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Saubhadra Chatterji

Saubhadra Chatterji is Deputy Political Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on both politics and policies.

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Take over road projects in Naxal-hit areas: Ramesh

In a new formula to build key infrastructure projects in areas worst affected by Naxal activities, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has asked gram panchayats to take over rural road construction projects under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

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Updated on May 28, 2012 11:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Malkangiri (odisha)

Petrol price hike fuels cabinet boycott, allies absent

A day after the steepest hike in petrol price, the Union cabinet meeting on Thursday was marked by the absence of most of the alliance party ministers. Saubhadra Chatterji and Chetan Chauhan report. Bollywood tweets

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Updated on May 25, 2012 01:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Chetan Chauhan, New Delhi

Get ready for LPG, diesel price hike

Diesel to cost Rs 4/litre more, LPG minus subsidy will be Rs 800; no change in kerosene price

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Updated on May 24, 2012 01:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Zia Haq, New Delhi

Maya message to UPA: We are with you

Support for a UPA candidate in the Presidential polls is shoring up even as NCP leader PA Sangma — the ADMK and BJD’s nominee — has been canvassing for himself.

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Updated on May 23, 2012 11:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ramesh to upgrade roads in remote areas

In a development that has huge implications on India's security, the central government is planning more roads in border and tribal areas. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on May 20, 2012 11:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Prez poll: Sangma chances fizzle out

AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa and BJD boss Naveen Patnaik's renewed bid to push former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma for President failed to enthuse key non-UPA parties, non-NDA parties on Sunday. Saubhadra Chatterji and Jayanth Jacob report.

Updated on May 20, 2012 11:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Jayanth Jacob, New Delhi

Montek singh, Jairam oppose Azad move on health survey

Union health ministry’s proposal to discontinue the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) — pitched as one of the most reliable reality-check of the health and nutrition indicators — has been opposed from within the UPA.

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Updated on May 17, 2012 12:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MPs spar over Aircel-Maxis, cartoon, reform bills stuck

Amid the bickering over Aircel-Maxis deal and cartoon row, key reform bills face an uncertain future in this budget session, which has another seven working days left.

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Updated on May 15, 2012 01:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

An MP who's been in the house since its birth

For Rishang Keishing (92), the world of Indian Parliament had opened up through the window of a train. After getting elected from Manipur in the first Lok Sabha in 1952, it took four days for him to reach Delhi.

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Updated on May 12, 2012 12:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

List of living MPs of 1952 gets longer

The preparations to mark 60 years of Parliament are undergoing changes just two days before the main event. The reason: names of living members of the first Lok Sabha are still coming in.

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Updated on May 11, 2012 11:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pranab blooper: I may not be in Lok Sabha

Amid suspense over when the Congress is going to name its preferred presidential candidate, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee —widely considered as the frontrunner— further fuelled the speculations saying, “I may not be here” in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

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Updated on May 09, 2012 01:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi New Delhi

Leaders queue up to meet Mamata

Since her arrival in the Capital on Wednesday amidst hectic political parleys ahead of the Presidential poll, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's office has been flooded with requests for meetings-or, at least, telephonic talks.

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Updated on May 04, 2012 11:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Mamata in Delhi, may do deal on presidential poll

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is in Delhi for parleys with the UPA brass, with both sides expecting an understanding on the presidential candidate as well as a moratorium for debt-ridden West Bengal. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. The buzz continues | Demands and counter-demands

Updated on May 03, 2012 01:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sushma remark on Ansari lacking stature splits NDA

JD-U leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar phoned Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday to convey his disagreement with BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s view that Ansari did not have the stature to be President. Vikas Pathak & Saubhadra Chatterji reports. UPA has the edge

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Updated on May 03, 2012 04:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVikas Pathak & Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Ahead of Prez poll, PM assures aid to debt-ridden Bengal

Ahead of the Presidential poll, the UPA government and its key constituent Trinamool Congress inched closer to resolving the deadlock over West Bengal government's demand for a three-year moratorium on interest repayment on loans.

Updated on Apr 27, 2012 11:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Prez poll race keeps top leaders busy

With Presidential poll round the corner, meetings between different stakeholders - key political leaders and possible candidates - is gaining momentum.

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Updated on May 03, 2012 03:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Rural bridges bait to get Mamata on board

In a bid to build bridges between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress in this season of presidential election, the Centre has for the first time allowed the construction of bridges as part of its rural roads scheme in West Bengal.

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Updated on Apr 24, 2012 11:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

'May' be a red-letter month for Indo-Bangla ties?

The UPA government is eyeing the historically-important month of May for a major cultural diplomatic initiative with Dhaka, so the momentum in bilateral relations between the two countries could be sustained.

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Updated on Apr 23, 2012 11:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

House re-opens, all eyes on key bills

Govt wants to present a united coalition and focus on getting three reform bills cleared in this session, Saubhadra Chatterji reports. Second half of budget session

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Updated on Apr 24, 2012 07:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ansari to Gopal Gandhi: Names float for Prez post

Candidate needs to be acceptable to allies. UPA & NDA may spring surprises at the last moment. Pratibha Patil and APJ Abdul Kalam had both been surprise, consensus choices. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on May 03, 2012 04:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

‘May’ be a red-letter month for Indo-Bangla ties?

The UPA government is eyeing the historically-important month of May for a major cultural diplomatic initiative with Dhaka, so the momentum in bilateral relations between the two countries could be sustained.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2012 11:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cybercrime a big threat, says Mamata

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee chose the chief ministers’ conference on Monday to defend — albeit, in a roundabout way — her decision to arrest a university professor for circulating a spoof on her on the net. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

Updated on Apr 17, 2012 08:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

AI sell-off discussed at cabinet meet

Even as the Centre approved another plan to ease the financial burden of the ailing Air India (AI), suggestions that it should consider a partial sale of the national carrier cropped up during Thursday’s meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. Rs. 30,000 cr to keep Air India in air

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Updated on Apr 13, 2012 01:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

SP may get RS dy chairman post in return for support

Ahead of the crucial polls for picking the President and Vice-President, the United Progressive Alliance is planning to test its alliance management capabilities through the election of the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman.

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Updated on Apr 10, 2012 11:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MPs ask govt to explain utility of anti-graft bills

Even as they offered "help" to pass key legislative amendments to curb generation of black money, opposition MPs want written answers from the government on the effectiveness of these legal steps.

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Updated on Apr 09, 2012 11:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cong’s Rajya Sabha strategy: Balancing SP and BSP

Falling far short of the majority mark in Rajya Sabha after its latest round of elections, the Congress-led UPA is chalking out a strategy to maintain a delicate balance between the SP and BSP to pass key bills in the Upper House.

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Updated on Apr 08, 2012 02:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Jairam writes to PC on historian's visa cancellation

The Puducherry foreign regional registration office’s order to send back Peter Heehs, US historian and author of The Lives Of Sri Aurobindo, has created ripples within the UPA government.

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Updated on Apr 05, 2012 02:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

We are following Gandhi's path of non-violence

Tawakkul Karman, the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate and also the first woman from the Arab world to receive the honour, spoke to HT on her trip to New Delhi. Excerpts of the interview with the Yemeni.

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Updated on Apr 05, 2012 02:10 AM IST
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Govt to bring new law to stop manual scavenging

Prodded by the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC), the UPA government is set to bring a new, stricter law in the monsoon session of Parliament to eradicate manual scavenging.

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Updated on Apr 05, 2012 02:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Won’t block key bills: pro-Telangana MPs

Pro-Telangana MPs of the Congress, who again stalled the Lok Sabha proceedings over the separate statehood issue, have agreed to give some discounts to the party.

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Updated on Mar 28, 2012 01:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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