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The results have one limitation — it does not capture sentiment that has not been expressed online. Absolute bullshitt. BJP''s IT cell would have contributed that data. Dillip Patnaik days ago. This statistic is wrong based on Hindi-Hindus chamchas.Jump to navigation. In the Modi 2. He has also been dealing with trade unions over the four new labour codes being enacted by the Centre, three of which were passed in the just-concluded monsoon session of Parliament. Goyal has also worked closely with officials from the ministry of housing and urban affairs over the rollout of the Pradhan Mantri Svanidhi Yojana, which aims to provide loans to street vendors.
This is more notable since Goyal, as minister for commerce and industry and railwayshas no direct hand in the three agriculture reform bills.Z Review - Schiit Stack V2 UBER Edition
It is his personal relationships with RSS and opposition leaders and his understanding of business that has come in handy. In this, he is following in the footsteps of the late Arun Jaitley, who played a similar role to great effect—for instance, in ensuring that the Goods and Services Tax GST became a reality and ensuring a smooth passage of mining reforms. The NDA has also found it difficult to control the narrative over the agriculture reforms.
Sources say that Goyal immediately spoke with Chautala to convince him not to follow suit. As a result, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly deputed Goyal to handle this matter—while Tomar has been sitting for interviews with the media on this issue, it is Goyal who has taken over backroom negotiations.
This will have a major consequence for farmers in Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, who are major producers of wheat and rice. The Centre says the agriculture ministry is working out the rules and regulations on these topics.
Opposition parties have seized on this issue, using their political platforms to highlight the protests of farmers in Haryana and Punjab. In Punjab, Goyal has reportedly opened communications with groups opposed to chief minister Amarinder Singh, pushing the narrative that these reforms were actually backed by Singh.
To develop this narrative, Goyal and his team have been busy digging through the papers, minutes of meetings and reforms supported by Singh and Hooda, looking for stated positions that could be used to back up this point of view. While the battle to control the narrative is being fiercely fought, at stake is also a larger question—whether Goyal can fill the shoes of his mentor, the late Arun Jaitley.
Piyush Goyal: Modi 2. Piyush Goyal at the India Today Conclave in Photo by Bandeep Singh. Do You Like This Story? Now share the story.The coronavirus pandemic Covid has shaken the foundations of the international order.
It has already taken a toll in advanced countries known for their health care infrastructure and accessibility. Developing countries, struggling with inadequate State capacity, face the challenge of both dealing with the health catastrophe and its economic fallout.
The situation is precarious in India, with its 1. Health care in India has always been dismal. Public expenditure on health in India is around 1.
India has a critical shortage of doctors, paramedics, nurses, hospitals, ventilators and other equipment.
The private sector accounts for a key segment of health care capacity, but suffers from poor quality control, corruption, unfair practices and inaccessibility for the masses. And not much can be done to redress these structural inadequacies at such short notice, although the government has been moving fast to augment capacity like placing orders for 40, ventilators to nearly double their numbers. But this crisis has also validated several of the major policy decisions of the Narendra Modi government in the past six years.
Major relief measures such as medical insurance to frontline health workers and income support to vulnerable groups using direct benefits transfer are testimony to formidable state capacity. And the credit goes to the extraordinary push given by the PMJDY, which now boasts of million bank accounts; 1. The push given to National Payments Corporation of India has boosted innovation and connectivity, thus revolutionising banking and governance. These schemes were fiercely opposed by vested interests as wasteful and exclusionary.
So powerful was the opposition, that the United Progressive Alliance UPA government all but surrendered, despite originally incubating these schemes. It is to the credit of Modi that despite his earlier concerns, he quickly grasped the potential of these schemes and invested his political and administrative capital in achieving what UPA failed to attain. Because of this, India today is in a far better position to deal with the pandemic. These schemes also generate a crucial database of the beneficiaries that is now being utilised by the government to ensure relief to the maximum number of people possible especially in the unorganised sector.
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was mocked and dismissed as a gimmick, but sanitation has substantially improved. Better sanitation and hygiene has already been saving hundreds of thousands of lives, as per the estimates of the World Health Organisation, and its importance during a pandemic cannot be emphasised enough. Covid also settles the debate on the National Population Register and National Register of Citizens, by demonstrating the necessity for a complete and verifiable database of population and citizens as even now a large number of people are outside the ambit of relief measure due to the lack of such a database.
Such a database and State-capacity of need-based surveillance, unshackled by strict privacy concerns, are central to the success of countries like South Korea, Taiwan and China and Singapore in containing the pandemic. But, for now, it is the economic question that needs to be addressed next. A decade-long slowdown has already limited the capacity of the government to undertake relief measures.
The economy was already in the midst of the restructuring due to disruptive policies implemented in the last few years including the shock induced by demonetisation.Choose your reason below and click on the Report button.
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Company Corporate Trends. ET Explains. G Seetharaman. Font Size Abc Small. Abc Medium. Abc Large. Launched on October 2,the Swachh Bharat Mission has undoubtedly been a high-visibility scheme. What is in a name? Catchy monikers like the Swachh Bharat Mission and Ayushman Bharat have helped these initiatives strike a chord with the masses, though in some cases like the Smart Cities Mission and Digital Indiapeople may not have entirely understood what they entailed.
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This will require drivers for Windows, but for no other OS hello, Microsoft! It also has a more sophisticated analog section. Again, Windows requires drivers.Last year, the month of May marked the final stages of one of India's most keenly awaited general elections. It was a long and hard-fought battle, but the upshot was beyond the expectations of most experts and psephologists. I myself, in a panel of political pundits, covered the elections for a leading TV channel.
None of us, even those such as myself who had predicted Narendra Modi's return to power, had dreamed of the BJP bagging as many as seats. TsuNaMo, once again, proved the naysayers and Cassandras wrong. But the first year of Modi 2. True, there have been notable achievements.
Among these, the passage of the bill against triple talaq, the resolution of the long-standing Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, and abrogation of Article instantly come to mind.
The Ram Janmabhoomi settlement, that too through judicial means, ranks as one of Modi 2. An issue that had divided the nation for decades was solved in such a quietly confident and definitive manner.
Now, happily, on the first anniversary of the government's re-election, construction has actually started. Mandir wahin ban raha hai. The return of Sri Ram to his rightful birthplace has also brought peace to Ayodhya. Photo: Reuters.
Similarly, perhaps more spectacularly, the change in Article altered the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, bifurcating it into two centrally administered Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Again, such a radical alteration, which was so long overdue, was boldly and openly affected in the Indian Parliament, steered through with masterly manoeuvres, by Home Minister Amit Shah.
Those who watched the proceedings in both houses could not but be hugely impressed by this constitutional coup. Its thrust was to fast-track the citizenship of non-Muslim religious refugees to India from our neighbourhood. The CAA produced a backlash of unexpected dimensions, with the Shaheen Bagh protests turning into a semi-permanent campsite in the Capital. There were copy-cat demonstrations in other parts of India.
Worse, this issue, with its distortions and misunderstandings, threatened to create a new communal divide. Tensions culminated in the violent riots that Delhi witnessed during the visit of Donald Trump on January The more recent outbreak of the Covid pandemic posed an even bigger challenge to the country.
But one unexpected benefit was the complete eclipsing, if not wiping out, of the Shaheen Bagh type of communalised anti-CAA protests. Instead, headlines were dominated by "superspreaders" from the Tablighi Jamaat, who had congregated in thousands at their Nizamuddin Markaz.
Soon, we were overtaken by what was perhaps the severest lockdown in the world. Starting from March 23, it still continues despite some easing, in most parts of India. Though the government has handled the pandemic with admirable efficiency, the Prime Minister himself leading from the front, our case-tally is rising alarmingly, close to 2 lakhs already. Luckily, when it comes to our fatality rates, they are among the lowest in the world, around three per million of our population.
Though it has left over 5, dead, the infection may not be as deadly in India as in Europe or the Americas. The government did well in pandemic management, with Dr Harsh Vardhan in charge of the Health Ministry, but we did not fare equally well when it came to handling the migrant labour crisis. Not only were the numbers of stranded migrants underestimated, but the logistical arrangements to convey them home were also found wanting. Several labourers perished on their way back home, some tragically run over on railway tracks near Aurangabad, where they were resting.
As to the economy, the government was faced with a difficult task to start with. Now, with the added impact of Covid and the Amphan cyclone, the economy is likely to take a big hit. Though the Finance Minister has eased liquidity, demand destruction is a huge problem.
Plus the spectre of huge job losses, bankruptcies, bad loans, and rising NPAs.
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One positive outcome of the crisis is the pushing through of long-awaited and much-needed labour reforms. Even if slogans of "Atmanirbhar Bharat" do not necessarily have the desired effects on the ground, they are a good rallying cry in troubled times. In the fast-changing post-Covid global order, the world is facing an unprecedented leadership crisis.Former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee had in the 90s said during a television interview that the mark was not too far away, and the BJP rallied behind PM Modi to achieve just that, and how.
Jammu and Kashmir has been and will continue to be an integral part of India.
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By abrogating the contentious clause, the Central government divided the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a Legislative Assemblyand Ladakh without a Legislative Assembly. Subsequently, several separatist leaders and Pakistan sympathisers were placed under house arrest invoking the National Security Act. It is important to note here that the decision to abrogate Article came close on the heels of the deadly Pulwama attack, perpetrated by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force jawans in cold blood in February The Government of India brought in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Act, to nullify this cruel practice, thereby paving the way for equality and right to life for women from the minority community.
The Bill makes the declaration of talaq illegal and void, in written or in electronic form. Moreover, the law also ensures that women and dependent children, who are at the receiving end of such a draconian practice, will be entitled to an allowance from the husband who divorces them in this manner. The Act enlists special procedures to tackle terrorism, among several other things. The title dispute on the birthplace of Lord Ram has by far been one of the longest contentious issues in the country.
Babri Masjid stood on the land where once Lord Ram was born, claimed the litigants. On 6 Decemberactivists from the Vishva Hindu Parishad and other right-wing Hindutva groups desecrated the mosque, leading to unprecedented communal violence. Thousands of lives were lost and 27 years since that horrific incident, the Supreme Court of India delivered a verdict on 9 Novemberstating that there were archaeological proofs of temple remain beneath the ruins of the Babri Masjid and that all facts pointed towards the claims of a Ram temple on the plot of land in Ayodhya.
The landmark judgment was delivered by a bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi after 40 days of marathon hearing. After the arduous legal battle, it was concluded that the disputed land be given to the Central government, which were to form a trust — the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra — that would pave the way for a Ram temple.
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The Muslims were to be given an alternate land of 5 acres in Ayodhya for the construction of a mosque, the responsibility of which was bestowed upon the UP Sunni Wakf Board. It was a long-standing contention of the BJP-led NDA government to provide citizenship rights to religious minorities outside the country who suffered persecution under totalitarian regimes.
Staying true to this very sentiment, the Central government on 11 December brought in the Citizenship Amendment Act in order to provide citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians in three neighbouring countries - Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan - who had entered India on or before 31 December The CAA will also reduce the period of naturalisation for such people to five years, as compared to the earlier six years. Times Now. Follow us on :. PM Narendra Modi turns 70; Key milestones from 7 decades.
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