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Salaries revised in Budget: President, Vice President, governors & MPs get hike
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

In his speech, Jaitley announced that the monthly salary of the President has been increased to Rs 5 lakh, and that of the Vice President and Governors to Rs 4 lakh and 3.5 lakh, respectively, in rectification of an anomaly

Union Budget 2018: After Gujarat, BJP banks on pro-rural Budget
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Presenting the Union Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley used the word farmer 22 times, and agriculture 15 times. Woken up by the relatively tight fight in Gujarat, largely due to the ire of farmers in the state, the party projected the Budget as pro-farmer and pro-poor.

Uma Bharti interview: ‘Energy, innocence… so much is similar between Mowgli and me’
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Union minister explains why she called herself Mowgli, discusses Ganga and Ayodhya issue.

Simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and Assembly: How idea came, what implementation will mean
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Simultaneous polls: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have both pitched strongly for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and the state Assemblies. Commentators have noted in recent weeks that the escalating clamour for “One Nation, One Poll” has coincided with speculation about a snap Lok Sabha election.

Initiate movement for MPs to forego salaries: Varun Gandhi to LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Varun Gandhi said such a voluntary exercise “would send a positive message across the nation regarding the level of sensitivity that we possess as elected representatives.”

President speaks: Disagree without mocking dignity, respect neighbour’s space and rights
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Institutions always more important than individuals located there, said President Ram Nath Kovind.

Padmaavat protest: BJP silent, but two of its states warn against violence
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

“In Uttar Pradesh, its Yogi Raj now, not Jungle Raj. In Yogi Raj, nobody is allowed to take the law and order in their hands,” said Sidharth Nath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister.

BJP takes the split easy: If Shiv Sena was serious, it would have pulled ministers out
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

In Delhi, BJP leaders said their party will not initiate moves for talks, nor would it drop the Sena ministers from the governments.

We want stability in Nagaland; Tripura most crucial: BJP’s Ram Madhav sets targets
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Madhav agreed that of the three Northeast states going to polls, Tripura would be the most crucial for the BJP.

GST rates on 29 items, 54 services cut; return filing to be made simpler
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Council gives in-principle approval for about 40-50 ‘minor’ legal changes in GST-related laws.

BJP: Goa ready to give drinking water, Congress misleading people
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

BJP general secretary Rao said the Karnataka government wants water to be given to different basins. “The Congress has historically taken the wrong position,” he said

Poll-bound karnataka: BJP reins in firebrands to focus on Congress record
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

ontroversial remarks by some BJP leaders in recent past have led to the criticism that the party is reverting to the Hindutva plank, and thereby diverted attention from the “drawbacks” of the state administration, the leadership feels, a source said

Three Supreme Court judges help CJI, four dissenters meet but fail to break the ice, another round today
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Last Friday, Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph called a press conference to question the conduct of the CJI, especially on allocation of cases.

Supreme Court crisis: CJI Dipak Misra meets four dissenting judges, will talk again
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Supreme Court crisis: Attorney General KK Venugopal, had earlier today expressed doubts over whether the crisis has been completely resolved and hoped it would soon be "fully settled". Speaking to PTI, Venugopal had said: “Yes, I think it has not been settled. Let’s hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days.”

Supreme Court crisis: See a political conspiracy, what judges did is unforgivable, says senior RSS leader
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

J Nandakumar, Akhil Bharatiya Sah Boudhik Pramukh of the RSS, in a Facebook post January 13, has slammed the four judges for “poisoning the waters”.

Supreme Court crisis: Back to work but not back to business as usual
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

The Indian Express has learnt that the CJI is not considering the suggestion of convening a full court of all judges of the Supreme Court, and has also not notified any meeting of the collegium so far.

Supreme Court crisis: PM Modi’s Principal Secy Nripendra Misra drops by CJI Dipak Misra’s home
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

SC judges meet: “It was not a structured meeting at all. It was a social meeting. He just wanted to pay a friendly visit to the CJI,” said another government source.

Judges versus CJI: Govt steers clear, BJP says Congress out to politicise crisis
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

A-G says could have been avoided, ministers silent, BJP spokesperson takes a swipe at Opposition

Issues not personal, but institutional, says Justice Kurian
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Justice Joseph, who left for Kerala after the press conference, said he was “hopeful” that the customary Monday meeting of the four judges with the CJI would take place as usual.

Judges vs CJI: Govt cautious, Opposition weighs options, says probe issues
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

The Opposition described the judges’ allegations as “disturbing” and “extremely serious”, with Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying that the points raised by them were “extremely important”.

In North East, BJP banks on projects launched by PM Modi
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

While the party is joining hands with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in Tripura, BJP will rely on intense campaign and the 'trust' Modi enjoys among the electorate in Meghalaya and Nagaland.

Poll bonds more transparent, govt open to other proposals: Arun Jaitley
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Jaitley said the BJP wanted to carry forward the process of electoral reforms and widen the existing system so that 'donations of clean money could be made to political parties in several ways'

Triple talaq: Open to Congress suggestions if ‘reasonable’, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Prasad maintained that the government wanted a debate because it would have given an opportunity for it to explain its position. “Also, the Congress could tell the nation why there was complete support for the Bill in the Lok Sabha and against it in the Rajya Sabha."

Making Hindi official language at UN a solution without a problem, says Shashi Tharoor
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

"What could be the advantage of our leaders speaking in Hindi at the UN? It may help them reach to the TV audience (but) not to any delegate there. It is (also) an expensive effort. What are we gaining?"

Not enough BJP MPs in Lok Sabha, OBC Bill still pending
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

While party leadership is ‘disillusioned’ by ‘irresponsible behaviour’ of members, many MPs blame poor floor coordination for fiasco.

BJP’s fear: spread of Dalit anger beyond Maharashtra
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

The BJP has directed its Maharashtra leadership and the state government to “do everything” to contain the situation.

Govt may agree to send triple talaq Bill to select panel — if Opposition debates it
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Arun Jaitley keen on debate, say BJP MPs after meeting of parliamentary party, accuse Cong of doublespeak

Poll bonds life 15 days, donor name secret but KYC must
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in a statement in Lok Sabha, said electoral bonds can be bought for any value, in multiples of Rs 1,000, Rs 10,000, Rs 1 lakh, Rs 10 lakh or Rs 1 crore.

BJP MPs, leaders rush to catch response of NaMo app survey
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

A special four-member team from BJP’s information technology cells has been working to help ministers and lawmakers upgrade the app, as well as their mobile phones, sources said.

For government projects, Bill eases restrictions around monuments
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said the amendments were brought in the “national interest” and “no private individual or entity will be a beneficiary of this bill”.

Poll bonds life 15 days, donor name secret but KYC must
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Arun Jaitley said the bonds would bring in “substantial and significant amount of transparency” in electoral funding where there is “nil transparency” as of now.

Karnataka BJP election strategy meet: Take up Mahadayi water issue aggressively, says Amit Shah
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

According to sources, Shah directed the state unit to launch a “multi-pronged campaign to channelise the anger of the people against the Congress government in various sectors” and asked them to be “aggressive”, and “intensify the aggression” as the election nears.

There are issues linked to Aadhaar, says BJP MP Sushil Kr Singh
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

"Pension money of millions of senior citizens, handicapped people and women has been blocked. As you age, your thumb impression vanishes."

Meenakshi Lekhi: Medical sector also needs a regulator
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Raising the issue in Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said the private healthcare sector has been unregulated.

Amendments to bankruptcy code passed in Lok Sabha
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Rising NPAs are “legacy problem” of bad loans given during UPA rule, says Arun Jaitley

Confusion, chaos in Shimla: Dhumal, Jairam slogans give BJP observers a headache
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Supporters of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the CM candidate who lost from Sujanpur after shifting from Hamirpur, are not prepared to give up their claim to power. Five-term MLA Jairam Thakur, on the other hand, has emerged front-runner for the post.