Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

It’s not easy to read the mind of voters in Karnataka

It is said finally, voting is viewed as an expression of whom people think they are. Voting is also a habit in a country like India where every voter votes for assembly, parliament, local bodies, upper houses apart from scores of his individual associations like co-operative societies, universities, etc. We love this habit. Because as a social animal man votes because he wants to blend into his social group, community and does not want to be left out of the social dialogue and the connects that brings in.

Eight children of former, current CMs in the fray

Karnataka is sizzling with election fever now at its peak. There is more to it than Sidda Vs Yeddy. In the poll hustle bustle, what has gone almost unnoticed is the son rise in Karnataka politics. As many as eight sons of former and current chief ministers are in the fray this thme—probably an unenviable record for Karnataka. Priyank Kharge, the son of Mallikanjun Kharge,  Krishna Byre Gowda, the son of a former minister, C Byre Gowda, are few to name.

97% Indian travellers eye ‘sustainable’ tourism in 2018

About 97 per cent Indian tourists are looking forward to travel ‘sustainably’ during their holidays to have an enriching experience and for this they will not mind doling out extra money, says a report. A sustainable touri­sm implies that neither the natural environment nor the socio-cultural fabric of tou­rist destinations is impacted by the arrival of tourists.

Petrol at Rs 74.40, highest since BJP came to power

Petrol price on Sunday hit Rs 74.40 a litre — the highest level under the BJP-led government, while diesel rates touched a record high of Rs 65.65, renewing calls for cut in excise duty to ease burden on consumers.

No. of STRs shoot up after demonetisation

A spike in suspicious transaction reports (STRs) post-demonetisation has the investigators on their toes, as they get to the root of dubious financial transactions after the biggest crackdown on black money. Data shows the number of STRs referred for further action has gone up from 53,819 in 2015-16 to 58,223 in 2016-17 and 65,829 in 2017-18. “I am not surprised by the increase in number of suspicious transactions as there is heightened surveillance by tax authorities over transactions. In fact, it was expected,” said Riaz Thingna, director at advisory firm Grant Thornton.

Govt may ask ICICI Bank tough questions on governance issues

The finance ministry is unlikely to be a silent spectator of the ongoing affairs in ICICI Bank. It is likely to raise the allegations of conflict of interest and corporate governance issues in the next board meeting of ICICI Bank on May 7 or even before that once its new nominee director formally joins the board this week.

HC directs Delhi Cantonment board to reimburse medical expenses of retired employee

The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB) to reimburse the cost of medicines purchased by a retired headmistress of one of the schools run by the civic body for herself, husband and schizophrenic adult son.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher issued the interim direction after noting the "peculiar circumstances" of the woman's plea in which she claimed that since September 2014 she had been denied reimbursement of medicines purchased locally from chemists when such drugs were not available in the Cantonment General Hospital.

CPI(M) will not have alliance with Congress, but understanding: Yechury

CPI(M) will not have a political alliance with Congress but an "understanding" inside and outside Parliament to stop the forces of communalism, newly-elected general secretary of the Left party, Sitaram Yechury, said today.

Yechury was unanimously elected CPI(M) general secretary today after weeks of uncertainty. Towards the end of party's 22nd congress in Hyderabad, the newly-elected 95-member central committee chose the 65-year-old leader as the party's head.