New Delhi, July 15 : Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday warned the Centre not to tinker with the Uniform Civil Code, and instead, advised it to keep personal laws untouched.
"The Uniform Civil Code has been on the agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ever since its inception. But let's not forget the fact that India is a diverse country, where people follow their own personal laws which have been evolved through traditions and customs going back thousands and thousands of years," Tewari told ANI
New Delhi, July 11 : Congress Party leader Manish Tewari said that the Bhartiya Janta Party is underscoring their undemocratic spirits by the manner in which they are treating governors.
Manish Tewari told ANI, "The manner in which governors are being arm twisted by the Bhartiya Janata Party only underscores their undemocratic spirit."
New Delhi, July 8 : Former Minister of State of Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Congress Party leader Manish Tewari said the 2014-15 Railway Budget proposals presented today are all about the privatization of Railways.
Tewari told ANI, "The rail budget has been very high on rhetoric and absolutely low on delivery. It seems to be more of a statement for privatizing the railways than a budget. It is completely incomprehensible, as on one hand, they have announced 14 per cent hike in rail fares. And on another hand, all they have talked about is privatization and public-private partnership."
New Delhi, June 20 : Congress leader Manish Tewari on Friday said that the NDA government is burdening the common man by hiking railway fares.
"Yesterday, they were talking about common man , and today, they are burdening the same. The irony is that the same people when in opposition would critique the government when any economical decision was taken," said Tewari.
"Without bringing in parliament and waiting for the budget, they have taken this decision.
What kind of sensitivity is this? The first thing they have done after coming to power is increasing rail fares," he said.
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New Delhi, Feb 25 : Commenting on Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remark about crushing elements of the media that were spreading false propaganda about the Congress, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday said the UPA Government has never targeted any reporter or media house over their criticisms, and added that it is the opposition and other political parties which repeatedly threatens the media.
"The Union Home Minister has given a clarification on his statement. I think, there is nothing left beyond this," Tewari said in response to a query regarding Shinde's remark.
New Delhi, Feb 20 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Thursday said the decision of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to release all the convicted assassinators of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is in violation of the law, and added that the Centre will be taking appropriate steps on this issue.
"The decision of Tamil Nadu Government is in violation of the law. Both the law ministry and the government will be taking appropriate steps against this. We view this as a serious matter," Tewari told media here.
The government on Thursday allowed state-run telecom firms Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) to get refunds of a total Rs 112.6 billion by returning their 4G radio spectrum.
By returning their 4G radio spectrum to the government, BSNL will receive Rs 67.24 billion, while MTNL will get Rs 45.34 billion, Information & Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters.
Mr. Tewari added that the payment of the money would be staggered and done over a period of time.
New Delhi, Dec 31 : Though media has enhanced its reach through digital means, calendars as a tool of communication have always had a special place in India, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Tuesday.
Tewari released a special calendar for 2014, detailing the government's flagship schemes.
He said the calendar as a tool of communication played an important role in disseminating information regarding the policies of the government.
This initiative of the government was a step to make people aware of policies that aimed to achieve inclusive growth in the governance process, he said.
Singapore/New Delhi, Nov 27 : If returned to power in 2014, the Congress would ensure that India becomes a middle-income country and no longer remains a low-income one, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said Wednesday.
Tewari was delivering the Fullerton Lecture at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in Singapore when he said: "The obvious question that begs an answer is what must be the policy priorities of a Congress or UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government in 2014, if people do give us that opportunity".
New Delhi, Nov 7 : The government would accept a film proposal on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and make necessary contribution to it, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said here Thursday.
The statement comes in the wake of concerns in the Congress about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) making efforts to appropriate the legacy of the noted freedom fighter.
Answering queries from mediapersons here, Tewari said the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and the Films Division are responsible for promoting movies and documentaries that inspire people and document the country's history.
New Delhi, Oct 30 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi can seek time to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Wednesday.
Modi Tuesday said he was refused a meeting with the prime minister.
"Schedules of the prime minister are fixed much in advance and if somebody wants to score brownie points by asking time at the last minute, this is brinkmanship," Tewari told reporters.
Modi said the prime minister refused to give time to discuss crucial state-related issues during his visit to attend a function in Ahmedabad Tuesday.(IANS)
New Delhi, Oct 29 : The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has zero tolerance towards terrorism, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Tuesday.
"Let there be absolutely no misconception on the question of terror, combating terror, dealing with radicalisation and ensuring that polarisation does not vitiate the atmosphere of this country. The UPA government has zero tolerance," Tewari told reporters here.
New Delhi, Sep 16 : India and China Monday agreed to boost cooperation in the media sector, which they said could act as a bridge for better bilateral cooperation by highlighting the positive aspects of their relationship.
During talks between Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and a visiting Chinese delegation led by Cai Ming Zhao, the minister of state for Council Information Office, both sides agreed to initiate steps to include media cooperation as part of activities to observe 2014 as the year of Friendly Exchanges between the two countries.
New Delhi, Aug 19 : The fundamentals of the Indian economy are "completely sound" and the recent upheaval in the stock markets and slide in the rupee-value were due to the choppiness in the global economy, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Monday.
"The foundation of our economy is completely safe and sound, and keeping that in mind whatever people do in the stock markets they should keep in mind," Tewari, who was earlier Congress spokesperson, told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
"The fundamentals of our economy are strong and will continue to be strong," he added.
New Delhi, Aug 7 : Urging opposition parties to rise above politics, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Wednesday asked them not to create a rift between Defence Minister A. K. Antony and the defence ministry over the killing of Indian soldiers by Pakistani intruders.
Five Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector early Tuesday.
"It is unfortunate that a difference is being created between the defence minister and the defence ministry. I think the defence minister only tried to present the entire picture based upon inputs which he must have gathered," Tewari said.
New Delhi, Aug 2 : The cabinet has asked the law ministry to suggest ways to set up an authority to fix rail fares, a minister said Friday.
According to Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, the cabinet discussed the issue Thursday and asked the law ministry to suggest a road map.
He said there were two options before the government to set up such an authority -- through a legislative process or an executive order.
The consensus in the cabinet was on the executive order route.
Once the law ministry's recommendations come, it will go to the cabinet for consideration, said the minister.
New Delhi, July 25 : The 2014 general elections would take place as scheduled and there was no question of holding them earlier, Congress leader and union minister Manish Tewari said Thursday.
"There are still nine months to the elections.. it will be held as scheduled," Tewari, the union information and broadcasting minister, said here.
On a possible tie-up with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which has broken up with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA, Tewari smiled and said: "Let us see" but refused to elaborate.
New Delhi, July 25 : BJP MP Chandan Mitra's demand to strip Nobel laureate Amartya Sen of the Bharat Ratna for his anti-Narendra Modi remarks has irked the Congress which Thursday called it an insult of the highest civilian award and a reflection of fascist mentality.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said noted economist Sen, 79, had a right to express his views.
"What kind of mentality is this. Either you are with us or against us. If you are against us, you are not entitled to Bharat Ratna," he asked.
New Delhi, July 11 : India plans to set up a new regulator for the aviation sector -- the Civil Aviation Authority -- that will replace the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday gave “in-principle” approval to the civil aviation ministry's proposal to set up the new regulator.
Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the government would introduce a bill in the upcoming monsoon session of parliament.
New Delhi, July 4 : As the opposition cornered the government over the the food security ordinance, union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari Thursday said only crocodile tears were being shed over parliamentary propriety.
The principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Left parties and several other parties have raised objections to the government's move to bring in an ordinance on the food security bill without facing parliament.