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Virbhadra Singh

Virbhadra Singh is an Indian politician and senior congress leader who has served the state of Himachal Pradesh five............

Virbhadra Singh is an Indian politician and senior congress leader who has served the state of Himachal Pradesh five times and has also served Centre by holding different portfolios such as Steel Ministry and MSME Ministry (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry).

Virbhadra Singh was born Sarahan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on 23rd June 1934 in a princely state of Bushahr. He pursued a Post Graduation from Delhi University and later married to Princess Ratna Kumari on 02 June 1954 and the couple has one son and five daughters in which one daughter died. On 28 November 1985, Virbhadra Singh got married to Pratibha Singh, and the couple has one son and one daughter.

Singh entered in the Indian politics in 1961 when he joined the Congress party. He fought the next Lok Sabha election from Mahasu seat and won there smoothly. At that time, he was the youngest Member of Parliament in the 3rd Lok Sabha. However, he also took interest in state politics and won seven time assembly election and he became the Chief Minister of state five times.

In Centre, Virbhadra won the parliamentary election five times and held Deputy Minister, Tourism and Civil Aviation in 1976-77 and Union Steel Minister from 31 May 2009 to 18 Jan 2011. At present he is the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises since 19 Jan 2011 to till date.

Himachal Congress to project 'united face'

May 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Shimla, May 1 (IANS) The opposition Congress in Himachal Pradesh Tuesday announced it would stage public rallies in the state beginning this month to project its united face in the run up to assembly polls due later this year.

Punjab, Haryana procure over 150 lakh tonnes wheat

May 1, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Chandigarh, May 1 (IANS) With the procurement season in full swing, government agencies in Punjab and Haryana have procured over 150 lakh tonnes of wheat, food and supplies officials said here Tuesday.

Three Indian rowers qualify for Olympics

April 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Chung Ju (Korea), April 29 (IANS) India's Swarn Singh Virk along with Manjeet Singh and Sandeep Kumar won their individual events at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers and booked their berths for the London Olympics here Sunday.

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Shimla convent school allows students to wear turban

April 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Shimla, April 28 (IANS) An over one-and-half-month old controversy over wearing of full-sized turban by Sikh students ended Saturday with a prominent boys' school here allowing them to wear the headgear, an official said.

Himachal Congress tries to put house in order (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)

April 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Shimla, April 28 (IANS) As Himachal Pradesh goes to the polls for its 68 assembly seats later this year, the faction-ridden opposition Congress has begun an exercise to put its house in order with the hope of ousting the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Parents fume over turban curbs in Shimla school

April 26, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Shimla, April 26 (IANS) Vice President M. Hamid Ansari's alma mater St. Edward's School here has refused to allow Sikh students to wear full-sized turban, parents alleged Thursday. They were told to wear "patka" or "under-turban" only. The school denied imposing any restrictions.

Allow resale of commercial land only in rare cases: Himachal panel

April 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Shimla, April 25 (IANS) Resale of commercial land in Himachal Pradesh, purchased after special permission, should be allowed in rarest of rare cases. And in case the land is not used for which it was meant, the property vests with the government, says a commission appointed by the state government.

Himachal Congress legislators knock on Sonia's door (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)

April 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Shimla, April 22 (IANS) Not too sure of an anti-incumbency wave carrying them to victory in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, opposition Congress legislators have knocked on party president Sonia Gandhi's door.

Monica Bharti new Himachal Youth Congress chief

April 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Shimla, April 21 (IANS) Monica Bharti, daughter-in-law of former MP Chander Kumar, is the newpresident of the Himachal Pradesh Indian Youth Congress (IYC), a party official said here Saturday.

I've said nothing wrong against Virbhadra: Kejriwal

April 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal Thursday said apologising to union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Virbhadra Singh over remarks against him was not needed as he had only presented facts about Singh.

Himachal Youth Congress re-poll April 19

April 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Shimla, April 11 (IANS) Re-polling will be held April 19 to elect the president of the Himachal Pradesh Indian Youth Congress (IYC) after the election of Union Minister Virbhadra Singh's son was declared null and void, an official statement said here Wednesday.

Announce chief minister candidates early: Virbhadra

April 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Shimla, April 10 (IANS) Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Himachal Pradesh Congress leader Virbhadra Singh Tuesday asked the party high command to declare the chief ministerial candidate before assembly elections in the state later this year.

Congress legislators want seniors to come together (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)

April 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Shimla, April 8 (IANS) Young Congress legislators in Himachal Pradesh are leaving nothing to chance in the run up to the assembly polls later this year and trying to end the tussle for supremacy among senior leaders for ousting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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.

Virbhadra Singh threatens to sue Kejriwal

April 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal's remark against MPs came back to haunt him Sunday as union minister Virbhadra Singh threatened to sue him while Congress MP Jagdambika Pal served a privilege notice against the activist.

Union Minister Virbhdra Singh sends legal notice to Arvind Kejriwal

April 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Stepping out a legal action against Team Anna's key member Arvind Kejriwal who has been continuously targeting to Member of Parliaments, Member of Assemblies and politicians for their.......

Union Minister Virbhadra Singh sends legal notice to Arvind Kejriwal

April 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

New Delhi, Apr.1 (ANI): Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Virbhadra Singh on Sunday sent a legal notice to civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to give an unconditional apology for naming him as one of the 14 Cabinet Ministers who were corrupt or had a criminal past.

Virbhadra demands unconditional apology from Kejriwal

March 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Union minister Virbhadra Singh Tuesday asked civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal to tender an unconditional apology for his remarks against him and warned of legal action if the Team Anna member did not apologise for his comments.

SAIL not keen on proposed facility in Himachal

March 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Shimla, March 27 (IANS) Public sector Steel Authority of India (SAIL) is not keen on setting up a plant in Himachal Pradesh despite the state government extending facilities, Industries Minister Kishan Kapoor said here Tuesday.

Candidates contesting assembly polls in Punjab cast their votes

January 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Amritsar/Jalandhar, Jan 30 (ANI): Candidates contesting the assembly polls in Punjab cast their votes on Monday, and urged the voters to exercise their franchise to strengthen democracy.

Candidates contesting assembly polls in Punjab cast their votes

January 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Amritsar/Jalandhar, Jan 30 (ANI): Candidates contesting the assembly polls in Punjab cast their votes on Monday, and urged the voters to exercise their franchise to strengthen democracy.

Congress ropes in NRIs for election campaign in Punjab

January 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Congress Party today, roped in Non Resident Indians (NRI) from different countries to campaign in the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab.

Manmohan Singh campaigns for Congress in Uttarakhand

January 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Rudrapur, Jan 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today campaigned for the Congress Party in Uttarakhand ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in the state.

Manmohan Singh campaigns for Congress in Uttarakhand

January 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Rudrapur, Jan 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today campaigned for the Congress Party in Uttarakhand ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in the state.

Sweaters with party symbols, favourites in Punjab election season

January 19, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Ludhiana, Jan 19 (ANI): Ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab, the woollen industry of Ludhiana is catching up with the election fervor as manufacturers imprint party symbols on sweaters and jerseys in large numbers.

Sweaters with party symbols, favourites in Punjab election season

January 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Ludhiana, Jan 19 (ANI): Ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab, the woollen industry of Ludhiana is catching up with the election fervor as manufacturers imprint party symbols on sweaters and jerseys in large numbers.

Antony meets PM to discuss Army Chief's age row

January 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A day after Army Chief General V.K. Singh moved the Supreme Court against the government's rejection of his claim on his date of birth, Defence Minister A K Antony met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

Antony meets PM to discuss Army Chief's age row

January 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A day after Army Chief General V.K. Singh moved the Supreme Court against the government's rejection of his claim on his date of birth, Defence Minister A K Antony met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

Congress releases manifesto in Punjab, promises sops to industry

January 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Chandigarh, Jan 16 (ANI): Ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in Punjab, the Congress party is promising help to the industry and the unemployed, if elected to power.

Congress releases manifesto in Punjab, promises sops to industry

January 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Chandigarh, Jan 16 (ANI): Ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in Punjab, the Congress party is promising help to the industry and the unemployed, if elected to power.

FDI in retail would prove beneficial in long run: Virbhadra Singh

November 29, 2011 at 5:40 PM

New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): Defending the Central Government's decision to approve 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Virbhadra Singh said it would prove beneficial to the country in the long run.

Lack of territorial demarcation led to Chinese incursion: Virbhadra Singh

September 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Kullu, Sep 20 (ANI): Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Virbhadra Singh, has said the recent bunker demolition by Chinese troops occurred due to lack of territorial demarcation along border areas.

MSMEs play a pivotal role in nation's development: Virbhadra Singh

April 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM

New Delhi, Apr 6 (ANI): Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Virbhadra Singh, on Wednesday said MSMEs have been recognized as engine of growth and have played a pivotal role in the development of the country.

Virbhadra Singh meets Yemen envoy

March 29, 2011 at 9:19 PM

New Delhi, Mar 29 (ANI): The Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Republic of Yemen, Khadija Radman Mohammed Ghanem, called on Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Virbhadra Singh here today.

South African Minister Thabathe calls on Virbhadra Singh

March 28, 2011 at 9:13 PM

New Delhi, Mar 28 (ANI): Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, South Africa, Elizabeth Thabathe along with her officials called on Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Virbhadra Singh here on Monday.

Korean team calls on Minister Virbhadra Singh

March 24, 2011 at 8:53 PM

New Delhi, Mar. 24 (ANI): Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Virbhadra Singh and a team of senior officers met a Korean delegation here today.

Virbhadra Singh welcomes budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for MSME sector

February 28, 2011 at 6:53 PM

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Virbhadra Singh welcoming the General Budget 2011-12, on Monday said the budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for the micro, small and medium enterprises sector will spur growth and development.

Virbhadra Singh welcomes budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for MSME sector

February 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Virbhadra Singh welcoming the General Budget 2011-12, on Monday said the budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for the micro, small and medium enterprises sector will spur growth and development.

Virbhadra Singh welcomes budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for MSME sector

February 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Virbhadra Singh welcoming the General Budget 2011-12, on Monday said the budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for the micro, small and medium enterprises sector will spur growth and development.

Virbhadra Singh welcomes budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for MSME sector

February 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Virbhadra Singh welcoming the General Budget 2011-12, on Monday said the budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for the micro, small and medium enterprises sector will spur growth and development.

Virbhadra Singh welcomes budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for MSME sector

February 28, 2011 at 6:49 PM

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Virbhadra Singh welcoming the General Budget 2011-12, on Monday said the budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for the micro, small and medium enterprises sector will spur growth and development.

Keeping assembly polls in mind, Manmohan Singh reshuffles UPA II Cabinet

January 19, 2011 at 6:44 PM

New Delhi, Jan.19 (ANI): Keeping in mind that assembly elections are to be held in the key states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday, reshuffled and reconstituted his cabinet for the first time since the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) began its second consecutive tenure in government in May 2009.

Cabinet reshuffle today, major changes in portfolios expected

January 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): The reshuffle and expansion of Union Council of Ministers will take place this evening.

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