New Delhi [India], Oct. 29 : With the Supreme Court tearing into the government for disrupting the functioning of the judiciary by delaying appointments of high court judges, the Congress party on Saturday called on the Centre to take a call on the issue immediately as it was denying people justice by keeping these positions vacant.
Branding the entire series of developments as utterly serious, Congress party leader Anand Sharma told ANI here that the Narendra Modi-led Centre cannot escape its responsibility and accountability, adding that it was an "alterable" situation that 456 positions of high court judges are vacant in the country.
New Delhi, Dec 15 : The Congress Party on Monday strongly condemned the hostage situation that is currently underway in Sydney, terming it an 'act of terror'.
"This act of terror should be strongly condemned. Today, terrorism is a global challenge and the countries of the world must unite and face-off against this evil as one," Congress leader Anand Sharma told ANI.
Sharma was reacting to the ongoing situation in Sydney, where an armed man had earlier in the day taken an undisclosed number of people hostage at the Martin Place Cafe and displayed a black flag with Arabic script in the window, sparking a security alert in Australia.
New Delhi, June 25 : Ahead of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Bangladesh, Congress leader Anand Sharma said here today that India and Bangladesh need to solve the problem of terrorism and illegal immigration together.
Swaraj is scheduled to leave for Dhaka within few hours to pay a goodwill visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of its Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.
"We wish as a country that this visit is productive and result oriented," added Sharma.
New Delhi, May 7 : Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Wednesday said his ministry never praised the Gujarat model of development as claimed by BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
"The report in question is a private study... To say it is a report by our ministry is a deliberate manipulation (of facts)," Sharma said.
He said the report praised Gujarat on two of 14 parameters.
"It praised Gujarat for the online system developed by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation and for its online mechanism regarding environmental clearance," Sharma said.
Shimla, May 5 : Union Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma Monday said the BJP's individual personality promotion of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is dangerous for parliamentary democracy.
"Projection of Modi above the party is an ominous warning of increasing authoritarianism in the country and the entire campaign of the BJP is focused around him. This is a serious threat to parliamentary culture," Sharma told reporters here.
Kolkata, April 28 : Senior Congress leader and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma Monday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to protect people involved in the Saradha scam.
Hitting at Banerjee, who has accused the Congress of using the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the scam to derive political advantage, Sharma said Banerjee's logic that the probe was being instituted because of political difference was "ridiculous".
New Delhi, Apr 3 : Senior Congress leader and Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has urged people not to waste their votes on political party that is not beneficial to the country.
"Make sure that this time your votes do not get wasted. Those votes, which will not come in our favour, will strengthen some other party which will not be beneficial for the country," said Sharma.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar has asserted that governance under leadership of Narendra Modi can put an end to misrule of Congress party.
There is a need for creating a national corpus to fund political parties to make the political process more transparent, Anand Sharma, according to Industry & Commerce Minister Anand Sharma.
Speaking on "Managing change: role of leadership & institutions" during an event organized by CII, Mr. Sharma said that funding political parties through a national corpus would bring more transparency in the country's political process.
Commerce & Industry Minister Anand Sharma has expressed hope that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will cut interest rates to boost growth in its upcoming policy review.
Mr. Sharma said he was hopeful that declining inflation would be taken into account by the central bank in next monetary policy review that is scheduled to take place on April 1, 2014.
When asked whether the central bank would cut interest rates in view of declining inflation, he said, "We hope they will factor this in."
Finnish handset maker Nokia on Wednesday repeated its warning that it could close its Chennai factory unless Indian government resolves the Rs 21,153 crore tax liability issue at the earliest.
Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman & interim CEO of Nokia, said the company as deeply concerned about thousands of jobs at stake at the Chennai factory.
New Delhi, Feb 11 : U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma here, and the two are reported to have discussed concerns over the rise in sub-standard foods and drugs entering the United States.
Hamburg's visit, planned for February 10-18, comes less than two weeks after the FDA banned products from a fourth facility owned by Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited due to manufacturing violations, effectively shutting the company out of the U. S. market for the foreseeable future.
New Delhi, Feb 10 : India and the US are in talks to create an "institutional mechanism" to address issues related to trade and investments in healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said Monday.
Talking to reporters after meeting Commissioner for US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Margaret Hamburg here, Sharma said both sides recognise importance of the partnership and are willing to address the issue affecting it.
New Delhi, Feb 6 : India has offered to provide buyer's credit of USD 100 million to Namibia for taking up infrastructure projects.
This will be in addition to the USD 100 million Lines of Credit which India had offered during the State visit of the President of Namibia to India in 2009.
This offer was made by Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, who was on a two-day visit to Namibia from February 4, 2014.
New Delhi, Jan 25 : India Saturday extended a package of incentives to Japan in a bid to encourage investment in Electronic System Design and Manufacturing
(ESDM) in the country.
"Government of India has decided to offer a package of incentives to attract domestic and global investments into ESDM sector within Electronic Manufacturing Clusters
New Delhi, Jan 24 : Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Friday discussed with WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo the Doha Development Agenda.
Sharma met Azevedo on the sidelines of World Economic Forum Annual meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and took stock of the progress of post-Bali programme of WTO negotiations.
"We must capitalise on the momentum gained in Bali and push ahead with the work programmes that we agreed to establish on the Doha Development Agenda and food security," an official release here quoted Sharma as telling Azevedo.
India is looking to generate 100 million skilled jobs in manufacturing sector by the year of 2022, Commerce & Industry Minister Anand Sharma said.
Mr. Sharma also said that that the third-largest Asian economy wanted to increase manufacturing sector's share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from current 16 per cent to 25 per cent.
Speaking on the topic, he said, "India aims to raise manufacturing (sector's) share of GDP from 16 per cent to 25 per cent and create 100 million skilled jobs. This is a must do."
The government would review its policy on gold import to strike a balance between the demand and supply of the precious metal, Commerce & Industry Minister Anand Sharma said.
Mr. Sharma said that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), the commerce secretary, and the economic affairs secretary will take a collectively decision after discussing the matter.
He added that he would he would also hold a discussion with Finance Minister P Chidambaram on revisiting the import norms.
New Delhi, Jan 1 : Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma expressed optimism for the economy in 2014.
In a statement, Sharma said: "In 2013, India was rated as the most favoured investment destination globally. The bold decisions of the UPA Government for liberalizing Foreign Direct Investment Policy in key sectors such as civil aviation, retail and telecom have resonated with the global community and we have seen results in the last few months."
Congress-ruled states of Karnataka and Maharashtra will be first beneficiaries of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the multi-brand retail sector, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said on Monday.
British retail giant Tesco Plc has plans to invest $110 million in partnership with Tata Group's supermarket chain Trent to open multi-brand stores across India. The first of these stores will be opened in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
New Delhi, Dec 21 : Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Saturday said that the commercial ties between India and the US will not be impacted by the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York and the "relationship will go stronger".
"In mature democracies issues get addressed. Issues are not allowed to cast shadow over what is truly a building partnership," Sharma told reporters here on the sidelines of the 86th annual general meeting (AMG) of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) held here.