Manmohan Singh’s 78-member council of ministers finalised

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s new government took shape Wednesday with a 78-member council of ministers, including 33 cabinet ministers and 45 ministers of state, being named after three days of intense negotiations.

Challenges for India’s New Government

In a hall adorned with paintings of battle, an understated economist named Manmohan Singh was sworn in Friday evening as prime minister of India for a second five-year term. His own battle promises to be twofold: how to restore high rates of economic growth at a time of a worldwide downturn and to push for effective government services that reach India’s legions of the poor Read More

Obama congratulates India’s PM Singh

President Barack Obama on Saturday congratulated Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by phone on his swearing in for a second term. Obama “also congratulated India on successfully completing the largest democratic exercise that the world has ever seen, calling it a testament to the strength of India’s democracy,” the White House said in a statement.

Indian PM announces key cabinet posts

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh distributed key cabinet portfolios on Saturday after the Congress party’s resounding victory in national elections. Singh named outgoing foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee, 73, regarded as one of India’s canniest politicians, to the finance ministry to steer the revival of the economy which has slowed as a result of the global financial crisis.More

Manmohan appointed PM,Swearing-in on Friday

Amid hectic lobbying for key Cabinet posts by “pre-poll” UPA constituents, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday met President Pratibha Patil and staked claim to form the new government. The oath-taking ceremony of the new UPA government will be held on Friday (May 22).More

Brown congratulates Manmohan Singh on his re-election as PM

British Premier Gordon Brown has congratulated Manmohan Singh with the election victory of the Congress-led alliance, saying the Indian leader has done a huge amount of work in promoting economic growth and the relief of poverty around the world.More

PM-Patil morning meeting deferred, allies bargaining hard

A meeting slated this morning between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil on government formation was deferred apparently because the list of the Council of Ministers was yet to be finalised.More

BSP, SP offer support to UPA

Sworn enemies, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party, have offered unconditional outside support to the United Progressive Alliance. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had sought her help to form a secular government. “We want to fight communal forces.”More

Manmohan Singh to stake claim to form Govt on Tuesday

Manmohan Singh will stake claim to form the Government on Tuesday. Manmohan Singh along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi will meet the President Pratibha Patil with the letters of support from the UPA’s alliance partners, independents and other parties. The Congress-led UPA alliance has 262 MPs and is still 10 short of achieving the magic figure 272. It seems that UPA will have no problem...

Rahul says Manmohan Singh is pride of Punjab and the country

Amritsar, May 11 (PTI) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today shared the stage for the first time with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a poll rally here, describing him as the “pride of Punjab and the country” who had taken India forward in all spheres. “Manmohan Singh is pride of Punjab and India,” Rahul, who is on his third visit to the state during the current Lok Sabha elections,...
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