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  • 1,000 Aspiring Policemen Arrested for Cheating in Bihar's Latest Scandal

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    Police have arrested around 1,000 aspiring constables for using impersonators to sit their exams for them in Bihar, in the latest cheating scandal to hit the state. Some 50,000 candidates sat the written exams last October, but many of them were not the same ones who turned up for the physical fitness tests.   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
  • Supreme Court Upholds Cyber Freedom in India

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    It has been hailed as a verdict that preserves India’s freedom of speech in the internet age. The Supreme Court struck down a controversial law on Tuesday that gave authorities sweeping powers to jail people for offensive online posts. Section 66A of the Information and Technology (IT) Act had been challenged in the court by law students, bloggers, writers and rights groups.   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
  • Breakthrough in Rajya Sabha for Key Bills to Resurrect Mining Industry

    Friday, March 20, 2015
    The government achieved a breakthrough in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, with the upper house passing two bills to auction mines that produce minerals such as coal, iron ore and bauxite. This will help reenergise the mining industry that has languished for years. Both bills will replace earlier ordinances promulgated by the government that would have otherwise lapsed by April 5.   read more

Top Stories

  • Swine Flu May Be Mutating in India and Becoming More Infectious

    Friday, March 13, 2015
    The swine flu outbreak in India that has already killed more than 1,400 people since December may be even more dangerous than previously thought, with a new U.S. study suggesting that strain of H1N1 virus in India has mutated to become more virulent. But the Health Ministry has disputed these findings, saying the study is based on old data.   read more
  • Aggressive Bidding in Spectrum Auction Will Help Ease Fiscal Deficit

    Friday, March 06, 2015
    The government’s latest auction of radio wave frequencies for telecoms networks got off to a strong start this week, with bids worth about Rs. 65,000 billion ($10.4 billion) so far. The government expects to raise Rs. 82,000 crore ($13.1 billion) in the auction, the proceeds of which will help ease the fiscal deficit.   read more
  • Maharashtra Bans Beef, Anyone Eating It Can Be Jailed 5 Years

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    The state government of Maharashtra has banned the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef. Anyone found breaking the law could face a fine and up to five years in prison. According to the BBC, the Maharashtra beef ban is the toughest so far in India - along with cows, it also forbids the killing of bulls and bullocks and even possessing beef, which will now be considered as contraband. Critics say the move will leave thousands jobless and push up the cost of other meat.   read more

Controversies

  • ‘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
  • AAP: The Party With a Difference May Not Be So Different After All

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    In most political parties, defeat often brings out the worst in its members. Yet in the case of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) its spectacular victory in the Delhi assembly election last month has sparked off a vicious internal war. Two prominent leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were ousted from the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) for criticizing party chief Arvind Kejriwal for running the party as a one-man show.   read more
  • Honeymoon Over for J&K Coalition Govt

    Sunday, March 08, 2015
    The new state government in Jammy and Kashmir is barely a week old and already the coalition partners have found that living with each other may be troublesome. With Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed playing to his political constituency in the Kashmir valley, he has already sparked off needless controversies and miffed off his coalition partner, the BJP. The latest spat is over the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam from jail.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • IAS Officer Who Took on Sand Mafia Found Hanging in Bangalore

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    The death of a young, upright IAS officer under mysterious circumstances in Bangalore on Monday has triggered protests in Karnataka, with the opposition BJP demanding a CBI probe and questioning the Congress state government’s commitment to protecting honest officials. 36-year old D K Ravi had been involved in several stand-offs with local politicians for confronting the sand mafia in Kolar and for his drive against tax defaulters.   read more
  • Former PM Summoned By Court Over Coalgate, Congress Rallies in Support

    Thursday, March 12, 2015
    The investigation into the coal scam reached its next stage with a court summoning former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to appear before it on April 8. The Congress party rallied behind Singh, despite this fresh blow to the Gandhi dynasty that was in power till last year.   read more
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Department of Youth Affairs

    India has one of the world’s youngest populations in the world. It is set to get even younger, according to a Census of India projection. The country’s workforce, those between 15 and 64 years of age, will grow to 67% in 2020, while China’s wil...   more

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  • 1,000 Aspiring Policemen Arrested for Cheating in Bihar's Latest Scandal

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    Police have arrested around 1,000 aspiring constables for using impersonators to sit their exams for them in Bihar, in the latest cheating scandal to hit the state. Some 50,000 candidates sat the written exams last October, but many of them were not the same ones who turned up for the physical fitness tests.   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
  • Supreme Court Upholds Cyber Freedom in India

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    It has been hailed as a verdict that preserves India’s freedom of speech in the internet age. The Supreme Court struck down a controversial law on Tuesday that gave authorities sweeping powers to jail people for offensive online posts. Section 66A of the Information and Technology (IT) Act had been challenged in the court by law students, bloggers, writers and rights groups.   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
  • Breakthrough in Rajya Sabha for Key Bills to Resurrect Mining Industry

    Friday, March 20, 2015
    The government achieved a breakthrough in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, with the upper house passing two bills to auction mines that produce minerals such as coal, iron ore and bauxite. This will help reenergise the mining industry that has languished for years. Both bills will replace earlier ordinances promulgated by the government that would have otherwise lapsed by April 5.   read more

Top Stories

  • Swine Flu May Be Mutating in India and Becoming More Infectious

    Friday, March 13, 2015
    The swine flu outbreak in India that has already killed more than 1,400 people since December may be even more dangerous than previously thought, with a new U.S. study suggesting that strain of H1N1 virus in India has mutated to become more virulent. But the Health Ministry has disputed these findings, saying the study is based on old data.   read more
  • Aggressive Bidding in Spectrum Auction Will Help Ease Fiscal Deficit

    Friday, March 06, 2015
    The government’s latest auction of radio wave frequencies for telecoms networks got off to a strong start this week, with bids worth about Rs. 65,000 billion ($10.4 billion) so far. The government expects to raise Rs. 82,000 crore ($13.1 billion) in the auction, the proceeds of which will help ease the fiscal deficit.   read more
  • Maharashtra Bans Beef, Anyone Eating It Can Be Jailed 5 Years

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    The state government of Maharashtra has banned the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef. Anyone found breaking the law could face a fine and up to five years in prison. According to the BBC, the Maharashtra beef ban is the toughest so far in India - along with cows, it also forbids the killing of bulls and bullocks and even possessing beef, which will now be considered as contraband. Critics say the move will leave thousands jobless and push up the cost of other meat.   read more

Controversies

  • ‘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
  • AAP: The Party With a Difference May Not Be So Different After All

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    In most political parties, defeat often brings out the worst in its members. Yet in the case of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) its spectacular victory in the Delhi assembly election last month has sparked off a vicious internal war. Two prominent leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were ousted from the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) for criticizing party chief Arvind Kejriwal for running the party as a one-man show.   read more
  • Honeymoon Over for J&K Coalition Govt

    Sunday, March 08, 2015
    The new state government in Jammy and Kashmir is barely a week old and already the coalition partners have found that living with each other may be troublesome. With Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed playing to his political constituency in the Kashmir valley, he has already sparked off needless controversies and miffed off his coalition partner, the BJP. The latest spat is over the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam from jail.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • IAS Officer Who Took on Sand Mafia Found Hanging in Bangalore

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    The death of a young, upright IAS officer under mysterious circumstances in Bangalore on Monday has triggered protests in Karnataka, with the opposition BJP demanding a CBI probe and questioning the Congress state government’s commitment to protecting honest officials. 36-year old D K Ravi had been involved in several stand-offs with local politicians for confronting the sand mafia in Kolar and for his drive against tax defaulters.   read more
  • Former PM Summoned By Court Over Coalgate, Congress Rallies in Support

    Thursday, March 12, 2015
    The investigation into the coal scam reached its next stage with a court summoning former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to appear before it on April 8. The Congress party rallied behind Singh, despite this fresh blow to the Gandhi dynasty that was in power till last year.   read more
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Telephone Regulatory Authority (TRAI)

    As the millennium approached, the spread of wireless telephony radically altered India’s telecom landscape. Millions of subscribers waiting months for landlines skipped them altogether. As in much of the developing world, most Indians now only ...   more

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