The rally in Bhopal was slated to be the “world’s largest congregation of political workers” with BJP workers from the state’s 230 assembly seats attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address. Here are the highlights. read more
Heavy rains lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh killing six people and blocking roads, officials said on Monday. Many roads including several national highways have been blocked due to landslides across the state. The tourist town of Manali has been cut off after an overflowing Beas river submerged roads after torrential rain during the last 24 hours.
The Congress has launched an offensive against the BJP government over the Rafale deal alleging corruption and violation of rules by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded answers from him. read more
Imran Khan on Saturday said that India’s decision to cancel the foreign minister-level talks in New York was “arrogant” and asserted that he was “disappointed” by the New Delhi’s “negative” response. read more
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)-Ayushman Bharat health scheme in Ranchi today. During the launch ceremony, PM Modi said more people than combined population of America, Canada and Mexico will be benefitted by the scheme. (HT Correspondent)read more
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday hailed Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). The home minister called the scheme a ‘sankat mochan’ for the country’s poor. He said, “If a poor person gets sick, the entire family’s budget is shaken. The Ayushman Bharat health scheme will help people with meeting medical expenses and also instil a sense of confidence in people. Several facts and figures indicate that if a poor person falls sick, they go deeper into poverty and nearly 5 crore families have been pushed below the poverty line due to expenditure on illness. The Ayushman Bharat health scheme is ‘Sankat Mochan Yojna’ for poor. Rs 5 lakh cover is not a small thing. Now the poor won’t have to beg creditors or be indebted to their creditors.” (HT Correspondent)read more
Arun Jaitley questioned the timing of the statement by former French President Francois Hollande that came days after Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s August 30th cryptic tweet warning of “some big bunker buster bombs in the next couple of weeks”. Both statements were made with regard to the controversy surrounding the Rafale deal, and the Finance Minister alleged that it was not mere coincidence that the Opposition leaders of the two countries were speaking in one voice on the controversial Rafale issue. (HT Correspondent)read more
The cashless scheme, which offers an annual cover of Rs 5 lakh to economically weaker section of society will be launched at the Prabhat Tara ground, and is expected to benefit 5.7 million families in the state alone. read more