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Arun Jaitley: Modi’s ‘precious diamond’

A consensus builder, Jaitley was regarded by some as Modi’s original ‘Chanakya’. Informally called ‘scholar minister’ in political circles, he could be the man Friday of anyone at the helm. Suave, articulate and a super strategist, Arun Jaitley was the Bharatiya Janata Party’s and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chief trouble-shooter whose superb four-decade-long political career […]

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Old new friends

Why in a more uncertain world order, India and France are natural partners in building the new coalitions. For nearly four decades, successive French presidents — Francois Mitterand in the 1980s, Jacques Chirac from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and Nicolas Sarkozy after that — made repeated efforts to elevate the engagement with India to […]

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No better time to be young than now: PM at Bhutan varsity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the students in Bhutan have the power and potential to do extraordinary things, which will impact future generations, as he proposed extensive cooperation between the two countries in new areas such as space and digital payments. Addressing the students of the Royal University of Bhutan in Thimphu, Modi […]

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PM announces creation of Chief of Defence Staff

A high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in the country’s security system in the wake of the Kargil War in 1999 had called for appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff as a single-point military adviser to the defence minister. In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced creation of […]

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Sugar industry welcomes unchanged FRP, farmers call it betrayal

The cabinet committee for economic affairs (CCE) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken two major decisions on the sugar sector. The decision of the central government to keep the fair and remunerative price (FRP) for cane unchanged for the 2019-20 season has come as a huge relief to the sugar industry, which was […]