Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Hafiz Saeed release Pak attempt to ‘mainstream’ UN-proscribed terrorists: India

A day after a court in Lahore ordered to free Mumbai terror attack mastermind and banned JuD chief Hafiz Saeed from detention sources in the home department of Pakistan’s Punjab province insisted that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed will not be released from house arrest as he is being booked in another case. Saeed’s counsel advocate AK Dogar however, revealed that a large number of JuD workers have gathered outside Saeed’s residence in Jauhar Town Lahore to welcome him on his release on Thursday night.

Centre announces Rs one lakh crore worth of projects to TN

The Centre has sanctioned projects worth more than Rs one lakh crore to Tamil Nadu, which includes setting up of three new elevated corridors in the state.

Union Minister Gadkari, who handles the portfolios of road transport, highways, shipping and water resources, told reporters here today the projects also include setting up of an Express Highway between Chennai and Bengaluru.

Similar to the Mumbai-Pune highway, Gadkari said a Chennai-Bengaluru Express Highway was planned at cost of over Rs 20,000 crore.

Centre plans cruise tourism from Mumbai to SE Asian countries

The Centre planned to promote cruise tourism linking Mumbai with prominent locations in the country besides South East Asia, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

"We already sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore for a cruise terminal in Mumbai. Every year, we are receiving 80 cruise (liners). We expect that it would rise to 950 cruise liners in next five years," Gadkari, who handles the portfolios of road transport, highways, shipping and water resources, said.

Papers given to Jindal and others, CBI tells court in coal scam

The CBI on Wednesday told a special court that it has handed over various documents filed along with the charge sheet to industrialist Naveen Jindal and others in a coal scam case against them regarding the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh.

Special judge Bharat Parashar was hearing a matter pertaining to the allocation of the Urtan North coal block where the offences of `cheating’ and `criminal conspiracy’ were `prima facie’ made out against the accused.

SC, HC judges to get salary hike; 200% jump on cards

After the Seventh Pay Commission hiked the salaries of government employees, its now the turn of the judiciary to take home a fatter pay package. The government on Wednesday approved revised salaries, gratuity, allowances and pension for the judges of the Supreme Court and the high courts, which will increase their monthly emoluments by over 200 per cent.

Economists revise India's FY18 CAD estimate on crude oil spike

Economists have begin revising India’s current account deficit (CAD) estimate for the fiscal year ending March on widening trade deficit and also as Brent crude oil crossed $63.21 per barrel. Singapore-based DBS Bank has revised India’s current account deficit estimate to 1.8 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product from an earlier estimate of 1.6 per cent of the GDP.

Disbanding Coffee Board will devalue Indian brand

Merging Coffee Board with other commodity boards will destroy India’s global branding, said its chairman, a third generation planter from the country’s coffee heartland, Chikmagalur, Karnataka in a conversation with Mini Tejaswi. Excerpts:

Why are coffee growers in the country dead against commerce ministry’s move to disband the Coffee Board?

Brahmos test fired from Sukhoi jet, boost to IAF

In a major milestone, the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile was on Wednesday successfully test fired for the first time from the Indian Air Force’s frontline Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet, significantly bolstering the country’s aerial prowess.

The armed forces are now capable of launching the Brahmos, which has a strike range of around 290 km and is described as the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, from land, sea and air, completing the tactical cruise missile triad for the country.

Hardik declares support to Cong in Gujarat

Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday declared his support to the Congress for the Gujarat Assembly elections, saying that the opposition party has accepted the demand of giving reservation to his community in a “special category.” The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader said that reservation formula given by the Congress for his community will be over and above the 50 per cent quota for the SC, ST and OBCs. On the 50 per cent reservation cap set by the Supreme Court, he said that it is just a “suggestion.”