Raghvendra Rao


Raghvendra Rao is Senior Assistant Editor. Covers Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Election Commission, Department of Personnel & Training, the Union Cabinet and Lok Sabha.

IIMC prof resigns: ‘Was targeted for backing Vemula, JNU protests’
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

Amit Sengupta, an Associate Professor English Journalism department, quit after an order was issued transferring him to the premier media school's campus in Odisha's Dhenkanal district, which he slammed as a "political decision".

IIMC suspends student for remark against Dalits
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

The Dalit student who lodged a formal complaint in this case has also been suspended for a week from the hostel for having used an expletive against a senior female faculty member.

PM Narendra Modi on Budget 2016: Villages, farmers main focus, will transform common man’s life
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Underlining the government’s resolve to connect every village in the country by road by the year 2019, the PM said that the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana had been given the biggest monetary allocation till date.

JNU premier institute with powerful, alternative voice: Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Asked whether the matter came up for discussion during the Cabinet, Prasad said, "No it was not discussed".

Health, education to top PM Modi’s meeting with council of ministers
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

PM Modi is also likely to review several issues related to Women and Child Development, Social Justice and Empowerment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and Labour and Employment in the meeting.

For India’s fastest train, railways will fence entire route costing around Rs 70 cr
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

“Preventing cattle from entering the tracks on this route is the main worry. The decision to completely fence this route essentially stems from that,” an official said.

Netaji files: How daughter’s Bharat Ratna decision had put govt in a fix
Sun, Jan 24, 2016

In a meeting with Rao, then Cabinet Secretary and Home Secretary discussed whether the announcement should be “withdrawn”.

Lesson from last year: glass roof for Republic Day
Sat, Jan 23, 2016

To enhance the quality of its coverage, DD will deploy dynamic microphones on Rajpath to pick up sounds vehicles, foot movement and orders given by commanding officers.

Every proposal for Cabinet approval should mention its job potential: Govt to Ministries
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

In a latest communication to all Government of India secretaries, Special Secretary (Cabinet) Jai P Prakash stated that all Cabinet notes will now have to "separately" and "clearly" reflect the "Employment Generation Potential" of each proposal.

Govt set to launch new crop insurance scheme
Sun, Jan 10, 2016

Will bring down rate of premium to be paid by farmers, govt will pay the rest; Cabinet clearance likely on January 13

As protests rage outside, Chauhan takes charge at FTII
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

The students of the prestigious institution were on a strike opposing Chauhan's appointment since June 12 last year and called it off on October 28 and returned to the classes.

Thou shalt not photoshop: I&B works on SOP after error
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

The PIB had released the photograph of the PM on December 3, causing flutter on social media, where many parodies of the photograph soon started doing the rounds.

Heads-Up 2016: I&B Ministry – Cinema, campus, censorship
Fri, Jan 01, 2016

As the row dragged on from Chauhan’s appointment in June to a 139-day strike that ended in October, the ministry saw a host of film industry biggies throw their weight behind the students.

To melt FTII ice, govt may bring in ‘CID’ creator
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

B P Singh’s appointment as academic council chief may pave way for Chauhan.

Jaitley listening, Kirti Azad advises Congress how to go about demand
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

Azad was seated on an aisle seat four rows behind Jaitley when the latter dismissed charges raised by the Congress, which had demanded the minister’s resignation and a probe by a joint parliamentary committee.

Jaitley compares how UPA and DDCA spent on stadiums
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

“I just want to say this entire charge is baseless and and completely wrong,” Jaitley said replying to charges levelled by Congress MP K C Venugopal.

Expelled from AAP, MP says CM overreacted
Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Dharam Vira Gandhi, elected from Patiala, was suspended for alleged anti-party activities in August but continues to be an AAP MP in the Lok Sabha.

After Salman Khan acquittal, Kirti Azad asks if deer was driving
Thu, Dec 17, 2015

The Lok Sabha later passed the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill 2015 with a voice vote.

13,500 MW nuclear power by 2020, safety aspect taken care of: Govt
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

The govt allayed apprehensions over the safety aspect of this energy source as the Lok Sabha passed a bill that will allow state-run NPCIL to collaborate with other PSUs in the nuclear field.

Can’t let saboteurs stop dialogue with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

Swaraj also slammed those who had made comments on social media about her wearing a green saree and using Urdu while interacting with the Pakistani media.

If we negate this institution, question mark on democracy: Narendra Modi
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

As an example of laws for the poor getting stuck, Narendra Modi cited one that seeks to enhance salary bonus.

Anglo-Indians nominated to Lok Sabha are now BJP MPs
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

The Anglo Indian MPs, Richard Hay from Kerala and George Baker from West Bengal, were nominated to the Lok Sabha in July this year.

NJAC struck down: MPs unite against judiciary’s ‘slap on the face of the people’
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

The Supreme Court’s decision to struck down the NJAC came under attack from Lok Sabha MPs across party lines.

Government hands over 33 Netaji files to national archives
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

The declassification of the files begins on 23rd January, the 118th birth anniversary of the leader whose disappearance 70 years ago still remains a mystery.

Centre launches ‘Accessible India Campaign’ for the differently-abled
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

The government today launched the “Accessible India Campaign” (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) which seeks to make at least 50 percent of all government buildings in the national capital and all state capitals “fully accessible” for the disabled by July 2018.

Chennai floods: Govt asks all private media houses to release critical and vital information
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

The advisory has stated that “yet it is found necessary to enhance the efforts at informing the public on vital matters concerning the situation, so as to assist them in seeking and finding help whenever and wherever required”.

Intolerance debate: Rajnath draws the party line – and steps across it as well
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Singh wrapped up a two-day discussion in the House on intolerance by extending an olive branch to writers, artists and scientists who have returned their awards in protest over what they called growing acts of intolerance.

Rahul Gandhi questions PM ‘silence’, cites troll attack on Shourie son to make his point
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Participating in the Lok Sabha discussion on intolerance in the country, Rahul said India has been successful because people have had the “space to talk” and have been allowed to be part of every conversation.

No threat to Constitution, assures Venkaiah Naidu while taking a dig at Congress
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

The government also sought to allay fears over a rethink on reservation and the continuance of the word “secular” in the Constitution.

CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani in many controversies but not likely to be ‘cut’ by govt
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Nihalani's “tribute” to the PM, titled “Mera desh hai mahaan, mera desh hai jawan”, was pulled off cinema screens the very next in some places, two days later in some others.

Learn, experiment, transform India: PM Modi tells young IAS officers
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

In a candid interaction with young IAS officers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined that they don't have more than 10 years to learn, do new things and experiment and that whoever makes maximum use of these 10 years will contribute much more for the remaining 20-25 years of service.

Awards public recognition, cherish them: Pranab Mukherjee
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

The President added that "sensitive minds" who get “disturbed by some incidents in society” should express their “disagreement through debate and discussion”.

On National Press day, PCI chief bats to include TV, internet under watchdog’s ambit
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Talking of “constraints” that “shackle” the Press Council of India, its chief Justice (retd) C.K Prasad on Monday talked about the need to expand the Council's ambit by including internet and television within its jurisdiction. Currently, the PCI deals only with the print media.

‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director Kundan Shah to return National Award today
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

Kundan Shah, who received his only national award for the 1983 cult classic, is all set to return it on Thursday in Mumbai along with several others from his fraternity.

Where’s the intolerance? Opp parties must fight politically: Arun Jaitley
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

“Where’s the intolerance? You are the most vibrant democracy in the world. Everybody has a right to speak and live his life his way,” Arun Jaitley said.

Govt fears FTII row may mar Goa film festival
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

The I&B ministry is perturbed by reports that the Film Federation of India may decide not to participate at IFFI.