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  • Saradha Scandal Tightens Around Defiant Mamata

    Saturday, November 22, 2014
    The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is facing mounting pressure over the Saradha chit fund scam, with one more party MP arrested on Friday, bring to three the number of its leaders behind bars. With growing calls for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to resign, her party claimed that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was being used by the central government to “settle political scores”.   read more
  • Trade Blossoms Between India and Israel

    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    With Prime Minister Narendra Modi coming to power in May, the bilateral relationship between India and Israel as gone into overdrive. Two major defence deals have been signed in the past two months as both countries are moving ahead with a commercial and political relationship that is no longer burdened by the unease felt by the previous UPA government over the reaction of the country’s Muslim minority.   read more
  • ‘Godman’ Rampal Finally Arrested, After High Court Forces Haryana Govt to Act

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    Haryana Police have finally arrested controversial religious leader Rampal from his ashram in Hisar with the violent standoff ending on Wednesday night. But the two days of confrontation between thousands of Rampal supporters and the police could have been avoided if the state administration had taken action earlier.   read more
  • Indian Cricket Is Shamed by Corruption and Conflict of Interest

    Monday, November 17, 2014
    Narayanaswami Srinivasan may have got a clean chit from the Supreme Court over match-fixing, but the court pointed out that he did not take action against a player who had violated the code of conduct. With Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, IPL COO Sundar Raman and Raj Kundra (co-owner of Rajasthan Royals) indicted for allegedly cronying up to punters, the court needs to restore the public’s faith in cricket by cleaning the Augean stables that is the BCCI.   read more
  • Reporters Find Cash in Media Kits

    Saturday, November 15, 2014
    In Puri, Odisha, reporters were enraged to allegedly find Rs. 200 ($3.30) each in the media kit envelopes provided to them at a press conference addressed by Pinaki Mishra, the ruling Biju Janata Dal MP. Several journalists lodged a police complaint against Mishra and BJD MLA Maheswar Mohanty, accusing them of attempting to bribe the media.   read more

Top Stories

  • Punjab Crop Fires Create Haze in Delhi

    Saturday, November 08, 2014
    The choking haze that envelopes Delhi every winter is not just the fallout of Diwali firecrackers or coal-based cooking fires. It is also caused in large part by the burning of crop debris by farmers in the states of Punjab and Haryana that lie north of the capital.   read more
  • Another Bollywood Bastion Falls to Women

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    It is appalling that women were banned from being employed as make-up artists in Bollywood for the past 59 years; it is even more appalling that one woman’s 5-year battle to end this discrimination took her all the way to the Supreme Court. According to the Indian Express, the country's top court has now ruled that the ban is gender biased and should end.   read more
  • Air Pollution Halves India’s Grain Production

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014
    Air pollution seems to have a direct, negative impact on grain production in India, a study has warned, with projected yields falling by half due to recent increases in smog. According to The Guardian, the finding has implications for global food security as India is a major rice exporter.   read more

Controversies

  • 14 Deaths Later, Blame Game in Chhattisgarh, But Sterilization Camps Continue

    Friday, November 14, 2014
    Sub-standard drugs are being blamed for the deaths of 13 women after sterilisation surgery at a family-planning ‘camp’ in Chhattisgarh last weekend, with owners of the factories that produced them being summoned for questioning. But that has not stopped the state government from holding another such ‘camp’ this week, where another woman died after her operation on Monday – the 14th death so far.   read more
  • Gujarat Govt Gets Cold Feet Over Compulsory Voting Law

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Act has been passed by the state assembly and signed by the governor. But a growing controversy over the act’s provision that make non-voting in local body elections a penal offence has forced the Gujarat administration to rethink the bill.   read more
  • Maharashtra’s Ex-Home Minister R R Patil Criticised for Remarks on Rape

    Saturday, October 11, 2014
    The Maharashtra election is barely days away, yet senior NCP leader and former state home minister Raosaheb Ramrao Patil has sparked a controversy by allegedly trivialising rape. He reportedly said that Sudhakar Khade, a MNS candidate jailed on rape charges, should have waited for the election to get over before committing the crime.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Saradha Scam Implicates Politicians and Police Chief

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    The Rs. 20,000 crore Saradha scam in West Bengal shows no signs of slowing down. A government agency that tracks corporate frauds has reportedly called for a CBI probe against state sports minister Madan Mitra and Kolkata Police chief Surajit Kar Purkayastha. The sports minister allegedly took money from Saradha chairman Sudipta Sen to repair temples in his constituency and to hold a football match in Kolkata featuring Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi.   read more
  • Modi Gets Bureaucrats to Tighten Belts

    Thursday, October 30, 2014
    The Modi government continued its austerity drive on Thursday, this time banning first-class air travel by top bureaucrats to cut down on unnecessary expenditure and reduce the fiscal deficit. The government also barred ministries from making new financial commitments, purchasing new vehicles, creating new posts and holding conferences at five-star hotels.   read more
  • Govt to Disclose Names of Swiss Account Holders

    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    The government has started filing charges against individuals having accounts in Swiss banks, which will allow it to disclose names of those who have allegedly stashed black money abroad, amid media speculation that some prominent politicians may figure on this list. But the challenge will be to convince everyone that the government is acting impartially, and not using these foreign accounts to selectively target political opponents.   read more

India and the World

  • Taliban Targets India

    Thursday, November 06, 2014
    The new Pakistani Taliban group behind the suicide bombing on the Wagah border said the attack was aimed at India as much as Pakistan, suggesting that Indian targets might be next. Ehsanullah Ehsan, a prominent militant and spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA), claimed that attacks on India were in the pipeline.   read more
  • India and Vietnam Send Strong Signal to China

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    India and Vietnam have decided to ramp up their defence ties and raise Indian involvement in Vietnam's energy sector. Delhi will supply four naval patrol vessels to Hanoi and to increase training of its military personnel. This decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung is likely to irk China.   read more
  • NIA Says Burdwan Bombs Were Aimed at Bangladesh

    Friday, October 24, 2014
    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has confirmed the view held by most analysts that the accused persons arrested in the Burdwan blast case and their associates had been preparing IEDs for possible terror attacks in Bangladesh. According to Hindustan Times, the interrogation reports reveal a larger cross-border design to destabilise Bangladesh and short-circuit its bilateral relationship with India.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • More UPA Governors Head for the Exits

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit resigned on Tuesday, two days after another UPA-appointee K Shankaranarayanan quit as governor of Maharashtra. This has cleared most of the key governors appointed by the previous UPA administration, allowing the NDA a free hand to appoint its aging leaders to the plum posts. 82-year old Kalyan Singh was appointed as governor of Rajasthan on Monday, along with three others for Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.   read more
  • Changes Proposed in Judges’ Appointment System

    Monday, August 11, 2014
    India is currently the only country in the world where judges appoint judges. This opaque collegium system is set to be modified after recent allegations of corruption by retired Justice Markandey Katju. The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday, with the proposed JAC to include the executive in the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts. Yet it's not clear if this will provide a balance between transparency and judicial independence.   read more
  • New Nagaland Governor Resigns on Being Transferred from Mizoram

    Friday, July 11, 2014
    The Modi administration’s move to transfer some of the remaining state governors appointed by the previous UPA administration took its first victim on Friday, with newly transferred Nagaland Governor Vakkom Purushothaman preferring to resign rather than move there from Mizoram.   read more

Unusual News

  • Reform 04: Obsolete Laws to be Junked

    Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    ‘Her Majesty’ and ‘East India Company’ are still mentioned in some obsolete laws in India’s statute books, 67 years after independence from British colonial rule. The NDA government has come up with a simple solution: a clean-up of obscure laws that no longer serve any purpose. The Law Ministry is leading the drive, by digging out 287 outdated laws that will be repealed in the next session of parliament in November.   read more
  • Aadhar Card Issued to Lord Hanuman

    Saturday, September 13, 2014
    This may have been the result of a prank, but the issuance of an Aadhar card in the name of Lord Hanuman has left more than a few red faces at the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency responsible for issuing an unique identity to each resident of India.   read more
  • India’s Rice Bucket Challenge

    Friday, August 29, 2014
    Inspired by the famous "ice bucket" challenge, thousands of Indians are taking it up with an Indian twist. Instead of throwing ice-cold water on themselves, they are donating rice to people in need. The challenge, already going viral on social media, involves donating a bucket of rice and sharing a photo online to raise awareness.   read more

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  • Saradha Scandal Tightens Around Defiant Mamata

    Saturday, November 22, 2014
    The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is facing mounting pressure over the Saradha chit fund scam, with one more party MP arrested on Friday, bring to three the number of its leaders behind bars. With growing calls for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to resign, her party claimed that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was being used by the central government to “settle political scores”.   read more
  • Trade Blossoms Between India and Israel

    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    With Prime Minister Narendra Modi coming to power in May, the bilateral relationship between India and Israel as gone into overdrive. Two major defence deals have been signed in the past two months as both countries are moving ahead with a commercial and political relationship that is no longer burdened by the unease felt by the previous UPA government over the reaction of the country’s Muslim minority.   read more
  • ‘Godman’ Rampal Finally Arrested, After High Court Forces Haryana Govt to Act

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    Haryana Police have finally arrested controversial religious leader Rampal from his ashram in Hisar with the violent standoff ending on Wednesday night. But the two days of confrontation between thousands of Rampal supporters and the police could have been avoided if the state administration had taken action earlier.   read more
  • Indian Cricket Is Shamed by Corruption and Conflict of Interest

    Monday, November 17, 2014
    Narayanaswami Srinivasan may have got a clean chit from the Supreme Court over match-fixing, but the court pointed out that he did not take action against a player who had violated the code of conduct. With Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, IPL COO Sundar Raman and Raj Kundra (co-owner of Rajasthan Royals) indicted for allegedly cronying up to punters, the court needs to restore the public’s faith in cricket by cleaning the Augean stables that is the BCCI.   read more
  • Reporters Find Cash in Media Kits

    Saturday, November 15, 2014
    In Puri, Odisha, reporters were enraged to allegedly find Rs. 200 ($3.30) each in the media kit envelopes provided to them at a press conference addressed by Pinaki Mishra, the ruling Biju Janata Dal MP. Several journalists lodged a police complaint against Mishra and BJD MLA Maheswar Mohanty, accusing them of attempting to bribe the media.   read more

Top Stories

  • Punjab Crop Fires Create Haze in Delhi

    Saturday, November 08, 2014
    The choking haze that envelopes Delhi every winter is not just the fallout of Diwali firecrackers or coal-based cooking fires. It is also caused in large part by the burning of crop debris by farmers in the states of Punjab and Haryana that lie north of the capital.   read more
  • Another Bollywood Bastion Falls to Women

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    It is appalling that women were banned from being employed as make-up artists in Bollywood for the past 59 years; it is even more appalling that one woman’s 5-year battle to end this discrimination took her all the way to the Supreme Court. According to the Indian Express, the country's top court has now ruled that the ban is gender biased and should end.   read more
  • Air Pollution Halves India’s Grain Production

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014
    Air pollution seems to have a direct, negative impact on grain production in India, a study has warned, with projected yields falling by half due to recent increases in smog. According to The Guardian, the finding has implications for global food security as India is a major rice exporter.   read more

Controversies

  • 14 Deaths Later, Blame Game in Chhattisgarh, But Sterilization Camps Continue

    Friday, November 14, 2014
    Sub-standard drugs are being blamed for the deaths of 13 women after sterilisation surgery at a family-planning ‘camp’ in Chhattisgarh last weekend, with owners of the factories that produced them being summoned for questioning. But that has not stopped the state government from holding another such ‘camp’ this week, where another woman died after her operation on Monday – the 14th death so far.   read more
  • Gujarat Govt Gets Cold Feet Over Compulsory Voting Law

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Act has been passed by the state assembly and signed by the governor. But a growing controversy over the act’s provision that make non-voting in local body elections a penal offence has forced the Gujarat administration to rethink the bill.   read more
  • Maharashtra’s Ex-Home Minister R R Patil Criticised for Remarks on Rape

    Saturday, October 11, 2014
    The Maharashtra election is barely days away, yet senior NCP leader and former state home minister Raosaheb Ramrao Patil has sparked a controversy by allegedly trivialising rape. He reportedly said that Sudhakar Khade, a MNS candidate jailed on rape charges, should have waited for the election to get over before committing the crime.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Saradha Scam Implicates Politicians and Police Chief

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    The Rs. 20,000 crore Saradha scam in West Bengal shows no signs of slowing down. A government agency that tracks corporate frauds has reportedly called for a CBI probe against state sports minister Madan Mitra and Kolkata Police chief Surajit Kar Purkayastha. The sports minister allegedly took money from Saradha chairman Sudipta Sen to repair temples in his constituency and to hold a football match in Kolkata featuring Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi.   read more
  • Modi Gets Bureaucrats to Tighten Belts

    Thursday, October 30, 2014
    The Modi government continued its austerity drive on Thursday, this time banning first-class air travel by top bureaucrats to cut down on unnecessary expenditure and reduce the fiscal deficit. The government also barred ministries from making new financial commitments, purchasing new vehicles, creating new posts and holding conferences at five-star hotels.   read more
  • Govt to Disclose Names of Swiss Account Holders

    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    The government has started filing charges against individuals having accounts in Swiss banks, which will allow it to disclose names of those who have allegedly stashed black money abroad, amid media speculation that some prominent politicians may figure on this list. But the challenge will be to convince everyone that the government is acting impartially, and not using these foreign accounts to selectively target political opponents.   read more

India and the World

  • Taliban Targets India

    Thursday, November 06, 2014
    The new Pakistani Taliban group behind the suicide bombing on the Wagah border said the attack was aimed at India as much as Pakistan, suggesting that Indian targets might be next. Ehsanullah Ehsan, a prominent militant and spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA), claimed that attacks on India were in the pipeline.   read more
  • India and Vietnam Send Strong Signal to China

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    India and Vietnam have decided to ramp up their defence ties and raise Indian involvement in Vietnam's energy sector. Delhi will supply four naval patrol vessels to Hanoi and to increase training of its military personnel. This decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung is likely to irk China.   read more
  • NIA Says Burdwan Bombs Were Aimed at Bangladesh

    Friday, October 24, 2014
    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has confirmed the view held by most analysts that the accused persons arrested in the Burdwan blast case and their associates had been preparing IEDs for possible terror attacks in Bangladesh. According to Hindustan Times, the interrogation reports reveal a larger cross-border design to destabilise Bangladesh and short-circuit its bilateral relationship with India.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • More UPA Governors Head for the Exits

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit resigned on Tuesday, two days after another UPA-appointee K Shankaranarayanan quit as governor of Maharashtra. This has cleared most of the key governors appointed by the previous UPA administration, allowing the NDA a free hand to appoint its aging leaders to the plum posts. 82-year old Kalyan Singh was appointed as governor of Rajasthan on Monday, along with three others for Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.   read more
  • Changes Proposed in Judges’ Appointment System

    Monday, August 11, 2014
    India is currently the only country in the world where judges appoint judges. This opaque collegium system is set to be modified after recent allegations of corruption by retired Justice Markandey Katju. The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday, with the proposed JAC to include the executive in the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts. Yet it's not clear if this will provide a balance between transparency and judicial independence.   read more
  • New Nagaland Governor Resigns on Being Transferred from Mizoram

    Friday, July 11, 2014
    The Modi administration’s move to transfer some of the remaining state governors appointed by the previous UPA administration took its first victim on Friday, with newly transferred Nagaland Governor Vakkom Purushothaman preferring to resign rather than move there from Mizoram.   read more

Unusual News

  • Reform 04: Obsolete Laws to be Junked

    Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    ‘Her Majesty’ and ‘East India Company’ are still mentioned in some obsolete laws in India’s statute books, 67 years after independence from British colonial rule. The NDA government has come up with a simple solution: a clean-up of obscure laws that no longer serve any purpose. The Law Ministry is leading the drive, by digging out 287 outdated laws that will be repealed in the next session of parliament in November.   read more
  • Aadhar Card Issued to Lord Hanuman

    Saturday, September 13, 2014
    This may have been the result of a prank, but the issuance of an Aadhar card in the name of Lord Hanuman has left more than a few red faces at the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency responsible for issuing an unique identity to each resident of India.   read more
  • India’s Rice Bucket Challenge

    Friday, August 29, 2014
    Inspired by the famous "ice bucket" challenge, thousands of Indians are taking it up with an Indian twist. Instead of throwing ice-cold water on themselves, they are donating rice to people in need. The challenge, already going viral on social media, involves donating a bucket of rice and sharing a photo online to raise awareness.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE)

    As India is still primarily an agro-economy despite the opening up of other sectors and gradual loosening of state control, the agriculture ministry and its departments play a very important role in shaping the country’s economy. The Department...   more

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  • Bansal, Pawan Kumar

      Pawan Kumar Bansal has served as the Minister of Railways since October 28, 2012. Bansal has been a high-level leader in the Indian National Congress since the mid-1970s, working in and, as an elected official, representing Chandigarh. ...   more

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