Slamming the Narendra Modi government over sliding economic growth and increasing job losses, Arun Shourie,
who was a union minister in the BJP-led government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has likened demonetisation
with suicide, saying the latter is too “a bold step”.
Former Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie told NDTV that note ban was the largest money-laundering scheme ever, conceived and implemented entirely by the government.
Facing public resentment over the recent spike in fuel prices, the government on Tuesday cut the excise duty
on both branded and unbranded petrol and diesel
by Rs 2 a litre from Wednesday.
According to sources, the finance ministry was initially reluctant to reduce the duty due to revenue concerns, but relented after discussions with the petroleum ministry on implementing steps to bring down petrol prices to Rs 60-65 a litre.
While this would hit the revenues of the exchequer by Rs 13,000 crore in the second half of the current financial year at a time when the fiscal deficit has already touched 96 per cent of the Budget Estimates, consumers will get relief as the move would reduce the read more
prices in Delhi on Tuesday scaled a new all-time high of Rs 59.14 per litre, while other cities too saw a considerable increase.
However, industry experts and the government believe that prices will ease in the next few weeks as international prices are showing a declining trend.
In Delhi, the price of petrol, too, was at a two-year high on Tuesday at Rs 70.88 per litre.
Since the implementation of daily pricing from June 16 this year, Indian basket crude oil has gone up by around 19 per — from $46 a barrel to $55.36 a barrel. However, domestic retail selling prices of petrol
and diesel in Delhi have gone up by only eight per cent during this read more
Faced with outcry over levying fees for failing to maintain monthly average balance (MAB) in savings bank account, State Bank of India
has slashed charges on non-maintenance of MAB by 20-50% across customer categories.
“The pensioners and beneficiaries of social benefits from the government and accounts of minors (upto 18 years) will be exempted from minimum balance requirement. The financial inclusion including Jan Dhan accounts have never been subject to any charges,” SBI said in statement.
For customers in metro regions, it also reduced minimum amount to be maintained in SB account to Rs 3,000 from previous requirement of read more
Setting the bar for higher government spending in the infrastructure sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
on Monday unveiled a flagship programme called “Saubhagya
— Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana” to provide power to all households in the country by December 2018. The Rs 16,320-crore scheme aims at providing “last-mile electricity connectivity to all rural and urban households”.
The announcement, made at the headquarters of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, would reinforce the ruling party’s electricity-for-all target, recently advanced from 2019 to 2018. “Of the 250 million houses that India has, more than 40 million of the houses are electrified.
Through Saubhagya, without taking money from the poor, electricity will be provided to these (remaining) families. For this, we expect an expenditure of more than Rs 16,000 crore,” Modi said.
The Union government will provide 60 per cent of the read more