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Whenever the query arises about the first female prime minister of the largest democracy in the world the name of Indira Gandhi suddenly rises as she is the soul prime minister of India and till date no lady has assumed that prestigious office. Born and brought up in the legacy of Nehru dynasty Indira is the true inheritor of Nehru credentials. Ms. Indira had been endowed with all the qualities that brought a major transformation in the fate of all citizens of the nation. Ms. Indira has nearly served for 14 years as the PM of the nation and during the times she has confronted many hurdles like war with Pakistan and others. Her potential has been proved in her devotion to the country. Whatever the case may be Ms. Indira will always be remembered as one of the great ladies in doing her best for India. She proved her inner potentialities during the prime minister ship of her father Nehru and learnt all the things regarding politics and administration. After the demise of her father in 1964 Ms. Indira Gandhi (Nehru) was elected to Rajya Sabha and started direct politics. Immediately after the sudden death of Shastri in abroad, Indira was sworn in as the prime Minister in 1966; thus the burden of the whole country fell in her hands. Simultaneously Ms. Indira Gandhi was a great diplomat, politician and an educationist by the knowledge of which she could manage the country efficiently in the most critical condition. The major achievements of this maiden lady prime minister of India are Green revolution, Nuclear Weapon programme and best foreign policy that she could handle with effort for the betterment of the citizens. As fate was not on her side, in 1977 she was assassinated by her own bodyguards over the conflict with the Sikh community in Punjab.
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday expressed his readiness to make way for Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and hoped he would be the leader of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the future.
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday inducted eight veterans into the union council of ministers, evidently with an eye to state assembly elections this year-end, but the exercise was seen as lacklustre with no new or young faces and a preponderance of senior citizens.
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) After a cloudy morning that saw intermittent rain, Delhi had a sunny and pleasant Monday afternoon as the maximum temperature settled nine notches below average at 30.3 degrees Celsius. The Met office has forecast more rains Tuesday.
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) The Congress is watching carefully the political situation in Bihar where the JD-U and BJP parted ways and is willing to align with "likeminded and secular" parties, newly-appointed party general secretary Ajay Maken said Monday.
Dehradun, June 17 (ANI): At least ten persons have died due to incessant rains and floods lashing Uttarakhand.
New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is, for the first time, conducting pre-admission counselling to guide admission-seekers, an official statement said Sunday.
New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU) has introduced the first pre-admission counselling for academic programmes beginning this academic session, an official said Sunday.
Badgam (Jammu and Kashmir), June 15 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Saturday that India should address the Kashmir problem as an internal issue instead of bothering who rules Pakistan.
Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir), June 15 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, said on Saturday that senior Congress leaders would decide about the possibility of an alliance between his party and Janata-Dal United (JDU).
An old joke about surgery - the operation is successful, but the patient is dead - can be applied to the latest rumpus in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party managed to push Narendra Modi some distance towards his coveted goal of being the prime ministerial candidate. But, in the process, the party itself and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) headed by it have taken a number of crippling blows.
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in banking and finance from this July academic session, an official said Saturday.
Bangalore, June 14 (IANS) The central government has agreed to release more funds to Karnataka for implementing various schemes to improve the welfare of the people in rural areas across the state, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Friday.
Hyderabad, June 14 (IANS) Largescale arrests of Telangana activists here Friday foiled the march called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) to press the demand for separate state but the protests at various places in the city threw the normal life out of gear.
largescale arrests rocked Hyderabad Friday as the city turned into a war
Chennai, June 14 (IANS) The Indian atomic energy establishment is mulling the option of going in for a higher capacity reactor powered by metallic fuel at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) complex at Kalpakkam, a senior official said Friday.
New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) To cater to women desiring higher education in technology and research, the country's first ever technical university for women was inaugurated here Thursday.
New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) With the BJP having weathered a crisis soon after his elevation as the chief of party's campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to find the going easy in his new role that will require straddling intra-party tussles and strengthening bridges with allies.
New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) With Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's pet National Food Security Bill stuck in parliament, the government is set to introduce it via an ordinance. Food Minister K.V. Thomas said the ordinance would be considered by the union cabinet Thursday.
Gurgaon, June 11 (IANS) Seventeen days after he was grievously wounded in a Maoist strike, Congress leader and former union minister V.C. Shukla Tuesday became the 29th victim of the deadly May 25 attack on a party convoy in Chhattisgarh.
New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of veteran Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla.
New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Vidya Charan Shukla, who died Tuesday, will be remembered for imposing censorship on the media and putting journalists, including top editors, behind bars.
Gurgaon, June 11 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, who was grievously injured in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh May 25, died here in a private hospital, doctors said Tuesday.
New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday condoled the death of Congress leader V.C. Shukla, who was seriously injured in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh last month.
New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Vidya Charan Shukla, who died Tuesday, will be remembered as former prime minister Indira Gandhi's hatchet man during her hated Emergency era (1975-77) who, as the information and broadcasting minister, imposed censorship on the media and put journalists, including top editors, behind bars.
Gurgaon, June 11 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader V.C. Shukla, who was grievously injured in a Maoist attack in Chattisgarh last month, died here in a private hospital, doctors said Tuesday.
New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) With Narendra Modi heading the BJP's Lok Sabha campaign panel, the stage is set for a virtual showdown between the Gujarat chief minister and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi next year.
Panaji, June 9 (IANS) The BJP-led NDA is the only credible alternative to a defunct Congress-led UPA and it is its duty to dethrone the ruling combine known for corruption, degradation of the economy and an assault on the federal spirit, said the political resolution passed by the BJP's national executive Sunday.
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) Social sciences, business management and animation are some of the many new courses that have been introduced or modified by Indian universities - both private and state-run for the academic session beginning July keeping in mind evolving trends and emerging disciplines in the job market.
Panaji, June 8 (IANS) A clearly divided BJP will wait until Sunday to take a call on appointing Narendra Modi as the head of a crucial 2014 general election campaign committee, even as his potential ascent has created a sharp rift within the party.
Panaji, June 8 (IANS) An "ill" L.K. Advani Saturday skipped the BJP national executive meet, a first time in his entire political career, casting a long shadow on Narendra Modi's prime ministerial aspirations.
New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer a Master of Arts (M.A) in Psychology from the 2013 academic session, the authorities said Saturday.
Amarkantak, June 8 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has stated that there is an urgent need for sustained and focused attention by state and central governments on the protection of rights and enhancement of welfare of the tribals.
New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) The Delhi government Thursday decided to set up a 700-bed super-specialty hospital. It also extended the Delhi Government Employee Health Scheme (DGEHS) facilities for senior resident doctors in the city's government hospitals.
New Delhi, June 6 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will undertake a three-day visit to Madhya Pradesh from today.
New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a three-day visit to Madhya Pradesh beginning June 6, a statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said Wednesday.
New Delhi, June 5 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will undertake a three-day visit to Madhya Pradesh from June 6 to 8.
New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) The Delhi government Tuesday conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award on leading contemporary artist Anjolie Ela Menon at the unveiling of a mural by her, titled "The Walled City" at the international airport here.
New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) The Delhi government Tuesday conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award on leading contemporary artist Anjolie Ela Menon at the unveiling of a mural by her, titled "The Walled City" at the international airport here.
New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is offering a masters programme in tourism from the 2013 session, an official said Sunday.
Gurgaon, June 1 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, injured in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, has shown signs of improvement but remains critical, doctors said Saturday.
Bangalore, June 1 (IANS) Karnataka's new Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has started his innings on a mixed note - forming a ministry with a fairly clean image but making announcements upsetting not just the opposition but also a section of his own party.
Guwahati, May 31 (IANS) Assam's regional political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) will launch a state-wide campaign against the ruling Congress from June 3, a senior AGP leader said Friday.
New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): A judge of the Delhi High Court on Friday recused himself from hearing an appeal filed by Congress leader Jagdish Tytler that challenged a trial court order to reopen a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against him.
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is offering a masters programme on Gandhi and Peace Studies from the 2013 session, an official said Friday.
On Board PM's Special Aircraft, May 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said that he has no difference of opinion with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Nigerian nationals are under the scanner at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport after eight people from the country were caught in separate cases this year for impersonation, police and immigration officials said.
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) A Delhi High Court justice Friday recused himself from hearing an appeal of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler gainst the trial court order of reopening a case against him related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) After resigning from the National Advisory Council (NAC), veteran activist Aruna Roy said Thursday that the government and parliament have not given due importance to critical issues faced by the nation.
Gurgaon, May 30 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, critically injured in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, has shown signs of improvement but remains critical, doctors said Thursday.
Lucknow, May 29 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government Wednesday filed a petition in a court challenging the acquittal of BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi in a hate speech case.
Gurgaon, May 29 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, who was critically injured in the Maoist attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh last week, continues to remain critical, doctors attending on him here said Wednesday.
Aurangabad, May 28 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday assured full relief by way of water supply, food and fodder to people in drought-hit areas of this Maharashtra district.
Aurangabad, May 28 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited drought-affected villages in Maharashtra's Aurangabad District on Tuesday, and admitted that the situation is quite difficult.
Chennai, May 28 (ANI): An advocate on Tuesday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) before the Madras High Court, seeking reinvestigation of the May 21, 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Gurgaon, May 28 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, who was critically injured in the Maoist attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh, has shown a little improvement but continues to be critical, doctors attending on him said here Tuesday.
It would have remained - and forgotten -- as another localised peasant-police clash had not the lanky Charu Mazumdar called it the start of a long awaited agrarian revolution, and promptly received the blessings of Mao, his ideological god. Thanks to China's decision to call the May 1967 incident in Naxalbari village in West Bengal a 'spring thunder' and a 'prairie fire', a brutal and violent Maoist movement soon engulfed India.
Gurgaon, May 27 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, critically injured in the Maoist attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh, continues to remain critical and will take time to recover owing to his old age, doctors attending on him here said Monday.
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) There have been security lapses in the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) will investigate the strike so that the guilty can be punished, Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh said Monday.
Gurgaon, May 26 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, critically injured in the Maoists attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh the day before, is "critical but stable", doctors attending on him here said Sunday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi visited the wounded leader in hospital.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The attack by Maoists on a Congress party convoy in Chhattisgarh should serve as a wake-up call to the nation, the Aam Aadmi Party said here Sunday.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The 84-year-old Congress leader V.C. Shukla, critically injured after Maoists ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, has received multiple bullet injuries, doctors treating him at a Gurgaon hospital said Sunday.
New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's proposed visit to Maharashtra Monday to interact with farmers has been cancelled, his office said Saturday.
New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday reserved judgment on Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in connection with an anti-Sikh riots case in Sultanpuri.
New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Friday hear the plea of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar seeking a quashing of charges of murder and rioting against him, framed by a lower court, in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which six people were killed in Sultanpuri.
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The expenditure on minorities' welfare has seen a ten-fold increase during the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) tenure, says a handbook highlighting the achievements of the government.
Amid the much hue and cry over the alleged corruption by the opposition, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi came down heavily on the main opposition BJP for disrupting Parliament proceedings and preventing crucial legislations from being passed.
New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi came down heavily on the main opposition BJP for disrupting Parliament proceedings and preventing crucial legislations from being passed.
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) Marking nine years of the UPA government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday promised to build "an economically resurgent and socially just India" and unveil a transparent regime to do away with corruption.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) While the UPA counted its achievements in the nine years of its rule, the BJP Wednesday said the government was "misleading" the people.
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.
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.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said that the UPA government had improved the performance of the economy, made growth more inclusive and ensured better delivery of welfare programmes.
Lucknow, May 22 (IANS) An Uttar Pradesh policeman was in critical condition Wednesday after he and a colleague attacked each other with bamboo sticks in media glare, leaving them bleeding from the face.
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): During the last month, there have been a number of articles in the media which recalled 1986, when about 200 Chinese troops occupied the Sumdorong Chu area in Arunachal Pradesh, some seven kilometers into Indian territory. Then, the Indian Army deployed troops at heights above the Chinese troops, convincing the latter to withdraw.
Chennai, May 21 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah administered an anti-terrorism pledge to employees at Raj Bhavan here while paying floral tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 22nd death anniversary Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh completes nine years in office Wednesday, the longest tenure of any prime minister outside the Nehru-Gandhi family. But his last year in office as head of the UPA-II government is likely to see him come under pressure over a spate of governance scandals as he fights to save his personal reputation and ensure a bankable record of achievements for the 2014 election.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is a 153-year-old institution, dating back to 1860. Vinod Rai, who demits office Wednesday, is independent India's 11th CAG.
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Monday met United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), May 19 (ANI): The Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), in association with the Odisha State Museum (OSM), organised the rock art exhibition in Bhubaneshwar on the occasion of the International Museum Day.
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived here Sunday on a three-day state visit during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on many issues, including the recent border row.
Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul has criticised the opposition parties for stalling the Food Security Bill in Parliament, and asserted the UPA government was determined to enact the legislation for the benefit of people.
Hyderabad, May 18 (IANS) Already out of contention for a place in play-offs, Kolkatta Knight Riders is keen to finish off this Indian Premier League (IPL) with a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad here Sunday, its coach said.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 18 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday praised Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and asked the CPI-M to introspect and rethink its ideology.
Bangalore, May 18 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister K. Siddaramaiah will expand his ministry on Saturday, amid demands that "tainted" legislators be kept out.
New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has held the Congress Party responsible for the non-passage of the Food Security Bill during the budget session of Parliament.
Hyderabad, May 17 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 136 for nine against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here Friday.
Mysore, May 17 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said Friday he will induct 29 members to his ministry Saturday, four days after he took office.
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) The mother of Dec 16 gang rape victim Friday pleaded, with tears in her eyes and folded hands, to the fast-track court to "give justice to her daughter".
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) A common memorial site for performing the last rites of departed national leaders, including presidents, vice presidents, prime ministers and other leaders is to come up near Ekta Sthal, located near Rajghat, in New Delhi.
Hyderabad, May 16 (IANS) Shocked by the arrest of their three players for being allegedly involved in spot-fixing, Rajasthan Royals arrived here Thursday to play their last league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad Friday.
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi, who was exonerated of all charges of making hate speeches before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, is now being accused of "brazenly subverting the entire judicial process to get his name cleared", a report by news magazine Tehelka said.
Jaipur, May 15 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi arrived in Rajasthan's Bikaner district Wednesday to hold "feedback meetings" with the party's workers, party officials said.
Mumbai, May 15 (IANS) Filmmaker Prakash Jha's political drama "Satyagraha", said to be about the uprising of the middle-class against a corrupt system, is likely to have a quote from Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography as its prologue.
Lucknow, May 14 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday said it would appeal in a higher court against the relief given to BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi by exonerating him of a hate speech charge.
New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed her concern over violence against women, and made a strong pitch for a proactive society to create a safe environment for the feminine gender.
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday said she was "pained" at society's failure to counter violence against women and called for it to be proactive in providing a safe and secure environment for women and girls.
New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang, will pay a three-day state visit to India beginning on May 19 at the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Coordinated efforts by NGOs and the private sector are necessary to take various government schemes to grass roots level and to reduce the maternal mortality rate (MMR), National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma said Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Tuesday denied the publicity campaign launched by his ministry detailing development initiatives of the UPA government was with an eye to next year's general elections.