The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vanquished all Opposition by clearly winning two and coming within striking distance in two more of the five state Assembly elections, the results of which were declared on Saturday. The victory will result in consolidation of power for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. A reshuffle in the central government and in the party hierarchy is likely. Praising Modi, Shah said, “The only factor for the win is the performance of the Modi government. ... Even his political rivals will have to admit that he has emerged as the tallest leader in the country since Independence.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not make a public appearance, but tweeted: “Am overjoyed that BJP has received unprecedented support from all sections of soci
The surgical strikes by India at several terrorist launch pads along the Line of Control to prevent infiltration from Pakistan was a “fitting reply” to the repeated incursions on its territorial sovereignty, President Pranab Mukherjee said. Noting that the country is facing the grave challenge of terrorism for the last four decades including cross-border attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Mukherjee, in his address to the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session, said India will actively cooperate with other nations to decisively defeat terrorist forces. Asserting that the government is committed to combating terrorism and ensure that the perpetrators of such acts are brought to justice, he said, “My government has taken decisive steps to
The government, in collaboration with telecom and IT industry, has launched a toll-free helpline – 14444 – to address consumer queries on digital payments. The helpline will address questions regarding various platforms, including the newly-launched Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), eWallets, Aadhaar-enabled payment system and USSD. “The helpline ‘14444’ is available in North as well as Eastern part of the country in English and Hindi and will soon be extended pan India, and in other languages,” Telecom Secretary J S Deepak told PTI. The helpline has been launched jointly by Department of Telecom in collaboration with software association Nasscom, telecom industry as well as the IT industry, officials said. All telecom companies are participating in the initiative and the
Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a mega rally in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow. In his first rally in the state after the 50-day deadline on December 30, post the November 8 notes ban announcement, got over, PM Modi said it was imperative for Uttar Pradesh to develop for India to progress in every sense. Here are the highlights: This is the biggest rally of my career I am in politics for many years, have never addressed a bigger rally Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a fondness for Lucknow.... When he sees this gathering on TV, it will make him feel so happy. This is your tribute to him. After seeing this gathering, no one will have any doubt as to what is going to happen in the Uttar Pradesh polls The issue is not about BJP's exile from UP for 14
Narendra Modi Speech Highlights: Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi addressed citizens of the nation on New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2016. PM Modi had addressed public after the end of his 50st-day trial period of demonetisation came to an end on December 30. After demonetisation, Modi had said: “Help me for 50 days and I will give you the India you desired.” Here are the top initiatives PM had announced: For rural poor Home loans in villages up to Rs 2 lakh to get 3% interest exemption, available for building a new house or expanding an old one. In this fight against corruption and black money, it is clear that you wish to walk shoulder to shoulder with us 33% more homes to be built in rural areas under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). 30 million Kis
CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Housemaids, brick makers, labourers, textile workers, fleeing migrants and children risking their lives in mica mines. These were the faces of modern day slavery in 2016 when the world saw a renewed resolve to combat all forms of human bondage. An estimated 45.8 million people globally live in some form of slavery, either trafficked into forced labour, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation. Most of them are workers looking for a livelihood, better jobs, more income. And most of them are cheated, in debt bondage and trafficked to places far from home, campaigners said. But slowly the scourge of modern slavery is driving action; fr...
Since the government decided to demonetize the currency of denomination 1000 and 500 on November 08th, there has been a lot of ink spilt on the merits and demerits of the demonetization move. Industry is up in arms against the liquidity crunch but is scared to speak too much against the black money drive. Journalists have typically taken extreme positions without understanding the nuances of the demonetization debate. The key issue that most are missing is that the goalpost of demonetization is not what many would like to believe. The immediate intent of the demonetization exercise is not to flush out black money, although that will be the eventual impact. Here are 5 key things we may have missed out in the demonetization logic… 01. The immediate intent was to create a liquidit