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Sharadchandra Govindrao Pawar popularly known as Sharad Pawar in an eminent politician and industrial, who is also the President of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)......

Sharadchandra Govindrao Pawar popularly known as Sharad Pawar in an eminent politician and industrial, who is also the President of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a national political party and President of International Cricket Council (ICC), top international body of international level cricket. Sharad Pawar, who is at present Union Minister of Agriculture in the second term of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has already served his native state Maharashtra as being Chief Minister three times.

Sharad Pawar was born at Baramati, Pune in Maharashtra on 12th December 1940 in the family of Govindrao Pawar and Sharadbai Baramati. He graduated from Commerce stream and entered into the politics during his study. His first political act was when he organized a protest march for Goan Independence in Pravaranagar in 1956 while at large scale, he won an assembly election from his native place Baramati in 1967 and became a legislator. He won that election from undivided Congress Party, but he split from Congress for the first time in 1978 for being the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Later, after dismissing his government in 1980 by erstwhile Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, he rejoined Congress party. He fought Lok Sabha election for the first time in 1984 from Baramati from Congress party and became MP, but he preferred to be Chief Minister and he resigned from his membership and again became the CM of Maharashtra in 1988.

Sharad separated from Congress in 1999 and founded his own party Nationalist Congress party and since then he is its Party President till date. Besides politics, he also served as President of Board of Cricket Council of India (BCCI), Indian top Cricket governing body from 2005 to 2008 and later became President of ICC.

He was married to Pratibha Pawar on 01st Aug, 1967 and the couple have a daughter Supriya Sule, who is also a politician and currently a MP.

Congress trying to arrive at consensus on presidential candidate: Renuka Chaudhary

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary has said the party is trying to arrive at a consensus with the widest consultation in deciding on the next person to be president.

Karnataka urges PM for massive drought relief package

May 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) An all-party team from Karnataka led by Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought immediate release of Rs.1,500 crore for drought relief in the state.

Coal workers threaten to go on strike

May 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) A trade union associated with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Wednesday threatened to go on strike from July 10 against alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks to private firms and exploitation of coal workers.

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BJP, JD-U to meet on presidential candidate

May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were set to meet their Janata Dal-United (JD-U) counterparts Wednesday, a day after the allies differed over the presidential candidate, sources said.

Foodgrain stock crisis: PM to meet key Cabinet Ministers, Planning Commission chief

May 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Keen to address the nation's foodgrain crisis, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is expected to meet key Cabinet Ministers on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

Presidential poll: Rift in NDA, Left may support Congress (Third Lead)

May 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Differences appeared Tuesday in the opposition National Democratic Alliance over the presidential candidate while the Left indicated it may support a Congress candidate.

BJP, JD-U go different ways on next president

May 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Differences in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the presidential candidate became apparent Tuesday with the JD-U stating bluntly that it does not stand by its ally BJP, which has announced that it supports neither Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee nor Vice President Hamid Ansari.

BJP denies rift with JD-U over presidential candidate

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday denied having any rift with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) over who would be the opposition's choice for president after Pratibha Devisingh Patil ends her term in July.

Rift in NDA over presidential candidate

May 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Now the difference between NDA alliance on the president poll candidates has been surfaced as major component JD (U) has chosen its own way

Race to Raisina Hill: BJP, JD-U differ over presidential candidate

May 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hinted that it could support the candidature of APJ Abdul Kalam for the post of president, Janata Dal-United (JDU) chief Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said no discussions had taken place within the opposition alliance.

BJP, JD-U not on same page over next president

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Differences in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the presidential candidate emerged Tuesday with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) refusing to stand by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which the day before declared it supports neither Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee nor Vice President Hamid Ansari for the top post.

BJP rules out backing Mukherjee in presidential polls

April 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) With Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee emerging as probable Congress choices for the presidential polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday ruled out supporting either of them and said the party was open to supporting a candidate chosen by non-Congress parties.

BJP pulls up Congress over Presidential candidate selection

April 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday took potshots at the Congress Party over the candidate for the presidential post, saying if the ruling party attempts to make a pure Congressman the President then neither the nation nor the politics of the country is prepared for it.

India allows fresh cotton exports

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Succumbing to political pressure, the government Monday revoked the ban on cotton exports and said fresh exports will be allowed without any quantitative restrictions.

Congress still to finalise its choice for President

April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

New Delhi, Apr 30 (ANI): Amid intense speculation over the next Presidential candidate, Congress Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said on Monday that the process to choose the next candidate for the top post has not kicked off formally, and added that one should not create an unnecessary hype.

NDA walks out of Lok Sabha over slow wheat procurement

April 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party Monday walked out in protest in the Lok Sabha saying the government should help the farmers suffering due to procurement problems across the country.

Ban on cotton exports deliberate, meant to reassess: Anand Sharma

April 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

New Delhi, Apr 29 (ANI): Minister for Commerce and Industries Anand Sharma on Sunday said the ban imposed on cotton exports in March this year was to review its availability and demand situation.

Tendulkar's nomination Congress' dirtiest trick: Thackeray

April 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) Reiterating that cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to Rajya Sabha was the Congress' "dirtiest play", Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray Sunday said the party has an ulterior motive in the move.

Antony meets Karunanidhi ahead of presidential polls

April 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) With the presidential polls round the corner, Defence Minister A.K. Antony met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi here Sunday, saying "we always value his advice".

Antony meets Karunanidhi ahead of presidential polls

April 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) With the presidential polls round the corner, Defence Minister A.K. Antony met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi here Sunday, saying "we always value his advice".

Presidential poll: Antony meets Karunanidhi

April 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Defence Minister A.K.Antony today met DMK chief and former Tamilnadu chief minister Karunanidhi in regards of a consensus for the candidate

Presidential poll: Antony meets Karunanidhi (Update)

April 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Chennai, Apr 29 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday met Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi to build a consensus for the Congress-led UPA Government's candidate for the presidential election.

Race to Raisina Hill: A.K Antony to meet Karunanidhi

April 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

New Delhi, Apr 29 (ANI): In a bid to build a consensus for the Congress-led UPA Government's candidate for the presidential election, Defence Minister AK Antony will meet Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi here today.

After Swamy now it's whole opposition against Chidambaram asking his resignation

April 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Earlier Janta Party leader Subramanian Swamy and now whole opposition today targeted Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram and asked for his resignation for allegedly helping his son in getting financial benefits in a telecom deal when he was on the finance ministry post.............

Hazare to meet political parties for strong Lokayukta

April 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) As a precursor to the proposed state tour for a strong Lokayukta bill, social activist Anna Hazare started his two-day consultations with all political parties to evolve a consensus on the issue, an official said here Thursday.

'Urban projects fail to provide basic services'

April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The number of projects undertaken by the urban development ministry for transition to quasi-urban society has not been accompanied by a commensurate increase in the supply of basic urban services, a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development said Wednesday.

Pawar meets Sonia over presidential poll

April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Wednesday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to evolve "consensus" on the presidential election due in July.

Race to Raisina Hill: Lalu backs Hamid Ansari as presidential candidate

April 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): With the five-year term of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil drawing to a close in July this year, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said Vice President Hamid Ansari should become the country's next president.

Open minded on suggestions for presidential candidate: Congress

April 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Congress Monday said it was "open minded" about suggestions on choice of the next president and that it would consult its United Progressive Alliance partners on the issue.

Pawar expresses hope to find solution to problems of milk suppliers

April 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): Showing empathy with the dairy farmers, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Monday expressed hope to find a solution to their problem at the earliest.

Will try to evolve consensus on president: Government

April 23, 2012 at 6:44 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Amid speculation over the possible names of presidential candidates, the government Monday said it will try to evolve consensus on one candidate, but added that it was premature to comment on who it could be.

Lawmakers give mixed responses on next presidential candidate

April 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): Leaders of various political outfits on Monday gave a mixed response to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's suggestion that the president of the country should be a non-political person, saying a final decision on the issue would be taken only after consultations.

Samajwadi Party ready to support Kalam's return as president

April 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shahid Siddiqui on Monday welcomed Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's suggestion that the president of the country should be a non-political person, and said his party would definitely back Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam if there is a consensus on his name.

BJP, NCP push for apolitical candidate as next president

April 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

New Delhi/Mumbai, Apr 23 (ANI): With the five-year term of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil drawing to a close in July this year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are in favour of appointing an apolitical person as the country's next President.

Modi opposes meat exports

April 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Anand, Apr 20 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his opposition to the meat exports.

BJP plans farmers' parliament in Delhi May 12-13

April 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Chandigarh, April 14 (IANS) The Kisan Morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold a farmers' parliament in New Delhi May 12-13 to highlight the plight of peasants.

Pawar complains to PM on cotton, sugar exports

April 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the restriction on cotton exports would have an adverse impact on farmers.

BJP slams UPA Govt. over anti-farmer's policies

April 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

New Delhi, Apr 12 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out at the Congress-led UPA Government following Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh outlining the Centre's anti-farmer's policies'.

Pawar complains to PM on cotton, sugar exports

April 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the restriction on cotton exports would have an adverse impact on farmers.

BJP disagrees with Sangma's view that PM should be a Lok Sabha member

April 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said the Prime Minister of the country must have the potential to ensure a smooth functioning of the government, and such an individual being a member of the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha was of least relevance.

Kiran Bedi wants electoral reforms, says political system 'mired in corruption'

April 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and social activist Kiran Bedi has accused all political parties of delaying the introduction of an electoral reforms bill to cleanse the country's political system which she says is 'mired in corruption'.

Kejriwal should not make a generalised sweeping statement to tease lawmakers: BJP

April 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said Team Anna should focus on burning issues like corruption rather than making generalised sweeping statements on lawmakers.

Kejriwal renews attack on 'criminal' MPs

March 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Ghaziabad, March 30 (IANS) Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal, who faces a privilege motion from the Lok Sabha, reiterated Friday that parliament's "tendency to induct criminal MPs" was increasing.

Mulayam Singh calls Team Anna a 'den of criminals'

March 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

New Delhi, Mar 30 (ANI): Slamming Team Anna for using derogatory and unparliamentary remarks in their speeches against the country's lawmakers over the dealay in the passage of the Lokpal Bill, Samajwadi Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday called them a 'den of criminals'.

Kejriwal speculates, 'people might stop paying taxes soon'

March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Kaushambi (Ghaziabad), Mar 30 (ANI): In order to offer a solution to people distressed due to continuous apathy from the administration, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal has said citizens might soon refrain from payment of their taxes.

Only 'pure' people have a right to sit in 'Temple of Democracy': Anna Hazare

March 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare after his day long token fast once again has repeated his words about the Members of Parliament (PM) saying that Parliament is a temple of democracy and only 'pure people' have the right to.......

Anna Hazare wants only 'pure people' in Parliament, accuses Centre of cheating

March 28, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Ralegan Siddhi, Mar 28 (ANI): As parliamentarians across the political spectrum slammed Team Anna for using derogatory remarks against Members of Parliament, veteran social activist Ann Hazare on Wednesday said only 'pure people' have a right to sit in Parliament.

Kejriwal remains defiant, says questions on 162 'criminally accused' parliamentarians still remain

March 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Kaushambi (Uttar Pradesh), Mar 27 (ANI): Aide to veteran anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday refused to mellow down on his accusations on 162 parliamentarians on whom criminal cases are going on.

BJP reiterates support on Telangana issue

March 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

New Delhi, Mar 27 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday extended its support to the demand of separate Telangana state, saying the government should give clearance to the formation of separate state as soon as possible.

Kejriwal appeals to Indian lawmakers to introspect

March 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Ghaziabad, Mar 27 (ANI): Seeking to justify his view that the Indian Parliament houses 'thieves and dacoits', Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to the country's lawmakers to introspect.

MPs slam Kejriwal for demanding cases against 14 ministers

March 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

New Delhi, Mar.26 (ANI): Cutting across party lines, Members of Parliament on Monday criticized Team Anna, and especially Right to Information (RTI) activist Arvind Kejriwal, for demanding the filing of criminal cases against 14 Cabinet Ministers.

Kejriwal releases list of 14 ministers to face investigations if Lokpal bill is passed

March 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

New Delhi, Mar 25 (ANI): Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's close aide Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday released a list of 14 ministers who would face investigation under charges of corruption if a strong ombudsman bill was passed by the Indian parliament.

Antony says Pawar is a valued UPA coalition colleague

March 21, 2012 at 9:28 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Wednesday said he was not inclined to comment on Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar's reported concern over Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's latest remarks on working with UPA allies.

Pawar is valuable UPA colleague, says Antony

March 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Defence Minister A. K. Antony has said that he was not inclined to comment on Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar

Antony says Pawar is a valued UPA coalition colleague

March 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Wednesday said he was not inclined to comment on Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar's reported concern over Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's latest remarks on working with UPA allies.

Paddy Production in Nalanda Surpasses Chinese Record

March 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Now there is another reason for triumph in Bihar. This time Nalanda, a district of Bihar has accredited on world map by a record production of Paddy crops and surpassed Chinese records

Akhilesh takes oath; become UP's youngest CM

March 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Akhilesh Yadav, son of former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Thursday take oath as.............

Govt. to lift ban on cotton exports

March 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Sunday informed the government has decided to lift the ban on cotton exports.

Govt. to lift ban on cotton exports

March 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Sunday informed the government has decided to lift the ban on cotton exports.

Manmohan Singh orders review of cotton exports ban

March 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

New Delhi, Mar 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday ordered a review of the decision to ban cotton exports.

Manmohan Singh orders review of cotton exports ban

March 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

New Delhi, Mar 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday ordered a review of the decision to ban cotton exports.

Cotton export banned, Sharad Pawar says not consulted

March 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

New Delhi, Mar 6 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar here on Tuesday said he was not consulted on commerce ministry's decision to put a ban on cotton exports.

Congress should work with NCP to strengthen political hold in Maharashtra: Pawar

February 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has said the Congress should work with the NCP to strengthen its political hold in Maharashtra state.

Congress should work with NCP to strengthen political hold in Maharashtra: Pawar

February 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has said the Congress should work with the NCP to strengthen its political hold in Maharashtra state.

India earned Rs.14, 000 crores foreign exchange from horticulture produce export: Pawar

February 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Friday said that India earned foreign exchange of Rs.14, 000 crores from export of horticulture produce.

Sharad Pawar expects success for Congress -NCP coalition in Maharashtra

February 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said he expected positive results for his coalition in the civic body polls in Maharashtra.

Digvijay Singh slams Anna for 'slap the corrupt' remark

January 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Lucknow, Jan 25 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday hit out at Anna Hazare over his latest slapping remark, and underscored that he always considered the veteran social activist as 'Gandhivaadi', but his comments of favouring violence reflects he is getting influenced by the Sangh Parivar and opposition who have a history of supporting violence.

Sharad Yadav condemns recommended decision of 49 percent FDI in aviation sector

January 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Condemning the proposed decision of the Central Government to permit 49 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in aviation sector, Janta Dal United leader Sharad Yadav has said that such decision has not kept in view the overall situation in India.

Uma Bharti taunts Digvijay Singh, invites him to RSS camps

January 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Kanpur, Jan 17 (ANI): Taking a dig at Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti asked him to attend one of the camps organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

Uma Bharti taunts Digvijay Singh, invites him to RSS camps

January 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Kanpur, Jan 17 (ANI): Taking a dig at Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti asked him to attend one of the camps organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

Congress, BJP condemn black ink attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev

January 14, 2012 at 8:38 PM

New Delhi, Jan.14 (ANI): The ruling Congress party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday condemned the black ink attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev at New Delhi's Mavlankar Hall, but also used the opportunity to score points over each other on issues of black money and corruption.

Congress, BJP condemn black ink attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev

January 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

New Delhi, Jan.14 (ANI): The ruling Congress party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday condemned the black ink attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev at New Delhi's Mavlankar Hall, but also used the opportunity to score points over each other on issues of black money and corruption.

Sushma lambasts Manmohan Singh over corruption, price rise

December 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Ludhiana, Dec 19 (ANI) Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj launched an attack on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over the government's perceived 'failure' in tackling the issues of graft and price rise.

Pawar calls for intensification of farm mechanisation efforts

December 15, 2011 at 9:53 PM

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today underlined the need for intensifying farm mechanisation efforts in the country through consolidation of existing schemes and additional strengthening in terms of new programmes, human resource development and infrastructure.

Govt. holding talks with states on Food Security Bill: Pawar

December 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): Asserting that the Food Security Bill is of utmost importance, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said the Central Government has been discussing the bill with individual states, and added that the discussions would conclude within the next eight to ten days.

Stop targetting Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders warn Anna Hazare

December 12, 2011 at 5:05 PM

New Delhi, Dec.12 (ANI): Congress leaders and activists have warned social activist Anna Hazare to stop targetting party general secretary Rahul Gandhi with the backing of the opposition.

Don't dictate terms to Parliament, says Sharad Pawar

December 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Taking a dig at the debate held at the Jantar Mantar here by Anna Hazare's team, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said today that the Parliament was the supreme decision making body and it can merely take into account the views expressed by the people, adding that no one can dictate terms to it.

Anna's remarks on Sharad Pawar provoke NCP protest

November 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 30 (ANI): Scores of activists of the youth wing of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) gathered at the Raj Ghat here on Wednesday to protest against veteran social activist Anna Hazare for his remark on the recent physical attack on their party chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.

Parliament adjourned for sixth day, talks with opposition fail

November 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): An aggressive and united opposition again forced both Houses of Parliament to adjourn without transacting any business for the sixth day of the Winter Session on Tuesday.

FDI in retail: All-party meeting ends without breakthrough

November 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

New Delhi, Nov. 29 (ANI): An all-party meeting convened by the Centre to end the deadlock over allowing 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, ended inconclusively on Tuesday with both the government and the opposition failing to reach a consensus over the issue.

Uproar in Parliament over FDI issue, both Houses adjourned

November 25, 2011 at 8:25 PM

New Delhi, Nov 25 (ANI): Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day on Friday over Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) issue with opposition expressing strong resentment against the government's decision.

Lalu slams Nitish, says RJD will present factual report on Bihar

November 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Patna, Nov. 25 (ANI): With Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar all set to present the report card of his government on completing the first year in office during the second term on November 25, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has said that his party will release a factual report of the prevailing conditions in the state, and will expose the hypocrisy and pretence of the ruling state government.

Pawar's attacker sent to judicial custody for 14 days

November 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 25 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Friday sent Harvinder Singh, who had slapped Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, to judicial custody for 14 days.

Assault on Pawar not triggered by Yashwant Sinha's comments, says Sushma Swaraj

November 24, 2011 at 8:31 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 24 (ANI): Condemning the assault on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Thursday dismissed all allegations that the attack on him was due to the comments made by her party leader Yashwant Sinha.

NCP leaders condemn attack on Sharad Pawar

November 24, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Mumbai/New Delhi, Nov. 24 (ANI): Maharashtra Home Minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader R R Patil on Thursday condemned the attack on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and called for a thorough probe into the incident.

Anna pokes fun at assault incident on Pawar

November 24, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Ralegan Siddhi, Nov. 24 (ANI): Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has poked fun at the assault on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, asking why the youth had hit Pawar only once.

BJP hits back at Congress, says Govt. has nothing to offer

November 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 24 (ANI): With the Congress Party slamming the opposition for making statements justifying the general public's anger and actions on issues such as inflation and black money that eventually led to the attack on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit back at the ruling party saying the government has nothing to offer to the common man and is unable to understand the country's mood.

Youth slaps Sharad Pawar outside Delhi's NDMC Centre

November 24, 2011 at 4:39 PM

New Delhi, Nov.24 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was slapped on Thursday by a Sikh man at the NDMC Centre in Delhi.he man, who was later identified as Harvinder Singh, was heard shouting, "Sab ke sab chor hai saale (everybody is a thief)"

Congress condemns attack on Pawar, raps up BJP for making provoking statements

November 24, 2011 at 4:39 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 24 (ANI): Describing the attack on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar as most unfortunate, the Congress Party on Thursday said that was more unfortunate was the fact that a nationally recognised party like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issuing statements through their spokesmen and leaders justifying the general public's anger and actions on issues such as inflation and black money etc.

Sikh slaps Sharad Pawar outside Delhi's NDMC Centre

November 24, 2011 at 3:19 PM

New Delhi, Nov.24 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was slapped on Thursday by a Sikh man at the NDMC Centre in Delhi.

'Cricket owes Haroon Lorgat a debt of gratitude for good leadership,' says Pawar

November 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Dubai, Nov 23(ANI): International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar has said that he is satisfied with outgoing Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat's contribution to the international governing body of cricket.

Pawar terms Kambli's 1996 WC semi-final match fixing charges as irresponsible

November 19, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Lucknow, Nov 19 (ANI): International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Sharad Pawar has termed former player Vinod Kambli's statement that the 1996 World Cup semi-final tie between India-Sri Lanka was fixed, as irresponsible.

Flagship programmes need proper implementation

November 7, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Ranchi, Nov. 7 (ANI): Over the years, one has often failed to understand why opinions vary among the nation's leaders on a particular issue. Often, because of these differences national flagship programs do not benefit the people living in far-flung regions the way they are expected to.

Pawar calls for reforms in agriculture marketing

October 21, 2011 at 7:12 PM

New Delhi, Oct 21(ANI): Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar has called for reforms in agricultural marketing.

ICC Executive Board to meet in Dubai on Monday

October 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Dubai, Oct.9 (ANI): The ICC Executive Board will hold its fourth and final scheduled meeting of the year at the ICC headquarters in Dubai on Monday (October 10).

Pawar advises Pranab, Chidambaram to publicise facts on 2G note issue

October 1, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Thane, Oct 1 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has advised both Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P. Chidambaram to place all facts related to the 2G Spectrum allocation before the public in the interest of good governance.

ICC President Pawar pays tribute to Pataudi

September 23, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Dubai, Sep.23 (ANI): International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar has paid tribute to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, the former India captain, who died aged 70 on Thursday.

Four cricketers to be inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on Sept.12

September 6, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Dubai, Sep.6 (ANI): The International Cricket Council will announce four new inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, a joint initiative between the ICC and the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), at a special media Hall of Fame Brunch on September 12 in London.

Cabinet ministers declare assets, Kamal Nath richest of them

September 3, 2011 at 3:39 PM

New Delhi, Sep.3 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet Ministers on Saturday declared their assets.

BCCI decent to deal with, right about having DRS doubts: ICC president designate Isaac

August 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Wellington (New Zealand), Aug.13 (ANI); International Cricket Council (ICC) vice-president Alan Isaac has played down the "Big Brother" tag linked to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) because of its huge influence on world cricket decisions, and added that it is a very decent outfit to work with.

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