Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

CBI row: Cong demands immediate ouster of CVC Chowdhary

Amid a row over the ouster of CBI director Alok Verma, Congress on Sunday sought "immediate removal" of the chief vigilance commissioner, alleging the government had made him act like a "puppet" to "escape a probe" into the Rafale deal. There was no immediate reaction from the Central Vigilance Commission or the government on the charge.

Remission of state levies for more export sectors weighed

The government may extend the Remission of State Levies (RoSL) to sectors including chemicals and engineering as part of the proposed incentive package for exporters to boost the country's outbound shipments, an official said.

Currently, RoSL, which is to offset indirect taxes levied by states such as stamp duty, petroleum tax, electricity duty and mandi tax that were embedded in exports, is provided to textiles exporters.

Raju Hirani accused of sexual abuse, director denies charge

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him on his 2018 film Sanju and the filmmaker has denied the allegations, terming them "false" and "malicious" and aimed at destroying his reputation.

In an article on HuffPost India, the woman, who calls herself "an assistant", alleged that Hirani sexually abused her more than once between March and September 2018. She detailed her allegations in an email dated November 3, 2018, to Hirani's frequent collaborator and Sanju co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Rahul vows to reform GST, seek investment

The Congress party will simplify the goods and services tax (GST) and take “rational economic decisions” to attract foreign investment if voted back to power in a general election due by May, its leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday.

Cong set to contest all 80 LS seats on its own

Left out of the SP-BSP pre-poll tie-up in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Sunday announced that it would go it alone on all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the 2019 general elections.

After a brainstorming session with senior party leaders, Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, said his party would accommodate any secular force that was capable of taking on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha polls.

IIM-A outlines carrots & sticks for BSNL

IIM-Ahmedabad has recommended a set of tough, sweeping changes in the working of BSNL and a helping hand from the government to revive the loss-ridden telecom PSU. In an interim report presented to the telecom ministry, the premier management institute has also suggested measures like immediate allocation of 4G spectrum to BSNL, selling real estates after duly transferring them to the PSU from the telecom department, operationalisation of the tower arm and introduction of a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS).

Income tax relief on way, threshold may be doubled

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s election doles may continue well into this year’s interim budget. Plans are being lined up in the North Block to lure the salaried and pensioners with additional tax sops.

SC nod to construction of ongoing projects under Chardham development plan

The Supreme Court Friday lifted its stay on certain stalled projects under the government's ambitious Chardham development plan, which proposes to provide all-weather connectivity to the four holy towns of Uttarakhand.

The court said the stay will however continue on those projects which are yet to begin under the plan till the environment clearance is taken by the authorities. 

The four towns of the hilly state to be connected by all-weather roads are Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Shah Faesal keen to contest LS polls but won't join mainstream parties 'as of now'

Former IAS officer Shah Faesal, who quit the service recently, Friday shared his future plans, saying he would not join any mainstream political parties "as of now", or separatist Hurriyat Conference, but would be happy to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The 2010-batch officer said he was deeply inspired by the style of politics of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but the "situation" in Jammu and Kashmir would not allow him to pursue politics their style.