Mukesh Ranjan

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Morale of babus high under Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

With the intention to give bureaucrats a greater say, they are also being asked to present “out-of-the-box ideas” directly to the Prime Minister and set goals and targets that can be achieved in the s

‘Gujarat model’ in Delhi: Top babus are now in charge

A significant change in the Central government’s working, on the lines of the “Gujarat model”, is almost complete now, with the bureaucracy getting primacy over ministers, and the PMO with its troika

Arun Shourie tipped for plan panel

Arun Shourie

The Narendra Modi government appears to have finally decided to reconstitute the Planning Commission, and there are indications that former Union minister Arun Shourie is likely to be appointed its de

U-turn by TMC on TRAI Bill

TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay on Monday supported the measure, saying the PM had “the right to appoint any officer who he feels fit... in the greater interests of better governance”.

Bill on PM secretary sails through Lok Sabha

TMC, SP, BSP, NCP back government; smooth Rajya Sabha passage likely

Goverment softens on Leader of Opposition

With the Congress making fresh move to cobble support from other parties in its favour to reach to the mandatory 10 per cent requirement for the post of the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha,

Trinamul, BJP MPs get into a scuffle in Lok Sabha

A view of Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday during budget session

It was one of the most unsavoury scenes that the Lok Sabha has ever witnessed, as Trinamul and BJP members were almost on the verge of a physical clash, after which both sides accused each other of us

7.5% more poor under new BPL cut-off

The raging economic crisis appears to have hit the poor in India hard, as an expert group headed by former chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, Dr C.

Rangarajan report revised method for poverty estimation

Opposition parties and activists had alleged that the BPL benchmark gave a false impression of the decline of poverty in the country.

Move to induct Raje, Parrikar in PM Modi’s Cabinet?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje at a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. -PTI

In a move aimed at averting the rise of any other “power centre” within the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have approached some party chief ministers like Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan

Much as I am tempted to see the fuss over Ved Pratap Vaidik’s posturing as a warning against busybodies and meddlers, wholesale condemnation of what is known as Track Two diplomacy might be unfair.

There is considerable speculation about when the Planning Commission will be reconstituted and who will occupy the largest room in Yojana Bhavan.