Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which retained power at the Centre and recorded historical electoral gains by winning four Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, is now looking at consolidation in the state by poaching the erstwhile ally Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders. The ruling party at the Centre is also eyeing the disgruntled TDP members of Andhra Pradesh. While many senior …

The government may have come back with a resounding majority that frees up its arm considerably but there is unlikely to be any let-up in the persistent nudges from the RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM). The new Narendra Modi government has just taken charge and the SJM is preparing to write its first letter to the prime minister pointing …

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) can’t complain. Compared to when it last met early April, just days before the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, it is now faced with much less uncertainty when it meets tomorrow for the second bi-monthly monetary policy statement due June 6. Sure, as legendary baseball coach Yogi Berra stated, ‘The future …

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday invoked the curtailment of press freedom during the Emergency under the Congress rule to assert that media freedom is the essence of democracy. Speaking to the media after taking charge of the ministry, Javadekar stated the government not only recognizes freedom of the press, but cherishes it. “Press freedom is …

Within hours of declaring that a 15-year-old girl from Hyderabad who committed suicide after failing in the Intermediate first year (Class 11) examinations, had actually passed, the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) on Saturday changed its stand and said she had indeed failed. Arutla Anamika, who appeared for the examinations at Pragati Mahavidyalaya …

Andre Russell is a proud man. If he is on the field, he will give it his all. A body battered with injuries is a testament to Russell’s tenacity in a year that has already witnessed him plunder 52 sixes in the IPL. But he is a fast bowler too. Fast, mind you, not medium-pace. …

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the alleged roles of some government officials in awarding favorable air traffic rights to foreign airlines during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) tenure, has summoned former aviation minister Praful Patel on June 6, persons familiar with developments said. The agency is also investigating the direct and indirect roles …

Ahead of an upcoming visit to the UK, Ireland, and France next week, US President Donald Trump told a British daily that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was “nasty” in response to her 2016 comment where she called Trump “misogynistic”. Trump, in his Oval Office interview with the Sun newspaper published on Friday, weighed …

A combative Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday vowed to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) every inch of the way and attempted to talk up the morale of his party’s newly elected parliamentarians, saying they had emerged triumphant from a fight that had every institution of the country ranged against them. His mother and …

In Tamil Nadu, where language is an extremely sensitive issue and an old slogan, “English Ever, Hindi Never,” still holds resonance, the draft national policy on education has incensed political parties by calling for the adoption of a three-language formula in schools — Hindi, English and the local mother tongue in non-Hindi states. Parties of …

The United States on Friday formally terminated India’s eligibility for a duty-free import scheme for developing countries, effective June 5, saying it has not given assurances it “will give equitable and reasonable access to its markets” to US companies as required under relevant American trade laws. The move was downplayed by India’s commerce ministry, which …

The BJP will send 10 lakh postcards with “Jai Shri Ram” written on them to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a party leader said Saturday, in a move likely to add salt to the ruling TMC’s wounds after a bruising performance in Lok Sabha polls. “We have decided to send 10 lakh postcards with …