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  • Name Game Erupts Over Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road

    Monday, August 31, 2015
    Lazy populism once again took centre stage with the renaming of Aurangzeb Road in the capital as APJ Abdul Kalam Marg, in memory of the 83-year-old former president who died in July. However, the choice of road has been objected to by Muslim groups and politicians who claim it to be the result of an anti-Muslim political agenda.   read more
  • 75,000 Apply for 30 Peon Jobs in Chhattisgarh

    Friday, August 28, 2015
    It is a sad commentary on the few opportunities available in Chhattisgarh when 75,000 people, including engineers and university graduates, apply for 30 vacancies as peons (office boys) in the state government. This large number shocked even officials, who were ill-prepared to conduct an examination test for so many. They were forced to cancel the examination scheduled this Sunday, August 30.   read more
  • Jains Reject High Court Order Against Ritual Fast Unto Death

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    A tradition of Jains starving themselves to death is an essential part of religious freedom, a petition told the Supreme Court on Tuesday, as the community protested its voluntary custom of ‘santhara’ being declared illegal by the Rajasthan High Court.   read more
  • New Payments Banks to Shake Up Indian Banking

    Thursday, August 20, 2015
    The RBI has provisionally cleared 11 entities to set up new 'payments banks'. These include India Post, private business groups such as Reliance Industries and the Aditya Birla Group, telecom giants like Airtel and Vodafone, and several tech and finance companies.   read more
  • Municipal Engineer Found With Rs. 20 Crore ($3 Million) Stashed at Home

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    Pranab Adhikari, a sub-assistant engineer in charge of approving building plans in Howrah, West Bengal, was caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh ($1,500) last week. When officers of the anti-corruption branch searched his modest home at Bally, they found a staggering Rs. 20 crore ($3 million) in cash hidden under the floor tiles, in cupboards, inside mattresses, sofas, and even inside the commode in the bathroom.   read more

Top Stories

  • Supreme Court Keeps Aadhaar Card Optional

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015
    The Supreme Court has prevented the government from making the Aadhaar card mandatory for availing social benefit schemes. The court also ruled on Tuesday that no personal information of the cardholders should be shared by any government authority.   read more
  • Govt Bans Porn Websites Despite Supreme Court's Support for Individual's Right to Access

    Monday, August 03, 2015
    The government has blocked over 850 adult websites to prevent pornography becoming “a social nuisance”, despite the Supreme Court not supporting an outright ban last month. India’s first big crackdown on internet porn has sparked an online debate about censorship and freedom in the world's largest democracy.   read more
  • Uber Aims to Conquer Indian Market

    Saturday, August 01, 2015
    Uber Technologies Inc plans to invest $1 billion in India in the next nine months, as the U.S. online taxi-hailing company looks to expand its services beyond the 18 Indian cities where it now operates. Its investment in India is now on a par with its investment in China, and signals an escalation of Uber’s rivalry with domestic rival Ola.   read more

Controversies

  • Mumbai Police Still Clueless Over Moral Policing Raids

    Friday, August 14, 2015
    The Mumbai police have not exactly covered themselves with glory with their recent moral policing raids. First they booked several couples for alleged indecent behaviour. Following a public outcry, the police decided to order an inquiry. But the officer leading the inquiry found himself transferred out of Mumbai on a ‘punishment posting’. Then, barely 24 hours later, the state government cancelled his transfer. Does anyone in charge know what they are doing?   read more
  • Maharashtra to Derecognize Madrasas Not Teaching English, Maths, Science

    Saturday, July 04, 2015
    The Maharashtra government has sparked a controversy by declaring that madrasas, or Islamic seminaries, that do not teach primary subjects such as English and mathematics would be considered "non-schools" and their students "out-of-school" children. Muslim leaders and opposition parties have criticised the move as discriminatory and unconstitutional.   read more
  • Section 377: Swamy Calls Homosexuality a “Genetic Disorder”

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    Since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court judgement last month that legalized same-sex marriages in that country, there has been some introspection in India about Section 377 that continues to criminalize “unnatural sex”. However, in the past few days this debate has descended into farce, with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy claiming his party’s position is that “homosexuality is a genetic disorder”.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • U.S. Firm Admits to Bribing Officials to Win Contracts in Goa and Guwahati

    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    A U.S. construction management company, Louis Berger, has agreed to pay $17.1 million in criminal fines to resolve charges that it bribed officials in 4 countries, including India where it won two water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati. The firm paid bribes of $976,630 for its Goa project, including to a minister whose name has not been disclosed by the U.S. Department of Justice.   read more
  • Cricket’s Day of Reckoning

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Reality caught up with Indian cricket on Tuesday with the Justice RM Lodha committee announcing a two-year ban on former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Two prominent club officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, also got life bans for betting on IPL games or being in contact with illegal gamblers. But will this verdict succeed in cleaning up Indian cricket?   read more
  • Tax Evasion Just Got Tougher With New Indo-U.S. Deal

    Monday, July 13, 2015
    India and the United States have signed a tax information sharing agreement that will make it more difficult for Indians and Americans to dodge tax by stashing it abroad. This will also boost Indian tax revenues as tax authorities will get information about Indians working in the U.S.   read more

India and the World

  • Japan to Participate in India’s Naval Exercises With U.S.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Japan is expected to take part in the 2015 edition of India’s joint naval exercises with the United States that are scheduled in October. This is being seen as a sign of stronger military and diplomatic ties between India and Japan, and an attempt by India to recover its position as the dominant maritime power in the Indian Ocean that has recently seen inroads by China.   read more
  • Modi Sets Agenda for Pakistan Visit: Deal With Terror

    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad next year. In doing so, Modi has set the agenda for dialogue with Pakistan: dealing with terrorism.   read more
  • Modi Pushes BRICS Towards Further Cooperation

    Friday, July 10, 2015
    The group of emerging economies known as BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are as different in their values as they are in their economic growth. This informal club has in the past decade largely spent its time challenging the developed world. But the time has now come for closer cooperation and coordination, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who proposed a 10-point initiative at the ongoing BRICS summit.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Another Indian CEO Takes Charge in Silicon Valley

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    Sundar Pichai’s elevation as CEO of Google is being seen as a logical extension of his rapid ascent at the search giant: a protégé of current CEO Larry Page who had been groomed for the job with increasing responsibilities in recent years. The 43-year-old IIT alumnus joins the growing list of Indian-born executives to reach the top ranks of tech companies in the U.S.   read more
  • Pachauri Replaced at TERI Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Friday, July 24, 2015
    The former UN climate change panel (IPCC) chief, Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, has been removed from his post as head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi. The move came days after a court allowed Pachauri to return to his office while facing sexual harassment allegations.   read more
  • DDC Vice-Chairman Ashish Khetan Gets Cabinet Minister Perks, But Not Official Status

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    Poor Ashish Khetan. The AAP leader first announced that he had got the status of a cabinet minister as the vice-chairman of the newly instituted Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC). But once the political implications of this largesse became evident, the AAP government quickly denied that he had ministerial status. But it nevertheless let him keep all the goodies entitled to a state cabinet minister.   read more

Unusual News

  • SBI Error Turns Domestic Help Into Billionaire

    Sunday, July 26, 2015
    This is a rags to riches story – and back again – courtesy the State Bank of India (SBI). Urmila Yadav, who works as a domestic help in Kanpur, recently found she was one of India's richest women when the Rs 2,000 ($32) in her bank account suddenly turned into Rs 95,71,16,98,647 ($1.5 billion).   read more
  • Delhi College Demands RTI Applicant Pay Rs. 80,000 ($1,257) for Info

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    A decade has passed since the landmark Right to Information (RTI) Act came into effect, providing ordinary citizens with the power to demand details from their government on its functioning and its decisions. Yet the bureaucracy still finds innovative ways to deny this information, as Kumar Ram Krishna, a history teacher in Delhi, found out recently when he was asked to cough up Rs 80,000 ($1,257) for the information he wanted.   read more
  • Telangana Bureaucrat Sues Outlook for Calling Her ‘Eye Candy’

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    A senior bureaucrat in Telangana has sued Outlook magazine for describing her as "eye candy". Smita Sabharwal, additional secretary to the Telangana chief minister, said she found the remarks against her "sexist" and "demoralising." In response, Outlook said it was a satirical piece in its regular 'Deep Throat' column. Nevertheless, the magazine has removed it from its website.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

    The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is the federal body responsible for all aspects of the industries within its ambit. The criterion to qualify as a MSME is financial rather than based on product. Thus, a MSME can be par...   more

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  • Nabi Azad, Ghulam

      Ghulam Nabi Azad is a Kashmiri leader of the Indian National Congress and has been minister of health and family welfare since 2009. Prior to that, he was parliamentary affairs minister under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh until 2005, at w...   more

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  • Name Game Erupts Over Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road

    Monday, August 31, 2015
    Lazy populism once again took centre stage with the renaming of Aurangzeb Road in the capital as APJ Abdul Kalam Marg, in memory of the 83-year-old former president who died in July. However, the choice of road has been objected to by Muslim groups and politicians who claim it to be the result of an anti-Muslim political agenda.   read more
  • 75,000 Apply for 30 Peon Jobs in Chhattisgarh

    Friday, August 28, 2015
    It is a sad commentary on the few opportunities available in Chhattisgarh when 75,000 people, including engineers and university graduates, apply for 30 vacancies as peons (office boys) in the state government. This large number shocked even officials, who were ill-prepared to conduct an examination test for so many. They were forced to cancel the examination scheduled this Sunday, August 30.   read more
  • Jains Reject High Court Order Against Ritual Fast Unto Death

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    A tradition of Jains starving themselves to death is an essential part of religious freedom, a petition told the Supreme Court on Tuesday, as the community protested its voluntary custom of ‘santhara’ being declared illegal by the Rajasthan High Court.   read more
  • New Payments Banks to Shake Up Indian Banking

    Thursday, August 20, 2015
    The RBI has provisionally cleared 11 entities to set up new 'payments banks'. These include India Post, private business groups such as Reliance Industries and the Aditya Birla Group, telecom giants like Airtel and Vodafone, and several tech and finance companies.   read more
  • Municipal Engineer Found With Rs. 20 Crore ($3 Million) Stashed at Home

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    Pranab Adhikari, a sub-assistant engineer in charge of approving building plans in Howrah, West Bengal, was caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh ($1,500) last week. When officers of the anti-corruption branch searched his modest home at Bally, they found a staggering Rs. 20 crore ($3 million) in cash hidden under the floor tiles, in cupboards, inside mattresses, sofas, and even inside the commode in the bathroom.   read more

Top Stories

  • Supreme Court Keeps Aadhaar Card Optional

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015
    The Supreme Court has prevented the government from making the Aadhaar card mandatory for availing social benefit schemes. The court also ruled on Tuesday that no personal information of the cardholders should be shared by any government authority.   read more
  • Govt Bans Porn Websites Despite Supreme Court's Support for Individual's Right to Access

    Monday, August 03, 2015
    The government has blocked over 850 adult websites to prevent pornography becoming “a social nuisance”, despite the Supreme Court not supporting an outright ban last month. India’s first big crackdown on internet porn has sparked an online debate about censorship and freedom in the world's largest democracy.   read more
  • Uber Aims to Conquer Indian Market

    Saturday, August 01, 2015
    Uber Technologies Inc plans to invest $1 billion in India in the next nine months, as the U.S. online taxi-hailing company looks to expand its services beyond the 18 Indian cities where it now operates. Its investment in India is now on a par with its investment in China, and signals an escalation of Uber’s rivalry with domestic rival Ola.   read more

Controversies

  • Mumbai Police Still Clueless Over Moral Policing Raids

    Friday, August 14, 2015
    The Mumbai police have not exactly covered themselves with glory with their recent moral policing raids. First they booked several couples for alleged indecent behaviour. Following a public outcry, the police decided to order an inquiry. But the officer leading the inquiry found himself transferred out of Mumbai on a ‘punishment posting’. Then, barely 24 hours later, the state government cancelled his transfer. Does anyone in charge know what they are doing?   read more
  • Maharashtra to Derecognize Madrasas Not Teaching English, Maths, Science

    Saturday, July 04, 2015
    The Maharashtra government has sparked a controversy by declaring that madrasas, or Islamic seminaries, that do not teach primary subjects such as English and mathematics would be considered "non-schools" and their students "out-of-school" children. Muslim leaders and opposition parties have criticised the move as discriminatory and unconstitutional.   read more
  • Section 377: Swamy Calls Homosexuality a “Genetic Disorder”

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    Since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court judgement last month that legalized same-sex marriages in that country, there has been some introspection in India about Section 377 that continues to criminalize “unnatural sex”. However, in the past few days this debate has descended into farce, with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy claiming his party’s position is that “homosexuality is a genetic disorder”.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • U.S. Firm Admits to Bribing Officials to Win Contracts in Goa and Guwahati

    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    A U.S. construction management company, Louis Berger, has agreed to pay $17.1 million in criminal fines to resolve charges that it bribed officials in 4 countries, including India where it won two water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati. The firm paid bribes of $976,630 for its Goa project, including to a minister whose name has not been disclosed by the U.S. Department of Justice.   read more
  • Cricket’s Day of Reckoning

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Reality caught up with Indian cricket on Tuesday with the Justice RM Lodha committee announcing a two-year ban on former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Two prominent club officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, also got life bans for betting on IPL games or being in contact with illegal gamblers. But will this verdict succeed in cleaning up Indian cricket?   read more
  • Tax Evasion Just Got Tougher With New Indo-U.S. Deal

    Monday, July 13, 2015
    India and the United States have signed a tax information sharing agreement that will make it more difficult for Indians and Americans to dodge tax by stashing it abroad. This will also boost Indian tax revenues as tax authorities will get information about Indians working in the U.S.   read more

India and the World

  • Japan to Participate in India’s Naval Exercises With U.S.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Japan is expected to take part in the 2015 edition of India’s joint naval exercises with the United States that are scheduled in October. This is being seen as a sign of stronger military and diplomatic ties between India and Japan, and an attempt by India to recover its position as the dominant maritime power in the Indian Ocean that has recently seen inroads by China.   read more
  • Modi Sets Agenda for Pakistan Visit: Deal With Terror

    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad next year. In doing so, Modi has set the agenda for dialogue with Pakistan: dealing with terrorism.   read more
  • Modi Pushes BRICS Towards Further Cooperation

    Friday, July 10, 2015
    The group of emerging economies known as BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are as different in their values as they are in their economic growth. This informal club has in the past decade largely spent its time challenging the developed world. But the time has now come for closer cooperation and coordination, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who proposed a 10-point initiative at the ongoing BRICS summit.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Another Indian CEO Takes Charge in Silicon Valley

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    Sundar Pichai’s elevation as CEO of Google is being seen as a logical extension of his rapid ascent at the search giant: a protégé of current CEO Larry Page who had been groomed for the job with increasing responsibilities in recent years. The 43-year-old IIT alumnus joins the growing list of Indian-born executives to reach the top ranks of tech companies in the U.S.   read more
  • Pachauri Replaced at TERI Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Friday, July 24, 2015
    The former UN climate change panel (IPCC) chief, Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, has been removed from his post as head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi. The move came days after a court allowed Pachauri to return to his office while facing sexual harassment allegations.   read more
  • DDC Vice-Chairman Ashish Khetan Gets Cabinet Minister Perks, But Not Official Status

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    Poor Ashish Khetan. The AAP leader first announced that he had got the status of a cabinet minister as the vice-chairman of the newly instituted Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC). But once the political implications of this largesse became evident, the AAP government quickly denied that he had ministerial status. But it nevertheless let him keep all the goodies entitled to a state cabinet minister.   read more

Unusual News

  • SBI Error Turns Domestic Help Into Billionaire

    Sunday, July 26, 2015
    This is a rags to riches story – and back again – courtesy the State Bank of India (SBI). Urmila Yadav, who works as a domestic help in Kanpur, recently found she was one of India's richest women when the Rs 2,000 ($32) in her bank account suddenly turned into Rs 95,71,16,98,647 ($1.5 billion).   read more
  • Delhi College Demands RTI Applicant Pay Rs. 80,000 ($1,257) for Info

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    A decade has passed since the landmark Right to Information (RTI) Act came into effect, providing ordinary citizens with the power to demand details from their government on its functioning and its decisions. Yet the bureaucracy still finds innovative ways to deny this information, as Kumar Ram Krishna, a history teacher in Delhi, found out recently when he was asked to cough up Rs 80,000 ($1,257) for the information he wanted.   read more
  • Telangana Bureaucrat Sues Outlook for Calling Her ‘Eye Candy’

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    A senior bureaucrat in Telangana has sued Outlook magazine for describing her as "eye candy". Smita Sabharwal, additional secretary to the Telangana chief minister, said she found the remarks against her "sexist" and "demoralising." In response, Outlook said it was a satirical piece in its regular 'Deep Throat' column. Nevertheless, the magazine has removed it from its website.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Telephone Regulatory Authority (TRAI)

    As the millennium approached, the spread of wireless telephony radically altered India’s telecom landscape. Millions of subscribers waiting months for landlines skipped them altogether. As in much of the developing world, most Indians now only ...   more

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