The rift between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal was out in the open again today at the Delhi assembly. The Chief Minister, who had earlier clashed with Baijal on a number of issues and had even accused his office of leaking reports in the media, today attacked the Lieutenant Governor, the BJP and the bureaucracy, alleging a nexus between them.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday lowered the country's growth projection for 2017-18, pegging the Gross Value Added (GVA) at 6.7 per cent. The RBI held its policy rate steady near seven-year lows on Wednesday after inflation surged, but still looked to prop up the cooling economy by spurring banks into lending more.
Within hours of giving her first TV interview since the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy broke out, Honeypreet Insan, the 'daughter' of controversial Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, is now in the custody of Haryana Police. However, different accounts of how Honeypreet was arrested, have emerged with the police forces of the two states appearing to be competing to take credit in the high-profile case. A Haryana Police official claimed the arrest was carried out by Haryana Police's SIT team in Punjab's Patiala district and the local police had been informed, as per the standard operating procedure. She was arrested from Zeerakhpur in Patiala. But initial media reports said that Honeypreet had surrendered in Punjab on Tuesday morning, following which the Punjab police handed over her custody to the Haryana Police.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his current yatra in Kerala should also visit the state government-run hospitals to learn how the CPI-M-led government there provides health services, party chief Sitaram Yechury said on Wednesday, in an apparent reference to the deaths of scores of children in a Gorakhpur hospital in August.
The BJP has unleashed an aggressive campaign in God's Own Country. The Jan Raksha March inaugurated by BJP president Amit Shah on October 3 from Payyannur in Kannur district of Kerala was passed on to the Yogi from Uttar Pradesh. It will conclude on October 17, with Amit Shah at the helm. The party is highlighting the killings of BJP and RSS cadres under political patronage. The 14-day yatra is the best planned strategic political move the party has made so far in Kerala where it is struggling to gain acceptance. The beginning of the march, scheduled to cover 11 districts, in Payyannur town of the politically volatile Kannur district, saw a strong emotional pitch by Shah and all the speakers giving sketchy details of the killings that took place in the region. Family members of the slain RSS and BJP workers in Kannur were on parade. The yatra is targeted against the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) but is the Congress which has more to worry.
Riding high on the popularity of desi products, Yoga guru Swami Ramdev said by 2018-19, his fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company, Patanjali, will overtake Unilever and others and by 2020-21 Patanjali would become the world's largest FMCG brand.
It has taken more than three years for Narendra Modi to realise that a presidential style of governance is not suitable for a country of India's size and complexity.
Two developments in Europe this week have brought cheer. First, Angela Merkel has held on to her job (even though only by the skin of her teeth). Secondly, the very citadel of Western capitalism, The Economist, has editorially welcomed Jeremy Corbyn, a socialist in the Michael Foot mould, as Britain's next Prime Minister, whenever elections take place. There is a stamp size photograph of Corbyn standing at 10 Downing Street, without a necktie, of course.
Vijaya Dashmi, or Dussehra, marking the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and symbolising the triumph of good over evil, was celebrated with fervour across the country on Saturday. In New Delhi, before burning the effigy of Ravana at the Subhash Maidan opposite Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted the citizens to see festivals as source of inspiration to do something positive for society as he underlined their social relevance.