RJD, DMK support Indo-US nuclear deal

Manmohan Singh, June 19 : The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government received a shot in the arm today when the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief Karunanidhi voiced support for the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

The RJD chief said here that the Indo-US deal was in the interest of the nation and necessary for the country’s development. And added that it would be unfortunate if the agreement falls through.

BJP to UPA: Make clear your stand on US-India nuke pact

UPA & BJPNew Delhi, June 2 : Former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh on Monday asked the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government to clarify its stand on the vexed US-India civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

Briefing the media on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Foreign Policy Resolution here, Singh called on the UPA to end its charade on the issue, and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop his daily dose of tantalizing statements on the matter.

Fuel price hike decision likely today

Fuel price hike decision likely todayNew Delhi, May 31 : The core group of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government met on Friday evening to review the options available to the Government to tackle the spurt in global crude prices, but it is not clear if a price hike will be taken by the Cabinet today.

UPA will never ignore voice of the poor and deprived: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul GandhiAngul (Orissa), May 13 : The UPA Government will never ignore the voice of poor while moving on the path towards growth and development. The voice of poor will always be heard, said Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday.

Addressing employees of NALCO in the town of Angul during a one-day trip to Orissa, Gandhi said he was happy to hear that the public sector undertaking had been granted Navratna status.

The granting of Navratna status allows a government owned entity to take decisions on investments up to Rs. 1, 000 crore, or 15 per cent of its net worth, without seeking the government’s approval.

Farmers flay UPA government for dragging its feet on farm loan waiver issue

UPA GovernmentNew Delhi, May 10 : Farmers took out a rally in New Delhi on Saturday and threaten to court arrest. They also voiced their anguish over the government's inability to adhere to its promise of loan waiver.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram proposed a waiver of rupees 600 billion of bank loans to farmers, in the fiscal year 2008-09.

The farmers accuse the ruling Central government of making false promises in order to garner votes for winning elections.

The agitating farmers also made it clear to Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister that they will not allow the construction of the Ganga Expressway.

UPA-Left committee to discuss Indo-US civil nuclear deal today

UPA-Left committee to discuss Indo-US civil nuclear deal todayNew Delhi, May 6 : The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Left Parties will meet today to discuss the Congress-led Government's negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) pertaining to Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

On Monday Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said his government is ready to discuss any matter that the supporting allies wish to raise.

"We will discuss whatever issue that our colleagues will like to raise," Singh told reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan after a Civil Investiture Ceremony.

UPA-Left committee to discuss Indo-US civil nuclear deal on Tuesday

UPA-Left committee to discuss Indo-US civil nuclear deal on TuesdayNew Delhi, May 4 : The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Left Parties would meet on May 6 to discuss the government’s negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) pertaining to Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

A senior Left leader said: “We will discuss what the government will report to us on its talks with the IAEA. On that basis, we will take the issue forward.”

He said the government was committed to consider the findings of this committee while taking the next step on the nuclear deal.

BJP slams UPA Government on inflation

Bharatiya Janata PartyKanpur, Apr 29 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed the policies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government over the rising prices of essentials in the country.

Staging a demonstration here, the party activists launched a mock Sonia Gandhi homeopathic clinic where the common man could get small doses of food, which is all he can afford.

Opposition protests against UPA economic policies

Opposition protests against UPA economic policiesNew Delhi Apr 24 : Members of Parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Janata Dal-United JD (U), the Bharatiya Janata Dal (BJD) and the Akali Dal today assembled before the Mahatam Gandhi's statue in New Delhi to protest against the UPA Government’s economic policies.

They also formed a human chain to highlight the Centre's failure in checking the price rise.

"Prices of essential commodities have gone up whenever the Congress has come to power. The government has completely failed to check the price rise," BJP President Rajnath Singh claimed.

CPI (M) lauds UPA Government’s 'One China' policy

India's China PolicyCoimbatore, Apr 1: The Communist Party of India (Marxist), in their draft resolution has approved New Delhi's 'One China' policy, but slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) convener George Fernandes for their flip-flop on Tibet.

As Beijing scrambled to contain the fallout of the Tibet unrest, the CPI-M remained stoutly behind them.

Centre seeks cooperation of political parties to counter terrorism

New Delhi, Nov 26 : The UPA Government today sought cooperation of all political parties, civil society, media and public to counter militant threat in the wake of growing terror attacks in the country.

In a statement in the Lok Sabha on the Friday’s near simultaneous multiple blasts in three different cities of Uttar Pradesh, the government said that it would not allow terrorists to disrupt peace and communal harmony in the country.

Condemning the bomb blasts in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said security and intelligence agencies would continue to make efforts to “neutralise such extremists and terrorist elements through preventive measures.”

Left gives green signal to UPA to approach IAEA on safeguards agreement

New Delhi, Nov. 16 : After months of stalemated talks and barbs, parties representing the Left Front and the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government today reached an agreement that will allow India to approach the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for talks on a safeguards agreement related to the 2005 US-India civil nuclear pact.

Disclosing this, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the outcome of talks with the IAEA will be presented before UPA-Left committee for its consideration.

The Left parties, however, made it clear that the Government would only negotiate, but would not enter any kind of agreement without the prior sanction of the UPA-Left Committee.

Crucial meeting of UPA-Left Committee on nuke issue today

UPA-Left committeeNew Delhi, Nov 16: The special committee comprising of senior UPA and Left Front leaders are meeting for the sixth time in the national capital today.

There is a strong possibility that after the meeting, the committee would announce its decision to give the Government a go ahead for initiating talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for India-specific safeguards agreement.

On Thursday, the UPA Government hinted at beginning the talks with the international agency after the Left parties expressed softening of their stand.

Government likely to approach IAEA

New Delhi, Nov 15 : Ahead of the meeting of the UPA-Left committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Centre today hinted that it would approach the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for talks on the India-specific safeguards agreement.

A senior minister reportedly said this after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held discussions with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other senior Cabinet ministers, including External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi and Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Pranab Mukherjee hopeful of a positive outcome during Friday's UPA-Left meeting

New Delhi, Nov 14 : External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday hinted at the thaw between the UPA and the Left Front over the contentious Indo-US civil nuclear deal, and stated that he was hopeful of 'something positive' to come out from the Friday's meeting with the Left leaders.Pranab Mukherjee

The Friday's meeting of the special committee of the UPA and the Left on the nuclear deal is expected to give the Government a green signal to negotiate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for India-specific safeguard agreements.

Govt can go to IAEA provided no pact on nuke deal is finalised: A B Bardhan

CPI General Secretary A B BardhanNew Delhi, Nov 13 : The Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A B Bardhan today said that the government can approach the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as long as they don't finalise any agreement on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.

During the meeting with CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat and Bardhan last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had reportedly sought their nod for the government to approach the IAEA for an India-specific safeguards agreement, which is one of the steps needed to operationalise the Indo-US nuclear deal.

UNPA joins Left, calls UPA Govt pursuing nuclear fundamentalism

New Delhi, Oct 23: The leaders of the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA), or the Third Front, on Tuesday made a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA government over the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, and said that the government is pursuing 'nuclear fundamentalism'.

The UNPA's latest salvo against the Government came hours after CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat met top leaders of the UPA constituents and urged them to form a unified opposition against the nuclear deal.

The UNPA also demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to review the nuclear deal.

The Left, which cannot align with the BJP that too opposes the deal, wooed the Third Front to show the UPA that the majority was against the nuclear deal.

We want both- nuclear deal and UPA government, says Congress

New Delhi, Oct 22: The Congress party on Monday said that it wants to save the government as well as to get the civilian nuclear deal with the US materialise, and efforts are on in this regard.

“We want both,” quipped Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi when asked whether the party was ready to save the coalition by sacrificing the deal.

This comes amidst rising political temperatures in the national capital after UPA convened an emergency meeting where an ‘embarrassed’ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reportedly hinted to resign from the office because of the prospects of retreating back from the Indo-US nuclear deal in the wake of Left’s opposition over the bilateral agreement.

Manmohan Singh disappointed over nuke deal politics

New Delhi, Oct 22: Just hours before the fifth meeting of the UPA-Left  committee on Indo-US nuclear deal, whose convenor is External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, top leaders of the coalition government met today amidst report that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed his disappointment over the politics being played over the bilateral agreement.  

Singh reportedly told his UPA partners that he was embarrassed by the prospect of retreating back on the deal which was passed by the Union Cabinet.

Reports indicate that the Prime Minister has hinted at resigning from the office, since he does not want to lead a ‘lame-duck’ government after succumbing to Left’s opposition to the deal.

Left-UPA to meet next on November 16 over nuke deal (Lead UPA-Left Meet)

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): The special committee of the UPA and the Left formed to resolve disagreements between the two sides over the Indo-US civilian nuclear energy cooperation will be holding its next round of talks on November 16.

The committee, which held deliberations today for the fifth time on the issue, today decided to continue the talks even as the 'unofficial' deadline for India to initiate formal negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for country-specific agreements ends in October.  

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