Pranab Dhal Samanta

Articles By Pranab Dhal Samanta

Teething troubles: Appointments of PMO official, PS to ministers on hold

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth is learnt to have sent such a list to the PMO.

One China? What about One India policy: Sushma Swaraj to Wang Yi

It’s learnt that this came up in the context of dealing with sensitive issues during the bilateral conversation between both leaders on Sunday.

The East Asia window

The emphatic election mandate for Modi and political uncertainty in the region have created opportunities for India.

Narendra Modi picks Bhutan for first foreign visit, official team to leave tomorrow to work out logistics

It has been reliably learnt that an official team will be leaving for Thimphu on Friday to set up the visit and work out the relevant logistics.

No more English, Modi chooses Hindi for talks with foreign leaders

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke in English during his bilateral meeting with Modi.

After Beijing, Tokyo calling: Welcome Modi, seal deal

Shinzo Abe says will confirm trilateral cooperation with US on Modi visit.

Narendra Modi goes for Gujarat experiment at Centre, empowers PMO on ‘all important policy issues’

In Gujarat such a system had helped bring about predictability and uniformity in policy.

No non-political faces yet, no boats rocked

The helm of the government, beginning with the PM himself, for the first time comprises leaders who have never held a portfolio in the CCS.

Whose decision is it anyway

The cabinet system of governance was eroded in UPA’s tenure. Modi’s challenge will be to restore credibility of its key decision-making bodies.

CBI put pressure, said defer top job interview: PSU board to Cab Sec

The board decided to bring the matter to the notice of the Cabinet Secretary because it felt the CBI had not followed proper procedure.

Govt rejects Chandra panel proposal for a four-star general

The 309 recommendations that have been accepted largely relate to policy priorities.

Day after Telangana vote, Polavaram SPV cleared

Government sources insisted the move was a regular administrative decision that was necessary to execute the provisions of the Act.

UP’s hardened caste lines

Assertive BJP looks at its best performance in years, but local caste equations can limit its strides.

Modi, Mulayam Mayawati: three political bigwigs battle it out in Uttar Pradesh

With western UP showing a BJP trend, Mulayam, unlike Mayawati, has entered the field himself to check the wave in the east.

PMO begins work on President’s Parliament speech for next govt

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has instructed his key aides to record as much as possible in writing and on file.

China says no to Arunachal youth in India delegation, minister says let’s call off trip

Youth Affairs Minister Jitendra Singh has shot off a strongly worded letter to External Affairs Minister asking him to cancel the trip.

India to pay Russia for arms, ammo it sells to Afghanistan

India, is committed to provide arms and ammunition to strengthen the Afghan National Army.

‘It is for the people of India to decide who should be their next PM, and we will willingly engage with the government’

In his first interaction with the Indian media since taking over as Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, a career diplomat, hopes talks between the two countries renew at the earliest, without any conditions.

Pakistan bike-snatchers turned terrorists for IM’s ‘jihad lite’

The duo have identified Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal as their handler Daniyal, also codenamed Tausif.

RAW instrumental in grabbing key Indian Mujahideen leaders

The certainty of this plot was established after RAW, India’s external intelligence agency, made successful inroads into the network.