Cabinet reshuffle: Salman Foreign Minister, Moily gets Petroleum

Salman Khurshid was today made External Affairs Minister and Veerappa Moily given Petroleum portfolio as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertook a major reshuffle of Council of Ministers and inducted 17 new faces.


General Election Dates to the Legislative Assemblies of Gujarat and Himachal Announced

Election commission has announced the dates for elections of Legislative Assemblies of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh will have elections on November 4 where as elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases, on December 13 and 17.

Arvind Kejriwal launches party for alternative politics

India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal announced the launch of a party to provide “alternative politics for changing the system and giving power back to the people.”. However he did not disclose the name of the party, saying it had not been registered yet.

PM’s assets around Rs 10.73 cr, cabinet colleagues richer

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assets worth around Rs 10.73 crore, double that of last year, but a number of his Cabinet colleagues are much richer than him.


Among the richer Cabinet ministers are Praful Patel with assets of approximately Rs 52 crore and Sharad Pawar with property worth around Rs 22 crore, according to the updated list of assets of the ministers posted on the PMO website.


Hamid Ansari re-elected India's vice president

UPA candidate Hamid Ansari was on Tuesday re-elected India's Vice President, defeating NDA nominee Jaswant Singh. Lok Sabha secretary general TK Vishwanathan, the returning officer for the poll, made the announcement about Ansari's re-election minutes after the counting ended on Tuesday

Anna, team end fast, go political

Anna Hazare and his supporters broke their "indefinite" fast on Friday after their latest street campaign against graft and announced their decision to switch to politics to pursue their cause.

Pranab Mukherjee Becomes India's 13th President

Pranab Mukherjee has been elected as the 13th President of India. Mr Mukherjee, UPA nominee, got 5,64,469 vote value, well beyond the half-way mark of 5,25,140 in an electoral college of over 10.5 lakh when counting of votes polled by the MPs and MLAs of 20 of the 30 States was completed.

President poll: 72 per cent turnout

At least 72 per cent of MPs and MLAs across the country on Thursday voted to elect a new President in a race in which UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee is set to win with a huge margin over PA Sangma who is backed by some opposition parties.

Andhra Pradesh by-polls: YSR Congress emerges victorious, wins 15 seats

Jagan Mohan Reddy's party, the YSR Congress swept the Andhra Pradesh by-polls, winning 15 of the 18 Assembly seats and grabbing the Nellore Lok Sabha seat.

Presidential poll: UPA names Pranab as its candidate

UPA has declared that Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will be its candidate for the Presidential elections. The announcement has come after two days of rigorous meetings, discussions and bitter of words across the Indian polity.

Election for new President to be held on July 19

The President's election will be held on July 19 and the counting of votes will take place on July 21. The term of office of current President Pratibha Patil ends on 24th July, 2012.

President poll: race heating up

Even as the Congress is hoping to build a consensus, cracks are emerging within the BJP-led NDA over the candidature of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari for the President's post.

EC: Jharkhand RS poll will be held on May 3

The biennial election to the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand, which was countermanded over allegations of use of money-power and horse-trading, will now be held afresh on May 3, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.

Akhilesh Yadav sworn in as UP Chief Minister

Akhilesh Yadav, son of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, was sworn in as the 33rd chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in a grand ceremony today. The junior Yadav took over as the youngest chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, one of India's largest and politically significant states, beating his close rival, Mayawati. There would be 46 ministers in Akhilesh's cabinet-19 cabinet and 27 state ministers.

Rail Budget: Trivedi hikes rail fares, comes under attack from own party

Biting the bullet, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi today proposed a stiff across-the- board hike in passenger fares to net Rs 4,000 crore extra a year in his budget but his proposals were immediately attacked by his own party Trinamool Congress that could trigger a political crisis.

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