Govt appoints Ashima Goyal, Jayanth Verma, Shashanka Bhide as MPC members

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The government has appointed three external members to the central bank’s panel that decides interest rates, said a government official. These three members are — Ashima Goyal, member of Economic Advisory Council of Prime Minister, Shashanka Bhide, senior advisor at National Council for Applied Economic Research and Jayanth Verma who is a professor in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad.


The appointment has come after the government faced widespread criticism over failing to act on time to appoint an external panel to the (MPC). Last week, (RBI) had to defer its three-day interest-rate meeting, without giving any reasons or a new date of its policy decision. The meeting was scheduled on September 29, 30 and October 1.



Sources indicated that the fresh dates for the MPC meeting will be shortly announced by the central bank and most likely it will be held early next week.


Experts say that all three hold rich experience and are suitable for the position.


For instance, Goyal is also an independent director at Edelweiss Financial Services, IDBI Bank and SBI General Insurance. She was also a

Urban affairs ministry partners Swiggy to take street vendors online

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People in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Indore, and Varanasi will soon be able to have food from delivered at their doorsteps as the Centre has joined hands with food aggregator to take these small businesses online.


According to the (MoHUA), this initiative has been launched in these five cities on a pilot basis by on-boarding 250 street food vendors and later, it will be rolled out in other parts of the country. Under the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme, the move will give online access to thousands of consumers and help them grow their businesses, a ministry official said.



The MoHUA has coordinated with the key stakeholders, including municipal corporations, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), and GST officials, to ensure that necessary prerequisites are completed for this initiative, the official said.


An MoU was exchanged by Joint Secretary Sanjay Kumar and chief financial officer Rahul Bothra through a webinar in the presence of Union Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra.


Municipal commissioners of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi also participated

Belgium’s Hidden Princess Regrets Father’s Cold Shoulder

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When former king Albert II informed his hidden daughter and the Belgian people, through legal counsel, that he felt no connection with her it was “like a knife in the back,” she said Monday.

The former Delphine Boel had kept her silence for years about the king’s affair with her mother, like “a little soldier,” she told reporters in her first press conference since a court recognised her as princess Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg last week.

But when DNA tests finally revealed that she was his daughter after a long, drawn-out paternity battle, and he still coldly refused to welcome her into the royal family, she pressed on with legal action.

Now, a Belgian court has ruled: the 52-year-old artist can indeed adopt her father’s name and call herself a princess. It’s a victory of sorts, but she is sorry it came to this.

On Monday, on the verge of tears, she told reporters who gathered at the Free University of Brussels why she had gone the legal route to end the long battle for recognition.

Delphine was born in 1968 to a baroness, Sibylle de Selys Longchamps, and Albert, the then future king of the Belgians, early in an affair

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