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Nation wide survey says, PM tough on terrorism and Pakistan but keeps quit on controversial topics

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People who participated in a nation-wide survey conducted by Dainik Bhaskar has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is 54% tough against terrorism and Pakistan. Whereas 33% respondents said that he only talks tough on Kashmir, whereas 29% respondents said the same about Naxalism. 35% respondents in BJP-governed states found him soft in Kashmir, whereas 40% in other states thought so.

While 61% people think that Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeps quiet on most of the controversial topics.

Dainik Bhaskar said 83% respondents were happy with the surgical strike on Pakistan. 82% people chose demonetisation as one of the good works of the Modi government. 60% people called the ban on red beacon as a good move. 57% says GST is a good move. But, there is no dearth of disappointments as well. 52% wanted that PM Modi to have done more about unemployment. The way demonetisation was carried out didn’t go down well for 52% people. 45% don’t like Flexi-fare in trains.

Meanwhile, the humongous survey was carried out on record 2 lakh 3 thousand and 249 people. The respondents have also expressed their displeasure over inflation. 68% respondents have said that the government has not been able to curb inflation. 62% people have said that they have to face corruption. 61% people think that Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeps mum on most of the controversial topics.

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Government likely to make announcement on RBI soon: Finance Secretary

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New Delhi | The government is likely to make an announcement regarding Urjit Patel’s successor as Reserve Bank of India’s Governor later in the day, Finance Secretary A N Jha said.

RBI has been rendered headless following Patel’s unexpected resignation, with immediate effect, Monday. Patel, who is the first governor since 1990 to step down before his term ends, in a brief statement, cited “personal reasons” for the decision.

The decision to quit comes four days ahead of a crucial meeting of the board of the central bank that could have discussed issues of simmering differences with the government. It is expected that the board meeting may be deferred as there is no regular governor.

Speaking to reporters, Jha said, some communication from the government on RBI is expected.

Patel’s three-year term was to end in September 2019, and he was eligible for a second term like most of his successors, barring a few like his outspoken predecessor Raghuram Rajan.

A Kenyan national who acquired an Indian citizenship prior to being appointed Deputy Governor of RBI in January 2013, Oxford-trained Patel was initially seen as toeing government line after he backed the November 2016 shock decision to overnight junk 86 per cent of the currency in circulation.

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Former Kerala Minister C N Balakrishnan dead

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Kochi | Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala minister C N Balakrishnan died at a private hospital here, party sources said Tuesday.

He was 84. Balakrishnan, a former Cooperation minister, undergoing treatment for pneumonia at a private hospital here and the end came late Monday night, the sources said.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala were among those who condoled his death.

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Eminent economist Surjit Bhalla resigns from EAC-PM

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New Delhi | Eminent economist and columnist Surjit Bhalla on Tuesday said that he had resigned as part-time member of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister(EAC-PM) on December 1.

“I resigned as a part-time member of PMEAC on December 1,” Bhalla said on social networking site Twitter.

The EAC- PM is headed by Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy. Economists Rathin Roy, Ashima Goyal and Shamika Ravi are other part-time members.

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