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  • Ford Foundation a Security Threat?

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    The government has surprised many in India and abroad by putting the U.S.-based Ford Foundation, one of the world's largest charitable funds, onto its security watchlist. The home affairs ministry is probing the foundation’s funding of a local organisation in Gujarat run by activist Teesta Setalvad, a long-time critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   read more
  • Gujarati Villagers Sue World Bank Arm in US Court

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    For the first time ever, a local community affected by a World Bank project has filed a lawsuit in a United States court. Fishermen and farmers in Gujarat are suing the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, for providing a loan for the Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant. It’s not clear, however, why the litigants have not first sued the project itself in an Indian court.   read more
  • Kalyan Jewellers Pulls ‘Racist’ Ad of Aishwarya

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    In another victory for social media, Kalyan Jewellers has withdrawn its advertisement featuring Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with a dark-skinned boy holding a parasol over her. The advert was slammed by activists and on social media for being racist and promoting child slavery.   read more
  • All Drug Prices Should Be Capped, Says Parliamentary Committee

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    A parliamentary committee has recommended that price caps should be extended to all drugs sold in India. Just 12 per cent are currently under price caps, including 348 drugs classified as essential medicines. But price caps have hit drugmakers and are opposed by many in the industry, who say drug prices in India are already among the lowest in the world.   read more
  • The Prince Is Back, and Playing An Old Tune

    Monday, April 20, 2015
    Rahul Gandhi is back in Delhi after his controversial 2-month disappearance, but he is still playing an old tune. There were hopes in the Congress party that its vice president would bring fresh ideas back with him from Thailand, but no, he has stuck to his family’s signature’s tune: the Congress is the saviour of the farmers and the poor. What Rahul forgot to mention is that farmers are still committing suicide after half a century of Congress rule.   read more

Top Stories

  • India Nears Gender Parity in Classroom, But Lags Behind in Adult Literacy

    Sunday, April 12, 2015
    The good news is India has made significant progress in the last 15 years in boosting school enrolment, and is also close to gender parity in the classroom, according to a global report by UNESCO. The bad news, however, is the country is lagging behind in adult literacy and in checking the growth of private schools in urban slums.   read more
  • Amaravati to Be the New Capital of Andhra Pradesh

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015
    The new capital of Andhra Pradesh will be called Amaravati, after the historical capital of the 2nd century Satavahana dynasty, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced on Wednesday. The key challenge will be finding the Rs 20,000 crore ($3.2 billion) needed to build a new capital from scratch. Meanwhile, a few NGOs and political parties are already planning agitations against the alleged takeover of fertile land for the project.   read more
  • Govt Downsizes Ambitious Healthcare Plan Due to Funds Crunch

    Friday, March 27, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly scaled down his ambitious health care plan after its cost was estimated to be $18.5 billion over five years. According to Reuters, infrastructure spending to boost economic growth has left less funds available for the social sector in the short term.   read more

Controversies

  • Battle for Open Internet Scores With Flipkart U-Turn

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Around 300,000 emails in support of net neutrality have already been sent to TRAI since Saturday. This is the biggest response to any consultation paper that the regulator has ever floated. Meanwhile, Flipkart has pulled out of its reported tie-up with Airtel's service Airtel Zero after the e-commerce company faced significant backlash on social media this past week.   read more
  • MPs and Their Conflicts of Interest

    Monday, April 06, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it clear that MPs who have a conflict of interest should avoid becoming members of parliamentary committees. This follows a committee shooting down the government’s proposal to increase the size of pictorial warnings on cigarette and beedi packets – it was later revealed that panel member BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta has a beedi business with an annual turnover of over Rs 200 crore ($32 million).   read more
  • ‘Idiotic’ Police Survey of Rahul Gandhi Raises Congress Hackles and Threatens Bills in Parliament

    Monday, March 16, 2015
    It may well have been a series of clumsy security questions by a few low-ranking policemen, but the three visits of Delhi’s finest to Rahul Gandhi’s home in early March to ask security personnel questions about the opposition leader has been described as 'snooping'. The government denied this and described the security inquiry as routine, of a type faced by BJP leaders in the past.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

India and the World

  • Uranium from Canada to Boost Power Generation

    Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Canada has agreed a $280 million deal to supply uranium fuel to India, boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to increase nuclear capacity to meet growing energy demand. The agreement was signed in Ottawa during Modi's visit to Canada, formally ending a decades-long nuclear dispute. The two countries now plan to boost bilateral trade and revive stalled talks on a free trade agreement.   read more
  • Tax Headaches Could Dent Foreign Investors’ Interest in India

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    The attractiveness of India as an investment destination is at stake with the government targeting foreign institutional investors (FIIs) to increase tax revenues. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley confirmed that he plans to raise as much as Rs 40,000 crore ($6.4 billion) by issuing tax demands against FIIs. Global fund managers could join jittery shareholders of Cairn Energy and Vodafone in wondering if India is the right place to invest after all.   read more
  • 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

Appointments and Resignations

  • 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
  • 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

Unusual News

  • Still No Sign of Rahul Gandhi

    Friday, April 03, 2015
    The Congress party is struggling to defend its missing vice president Rahul Gandhi, who has skipped town during a crucial session of Parliament. He has been missing for over 6 weeks, and sources in his party now claim that Rahul will return to Delhi on April 12. In the meantime, no one really knows where Rahul has been spending his "leave of absence".   read more
  • How to Run a Cricket Betting Racket From Your Cupboard

    Monday, March 23, 2015
    Delhi Police claimed to have busted a betting syndicate allegedly involved in taking bets during matches in the ongoing cricket World Cup. According to Indian Express, 110 mobile phones and laptops were recovered when police arrested Shanti Swaroop Bhatia, who allegedly provided ball-to-ball betting rates to bookies from his cupboard.   read more
  • In Bihar Cheating in Exams Is the Norm

    Thursday, March 19, 2015
    The state administration in Bihar seems to have thrown up its hands in despair with over 500 students expelled for cheating in just two days of Class 10 examinations. Seven parents have also been arrested for helping students to cheat. Bihar education minister P K Shahi admitted that holding fair examinations is a big challenge in the state.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Border Security Force

    The Border Security Force (BSF), as its name suggests, is one of India’s four border patrol forces and one of seven Central Police Forces (CPFs) under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The world’s largest border guarding force, BSF i...   more

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  • Swaraj, Sushma

    Sushma Swaraj is the current Minister for External Affairs, only the second woman to hold this position. She was appointed in May 2014 as part of Narendra Modi’s cabinet. A lawyer by training, she served as the BJP’s (Bharatiya Janata Party) mo...   more

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  • Ford Foundation a Security Threat?

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    The government has surprised many in India and abroad by putting the U.S.-based Ford Foundation, one of the world's largest charitable funds, onto its security watchlist. The home affairs ministry is probing the foundation’s funding of a local organisation in Gujarat run by activist Teesta Setalvad, a long-time critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   read more
  • Gujarati Villagers Sue World Bank Arm in US Court

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    For the first time ever, a local community affected by a World Bank project has filed a lawsuit in a United States court. Fishermen and farmers in Gujarat are suing the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, for providing a loan for the Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant. It’s not clear, however, why the litigants have not first sued the project itself in an Indian court.   read more
  • Kalyan Jewellers Pulls ‘Racist’ Ad of Aishwarya

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    In another victory for social media, Kalyan Jewellers has withdrawn its advertisement featuring Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with a dark-skinned boy holding a parasol over her. The advert was slammed by activists and on social media for being racist and promoting child slavery.   read more
  • All Drug Prices Should Be Capped, Says Parliamentary Committee

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    A parliamentary committee has recommended that price caps should be extended to all drugs sold in India. Just 12 per cent are currently under price caps, including 348 drugs classified as essential medicines. But price caps have hit drugmakers and are opposed by many in the industry, who say drug prices in India are already among the lowest in the world.   read more
  • The Prince Is Back, and Playing An Old Tune

    Monday, April 20, 2015
    Rahul Gandhi is back in Delhi after his controversial 2-month disappearance, but he is still playing an old tune. There were hopes in the Congress party that its vice president would bring fresh ideas back with him from Thailand, but no, he has stuck to his family’s signature’s tune: the Congress is the saviour of the farmers and the poor. What Rahul forgot to mention is that farmers are still committing suicide after half a century of Congress rule.   read more

Top Stories

  • India Nears Gender Parity in Classroom, But Lags Behind in Adult Literacy

    Sunday, April 12, 2015
    The good news is India has made significant progress in the last 15 years in boosting school enrolment, and is also close to gender parity in the classroom, according to a global report by UNESCO. The bad news, however, is the country is lagging behind in adult literacy and in checking the growth of private schools in urban slums.   read more
  • Amaravati to Be the New Capital of Andhra Pradesh

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015
    The new capital of Andhra Pradesh will be called Amaravati, after the historical capital of the 2nd century Satavahana dynasty, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced on Wednesday. The key challenge will be finding the Rs 20,000 crore ($3.2 billion) needed to build a new capital from scratch. Meanwhile, a few NGOs and political parties are already planning agitations against the alleged takeover of fertile land for the project.   read more
  • Govt Downsizes Ambitious Healthcare Plan Due to Funds Crunch

    Friday, March 27, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly scaled down his ambitious health care plan after its cost was estimated to be $18.5 billion over five years. According to Reuters, infrastructure spending to boost economic growth has left less funds available for the social sector in the short term.   read more

Controversies

  • Battle for Open Internet Scores With Flipkart U-Turn

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Around 300,000 emails in support of net neutrality have already been sent to TRAI since Saturday. This is the biggest response to any consultation paper that the regulator has ever floated. Meanwhile, Flipkart has pulled out of its reported tie-up with Airtel's service Airtel Zero after the e-commerce company faced significant backlash on social media this past week.   read more
  • MPs and Their Conflicts of Interest

    Monday, April 06, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it clear that MPs who have a conflict of interest should avoid becoming members of parliamentary committees. This follows a committee shooting down the government’s proposal to increase the size of pictorial warnings on cigarette and beedi packets – it was later revealed that panel member BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta has a beedi business with an annual turnover of over Rs 200 crore ($32 million).   read more
  • ‘Idiotic’ Police Survey of Rahul Gandhi Raises Congress Hackles and Threatens Bills in Parliament

    Monday, March 16, 2015
    It may well have been a series of clumsy security questions by a few low-ranking policemen, but the three visits of Delhi’s finest to Rahul Gandhi’s home in early March to ask security personnel questions about the opposition leader has been described as 'snooping'. The government denied this and described the security inquiry as routine, of a type faced by BJP leaders in the past.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

India and the World

  • Uranium from Canada to Boost Power Generation

    Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Canada has agreed a $280 million deal to supply uranium fuel to India, boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to increase nuclear capacity to meet growing energy demand. The agreement was signed in Ottawa during Modi's visit to Canada, formally ending a decades-long nuclear dispute. The two countries now plan to boost bilateral trade and revive stalled talks on a free trade agreement.   read more
  • Tax Headaches Could Dent Foreign Investors’ Interest in India

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    The attractiveness of India as an investment destination is at stake with the government targeting foreign institutional investors (FIIs) to increase tax revenues. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley confirmed that he plans to raise as much as Rs 40,000 crore ($6.4 billion) by issuing tax demands against FIIs. Global fund managers could join jittery shareholders of Cairn Energy and Vodafone in wondering if India is the right place to invest after all.   read more
  • 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

Appointments and Resignations

  • 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
  • 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

Unusual News

  • Still No Sign of Rahul Gandhi

    Friday, April 03, 2015
    The Congress party is struggling to defend its missing vice president Rahul Gandhi, who has skipped town during a crucial session of Parliament. He has been missing for over 6 weeks, and sources in his party now claim that Rahul will return to Delhi on April 12. In the meantime, no one really knows where Rahul has been spending his "leave of absence".   read more
  • How to Run a Cricket Betting Racket From Your Cupboard

    Monday, March 23, 2015
    Delhi Police claimed to have busted a betting syndicate allegedly involved in taking bets during matches in the ongoing cricket World Cup. According to Indian Express, 110 mobile phones and laptops were recovered when police arrested Shanti Swaroop Bhatia, who allegedly provided ball-to-ball betting rates to bookies from his cupboard.   read more
  • In Bihar Cheating in Exams Is the Norm

    Thursday, March 19, 2015
    The state administration in Bihar seems to have thrown up its hands in despair with over 500 students expelled for cheating in just two days of Class 10 examinations. Seven parents have also been arrested for helping students to cheat. Bihar education minister P K Shahi admitted that holding fair examinations is a big challenge in the state.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Rapid Action Force

    India has a history of communal violence. Isolated incidents often engulf whole cities and districts, with political parties stoking and then exploiting communal tensions. The population density and ill-planned settlements in Indian towns and c...   more

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