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8 days ago
Mudra scheme helped in self-employment: PM

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said even though the conventional wisdom says employment is generated either in public or private sector but the Mudra scheme helped in the development of personal sector as means of livelihood and self-employment. Modi, who interacted with over 100 beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana here, said that 11 cro...

13 days ago
Dalit anger: BJP's hard core is its own enemy

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) owes much of its woes to the reluctance of its core constituency of urban, upper caste, conservative, anti-minority, middle class supporters to accept Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sabka saath, sabka vikas mantra of development for all. They may have no objections to vikas, but the idea of including everyone in its fold is anathema to them. So, if they s...

15 days ago
Rahul slams Modi on rising fuel prices

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the rising petrol and diesel prices, saying the poor and the middle class was bearing the brunt. Referring, in a tweet to Modi's old speech in which he is asking people if prices of petroleum products had come down and if they were able to save money, Gandhi said Modi ap...

16 days ago
Marriott opens hotel in Bengaluru, its 100th in India

Bengaluru, April 3 (IANS) American hospitality major Marriott International threw open the doors of its 100th hotel in India in this tech hub on Tuesday. With the opening of the 360-room Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel, we have achieved the milestone of 100 hotels in India, said group President and Chief Executive Officer Arne M. Sorenson. Marriott plans to open 50 new ...

17 days ago
Modi government believes in cruel taxation, imprudent borrowing: Chidambaram

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Terming the Narendra Modi government anti-poor and anti-middle class, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday attacked it for the hike in petrol and diesel price, saying it believed in cruel taxation and imprudent borrowing. The Congress, meanwhile, reiterated its demand that petrol and diesel must be brought under the GST. Crude oil price has fa...

19 days ago
Criticism has nothing to do with country, but society: Sunny Leone

Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) Hate mails and criticism were part of what Sunny Leone faced much before she made the transition from an adult film star to Bollywood. She says the brickbats didn't come her way because she is in India, but due to the mindset of the society as a whole. Sunny's life story is set to be unveiled in an upcoming biopic Karenjit Kaur - The Untold Story of Sunny Leone.

22 days ago
CPI-M calls for deploying army, paramilitary in Bengal's troubled areas

Kolkata, March 28 (IANS) The CPI-M on Wednesday demanded deployment of para-military forces in the tense areas like Asansol in West Bengal and urged the Mamata Banerjee government to take the initiative for requisitioning the army's services in view of the unrest related to Ram Navami processions. Expressing deep concern over the armed processions in various parts of the state around Ram...

26 days ago
Government's draft useless, will continue fast: Anna Hazare

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The indefinite hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare is set to continue further after he reportedly found the draft sent by the government to address to his demands useless. We have received the draft from the government. But Annaji said it was useless as it has nothing new but old assurances. It is a routine document. At least, any minister should meet ...

27 days ago
Is Sonia the answer to ego hassles in non-BJP camp?

An indication as to how difficult it is going to be for the opposition at the national level to get its act together was available after K. Chandrashekar Rao met Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to lay the foundation for a federal front. However, even before the proposed alliance could get off the ground, the differences about its framework were visible. While the Telangana Chief Minister want...

28 days ago
India must play more active role in Middle East: Egypt

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) India has traditionally been supportive of peace and stability in the Middle East and should play a more active role in the region, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry saud on Thursday. Answering a question after delivering a speech on Regional Developments and Prospects of India-Egypt Relations organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation think ta...

1 month ago
India must be rescued from 'incompetent' economic managers: Congress

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) The Congress on Sunday attacked the Narendra Modi government over the economic situation saying that the economy was in the hands of ignorant and incompetent policy makers and the country can only grow if it is rescued from them. Its resolution on the economic situation, moved by former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, at the party's 84th plenary session here, ...

1 month ago
GST established India among major global economic markets: Modi

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has established India as one of the major economic markets in the world by removing uncertainties in the countrys tax system, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Friday. Before 2014, India's tax system was seen as unfriendly, unpredictable and non-transparent for the investors. But the situation is changing...

1 month ago
Tripura ends CPI-M tedium by trading decency for false El Dorado

The extraordinary feat the BJP has pulled off leaves one breathless. Which other Chief Minister in the country will have a decorated Director General of Police, B.L. Vohra, write in his book, Tripura's Bravehearts, Manik Sarkar was definitely unlike any Chief Ministers whom I had seen, met, worked with and heard about.... He was honest personally and that had percolated down to all echelons of th...

1 month ago
Nirav-Choksi also looted Rs 5,000 cr of common people, alleges Congress

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Congress on Friday alleged that jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi have not only siphoned Indias banks of Rs 21,306 crore, but have also duped Indias middle class and common people of Rs 5,000 crore in jewellery investment schemes. The party also asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fighting shy of admitting his connection with the duo.

2 months ago
I should pay significantly higher taxes: Bill Gates

New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates has said that he should paymore in taxes and that the government should require other super-wealthy people like him to contribute significantly higher amounts. I need to pay higher taxes, Gates, who is worth over $90 billion, said in a CNN interview on Sunday. I've paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone ...

2 months ago
For Modi, road to 2019 will be steeper

For the Bharatiya Janata Party's supporters, the growing belief that the party is no longer as favourably placed as before must be both bewildering and disheartening. They must be wondering what could have gone wrong when the BJP was looking forward to not only a comfortable victory in 2019 but was also planning to celebrate the 75th year of India's independence in 2022. The talk...

2 months ago
Special screening of 'Pad Man' for Malala

Mumbai, Feb 15 (IANS) Malala Yousafzai had expressed her solidarity with the message of menstrual hygiene in R. Balkis latest directorial Pad Man. Plans are afoot to show the film to the Nobel Peace Prize winner, says the director. What can I say about Malala coming forward to support our film? We are blessed and honoured. It is voices like her which would carry our message in 'Pad Man'...

2 months ago
Schools becoming breeding grounds for intolerance? A new book opens the discussion

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Nazia Erum's Mothering a Muslim has been dominating the bestseller charts for many weeks now and has opened up prime-time discussions on the telly, columns in newspapers and reams of reviews on how -- through the cases she has documented across cities -- religious bigotry has been seeping into schools, playgrounds, and into children's minds. Some of the accounts are shock...

2 months ago
Sharad Pawar says 'like-minded' parties can defeat BJP in 2019

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) NCP chief Sharad Pawar has again mooted the idea of a coalition of like-minded parties to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2019 general elections. In an interview with The Wire, the veteran politician said the current mood in the country particularly of farmers and middle class and even youth was aga...

2 months ago
Three years into power, Kejriwal is now a quieter politician

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose government completes three years in office on Wednesday, is now a quieter person vis-a-vis targeting his bitter political rival -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal, with 13 million followers on Twitter, has not tweeted the word Modi even once in the past 11 months. His last tweet mentioning Modi was on March 9, 20...

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