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Priyanka’s first speech is dull, but brings Congress campaign back on track

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Disinvestment target met only once in last 10yrs: No takers or was Modi govt too ambitious?

Experts weigh in on the government’s disinvestment exercise and how it has failed to meet targets year after year.
Workers in Jammu & Kashmir | Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India’s state public sector undertakings: More agony than ecstasy

No state is a winner when it comes to running India’s PSUs.
Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

PSU status for J&K bank has no legal connotations: Governor Satya Pal Malik

Governor says the PSU proposal makes no new changes, promises review of accountability to legislature and defends decision to bring bank under RTI.

Rafale shows HAL desperately needs competition

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Economy

Fear is biggest obstacle for investors in bankrupt Indian firms

With federal investigators probing allegations of impropriety against bankers, bankrupt companies are opting for liquidation of assets. The wait for investors to acquire some of the $210 billion of stressed assets up for grabs in India is likely to get longer. That’s because creditors are afraid to take decisions. Current and former top bankers from at least four state-run lenders are under investigation for alleged impropriety over their lending decisions, while the Central Bureau of Investigation has started a preliminary inquiry into an alleged nexus between Videocon Chairman Venugopal Dhoot and the spouse of ICICI Bank Ltd. CEO Chanda Kochhar after ICICI extended credit to the conglomerate. Indecisiveness among bankers is pushing insolvent companies toward liquidation, which erodes the value of the assets, said Hemant Kanoria, chairman of SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt to slash bad loans and accelerate the pace of lending is being stymied by his fight...
Mr Modi and his team expect to win the 2019 elections, the groundwork for improved performance of India's economy in their second term should be done now.

How Modi can privatise PSU banks and still win 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a good historic course-correcting opportunity that would leave India better-off, its economy stronger and politics wiser.
Indian Ministry of Defence

Going back in time – PSUs continue to call the shots in the defence ministry

The entry of PSUs into mega tender ‘reserved’ for private industry is a symptom of continued protectionism. It’s a challenge the government has to tackle.

Govt sets deadlines, stiff targets for SAIL top brass

With its financial health still far from impressive, the steel ministry has put the PSU on a tight leash.

On Camera

Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
congress

3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.