In a bid to bring back defaulters of huge bank loans who escape to take refuge abroad, the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance that would provide for attachment and confiscation of the properties of the economic offenders.
Senior BJP leader and former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been trenchant in his criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, has announced that he was snapping his links with the BJP and launching a countrywide campaign to save the democracy.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient through the use of e-governance vis-a-vis service delivery and transparency.
These are such desperate times for journalism that S. Nihal Singh's departure at 89 triggers memories about a phase in the profession that dreams are made of.
An ordinance promulgated by the Modi government after due Cabinet approval seeks to allow courts to award the death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age. The government is hoping that this will act as a serious deterrent against such depraved acts. Statistics reveal that in 2015 as many as 5,700 people accused of raping minors were acquitted while only 2,241 were convicted. While a deterrent has been created by the new ordinance, the war on rape and rapists will have to look at the fact that 70 per cent of rapists get away. The ordinance comes at a time when there is a national outrage over the unspeakable rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu. In fact, even on the day of the ordinance, an infant was raped in Madhya Pradesh.
The 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has ruled out an alliance with the Congress party but nevertheless agreed to an "understanding" with it and other "secular opposition parties" inside and outside Parliament.
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that the sacking of Atishi Marlena as his adviser was an attempt at destroying the future of the children of Delhi.