Saubhadra Chatterji is Deputy Political Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on both politics and policies.
Articles by Saubhadra Chatterji
The role of the CAG and alleged differences in its 2G audit hit the centrestage of Parliament's public accounts committee (PAC) meeting on Monday.
Both the UPA and opposition members want to rake up the 2G spectrum scam at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting scheduled for Monday, even as the panel plans to discuss the Commonwealth Games scam.
Hit by mounting losses and high debts, private airlines have asked the government to allow them to raise fares.Saubhadra Chatterji reports. Just about staying afloat
With Anna Hazare's civil society movement, which at its height had rejected politicians of all shades, turning into a scorching political onslaught against the Congress in the Hisar LS by-poll, the ruling party is trying to take a balanced approach to tackle Team Anna on political turf. Saubhadra Chatterji & Devendra Uppal report. Blowing hot and cold
Updated on Oct 09, 2011 02:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Devendra Uppal, New Delhi/hisar
Amid concern over the widespread protests in parts of Andhra Pradesh, the UPA brass engaged in hectic parleys here on Saturday to defuse the Telangana crisis. Top Congress sources told HT that this consultation process would continue and the party was yet to arrive at a possible solution. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
A 20-km proposed railway track between Agartala and Bangladesh's Akhaura that would effectively connect Kolkata with Tripura and reduce the distance almost by two-third stands on a sticky ground over land acquisition issues.
Updated on Oct 02, 2011 01:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Jayanth Jacob, New Delhi
When finance minister Pranab Mukherjee rushed down from Washington DC to New York to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 25, did he offer to resign? Saubhadra Chatterji reports. Sonia's appeal broke the logjam | Read the note| War of words between BJP and Congress
The UPA government has prepared its defense before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), which wants to know why the 2G inter-ministerial note involving home minister P Chidambaram's role, was not given to the panel.
After a gap of more than two years, CPM regained entry in Rail Bhawan, the headquarters of Indian Railway, on Wednesday. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
During his five-day long US visit last week, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee received a tighter security cover by the US homeland security as it assessed threats from Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) and Lashkar-e-Toiba supporters against him. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), probing telecom policies including the 2G allocation, will ask Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), finance and three other ministries to give written undertakings that they have submitted all relevant documents to related to the 2G issue to the committee. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Iran, continuing with the efforts to reset bilateral relations cold since India’s 2005 vote against it in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Varghese K George and Saubhadra Chatterji report.
Updated on Sep 24, 2011 11:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVarghese K George and Saubhadra Chatterji, New York
While the agenda was to woo investors and talk about global economic challenges, Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is spending considerable time on the US soil talking about domestic corruption issues and related civil society movement. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
While the oil exploration issue was already straining its ties with China, India is now worried about its neighbour cosying up to Europe with its strategy of bailing out crisis-hit euro zone nations. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived in New York on Wednesday banking on India's reforms and growth potential to seek investments amid international apprehensions about the global economy. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
New Delhi will ask stronger European economies like Germany or France to collectively introduce a financial package to wriggle the euro zone out of its current crisis. At the same time, it will also like to see commitments from the trouble-makers like Greece and Portugal to adhere to strict financial discipline and introduce reforms. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has recommended raising the annual income bar of Other Backward Classes (OBC) creamy layer from the existing Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 9 lakh. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has cracked the whip to curb misleading advertisements through a new regulatory mechanism. Making clear that it wants a speedy implementation, the PMO also asked the consumers affairs ministry to prepare the first draft of the mechanism in a month. Saubhadra Chatterji and Sanjib Kr Baruah report.
Updated on Sep 17, 2011 01:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Sanjib Kr Baruah, New Delhi
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's unpredictable nature has again hit finance minister Pranab Mukherjee: the minister failed to get a particular IAS officer from Bengal for his North Block office as Banerjee shot down his request citing shortage of officers in her administration. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
Former telecom minister A Raja (DMK), former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda (Independent) and Suresh Kalmadi of Congress - the Lok Sabha MPs currently in Tihar Jail facing corruption charges - have temporarily lost their places in the Parliamentary standing committees.
After a delay of two weeks, all the parliamentary standing committees, including the ones that are examining the Lokpal and Land Acquisition Bills, are set to be reconstituted on Wednesday. Saubhadra Chatterji and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi report.
Updated on Sep 14, 2011 01:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, New Delhi
The third week of this month is set for a rare spectacle in the UPA administration: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the cabinet's number two - finance minister Pranab Mukherjee - will be out of the country at the same time. Incidentally, both will be in the US for official engagements. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
A top Indian political delegation comprising leaders from four major parties is set to meet the newly-elected government in Nepal later this week. Nepal is now run by Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai. Saubhadra Chatterji and Jayanth Jacob report.
Updated on Sep 11, 2011 11:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Jayanth Jacob, New Delhi
After the return of party chief Sonia Gandhi from hospital, a rejuvenated Congress signaled an intensified campaign against the BJP-led opposition. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
Another unsuccessful Parliament session for the government came to an end on Thursday. The UPA allotted 26 working days for the session and conceded more time on opposition-sponsored debates. Parliament monsoon session 2011
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has indicated that she may go to Dhaka later this year accepting a pending invitation from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, after refusing to accompany Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his Dhaka tour, that kicked off on Tuesday. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
As the railways ministry braces to hike passenger fares after a decade, it may introduce a flexible increase in sleeper and 3-tier AC classes, linking it to the fluctuations in fuel prices. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. What ministers did
Former West Bengal chief minister and CPM veteran Jyoti Basu had concerns about the abilities of Prakash Karat before he was slated to take over the reins of the party, a US diplomatic cable claimed.
Barely a few hours before the Lok Sabha was to take up the impeachment motion against Calcutta high court judge justice Soumitra Sen on Monday, the President on Sunday evening signed the notification accepting his resignation. Nagendar Sharma and Saubhadra Chatterji report.
Updated on Sep 05, 2011 02:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNagendar Sharma and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi
In a chat with a US embassy Poloff (political officer) on December 3, 2004, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said Mulayam Singh Yadav asked DMK, (the then third largest UPA partner) to withdraw support.