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PM’s Economic Advisory Council junks Arvind Subramanian paper, plans rebuttal

New Delhi, Jun 13: A day after Arvind Subramanian's sensational disclosure that India's GDP has been overestimated by an astronomical 2.5 percentage points between 2011-12 and 2016-17 which immediately attracted a strong reaction from the government, the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council came to the Centre's defence, saying that proper methodology was followed and that experts were consulted in calculating...

Rahul Gandhi was, is and will remain Congress president: Surjewala

New Delhi, Jun 13: Rahul Gandhi had offered to quit as the party chief during a May 25 CWC meeting Rahul Gandhi was, is and will remain the Congress president, chief spokesperson of the party Randeep Surjewala said on Wednesday, ending the speculation triggered by Gandhi’s insistence to quit the post for the time being.

Surjewala’s assertion...

Cabinet approves Aadhaar Bill; claims it is people friendly

New Delhi, Jun 13: The Cabinet has approved the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which establishes that no individual can be compelled to provide proof of Aadhaar number unless provided by law, and the Aadhaar number on voluntary basis shall be accepted as KYC document.

The Bill replaces Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, and it...

PM Modi arrives in Bishkek to attend SCO summit

Bishkek, Jun 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived here in the Kyrgyz capital for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, the first multilateral engagement post his re-election.

Modi, in a statement before his two-day visit to Bishkek from June 13-14, said that on the sidelines of the SCO Summit, he also plans to meet several...

‘Reach office on time, avoid working from home’: PM Modi to council of ministers

New Delhi, Jun 13: Reach office on time and avoid working from home to set an example for others -- these were some of the instructions Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave to the council of ministers on Wednesday.

In the first meeting of the council of ministers after the Modi-led dispensation assumed charge last month, the prime minister also...

Will find out who did not work: Priyanka rebukes Cong workers for not giving their best in LS election

Raebareli, Jun 13: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday reprimanded Congress workers for not giving their best to make sure the party won the Lok Sabha polls resulting into a humiliating defeat in the state. "I did not want to deliver any speech here but since I have been made to speak, let me speak the truth....

ICICI Bank, SBI, HDFC among top victims of over Rs 2.05 lakh cr frauds in 11 years: RBI

New Delhi, Jun 12: Of over 50,000 frauds that hit banks in India in the last 11 fiscal years, the ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) and HDFC Bank reported highest number of cases, according to an RBI data.

Of the total 53,334 cases of frauds reported during 2008-09 and 2018-19 fiscal years, involving a whopping Rs 2.05...

Govt rebuts ex-CEA’s contention on GDP; claims right methodology followed

New Delhi, Jun 12: The government on Tuesday rebutted former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian's contention regarding over-estimation of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data and stated that proper methodology was followed in calculating the country's overall economic growth estimates.

"The GDP estimates released by the ministry are based on accepted procedures, methodologies and available data and objectively measure...

Clashes between BJP workers and police in Kolkata

Kolkata, Jun 6: Clashes broke out between BJP workers and police personnel here on Wednesday during a massive rally organised by the party in protest against post-poll violence and an alleged attack on its workers and supporters.

As the BJP activists jostled to reach the Bowbazar crossing in the city, police resorted to firing tear gas shells and water...

Cyclone Vayu turns "very severe", advances towards Gujarat

Mumbai, Jun 12: Mumbai and some neighbouring coastal areas of Maharashtra witnessed a windy Wednesday morning as cyclone 'Vayu' turned into a "very severe cyclonic storm", the weather department said.

As the cyclone continued to progress towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of neighbouring Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) upgraded its severity condition.

"Cyclone Vayu has turned into...