LIVE BLOG: Bharat Bandh Cripples Normal Life; Third Front in the Future?

The "Bharat Bandh" called by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and other opposition parties against diesel price hike and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on Thursday has crippled the normal lives of the people across the country. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and other leaders who were courted arrest at the Parliament Street in Delhi earlier in the day, have been released. Sep 20, 2012

FICCI Against Bharat Bandh, Expresses Need for Economic Reforms

In light of the "Bharat Bandh" on Thursday called by various political parties against the reform policies announced by the Centre last week, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has urged the national polity to stand united and strengthen the hands of policy makers to act proactively and decisively to push the country forward. Sep 20, 2012

FDI, Diesel Price Hike: Is UPA Coalition Heading for Breakdown?

With Congress showing no sign of softening its stance on the big-ticket economic reforms, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to pull out Trinoomial Congress ministers from the UPA cabinet as her deadline ends on Tuesday. However, she would continue to back the Central government from the outside, said reports. Sep 17, 2012

FDI in Retail is Long Overdue, Game-Changer, Say Experts

Opposition parties and some of the partners of the UPA have tagged the economic policy of letting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Indian markets mainly the retail sector as an anti-farmer and anti-public decision. Sep 16, 2012

FDI in Retail, Diesel Hike: PM’s Take on India’s Big Ticket Reforms

The government shows no signs of relenting to the allies and Opposition demands for the withdrawal of policy initiatives on FDI in retail and diesel price hike, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the long-delayed reforms were essential for reviving growth and improving the investment climate in India. Sep 16, 2012