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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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All parliamentary panels to get going

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.

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Updated on Sep 14, 2011 01:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, New Delhi

PM, Pranab away at the same time

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.

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Updated on Sep 13, 2011 12:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Multi-party group to visit Nepal soon

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.

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Updated on Sep 11, 2011 11:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Jayanth Jacob, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi calls for intensified campaign on flagship programmes

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.

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Updated on Sep 10, 2011 10:39 PM IST
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Another stormy session ends

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

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Updated on Sep 09, 2011 01:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Mamata might pay a visit to Bangladesh later this year

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.

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Updated on Sep 06, 2011 11:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

To put fare hike on track, Rlys mull fuel-linked plan

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

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Updated on Sep 05, 2011 02:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Jyoti Basu had doubts about Karat's skills

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.

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Updated on Sep 05, 2011 12:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Prez accepts justice Sen's resignation

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.

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Updated on Sep 05, 2011 02:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNagendar Sharma and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

'Mulayam wanted to topple UPA-1'

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.

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Updated on Sep 04, 2011 12:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

James Bond, Railways new brand ambassador

The famous chase sequence in the latest James Bond movie will delight Indian fans as the super spy will be fighting the villain on the roof of an Indian train somewhere in Goa, before the train falls into a sea.

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Updated on Sep 03, 2011 02:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

PM reminds ministers to declare their assets

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sent a second reminder to his ministerial colleagues to disclose their assets and liabilities in time.

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Updated on Aug 29, 2011 11:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Idea of poll reforms impractical: Parties

Before Anna Hazare can get on his next mission of electoral reforms, parties have expressed reservation about the social activist’s new demands. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. Should citizens have the right to recall their MPs?

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Updated on Aug 30, 2011 02:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

'Anna should show respect to House, end fast'

Anna Hazare’s insistence on going ahead with his fast despite appeal from the Prime Minister hasn’t gone down well with a section of the civil society. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Aug 26, 2011 11:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

UPA set to downsize anti-reforms brigade for economic growth

With the second-generation reforms pegged as a crucial tool to boost economic growth, the second UPA is trying to remove various bottlenecks.

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011 12:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Let's talk, PM tells Team Anna

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struck a conciliatory note towards Anna Hazare on Saturday, emphasising that the government was open to "discussion and dialogue" with the social activist who is on an indefinite fast to demand introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament. Saubhadra Chatterji and Aloke Tikku report.

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Updated on Aug 21, 2011 09:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Aloke Tikku, New Delhi

Govt isolated as DMK, Trinamool keep off Anna

Key UPA allies including, Trinamool Congress and NCP, shunned the Congress while the coalition government received flak both inside and outside Parliament on Monday over the Anna Hazare issue.

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Updated on Aug 18, 2011 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Oppn eyes PAC spot; might spell disaster for govt

In a move that may add to the woes of the UPA government, the opposition parties are trying to get one of their members elected to the parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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Updated on Aug 18, 2011 12:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Refusing to leave jail, Anna holds government hostage

The televised arrest of Anna Hazare and his refusal to leave Tihar Jail after the government decided to release him may turn out to be yet another setback for the Congress-led UPA coalition, fighting a perception battle and beleaguered by a series of corruption scandals. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Saubhadra Chatterji & Nagendar Sharma report. From Mayur Vihar to Tihar | Road ahead | Unfolding action | Lokpal bites | Debate and vote* One arrest unites thousands* Indian students in US bat for Hazare* Graft fight to spill over to Wednesday* Anna's village furious over sudden arrest* Someone else is funding campaign for Hazare: Sibal

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Updated on Aug 17, 2011 07:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi, Saubhadra Chatterji & Nagendar Sharma, New Delhi

MPs to get swanky, hi-tech apartments soon

The House Committee of the Parliament has approved an urban development ministry proposal to demolish the existing two-storey buildings on North and South Avenue and replace them with swanky, hi-tech three-storey apartments. Life in politics

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Updated on Aug 14, 2011 02:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji & Moushumi Das Gupta, New Delhi

Congress taps BSP, SP to thwart oppn move

As opposition leaders gear up to revive the 2G spectrum scam in the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Congress members have decided to launched a multi-pronged strategy to thwart their move.

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Updated on Aug 14, 2011 02:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cong not to drop ministers on a hunch

The Congress has taken a U-turn from its earlier policy of dropping ministers in the wake of alleged scams against them. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Aug 11, 2011 11:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Govt wants outsider to head AI, more heads set to roll

More heads are set to roll in the top management of the ailing Air India, apart from its CMD Arvind Jadhav. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Aug 09, 2011 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Manmohan hints at Left link again

Talking about the US debt crisis and the domestic political situation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh surprised a delegation of Left parliamentarians on Monday by indicating a wish to revisit his relations with them. Saubhadra Chatterji reports.

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Updated on Aug 09, 2011 12:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Antony first among equals in Cong quartet

A party in which all authority derives from the Gandhi family, how close a leader is to the family matters. The reason why, the appointment of a four-member panel to "look after all matters related to the Congress party" by Congress president Sonia Gandhi during her absence has prompted various analyses within the party.

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Updated on Aug 06, 2011 02:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

PM intervenes to settle railways-I&B office dispute

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had to step in to resolve a renewed office space row in parliament building between the railway and the information and broadcasting ministers on Wednesday.

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Updated on Aug 03, 2011 11:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MPs told to push key reforms bills

Keen to push the reforms agenda, top Congress managers on Tuesday asked party MPs to work toward the passage of key bills stalled in the parliamentary standing committee on finance. The committee is headed by BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

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Updated on Aug 03, 2011 01:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Mamata raises pitch against Pranab, asks PM for funds

Raising the pitch against finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's direct intervention for the financial bail-out package for West Bengal.

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Updated on Aug 01, 2011 12:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Time not right for PM to visit Pakistan, feels govt

Two invitations in less than six months for Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan, but senior leaders in the Congress and government are of the view that the time is just not ripe for a prime ministerial visit. Saubhadra Chatterji & Jayanth Jacob report. Major issues between India and Pakistan

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Updated on Jul 31, 2011 02:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Jayanth Jacob, New Delhi

Somnath backs Kalmadi’s plea to attend parliament

Former CWG Organising Committee chief and Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi’s plea to allow him to attend Parliament’s monsoon session on Saturday received support from former speaker of Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee.

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Updated on Jul 30, 2011 11:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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