The Great Debate (India)
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, the biggest ally in Manmohan Singh’s UPA government, pulled out of the ruling coalition on Tuesday, escalating a political firestorm over big-ticket reform measures launched last week.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defends himself against accusations his government was a lame duck, saying it was trying to bring justice in some of the country’s biggest corruption scandals in decades.
The 78-year-old Singh has been under increasing pressure to stamp out corruption.
In a first of its kind legislation by any country, Finland has made broadband internet access a legal right for all its citizens.
As per the new law that came into effect from July 1, Finnish telecom companies will have to provide its citizens broadband lines with a minimum speed of 1Mbps.
The government has freed up state-subsidised petrol prices and also hiked the prices of diesel, cooking gas and kerosene.
Petrol prices would be market driven and have been raised by 3.50 rupees per litre, while kerosene prices were hiked by 3 rupees a litre. Diesel prices saw an addition of 2 rupees per litre and will be freed up in the future. Cooking gas prices were raised by 35 rupees a cylinder.
With just hours to go before the counting of votes, several exit polls have shown that India’s ruling Congress-led coalition is slightly ahead of the BJP-led alliance.
The probable lack of a clear winner has stoked concerns that the coalition that emerges after a month of elections may be unstable.