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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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Govt mulls passing lokpal bill this week

MPs oppose the govt’s plan to extend winter session to pass bill, say it will overlap with festival period.

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Updated on Dec 21, 2011 01:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Government, BJP agree on pension bill

In a major initiative to ensure passage of the pension bill, the government has agreed to bring three amendments to allay the fears of the principal opposition party, the BJP, as well as UPA ally Trinamool Congress.

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Updated on Dec 20, 2011 01:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Shekhar Iyer, New Delhi

Pranab to take 'Swabhiman' to Rahul's constituency

Ahead of the UP polls, union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will take the Centre's Swabhiman:-scheme to provide banking facilities for financial inclusion of rural areas -to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's parliamentary constituency, Amethi.

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Updated on Dec 19, 2011 01:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Zip code: From Delhi to Patna in just 6 hrs

Railways plans to launch bullet trains in six high-speed corridors; top speed: 350kmph; journey time to be reduced by half.

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Updated on Dec 18, 2011 01:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

PM under lokpal, with riders

Only in-camera proceedings against PM; probe to begin only if three-fourth majority of lokpal agrees to it. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Dec 17, 2011 01:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

To control oppn heat, govt proposes lokpal panel quota

After many false starts, the government is finally close to sewing up an acceptable lokpal bill draft. It had to concede ground, with some caveats, on the inclusion of the prime minister under lokpal; it stubbornly resisted pressure to cede control over CBI; and it offered the carrot of caste-based reservations on the panel to win the support of a wavering opposition. Nagendar Sharma & Saubhadra Chatterji report. In a nutshell: The lokpal compromise | Latest lokpal draft

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Updated on Dec 17, 2011 01:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNagendar Sharma & Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Pawar invites oppn to discuss two agri bills

Sticking to the new-found mantra of broad-based consultation before pushing key bills, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has called a meeting with key opposition parties to discuss two contentious bills—the seeds bill and the pesticides bill.

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Updated on Dec 16, 2011 12:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MPs to learn happiness, Bhutan way

As the winter session is getting tied-up in knots of difficulties for the government, the UPA leadership and other MPs can get some tips to be happy.

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Updated on Dec 16, 2011 12:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Jayanth Jacob, New Delhi

Centre cautious on reforms bills after FDI retail fiasco

Following the lack of political consensus on FDI in retail, the UPA government is treading cautiously on two reforms bills: the Insurance Act (Amendment) bill and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Act (PFRDA) bill.

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Updated on Dec 15, 2011 12:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Chicago univ to have Vivekananda chair

The 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda will reach the US shores as the Manmohan Singh government decided to create a special Chair named after the Indian philosopher in the Chicago University.

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Updated on Dec 13, 2011 10:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

To weather Anna storm, UPA likely to offer PM, CBI, babus under lokpal

To end skirmishes and shooting at each other’s battlements by the pro and anti-Hazare camps, the government has decided to bring the lokpal bill in Parliament on December 20 — two days before the end of the winter session. Nagendar Sharma and Saubhadra Chatterji report. Lokpal in Parliament on Dec 20

Updated on Dec 13, 2011 02:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNagendar Sharma and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

As going gets tough, Congress plans more meets

At a time when the UPA government is facing consorted opposition attack and perceived to be suffering from policy paralysis, the Congress party is planning a heavy-duty orientation programme for its MPs to bolster its defense.

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Updated on Dec 12, 2011 02:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Centre set to clear relief aid to Sikkim, Odisha

Stung by reminders from Odisha and Sikkim, the Centre’s High Level Committee (HLC) will meet on December 15 to clear financial aid for the two states affected by natural calamities.

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Updated on Dec 11, 2011 02:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Decision on UP division after polls?

While Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati played her card of dividing the state into four parts, the Centre is unlikely to pay much heed to the proposal ahead of the assembly polls.

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Updated on Dec 08, 2011 11:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Gram sabhas will have a say in integrated action plan

Opening the doors for panchayati raj institutions to formulate development plans under the Integrated Action Plan, a cabinet committee has given its in-principle approval to make them active partners in implementing IAP projects. Saubhadra Chatterji and Aloke Tikku report.

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Updated on Dec 08, 2011 11:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Aloke Tikku, New Delhi

FDI holdback may hit UPA's reform agenda

The govt’s decision to put FDI in retail on hold till a consensus is reached could indefinitely stall the UPA-II govt’s ambitious reforms agenda as well as its plans to raise Rs 40,000 crore via privatisation this fiscal. Saubhadra Chatterji & Jayanth Jacob report. Sonia's intervention ended logjam | No loss of face: Cong | 100% FDI nod for single brands | In danger zone | Saving grace | House in order, at last

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Updated on Dec 08, 2011 02:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji & Jayanth Jacob, New Delhi

Rs 900 cr in kitty, but Mamata asks for more

Ramesh writes to Bengal CM, says use unspent amount to generate jobs. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Dec 07, 2011 11:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Mamata Banerjee gets Rs 8,750 cr bailout after FDI hit

The bailout package, in the form of the backward regions grant fund (BRGF), comes just three days after Mamata Banerjee, the chief of the second-largest ally in the UPA-2, spiked the FDI in multi-brand retail policy. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. BJP, Left stay firm on FDI rollback

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Updated on Dec 07, 2011 01:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

‘Lack of info from NHAI making monitoring tough’

Plagued with innumerable delays and most road projects running behind schedule, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) does not have much to boast of and seems to be reluctant to provide related information.

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Updated on Dec 06, 2011 11:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

After retail, Mamata Banerjee eyes pension bill

After stalling the rollout of upto 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, key UPA partner Trinamool Congress is keeping alliance managers guessing on another important issue - the PFRDA Bill. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.Protest over FDI anti-poor, misconceived: India Inc

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Updated on Dec 05, 2011 01:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sorry, we won't back FDI, Mamata tells Manmohan

In a virtual rebuff to the prime minister, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today categorically told Manmohan Singh that though she did not want his government to fall, supporting it on the issue of foreign equity in retail was a "problem" for her party. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Dec 03, 2011 12:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Mamata remains 'unreachable' for Congress

While the Congress brass that is desperately trying to bring the Trinamool Congress on board on FDI issue, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee remains "unreachable" to them.

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Updated on Dec 02, 2011 12:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Showdown looming, govt goes all out to win allies

The UPA government is making extra efforts to bring all the stakeholders in the government — especially the Trinamool Congress and DMK — on board before facing a possible adjournment motion on FDI in retail. HT reports. A day of strike, parleys | Guide to FDI in retail| Bandh showcases political faultlines

Updated on Dec 02, 2011 11:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji, Aurangzeb Naqshbandi & Vikas Pathak, New Delhi

Congress brass' 3-day plan to keep flock together

While officially putting its weight behind the government's decision on FDI in multi-brand retail, the Congress on Wednesday went on an overdrive to allay the apprehension of its parliamentarians.

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Updated on Dec 01, 2011 12:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pranab justifies retail FDI timing

Almost everyone is questioning the timing of the decision to allow FDI in retail, at a time when Parliament is already frozen over other issues.

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Updated on Nov 29, 2011 12:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

FDI: Good policy, bad timing

"You could have taken this decision on December 23 immediately after the conclusion of the Parliament session which would have been an ideal Christmas gift from your side to Walmart" is what a senior opposition leader told commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma on Monday. Nagendar Sharma and Saubhadra Chatterji report.

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Updated on Nov 28, 2011 11:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNagendar Sharma and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

No talks, only rollback: Mamata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has asked her party to spearhead the attack on the UPA over FDI in multi-brand retail in a bid to steal the show from the Left and other opposition parties over a 'pro-people' issue. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Nov 28, 2011 11:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Small parties end fragile House truce

Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) and Mayawati's BSP led an unexpected move by smaller parties on Thursday that jeopardised the fragile agreement between the government, the BJP and Left parties to kickstart business in Parliament's ongoing Winter Session with an adjournment motion on black money.

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Updated on Nov 25, 2011 01:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVikas Pathak and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Om Puri apologises for 'anpadh MPs' remark

Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri has tendered an unconditional apology to Parliament after facing privilege notice for slamming MPs during social activist Anna Hazare's Ramlila ground agitation in August. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

Updated on Nov 24, 2011 01:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Trinamool against FDI in retail

A day before the cabinet is set to discuss a proposal to allow 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee raised a red flag over the UPA’s plan to expand the scope of FDI.

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Updated on Nov 24, 2011 12:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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