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Nirav Modi case: Stung by fraud, govt looks at supervisory failures in banks, RBI
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

PNB fraud case: The virtual heist that companies controlled by diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi appear to have carried out has embarrassed the govt that claims to provide scam-free governance. RBI had described the PNB fraud as “a case of operational risk arising on account of delinquent behaviour by one or more employees of the bank and failure of internal controls”.

Collegium nod for High Court judge’s elevation: Government may ask SC to rethink
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

The Indian Express has learnt that the government, citing “disregard for seniority and regional representation”, may consider returning the recommendation to the Collegium for “reconsideration”.

2014 hope to 2018 realism: Economic Survey story
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Under Arvind Subramanian, the Economic Survey was elevated to an altogether different level as it introduced new concepts such as “Twin Balance Sheet (TBS) problem” and the “JAM agenda” to describe both threats and opportunities in the Indian policymaking arena.

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: 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 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”.

Instant triple talaq Bill deferred, penal clauses offer room for give-and-take
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

After the session concluded, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, offered to agree to the penal provisions in the Bill, provided it is insulated from outside interference and has a mechanism for subsistence allowance.

Eye on rural distress, Centre and states look at MP crop price scheme
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Deficit financing, not procurement, if rates below Minimum Support Price

Shah Bano vs Triple Talaq: A tale of two Congresses
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed every member who had given notice objecting to the introduction of the Bill to speak at the time of its moving. There was no such notice from the Congress.

In eight state polls before 2019’s prize, tests for PM Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Expect regional realignments, sharp divisions in political discourse.

Jats, Marathas and now Patidars: BJP faces challenge from dominant castes
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Though the party scraped through Gujarat, data suggests the BJP suffered electoral setbacks in Patidar-dominant areas of Saurashtra. This brings to the fore the fragility of the BJP’s strategy.

Gujarat elections result: BJP deepens urban support, Congress widens rural reach
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

The BJP’s lead across 99 assembly constituencies amounts to a total of 29.67 lakh votes over Congress.

Gujarat Assembly elections: Congress hopes for 2017 chemistry but it faces an uphill 2012 arithmetic
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

An analysis of 2012 victory margins of BJP and Congress reveal that the incumbents have a much bigger cushion in the form of higher victory margins than their counterparts in the rival Congress.

Alpesh Thakor not bringing many new votes to Congress, even in own seat
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Alpesh Thakor, who has joined the Congress, doesn’t seem to have swung many supporters to the party even in Radhanpur Assembly constituency of Patan district, where he is contesting.

Gujarat elections: Non-Patels weigh their choices, many of them unmoved by quota stir
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

A number of Durbar community members who run autorickshaws from a stand outside an engineering college in Bhavnagar Rural, on the other hand, declare their preference for the Congress.

In sugar belt in south, prices keep farmers happy
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Singh says farmers here are paid about Rs 2,500 a tonne for their standing crop, approximately Rs 350 a tonne for harvesting and another Rs 200 for transportation.

Gujarat elections: Patidar agitation created an illusion, but Congress formula constitutionally impossible, says Amit Shah
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

The BJP govt was sensitive to the fact that the slump in the commodity prices of groundnut and cotton, as well as the inconvenience caused by the GST, was hurting a large section of the population in Gujarat, Shah said.

Amit Shah interview: ‘Gujarat won’t vote on caste, it will vote for vikaswaad’
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

Amit Shah on Gujarat Assembly elections: 'No matter what some people argue, industrial development has happened because of Vibrant Gujarat. GDP figures bear testimony to industrial development.'

NK Singh likely to head 15th Finance Commission
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

The Central government needs to constitute the 15th Finance Commission to recommend the sharing of resources between the Centre and the states as well as among states from the divisible pool for the five years from April 2020 to March 2025

For every temple visit, a sustained BJP attack on Rahul Gandhi
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Apart from countering Rahul’s GST-related attacks and mocking the Congress’s negotiations with new-age leaders such as Hardik Patel, BJP leaders have made Rahul’s temple the target of a consistent attack in the last one month.

As BJP looks east, south, can’t find full-timers
Mon, Oct 30, 2017

For the 1,109 constituencies in West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the party could rope in just 470 full-timers, to work dedicatedly for six months to one year.

Bank cleanup roadmap: Capital infusion first, restructuring later
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

With recapitalisation bonds adding to government equity, banks will have more equity to dilute and raise more capital.

Eye on farmer unrest, govt sheds NDA-I’s cautious line and hikes crop MSP
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

The latest rise in wheat MSP is the highest since the Rs 150-per-quintal hike effected over a decade ago in 2005-06 and 2006-07 during the Congress-led UPA-I government.

For 2019, BJP plans fulltime cadre for each Assembly segment
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

These fulltimers are separate from the over three lakh volunteers who have devoted 15 days to booth-level work over the last one year.

On PM Modi’s Economic Advisory Council table today: Speeding up growth and generating jobs
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor to Ministry of Finance, is slated to present the state of the economy at the first meeting of the EAC-PM chaired by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2017: Molecules of life, captured in 3D
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The use of cryo-electron microscopy, developed separately by the Laureates, allows biomolecules to be frozen mid-movement, and to be portrayed at atomic resolution. This technology, the Nobel Committee said, ‘has moved biochemistry into a new era’.

PM Narendra Modi’s mention in BJP’s resolutions: 191 times, 3 years
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

In fact, references to Modi as Prime Minister are almost three times the number of mentions Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee found in BJP resolutions during the rule of NDA I.

Official proposal: Drop Nehru from Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The proposal also argues that “re-naming” Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan as National Yuva Kendra Sangathan won’t change the acronym NYKS and so will protect the “brand that it has painstakingly built over last three decades”.

Cabinet reshuffle: For Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, more power comes with task cut out
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Piyush Goyal, who was in charge of Power, has got Railways and will continue to handle the Coal portfolio. Dharmendra Pradhan, who continues to handle Petroleum, has been given additional charge of Skill Development. Nirmala Sitharaman was given Defence.

Nirmala Sitharaman breaks glass C(CS)eiling, Opposition says go beyond symbolism
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Nirmala Sitharaman became the Defence Minister to join External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the CCS, apart from the PM.

Cabinet reshuffle: Nirmala Sitharaman gets Defence, Piyush Goyal Rail, Dharmendra Pradhan Skills
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The elevation of Sitharaman, Goyal and Pradhan brings them in the league of other leaders under 60 years of age, such as Nitin Gadkari, J P Nadda and Smriti Irani, in the Union Cabinet and furthers the BJP’s plan of political promotion for its third generation of leaders.

On eve of reshuffle, allies JD(U), Sena say have no news
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

JD(U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar claimed in Patna that there had been “no such talk of the JD(U) joining the Union Cabinet”. “No talks were held on the issue (between the BJP and JD-U),” he said.

Cabinet reshuffle tomorrow at 10 am: Who will enter CCS? At Rajnath Singh’s house, top ministers in a huddle
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

After Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Bandaru Dattatreya quits; big question: rejig within Cabinet Committee on Security

Modi’s 3rd cabinet reshuffle: Stage set, Rajiv Pratap Rudy on his way out
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

The first indication of the cabinet reshuffle came late afternoon when junior HRD Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey was named as the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit chief by Shah. Pandey, therefore, is set to exit the Narendra Modi government.

Demonetisation: As money flowed back in, how goalposts were shifted
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Demonetisation: A scrutiny of RBI’s earlier provisional disclosures and the government’s structured public remarks reveal a pattern: aware that much of the money would return, the government and the political establishment kept shifting the goalposts.

After Nitish Kumar, Congress ‘missing’ Mayawati’s hints: Fix Opposition alliance details now
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

"Any one party walking out of the proposed alliance due to last-minute hiccup over seat-sharing will be branded as being hands in glove with BJP. That will bring discredit to both the alliance and the party walking out. That’s another reason the contours of alliance need to be fixed.”