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  • Arvind Panagariya: 62-year-old Indian-American economist, first Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog January 5, 2015

    Economist Arvind Panagariya on Monday has been appointed as first Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog along with six members and three special invitees. 62-year-old Panagariya is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He will be the first Vice Chairman of the body. The previous avatar, the Planning...
  • Arvind Panagariya appointed as Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Economist Arvind Panagariya on Monday has been appointed as first Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog along with six members and three special invitees. Arvind Panagariya is a free-market economist who teaches at Columbia University in the US. Economist Bibek Debroy and former DRDO chief VK Saraswat were appointed as...
  • Planning Commission webiste archived, NITI Aayog to launch its own soon January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: After replacing it with NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), the government has archived the website of the erstwhile Planning Commission while the new body will launch its own website in a few days. NITI Aayog made this announcement on Twitter, a preferred...
  • Move to replace Planning Commission with NITI Aayog dangerous: Congress January 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Congress on Friday opposed the creation of NITI Aayog claiming that the move to replace the Planning Commission was a "dangerous" one and an attack on the federal structure, and was aimed at centralising powers in the Prime Minister's Office. "It is a matter of concern as what has...
  • Niti Aayog likely to start functioning next week January 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Within hours of the government announcing a new body to replace Planning Commission, the Yojana Bhawan staff began hectic preparations to welcome new Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog and other members who are likely to be appointed shortly. The landmark sign board in front of Yojana Bhawan has been repainted...
  • Planning Commission's name changed to 'NITI Ayog' January 1, 2015

    New Delhi: The name of the Planning Commision has been officialy changed to 'NITI Ayog' on Thursday. The 1950 resolution which created the Planning Commision would be soon replaced by a new one. The government has finally zeroed in on the new body after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held several discussions...
  • Pakistan: Draft amendments for trial of militants presented to Nawaz Sharif December 27, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was presented with the first draft of constitutional and legal amendments for trial of hardcore terrorists and enemy combatants as he ordered the activation of a dormant anti-terror body to fight the menace on Saturday. The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the committee to...
  • I would rather see myself getting married than the three Khans doing a film together: Salman Khan December 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Superstar Salman Khan, who is often called Bollywood's most eligible bachelor, says in the New Year, he'd rather see himself getting married than doing a movie starring the three Khans together. Salman was present at the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2014 in Mumbai Thursday. Here, he was asked about what would...
  • CMs cross swords over dismantling of Planning Commission December 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Uttarkhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday criticised the move to dismantle Planning Commission saying it has created uncertainty in the country, a view countered by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis who claimed the new framework will give more rights to states. Rawat said that institutions like Planning Commission are...
  • Former top planning official jailed for life in China over graft December 10, 2014

    Beijing: The former deputy head of China's top planning agency was jailed for life on Wednesday over a bribery scandal that exposed graft at the highest levels of China's government, and ensnared several companies including Toyota Motor Corp. The sentence, handed down by a court just outside of Beijing, capped the...
  • Relief in Philippines as typhoon crawls west; 4 dead December 8, 2014

    Manila: Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos began to return to their homes battered by a powerful typhoon at the weekend, but the nation collectively breathed a sigh of relief as a massive evacuation plan appeared to minimize fatalities. The death toll from typhoon Hagupit stood at four on Monday, as over...
  • Need to create institution in spirit of 'cooperative federalism': Modi to CMs December 8, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed up on his Independence Day pledge to dismantle the Planning Commission by holding the first meeting with Chief Ministers on Sunday. The Prime Minister said there's need to create a new institution in the spirit of 'cooperative federalism', a body that will encourage the planning...
  • Restructuring of Planning Commission aimed at benefitting vested interests, says Congress December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the government's plans of a "political burial" of the Planning Commission were being carried out in a "devious" manner characterised by "subterfuge and doublespeak". The party said the steps to dismantle the plan panel...
  • Not all CMs are happy with Centre over dissolving Planning Commission December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed up on his Independence day pledge to dismantle Planning Commission by holding the first consultation meeting with chief ministers on Sunday. The PM said there is a need to create a new institution in the spirit of "cooperative federalism", a body that will...
  • Assam CM Gogoi opposes move to scrap Plan panel December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, a Congress veteran, on Sunday opposed the move to scrap the Planning Commission, saying replacing it without carefully devising a new structure was likely to do more harm than good. "Perhaps, what is required is to reorient and reform...
  • Most CMs favour restructuring of Planning Commission December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: A meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the future of the Planning Commission on Sunday saw most Chief Ministers favouring restructuring of the Soviet-era body but there was no consensus on disbanding the existing set-up. Modi, who has announced in...
  • Centre financially burdening states, says Akhilesh Yadav December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday hit out at the Centre for financially "burdening" states by executing schemes which come under the State List, saying such programmes were putting the resources of the state governments under undue pressure. He also said the practice of 'one size...
  • Plan panel needed reorientation, not political burial: Congress December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Sunday said dismantling Planning Commission will be "unwarranted, shortsighted and dangerous" as it will have long term adverse effect on Centre-state relations and asserted that the plan panel needed "reorientation" and not "political burial". "The move is shortsighted and dangerous. It will also have long term...
  • Modi to overhaul Planning Commission, wants 'Team India' with Centre, states and bureaucracy December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The replacement of Planning Commission must incorporate the concept of "Team India", which according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was a combination of three teams - the PM and Chief Ministers; the Union Council of Ministers; and the bureaucracy in the Centre and states. Seeking to strengthen cooperative...
  • New body must meet changing economic needs: Planning Commission to PM Modi December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Planning Commission on Sunday suggested to a group chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that its replacement body should be structured to meet the need of changing economic paradigm and comprise sectoral experts and states' representative. In her presentation before the group comprising Modi and chief ministers, Planning...
  • Skipping PM Modi's meet on Planning Commission against nation's interest, says Devendra Fadnavis December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday hit out at chief ministers for skipping the Planning Commission meet by saying that it was against the interest of the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting with Chief Ministers on the structure and role of the new...
  • PM Modi to meet CMs on Planning Commission; Mamata, Omar to skip it December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold consultations with Chief Ministers on Sunday on the structure and role of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who has been at loggereheads with the Bharatiya Janata Party over Burdwan blasts and Saradha...
  • Omar to skip Modi's meeting on Planning Commission December 6, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will not attend chief ministers meet called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the revamping of Planning Commission. Abdullah has cited ongoing Assembly polls as the reason to skip the meet which will take place on Sunday in New Delhi. Apart from Omar,...
  • Congress MP opposes move to 'dismantle' Planning Commission December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: A Congress member on Monday asked the government to desist from any move to "dismantle" the Planning Commission and sought steps to strengthen it. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Planning Commission is an important independent institution which has been...
  • Modi government likely to replace Planning Commission in December November 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Work has moved into top gear for finalising the name and structure for the new institution that will replace the 64-year old Planning Commission and the same may be unveiled this December. "The Prime Minister has convened a meeting of the Chief Ministers on December 7 to seek their...
  • Dakota Fanning clueless about her birthday plans November 29, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actress Dakota Fanning will soon turn 21, and while several stars plan lavish birthday parties or trips much in advance, the actress says she has no plans as of now "I have no idea what to do. It's been such a talked-about thing for so long, like, what are...
  • Planning Commission to function till replaced: Centre November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Planning Commission will continue to perform its mandate till a new body replaces it, Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said on Thursday. "The Planning Commission still continues to function under the chairmanship of the prime minister (Narendra Modi) even though the deputy chairman and other members are not...
  • Congress signals it could back Modi's insurance reform plan November 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The main opposition Congress party signalled on Monday it could support government legislation to liberalise the insurance industry, a long-delayed reform expected to help improve investor confidence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed in August to lift the cap on foreign investment in insurance ventures from 26 per cent to...
  • India to spend around Rs 1.7 lakh crore on universal health plan October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: India will be spending around Rs 1.7 lakh crore ($28 billion) on its ambitious universal healthcare scheme under which free drugs, diagnostic tests and insurance cover will be provided to all its citizens. The scheme under the National Health Assurance Mission, to be rolled out in a phased...
  • US to give 100,000 dollars to Cyclone Hudhud-hit in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The United States on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of $100,000 for those affected by cyclone Hudhud in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. US Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Kathleen Stephens said the US will provide the assistance to NGO Plan India through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). "The...