The Congress party’s campaign for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Parliament on Wednesday came to a naught as the minister made a spirited defence and was backed by the government, which said a "mountain was made out of what was not even a mole hill". Lok Sabha, on the penultimate day of the Monsoon session which has been virtually washed out, took up a discussion on Lalit Modi issue and saw spirited arguments and counter arguments between treasury and ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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NDA under Mr Modi is as focused on the rural poor with doles and hand-outs as the UPA under Dr Singh was, explains A K Bhattacharya. Image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Photograph: Reuters If you need any proof of how the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Narendra Modi has made no significant departures from the economic policies followed by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government under Manmohan ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
In a climbdown, the Bharatiya Janata Party has agreed to bring back the key provisions of United Progressive Alliance land law including the ones on consent clause and social impact assessment and drop controversial amendments brought by the Narendra Modi government in December last year through an ordinance. Sources said all the 11 BJP members in the Joint Committee of Parliament on land bill on Monday moved amendments seeking to bring back the social impact assessment and consent clause. With ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
‘No President was ever loved so much… it seemed as if he was Nehru in another form’ 'Dr Kalam used to often write poetry. Sometimes, while paying respects to departed soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti, he would compose a poem and quietly pass it on to me' President Pranab Mukherjee pays an emotional tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam, a colleague, a friend and the People's President President Pranab Mukherjee salutes, as he pays respects to the body of former ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Organiser, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s organ, has alleged that prestigious institutes like Indian Institute of Technology were being turned into places for "anti-India and anti-Hindu" activities. Suggesting that political motives were behind opposition by some IIMs to the government's moves, the article said that the Left and the Congress "still control the premium institutes" and both parties are "masters" at "ideological control" of an institute through the board of governors ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
This government could find itself a prisoner of its pro-business stance as much as the UPA found policy circumscribed by its pro-poor focus, says Kanika Datta. Imagine if you could choose from multiple electricity suppliers in your area or even change suppliers if you are unhappy with your service provider. This is the intent of an amendment that the government hopes to pass in this session of Parliament — if the Opposition allows it to conduct any business. Yet, this important ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Cash-starved Congress has approached its members of the Parliament, ex-MPs and ex-members of the legislative assembly to shore up its finances after the party clocked it’s worst-ever performance in 2014 Lok Sabha polls winning only 44 seats. The All India Congress Committee treasurer Motilal Vora has written letters to all 44 Lok Sabha MPs and 65 Rajya Sabha MPs asking them to donate a month’s salary, while the Delhi unit of the Congress on Tuesday had a meeting ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
“Do we lose our rights because of joining the defence services rather than civilian jobs,” writes Gurbax Singh Dhindsa, father of Kargil war martyr GS Dhindsa, in a letter to the PM and defence minister underlining the fact that military personnel have little recourse to justice in higher courts. In arguing how difficult are the terms and conditions of military service, leaders of the “one rank, one pay” agitation have highlighted curtailment of fundamental rights of ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'My dream is to convert Indian economy into $20 trillion from the present $8 trillion,' Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. Projecting India as a ‘heaven’ for investors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government is working on deregulation and ensuring 'ease of doing business' as he aims to convert the country's economy from $8 trillion to $20 trillion. In a Townhall Q&A at the Facebook Headquarters along with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Modi spoke about ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago 6 I-Day promises from 2014 that Modi (partially) fulfilled Rediff.com, 1 month ago India-Pak talks: Modi succeeds where Gujral, Manmohan failed Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Amid demands that MPs should not be allowed to decide their salaries, the government has proposed to set up a three-member panel to recommend pay and perks of lawmakers. The ministry of parliamentary affairs has proposed a 3-member independent emoluments commission to recommend salaries and other allowances for the members of Parliament. The proposal is part of the agenda notes prepared for the two-day All India Whips’ Conference to be held at Visakhapatnam, next week. "The setting up of ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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