What Structural reforms will the Govt. do, What Bold decisions will they take, How will they improve investments?: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Union Budget

Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s speech in the Rajya Sabha on the Union Budget, Excerpts:

  • Very unhappy democracy is suffering a blow every day.
  • Condemn what is happening in Karnataka and Goa.
  • This could have a very damaging effect on the economy.
  • I appeal to them to respect Democracy.
  • Quotes Bharatiyar and says I am very Happy she is the first Woman Finance Minister of India and doubly Happy she is from Tamil Nadu.
  • Refers to the Macro economic figures missing from the Budget Speech.
  • Economy could grow between 6.5 to 6.8%, which is not good for the bottom 20% of the population.
  • The projections of Tax collections are unrealistic.
  • The Economy is weak the Budget Speech is unsipid.
  • Expect the Govt to tell us
  • What Structural reforms, they will do
  • What Bold decisions they will take to revive the economy
  • How they will improve investments
  • To spur India’s growth to 8 % this year and to raise it to double digit 10% …



In the News today

Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress Party protest outside the Parliament against horse-trading by the BJP

In the Lok Sabha today

K Kanimozhi, DMK:

  • A Railway committee report says that accounting in Railways is neither scientific nor accurate.
  • Also, modernisation of the Railways does not matter, if the employment of manual scavengers continue.

P K Kunhalikutty, IUML:

  • If Kerala is not a part of your political map, it should not be so in the railway map.

‘Today’s good news from SC’

Dr. Subramanian Swamy:

Today’s good news from SC is that day to day hearing commence on the Ayodhya Temple matter from July 25 th day to day hearing after the Court reviews the progress made by the Mediation Committee starting next Thursday.

Ruling party is pulling our functionaries towards it to divert peoples’ attention from pressing issues: TTV Dhinakaran

  • AMMK General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran spoke to the media today at Kalayar Koil.
  • He said only few functionaries for their own selfish reasons have left the party. Several strong and loyal functionaires are still with the party.
  • We draw our strength from cadres who are loyal to the party, he said.
  • The ruling party is drawing our functionaries towards it to divert the attention of the people from pressing issues, he further said.

A magnanimous gesture by KCR: AP CM YS Jagan in AP Assembly

  • AP CM YS Jagan spoke in the AP Assembly about the understanding with Telangana CM KCR on water sharing.
  • He said that it was a magnanimous gesture by KCR to release waters from his state to AP.
  • He explained that water from Telangana coming into Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar will stabilise Agricuture in Krishna Ayacut and will also benefit some districts in Telangana.
  • He found fault with former CM Chandrababu Naidu for criticizing the arrangement instead of appreciating it.
  • The Kaleeshwaram project was started and completed in NCBN’s tenure as CM, why he didn’t take any initiative against the project then, he asked.

‘US isn’t serious about making Pakistan end its sponsorship of terrorism’: Brahma Chellaney

Strategic thinker, author, commentator

US’s new courtship of Pakistan has been underlined by a $6-billion IMF bailout and by the US designation of a Baloch separatist group as “terrorist.”

Trump’s upcoming meeting with Imran Khan further confirms US isn’t serious about making Pakistan end its sponsorship of terrorism.

What makes the GSLV Mk-III India’s most capable launch vehicle to date…


Editor’s Pick

PM Modi dedicates ‘Statue of Unity’ to the Nation


PM Narendra Modi dedicates ‘Statue of Unity’ to the Nation on the birth anniversary of Sardar VallabhBhai Patel


Highlights of PM’s Speech :

  • Crores of farmers converted the construction of Statue of Unity to a peoples’ movemement.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had said infighting was the reason for India’s subordination by foreign powers; never again will India make the same mistake and never will India again be enslaved.
  • This day is historic. India’s Present has recalled golden moment from India’s Past.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in giving women an active role in Indian politics.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel led the path for India, walking on which we are talking with the world on our own terms now.
  • Kutch to Kohima and Kargil and Kanyakumari, if we can travel freely today, it is because of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  • The Statue Of Unity is a reminder to those who question the existence of India; India was eternal, is eternal and will always remain eternal.

Rahul Gandhi on Sardar Patel

Sardar Patel was a patriot, who fought for a independent, united & secular India. A man with a steely will, tempered by compassion, he was a Congressman to the core, who had no tolerance for bigotry or communalism. On his birth anniversary, I salute this great son of India:

A Spectacle to behold

Ease of doing Business ranking: India has improved from 142 to 77 in the last 4 years

India’s ranking in Ease of Doing Business has improved from

142 in 2014 to
100 in 2017 to
77 in 2018

says Ramesh Abhishek Secretary DIPP Govt Of India.

This year the most dramatic jump has been in ‘issue of construction permits’.

From 181 last year, we have improved to 52. This phenomenal achievement is the result of hard work over last 3 years+ by officers/staff of the 2 municipal corporations and MOHUA.

India has shown highest improvement (53 ranks) in 2 years by any large country since 2011.

It is the first BRICS and South Asian nation to be recognized as top improver in consecutive years.

PM Modi
Delighted at yet another rise in India’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rank. We are unwavering in our commitment towards economic reforms, which will ensure an environment that fosters industry, investment and opportunities, tweeted PM Modi.

Omar Abdullah
Credit where credit is due. This is a significant achievement of the government. Whether businesses & investors are taking advantage of the improvement in procedures is a discussion for another day, tweeted National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.
Source: PIB India

Govt issues a statement on the row with RBI

The autonomy for the Central Bank, within the framework of the RBI Act, is an essential and accepted governance requirement.

Governments in India have nurtured and respected this.

Both the Government and the Central Bank, in their functioning, have to be guided by public interest and the requirements of the Indian economy.

For the purpose, extensive consultations on several issues take place between the Government and the RBI from time to time.

This is equally true of all other regulators.

Government of India has never made public the subject matter of those consultations. Only the final decisions taken are communicated.

The Government, through these consultations, places its assessment on issues and suggests possible solutions.

The Government will continue to do so.
Source: @FinMinIndia

Refer Government’s statement on the ‘consultations’ with RBI. If it contained the truth alone, why was it necessary to issue the statement?

Obviously, the government has concealed something. The buzz is that government has recently written one or more letters to the RBI

Anupam Kher resigns as Chairman of FTII, Pune

Anupam Kher’s tweet :


It has been an honour, a privilege & a great learning experience to be the Chairman of the prestigious @FTIIOfficial. But because of my international assignments I won’t have much time to devote at the institute. Hence decided to send my resignation. Thank you.

Thank you staff, teachers & students of @FTIIOfficial for your support & appreciation during my tenure as chairman. As an individual you can always reach out to me. We have constituted a very learned & capable governing body & academic society who will guide you at their best.

His letter of resignation is addressed to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister @Ra_THORe


Paying Tributes to Indira Gandhi

Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi & Congress President Rahul Gandhi pay their respects at Shakti Sthal.

Pic Courtesy : @INCIndia

P.Chidambaram on RBI developments

If, as reported, Government has invoked Section 7 of the RBI Act and issued unprecedented ‘directions’ to the RBI, I am afraid there will be more bad news today

We did not invoke Section 7 in 1991 or 1997 or 2008 or 2013. What is the need to invoke the provision now? It shows that government is hiding facts about the economy and is desperate :

Swamy on Modi’s recent Japan visit

One of the most successful foreign trips and of under reported media coverage is Namo’s recent Japan visit. For managing our $/Rs problem he got a whopping $75 billion cross use facility which is unprecedented :

Run For Unity

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman participates in the Run For Unity event in Chennai, organised on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Pic Courtesy : @DefenceMinIndia

Sitaram Yechury in Nepal

A pleasure to meet and interact with comrades in Nepal. Addressed a public meeting. It has been and long and tough struggle for over two decades for a republic and a new Constitution, waged with great fortitude by our neighbour. We wish them well :
Sitaram Yechury, Gen.Sec

Image Courtesy : @tncpim

Happy birthday @Oommen_Chandy ! May you enjoy long & productive years in the service of the nation! :

Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik pays sand art Tribute to Sardar Patel on his Jayanti.


PM Modi visits Valley of Flowers in Kevadia, Gujarat

PM Modi visits Tent City in Kevadia, Gujarat


Editor’s Pick

More than 1 lakh govt posts are vacant in Telangana: Rahul Gandhi



CM KCR had promised one job per family. Did he deliver?, asked Congress President Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting in Telangana.

More than 1 lakh government posts are vacant in Telangana today. CM KCR has only filled 10,000 jobs in the last 5 years. Congress CM will work hard to provide employment, he said.

We will not only waive farm loans but also ensure that you get the right price for cotton and other agricultural produce.

Many people of this region work in Gulf countries and help build Telangana. CM KCR said he would allocate ₹5000 Cr for people of Telangana working in Gulf, but he failed to fulfill this promise. We will do it, the Congress President said.
Pic Courtesy: @INCIndia


PM Narendra Modi meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi

SL PM.jpgPic Courtesy : MIB

Congress leader P Chidambaram seeks Opinion of Congressmen for inclusion in party’s manifesto

Congress leaders P Chidambaram, Su Thirunavukkarasar, Sanjay S Dutt, Karti P Chidambaram participated in a meeting of party members in Sivaganga today.

A large number of party members were present in the meeting.

Mr P Chidambaram who heads the National Manifesto Committee of the Congress Party heard the views of party members on significant aspects that should find a place in the party’s manifesto for the 2019 Parliamentary elections.

Pic Courtesy : s_palani


DMK appoints Constituency in-charge

DMK announces Parliamentary Constituency in-charge for 40 Lok Sabha Constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Advises them to work along with Party District Secretaries.



A first Step!

Pic Courtesy : @nasser_kameela

Auto stand Name Plates along with Wall Paintings and Space for Pasting Posters witness intense competition among political parties. Every party seeks to have the maximum presence in these spaces.

Chennai and other major towns are dotted with auto stands in several street corners. It’s rare to find an auto stand name plate without a party affiliation.

Having auto drivers as party sympathisers helps word of mouth publicity with the auto drivers eulogising about their party leaders to their captive customers while travelling from one point to another.

In order not to be left behind in this space, the Makkal Needhi Maiam got its party stamp on an Auto stand Name Plate in Chennai.

The party’s Chennai Zonal in-charge Kameela Nasser and the party’s Workers Wing Co-ordinator  Bharathi Krishnakumar were present at the inauguration of the party’s first auto stand Name Plate at Adyar, Kasturibai Nagar, 1st cross street in Chennai today.


A meal at Saravana Bhavan in Brussels

Delighted to have a meal at Saravana Bhavan, an Indian restaurant in Brussels, with Indian delegation including  the Ambassador of India to Belgium today:
Venkaiah Naidu
Pic Courtesy: @VPSecretariat


Desliting results in Rain Water Harvest!


TN CM EPS witnessing the Vellarivelli tank in Edappadi, Salem District, filled with rain water afetr the desilting.
Pic Courtesy: TN DIPR


AAP Parliament Poll campaign from tomorrow

Huge door to door campaign starts tomorrow. We will reach every voter n explain why they shud vote AAP n not BJP, how voting for Cong in Del will mean voting for BJP. We will also ask for donations from each voter:


Subramanian Swamy on Sabarimala

When a Court judgment divides genuine Hindus, it is time to see what compromise is possible without letting down any side :


Home Minister Rajnath Singh meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister

Had a fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesingh in New Delhi today. We had deliberations on further strengthening cooperation between India and Sri Lanka on issues pertaining to security and terrorism in the region:

Freedom of Speech

We have neither put any restrictions nor intend to put any restrictions on “Freedom of Speech” in JNU, Delhi University or any other University :

Going Channel to Channel

All together on Mission Water Rich Puducherry. All together in this bus. Going Channel to Channel to review progress with donors. Getting ready for NE Monsoon to fill our lakes, tanks and ponds for Prosperous Pudducherry:
Pic Courtesy: @thekiranbedi

‘One of the best initiatives the Central govt. undertakes’



In a Himachali cap gifted by 47 HimachalPradesh students (& their Kerala hosts) who are in Thiruvananthapuram under the auspices of the Nehru Yuva Kendra. This youth exchange programme is one of the best initiatives the Central government undertakes to promote national integration:


Ensuring passenger safety round the clock


Pic Courtesy : @aaichnairport

On this ‘International Day of the Air Traffic Controller‘, we hail all our ATCO’s who are committed to the best practices in ensuring passenger safety round the clock with relentless focus and exatitude:


Lawn Art!



I made this INDIA MAP when I was in class 4 at Govt Secondary School, Nafra. I’m beholden to the teachers & students for maintaining it though partially damaged now. I’ll try to visit the school on Children’s Day or Teacher’s Day: Pic Courtesy: @thekiranbedi