Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has shared dais with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress' Manish Tewari at an event in New Delhi and said if his party takes any action against him for this, that would be the "best day" of his life
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has shared dais with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’ Manish Tewari at an event in New Delhi and said if his party takes any action against him for this, that would be the “best day” of his life. Sinha, who has been criticising the government particularly on handling of the economy, agreed with Kejriwal that an “atmosphere of fear” prevails in the country and urged people to stand up against it. Attending a function organised for release of Tewari’s book ‘Tidings of Troubled Times’, he also responded to the “Shalya” and “job applicant at 80” barbs apparently directed at him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, respectively.
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh was heckled yesterday by a group of people which asked saffron leaders visiting Darjeeling to leave immediately, leading to chaos at the venue of a party meeting and its cancellation. A scuffle erupted between BJP supporters and the agitators when Ghosh, heading a party delegation, arrived at the venue in the evening where a ‘Vijaya Sammelani’ of party workers was scheduled to be held. As soon as he arrived, the agitators shouted slogans demanding that the BJP delegates leave the hills and showed them black flags. The BJP supporters were far outnumbered by the agitators, who beat them up.
The Indian Air Force is capable of effectively countering any threat from China and Pakistan simultaneously in a two-front war, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said yesterday, and indicated existing tension between Chinese and Indian troops in Dokalam. Noting that the Chinese troops were currently present in the Chumbi Valley in the Dokalam Plateau, the IAF chief said a peaceful resolution of the issue would be in the interest of both the countries. “The two sides are not in a physical face-off as we speak. However, their forces in Chumbi Valley are still deployed and I expect them to withdraw as their exercise in the area gets over,” Dhanoa told reporters ahead of IAF Day, which is marked on October 8.
Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani yesterday emerged as India’s wealthiest for the 10th straight year as his net worth swelled to USD 38 billion (nearly Rs 2.5 lakh crore) while the wealth of 100 richest rose by 26 per cent despite economic hiccups. Wipro’s Azim Premji was the distant second with a net worth of USD 19 billion, moving up two places from last year, while Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shanghvi slipped from his earlier second place to the ninth now (USD 12.1 billion) on Forbes magazine’s annual ‘India Rich List 2017’. Forbes said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “economic experiments” barely affected India’s billionaires while none gained more than oil-and-gas tycoon Mukesh Ambani, who cemented his decade-long hold on the top slot by adding a staggering USD 15.3 billion (67 per cent) to his last year’s wealth to become one of Asia’s top five richest.
The government’s top brass went into a prolonged huddle on Thursday evening, raising expectations of major announcements aimed at invigorating the economy, including fast-tracking the sale of loss-making national carrier Air India and a clutch of steps to ease small taxpayers’ pains due to the goods and services tax (GST). Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliberated on the possible booster dose for the economy, whose growth rate hit a three-year low of 5.7% in the first quarter of this fiscal, with finance minister Arun Jaitley and BJP president Amit Shah, even as it was clear that measures to boost public expenditure should not result in any serious increase in the Centre’s fiscal deficit. Given that states are showing slippages on the fiscal front due to farm loan waivers, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had advised the government to be cautious on any fiscal expansion plan.
With the prices of soybean and pulses ruling below minimum support prices (MSP), procurement of these commodities at MSP under the Centre’s price support scheme ( PSS) will begin from October 16 in Maharashtra by NAFED. Sadabhau Khot, Maharashtra’s minister of state for agriculture, said that the government has begun registration of farmers for the PSS, which is being done by NAFED from October 3. Around 83 centres have been established across the state and farmers are being issued tokens with likely dates on which they need to bring their produce to the mandis, he said.