Political updates: Arvind Panagariya may become next RBI governor, says report
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GST hopes revived on BJP-Congress thaw
In the first sign of a thaw, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has reached out to the Congress just ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, reviving hopes of a political consensus for passage of the constitutional amendment bill to allow rollout of the proposed goods and services tax (GST). The meeting, said a senior Congress leader, is imminent and could well happen over the next two days. Read more
Narendra Modi’s Africa visit: key takeaways
Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed his four-nation Africa tour. This is Modi’s first visit to the African mainland. The visit comes within eight months of India hosting the heads of state and government of 41 African countries and representatives of all 54 African states in New Delhi at the third India-Africa summit in October. The trip also comes after visits by President Pranab Mukherjee to Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia last month and by vice-president Hamid Ansari to Morocco and Tunisia in May-June. Together, the visits aim to bolster and sustain ties between India and energy- and resource-rich Africa, given that the next India-Africa summit will be held in 2020. Read the key takeaways of Modi’s trip.
Kerala’s LDF govt defends ban on women’s entry at Sabarimala
Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has backed the ban on women’s entry at the Sabarimala temple, reversing the stance it took when the coalition was previously in power. Read more
Theresa May to be next British PM after Andrea Leadsom quits
Energy minister Andrea Leadsom abruptly withdrew from the contest to succeed David Cameron as Britain’s prime minister on Monday, leaving her rival Theresa May as the only candidate. The two women had been due to contest a ballot of around 150,000 Conservative party members, with the result to be declared by 9 September, but the shock announcement opens the way for May to take over much sooner. Read more
Devendra Fadnavis shows he leads government, BJP in Maharashtra
After including 10 new ministers into his cabinet last week and creating a portfolio re-jig, removing some ministers more loyal to Nitin Gadkari, Devendra Fadnavis shows that while he is still Narendra Modi’s man in Maharashtra, he is also an able politician himself. Read more
Arvind Panagariya may be named new RBI governor in place of Rajan: Report
Prime Minister Narendra Modi could name his policy adviser Arvind Panagariya as the next governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), two television channels reported on Monday, citing unnamed government officials. Read more
India and Kenya enter into tax, defence agreements
India and Kenya on Monday signed seven agreements, including one on the avoidance of double taxation and another to boost defence cooperation, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the African nation. Read more
India slams Pakistan for calling Burhan Wani a J&K leader
India on Monday slammed Pakistan for calling a dead Islamist militant a “Kashmiri leader” a day earlier and said the comment reflected Pakistan’s continued attachment to the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy. Pakistan’s foreign office on Sunday had condemned—what it termed—was the “extrajudicial killing” of Burhan Wani in Kashmir on Friday. Indian officials say Wani belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group. Read more
Will online campaigning by SP, BSP attract Uttar Pradesh voters?
Moving beyond conventional ways of campaigning, supporters of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and its rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have taken their on-ground electoral battle online, with less than a year left for the Uttar Pradesh assembly election in 2017. Read more