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PM Modi Likely To Launch Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme On Independence Day

The Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission aims to provide coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to annouoonce the launch of the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS) on a pilot basis in some states on the occasion of Independence Day, with the full-scale roll-out of his pet project expected in September end, sources […]

‘An expel Bengalis campaign’: Opposing NRC in Assam, Mamata makes her strongest identity pitch yet

In Assam, the final draft of the National Registrar of Citizens was published on Monday, putting in doubt the citizenship status of more than 4 million people. While the exercise will obviously have a significant effect in Assam itself, the politics of the NRC has also spilled over into neighbouring West Bengal where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took it up as an issue of Bengali identity. The move will help […]

US has started biggest trade war in history: China

China on Friday accused the US of starting “the biggest trade war in economic history” as American tariffs took effect on Chinese goods worth $34 billion. “China is forced to strike back to safeguard core national interests and the interests of its people,” the country`s Commerce Ministry said in a statement after the tariffs kicked in. President Donald Trump`s administration’s 25 per cent tariffs are targeting Chinese products such as […]

‘Slow and steady wins the race’ appears to be Kharge’s motto

After being marginalised in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra has emerged as the most important state for the Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. And it looks like the grand old party is making efforts to get its act together in the premier state in order to make inroads into the newfound Bharatiya Janata Party bastion. As the ruling NDA in the state is rocked by the Shiv Sena’s revolt, […]

"GST Has Become A Bad Word Among People": P Chidambaram Slams Centre

Former Finance minister P Chidambaram today attacked the government on the first anniversary of the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), claiming it had raised the tax burden on the common man and had become a “bad word” among people. “The design, structure, infrastructure backbone, rate or rates and implementation of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) were so flawed that GST has become a bad word among […]

All deposits in Swiss Bank are illegal is shaky presumption, says Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley in his blog today attacked opposition and others who are targeting government over the rise of deposit by Indians in Swiss National Bank (SNB). “A news item has appeared today indicating an increase of money by ‘Indians’ in the Swiss banking system. This has led to misinformed reaction in certain circles raising a query whether the Government’s anti-black money steps have yielded results”, he wrote. “To assume that […]

India Kashmir: BJP pulls out of controversial alliance

The chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, has resigned after the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit a coalition with her party. The BJP said the three-year alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had become “untenable” in the wake of increasing violence. The PDP’s decision to ally with the BJP had been seen as controversial. Its time in power was marked […]

US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council, calls it 'cesspool of political bias

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday, condemning the “hypocrisy” of its members and its alleged “unrelenting bias” against Israel. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Both insisted the United States would remain a leading champion of human rights, but for many, the […]

US immigration policy: In video, US border agent heard mocking crying children separated from parents

The separation of immigrant parents and their children at US’ southern border has turned into a topic of intense debate in recent days, with even First Lady Melania Trump commenting against it. But as Donald Trump and his administration continue to defend their new “zero tolerance” policy on immigration, an audio recording of the cries of children after being separated from their families is making an attempt to give us […]

Girish Karnad was on the hit list of Gauri Lankesh murder suspects: SIT

Eminent film and theatre personality Girish Karnad and several litterateurs and rationalists were on the hit list of those suspected of killing journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, officials said today. Besides Karnad, a recipient of the Jnanpith Award, the highest honour in literature, politician-litterateur B T Lalitha Naik, pontiff Veerabhadra Channamalla Swamy of Nidumamidi Mutt and rationalist C S Dwarakanath also figured in the list, sources in the SIT probing the Lankesh […]