Everything you need to know about Sonia: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Everything you need to know about Sonia: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Bangalore, May 24 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will induct Congress legislator S. R. Patil into his ministry Saturday, four days ahead of the state legislature's first session after the party wrested power from BJP early this month.
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The government is committed to enacting the National Food Security Bill, which legally entitles poor families to five kilograms of subsidised grain per person per month, an official document said Thursday.
Under unrelenting attack on more than one count, one would expect Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to be wilting. No way! On the night he released his government's report card, nine years after he came to head the world's largest democracy, Manmohan Singh was visibly cool.
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 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) Highlights of what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said Wednesday at the UPA-II's fourth anniversary:
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday spoke of the UPA having improved economic performance, rebutted opposition allegations on 2G spectrum and coal blocks allocations, and talked of the country's re-emergence through transformation.
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.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) As the UPA got down to celebrating its fourth anniversary, the BJP Wednesday trained its guns on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said he was neither leader of his party nor the country.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Under attack from the opposition over corruption and lack of governance, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will present the fourth and last report card of the UPA-II government May 22, sources said Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 13 (ANI): Congress Party on Monday made it clear that there is no rift between UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying there is no doubt about the fact that the latter will lead the party till 2014.
New Delhi, May 13 (ANI): Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday took additional charge of the law and justice ministry.
Bangalore, May 12 (ANI): Calling the electoral outcome in Karnataka as 'not surprising', Bharatiya Party Leader (BJP) leader LK Advani on Sunday said the party had erred in not taking immediate firm action on allegations of corruption against BS Yeddyurappa and its handling of the state had been "absolutely opportunistic".
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi will Tuesday lay the foundation stone of a new hostel for girls at the Jamia Millia Islamia here, an official statement from the university said Sunday.
New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) The Congress Saturday accused the BJP of engaging in "negative politics" as the opposition party also demanded the resignation of the prime minister after two union ministers resigned over allegations of graft and interference.
In a display of assertive leadership, Sonia Gandhi seems to have played a major role in the sacking of the two Union ministers, Ashwini Kumar and Pawan Bansal, whose names had come under a cloud.
New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh hailed the decision taken by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to oust cabinet ministers Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar, post 'railgate' and 'coalgate' scams.
New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): President of Janata Party Subramanian Swamy on Saturday in said it is time for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi step down, after two Cabinet ministers resigned.
New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) After Sonia Gandhi's pet Food Security Bill could not be passed in the budget session of parliament, the Congress Friday said the issue should become part of a national debate.
New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, amid speculations that Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal may have to quit.
New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) Neetu Singh and Ranbir Kapoor were voted as India's most popular mother-son and Tanuja-Kajol as best mom-daughter team in an online poll conducted by Shaadi.com.
Bangalore, May 10 (IANS) Karnataka's newly elected Congress lawmakers Monday met here in the presence of the party's central observers to select the state's new chief minister for which there are at least five contenders.
Shimla, May 3 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Friday sought a special financial package from the central government to overcome a debt of a whopping Rs.29,000 crore, a statement said here.
New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday termed the Bharatiya Janata Party's decision not to attend any meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar or Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath for the rest of the session as another sad development in the Indian democracy.
New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj for accusing UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi of instigating her party members to disrupt the opposition leader's speech in the Lok Sabha.
New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy on Wednesday condemned Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj's "act" in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday describing it as 'unfortunate' and 'not expected'.
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Accusing Congress president Sonia Gandhi of inciting MPs for disrupting her speech, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Tuesday said that her party would not be attending any meetings called by Speaker Meira Kumar or Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.
Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) Millions of Mumbaikars could go hungry Monday as around 20,000 hotels, restaurants, licenced tea and snacks outlets as well as ubiquitous vada-paav stalls go on strike to protest the new service tax (ST).
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) All central ministries will have to declare the intent of legislation they propose, hold consultations with the affected people and obtain feedback before taking it to parliament, the Sonia Gandhi headed National Advisory Council said Friday.
Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Around 20,000 hotels and restaurants in Mumbai will join an all-India strike Monday (April 29) to protest the new service tax on fully or partly air-conditioned eateries, an official said here Friday.
Bhubaneswar, April 26 (IANS) The 12-hour strike called by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha Friday against the central government's alleged neglect of the state evoked a mixed response, an official said.
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Friday held discussion with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) allies to find ways to break the logjam in parliament over various issues.
New Delhi, April 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is very critical of Sonia Gandhi, chief of the ruling Congress party for having dismissed the opposition's demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in the wake of his government's alleged attempt to influence the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on its investigation into how coal fields were allotted.
Bhubaneswar, April 22 (IANS) Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Monday held a demonstration here to protest against the alleged neglect of the state by the Congress-led central government.
Lucknow, 21 April (IANS) Five goals by Jasjeet Kaur helped Railways to enter the quarterfinals of the third Hockey India Women's National Championship with a 16-0 win against Tamil Nadu in Pool A at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here Sunday.
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Dozens of BJP women activists Sunday marched to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's house and broke barricades on the way to denounce the brutal rape of a five-year-old as protests raged for a second day in the capital.
New Delhi, April 21 (ANI): The president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Mahila Morcha, Saroj Pandey, on Sunday criticised Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi, saying that rather than feeling sorry for the five-year-old girl who was raped, she should use her clout and proximity to the government to act firmly against the accused, besides putting in place a tougher regime to prevent crimes.
New Delhi, Apr. 20 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi has condemned the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in the national capital, and demanded strict action against the accused.
Bangalore, April 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will campaign in Karnataka for party candidates for the May 5 assembly polls, the state unit said Sunday.
New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Social activist Aruna Roy Thursday sought the help of United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi to end the fast undertaken by activist Medha Patkar in Mumbai to protest the demolition of slums.
Bangalore, Apr 7 (ANI): Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko has called for an independent international investigation into war crimes allegations agaisnt Sri Lanka and also demanded that the Tamils in Sri Lanka should be allowed a referendum to decide their fate.
New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The "trinity" of Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will lead the Congress in the next Lok Sabha election, party spokesman Manish Tewari has said.
New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The issue of dual power centres has hit the ruling United Progressive Alliance prompting both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress to dismiss it as a "useless debate" and a "media creation". The BJP says the model failed to deliver, while the CPI says it shouldn't interfere with governance.
The recent reaffirmation by the Congress of its governing model of dual centres of power, notwithstanding party general secretary Digvijaya Singh's caveat, was further substantiated by Manmohan Singh's and Rahul Gandhi's addresses to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Targeting UPA over its decision-making, BJP leader Arun Jaitley Thursday expressed apprehension about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being able to implement his formulations on economic problems and stressed the government's elected head must have the last word.
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The BJP Wednesday accused the UPA government of indecisiveness, saying it was due to two centres of power in the Congress, leading the alliance.
New Delhi, Apr. 2 (ANI): Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh on Tuesday backed his senior party colleague Janardhan Dwivedi's comment that the relationship between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi is unique, saying whatever the UPA has achieved in its tenure is only because of their teamwork.
Lucknow, April 2 (IANS) Even as the ongoing slugfest between her arch rival Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre hogs headlines, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati is quietly working on a "comeback plan", gearing for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
New Delhi, April 1 (ANI): Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologue K. Govindacharya on Monday cautioned the party not to announce any alliance with other parties ahead of schedule, and said that the outfit's tally may just slip down to 90 in the Lok Sabha polls.
On Board Air India One, March 28 (IANS) The exit of a key ally has spelled uncertainties, but the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government will last its full term and carry on with reforms, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday, but declined comment if he will agree to a third term in office.
Lucknow, March 25 (IANS) Congress president and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi will arrive on a day's visit to her parliamentary constituency Rae Bareily Monday. The Congress leader would be inaugurating an FM radio station of Aakashwani, the newly constructed premises of the rail coach factory, and a post office.
Bangalore, March 23 (IANS) The Congress said Saturday it will name candidates for the May 5 Karnataka assembly poll in April first week.
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Italy's refusal to send back the two marines charged with killing two Indian fishermen is "outright unacceptable", Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Tuesday.
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday said Italy should honour its commitment given to the Supreme Court on the two marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen, party sources said.
Chennai, March 18 (IANS) The crucial meeting between DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and three union ministers on the stand to be taken by India over the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka ended here Monday with no major decision being taken.
Chennai, March 18 (IANS) The crucial meeting between DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and three union ministers on the stand to be taken by India over the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka ended here Monday without any major decision taken.
Melbourne, March 18 (ANI): An increase in girls requesting genital cosmetic surgery has prompted calls to ban the procedure and bring in new laws to stop surgery regarded as unnecessary.
Lucknow, March 17 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Sunday any decision by the government on voting on the UN resolution on Sri Lanka will be taken after consulting all UPA partners even as key ally DMK threatened to walk out of the coalition on the issue.
Chennai, March 17 (IANS) DMK president M. Karunanidhi Sunday said the party would pull out of the UPA if the government did not take steps to bring amendments to the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC.
Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi has said that Congress is completely dedicated to protecting the secular character, which is the strength of the party. She said that now time has come for an all out struggle
Gurgaon, March 15 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat Friday demanded special rights for Dalit and tribal women in the bill replacing the ordinance on crimes against women.
Thiruvananthapuram, March 15 (IANS) Much national news was made in Kerala this week. The case of the diplomatic row over the trial of the two Italian marines accused of shooting dead two fishermen Feb 15, 2012 continues, even as the antics of a loose-tongued chief whip of the Kerala assembly, P.C. George, made headlines.
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The Congress party Thursday congratulated its chief Sonia Gandhi for having completed 15 years in office, making her the longest serving president of the 127-year-old party.
London, March 11 (ANI): A woman rugby player knocked out a man with a punch after he allegedly called her a "fat slag."
Chennai, March 6 (IANS) DMK president M. Karunanidhi Wednesday urged the central government to announce that it would support the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the UN Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj was voted as the most admired female politician followed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in a survey conducted by shaadi.com.
New Delhi, Mar. 2 (ANI): A delegation of the All India Mahila Congress called on UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi here on Saturday and expressed its gratitude for the historic decision taken to make the feminine gender economically strong and make them feel that they have their own women bank in which they will be able to carry on their financial transaction.
Solan, Feb 27 (IANS) Yoga guru Baba Ramdev Wednesday accused Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for working against his herbal centre project in Himachal Pradesh here and alleged that a lease of land to his Patanjali Yogpeeth was revoked on her direction.
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The BJP and the Left Tuesday slammed the government's railway budget, saying it was eyewash as there were camouflaged hikes in passenger fares apart from the increase that took place before parliament's budget session started.
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Three people, including two women, died while two others were critically injured in two separate road accidents here since Sunday night, said police Monday.
New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will visit Hyderabad today to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of twin bomb blasts there.
Aizawl, Feb 23 (IANS) Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has sought UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's intervention to help the state tide over a financial crisis.
Vice President (VP) Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi have condemned the twin terror attacks in Hyderabad, in which at least 14 people have been killed and several others injured....................
New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has strongly condemned the twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad in which at least 14 people have been killed and several others injured.
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday strongly condemned the serial blasts in Hyderabad, which killed at least 11 people and injured 57, saying the guilty should not "go unpunished" in the "dastardly attack."
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Congress chief Sonia Gandhi expressed sorrow on the blasts in Hyderabad which left at least 11 people dead and scores injured, a party statement said Thursday.
Kohima, Feb 21 (ANI): Campaigning for the Nagaland assembly elections will come to an end this evening.
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Congress core group met here Wednesday to discuss the current political situation and the strategy for budget session starting Feb 21, with the government hoping to pass key bills and the opposition set to raise contentious issues.
Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) A two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions hit normal life across Odisha Wednesday, disrupting road and rail traffic, officials said.
Kohima, Feb 20 (ANI): Electioneering for the Nagaland assembly polls has reached its peak as campaigning comes to an end tomorrow.
London, Feb. 19 (ANI): Personal details of millions of Britons stored in Indian computer systems are at risk of cyber attack from terrorists, fraudsters and hostile nations such as China, the British Government is set to admit.
Patna, Feb. 17 (ANI): Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Sunday alleged that the UPA Government doesn't want the truth behind the alleged corruption in Agusta Westland deal to come out because Congress president Sonia Gandhi's family is involved in the deal.
New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien Thursday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi over his alleged involvement in the 17-year-old Suryanelli sex scandal, said informed sources here.
New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Comparing the controversial AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal with the Bofors scam of the 1990s, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday demanded an explanation from the government on the delay in initiating a probe into the deal.
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) An unidentified person sent a forged letter to a union minister, using the letterhead and fake signature of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's private secretary (PS) in the National Advisory Council, police said Friday.
New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi will inaugurate the South Asian Autism Network (SAAN) conference here on Monday.
Thane (Maharashtra), Feb 6 (IANS) The government is paying maximum attention to the health and welfare of women and children, especially those in the backward areas of the country, United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi said here Wednesday.
Mumbai, Feb 5 (IANS) A new nationwide child healthcare initiative for providing health services to children up to 18 years of age will be launched in Maharashtra Wednesday by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, an official said.
New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) To detect birth defects and development delays including disability early, the government will Wednesday launch a national programme for universal screening of children.
New Delhi, Feb. 3 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday condemned Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmad's comment on L. K. Advani, saying he had gone beyond all standards of political propriety.
New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) "I thought I was seeing a dream!" This was how the Delhi gang-rape victim's father felt when he saw Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul at his doorstep.
New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) A city court Saturday framed charges of murder, gang-rape, kidnapping and on 10 other counts against five accused involved in the Dec 16 rape of a 23-year-old woman, paving the way for their trial from Tuesday as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi went to meet the family of the dead woman.
New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi hugged the mother of the dead gang-raped victim several times and both women cried, as the UPA chairperson Saturday evening went to "share the sorrow" of the family of the 23-year-old woman whose brutal rape led to nationwide outrage.
New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi hugged the mother of the dead gang-raped woman several times and both women cried, as the UPA chairperson Saturday evening went to "share the sorrow" of the family of the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist.
New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) With the BJP deciding to boycott Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over his "Hindu terrorism" remarks, the Congress Saturday said the party can disagree with his comments but it is unfair to reduce everything to confrontation.
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) The BJP Friday decided it will boycott meetings called by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde as leader of house in the Lok Sabha over his "Hindu terrorism" and "saffron terrorism" remarks made at the Congress conclave in Jaipur last month, party sources said.
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The cabinet Thursday approved amendments to the Lokpal bill suggested by a select committee of the Rajya Sabha.
Hyderabad, Jan 31 (IANS) Six Congress MPs from Telangana Thursday made it clear that they will not take back their resignations over the delay in formation of a separate state.
New Delhi/Hyderabad, Jan 30 (IANS) Differences cropped up among Congress MPs from Telangana on their decision to resign over the delay in the formation of a separate Telangana state.