Portal

  • Moody’s: New Financial Code Will Curb RBI Independence

    Thursday, July 30, 2015
    The proposed changes in the Indian Financial Code (IFC) have been criticised by Moody’s, which believes that giving the government a veto over interest rates will curb the RBI’s independence and dent its performance in tackling inflation.   read more
  • Alvida A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015)

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam died as he lived: in the public eye and inspiring young students. The 83-year-old collapsed on Monday while giving a lecture on sustainable development at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). A rocket scientist who rose to become India’s 11th president, he will be remembered most for being the people’s President, an inspirational figure who revolutionised the top office by connecting with the youth and pushing for an innovative new India.   read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Top Stories

  • Indian Guest Workers’ Rights Get Boost With $20 Million U.S. Settlement

    Friday, July 17, 2015
    Indian guest workers are in demand at construction sites across the world, from the Middle East to the U.S. But they often exploited by their employers and have to make do with poor living standards. This could change with the $20 million settlement that 200 Indian workers have received from a U.S. company that defrauded and exploited them.   read more
  • UGC Releases List of Fake Universities

    Friday, July 03, 2015
    The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a list of 21 fake universities for the benefit of students, saying these “self-styled and unrecognized institutions, functioning under the contravention of the UGC Act are declared as fake, and are not entitled to confer any degrees.” According to the list, six of these fake universities are in Delhi, while Uttar Pradesh topped with nine.   read more
  • Digital India Gets $70 Billion Push, But Infrastructure Challenges Remain

    Thursday, July 02, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched India Digital Week to boost e-governance and strengthen the country’s digital infrastructure. Several companies have pledged Rs. 4.5 trillion ($70 billion) for electronics manufacturing and reducing imports by 2020. However, India will have to overcome a number of challenges before it can achieve its ambitions.   read more

Controversies

  • 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
  • Lalit Modi Row Threatens Govt’s Clean Image

    Friday, June 26, 2015
    The opposition’s attempt to attack the NDA government over the growing scandal surrounding absconding cricket entrepreneur Lalit Modi seems to be a blatant attempt to embarrass Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That Modi himself has not spoken about the row is not helping matters, with his silence encouraging the vocal voices in the Congress party and AAP.   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

  • 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
  • India to Project ‘Soft Power’ on Yoga Day

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    June 21 will be celebrated worldwide as International Day of Yoga, the result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to highlight yoga as India's signature cultural export. In Delhi, 45,000 people are expected to join Modi in a mass yoga class conducted by Baba Ramdev, while Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead the events planned at the U.N. in New York.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • 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
  • Congress Puts off Internal Party Polls Yet Again

    Friday, June 19, 2015
    The Congress has decided to again postpone its organisational elections, after the opposition party was forced to extend its membership drive four times since last October due to poor response. The internal elections were scheduled to be over by December 31, but the party now wants this to be completed by December 2016 instead.   read more
  • India Nominates KV Kamath to Head BRICS Bank

    Monday, May 11, 2015
    India has named ICICI Bank chairman KV Kamath as the first president of the New Development Bank being set up by the BRICS countries. The $100 billion development bank will fund infrastructure projects in developing nations. To be headquartered in Shanghai, it was agreed to be headed by an Indian for the first five-year term.   read more

Unusual News

  • 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
  • Pigeon Detained in Punjab for Being a Pakistani ‘Spy’

    Friday, May 29, 2015
    When it comes to the India-Pakistan border, it seems even a bird is not above suspicion. A white pigeon that flew into India with “Pakistani markings” has created a security flutter in the Pathankot district of Punjab. But this is not the first time a bird has been detained on suspicion of being a Pakistani courier. In March another pigeon was caught in Gujarat with a micro-chip on its leg.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Department of Home

    When a child is born, someone dies or the Prime Minister assumes office, the Department of Home at the Ministry of Home Affairs is kept in the loop. The department issues notification when the new president, ministers, members of Parliament and...   more

Domestic Policy Divisions

Go to Department

Meet Your Government

Blog

  • Moody’s: New Financial Code Will Curb RBI Independence

    Thursday, July 30, 2015
    The proposed changes in the Indian Financial Code (IFC) have been criticised by Moody’s, which believes that giving the government a veto over interest rates will curb the RBI’s independence and dent its performance in tackling inflation.   read more
  • Alvida A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015)

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam died as he lived: in the public eye and inspiring young students. The 83-year-old collapsed on Monday while giving a lecture on sustainable development at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). A rocket scientist who rose to become India’s 11th president, he will be remembered most for being the people’s President, an inspirational figure who revolutionised the top office by connecting with the youth and pushing for an innovative new India.   read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Top Stories

  • Indian Guest Workers’ Rights Get Boost With $20 Million U.S. Settlement

    Friday, July 17, 2015
    Indian guest workers are in demand at construction sites across the world, from the Middle East to the U.S. But they often exploited by their employers and have to make do with poor living standards. This could change with the $20 million settlement that 200 Indian workers have received from a U.S. company that defrauded and exploited them.   read more
  • UGC Releases List of Fake Universities

    Friday, July 03, 2015
    The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a list of 21 fake universities for the benefit of students, saying these “self-styled and unrecognized institutions, functioning under the contravention of the UGC Act are declared as fake, and are not entitled to confer any degrees.” According to the list, six of these fake universities are in Delhi, while Uttar Pradesh topped with nine.   read more
  • Digital India Gets $70 Billion Push, But Infrastructure Challenges Remain

    Thursday, July 02, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched India Digital Week to boost e-governance and strengthen the country’s digital infrastructure. Several companies have pledged Rs. 4.5 trillion ($70 billion) for electronics manufacturing and reducing imports by 2020. However, India will have to overcome a number of challenges before it can achieve its ambitions.   read more

Controversies

  • 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
  • Lalit Modi Row Threatens Govt’s Clean Image

    Friday, June 26, 2015
    The opposition’s attempt to attack the NDA government over the growing scandal surrounding absconding cricket entrepreneur Lalit Modi seems to be a blatant attempt to embarrass Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That Modi himself has not spoken about the row is not helping matters, with his silence encouraging the vocal voices in the Congress party and AAP.   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

  • 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
  • India to Project ‘Soft Power’ on Yoga Day

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    June 21 will be celebrated worldwide as International Day of Yoga, the result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to highlight yoga as India's signature cultural export. In Delhi, 45,000 people are expected to join Modi in a mass yoga class conducted by Baba Ramdev, while Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead the events planned at the U.N. in New York.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • 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
  • Congress Puts off Internal Party Polls Yet Again

    Friday, June 19, 2015
    The Congress has decided to again postpone its organisational elections, after the opposition party was forced to extend its membership drive four times since last October due to poor response. The internal elections were scheduled to be over by December 31, but the party now wants this to be completed by December 2016 instead.   read more
  • India Nominates KV Kamath to Head BRICS Bank

    Monday, May 11, 2015
    India has named ICICI Bank chairman KV Kamath as the first president of the New Development Bank being set up by the BRICS countries. The $100 billion development bank will fund infrastructure projects in developing nations. To be headquartered in Shanghai, it was agreed to be headed by an Indian for the first five-year term.   read more

Unusual News

  • 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
  • Pigeon Detained in Punjab for Being a Pakistani ‘Spy’

    Friday, May 29, 2015
    When it comes to the India-Pakistan border, it seems even a bird is not above suspicion. A white pigeon that flew into India with “Pakistani markings” has created a security flutter in the Pathankot district of Punjab. But this is not the first time a bird has been detained on suspicion of being a Pakistani courier. In March another pigeon was caught in Gujarat with a micro-chip on its leg.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Rashtriya Rifles

    Rashtriya Rifles (RR), the largest counterinsurgency force in the world, stands on the vanguard of anti-guerilla operations in India’s northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir. With the motto, death or victory, the force comprises 65 battalions di...   more

Domestic Policy Divisions

Go to Department

Meet Your Government

Blog