Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

‘An accident, nothing else’

Hours after the Supreme Court verdict, Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu described the 1988 road rage case as “an accident, nothing else” and said he has been a survivor all his life.

Sidhu thanked God for helping him during the “trying times” and expressed gratitude to people for their blessings.

“Well, it was an accident, nothing else,” Sidhu told reporters.

Under construction flyover collapses in Varanasi, 18 dead

A portion of an under construction flyover, near the railway station here, collapsed on Tuesday killing at least 18 persons while more were feared trapped under the debris.

Eighteen bodies have been recovered from the Varanasi flyover collapse  site, UP Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar told PTI in Lucknow. The incident occurred post-noon, and some vehicles, including a bus, were crushed in the collapse, he said. At least three persons had been rescued, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official said.

Fraud-hit PNB reports biggest ever loss of Rs 13,417 cr in Q4

Fraud-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) reported a whopping loss of Rs 13,417 crore for January-March quarter. The loss is almost equivalent to the amount it lost in the fraud allegedly perpetrated by diamond merchants Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. It is the biggest loss reported by an Indian bank for any three-month period.

Crude shock: Daily price rise for petrol and diesel continues

The conclusion of Karnataka polls continues to bring crude shock for the common man with the price of petrol and diesel increasing by 15 paise and 22 paise, respectively, in Delhi.

This is the second consecutive day when prices have been hiked by the oil companies, signalling resumption of the daily price revision mechanism after a 19-day hiatus that resulted in Rs 400 crore loss for these entities.

Kerala Tourism seeks to fish in Karnataka’s political waters

In an attempt to make some real profit out of the unclear Karnataka assembly poll verdict, the Kerala Tourism hit the Twitter to make an offer to the newly elected members of Vidhana Soudha – come an unwind in the Gods Own Country.

It could not be ascertained if Union tourism minister Alphons Kannanthanam, who belongs to Kerala, was behind the tweet, which went viral on the micro-blogging site. Within hours, it was retweeted over 5,500 times and liked by more than 9,000 people.

Happy about Karnataka victory: PM

With BJP emerging as single largest party in trends of Karnataka Assembly Elections results, PM Modi thanked voters in Karnataka for “steadfastly supporting” the BJP’s development agenda and making it the single largest party.

Nataka in Karnataka

It’s a hung assembly. After a highly tense, dramatic day during which fortunes swung wildly, BJP emerged as the biggest single party with 104 seats.

Sidda offers crown to foe Kumaraswamy years after expulsion from JD(S)

He was thrown out of the JD(S) in 2005 for anti-party activities following his sharp differences with its leadership over H D Kumaraswamy's growing clout in the party.

Twelve years down the line, Siddaramaiah, the 69- year-old leader from the backward Kuruba community, today offered Karnataka's chief ministership to his political foe Kumaraswamy whose party finished a poor third with barely 37 seats in its kitty.

Hung prediction: Exit poll hits and misses

Exit polls for the Karnataka elections mostly predicted a hung Assembly in the state, but some pollsters came close to hitting the bullseye, with forecasts that almost tallied with the results announced today.

The trends indicate that the BJP is likely to win 104 seats and the Congress 78. The Janata Dal (Secular) has won 37 and others have won three.

The ABP-C Voter exit poll predicted 104-116 seats for the BJP while it gave 72-78 seats to the Congress, 20-29 to the JD(S) and 0-7 to others.