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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Eyes moist, heavy voice: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was helpless after meeting 10 Kashmiri Pandits

Former IAS officer Jarnail Singh writes in his book 'With Four Prime Ministers' about the meeting former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had with Kashmiri Pandits.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ASEAN summit in Bangkok. | Photo: ANI

To cut cost, PM Modi cuts size of his personal staff by almost 50%, PMO by at least 15%  

The reduction of staff strength has come at the PM's residence-cum-office at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, and the PMO. Personal staff include peons and clerical employees.
A minor fire broke out at the SPG reception area, PM Modi's residence not affected | ANI Twitter

Minor fire breaks out at PM’s house complex, Modi’s residence and office unaffected

The PMO said a minor fire broke out at 9, Lok Kalyan Marg in the SPG reception area. It was caused by a short circuit.
File photo of PK Sinha, principal advisor to the prime minister. | Commons

Modi’s advisor P.K. Sinha doesn’t have a rank even 2 months after joining PMO

P.K. Sinha’s colleagues in the PMO — Principal Secretary P.K. Mishra and NSA Ajit Doval — were both given cabinet ranks earlier this year.
PM Modi with Shri Nripendra Misra, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Dr. P.K. Mishra

PMO defines work areas for Ajit Doval, PK Mishra and PK Sinha

The PMO order states NSA Doval will look into all matters relating to national security and policy matters ⁠— except appointments.
File image of Narenda Modi | @MannKiBaat_PMO/Twitter

Modi PMO studying plan to have ‘sectoral secretaries’ for better management of ministries

Sectoral secretaries will be put in charge of liaising with groups of related ministries on policy issues. They’ll report directly to the PM.
PM Modi with Shri Nripendra Misra, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Dr. P.K. Mishra

Why Modi has created a new ‘super power centre’ in his PMO

Modi govt gives cabinet berth to Ajit Doval, Nripendra Misra and P.K. Mishra. Retired and serving officers say it's a ‘strong message’ to bureaucracy.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security at his residence in New Delhi | PTI

Govt spent Rs 393 crore on PM Modi, council of ministers travel in last 5 years

An RTI response said the bulk of the foreign and domestic travel expenses were incurred in 2014-2015.
Jagmohan Singh Raju | YouTube

Dalit IAS officer accuses top PMO official of caste bias, says he fears for his life

IAS officer Jagmohan Singh Raju alleges he’s still two ranks below his 1985 batchmates due to discrimination from P.K. Mishra, addl principal secy to the PM.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images

India is hoping for a stable govt post-Lok Sabha polls, but bureaucrats not so much

Bureaucrats are unanimous in their conclusion about five years of this govt: Modi is following Indira Gandhi’s model of committed bureaucracy.   

On Camera

People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.

Covid-19 Battle: Are Indian chief ministers measuring up or need strong central oversight?

PM Modi held a video conference with all chief ministers Thursday to take stock of the situation arising out of the Covid-19 health emergency.

Defence

The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.