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Time for incremental change is over: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the time for incremental change is long over. Addressing Niti Aayog, the institution which replaced the Planning Commission, he said its forthcoming 15-year vision document should accordingly reflect this and posit transformational change for the country. Read more

In sustained push, NDA again reaches out to parties on GST bill

The government on Thursday reached out to opposition parties over the passage of the goods and services tax (GST) law, a day after accepting some of their demands for changes in the legislation. While the Congress party has kept the government guessing, the Left parties on Thursday repeated one of the original complaints about the law—that it would take away the powers of state governments to levy taxes. Read more

Amid GST parleys, Panda’s tweets provide a peek into Parliament’s central hall

“#HeardInCentralHall The party holding up #GST has almost agreed, but is sending conflicting signals so that govt sweats till the last minute," tweeted Baijayant Jay Panda, Biju Janata Dal’s Lok Sabha member on Thursday afternoon, a day when hectic parleys were on between the government and opposition leaders over the passage of the GST bill. Read more

Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi govt in Lok Sabha on price rise, Arun Jaitley hits back

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government set a date by which it will bring down prices of essential food items such as pulses and vegetables. Read more

Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday reeled out statistics in the Lok Sabha to assert that the NDA government had brought down inflation and expressed hope that prices of essential commodities will come down further after a “good" monsoon. Read more

After a billion Aadhaar cards, UIDAI readies for next phase

With over a billion Aadhaar enrolments completed and empowered by a new law, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is looking to scale up operations and prepare for its next phase—one involving constant updates of data and ramping up capacity to eventually validate up to half a billion transactions daily, according to UIDAI chief executive A.B. Pandey. Read more

IMD sees monsoon rains picking up pace in first week of August

After a slowdown in most parts of the country in the past week, the monsoon is expected to see a pickup in north-west and central India in the first week of August. Government forecaster India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday said rainfall was 4% below the long-period average (the average of rainfall over the past 50 years) for the country as a whole. Read more

Compensatory afforestation fund bill gets Rajya Sabha nod

The Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Bill, 2016, was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, paving the way for distribution of Rs.42,000 crore among states to expand India’s forest cover. The passage of the bill, which has already been approved by the Lok Sabha, was described as “a black day for forest dwellers’ rights" by non-governmental organizations working for the welfare of tribals and forest dwellers. Read more

Rajnath Singh to visit Pakistan in August amid tensions in Kashmir

Despite an uptick in tensions over Kashmir, Indian home minister Rajnath Singh is expected to visit Pakistan for a regional home ministers’ meet in the first week of August, government officials said. Read more

Curfew lifted across Kashmir except Anantnag town

Curfew was on Thursday lifted from across Kashmir, barring Anantnag town, following improvement in the situation, a day after it was reimposed in parts of the valley to thwart a separatist march to Kulgam district. Read more

India, Bangladesh discuss road map to combat terror

Union minister for home affairs Rajnath Singh promised Bangladesh India’s fullest support in its fight against “terrorism, fundamentalism and radicalism" during discussions held on Thursday in New Delhi with his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan. Read more

Cabinet clears 15 appointments

The cabinet committee on appointments on Thursday announced more than a dozen changes in senior positions at various ministries; it posted officers on special duty (OSDs) who will take over as secretaries when the incumbents retire. Read more

Congress to bring in breach of privilege against Devendra Fadnavis

Leader of opposition in Maharashtra assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil Thursday said Congress party will introduce a breach of privilege motion against chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on 1 August for misleading the legislative assembly. Read more

Bihar court orders FIR against Mayawati, other BSP leaders

A Vaishali district court on Thursday ordered registration of a first information report (FIR) against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati and three other party leaders for allegedly making inflammatory speeches last week spreading animosity in the society. Read more

BJP’s cow politics

The Swarajya reported that the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh may have a problem on their hands with cow protection politics gaining traction in various parts of the country. Read more