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  • Greece Crisis: No Direct Impact on India, But Exports May Be Hit

    Monday, June 29, 2015
    With the world’s attention focussed on the unfolding Greek drama, India could remain relatively unscathed, with little direct exposure to the turmoil, though Indian software and engineering exports are expected to take a hit. The country may also face larger capital outflows due to a weaker euro, industry and government officials warned on Monday.   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
  • Admissions Racket in Delhi, Rich Students Take Seats Meant for Poor

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    The Delhi Police has unearthed an admission racket in which income certificates were forged to help well-off students get into schools under the quota reserved for children from the economically weaker sections (EWS) - families with annual income less than Rs 1 lakh ($1,600). But according to media reports, one such ‘EWS student’ commutes to school in a Jaguar, while others are children of businessmen, traders and factory owners.   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
  • Medical Admission Test Delayed as Technology Helps Students Cheat

    Thursday, June 18, 2015
    The admissions of 630,000 students could be delayed after the All India Pre-Medical Test was scrapped by the Supreme Court on Monday following large-scale irregularities. The CBSE said it was not possible to re-conduct the AIPMT within a month and has sought three months’ time instead. But with technology becoming ever smaller and innovative, candidates often seem to be one step ahead of the authorities.   read more

Top Stories

  • Indian Snacks Regularly Fail U.S. FDA Tests

    Monday, June 15, 2015
    The ban on Maggi instant noodles due to allegedly high levels of lead may have woken consumers up to the poor safety standards of processed food in India. But according to a Wall Street Journal report, U.S. food-safety inspectors have already rejected many made-in-India snacks as unfit for sale in America. These include some of Haldiram’s salty mixes that allegedly contained pesticides.   read more
  • Delhi’s Garbage Mess is Latest Political Battleground

    Saturday, June 13, 2015
    11,000 sanitation workers in Delhi may have called off their 12-day long agitation, but the possibility of future strikes still haunts the municipal corporations in the capital, as rival political parties are using the garbage mess to score political brownie points. Meanwhile, Delhi Pradesh Safai Mazdoor Union president Rajendra Mewati claimed the strike had been called off by only one workers’ union and the other 17 would continue the agitation.   read more
  • Reform 09: Labour Laws to be Relaxed

    Tuesday, June 09, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is preparing to overhaul India’s tough labour laws in a bid to create millions of manufacturing jobs. According to Reuters, the Labour Ministry is drafting a bill for the upcoming parliamentary session that proposes to loosen strict hire-and-fire rules and make it tougher for workers to form unions.   read more

Controversies

  • IIT Madras Drops Ban on Students Group

    Sunday, June 07, 2015
    IIT Madras has decided to revoke its controversial ban on the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC), a Dalit students group. The decision was taken on Sunday evening at a meeting of the IIT director and APSC leaders.   read more
  • Maggi Case Widens, Complaint Filed Against Nestle and Bollywood Stars

    Monday, June 01, 2015
    Nestle India is at the centre of a controversy over its Maggi brand of instant noodles, with food safety inspectors in Uttar Pradesh filing a criminal complaint over the high levels of lead they allegedly found in some packets. Nestle disputes the findings, but the authorities have warned that the Bollywood stars who endorse the product may also face legal action.   read more
  • AAP Govt Wants Confrontation So It Can Demand Statehood for Delhi

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has chosen to attack Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and spark a constitutional crisis in Delhi, so that AAP can use the controversy to demand full statehood. Delhi is different from other states as its the national capital - its Lieutenant Governor therefore has more executive powers than the Governor of a state. But Kejriwal is adamant that the L-G's constitutional powers should be handed over to his ministers.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Govt to Incentivize Card Payments, Reduce Cash Transactions

    Monday, June 22, 2015
    If the Finance Ministry has its way, people could soon get income tax benefits for paying with credit or debit cards. The proposed changes would reduce tax avoidance and also help build a credit history for people wanting to avail higher credit.   read more
  • Maharashtra Suspends 100 PWD Employees for Corruption

    Sunday, June 14, 2015
    In the past six months, the Maharashtra government has suspended about a hundred employees of the Public Works Department, allegedly one of the most corrupt departments in the state. In April, executive engineer Satish Chikhlikar in Nashik was found to have assets worth Rs 14.28 crore ($2.2 million).   read more
  • Jayalalithaa Back as CM, But Her Acquittal is Based on Math Errors

    Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Jayalalithaa returned as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on Sunday, but media reports have pointed out the mathematical errors in the Karnataka High Court order that acquitted her two weeks ago. The judge reportedly increased Jayalalithaa’s income and reduced her unaccounted assets, thereby showing a lower percentage of disproportionate assets – this was the basis for acquitting the AIADMK leader of corruption.   read more

India and the World

  • 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
  • Army Retaliates Against Militants, Myanmar Says Border Not Crossed

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015
    The Indian army reportedly attacked separatist rebels along the border with Myanmar on Tuesday, though it is not clear whether this was indeed a cross-border strike. The government said its tough response showed its resolve to fight terrorism beyond the country's borders. But on Wednesday Myanmar maintained that its border was not crossed and that Indian forces had attacked insurgents inside India.   read more
  • Modi Focuses on Trade, Gets China to Invest $22 Billion

    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    India has signed trade and economic co-operation deals worth $22 billion in Shanghai on the last leg of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China. The agreements cover a range of industries including renewable energy, the financial sector and ports. But It’s not clear how much these new deals can help in reducing India's soaring trade deficit with China.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • 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
  • Baba Ramdev Gets Cabinet Minister Status in Haryana

    Monday, April 13, 2015
    The Haryana state government has decided to give "status equivalent to Cabinet Minister" to Baba Ramdev, who has been appointed as the state's brand ambassador for the promotion of yoga and ayurveda. He will now be entitled to a ministerial bungalow and salary.   read more
  • Deadline Passes, Corporate India Fails to Boost Gender Diversity

    Thursday, April 02, 2015
    The March 31 deadline set by regulators for boosting gender diversity in boardrooms has passed, but more than 100 firms have not complied. As for those that have, many have reportedly installed the female relatives of company bosses with no professional experience.   read more

Unusual News

  • 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
  • 26-Year-Old CEO Gives Away $11 Million in Shares

    Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Housing.com co-founder Rahul Yadav is once again in the news for pledging to give his entire shareholding to his 2,251 employees. However, it remains unclear if this gift has the backing of the board or how it will affect the long-term health of the company. Also, some have criticized Yadav's move as an "impulsive decision by an immature person."   read more
  • Cow Receives Exam Card in J&K, Sparks Political Row

    Sunday, May 03, 2015
    A cow has been issued an admit card for a professional examination in Jammu & Kashmir. Clearly the result of a prank, this has sparked off another round of political finger-pointing, with the National Conference seeking an “explanation” from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

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    India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is the country’s premier intelligence agency. Established to satisfy the need for increased intelligence that was identified during the 1962 Sino-Indian Border War and during the Indo-Pakistani War of 19...   more

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  • Greece Crisis: No Direct Impact on India, But Exports May Be Hit

    Monday, June 29, 2015
    With the world’s attention focussed on the unfolding Greek drama, India could remain relatively unscathed, with little direct exposure to the turmoil, though Indian software and engineering exports are expected to take a hit. The country may also face larger capital outflows due to a weaker euro, industry and government officials warned on Monday.   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
  • Admissions Racket in Delhi, Rich Students Take Seats Meant for Poor

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    The Delhi Police has unearthed an admission racket in which income certificates were forged to help well-off students get into schools under the quota reserved for children from the economically weaker sections (EWS) - families with annual income less than Rs 1 lakh ($1,600). But according to media reports, one such ‘EWS student’ commutes to school in a Jaguar, while others are children of businessmen, traders and factory owners.   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
  • Medical Admission Test Delayed as Technology Helps Students Cheat

    Thursday, June 18, 2015
    The admissions of 630,000 students could be delayed after the All India Pre-Medical Test was scrapped by the Supreme Court on Monday following large-scale irregularities. The CBSE said it was not possible to re-conduct the AIPMT within a month and has sought three months’ time instead. But with technology becoming ever smaller and innovative, candidates often seem to be one step ahead of the authorities.   read more

Top Stories

  • Indian Snacks Regularly Fail U.S. FDA Tests

    Monday, June 15, 2015
    The ban on Maggi instant noodles due to allegedly high levels of lead may have woken consumers up to the poor safety standards of processed food in India. But according to a Wall Street Journal report, U.S. food-safety inspectors have already rejected many made-in-India snacks as unfit for sale in America. These include some of Haldiram’s salty mixes that allegedly contained pesticides.   read more
  • Delhi’s Garbage Mess is Latest Political Battleground

    Saturday, June 13, 2015
    11,000 sanitation workers in Delhi may have called off their 12-day long agitation, but the possibility of future strikes still haunts the municipal corporations in the capital, as rival political parties are using the garbage mess to score political brownie points. Meanwhile, Delhi Pradesh Safai Mazdoor Union president Rajendra Mewati claimed the strike had been called off by only one workers’ union and the other 17 would continue the agitation.   read more
  • Reform 09: Labour Laws to be Relaxed

    Tuesday, June 09, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is preparing to overhaul India’s tough labour laws in a bid to create millions of manufacturing jobs. According to Reuters, the Labour Ministry is drafting a bill for the upcoming parliamentary session that proposes to loosen strict hire-and-fire rules and make it tougher for workers to form unions.   read more

Controversies

  • IIT Madras Drops Ban on Students Group

    Sunday, June 07, 2015
    IIT Madras has decided to revoke its controversial ban on the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC), a Dalit students group. The decision was taken on Sunday evening at a meeting of the IIT director and APSC leaders.   read more
  • Maggi Case Widens, Complaint Filed Against Nestle and Bollywood Stars

    Monday, June 01, 2015
    Nestle India is at the centre of a controversy over its Maggi brand of instant noodles, with food safety inspectors in Uttar Pradesh filing a criminal complaint over the high levels of lead they allegedly found in some packets. Nestle disputes the findings, but the authorities have warned that the Bollywood stars who endorse the product may also face legal action.   read more
  • AAP Govt Wants Confrontation So It Can Demand Statehood for Delhi

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has chosen to attack Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and spark a constitutional crisis in Delhi, so that AAP can use the controversy to demand full statehood. Delhi is different from other states as its the national capital - its Lieutenant Governor therefore has more executive powers than the Governor of a state. But Kejriwal is adamant that the L-G's constitutional powers should be handed over to his ministers.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Govt to Incentivize Card Payments, Reduce Cash Transactions

    Monday, June 22, 2015
    If the Finance Ministry has its way, people could soon get income tax benefits for paying with credit or debit cards. The proposed changes would reduce tax avoidance and also help build a credit history for people wanting to avail higher credit.   read more
  • Maharashtra Suspends 100 PWD Employees for Corruption

    Sunday, June 14, 2015
    In the past six months, the Maharashtra government has suspended about a hundred employees of the Public Works Department, allegedly one of the most corrupt departments in the state. In April, executive engineer Satish Chikhlikar in Nashik was found to have assets worth Rs 14.28 crore ($2.2 million).   read more
  • Jayalalithaa Back as CM, But Her Acquittal is Based on Math Errors

    Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Jayalalithaa returned as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on Sunday, but media reports have pointed out the mathematical errors in the Karnataka High Court order that acquitted her two weeks ago. The judge reportedly increased Jayalalithaa’s income and reduced her unaccounted assets, thereby showing a lower percentage of disproportionate assets – this was the basis for acquitting the AIADMK leader of corruption.   read more

India and the World

  • 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
  • Army Retaliates Against Militants, Myanmar Says Border Not Crossed

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015
    The Indian army reportedly attacked separatist rebels along the border with Myanmar on Tuesday, though it is not clear whether this was indeed a cross-border strike. The government said its tough response showed its resolve to fight terrorism beyond the country's borders. But on Wednesday Myanmar maintained that its border was not crossed and that Indian forces had attacked insurgents inside India.   read more
  • Modi Focuses on Trade, Gets China to Invest $22 Billion

    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    India has signed trade and economic co-operation deals worth $22 billion in Shanghai on the last leg of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China. The agreements cover a range of industries including renewable energy, the financial sector and ports. But It’s not clear how much these new deals can help in reducing India's soaring trade deficit with China.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • 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
  • Baba Ramdev Gets Cabinet Minister Status in Haryana

    Monday, April 13, 2015
    The Haryana state government has decided to give "status equivalent to Cabinet Minister" to Baba Ramdev, who has been appointed as the state's brand ambassador for the promotion of yoga and ayurveda. He will now be entitled to a ministerial bungalow and salary.   read more
  • Deadline Passes, Corporate India Fails to Boost Gender Diversity

    Thursday, April 02, 2015
    The March 31 deadline set by regulators for boosting gender diversity in boardrooms has passed, but more than 100 firms have not complied. As for those that have, many have reportedly installed the female relatives of company bosses with no professional experience.   read more

Unusual News

  • 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
  • 26-Year-Old CEO Gives Away $11 Million in Shares

    Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Housing.com co-founder Rahul Yadav is once again in the news for pledging to give his entire shareholding to his 2,251 employees. However, it remains unclear if this gift has the backing of the board or how it will affect the long-term health of the company. Also, some have criticized Yadav's move as an "impulsive decision by an immature person."   read more
  • Cow Receives Exam Card in J&K, Sparks Political Row

    Sunday, May 03, 2015
    A cow has been issued an admit card for a professional examination in Jammu & Kashmir. Clearly the result of a prank, this has sparked off another round of political finger-pointing, with the National Conference seeking an “explanation” from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO/“the agency”) is India’s official space agency. Established in 1969, it ranks among the world’s top ten space agencies. The agency functions under the administrative control of the Department of Spac...   more

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  • Kumar, Ashwani

    Ashwani Kumar has been the Union Cabinet Minister of Law and Justice since October 28, 2012.  Representing the state of Punjab, Kumar was elected to a seat in the Rajya Sabha in 2002, 2004, and 2009.    The 60-year-old Kumar was born in...   more

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