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...For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister, this was a departure from his own narrative. The change in the narrative has not come from within. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed Fadnavis, and possibly some other chief ministers too, onto this suicidal trajectory, when he announced in a campaign rally on 15 February that the BJP, if voted to power in Uttar Pradesh, would waive crop loans. The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra are down but they have not completely lost their reflexes for conventional politics. They quickly latched on to the Prime Minister’s promise, which the BJP soon formalised by including it in its UP manifesto, and revived their demand for loan waiver that Fadnavis had till then dismissed with ease. ...Live Mint on April 6, 2017, 6:38 p.m.
...While Prakash’s knowledge about how newspapers operate may not have been accurate, he drove home the point that digital payment companies had benefited from the thrust on going cashless. He also made the point that the fine line between the advertisement of a product and the government endorsing that product had been blurred. This was the second instance of a company advertisement featuring Modi’s picture, the first being one by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. In December, Union minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore told Parliament that Reliance Jio had not sought government permission to use the prime minister’s picture. ...Live Mint on Jan. 9, 2017, 12:59 a.m.
...According to NCRB, by the end of 2014, various jails in the country had 282,879 under-trials lodged for crimes under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and special local laws.Of these, Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of 62,515 under-trials.Bihar was next on the list with 26,800 prison inmates who hadn’t been convicted.Maharashtra was third for with 19,895 under-trials languishing in its jails by the end of 2014, according to NCRB data.The NCRB report mentioned that Maharashtra had reported an increase of 2.9 % over the number of under-trials it had lodged in jails by the end of 2013.It is in this dark context that Maharashtra police’s initiative to allow under-trials to call home once a week should be seen as a welcome step. ...Live Mint on Sept. 23, 2016, 6:32 p.m.