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US wanted Montek Ahluwalia to be FM instead of Pranab during UPA rule: Natwar Singh

Two days after cautioning India against uniting with the US against China, former external affairs minister Natwar Singh on Friday revealed that the US did try to interfere in matters related to India's domestic politics during United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule.

Fitch's India upgrade reflects better fundamentals: Montek

Enthused by upgrade of India's credit outlook to stable from negative by global rating agency Fitch, Plan Panel Deputy Chairman Montek Ahluwalia on Wednesday said it reflects strengthening of basic fundamentals of economy and hoped further improvement in coming months.

Good economics can be good politics, says Montek Ahluwalia

Pursuing good economic practices is not always easy politically, but anyone who thinks it is impossible may be "damming the country", Planning Commission Deputy Montek Singh Ahluwalia said Thursday.

India has all requirements to return to 8% growth: Montek

India's leading economic strategist also stressed that the pace of poverty reduction in the country was within the target set by the government.

Economy to grow at 5.5% in current fiscal,7% in 2013-14:Montek

"It (GDP growth rate) would be somewhere between 5 and 5.5 percent. If everything worked perfectly, I would not rule out seven percent next year (2013-14)", Ahluwalia said in an interview.

Rural development schemes likely to drive `green agenda`

Realising their "immense potential", Government is planning to use rural development schemes like MGNREGA as a vehicle to promote green agenda.

Montek says Rs 35L spent for 2 ‘blocks’ of toilets

Ahluwalia, who had earlier faced criticism over expenditure on his foreign trips, told reporters that expenditure of Rs 35 Lakh is not on two toilets but it is really a "major modernisation of toilet blocks".

Outrage over Rs 35 L spend on Plan Panel toilets

The Plan Panel splurged Rs 35 lakhs on refurbishing two toilets at its headquarters!

Ahluwalia cautions on inter-linking of rivers

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said before inter-basin transfer of water a variety of issues needed to be settled first.

PM should remove Montek from Plan Panel: Mulayam

The Samajwadi Party on Wednesday sought
removal of Montek Singh Ahluwalia from the post of Deputy
Chairman of Planning Commission.

Decision on FDI in retail taken after extensive talks: Montek

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said the government has consulted all stakeholders, including UPA allies, before opening the multi-brand retail to foreign investment.

Ahluwalia awarded Honorary Doctorate

Ahluwalia was conferred the Honoris Causa Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) by the IIT Roorkee management.

Sept qtr GDP growth seen not better than June qtr: Ahluwalia

India's September quarter economic growth is not expected to be better than its previous quarterly growth, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Thursday.

Rural affluence pushing up food prices: Montek

Are rising prices a blessing in disguise? It appears so going by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Ahluwalia`s attribution that rural prosperity is leading to higher food consumption.

Students train egg on Montek to protest inflation

Left leaning students attacked
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia
with eggs and tomatoes to protest the Centre`s "failure" to
check price rise, but the edible missiles missed him.

Nath protests Montek over NHAI bankruptcy report

Irked by reports that the Planning Commission has predicted the National Highways Authority of India will turn bankrupt, an agitated Kamal Nath on Thursday complained to Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Worst may be over: Montek

India`s economy is expected to improve in the coming quarters, plan panel deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Monday, after government data showed the economy grew faster than expected in the June quarter.