Gujarat will vote in two phases on Dec. 9 and Dec. 14 to pick a new assembly, the election commission said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a crucial battle that is seen as a test of support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies to revive a sputtering economy.
Chief election commissioner AK Joti said all polling stations will have VVPAT machines, an anti-fraud system with a paper trail that briefly shows the candidate and symbol a person voted for. Continue reading
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NEW DELHI: Visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday suggested that the US and India partner to build road connectivity in the sub-continent and port connectivity in the Indo Pacific, as a sort of alternative to the Chinese One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative . Continue reading
NEW DELHI: On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his monthly radio address that the Goods and Services Tax is not just a tax reform, it is an economic model that will promote the culture of honesty.
“The GST, which I call the good and simple tax, has shown a positive impact on the economy in a short time,” Modi said in the 34th edition of the Mann Ki Baat as the ‘one-country, one-tax’ regime entered its 30th day. Continue reading
New Delhi: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in the Rajya Sabha that Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the “spirit” of H-1B visa with President Donald Trump during their recent meeting and made him agree on crucial contribution of the Indian skilled professionals to the US economy Continue reading
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On Tuesday, Textiles minister Smriti Irani was given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting ministry after M Venkaiah Naidu resigned from the post following his nomination as the NDA’s vice-presidential candidate.
Rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar has also assumed the additional charge of urban development ministry, another portfolio that was held by Mr. Venkaiah Naidu. Continue reading
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JERUSALEM: On Tuesday, India and Israel took historic steps towards a new engagement, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcoming his visiting Indian counterpart Narendra Modi by saying the future of the bilateral relationship lay in Israeli technology being wedded with Indian talent.
Modi’s Israel visit is the first by an Indian prime minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1992, is expected to elevate the relationship built on the bedrock of defence and security cooperation to a higher level by boosting collaboration in high technology, agriculture, water management and trade. Continue reading
NEWDELHI: Pressing a button at the stroke of midnight on Friday, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s biggest tax reform from the historic central hall of Parliament, cheered on by some of the country’s top names in politics, business and law.
It was a luxury welcome for the long-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST), ending a 14-year struggle to enlist political support for a move that will replace some 20 federal and state levies and unify a country of 1.3 billion people into one of the world’s biggest common markets. Continue reading
New Delhi :. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Muslims on Saturday to keep the debate over triple talaq away from politics, saying that he hoped efforts to reform the controversial Islamic practice will come from the community.
“I am sure enlightened people will emerge from among Muslims and come forward to end his practice, liberating our Muslim daughters and mother’s from the scourge,” Modi said at a function to celebrate the life of 12th century social reformer and kanada philosopher Basaveswara.
” Come out and find a solution. that solution will have its own majesty and generations will remember you. ”
This is the second time in a fortnight that modi has reached out to Muslim women. In October too, he criticised triple talaq, saying the practice was destroying Muslim women’s lives.
In his 38 minutes speech, Modi called upon India’s Muslims to show the “path of modernity” to Muslims across the world. “That is the kind of power and energy this land gives to all of us.”
Triple talaq refers to the Islamic tradition that lets men divorce women by pronouncing talaq thrice.
India has separate sets of personal laws for each religion governing marriage, divorce, succession, adoption and maintainance. While much of the Hindu law overhaul began in the 1950s and continues, activists have long argued that Muslims personal law has remained mostly unchanged.
The Modi government has said it wants to replace the triple talaq divorce and other Islamic personal laws with a new uniform civil code applicable to all religious groups.