Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

LG can’t overrule elected government, says apex court

The Supreme Court in a significant judgment on Wednesday ruled that the Lieutenant Governor is bound by the “aid and advice” of the council of ministers, seeking to end months of governance paralysis in the national capital because of serious differences between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Rising global wheat prices augur well for Indian exports

After a three-year break, wheat shipments from India may once again witness a sharp rise this year as exporters are looking to gain from favourable global market conditions. Wheat prices have consistently risen abroad on concerns of production and acute supply shortages in Europe, Russia and Australia.

I am not a shahenshah or an imperious ruler: Modi on his personal security

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he is “not a Shahenshah or an imperious ruler” unaffected by the warmth of the people and gains strength from his interactions with the public. 

“I am not a Shahenshah or an imperious ruler who is unaffected by their warmth. Being among people gives me lot of strength,” Modi said in an interview to Swarajya, an online magazine, amid reports of an “all time high” security threat to him.

The prime minister was answering a question on apprehension in the minds of his well wishers about his personal security during road shows.

Cops suspect Bhatia family had ‘shared psychosis’

The police suspect that the Bhatia family, whose 11 members were found dead on July 1 in their house at Burari in North Delhi under mysterious circumstances, might have been suffering from ‘shared psychosis.’ The police expressed the suspicion even as the victims’ neighbours said the ill-fated family members were very helpful, though they mostly kept to themselves and never talked about their family matters.

Does long sexual relationship equal marriage, SC asks govt

CAn a long sexual relationship be treated as good as marriage? If so, what should be the length of such a relationship?

The Supreme Court has sought the views of the Centre to decide if a prolonged sexual relationship should be considered as ‘de facto marriage’, fastening legal liabilities on the male partner.

PNB scam: ED to seek fugitive tag for Choksi

The Enforcement Directorate is set to move a special Mumbai court seeking the ‘fugitive economic offender’ tag for Gitanjali Gems owner Mehul Choksi and confiscate his assets worth over Rs 6,000 crore in the $2 billion PNB scam. The special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Tuesday took cognisance of a chargesheet filed by the agency against Choksi and 13 others on June 28 under the anti-money laundering law.

Toll collection to continue, says Gadkari

Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has ruled out any exemption from toll collection at the national highways, saying people should pay if they want good services.

The minister said toll collection could never go if funds are to be raised for constructing roads under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. 

MSP hike likely today

Amid the growing discontent with the NDA government’s policies among farmers in an election year, prime minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday took stock of the situation and discussed financial implications of the proposed raise in MSP with the Niti Aayog and the agriculture ministry.

Bankers have failed to live up to high standards: FM

Finance Piyush Goyal (in pic) on Tuesday said bankers have failed to live up to the high standards and ethics expected of them. His comment assumes extra significance as weeks ago bankers called for forming an independent committee to give clearances to initiate criminal proceedings against senior bankers.

Mob lynching: Government cracks the whip on WhatsApp

Waking up to stop mob lynching on rumours spread via social media, the Union government on Tuesday directed WhatsApp to take urgent steps to prevent dissemination of “irresponsible and explosive messages” through its platform. While the electronics and IT ministry conveyed its deep disapproval to the top brass of WhatsApp, the home ministry has convened a meeting of the representatives of social media platforms.