rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » Manmohan Singh turns 80 today

Manmohan Singh turns 80 today

September 26, 2012 12:55 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh turned 80 on Wednesday.
 
Dr Singh, who has so far shied away from birthday celebrations, has a busy today. He will  be attending a function where he would give away the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awards and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research awards on the organisation''s 70th Foundation Day function.
 
The workaholic prime minister is, however, faced with intense pressure from the opposition parties over a slew of reforms announced by the United Progressive Alliance government led by him.
 
Dr Singh has also lost the support of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, which has withdrawn its support over the move to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, a cap on the number of LPG gas and diesel price hike.
 
A confident prime minister last week justified the recent economic reforms, saying no government likes to impose burdens on the common man.
 
Born on September 26, 1932, Dr Singh is the 13th and current prime minister of India. A renowned economist, he is the only prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to return to power after completing a full five-year term, and the first Sikh to hold the office.

Source: ANI