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The Last Word: How significant is the FDI win for the government?


The Last Word: Is Arvind Kejriwal's election campaign clever politics?

The Editors Guild of India has issued a notice to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party for the statements made against media. While launching his party's Lok Sabha campaign on Sunday, Kejriwal alleged that there was a nexus between media organisations and some industrialists.

08:56 PM, Feb 24, 2014
The Last Word: Fair to criticise Lok Sabha Speaker over Telangana chaos?

The Telangana Bill was on Tuesday passed in the Lok Sabha after dramatic scenes with the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party joining hands to ensure its passage. Speaker Meira Kumar stopped the live telecast of the proceedings in Lok Sabha when the Bill was taken up after MPs protested in Parliament. After Speaker received severe criticism, the Lok Sabha has now issued a statement saying that the blackout was a result of technical glitch.

09:02 PM, Feb 19, 2014
The Last Word: Has 'One rank One Pension' scheme been fully funded?

An interim budget is about vote catching and the announcement of the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme is perhaps the one expenditure which the government is hoping will pay immediate dividends. The defence budget has been raised by 10 per cent out of which Rs 500 crore will be earmarked for the implementation of the scheme which has been a long standing demand of the ex-servicemen.

09:20 PM, Feb 18, 2014
The Last Word: Is Modi's 'Chai Pe Charcha' effective marketing?

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched his 'Chai Pe Charcha' campaign and spoke to his supporters across the country over a cup of tea. As a part of the campaign, Modi interacted with people at tea stalls through video conferencing at 1000 different locations in the country. The topic of discussion was good governance.

09:03 PM, Feb 13, 2014
The Last Word: Is Kejriwal's charge in gas pricing wrong?

The Anti-Corruption Bureau of Delhi government has registered an FIR on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's complaint on gas pricing. No individual has been named in the FIR even as Kejriwal's complaint mentions Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Union Minister Murli Deora and Verappa Moily. The FIR has been registered under sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating and other sections of the Prevention Of Corruption Act.

09:10 PM, Feb 12, 2014
The Last Word: Is decision to create Telangana an avoidable mistake?

As Parliament continues to get disrupted over Telangana, the Congress has now expelled six Seemandhra MPs for protesting against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar asks the panel whether the decision to create Telangana an avoidable mistake or not.

08:59 PM, Feb 11, 2014
The Last Word: What is the true state of Indian economy?

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday expressed confidence that the economic growth rate for the current financial year will be revised to not less than 5 per cent. Growth in 2012-13 slipped to a decade-low of 4.5 per cent. The economy expanded 4.6 per cent in the first half (April-September) of this financial year.

09:05 PM, Feb 10, 2014
The Last Word: Is a third front a credible idea or just an unrealisable dream?

An alliance of non-Congress, non-BJP parties, a political experiment undertaken to spice up the electoral battle in the last two decades, was often called as the biggest mirage of the Indian politics. The first signs of such a rainbow coalition was seen on October 30, 2013 in Delhi when few parties had joined hands during the the anti-communalism convention. On February 5, there was another such meet.

09:41 PM, Feb 06, 2014
The Last Word: Is the PM guilty of packing the Lokpal with Congress loyalists?

Bharatiya Janata Party continues to oppose government's nominee, senior Supreme Court lawyer Pavani Parameswara Rao, as the chief of anti-corruption body, Lokpal. BJP has said that Rao, nominated by the central government, had fought several cases for the Centre in courts as a result of which could prove to be a partisan.

09:12 PM, Feb 05, 2014
The Last Word: Will Parliament's last session be a wash out?

Ahead of extended winter session of Parliament, there are indications that the session could be a wash out. At an all-party meeting, Opposition parties have already warned that they will not let key bills pass without a discussion. They have also asked the Congress to reign in its own MPs from Andhra who have threatened to disrupt proceedings over the Telangana Bill. The two week long session will begin on February 5.

09:03 PM, Feb 04, 2014
The Last Word: Cooling-off time for government staff before politics?

Satyapal Singh, who resigned as the Mumbai Police Commissioner on Friday, has admitted that he has offers from political parties. He, however, told CNN-IBN that he is yet undecided on joining any party. Speculation is rife that he is likely to contest the Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket.

09:16 PM, Feb 03, 2014
The Last Word: At 86, should Advani contest Lok Sabha elections?

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani has said that he is not considering a move from Lok Sabha to Rajya Sabha. The remark gains significance as according to certain closed group discussions the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is keen on contesting Lok Sabha elections and was looking at Gandhinagar very closely.

09:38 PM, Jan 29, 2014
The Last Word: Lessons Rahul needs to learn after first TV interview

His first exclusive TV interview perhaps did not go the way Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi intended. Ten minutes into it, he floundered, faced with questions about the Gujarat and the anti-Sikh riots and his biggest opponent and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

09:02 PM, Jan 28, 2014
The Last Word: Was the President's R-Day speech overtly political?

While addressing the nation on the eve of the 65th Republic Day, Pranab Mukherjee targeted AAP saying government is not a "charity shop" and "populist anarchy" cannot be a substitute for governance. Without taking the name of AAP, who earlier this week staged a two-day dharna outside Rail Bhawan against the Central government, he was critical of Kejriwal's style of functioning when he said "elections do not give any person the license to flirt with illusions".

09:20 PM, Jan 27, 2014
The Last Word: What should we make of the UK file on Operation Bluestar?

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a swift investigation into claims of Britain's alleged covert involvement in Operation Bluestar.

09:16 PM, Jan 16, 2014
The Last Word: Is AAP's decision to withdraw FDI in retail based on narrow concerns?

Fulfilling yet another of its poll promise, the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi wrote to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on not allowing FDI funded stores in Delhi. With this, Delhi has become the first state to withdraw permission for FDI funded retail stores. However, many experts criticised Kejrial's decision saying that the decision will have an adverse impact on creation of jobs and will hit the rural infrastructure.

11:42 PM, Jan 15, 2014
The Last Word: Should Priyanka be given a wider role in reviving Congress?

With Lok Sabha elections just months away, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has hinted that he is ready to take charge as the party's prime ministerial candidate. But would that be enough or should his sister Priyanka Gandhi also take the centrestage to revive the party.

10:53 PM, Jan 14, 2014
The Last Word: Is AAP's idea of Janata Durbars populist gimmickry?

Realising that important issues cannot just be dealt with on the roads, the Aam Aadmi Party government of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided that it will not hold Janata Darbars any more. Following the chaos, mismanagement and the near-stampede like situation during the Janata Darbar, the Delhi government will take note of the grievances of the people through an online set-up, phone as well as by post.

10:19 PM, Jan 13, 2014
The Last Word: Are Justice Ganguly's claims justified or unwarranted?

Maintaining his defiant stand on the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by a law intern, former Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly on Wednesday hit out at the West Bengal government of hatching a conspiracy against him and blamed the Supreme Court for going out of its jurisdiction in accepting the complaint against him.

09:53 PM, Jan 09, 2014
The Last Word: Were Bangladesh general polls credible or just a sham?

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is once again set to form government with her party Awami League clearly sweeping the general elections. The principal opposition party did not take part in the elections and had allegedly participated in violence that resulted in the death of 21 people.

10:55 PM, Jan 07, 2014