Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Punished for trying to free people from slavery imposed by some generals and judges: Sharif

A defiant Nawaz Sharif today said he has been sent to jail because he tried to free the people of Pakistan from the slavery imposed on them by some generals and judges and vowed to continue his political struggle from behind the bars. 

The deposed former prime minister Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by an anti-graft court in Islamabad in one of the three corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal, dealing a huge blow to his party ahead of the elections on July 25.

Cong targets PM over fall in value of Rupee

The Congress today took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the sharp drop in the value of the Rupee and wondered which of the two -- the BJP or the Indian currency -- will fall lower.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also asked as to who was the country's finance minister, saying one is "acting" to be the FM, while the other is "pretending" to be so, an apparent dig at Piyush Goyal and Arun Jaitley.

AAP govt-LG turf war continues over control of Services Department

After the Supreme Court clipped the powers of the Delhi L-G, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal tomorrow, even as the relationship between the AAP dispensation and bureaucrats strained further on Thursday over transfer and posting order.

CCTV footage shows family members brought stools, wires used for hanging

More morbid details came out in the mysterious deaths of 11 members of a family in Burari here as CCTV footage showed some members bringing stools and wires that were used for their hanging, even as police recovered 11 diaries that were maintained over a period of 11 years. The content of the diaries matched the way the alleged suicides happened, the police said.

Delhi stand-off continues: AAP for contempt petition against officials

A day after the Supreme Court clipped the powers of the LG, the Delhi government and bureaucrats remained on opposite sides of the administrative fence with the AAP leadership saying it is likely to move a contempt petition against those who had refused to comply with its directive on transfers and postings.  It also plans to issue an order regarding implementation of public welfare schemes and the court’s verdict to all its functionaries.

Air passenger growth at 16.6% in May

India registered double-digit domestic air passenger growth for the 45th straight month in May even though volumes have fallen in recent months, airlines’ grouping IATA said on Thursday. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said the country’s revenue passenger kilometre (RPK) – a measure of passenger volumes – rose 16.6 per cent in May.

Petrol, diesel prices hiked as global crude rates firm up

Petrol and diesel prices were hiked on Thursday for the first time in around a fortnight on the back of risi­ng international rates and wea­kening rupee. The incr­e­ase of 16 paise a litre in pe­trol and 12 paise per litre in diesel came after an 8-day self-imposed hiatus in rate revisions by state-oil firms in anticipation of softening global rates due to Opec decision to raise output by 1 million barrels per day.

Bank credit grows at 12.84%, deposits 7.59%

Bank credit grew by 12.84 per cent to Rs 86,16,408 crore in the fortnight ended June 22, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data. In the year-ago fortnight, bank loans stood at Rs 76,35,689 crore. The growth in advances was slightly higher than the growth registered in the previous fortnight ended Jun 8. It had risen by 12.67 per cent to Rs 85,98,703 crore.

GST dents Indian apparel exports

India’s apparel exports downturn may continue and is expected to decline by overall 10 per cent in FY19, a senior industry official said here.


The Cabinet has announced higher MSPs in recognition of the economic problems of farmers. The economic and ecological health of agriculture is not good as is clear from the massive protests by kisan organisations and the re-occurrence of farmer suicides. The two main demands of the farmer’s movement are for loan waiver and remunerative prices.