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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday invoked the curtailment of press freedom during the Emergency under the Congress rule to assert that media freedom is the essence of democracy. Speaking to the media after taking charge of the ministry, Javadekar stated the government not only recognizes freedom of the press, but cherishes it. “Press freedom is …

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the alleged roles of some government officials in awarding favorable air traffic rights to foreign airlines during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) tenure, has summoned former aviation minister Praful Patel on June 6, persons familiar with developments said. The agency is also investigating the direct and indirect roles …

A combative Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday vowed to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) every inch of the way and attempted to talk up the morale of his party’s newly elected parliamentarians, saying they had emerged triumphant from a fight that had every institution of the country ranged against them. His mother and …

The BJP will send 10 lakh postcards with “Jai Shri Ram” written on them to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a party leader said Saturday, in a move likely to add salt to the ruling TMC’s wounds after a bruising performance in Lok Sabha polls. “We have decided to send 10 lakh postcards with …

As the face-off between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) takes center stage in Bengal, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), is trying to recapture lost ground by re-opening or re-occupying old offices that were shut down or forcefully taken over by the TMC after 2011. The CPI(M) has …

First-time cabinet minister Amit Shah took charge of the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Saturday afternoon, after which he met senior officials and sat through an extended briefing session. Officials in each of the 19 divisions under the ministry briefed Shah, who continues to be Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, about projects and …

There are 19 first-time ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 58-member council of ministers. Six of the first-timers consisting BJP president Amit Shah, former foreign secretary S Jaishankar and former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank made it to the cabinet. Jaishankar, a surprise pick in Narendra Modi’s council of ministers, is one of India’s …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday night that his team “is a blend of youthful energy and administrative experience” and includes people who have had distinguished professional careers. In a tweet, he also congratulated those who took the oath of office. “Congratulations to all those who took oath today. This team is a blend of …

The who’s who of business, cinema, politics, and sports gathered to be a witness of the return of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and formation of his new cabinet at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, here on Thursday. A red carpet was laid out for the guests for the oath-taking ceremony which took place as …

Amit Shah, the BJP’s master strategist who scripted the party’s expansion over the last few years, is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new team that has taken oath this evening. Shah, 54, took oath right after PM Modi and his most senior minister Rajnath Singh as dusk fell over the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new cabinet has quite a few several familiar names. After a meeting with Modi, BJP president Amit Shah called several leaders of the BJP and its allies to inform them that they would be part of the new team at the Centre. Shah himself was the biggest entry into the cabinet. Among the …

Sushma Swaraj, India’s foreign minister in the outgoing government, tweeted a ‘Thank you’, note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after she was not inducted into his new council of ministers. In the tweet, Sushma, 67, thanked him for giving her the opportunity to serve people – Indians and non-resident Indians – and respect that he …