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  • India and U.S. to Cooperate Further in Defence and Security

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014
    While rejuvenating the sluggish Indian economy is the main mission of the new NDA administration, a growing area of cooperation with the U.S. will be in defence and security. This partnership is expected to address the threat of terrorism, including from Pakistan-based groups, and heightened defence and space cooperation, including a joint mission to Mars.   read more
  • Modi’s Charm Offensive Reaches White House

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Whoever scheduled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit in 14 years to the U.S. did a splendid job of keeping his public events at the start, before his formal meeting with President Barack Obama. The result was that Modi got a rock star reception in New York for three days that swept him on a wave of popularity to Washington to begin the serious work of repairing the Indo-US bilateral ties that have languished for the past 4 years.   read more
  • Jayalalithaa is First Serving Chief Minister to Be Convicted for Corruption

    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    J Jayalalithaa, the chief of the AIADMK, has become the first chief minister to be forced from office after being convicted of corruption. The 66-year-old politician has been sentenced to 4 years in jail and fined Rs. 100 crore ($16.7 million), after a Bangalore court found her guilty of corruption during her first term as chief minister of Tamil Nadu from 1991 to 1996.   read more
  • Modi Begins Landmark U.S. Visit

    Friday, September 26, 2014
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in New York on Friday on a hectic visit that will see him make a speech at the UN General Assembly, meet President Barack Obama at the White House, speak to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, and have several one-to-one meetings with American business leaders. Yet none of this would have appeared possible even a year ago.   read more
  • Modi Launches ‘Make in India’ to Turn India into Manufacturing Hub

    Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his ‘Make in India’ campaign on Thursday, inviting both foreign and domestic manufacturers to invest in the country, while promising to make it easier to do business.   read more

Top Stories

  • Supreme Court Scraps Coal Blocks for ‘Illegal’ Allocation

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    The Supreme Court has scrapped 214 of the 218 coal blocks allocated by different administrations over the past two decades, in a tough ruling that hit the shares of companies that invested in the blocks. Yet no mention has been made of any action against the previous ministers who had allocated these coal blocks in an unfair, arbitrary and non-transparent manner in the first place.   read more
  • India’s Spacecraft Nears Martian Atmosphere

    Sunday, September 21, 2014
    India’s landmark Mars mission is about to reach its destination, with the Mangalyaan spacecraft expected to enter the atmosphere of Mars in the next few days. On Monday, scientists of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will begin 'waking' up its liquid apogee motor that has been silent for nearly 300 days. Designed and developed at a cost of just $69 million, Mangalyaan marks India’s maiden foray into interplanetary flight.   read more
  • Modi and Xi Sign Deals, But Border Dispute Remains Unresolved

    Friday, September 19, 2014
    India and China have signed 12 agreements during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s maiden visit to New Delhi, including one which will see China investing $20 billion in India's infrastructure over the next five years. Yet the talks came as India accused China of fresh territorial incursions in Ladakh leading to a standoff between troops of both countries. At a joint news conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "peace on the border" was important for mutual trust and progress.   read more

Controversies

  • Jadavpur University Protests Put Pressure on Mamata’s TMC

    Monday, September 22, 2014
    Last week’s high-handed police action against a peaceful protest by students of Jadavpur University in Kolkata have now taken on a political hue, with the ruling Trinamool Congress under pressure for reportedly cracking down on democratic dissent. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, created a furore on Monday by alleging on Facebook that students were unhappy with the banning of alcohol and drugs on campus.   read more
  • ‘Horse-Trading’ Allegation Rocks Delhi Politics

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    An alleged sting video by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has thrown Delhi politics into disarray and dealt a serious blow to the BJP’s chances of forming a state government. Both the Congress and AAP want a fresh election in Delhi as they fancy their chances, given that food inflation has remained high since May and there have been power shortages in the capital, which may have dented the BJP’s popularity.   read more
  • CBI Director Faces Allegations of Impropriety Over Visitors

    Saturday, September 06, 2014
    The director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) allegedly had private meetings at home with businessmen and politicians who were being investigated by his agency, on several occasions, sometimes late at night. With growing calls for Ranjit Sinha to recuse himself from his agency’s ongoing investigation into the 2G and coal allocation scams, the government is also considering modifying the law to allow a CBI director to be fired on the grounds of proven misbehaviour.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Bureaucrats Scramble to Declare Assets by Sept 15

    Monday, September 01, 2014
    A major deadline is looming for the 5 million or so bureaucrats in the Indian government. They have to file returns declaring all their assets by September 15 under the new anti-corruption Lokpal law. According to the form, officials need to declare any motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.   read more
  • 800,000 Ration Cards in Bihar are Fake

    Sunday, August 31, 2014
    It is a poorly kept secret that India’s massive food distribution system (PDS) is riddled with inefficiency and corruption, but the scale of the problem continues to surprise. The state administration in Bihar has now discovered almost 800,000 fake ration cards that could have cost the exchequer Rs. 3.23 crore ($538,000) every month.   read more
  • Supreme Court Declares 1993-2010 Coal Allocations ‘Illegal’

    Monday, August 25, 2014
    In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court has declared illegal all coal blocks allocated between 1993 and 2010, ruling that this was done in an unfair, arbitrary and non-transparent manner. Most of the illegal allocations were made by the previous UPA administration, but the Supreme Court is yet to decide whether these licenses should be cancelled.   read more

India and the World

  • India Beats China to Mars

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    India has made history by becoming the first country to enter the orbit of Mars on its maiden attempt. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully inserted the Mangalyaan spacecraft into the red planet's orbit on Wednesday, following its 11-month journey from Earth.   read more
  • Border Tensions Flare Up Ahead of Chinese President’s Visit

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Border tensions have flared up between India and China ahead of President Xi Jinping’s maiden visit to India this week. India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 3,500-km-long border with China after the Hindustan Times reported an incursion by 200 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army into Ladakh last week. Both countries are expected to ramp up commercial ties with Xi's visit, but their contested border remains a stumbling block to better political ties.   read more
  • Al Qaeda Targets South Asia in Bid to Stay Relevant

    Friday, September 05, 2014
    The formation of a new wing of al Qaeda in South Asia is being seen as the last roll of the dice by the terror organisation to stay relevant after the spectacular success of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. In a video posted online, al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahri promised to spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the "Indian subcontinent". The Indian government has warned state governments to be on increased alert.   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

  • 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
  • Is 35 Too Old for a Radio Jockey?

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    All India Radio (AIR) fired 100 radio jockeys in Kolkata last week simply because it felt they were too 'old' – over 35 years of age. AIR has now been forced to back down because these ‘old’ RJs protested, but not before the absurdity of what passes as management at the state-owned broadcaster was made abundantly clear.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • National Commission for Minorities

    With over a thousand languages, hundreds of cultural groups, and tens of religions, India is among the world's most diverse countries. But within this diversity, there are clear majorities. Almost half of the country considers Hindi their mothe...   more

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  • India and U.S. to Cooperate Further in Defence and Security

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014
    While rejuvenating the sluggish Indian economy is the main mission of the new NDA administration, a growing area of cooperation with the U.S. will be in defence and security. This partnership is expected to address the threat of terrorism, including from Pakistan-based groups, and heightened defence and space cooperation, including a joint mission to Mars.   read more
  • Modi’s Charm Offensive Reaches White House

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Whoever scheduled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit in 14 years to the U.S. did a splendid job of keeping his public events at the start, before his formal meeting with President Barack Obama. The result was that Modi got a rock star reception in New York for three days that swept him on a wave of popularity to Washington to begin the serious work of repairing the Indo-US bilateral ties that have languished for the past 4 years.   read more
  • Jayalalithaa is First Serving Chief Minister to Be Convicted for Corruption

    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    J Jayalalithaa, the chief of the AIADMK, has become the first chief minister to be forced from office after being convicted of corruption. The 66-year-old politician has been sentenced to 4 years in jail and fined Rs. 100 crore ($16.7 million), after a Bangalore court found her guilty of corruption during her first term as chief minister of Tamil Nadu from 1991 to 1996.   read more
  • Modi Begins Landmark U.S. Visit

    Friday, September 26, 2014
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in New York on Friday on a hectic visit that will see him make a speech at the UN General Assembly, meet President Barack Obama at the White House, speak to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, and have several one-to-one meetings with American business leaders. Yet none of this would have appeared possible even a year ago.   read more
  • Modi Launches ‘Make in India’ to Turn India into Manufacturing Hub

    Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his ‘Make in India’ campaign on Thursday, inviting both foreign and domestic manufacturers to invest in the country, while promising to make it easier to do business.   read more

Top Stories

  • Supreme Court Scraps Coal Blocks for ‘Illegal’ Allocation

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    The Supreme Court has scrapped 214 of the 218 coal blocks allocated by different administrations over the past two decades, in a tough ruling that hit the shares of companies that invested in the blocks. Yet no mention has been made of any action against the previous ministers who had allocated these coal blocks in an unfair, arbitrary and non-transparent manner in the first place.   read more
  • India’s Spacecraft Nears Martian Atmosphere

    Sunday, September 21, 2014
    India’s landmark Mars mission is about to reach its destination, with the Mangalyaan spacecraft expected to enter the atmosphere of Mars in the next few days. On Monday, scientists of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will begin 'waking' up its liquid apogee motor that has been silent for nearly 300 days. Designed and developed at a cost of just $69 million, Mangalyaan marks India’s maiden foray into interplanetary flight.   read more
  • Modi and Xi Sign Deals, But Border Dispute Remains Unresolved

    Friday, September 19, 2014
    India and China have signed 12 agreements during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s maiden visit to New Delhi, including one which will see China investing $20 billion in India's infrastructure over the next five years. Yet the talks came as India accused China of fresh territorial incursions in Ladakh leading to a standoff between troops of both countries. At a joint news conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "peace on the border" was important for mutual trust and progress.   read more

Controversies

  • Jadavpur University Protests Put Pressure on Mamata’s TMC

    Monday, September 22, 2014
    Last week’s high-handed police action against a peaceful protest by students of Jadavpur University in Kolkata have now taken on a political hue, with the ruling Trinamool Congress under pressure for reportedly cracking down on democratic dissent. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, created a furore on Monday by alleging on Facebook that students were unhappy with the banning of alcohol and drugs on campus.   read more
  • ‘Horse-Trading’ Allegation Rocks Delhi Politics

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    An alleged sting video by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has thrown Delhi politics into disarray and dealt a serious blow to the BJP’s chances of forming a state government. Both the Congress and AAP want a fresh election in Delhi as they fancy their chances, given that food inflation has remained high since May and there have been power shortages in the capital, which may have dented the BJP’s popularity.   read more
  • CBI Director Faces Allegations of Impropriety Over Visitors

    Saturday, September 06, 2014
    The director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) allegedly had private meetings at home with businessmen and politicians who were being investigated by his agency, on several occasions, sometimes late at night. With growing calls for Ranjit Sinha to recuse himself from his agency’s ongoing investigation into the 2G and coal allocation scams, the government is also considering modifying the law to allow a CBI director to be fired on the grounds of proven misbehaviour.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Bureaucrats Scramble to Declare Assets by Sept 15

    Monday, September 01, 2014
    A major deadline is looming for the 5 million or so bureaucrats in the Indian government. They have to file returns declaring all their assets by September 15 under the new anti-corruption Lokpal law. According to the form, officials need to declare any motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.   read more
  • 800,000 Ration Cards in Bihar are Fake

    Sunday, August 31, 2014
    It is a poorly kept secret that India’s massive food distribution system (PDS) is riddled with inefficiency and corruption, but the scale of the problem continues to surprise. The state administration in Bihar has now discovered almost 800,000 fake ration cards that could have cost the exchequer Rs. 3.23 crore ($538,000) every month.   read more
  • Supreme Court Declares 1993-2010 Coal Allocations ‘Illegal’

    Monday, August 25, 2014
    In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court has declared illegal all coal blocks allocated between 1993 and 2010, ruling that this was done in an unfair, arbitrary and non-transparent manner. Most of the illegal allocations were made by the previous UPA administration, but the Supreme Court is yet to decide whether these licenses should be cancelled.   read more

India and the World

  • India Beats China to Mars

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    India has made history by becoming the first country to enter the orbit of Mars on its maiden attempt. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully inserted the Mangalyaan spacecraft into the red planet's orbit on Wednesday, following its 11-month journey from Earth.   read more
  • Border Tensions Flare Up Ahead of Chinese President’s Visit

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Border tensions have flared up between India and China ahead of President Xi Jinping’s maiden visit to India this week. India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 3,500-km-long border with China after the Hindustan Times reported an incursion by 200 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army into Ladakh last week. Both countries are expected to ramp up commercial ties with Xi's visit, but their contested border remains a stumbling block to better political ties.   read more
  • Al Qaeda Targets South Asia in Bid to Stay Relevant

    Friday, September 05, 2014
    The formation of a new wing of al Qaeda in South Asia is being seen as the last roll of the dice by the terror organisation to stay relevant after the spectacular success of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. In a video posted online, al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahri promised to spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the "Indian subcontinent". The Indian government has warned state governments to be on increased alert.   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

  • 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
  • Is 35 Too Old for a Radio Jockey?

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    All India Radio (AIR) fired 100 radio jockeys in Kolkata last week simply because it felt they were too 'old' – over 35 years of age. AIR has now been forced to back down because these ‘old’ RJs protested, but not before the absurdity of what passes as management at the state-owned broadcaster was made abundantly clear.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Sashastra Seema Bal

    Established in 1963 as the Special Services Bureau, Sashastra Seem Bal (SSB) is one of the central paramilitary forces under the control of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. As a border guarding force, SSB is responsible for the protection of...   more

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