray’s aides, Gandhi and Thackeray during their 45-minute meeting discussed the possibility of the MNS being a part of the Congress-NCP led opposition front in Maharashtra for the assembly elections due in September-October this year.
Minister of finance Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the media during a press conference after presenting the Union Budget 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha, National Media Centre, New Delhi, July 05, 2019(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Minister of finance Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the media during a press conference after presenting the Union Budget 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha, National Media Centre, New Delhi, July 05, 2019(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Budget ’19: Betrayal of the mandate

By Jyotiraditya Scindia
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2019 07:58 AM IST
The opportunity cost of a tame budget is an opportunity lost for the people of the country.
The Survey added: “Second, verifying the identity of genuine beneficiaries and transferring wages directly into their bank accounts posed problems.”(HT Photo)
The Survey added: “Second, verifying the identity of genuine beneficiaries and transferring wages directly into their bank accounts posed problems.”(HT Photo)

Digital infra, Aadhaar, cellphones can expand outreach of schemes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 11:08 AM IST
As the government shifted gears in welfare measures and flagship programmes such as MGNREGS, Ujjwala (free cooking gas connections) and the PM Awas Yojna (housing scheme), it relied heavily on technology to identify real beneficiaries and curb leakages.

India’s mega digital infrastructure can boost social scheme outreach

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 08:00 AM IST
The Survey said that India’s mega digital infrastructure, linking the Aadhaar unique identity number, bank accounts and mobile phones, can “expand the reach of the programmes through provision of micro-insurance, micropensions and micro-credit to people in every corner of the country”.
Defending the bill, Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal said international investors wanted a stable and predictable policy to bring investments. (ANI Photo)
Defending the bill, Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal said international investors wanted a stable and predictable policy to bring investments. (ANI Photo)

SEZ Amendment bill cleared in Lok Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 01:21 AM IST
The Bill allows trust or any entity notified by the central government to be eligible to set up a unit in SEZs.
Image for representation(File photo)
Image for representation(File photo)

No ‘credible estimate’ of black money available: Parliamentary panel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 10:59 PM IST
The parliamentary panel on finance of the 16th Lok Sabha, in its report submitted to the Lower House on Monday, has said it is difficult to provide a “credible estimate” of the black money stashed away overseas by Indians
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary on Monday questioned in the Lok Sabha why Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had not been jailed till now if the Congress was a “corrupt” party. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary on Monday questioned in the Lok Sabha why Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had not been jailed till now if the Congress was a “corrupt” party. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

If Cong is corrupt, why are Sonia, Rahul Gandhi not in jail, asks Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 07:06 PM IST
The Congress leader was speaking on a Motion of Thanks on the President’s address.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the BJP to discourage experts from making political comments.(PTI PHOTO)
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the BJP to discourage experts from making political comments.(PTI PHOTO)

Discourage experts from making political comments, Congress tells BJP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2019 11:33 PM IST
Nair had on Wednesday claimed that the Chandrayaan-2 mission could have been carried out long ago, but for the UPA government’s “political decision” to push the “Mangalyaan” project with an eye on the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The ED has already questioned several Air India officials and also recorded the statements of then Civil Aviation Secretary and others involved.(AFP File Photo)
The ED has already questioned several Air India officials and also recorded the statements of then Civil Aviation Secretary and others involved.(AFP File Photo)

Praful Patel appears before ED for second day of questioning

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2019 12:42 PM IST
On Monday, the ED questioned the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader about his relations with the Air India and Civil Aviation Ministry officials.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a “right to health” law that would provide medicines, diagnostics and treatment of some diseases free of cost to the people.(PTI File Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a “right to health” law that would provide medicines, diagnostics and treatment of some diseases free of cost to the people.(PTI File Photo)

To regain lost ground, MP, Rajasthan govts plan a rights-based approach

Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Jaipur | By Punya Priya Mitra and Sachin Saini
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 07:25 AM IST
The Kamal Nath-led MP government plans to introduce “right to water” to ensure water once a day to all households. Similarly, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a “right to health” law that would provide medicines, diagnostics and treatment of some diseases free of cost to the people.

CPP meeting highlights: Rahul Gandhi stresses the need for introspection in party

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 01:29 PM IST

The Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) met at Parliament Annexe this morning. The meeting was presided over by United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and attended by all Congress MPs, including party president Rahul Gandhi.Catch the highlights here:

With the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers sworn in, Narendra Modi’s second term has begun(AFP)
With the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers sworn in, Narendra Modi’s second term has begun(AFP)

The PM must ensure discipline with autonomy and openness

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 08:29 PM IST
Restoring the true spirit of a cabinet system will go a long way in regenerating India’s institutional landscape
As per the Congress constitution, all CWC resolutions have to be ratified by the AICC. “AICC is the appropriate forum where Rahul Gandhi can put his views before the delegates and announce his future plan,” the leader said.(HT Photo)
As per the Congress constitution, all CWC resolutions have to be ratified by the AICC. “AICC is the appropriate forum where Rahul Gandhi can put his views before the delegates and announce his future plan,” the leader said.(HT Photo)

Rahul Gandhi’s leadership to be focus of Congress meet today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 08:12 AM IST
A second party functionary, however, did not rule out another CWC meeting within the next couple of days to end the uncertainty triggered by Gandhi’s purported insistence on quitting despite the May 25 resolution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by Sushma Swaraj after being formally elected as the leader of the NDA, in a parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo/R Raveendran)(ANI file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by Sushma Swaraj after being formally elected as the leader of the NDA, in a parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo/R Raveendran)(ANI file photo)

Narendra Modi Swearing-in Highlights: Sushma Swaraj dropped from PM Modi’s new team, tweets ‘Thank you’ note

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2019 10:55 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath for a second term today at 7 pm. The ceremony was attended by 6,000 invitees, including foreign dignitaries, allies and adversaries.Also read: PM Modi begins day at Rajghat, Vajpayee’s memorial before taking oathUnited Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh attended the ceremony which took place at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Also read: NDA II takes oath today, all eyes on Modi’s new teamFollow updates here:

Congress president Rahul Gandhi with his mother and former United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi(AFP file photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with his mother and former United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi(AFP file photo)

Rahul Gandhi, Sonia to attend PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 07:44 PM IST
United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party leader Anand Sharma will attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Thursday
The popularity of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), a modified version of the United Progressive Alliance’s Indira Awas Yojna, has prompted the Centre to set a target of constructing 6 million houses annually for the next three years.(Parwaz Khan/Hindustan Times)
The popularity of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), a modified version of the United Progressive Alliance’s Indira Awas Yojna, has prompted the Centre to set a target of constructing 6 million houses annually for the next three years.(Parwaz Khan/Hindustan Times)

18 mn new rural houses in next 3 yrs on NDA agenda

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 09:51 PM IST
The government has earmarked a total cost of ~2.6 lakh crore to build these houses, out of which Centre will provide ~1.8 lakh crore and the rest will come from states.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra pay tribute to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary, at his memorial 'Veer Bhumi' in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019.(PTI)
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra pay tribute to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary, at his memorial 'Veer Bhumi' in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019.(PTI)

‘Will not step back from sacrificing’: Sonia Gandhi tells Rae Bareli

Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 07:39 AM IST
In a letter addressed to the people of Rae Bareli, the Congress leader also thanked the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, which did not field any candidate against her.
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