Atal Bihari Vajpayee: News

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the senior-most leader and founder of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a three-time former Prime Minister of India, and a Hindi poet par excellence. An RSS Pracharak since youth, Vajpayee joined its political arm, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), in 1951, entering the Lok Sabha in 1957 from the Balrampur constituency. Vajpayee emerged as an eloquent orator who could convey his thoughts with great force and grace at the same time. He was the President of BJS from 1968 to 1972. Along with other opposition leaders, he too was imprisoned by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the Emergency (1975-77). Vajpayee became the Foreign Minister of India during the Janata Party government from 1977 to 1979. In 1980, Vajpayee, along with other former BJS colleagues, formed the BJP with him as its first President from 1980 to 1986. Vajpayee became the Prime Minister of India three times: in 1996, 1998-99, and 1999-2004. Highlights of his Prime Ministership include the 1998 Nuclear tests, the 1999 Kargil War victory, the Golden Quadrilateral, and rapid economic growth. He was bestowed with the Bharat Ratna in 2015. Vajpayee passed away in 2018 in Delhi.

29 Jan 2019

Indira Gandhi

George Fernandes, former Defense Minister, dies at 88

Former Defense Minister George Fernandes passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88. He was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and had contracted swine flu recently.

21 Jan 2019

Narendra Modi

PM Modi to inaugurate 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow inaugurate the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi.

03 Jan 2019

Lalu Prasad Yadav

Case filed against Anupam Kher's 'The Accidental Prime Minister'

Anupam Kher's upcoming movie The Accidental Prime Minister has landed in a soup after a case was filed against it in a Bihar court on Wednesday.

31 Dec 2018


#Thatwas2018: Remembering the Indian gems whom we lost this year

This year, we mourned far too many times.

25 Dec 2018

Narendra Modi

Vajpayee's memorial, Sadaiv Atal, inaugurated on his 94th birth anniversary

Sadaiv Atal, a memorial of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was dedicated to the nation today on his 94th birth anniversary.

25 Dec 2018


#AtalBihariVajpayee: His poems are our guiding light now

Life is a work in progress. Where it ends, death starts. All your life, you step towards death, inch by inch.

25 Dec 2018

Narendra Modi

PM Modi inaugurates Bogibeel bridge, India's longest rail-cum-road bridge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge in Assam today, in a bid to commemorate the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the man who commenced the project.

24 Dec 2018

Narendra Modi

Rs. 100 commemorative coin released on eve of Vajpayee's birth-anniversary

On the eve of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 94th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a Rs. 100 commemorative coin in the memory of the former premier.

20 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha proceedings disrupted for seventh consecutive working day

The proceedings of the Lok Sabha were disrupted for the seventh consecutive working day today, amid sparring between Opposition and treasury benches on the Rafale jet issue.

13 Dec 2018


New Rs. 100 coin to be released in Vajpayee's honor

According to an official statement, a Rs. 100 coin bearing the image of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is slated to be launched soon, in honor of the late BJP stalwart.

12 Dec 2018

Jyotiraditya Scindia

Outgoing-CM Chouhan uses Vajpayee's famous poem to express emotions

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tendered his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel on Wednesday saying 'he was free' now.

08 Dec 2018

Triple Talaq

#WinterSession: Triple Talaq on NDA's agenda; Rafale, CBI on opposition's

In the last winter session of the Parliament, before the country goes to polls in 2019, the NDA government is hoping to push the Triple Talaq Bill.

07 Dec 2018


#Train18: Launch date, route, features of India's first engine-less train

Train 18, the first engine-less train in India, is set to become the country's fastest after breaching the 180kmph mark during a test run on the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section.

05 Dec 2018

Narendra Modi

Modi to inaugurate India's longest railroad bridge on December 25

PM Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the Bogibeel Bridge, India's longest railroad bridge, in Assam this month.

19 Nov 2018


Maharashtra Assembly starts winter session by paying tributes to Vajpayee

The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on August 16 this year, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis describing him as a multi-faceted personality who believed in uniting minds.

12 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister likely to hold condolence meeting for Ananth Kumar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair a special meeting of the Union Cabinet today to condole the demise of senior minister Ananth Kumar, official sources said.

12 Nov 2018


Union Minister Ananth Kumar dies at 59, condolences follow

In a tragic incident, senior BJP leader and cabinet minister HN Ananth Kumar died on Monday at 2 in the morning.

30 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Society needs to understand importance of human rights: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed on the importance of human rights and inculcating them into practice, saying it is the very basis of his government's 'Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas' principle.

19 Sep 2018

Yogi Adityanath

Kumbh Mela: UP to build roads, name them after Vajpayee

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has said every urban local body in UP will develop an attractive road that will be named as the "Atal Gaurav Path" after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

15 Sep 2018


UP govt to set up special research centers in universities

To maintain the quality of higher education and provide a conducive environment for research work, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up special research centers in universities, Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma said.

04 Sep 2018


BJP leader slammed for attacking Odisha govt at Vajpayee tribute

BJP legislature party leader in Odisha, KV Singhdeo, courted a controversy today when he criticized the Naveen Patnaik-led government in the state while making obituary references in the Assembly.

02 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Discipline is branded 'autocracy' these days, says PM Modi

Praising Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu's disciplinarian nature, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said these days discipline is branded as autocracy in the country.

01 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

India Post Payments Bank launched: Details here

On Saturday, at an event in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) in a bid to boost banking services in rural areas, and promote further financial inclusion.

30 Aug 2018


HRD Ministry introduces Atal ranking for institutions to promote innovation

To promote a culture of innovation and research in higher education in India, the Union government has introduced Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA), Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced today.

27 Aug 2018


BJP to launch MP poll campaign at 'Mahakumbh' next month

The BJP would launch its campaign for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls at a convention to be held in Bhopal on September 25.

27 Aug 2018


Manmohan Singh advises Modi against wiping out Nehru's legacy

Amid reports that BJP-led Centre plans to set up a museum for all Prime Ministers in the Teen Murti Complex, former PM Dr Mamohan Singh has written a strong worded letter to his successor Narendra Modi asking him to not wipe away Jawaharlal Nehru's legacy.

26 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu

Vajpayee's ashes immersed in Bay of Bengal in Chennai

The ashes of former Prime Minister and BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee were immersed in the Bay of Bengal today, in the presence of top leaders of the BJP's Tamil Nadu unit.

26 Aug 2018

Narendra Modi

#MannKiBaat: PM Modi mentions Kerala, triple talaq, Asian games

PM Narendra Modi in the 47th episode of radio show 'Mann Ki Baat' said the nation stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Kerala, congratulated lawmakers on a productive monsoon session.

25 Aug 2018


UN Chief describes Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an 'exemplary statesman'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an "exemplary statesman" during his visit to India's Permanent Mission to the UN to offer his condolences to the late BJP leader.

23 Aug 2018


Aurangabad: AIMIM-corporator, who opposed resolution for Vajpayee's tribute, jailed

AIMIM corporator Sayyed Mateen Rashid was arrested by Aurangabad police and sent to judicial custody for one year.

23 Aug 2018


Rajasthan: Vajpayee's achievements to be included in school curriculum

Milestones achieved during the regime of the former Prime Minister and BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be included in school textbooks in Rajasthan from the next academic session, state Education Minister Vasudev Devnani said today.

22 Aug 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Ex J&K CM Farooq Abdullah heckled during Eid prayers

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah was reportedly heckled during Eid prayers at a mosque in Srinagar.

22 Aug 2018

Pakistan News

Shatrughan Sinha defends Navjot Singh Sidhu on hug controversy

Under attack for hugging Pakistan's Army Chief, Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu received support from BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha who said Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi had hugged their Pakistani counterparts during their visits to that country.

22 Aug 2018

Narendra Modi

PM, Shah hand urns with Vajpayee's ashes to party chiefs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leaders handed urns with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ashes to party presidents from across the country at a function in New Delhi today.

21 Aug 2018


Maharashtra to set-up study chairs in 13 varsities after Vajpayee

Maharashtra government will set up a study chair in the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in each of the 13 universities in the state, the state Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar announced.

21 Aug 2018


Goa: Vajpayee's ashes to be immersed in Zuari, Mandovi rivers

The ashes of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be immersed in the Mandovi and Zuari rivers of Goa on August 24, a senior BJP official said today.

21 Aug 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan's new Foreign Minister extends hand of friendship to India

Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi extended the hand of friendship to India after taking the oath, by offering uninterrupted dialogue to resolve all the outstanding issues, saying it's the only wise course as the two countries cannot afford any adventurism.

20 Aug 2018


Jharkhand govt to include Vajpayee's life, thoughts in school curriculum

Jharkhand government decided to include life and thoughts of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the school curriculum, CM Raghubar Das said in Ranchi.

20 Aug 2018

Social Media

UP: 2 booked for sharing obscene audio about Vajpayee

Two persons in UP's Bahraich were booked for allegedly sharing an obscene audio clip about former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on social media following which one of them was arrested, police said today.

20 Aug 2018

Madhya Pradesh

Now, MP schools will teach about Atal Bihari Vajpayee

On Saturday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the life of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be made a part of the school curriculum from the next academic session.

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