Strengthening BJP in Rajasthan, ensuring last-mile delivery of Modi govt priority: Nadda tells party functionaries

BJP president J P Nadda on Friday laid down the party’s agenda for the future at its office-bearers meeting, saying it will broadly focus on strengthening the organisation and ensure last-mile delivery of the Centre’s schemes. Addressing the inaugural session of the meeting here, Nadda also hit out at the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in … Read more

State of economy cause of ‘extreme concern’: P Chidambaram at Congress Chintan Shivir

Asserting that the state of the economy is a cause of “extreme concern”, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said taking into account global and domestic developments, it may be necessary to contemplate a reset of economic policies. Addressing a press conference, Chidambaram said a slower rate of growth has been the “hallmark” of … Read more

PM Modi now template for what it means, takes to be national leader: Amit Shah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now the template for what it means and takes to be a “national leader”, Home Minister Amit Shah has said, asserting that the label was earlier handed out to even politicians of no proven merit and only capable of winning election from one or two safe Lok Sabha seats. While … Read more

Inflation nation: Tighten your belts. Current price rise cycle will likely be long and grim

Even the gods, it seems, are being singed by inflation, if the experience of devotees like Shekhar M Shetty is anything to go by. Faced with the rising prices of nearly everything, one of the expenses the 68-year-old entrepreneur has cut back on are his offerings to the divine. “If I used to spend around … Read more

It’s Rahul Gandhi’s turn to head to Gujarat to woo tribals

As the exercise to consolidate the voter base gains momentum in the state ahead of crucial assembly elections later this year, tribal population seem to be the flavour of the season in Gujarat. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a slew of developmental projects in Dahod and attended “Adijati Maha Sammelan” last month, Aam Aadmi … Read more

PM Modi promises to withdraw Afspa from northeast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa) from all northeastern states in the future. Addressing a public rally in Assam‘s Karbi Anglong on Thursday, Modi said that violence in northeast came down by 75% in the last eight years, which led to improvement in law and order. … Read more

India, EU to launch Trade and Technology Council to deepen strategic cooperation

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks in New Delhi on Monday and agreed to launch the EU-India Trade and Technology Council while also committing to strengthen the strategic partnership. The European Commission, in a press statement, said this strategic coordination mechanism will allow both … Read more

Burden of too many polls: Political appetite, not hedging, is answer

Even before the hangover of the Uttar Pradesh series could clear, electoral churning has become visible in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, both scheduled to go to polls by the end of the year. Elections to the high offices of President and Vice-President will fill the middle space. The non-stop cycle of general elections has provoked … Read more

Indian economy in good shape on high GDP growth, foreign exchange reserve: Bimal Jalan

The Indian economy is in good shape as the country’s GDP growth rate and foreign exchange reserve are high, former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan said on Thursday. Notwithstanding economic uncertainties triggered by the Russia-Ukraine war that is also impacting the global supply chain, Jalan said it is not going to affect India’s economic performance. “India’s … Read more

It’s same old story at post-poll debacle CWC meet

The crippling electoral jolts once again failed to make the Congress Working Committee depart from its stereotyped responses. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, at the beginning of a meeting which lasted for nearly four and a half hours, played the “resignation offer” card, saying the Gandhis were ready to withdraw from the leadership if the colleagues … Read more