Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Cong panel to study Soz’s book

Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Congress has constituted a three-member committee to study veteran party leader Saifuddin Soz’s book, Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle. Prior to the release of the book, Soz had stoked a controversy by backing former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s assessment that Kashmiris will opt for independence if given a chance. Reportedly, his book also endorses the view. The panel comprising senior party leaders Amrit Malhotra, S Gurmukh Singh and GN Mir Laszan, will submit its view point to the party soon.

More women in work force to boost India’s GDP: McKinsey

India has one of the largest opportunities in the world to boost GDP by increasing women’s participation in the labour force, which presently stands at “only 25 per cent”, a report by McKinsey World Institute said.

The contribution of women to India’s GDP is 18 per cent, one of the lowest proportions in the world, said the report, ‘The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in Asia Pacific’, released by McKinsey on Tuesday.

Ram Temple: VHP itching to restart stir, Yogi urges patience

With the Vishwa Hindu Parishad indicating that it may restart its movement for Ram Temple in Ayodhya, saying the organisation will consult saints on the “future course of action” if the Supreme Court does not give its verdict on the issue in next three to four months, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday urged the Hindu seers to show patience on the issue since the government was bound by democratic norms.

HC stays cutting of trees in Delhi

How can the national Capital afford the felling of over 16,500 trees for a housing project, the Delhi High Court asked on Monday ordering an interim stay on the chopping of trees here till July 4.

Taking note of the views expressed by a vacation bench of Justices Vinod Goel and Rekha Palli which said, “We could understand if it was a road-widening work which is inevitable”, the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), tasked with redeveloping half a dozen south Delhi colonies, agreed not to cut any tree.

CBI moves SC against HC bail to Karthi

The central bureau of investigation (CBI) on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging a Delhi High Court order granting bail to Karthi Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidam­baram, in the INX Media case.

The agancy has claimed in its appeal that it was “impermissible in law” for the high court to entertain Kar­thi’s bail pl­ea when an application seeking a similar relief was pending before the trial court.

Process for more borrowing by states simplified

The finance ministry on Monday said it has simplified the process for additional borrowing by state governments following discussions during the 4th meeting of the Niti Aayog governing council earlier this month.

At a meeting, hea­ded by prime minister Nar­endra Mo­di, some states had pointed out that the permission accorded by the department of expenditure, ministry of finance, is delayed due to bunching of proposals received from different states at different intervals into one consolidated approval.

Monsoon gathers momentum, to reach more areas in 48 hrs

Monsoon rains, vital for the Indian economy, irrigating over 70 per cent of farmland with no irrigation facilities, on Monday advanced into some parts of Odisha, most parts of West Bengal and some parts of Bihar and Jharkhand.

PolicyBazaar joins list of unicorn startups

PolicyBazaar, the largest online platform in the insurance space, has entered the list of unicorn tech startups with the latest round of $200 million funding led by SoftBank.

Opec output hike positive for India, says Pradhan

India, the world’s third-biggest oil consumer, on Monday expressed happiness at Opec decision to raise production by 1 million barrels per day, saying the oil cartel has taken cognizance of the market and the move is a positive sign for consuming countries like India.