Saturday , 16 February 2019

National News

Ram temple should be built at the earliest: Shah

PTI DEHRADUN BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said a Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya at the earliest and dared the Congress to spell out its own stand on the issue. “The Kumbh fair is on and it is only natural that the demand for a Ram temple is being raised,” he said at a meeting of the ... Read More »


PTI   NEW DELHI Making a big populist push in its final budget before elections, the Narendra Modi-government on Friday exempted people with an earning of up to Rs 5 lakh from payment of income tax, announced an annual cash dole-out of Rs 6,000 to small farmers and provided a monthly pension of Rs 3,000 to workers in the unorganised ... Read More »

Wooing small farmers, income taxpayers

AJIT RANADE THERE was much drama involving economic data on the eve of the budget. Firstly, the remaining two independent members of the Statistical Commission resigned. Their exit made the constitutional body effectively vacuous, since the chairman’s post had been lying vacant since July. This is an apex advisory body to ensure that all the government’s data collection, collation, processing ... Read More »

Interim budget a farce, manifesto of BJP: Mamata

IANS   KOLKATA Expressing concern over monetary provisions to meet the Interim Budget proposals, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday described the document as a “farce” and “manifesto of the BJP”. “The budget proposals will be not implemented… New government will present the budget. This government’s expiry date will be over in one month. What will they implement ... Read More »

Budget has taken care of all sectors, will create New India, says Modi

IANS NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the interim Budget will empower the poor, the middle class, farmers, labourers, and traders besides imparting speed to economy and infrastructure for creation of ‘New India’. In his reaction to the Budget presented earlier in the day by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, Modi said it will provide direct benefit ... Read More »

‘Interim budget beneficial for every section of society’

IANS   NEW DELHI Hailing the Interim Budget 2019-20 presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in the Lok Sabha, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said the Budget has met the expectations of every section of society, including farmers, labourers and the middle class. “The Budget has fulfilled what was being expected by the people from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ... Read More »

India seeks consular access to its students detained in the US

PTI NEW DELHI India has sought consular access to its students detained by the US authorities and has impressed upon the Trump administration the need to address the situation at the earliest, the External Affairs ministry said on Friday. Asserting that the government was according the “highest priority” to the situation arising out of the detention of Indian students in ... Read More »

Unemployment rate hits 45-year high, claims report

AGENCIES   NEW DELHI An official survey that has been withheld by the government shows India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, delivering a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi just months before what is expected to be a closely fought general election. A political controversy over the survey erupted ... Read More »

Government seeks Opposition’s cooperation in all-party meet

IANS   NEW DELHI The Central government on Thursday sought cooperation from the Opposition parties for smooth functioning of the Parliament, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi assuring them that the issues raised by them would be given due importance. Addressing the all-party meeting, the Prime Minister also said that government’s focus is on issues of national importance and finding solutions ... Read More »

Congress, BJP, BJD looting country: Kejriwal

IANS   BHUBANESWAR Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the Congress, BJP and BJD were looting the country. “All parties including the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) have only looted the country in the last 70 years,” said Kejriwal at a social justice campaign meeting here. He ... Read More »