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‘Policy paralysis 2.0’ behind BJP defeat, say many

Many within the government on Tuesday indicated that “Policy paralysis 2.0” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi could also be responsible for the BJP’s humiliating defeat at the hands of the Arvind Kej

Lalu to play 2nd fiddle to Nitish?

It appears a full circle in the political relationship of Bihar’s two strongmen Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar.

NITI Aayog to replace Planning Commission

NITI Aayog to replace Plan panel (Photo: PTI)

The government on Thursday adopted a resolution to constitute the National Institution for Transforming India (Niti) Aayog, replacing the 65-year-old Nehruvian Planning Commission, which will serve as

NREGA to get a boost with new fund pattern

The rural development ministry will be dividing the funds for a range of schemes and programmes for villages under two heads material and wages

Major boost for other schemes too

Currently, for the financial year 2014-15, the budgetary allocation for MGNREGA is Rs 36,000 crore, of which 40 per cent is earmarked for material cost and the rest for employment under the scheme.

UID set to get legal backing

The UPA’s ambitious Unique Identity (UID) or Aadhaar project will soon get the legal backing, as the government is all set to clear a draft legislation, which will be introduced in Parliament during Winter Session.
Sources in the government said that the Union Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday will take up “The National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010”, which will provide a legal backing to the Aadhaar initiative.

JD-U plans to ban Modi Oct. 27 rally

Sensing that there is no alternative for the Muslims in Bihar to go with particularly after RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s conviction and consequent five year jail term, the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) government has been considering either to ban the BJP’s proposed “Hunkar” rally to be addressed by Narendra Modi in Patna on October 27 or if need be arresting the Saffron party’s Prime Ministerial candidate on the pretext of possible “communal disharmony”.

BJP may gain, Cong plays safe

Already in churning since the JD(U) and BJP parted ways, Bihar will soon see greater political turbulence after Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Yadav was convicted in a slew of fodder scam cases and

Pvt tieups on anvil for India Post

It is learnt that in the last two decades, since the private courier operators entered the market, a need to have a complete database of all the players in the market place was felt. “Once the India Post is designated as regulator, all the operators would need to register themselves with it by way of securing licence, which will be chargeable,” sources said.

India Post set to regulate couriers?

In a bid to regulate the growing courier business in India, estimated to be worth `4,000 crores now, the government has moved a policy paper that proposes Indian Post be tasked with issuing licenses and addressing disputes between consignees and operators, both domestic and international.

When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.

Official visits by heads of state or government are like vital surgical operations — if you come out of the operation theatre alive and are back in your room, it is deemed a success.