Narendra Modi and the BJP face a changing chemistry in Gujarat, but make no mistake, the CM-turned-PM campaigns with great style and elan and many people I spoke to after attending his rally in Saurashtra in Southern Gujarat on the weekend said they go away from each Modi event with their faith restored in Modi's leadership. He is an impressive campaigner in Gujarati, more humane and a shade lighter than he comes through in Hindi.
The BJP may have publicly listed about 35 star campaigners for Gujarat, but apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there's really only one other the party considers pure gold.
The economy grew 6.3 per cent in the three months ending in September from a year earlier, faster than the 5.7 per cent in the previous quarter, government data showed on Thursday.
HYDERABAD: Ivanka Trump, the daughter and informal advisor of US President Donald Trump, today applauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing a promise of "transformational change" to Indians through his journey from humble beginnings to the country's top office.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati that ran into trouble with Rajput Karni Sena and other fringe groups may be delayed beyond December 1 when it was expected to be released. The Central Board of Film Certification, popularly called the censor board, has told the film's producers that its application had been found to be "incomplete".
India and China today held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism here after the Doklam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.
CHENNAI: TTV Dinakaran, the party's sidelined number 2 slammed the Tamil Nadu government over raids at former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence in Chennai late on Friday evening calling the move as "betrayal" and "political vendetta".
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today welcomed Moody's Investors Service's first upgrade in nearly 14 years of its ratings on India's sovereign bonds, calling it a "belated recognition of the positive steps taken in last few years to strengthen the economy." Mr Jaitley also hit out at critics of the government's economic policies saying, "many who had doubts about India's reform process can now seriously introspect on their position."
The Arvind Kejriwal government scrapped its plan to implement the Odd-Even road rationing scheme from Monday that was meant to help lift the noxious blanket of smog that has enveloped Delhi for the last six days. The decision was announced after an emergency cabinet meeting within hours of the National Green Tribunal's scathing criticism of the government's efforts.
The Green Court had approved the Odd-Even Rule this morning but with a number of riders. The chief among them was a scrapping of exemptions for officials, VIPs, woman and two-wheelers. Pulling up the government for delayed implementation of the Odd-Even Rule, the court had said, "It seems you just want to reduce vehicles from roads... What is the basis of exemptions if you want to improve air quality".
The Delhi government had announced the relaunch of the Odd-Even Scheme -- under which cars with license plates ending in an odd number and even-number are allowed to ply on alternate days - last week after pollution levels in the city far outstripped Beijing and doctors said it was a public health emergency. The scheme was to be re-launched on Monday for five days.
Today, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the Delhi the government could not compromise on the safety of women. The government, he added, also did not have enough public transport alternatives to accommodate over 60 lakh two-wheeler riders.
"At the moment we are calling it off. We will again approach the NGT and will ask them to allow exemptions to women and two-wheelers," he added.
Sources said on Monday, the government would file an appeal in the Green Court to reconsider its "no exemption" for women and two-wheelers.
The other component in the decision to withdraw the plan was low pollution levels. The Central Pollution Control Board has told the Green Court that the level of Particulate Matter 10 is below 500 and Particulate Matter 2.5 is below 300.
The court had said the Odd-Even Rule should be implemented every time Particulate Matter 10 exceeds the level of 500 and PM 2.5 rises above 300 for 48 hours.