Governance

India no longer has

RSS affiliates join farm bill chorus, want MSP for farmers in open market too

Several farmers’ organisations have been protesting against the three agriculture bills brought by the govt, which have been termed anti-farmer by opposition as well as ally SAD.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in Parliament | Photo: ANI

Fireworks in Lok Sabha as opposition & Modi govt lock horns on ‘black hole’ PM-CARES

The exchange came as Lok Sabha debated the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill 2020, which was eventually passed Saturday.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in Parliament Friday evening | Photo: ANI | LSTV

Govt not reneging on word to states, given Rs 107 for every Rs 100 collected — Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman insists Modi govt is not going back on its responsibility towards the states, will discuss compensation issue in GST council.
Parliament's monsoon session begins on 14 September 2020 | LSTV/PTI Photo

Parliament passes bill to cut MPs’ salaries, Opposition demands restoration of MPLADS fund

Opposition members in both Houses press for restoration of MPLADS fund, which has been suspended for two years, saying it was necessary to carry out development work.
Representational image of GST Bhavan. IRS officer B. Balamurugan has been posted in the Hindi Cell of the GST Chennai Outer Commissionerate since last year | Commons

52% higher borrowing, big drop in revenue — why states are despairing about their finances

Contraction in economy due to lockdown, extra spending on Covid and shortfall in GST compensation have left states scrambling for money.
File image of Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij at the Haryana Police headquarters in Panchkula | Photo: ANI

Haryana minister decides ‘non-performing’ IPS officer will come to work, sit all day & go home

On surprise check at Haryana Police HQ, minister Anil Vij says ADGP A.S. Chawla has failed to implement ‘Dial 112’ project for a year.
Representational image of oxygen cylinders | ANI

In MP, oxygen a major concern as Covid cases surge & chief supplier pulls plug

In the first 16 days of September, MP added nearly 31,550 cases of coronavirus to its tally, with the count of active cases increasing from 13,914 to 22,136 during the same period.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in Parliament | Photo: ANI

Lok Sabha passes Bill giving RBI more power over co-op banks, to avoid PMC Bank-like situation

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Bill would protect depositors, but some opposition parties said the legislation would infringe on state powers.
Tata Group

Tata group wins contract to build new Parliament, beats L&T’s bid

The new Parliament building, triangular in shape, will be built on the same premises as the current one, as part of Modi govt’s ambitious Central Vista revamp.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Lockdown, migrants’ woes, ‘Trump link’ — 5 questions MPs want govt to answer on Covid crisis

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu had set aside two hours for a discussion on coronavirus, but extended it to four hours Wednesday at the instance of the Opposition.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?