• J&K to figure in PM Modi’s Biarritz talks August 23, 2019
    J&K is set to figure in India’s key discussions with world leaders on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in Biarritz this weekend, but the Modi-Macron talks, with an emphasis on bilateral resolutions, could be in a direction that India is comfortable with. Meanwhile, US Prez Trump has reiterated that he would like to mediate […]
  • No place for loot, terror & nepotism: PM August 23, 2019
    Addressing the Indian community at the Unesco headquarters in Paris, Modi said the govt acted quickly on several issues and took “major decisions”, such as making the practice of triple talaq punishable and scrapping Article 370. “In ‘new India’, corruption, nepotism, dynasty, loot of people’s money and terrorism have been reined in like never before,” […]
  • Govt steps in to revive economy August 23, 2019
    Finance minister Niramala Sitharaman on Friday announced a slew of measures, including scrapping surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) and domestic market players and steps to improve the flow of loans and overall cash in the system, while promising easier rules and lower compliance burden on companies along with offering to review income tax surcharge.
  • With govt's economy booster, oil is once again turning PM Modi’s friend August 23, 2019
    US crude on Friday plunged over 3% to $53.58 per barrel. Right on cue, global benchmark Brent, which is more pertinent for India, fell 2% to trade at $$58.75 per barrel. Low oil prices will help boost demand and reduce input cost for farmers who use diesel to run equipment. Lower subsidy liability frees up […]
  • Curbs back in Valley for Friday prayers August 23, 2019
    After the lockdown was eased last week, curfew-like restrictions were reimposed in the Valley for the Friday prayers. There was no official statement on why the restrictions were back, but sources attributed it to the administration being wary about large crowds gathering in mosques for Friday prayers which the Police said were held uninterrupted in […]