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  • Jaitley’s Budget Targets Black Money Overseas, But Domestic Cash Economy Remains Bigger Concern

    Sunday, March 01, 2015
    In his first full Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced plans on Saturday for a tough new law to tackle black money with imprisonment up to 10 years and 300% penalty on tax for concealing income and assets abroad. But the new law has also raised fears that it would put unbridled powers in the hands of enforcement agencies. And it is not likely to make any dent in the huge amount of black money in the economy.   read more
  • The First Governor to Be Named in a Cheating Case

    Friday, February 27, 2015
    Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav is under pressure to resign after he was named on Tuesday in a FIR on a recruitment scam. Yadav is perhaps the first state governor to be booked in a cheating case. It is alleged that he had recommended the names of five candidates for recruitment as forest guards.   read more
  • Railway Budget a Test of Reform Resolve

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    All eyes are on the railway budget to be unveiled on Thursday. It could show how far Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to drive investment in a vital transport sector. India's railway network is the world’s fourth largest, and may receive a 25 percent boost in investment to over $9 billion, funded solely by falling fuel costs.   read more
  • Opposition to Land Bill Threatens Budget Session

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    The opposition staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha when the NDA government introduced the land acquisition amendment bill on Tuesday. The prime objection to the ordinance was that it removed the need for consent from 70% of landowners for joint public-private projects. With the government's first full-year budget expected on February 28, it may consider the opposition’s demands on the land bill to prevent a parliament washout.   read more
  • Politicians Clueless as Swine Flu Death Toll Rises

    Saturday, February 21, 2015
    Swine flu has already affected 11,000 people and killed 700 across India, but some political leaders remain clueless about the respiratory disease. “Swine flu is a heart disease,” Mumbai mayor Snehal Ambekar told reporters, while West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed mosquitos for a disease that is spread by coughing and sneezing.   read more

Top Stories

  • Corporate Espionage Scandal Engulfs Petroleum Sector

    Friday, February 20, 2015
    Seven more people were detained on Friday in the corporate espionage scandal that is engulfing the petroleum sector, with several private energy companies being linked to the theft of classified documents from the petroleum ministry. In total, 12 people have been arrested since two government officials, an employee of Reliance Industries, and two "middlemen" were held at the petroleum ministry on Tuesday night.   read more
  • Modi Breaks Silence on Religious Intolerance, Condemns Violence Against Minorities

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on the recent attacks against Christian institutions in Delhi, and vowed on Tuesday to protect all religious groups. This is the first time that Modi, a self-proclaimed Hindu nationalist, has condemned religious intolerance. Since coming to power last May the prime minister has been criticised for not commenting on incidents of religious violence and on conversions by Hindu right-wing groups.   read more
  • AAP’s Landslide Victory in Delhi Ends Modi Honeymoon

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    Anti-establishment Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) crushed both the BJP and Congress in the Delhi assembly election on Tuesday, ending an aura of invincibility built around Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he swept to power last year. With the vote of the main national opposition Congress party collapsing, the AAP was the main beneficiary, capturing 67 of the 70 seats in the capital.   read more

Controversies

  • Modi’s Suit Creates Ripples Again, This Time at Charity Auction

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is auctioning off his controversial suit with his name embroidered in gold pinstripes that had created a controversy when he wore it while hosting U.S. President Barack Obama in January. A textile merchant from Surat, Rajesh Juneja, has already bid a massive Rs 1.21 crore ($184,000) for the suit at a charity auction that ends on Friday.   read more
  • Right Wing Groups Target Valentine’s Day. Again.

    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Young couples need to be on their toes on Saturday. Merely expressing their love in public could lead to them being married off, with right-wing Hindu groups vowing to force marriage on couples found celebrating an indecent "Western festival". But the annual threats have now become commonplace. Students in New Delhi have used Facebook to ask people to gather in wedding finery outside the headquarters of the Hindu Mahasabha to mock its campaign against Valentine's Day.   read more
  • BJP’s Print Blitz Before Delhi Election Raises Eyebrows

    Saturday, February 07, 2015
    The BJP took out full-page newspaper advertisements extolling the achievements of the Narendra Modi government in the past 8 months and calling on the people of Delhi to vote for the party in the assembly election. The only problem: this was on Friday, one day before polling, and technically within the EC's ‘cooling-off’ period. Apparently there is a little-known loophole in the law – it does not cover the print medium.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Swiss Leaks Reveal $4 Billion Stashed by Indians in HSBC Accounts

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    In a major embarrassment for Indian account holders in HSBC Switzerland, a trove of secret documents has been published that reveals their names and account balances. Labelled Swiss Leaks, the investigation has revealed 1,195 Indian customers, roughly double the 628 names that French authorities gave to India in 2010. The total balance of Rs. 25,000 crore ($4.03 billion) in accounts held by Indians is also staggering and is bound to increase the pressure on the government.   read more
  • AAP Denies Money-Laundering Allegations as Delhi Election Heats Up

    Tuesday, February 03, 2015
    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been put on the defensive just days before the Delhi assembly election, with a breakway group of AAP accusing the anti-corruption party of dubious funding. The group – AAP Volunteer Action Group – provided details to the media of four cheques totalling Rs. 2 crores ($325,000) that were allegedly received by AAP in April last year from four companies.   read more
  • Direct Bank Transfers will Stop Leakages in Welfare Benefits

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    The government will transfer welfare benefits worth at least Rs. 33,000 crore ($5.35 billion) directly into the banks accounts of beneficiaries in the next six months, Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia told reporters. This is aimed at plugging the leakage of welfare benefits by cutting out frauds who siphon crores of rupees from welfare schemes. This is expected to reduce the fiscal deficit over the medium term.   read more

India and the World

  • Delhi Welcomes New Sri Lankan President With Nuclear Energy, Defence Deals

    Monday, February 16, 2015
    India has put the Rajapaksa decade firmly behind it with the government sealing a nuclear energy agreement with the new Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena, who is in Delhi on his first trip abroad since winning his country’s election in January.   read more
  • Modi to Make India Business-Friendly, Obama Pledges to Invest $4 Billon

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama ended his landmark visit to India with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to slash the country's notorious red tape and make it one of the world's easiest places for business.   read more
  • With ‘Act East’ India Begins to Push Back Against China

    Friday, January 23, 2015
    There has been an imperceptible shift in India’s approach to dealing with China's recent expansion into South Asia. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has pushed back against China in the region with a new robust diplomacy, which Modi calls "Act East". The biggest diplomatic victory for India so far has been the unexpected defeat of pro-China Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka's election this month.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Home Secretary Removed for Trying to Stall CBI Arrest of Saradha Scam Accused

    Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cracked the whip over Home Secretary Anil Goswami’s alleged attempt to stall the arrest of Saradha scam accused Matang Sinh, a former Congress minister. Following media reports that Goswami had tried to prevent CBI officers from arresting Sinh last weekend, the government asked the home secretary to step down.   read more
  • Jaishankar’s Appointment as Foreign Secretary Signals a New Meritocracy

    Friday, January 30, 2015
    The government has upturned the normally staid ministry of external affairs by replacing Sujatha Singh about seven months before her tenure as foreign secretary was to end. Dr S. Jaishankar has been appointed in her place, having impressed in his role in rebuilding India-U.S. ties as ambassador to the U.S.   read more
  • DRDO Chief Shown the Door After Change of Guard at Defence Ministry

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has begun putting his stamp on the key personnel in his team, with DRDO chief Avinash Chander the first to go. The government has terminated Chander’s contract more than a year before the 64-year old's tenure was to end, ostensibly to make way for a “slightly younger generation”.   read more

Unusual News

  • Temple to Modi in Gujarat, PM “Appalled”

    Thursday, February 12, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that he is shocked and disappointed at news of a ‘Modi temple’ being inaugurated in Gujarat's Rajkot district. He tweeted that it was against Indian traditions and that building temples is “not what our culture teaches us.” Modi is clearly keen on avoiding another public relations disaster, so soon after he wore an expensive suit with his own name embroidered on it when hosting U.S. President Barack Obama last month.   read more
  • Women Expose Sexual Harassers With Mobile Cameras

    Thursday, February 05, 2015
    Indian women armed with smartphones are using social media to fight sexual harassment by filming and publicly shaming the men who allegedly molest them. In the latest incident, a young woman used her mobile phone to confront the man sitting behind her on an airline flight who tried to grope her between the seats.   read more
  • Govt Employee Fired After Skipping Work for 24 Years

    Saturday, January 10, 2015
    It comes as no surprise that government jobs are much sought after in India, with a government employee A.K. Verma hanging on to his job for 24 years despite last appearing for work in December 1990. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu has finally fired Verma, an assistant executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, for unauthorized absence.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

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    Under the administrative control of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the Department of Posts (DoP) is also referred to as the Indian postal service or the Indian post office. DoP is responsible for the collectio...   more

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  • Jaitley’s Budget Targets Black Money Overseas, But Domestic Cash Economy Remains Bigger Concern

    Sunday, March 01, 2015
    In his first full Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced plans on Saturday for a tough new law to tackle black money with imprisonment up to 10 years and 300% penalty on tax for concealing income and assets abroad. But the new law has also raised fears that it would put unbridled powers in the hands of enforcement agencies. And it is not likely to make any dent in the huge amount of black money in the economy.   read more
  • The First Governor to Be Named in a Cheating Case

    Friday, February 27, 2015
    Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav is under pressure to resign after he was named on Tuesday in a FIR on a recruitment scam. Yadav is perhaps the first state governor to be booked in a cheating case. It is alleged that he had recommended the names of five candidates for recruitment as forest guards.   read more
  • Railway Budget a Test of Reform Resolve

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    All eyes are on the railway budget to be unveiled on Thursday. It could show how far Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to drive investment in a vital transport sector. India's railway network is the world’s fourth largest, and may receive a 25 percent boost in investment to over $9 billion, funded solely by falling fuel costs.   read more
  • Opposition to Land Bill Threatens Budget Session

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    The opposition staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha when the NDA government introduced the land acquisition amendment bill on Tuesday. The prime objection to the ordinance was that it removed the need for consent from 70% of landowners for joint public-private projects. With the government's first full-year budget expected on February 28, it may consider the opposition’s demands on the land bill to prevent a parliament washout.   read more
  • Politicians Clueless as Swine Flu Death Toll Rises

    Saturday, February 21, 2015
    Swine flu has already affected 11,000 people and killed 700 across India, but some political leaders remain clueless about the respiratory disease. “Swine flu is a heart disease,” Mumbai mayor Snehal Ambekar told reporters, while West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed mosquitos for a disease that is spread by coughing and sneezing.   read more

Top Stories

  • Corporate Espionage Scandal Engulfs Petroleum Sector

    Friday, February 20, 2015
    Seven more people were detained on Friday in the corporate espionage scandal that is engulfing the petroleum sector, with several private energy companies being linked to the theft of classified documents from the petroleum ministry. In total, 12 people have been arrested since two government officials, an employee of Reliance Industries, and two "middlemen" were held at the petroleum ministry on Tuesday night.   read more
  • Modi Breaks Silence on Religious Intolerance, Condemns Violence Against Minorities

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on the recent attacks against Christian institutions in Delhi, and vowed on Tuesday to protect all religious groups. This is the first time that Modi, a self-proclaimed Hindu nationalist, has condemned religious intolerance. Since coming to power last May the prime minister has been criticised for not commenting on incidents of religious violence and on conversions by Hindu right-wing groups.   read more
  • AAP’s Landslide Victory in Delhi Ends Modi Honeymoon

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    Anti-establishment Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) crushed both the BJP and Congress in the Delhi assembly election on Tuesday, ending an aura of invincibility built around Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he swept to power last year. With the vote of the main national opposition Congress party collapsing, the AAP was the main beneficiary, capturing 67 of the 70 seats in the capital.   read more

Controversies

  • Modi’s Suit Creates Ripples Again, This Time at Charity Auction

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is auctioning off his controversial suit with his name embroidered in gold pinstripes that had created a controversy when he wore it while hosting U.S. President Barack Obama in January. A textile merchant from Surat, Rajesh Juneja, has already bid a massive Rs 1.21 crore ($184,000) for the suit at a charity auction that ends on Friday.   read more
  • Right Wing Groups Target Valentine’s Day. Again.

    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Young couples need to be on their toes on Saturday. Merely expressing their love in public could lead to them being married off, with right-wing Hindu groups vowing to force marriage on couples found celebrating an indecent "Western festival". But the annual threats have now become commonplace. Students in New Delhi have used Facebook to ask people to gather in wedding finery outside the headquarters of the Hindu Mahasabha to mock its campaign against Valentine's Day.   read more
  • BJP’s Print Blitz Before Delhi Election Raises Eyebrows

    Saturday, February 07, 2015
    The BJP took out full-page newspaper advertisements extolling the achievements of the Narendra Modi government in the past 8 months and calling on the people of Delhi to vote for the party in the assembly election. The only problem: this was on Friday, one day before polling, and technically within the EC's ‘cooling-off’ period. Apparently there is a little-known loophole in the law – it does not cover the print medium.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Swiss Leaks Reveal $4 Billion Stashed by Indians in HSBC Accounts

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    In a major embarrassment for Indian account holders in HSBC Switzerland, a trove of secret documents has been published that reveals their names and account balances. Labelled Swiss Leaks, the investigation has revealed 1,195 Indian customers, roughly double the 628 names that French authorities gave to India in 2010. The total balance of Rs. 25,000 crore ($4.03 billion) in accounts held by Indians is also staggering and is bound to increase the pressure on the government.   read more
  • AAP Denies Money-Laundering Allegations as Delhi Election Heats Up

    Tuesday, February 03, 2015
    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been put on the defensive just days before the Delhi assembly election, with a breakway group of AAP accusing the anti-corruption party of dubious funding. The group – AAP Volunteer Action Group – provided details to the media of four cheques totalling Rs. 2 crores ($325,000) that were allegedly received by AAP in April last year from four companies.   read more
  • Direct Bank Transfers will Stop Leakages in Welfare Benefits

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    The government will transfer welfare benefits worth at least Rs. 33,000 crore ($5.35 billion) directly into the banks accounts of beneficiaries in the next six months, Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia told reporters. This is aimed at plugging the leakage of welfare benefits by cutting out frauds who siphon crores of rupees from welfare schemes. This is expected to reduce the fiscal deficit over the medium term.   read more

India and the World

  • Delhi Welcomes New Sri Lankan President With Nuclear Energy, Defence Deals

    Monday, February 16, 2015
    India has put the Rajapaksa decade firmly behind it with the government sealing a nuclear energy agreement with the new Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena, who is in Delhi on his first trip abroad since winning his country’s election in January.   read more
  • Modi to Make India Business-Friendly, Obama Pledges to Invest $4 Billon

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama ended his landmark visit to India with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to slash the country's notorious red tape and make it one of the world's easiest places for business.   read more
  • With ‘Act East’ India Begins to Push Back Against China

    Friday, January 23, 2015
    There has been an imperceptible shift in India’s approach to dealing with China's recent expansion into South Asia. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has pushed back against China in the region with a new robust diplomacy, which Modi calls "Act East". The biggest diplomatic victory for India so far has been the unexpected defeat of pro-China Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka's election this month.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Home Secretary Removed for Trying to Stall CBI Arrest of Saradha Scam Accused

    Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cracked the whip over Home Secretary Anil Goswami’s alleged attempt to stall the arrest of Saradha scam accused Matang Sinh, a former Congress minister. Following media reports that Goswami had tried to prevent CBI officers from arresting Sinh last weekend, the government asked the home secretary to step down.   read more
  • Jaishankar’s Appointment as Foreign Secretary Signals a New Meritocracy

    Friday, January 30, 2015
    The government has upturned the normally staid ministry of external affairs by replacing Sujatha Singh about seven months before her tenure as foreign secretary was to end. Dr S. Jaishankar has been appointed in her place, having impressed in his role in rebuilding India-U.S. ties as ambassador to the U.S.   read more
  • DRDO Chief Shown the Door After Change of Guard at Defence Ministry

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has begun putting his stamp on the key personnel in his team, with DRDO chief Avinash Chander the first to go. The government has terminated Chander’s contract more than a year before the 64-year old's tenure was to end, ostensibly to make way for a “slightly younger generation”.   read more

Unusual News

  • Temple to Modi in Gujarat, PM “Appalled”

    Thursday, February 12, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that he is shocked and disappointed at news of a ‘Modi temple’ being inaugurated in Gujarat's Rajkot district. He tweeted that it was against Indian traditions and that building temples is “not what our culture teaches us.” Modi is clearly keen on avoiding another public relations disaster, so soon after he wore an expensive suit with his own name embroidered on it when hosting U.S. President Barack Obama last month.   read more
  • Women Expose Sexual Harassers With Mobile Cameras

    Thursday, February 05, 2015
    Indian women armed with smartphones are using social media to fight sexual harassment by filming and publicly shaming the men who allegedly molest them. In the latest incident, a young woman used her mobile phone to confront the man sitting behind her on an airline flight who tried to grope her between the seats.   read more
  • Govt Employee Fired After Skipping Work for 24 Years

    Saturday, January 10, 2015
    It comes as no surprise that government jobs are much sought after in India, with a government employee A.K. Verma hanging on to his job for 24 years despite last appearing for work in December 1990. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu has finally fired Verma, an assistant executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, for unauthorized absence.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Central Vigilance Commission

    Corruption and India are intricately intertwined. Studies, surveys, reports, and observations indicate that corruption permeates India’s social fabric. One scholar noted that while “India did not invent corruption, it seems to excel in it.” ...   more

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  • Thomas, Kuruppasserry Varkey

      Kuruppassery Varkey (commonly called K.V.) Thomas became the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on January 19, 2011. A member of the Indian National Congress Party, He represents Ernakulam constituency in the...   more

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