Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Topic: centre

Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at 18.2% of budget estimate for FY22 at end of June

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit was at Rs 2,74,245 crore. For the current financial year, the government expects the fiscal deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.

Crowding, easing of curbs can lead to 3rd Covid wave in 6-8 weeks, Centre tells states

States and Union Territories have also been urged to ensure the five-fold strategy of Covid-appropriate behaviour, test-track-treat and vaccination is followed to prevent a relapse.

Bengal Chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay retires, to serve CM Mamata as chief advisor

CM Mamata Banerjee said the Centre had asked Bandyopadhyay to join North Block on Tuesday but it cannot force an officer to join without the permission of the state administration.

SC insists on 700 MT oxygen supply to Delhi after Centre says it needs 415.43 MT

In a hearing Wednesday, Supreme Court also asked Delhi govt and Centre to engage with Mumbai authorities to understand how they augmented their oxygen resources.

India’s State institutions are failing citizens because they were built to control, not govern

While centralising elements are necessary at times, the problem is that India’s institutions have not evolved along with the country’s growth.

Mahabharata to Modi — How India lost the space for moral dilemmas

‘Anti-national’ or ‘fascist’ — the death of dilemma is at the root of Indian polarisation today.

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.

Why it’s so important for BJP to snatch power in Congress-ruled states

Much of the money that can be milked from the govt system for political use is at state level. The same money can then be denied to opposing parties.

Delhi HC seeks report after WhatsApp video claims Covid patient denied bed by private hospital

Delhi HC order for Centre and Delhi govts also asks for details of Covid helplines, capacity created to deal with such calls, and nature of assistance rendered.

West Bengal showing low rate of Covid-19 testing, high death rate, says Centre

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said there was poor supervision and implementation of crowd-control measures by district authorities.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image|

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
File image of Tata Group's headquarters in Mumbai | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Tata in acquisition talks with as many as 5 brands, to bolster position in consumer goods sector

The conglomerate will likely face stiff competition in the sector from existing global giants such as Unilever, as well as Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries.


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China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.