Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

2 Goa MLAs switch sides, Cong says BJP murdering democracy

Two Congress MLAs from Goa, including a former state party chief, joined the BJP on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the opposition party in a state where the saffron party-led alliance government enjoys a thin majority.

Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, both of whom have resigned from the assembly, met BJP president Amit Shah at his residence in Delhi and were later inducted into the party at a press conference addressed by Union minister Piyush Goyal.

Ex-BSP leader’s son brandishes gun at Delhi hotel, FIR registered

The son of a former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey was booked for allegedly brandishing a gun at guests and threatening them in the foyer of a five-star hotel here, a video of which went viral on social media.

The accused, Ashish Pandey, hails from Lucknow and is the brother, of Ritesh Pandey, a sitting MLA in Uttar Pradesh.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday. In the video, Ashish Pandey can purportedly be seen brandishing a gun in the foyer of the hotel.

Daati Maharaj moves SC against sexual assault case transfer to CBI

Self-styled preacher Daati Maharaj, accused in a sexual assault case, has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court’s order transferring the matter to the CBI.

The high court had on October 3 pulled up the Delhi Police for not arresting Daati Maharaj in the case and had transferred the matter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). His plea is scheduled to come up for hearing in the SC on October 22.

Railways to ferry 16 cr passengers in next 30 days

The railways is preparing to ferry around 16 crore passengers in the next 30 days to clear the festival rush, an official of the railway board said. This will include about 10 lakh additional passengers to be carried by trains which were introduced last year during Chhath.

East-bound trains will conduct more than 250 trips to and from Bihar, West Bengal and UP during Durga Puja, Diwali and Chhath festivals.

Govt hikes GPF rate by 4bps to 8% for Oct-Dec

The government has raised the rate of interest for General Provident Fund (GPF) and other related schemes by 0.4 percentage points to 8 per cent for the October-December quarter. The interest rate on GPF was 7.6 per cent for the July-September quarter of FY19.

“... During the FY19, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8 per cent with effect from October 1 to December 31,” a notification said. The change would apply on PFs of central government employees, railways and defence forces.

RBI guidelines on mobile wallet payments out

The RBI on Tuesday released guidelines to facilitate payments among different mobile wallets, a move aimed at promoting digital transactions.

As per the road-map laid down in 2017, interoperability of all KYC-compliant Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs) was to be enabled in three phases - interoperability of PPIs issued in the form of wallets through Unified Payments Interface (UPI), interoperability between wallets and bank accounts through UPI, and interoperability for PPIs issued in the form of cards through card networks.

Congress accuses govt of destroying public sector

The Congress on Tuesday demanded a court-monitored probe by experts to look into the affairs of ONGC in the past 52 months as it alleged a systematic and calibrated attempt by the government to destroy the country’s public sector.

Delhi’s air quality nosedives to ‘very poor’ category

Delhi’s air quality nosedived to very poor category on Tuesday, a day after authorities implemented an emergency plan to combat air pollution. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 293, just eight points below the very poor category, according to the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting And Research.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor” and that between 401 and 500 is categorised as “severe”.

India attracted $22b FDI in first half Of 2018

India attracted $22 billion of FDI flows in the first half of 2018, according to a UN report, which states that the global foreign direct investments dropped 41 per cent in the same period due to tax reforms carried out by the Trump administration.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development in its ‘Investment Trends Monitor’ report said in South Asia, India attracted $22 billion of FDI flows, contributing to the sub-region’s 13 per cent rise in FDI in the first half of the year.

Tharoor evokes ‘good’ Hindus in Ram temple row

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has kicked up a row with remarks that no “good” Hindu would favour a Ram temple in Ayodhya by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship, drawing stinging criticism from the BJP.