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File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on Covid-19, on 30 June, 2020 | PTI

100 former civil servants write to PM Modi, raise questions over PM CARES

New Delhi: A group of 100 former civil servants wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday raising questions over transparency in the PM-CARES Fund. They said it is necessary that, for reasons of probity and adherence to standards of public accountability, the financial details of receipts and expenditures be made available in order to avoid doubts of wrongdoing. "We have been keenly following the ongoing debate about the Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations, or 'PM-CARES', -- a fund created for the benefit of people affected by the COVID pandemic. Both the purpose for which it has been created as well as the way it has been administered have left a number of questions unanswered," they said in the letter. "It is essential that the position and stature of the Prime Minister is kept intact by ensuring total transparency in all dealings the Prime Minister is associated...
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Aaj Tak questions Yogi’s ‘love jihad’ law, Deepak Chaurasia attacks Pakistan on News Nation

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began is 14 April address to the nation with his face covered | Photo: ANI

Neither central govt nor any state has control over functioning of PM CARES Fund

According to the trust deed made public on the PMO website, PM CARES Fund is a public charitable trust headed by a board chaired by the Prime Minister.

The ‘space’ NDA allies have & PM CARES but does FM ‘dare’

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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.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

PM Modi’s donations to public causes from savings, auctions cross Rs 103 cr, report says

Highlighting Modi's donations, sources noted that he gave Rs 21 lakh in 2019 from his personal savings to the fund set up for the welfare of sanitation workers of Kumbh Mela.
A medic in PPE collects samples for Covid-19 tests in Bengaluru on 25 August 2020 | PTI

PM CARES Fund received Rs 3,076.62 crore in 5 days, account statement shows

The receipt and payment account showed nearly Rs 3,075.85 crore as voluntary contributions, while Rs 39.67 lakh came as foreign contributions.

Prashant Bhushan’s ‘sorry not sorry’ and cases CBI could not solve

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Congress’ Divya Spandana returns to social media politics with Twitter jibe at BJP ministers

Actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana questions ministers Jitendra Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling on PM CARES Fund.
BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda addresses a press conference, at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on 10 Nov, 2019 | Photo: PTI

SC verdict on PM CARES resounding blow to Rahul Gandhi’s nefarious designs, says Nadda

BJP President Nadda tweeted the Supreme Court ruling showed truth shines despite the 'ill intent and malicious efforts' of Congress and its associates.

On Camera

A resident receives a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine at a senior citizen care home in Premnitz, Germany | Photo: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz | Bloomberg

Herd immunity could be closer than we think, vaccines must end isolation

Evidence is compelling that a robust and rapid vaccination campaign could render Covid less of a threat than seasonal flu through building herd immunity.
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Why bankrupt DHFL’s ordinary FD holders will lose more money than banks that supported it

DHFL’s committee of creditors has approved Piramal Capital’s offer of around Rs 37,000 crore for the company, which has a debt of nearly Rs 85,000 crore.

Defence

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This R-Day, catch a glimpse of IAF’s vintage Dakota that ‘saved Srinagar’ in 1947-48 war

The aircraft, which participated in the 1971 war too but began to be phased out soon after, will be flanked by two Mi-17-1V at the flypast in a Rudra formation — a first for the Dakota.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.