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Isher Judge Ahluwalia died on Saturday. She was suffering from brain cancer.(Jasjeet Plaha/HT Archive)

Noted economist, Padma Bhushan awardee Isher Judge Ahluwalia dies

Mint, New Delhi | By Asit Ranjan Mishra
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 04:35 AM IST
Isher Judge Ahluwalia is survived by her husband Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission and their two sons. Her memoir “Breaking Through”, a testament of a career that broke many glass ceilings, was recently published.
What made Pranab Mukherjee special? It was not mass base, for he won his first Lok Sabha election only in 2004. But what he may have lacked in grassroots electoral support, Pranab da more than made up with his formidable intellectual capital.(HTPhoto)
What made Pranab Mukherjee special? It was not mass base, for he won his first Lok Sabha election only in 2004. But what he may have lacked in grassroots electoral support, Pranab da more than made up with his formidable intellectual capital.(HTPhoto)

Farewell, Pranab da

PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2020 11:51 PM IST
As the elder statesman of Indian politics departs, it will be a void hard to fill
Homeless persons and stranded migrant workers queue up to receive food in designated spots maintaining social distancing at Ramakrishna Ashram, in New Delhi on March 27, 2020.(Vipin Kumar / HT File Photo)
Homeless persons and stranded migrant workers queue up to receive food in designated spots maintaining social distancing at Ramakrishna Ashram, in New Delhi on March 27, 2020.(Vipin Kumar / HT File Photo)

Only quarter percent of 80 million migrants got govt food aid

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq and Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 10:02 AM IST
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had in May announced providing 800,000 tonne of emergency ration to the estimated 80 million migrants under the Union government’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat programme for distribution during May and June.
A file photo of former Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia(Mint)
A file photo of former Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia(Mint)

Warned UPA of retrospective tax law change against Vodafone: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Livemint, New Delhi | By Gireesh Chandra Prasad
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2020 08:21 PM IST
I-T Act was amended in 2012 with retrospective effect making offshore deals taxable in India.Vodafone's acquisition of Hutch Essar in 2007 ducked the Indian taxation laws
Former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday that he was not worried over the economic slowdown as “certain things” that are happening would have its impact.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday that he was not worried over the economic slowdown as “certain things” that are happening would have its impact.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘Not worried over slow rate of GDP growth’: Pranab Mukherjee

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 12:59 AM IST
Pranab Mukherjee, who also served as the finance minister in the UPA government, further said there is nothing wrong in public sector banks needing capital infusion.
It is time to give statutory status to the National Statistical Commission(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It is time to give statutory status to the National Statistical Commission(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Reviving faith in India’s statistics

By Yamini Aiyar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2019 07:18 PM IST
Transparency of data is essential both for good governance and the health of democracy
Known for his clean record, BN Yugandhar was instrumental in implementation of many schemes designed for the poor and marginalized sections of the society.(HT Photo)
Known for his clean record, BN Yugandhar was instrumental in implementation of many schemes designed for the poor and marginalized sections of the society.(HT Photo)

BN Yugandhar, ex-IAS officer and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s father, passes away

Hyderabad | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 10:20 PM IST
Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandhar, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who served in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Planning Commission, breathed his last at his residence in Banjara Hills here, family sources said.
Police personnel offer sweets during the festival of Eid ul-Adha in Jammu on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Police personnel offer sweets during the festival of Eid ul-Adha in Jammu on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Extremely peaceful and relaxed Eid, says Jammu and Kashmir official

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 07:51 PM IST
The state has been under security lockdown since August 5 when the Central government moved to end special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two union territories – J&K with a legislature and Ladakh without an assembly.
New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee speaks on the topic of 'Furthering India's Promise' during an event at Mavalankar Hall, in New Delhi, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(PTI7_18_2019_000226B)(PTI)
New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee speaks on the topic of 'Furthering India's Promise' during an event at Mavalankar Hall, in New Delhi, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(PTI7_18_2019_000226B)(PTI)

$5 trillion economy possible due to efforts since Independence: Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2019 10:58 AM IST
Delivering a lecture on ‘Furthering India’s Promise’, Mukherjee said various economic and social sectors are performing well because of the efforts of Indians since Independence.
The fifth meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog, New Delhi, June 15. The primary fault line in India’s fiscal federal architecture is this: the fiscal centralisation, necessary for poorer states, has in fact benefited richer states. Negotiating this fault line will require radical reforms in the design of central schemes(PTI)
The fifth meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog, New Delhi, June 15. The primary fault line in India’s fiscal federal architecture is this: the fiscal centralisation, necessary for poorer states, has in fact benefited richer states. Negotiating this fault line will require radical reforms in the design of central schemes(PTI)

Keep the Centre-state channel open

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 08:16 PM IST
Even as state governments complained about the centralising nature of the Planning Commission, the commission provided an institutional platform through which states could dialogue (and complain) with the Centre. The challenge for the new Modi government will lie in creating a renewed institutional space for political deliberation and negotiation of Centre-state relations
The first step has been taken by the government by releasing the employment data for 2017-18 and providing free access to household level data. The country will watch with hope and anxiety the subsequent steps to strengthen the independence and credibility of national statistical system(Shutterstock)
The first step has been taken by the government by releasing the employment data for 2017-18 and providing free access to household level data. The country will watch with hope and anxiety the subsequent steps to strengthen the independence and credibility of national statistical system(Shutterstock)

India must strengthen the credibility of its national statistical system

By Amitabh Kundu
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2019 08:30 PM IST
The non-release or delay of NSS data has happened in the past but this did not emerge in the public domain.
‘Congress’(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
‘Congress’(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019| ‘Congress’s Nyay scheme a bluff in every sense’: Arun Jaitley

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta and Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 08:14 AM IST
Let’s not underestimate the electorate. India’s electorate is shrewd… Take rural India - in infrastructure they got roads, they got cooking gas, they got toilets, electricity and some got houses.
Rahul Gandhi’s statement that he will replace Niti Aayog with a lean Planning Commission serves as a reminder that the Aayog has failed to live up to its promise(HT)
Rahul Gandhi’s statement that he will replace Niti Aayog with a lean Planning Commission serves as a reminder that the Aayog has failed to live up to its promise(HT)

Planning Commission 2.0: A political challenge

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 01:35 PM IST
Any attempt to reform or create a new body will need to curb Delhi’s tendency to centralise power.
The Planning Commission was set up by the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1950.
The Planning Commission was set up by the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1950.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Will replace NITI Aayog with ‘lean’ Planning Commission, says Rahul Gandhi in pre-poll promise

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 11:32 PM IST
Gandhi said NITI Aayog, set up as a policy think tank by the NDA government, had served “no purpose other than marketing presentations for the PM and fudging data”.
File photo of NK Singh, chairman of the 15th Finance Commission.(HT File)
File photo of NK Singh, chairman of the 15th Finance Commission.(HT File)

‘We will reward efficiency while recognising equity’: Finance Commission chairman NK Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore and Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 04:11 PM IST
NK Singh, the chairman of the fifteenth finance commission says the fiscal space created by the Centre has been compromised due to fiscal profligacy of the states.
Experts from the city have urged the government to be prepared for such an eventuality (Representative photo)(HT/PHOTO)
Experts from the city have urged the government to be prepared for such an eventuality (Representative photo)(HT/PHOTO)

Drought in Maharashtra could increase farmer suicides, say experts

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 02:33 PM IST
Government urged to treat drought as a natural disaster and amend the National Disaster Management Act, 2005 accordingly.
Union minister Jitendra Singh told Parliament on Wednesday that the decision to fill joint secretary-rank posts through ‘lateral entry’ was aimed at bringing in fresh ideas to governance.(PTI)
Union minister Jitendra Singh told Parliament on Wednesday that the decision to fill joint secretary-rank posts through ‘lateral entry’ was aimed at bringing in fresh ideas to governance.(PTI)

Govt receives 3,000 applications for joint secretaries’ post to be filled via lateral entry

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2018 09:23 PM IST
A contentious Union government scheme to hire 10 specialists from the private sector in key decision-making roles otherwise reserved for career members of the Indian civil services has attracted more than 3,000 applications for the 10 posts on offer, according to officials familiar with the matter.
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After 46 years of existence, UP state planning commission losing relevance

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Umesh Raghuvanshi, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2018 01:39 PM IST
Ever since the Narendra Modi government at the Centre scrapped the erstwhile Planning Commission of India to replace it with NITI Ayog in 2014-15, the fate of the UP state planning commission has remained uncertain.
Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA), has received widespread attention, and is expected to deliver many benefits to property buyers while levelling the playing field with developers.(HT/ Rajanish Kakade)
Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA), has received widespread attention, and is expected to deliver many benefits to property buyers while levelling the playing field with developers.(HT/ Rajanish Kakade)

India needs property title reforms

By Swati Ramanathan
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2018 06:12 PM IST
States will be compelled to deliver their part of the RERA bargain. They will need to establish robust guaranteed title certification policies and all related ‘upstream’ mechanisms, which will make title insurance cheaper – in effect, to deliver on the original promise of guaranteed title reforms
The state cabinet approved the salary hike on Thursday.(HT FILE)
The state cabinet approved the salary hike on Thursday.(HT FILE)

Salary hike for ULB staff to add to financial crunch: Officials

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Deep Joshi
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2018 10:21 PM IST
According to officials, the cumulative salary hike will cost the exchequer more than 50 crore.
Certificates issued by such a board could allegedly be misleading, create confusion and harm the careers of students.(HT Photo)
Certificates issued by such a board could allegedly be misleading, create confusion and harm the careers of students.(HT Photo)

State education board probes into complaint about Aurangabad-based ‘Maharashtra Education Board’

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2018 11:34 PM IST
The ‘Maharashtra Education Board’s’ website and font resembles the font used on the state education board marksheets and certificates.
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