At a time when Parliament is facing repeated disruptions in the Budget session, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Saturday said that passage of any bill in the din is "failure of Parliament" and trooping into the well of the House is an expression of anger, not dissent.
After Congress members cried foul over "leakage" of Railway Budget to media, Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari said the matter needs to be looked into to ascertain if norms of official secrecy were infringed upon but rejected Breach of Privilege notices.
In the backdrop of speculations that Kerala Governor Shiela Dikshit may be shifted to Nagaland by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, former Delhi chief minister met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.
Terming Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh`s ongoing and Vice President Hamid Ansari`s just-concluded China visit as "significant", former union minister Jairam Ramesh said Thursday India needs to "deepen the political dialogue" and that Indian states should engage with provinces in the neighbouring country.
India will pay China over Rs 82 lakh annually for crucial flood data of the Brahmaputra to improve flood forecasting even as the two sides agreed to allow their water experts to conduct study tours on both sides of the river which originates in Tibet.
Ahead of his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said taking bilateral ties to a "new high" is a priority for his government, as he sought India`s support to build a regional economic corridor.
Describing his five-day bilateral visit to China as fruitful and productive, Vice President Hamid Ansari has said that the Chinese leadership is keen to establish personal-level contacts with India`s new leadership.
India and China today released the first encyclopedia on their age-old cultural contacts, tracing back their history to over 2,000 years, starting from the visit of Chinese scholar Huen Tsang to India in the 7th century to bring Buddhist scriptures to China.
India on Saturday flagged its concerns to top Chinese leadership over Beijing`s new feasibility study launched to build a rail link between Pakistan and China through PoK and the ballooning trade deficit.
China on Tuesday made a strong pitch for a "new architecture" of Asia-Pacific security cooperation along with India, Myanmar and others as it targeted the US on the Iraq imbroglio, saying any attempt to oust the legitimate regime of a country through illegal means should be opposed.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari gathered in Beijing Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Panchsheel agreement enunciating the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
Reacting strongly to reports that China has in its recent map shown Arunachal Pradesh as its territory, India on Saturday said "cartographic depiction" does not change reality on the ground and asserted that Arunachal was an integral part of the country.
India and China have to narrow down differences and build on convergences by exploiting the potential of Panchsheel, the five principles of peaceful coexistence propounded by the two countries along with Myanmar in 1954, Vice President Hamid Ansari said Saturday.
Vice President Hamid Ansari will embark on a five-day visit to China from Thursday to attend events marking the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel treaty signed between the two countries in 1954 in Beijing.