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  • AFSPA Repealed in Tripura, Could Other Northeast States Follow?

    Thursday, May 28, 2015
    The northeastern state of Tripura became the first one to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), that had given the military shoot-to-kill powers and shielded soldiers from prosecution since 1997. Tripura’s repeal of AFSPA could set a precedent for neighbouring states to wean themselves off this controversial law.   read more
  • One Rank One Pension Generates Political Heat

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    The One Rank One Pension scheme for the armed forces is expected to be cleared by the government, but the delay is keeping the country’s 2.5 million veterans on tenderhooks. OROP is expected to cost a whopping Rs. 8,300 crore ($1.3 billion) annually, which is why earlier administrations had opposed the scheme as being financially unfeasible.   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
  • Gujjars Try Politics of Reservation, Again

    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    The Gujjar community has once again launched an agitation for reservation in government jobs, blocking train tracks and key roads in Rajasthan. Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla asked community members to “fight to the finish”, in a familiar demand to extract quotas from the state government.   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

Top Stories

  • Modi Takes Diplomacy to China’s Backyard

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his first visit to China to expand his diplomatic push into China’s own backyard, with visits to Mongolia and South Korea. It was the first time an Indian prime minister had ever visited Mongolia, while in South Korea Modi called for more investment in Indian infrastructure. The prime minister also proposed deepening India’s defence cooperation with both Mongolia and South Korea.   read more
  • Less Than Half of India’s Quake Sensors are Working

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    The ministry of earth sciences admitted on Tuesday that only 40 of the 100 ground motion detectors it checked so far are in working condition. This follows media reports that the country’s network of 293 sensors failed to record the April 25 earthquake in Nepal because these were not maintained properly.   read more
  • GST in Sight, But Rajya Sabha Hurdle Remains

    Wednesday, May 06, 2015
    The goods and services tax (GST) took one step closer to reality on Wednesday, when the Lok Sabha passed a bill to bring in the single nationwide sales tax. This tax reform has been hailed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as the biggest in India since independence. He has said it could add up to 2 percentage points to the growth of the economy. But the bill still has to pass the Rajya Sabha where the NDA does not have a majority.   read more

Controversies

  • Thank you Salman, We Now Know How Rotten Our Justice System Is

    Saturday, May 09, 2015
    In which country in the world would a hit-and-run case take 13 years to pronounce judgement? Answer: India   read more
  • Marital Rape Not a Crime, Says Govt

    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    It isn’t a crime for a man to rape his wife in India as marriage is treated as sacred here, according to Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary. He was replying to a question by DMK's K Kanimozhi, who cited a UN estimate that 75 per cent of married women in India are subjected to forced sex within their marriages.   read more
  • Delhi Law Minister’s Law Degree Is Fake, Says University

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    In a major embarrassment for the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar’s law degree is allegedly "fabricated and doesn't exist in the university's record", Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University told the Delhi High Court. Tomar had reportedly enrolled as a lawyer on the basis of this degree.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

India and the World

  • 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
  • After 41 Years, India Settles Border With Bangladesh

    Friday, May 08, 2015
    Parliament cleared a historic land agreement with Bangladesh on Thursday to settle India’s border with its eastern neighbour. Nearly 160 enclaves exist on either side of the border that are encircled by the other nation’s territory – an odd situation left over from Partition in 1947. The agreement would end decades of uncertainty for tens of thousands of citizens living in enclaves on the "wrong" side of the border.   read more
  • India Leads International Relief Efforts in Nepal

    Monday, April 27, 2015
    India has deployed the largest teams among the international relief operations in quake-ravaged Nepal, with the first aircraft sent within hours of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake. Operation Maitri is already the largest relief effort mounted by India on foreign soil, involving more than two dozen aircraft and hundreds of personnel from the military and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).   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

  • 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
  • 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

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

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    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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  • AFSPA Repealed in Tripura, Could Other Northeast States Follow?

    Thursday, May 28, 2015
    The northeastern state of Tripura became the first one to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), that had given the military shoot-to-kill powers and shielded soldiers from prosecution since 1997. Tripura’s repeal of AFSPA could set a precedent for neighbouring states to wean themselves off this controversial law.   read more
  • One Rank One Pension Generates Political Heat

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    The One Rank One Pension scheme for the armed forces is expected to be cleared by the government, but the delay is keeping the country’s 2.5 million veterans on tenderhooks. OROP is expected to cost a whopping Rs. 8,300 crore ($1.3 billion) annually, which is why earlier administrations had opposed the scheme as being financially unfeasible.   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
  • Gujjars Try Politics of Reservation, Again

    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    The Gujjar community has once again launched an agitation for reservation in government jobs, blocking train tracks and key roads in Rajasthan. Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla asked community members to “fight to the finish”, in a familiar demand to extract quotas from the state government.   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

Top Stories

  • Modi Takes Diplomacy to China’s Backyard

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his first visit to China to expand his diplomatic push into China’s own backyard, with visits to Mongolia and South Korea. It was the first time an Indian prime minister had ever visited Mongolia, while in South Korea Modi called for more investment in Indian infrastructure. The prime minister also proposed deepening India’s defence cooperation with both Mongolia and South Korea.   read more
  • Less Than Half of India’s Quake Sensors are Working

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    The ministry of earth sciences admitted on Tuesday that only 40 of the 100 ground motion detectors it checked so far are in working condition. This follows media reports that the country’s network of 293 sensors failed to record the April 25 earthquake in Nepal because these were not maintained properly.   read more
  • GST in Sight, But Rajya Sabha Hurdle Remains

    Wednesday, May 06, 2015
    The goods and services tax (GST) took one step closer to reality on Wednesday, when the Lok Sabha passed a bill to bring in the single nationwide sales tax. This tax reform has been hailed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as the biggest in India since independence. He has said it could add up to 2 percentage points to the growth of the economy. But the bill still has to pass the Rajya Sabha where the NDA does not have a majority.   read more

Controversies

  • Thank you Salman, We Now Know How Rotten Our Justice System Is

    Saturday, May 09, 2015
    In which country in the world would a hit-and-run case take 13 years to pronounce judgement? Answer: India   read more
  • Marital Rape Not a Crime, Says Govt

    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    It isn’t a crime for a man to rape his wife in India as marriage is treated as sacred here, according to Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary. He was replying to a question by DMK's K Kanimozhi, who cited a UN estimate that 75 per cent of married women in India are subjected to forced sex within their marriages.   read more
  • Delhi Law Minister’s Law Degree Is Fake, Says University

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    In a major embarrassment for the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar’s law degree is allegedly "fabricated and doesn't exist in the university's record", Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University told the Delhi High Court. Tomar had reportedly enrolled as a lawyer on the basis of this degree.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

India and the World

  • 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
  • After 41 Years, India Settles Border With Bangladesh

    Friday, May 08, 2015
    Parliament cleared a historic land agreement with Bangladesh on Thursday to settle India’s border with its eastern neighbour. Nearly 160 enclaves exist on either side of the border that are encircled by the other nation’s territory – an odd situation left over from Partition in 1947. The agreement would end decades of uncertainty for tens of thousands of citizens living in enclaves on the "wrong" side of the border.   read more
  • India Leads International Relief Efforts in Nepal

    Monday, April 27, 2015
    India has deployed the largest teams among the international relief operations in quake-ravaged Nepal, with the first aircraft sent within hours of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake. Operation Maitri is already the largest relief effort mounted by India on foreign soil, involving more than two dozen aircraft and hundreds of personnel from the military and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).   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

  • 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
  • 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

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Research and Analysis Wing

    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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