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

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Cabinet rejig expected after end of monsoon session

With the cabinet reshuffle likely to take place after the monsoon session ends in August, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to retain the finance ministry for now.

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Updated on Jun 28, 2012 11:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

After Pranab’s exit, Manmohan to divide GoMs among seniors

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to divide the responsibility of heading GoMs and EGoMs among few chosen senior cabinet ministers in the absence of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.

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Updated on Jun 27, 2012 03:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Major cabinet rejig in offing, but Rahul unlikely to join govt

With finance minister and leader of Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee surrendering his finance portfolio, the union cabinet is all set to undergo major changes. But chances of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi taking over a key role in UPA are slim.

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Updated on Jun 26, 2012 11:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Murder brews in TMC, key leader on hit list

Prominent leaders of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress are trying to kill their own colleague-party's youngest Lok Sabha MP Suvendu Adhikary-a secret intelligence report of the state police has claimed. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. All’s not well

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Updated on Jun 25, 2012 01:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cong eyes record victory margin

With a section of the NDA and Left parties tilting towards Pranab Mukherjee, the UPA is eyeing a record victory margin for its candidate in the presidential poll. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Jun 21, 2012 11:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Storage crisis: Centre offloads 5 MT foodgrain for poor

In a firefighting exercise to tackle severe shortage of storage facilities, Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee-led Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on food cleared offloading of 8 million tonnes (MT) of foodgrain on Tuesday.

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Updated on Jun 20, 2012 12:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

2G scam probe: PM-as-witness demand splits JPC

UPA members insist on wrapping up proceedings, those from opposition want Manmohan Singh to appear before committee.

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Updated on Jun 20, 2012 01:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNagendar Sharma & Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Pranab likely to file nomination papers by June 28

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to file his nomination for the presidential election on June 28-four days after he plans to resign from the union cabinet. The last date for filing nominations is June 30.

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Updated on Jun 19, 2012 12:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

BJP, Jaya out to woo Mamata

With no green signal yet from former president APJ Abdul Kalam if he would contest, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is under pressure to weigh her options to back PA Sangma in the presidential race against UPA’s Pranab Mukherjee.

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Updated on Jun 18, 2012 01:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Hardly a week to go, FM passes ‘minor’ budget

Though there’s barely a week left before Pranab Mukherjee quits the government, the finance minister was seen spending a few hours of the weekend doing what he is best at — passing the budget.

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Updated on Jun 17, 2012 11:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Congress warms up to Nitish

Even as the Trinamool Congress seems to be drifting away from UPA’s group of allies, at least as far as the presidential poll is concerned, the ruling alliance is eyeing new equations with other opposition parties — especially Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), the largest partner of the BJP in the NDA.

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Updated on Jun 17, 2012 11:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Advani camp had swung Mulayam towards Kalam

When Ram Gopal Yadav’s statement supporting Pranab Mukherjee’s presidential candidature flashed across TV channels on Friday evening, Mamata Banerjee was nursing hopes that the SP won’t do a U-turn on their publicly announced nominee Kalam. Sunita Aron & Saubhadra Chatterji report.

Updated on Jun 17, 2012 01:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySunita Aron & Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi/lucknow

Cautious Cong goes easy on Didi

Wary of Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's wavering moves, the Congress does not want to burn its bridges with the Trinamool Congress, and hopes that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will eventually agree to its choice of the presidential candidate.

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Updated on Jun 17, 2012 12:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Pranab versus who?

The official announcement confirming finance minister Pranab Mukherjee as the UPA’s presidential candidate finally came on Friday, immediately drawing support from different political parties. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Saubhadra Chatterji report. I accept the offer with humility: Pranab | Minister, troubleshooter now Prez candidate

Updated on Jun 16, 2012 08:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

‘Revealed Prez list with Sonia nod’

Reacting to criticism over the disclosure of names of presidential candidates, which were discussed in an exclusive meeting with Sonia Gandhi, the Trinamool Congress said that its chief — Mamata Banerjee — had done it with the approval of the Congress president.

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Updated on Jun 15, 2012 12:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cong rejects TMC-SP choices, turns Left for support

Mamata Banerjee's already tenuous partnership with the Congress appeared more fragile than ever, when she insisted that former president APJ Abdul Kalam was her choice as the presidential candidate. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Saubhadra Chatterji report. Doing the math | Party positions | Kalam our choice: Mamata

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Updated on Jun 15, 2012 11:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Want moratorium, not bailout package, Mamata tells UPA

Adding to the woes of the Congress in the crucial run-up to the Presidential poll, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee toughened her stand on the demand for a three-year moratorium on interest repayment on the state’s debt. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Jun 14, 2012 12:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sonia, Mamata meet today as UPA closer to naming nominee

Presidential poll consultations within the UPA are set to move to the next level, with Mamata Banerjee's scheduled meeting with Sonia Gandhi today indicating that the alliance may finally come out with specific names. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. Didi in Delhi

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Updated on Jun 13, 2012 08:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Before Prez polls, Centre offers sops to Bengal

With the Presidential poll round the corner, the Centre on Monday reportedly offered a slew of sops to the debt-ridden West Bengal government — led by UPA’s maverick ally Trinamool Congress.

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Updated on Jun 11, 2012 11:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Last-min TMC letter holds up pension bill decision

A late Wednesday evening letter from Trinamool Congress leader and railway minister Mukul Roy to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee derailed the pension fund bill at the union cabinet meeting on Thursday. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

Updated on Jun 08, 2012 09:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Now, certificates for visually-impaired

A few months ago, when Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar handed over a certificate of participation to a visually impaired student on a study visit to Parliament, she faced an innocent but important question: “But how will I read this certificate?”

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Updated on Jun 07, 2012 12:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Govt hikes funds for key social schemes

To focus on quality, instead of quantity; housing, toilet schemes main beneficaries of hike

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Updated on Jun 07, 2012 02:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Prasad Nichenametla Prasad Nichenametla, New Delhi

Hit by paralysis charge, govt for pension reforms

A day after partymen raised a stink over the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) alleged policy paralysis at the Congress working committee meeting, the government moved to put amendments to the pension bill — one of the reform measures that had been hit by coalition politics — at Thursday’s cabinet meeting.

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Updated on Jun 06, 2012 01:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Govt to try pension reforms again

A day after partymen raised a stink over the UPA’s alleged policy paralysis at the CWC meeting, the govt moved to make amendments to the pension bill — one of the reforms measures that had been hit by coalition politics — at Thursday’s cabinet meeting. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. Stop, watch, go

Updated on Jun 06, 2012 09:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Economy revival roadmap key agenda at CWC meet

After the GDP growth rate plunged to 5.3% in the January-March quarter and the Opposition crying foul over alleged policy paralysis of the UPA, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) is set to devote a considerable time to discuss the future economic roadmap for the country, when it meets on Monday.

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Updated on Jun 03, 2012 12:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

BJD chief suspends mentor Mohapatra

Cracking the whip on party leaders, who allegedly tried to overthrow his government, Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik suspended five leaders, including his one-time mentor Pyari Mohan Mohapatra and two ministers. Priya Ranjan Sahu and Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Jun 02, 2012 01:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPriya Ranjan Sahu and Saubhadra Chatterji, Bhubaneswar/new Delhi

Pranab pins hopes on tax norms, FII inflows

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told HT just after the sharply lower GDP figures for the latest quarter were announced on Thursday that two important measures had been taken during the last two days to help bring the momentum back.

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Updated on Jun 01, 2012 12:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A stronger Menon back to develop naxal-hit Bastar

Weeks after his release from Maoist clutches, the undeterred collector returns to finish the projects he had launched.

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Updated on May 30, 2012 01:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Sukma

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
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