Hours after Congress President Rahul Gandhi furnished details of the minimum income guarantee proposal which is part of the party’s election manifesto, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley critiqued the idea in detail. Accusing the Congress party of cheating and fooling India’s poor for decades, the Finance Minister said that the NDA government is already providing support via direct benefit transfers worth Rs 5.4 lakh crore per year to India’s poor. He said that this amount was much greater than the Rs 3.6 lakh crore proposed under Congress’ scheme. (Hindustan Times)read more
It can no longer be seen as just a force supporting a land offensive. Time and again, the IAF leadership has come out in the open saying that it is a strategic force but till Balakot, perhaps neither the sister forces nor the political leadership were... read more
“I would also like to request you Narendra Modi sir to enable every cricketer playing in the IPL to be allowed to cast their votes from which ever place they find themselves at,” Ravichandran Ashwin tweeted. read more
With just weeks to go for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced a key highlight of his poll manifesto. Declaring his intention to ‘eradicate poverty’ in India, Gandhi promised Rs 72,000 per annum to 5 crore poor families if his party comes to power. Gandhi said that the Congress had consulted eminent economists to work out a fiscally prudent scheme. The promise is being seen as Congress’ response to the NDA government’s decision to provide Rs 6,000 per year as income support to poor farmers. (Hindustan Times)read more
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday formally inducted four US-made Chinook heavy-lift helicopters at Air Force Station 12 Wing in Chandigarh. Two hangars and logistics facilities were created in Chandigarh for the Chinook helicopters. Each Chinook helicopter has a payload capacity of about 10 tonne which is a major boost to India’s strategic airlift capability.
The Congress may give the BJP a tough fight in Uttarakhand owing to two factors - the poll arithmetic favouring it and the strong anti-incumbency prevailing against the latter, said its leaders. read more
Shashi Kant, the former director general of police of Punjab who was travelling to Chandigarh from Delhi, tweeted a photograph of his boarding pass issued at the New Delhi airport, questioning how the photos of the two Bharatiya Janata Party leaders... read more