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An vendor carries a sack of pumpkins at a wholesale market in Chennai

India’s fiscal deficit widens as govt overestimates revenue

India is set to miss budget deficit target for a second straight year by overestimating the income it expects to receive from taxes, asset sales and other sources.
Narendra Modi

PM Modi lashes out at AP CM Naidu for aligning with the Congress

Narendra Modi's who is in Andhra CM after the TDP severed ties with NDA, claimed that Chandrababu Naidu failed to use funds in the appropriate way.
Narendra Modi

Selection committee headed by PM Narendra Modi to decide CBI Director on Friday

The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma.
Ram Nath Kovind

Modi govt has infused hope in people: President Kovind’s report card on last 5 years

Kovind also mentioned that Rafale will strengthen Indian Air Force’s strike capability after a gap of many decades.
ubi

Rahul Gandhi pledges basic income for poor: Smart pre-empt of Modi or season of bad ideas?

Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced Tuesday that he would ensure minimum income guarantee for the poor across India if his party is voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi’s promise comes at a time when the Modi government is reportedly considering cash transfers. ThePrint asks: Is Rahul Gandhi’s pledge a smart political pre-empt of Modi govt or is it a season of bad economic ideas? Rahul Gandhi enjoys being Santa Claus rather than help the poor stand on their feet Narendra Taneja National spokesperson, BJP Rahul Gandhi’s promise is nothing but pre-poll sloganeering. It is yet another promise that hasn’t been seriously thought through by the Congress party. In 1971, their slogan of choice was “Gareebi Hatao” – but they did nothing for the poor. Rahul Gandhi knows his party is not coming to power in 2019. Other leaders don’t want anything to do with the congress – be it Mayawati’s BSP...
File image of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi

Sibling support, not sibling rivalry behind Priyanka Gandhi joining Rahul’s Congress

Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi exemplify the harmony and unity in the ruling family of the Congress.
PM Narendra Modi

Spent 5 days in jungle every Diwali to reflect on life, says PM Modi

The prime minister revealed that the practice still gave him strength to handle life and its various experiences.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at inauguration of the 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention 2019

Congress siphoned crores in the past, BJP plugged leakage: PM Modi at NRI meet

PM Modi did not name Rajiv Gandhi but alluded to the former prime minister's remark that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches the masses.
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Govt shouldn’t live under illusion it’s immortal: Sena targets PM for attacking oppn’s rally

In its party mouthpiece 'Saamna', the Shiv Sena wrote that Prime Minister Modi should tolerate the opposition's questions on his governance.

OnCamera

Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

As Pakistan’s leverage with US, China, Saudi Arabia grows, is it even possible to isolate it?

Pakistan signed deals worth $20 billion with Saudi Arabia, even as India vows to isolate the neighbour diplomatically after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.

Defence

A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

IAF deputy chief and other senior officers set to fly Rafale at Aero India

Even as political slug-fest continues over the deal, IAF is throwing its weight behind Rafale, the first of which is to be delivered in September 2019.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.