Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

BJP, RSS dividing India, spreading hatred: Rahul in Berlin

While his party binds the people of India, the BJP-RSS divides them and spreads hatred, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said and alleged that women have no place in the RSS where they are treated as "second-class citizens".

Addressing the Indian diaspora at a function organised by the Indian Overseas Congress in Berlin last night, he claimed the mood in the country is very divisive and the government is trying to impose a particular ideology on people while the Congress is fighting this tendency.

SC stays implementation of amended plan by SDMC till next hearing

The Supreme Court today asked the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) not to proceed with the implementation of the amended Delhi Master Plan till the next hearing on the issue.

A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni to advise the Centre not to enforce, through the SDMC, amended Master Plan of the national capital till the next date of hearing on August 28.

No place for middlemen in my govt: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said every paisa of a rupee released by his government reaches the poor as there is no place for middlemen and asserted that his endeavour is to provide every Indian family a home of its own by 2022.

In an apparent jibe at former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s famous comment about only 15 paise of every one rupee released by the Centre reaching the targetted beneficiary, Modi said, "If one rupee is released from Delhi, the entire 100 paise (now) reach the house of the poor."

Rahul blames exclusion of people for insurgency; India insulted, cries BJP

A huge row broke out between the Congress and the BJP on Thursday after Congress president Rahul Gandhi while addressing a group of students in Germany cited the example of terrorist group Islamic State to say that exclusion of a large number of people from the development process could lead to the creation of insurgent groups anywhere in the world. The BJP hit back accusing Gandhi of belittling India on foreign soil and alleged that the Congress chief justified terrorism.

Force Motors buys Man Trucks’ Pithampur plant

It’S curtains for German heavy commercial vehicle maker MAN Trucks of Volkswagen group after struggling for 15 years to make a mark in the world’s fourth largest automobile market. 

But Europe’s leading truck maker is ensuring that 400 employees at its Pithampur factory in Madhya Pradesh are retained by the buyer.

US-China tariffs, Trump woes weigh on world stocks

World stocks came under pressure on Thursday as new tariffs took effect in the US-China trade war and markets speculated about US President Donald Trump’s position following legal rulings against two former advisers. The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, was 0.1 per cent lower by 0822 GMT, while a rise across defensive sectors helped Europe’s STOXX 600 eke out a 0.1 per cent gain.

Stocks were subdued as the US and China, despite ongoing talks, implemented 25 per cent tariffs on $16 billion worth of each other’s goods.

Jaitley resumes work as Finance minister

Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday resumed charge of the ministries of finance and corporate affairs after a nearly 100-day gap during which he underwent a surgery for kidney transplant.

Rebuilding Kerala will need Rs 50k cr or even more

Rebuilding of Kerala will require an extraordinarily large sum. It could be a minimum of Rs 50,000 crore or much more than that. The state government is currently in the process of assessing the cumulative damage, which is a tough exercise, as the floods, torrential rains and landslides have thrashed and destroyed the very foundations of the state, lamented E Chandrasekharan, Kerala minister for Revenue and Housing.

Adhia leads drive to bolster GST inflow

With monthly GST collection remaining below the Centre’s expectation, revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia has started taking stock of initiatives aimed at shoring up tax inflow.

“The revenue secretary is expected to review the overall collection trend and issues faced by the businesses, if any. The focus, though, would be on compliance and enforcement,” said a state GST commissioner.

No blanket ban on WhatsApp, must curb fake news: Govt

There is no prospect of imposing a blanket ban on messaging apps and platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter by the government but it will work out targeted technical solutions to curb instances of misuse, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on Thursday. Her remarks come a day after WhatsApp turned down the government’s key demand of tracing the origin of any message on its platform and the possibility of facing a complete ban in India.