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  • India Not Equipped to Handle Ebola

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    As India faces the prospect of the global Ebola epidemic eventually arriving here, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued guidelines to stop the entry and spread of the disease. But as the Indian Express reports, there is a very real shortage of the protective equipment, testing labs and professional training required to face the threat.   read more
  • Reform 06: Diesel Prices Deregulated Finally

    Monday, October 20, 2014
    The government has lifted state control on diesel prices, in a long-awaited move that economists say will help encourage investment in the country’s struggling fuel industry and reduce the fiscal deficit. The decision to allow state-run fuel retailers to peg the price of diesel to global market rates comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to streamline the bureaucracy and make the economy more attractive to international investors.   read more
  • Racist Attacks on the Rise in Our Cities

    Sunday, October 19, 2014
    A startling upsurge in racial attacks has been reported in the past week from Delhi and Bangalore. The targets have been people from north-eastern states and from Africa, with locals attacking them as outsiders. This trend once again exposes Indian society as being inherently racist. According to The Economic Times, “It comes naturally to Indians to practise vicious racism at home and still wax outraged when Indians abroad come up against racial discrimination.”   read more
  • India Launches Air Quality Index, But Tackling Pollution Needs Tough Choices

    Friday, October 17, 2014
    The environment ministry has launched a National Air Quality Index that will give real-time information of air quality in 66 cities, to put pressure on local authorities to take concrete steps to reduce pollution. But producing credible pollution data is easier said than done.   read more
  • Reform 05: PM Ends ‘Inspector Raj’ in Labour, But Big Reforms Still Awaited

    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled measures to end ‘Inspector Raj’ (rule by inspectors) in labour, with a system that is expected to curb labour inspectors’ discretion and provide a single window compliance process for companies. Under the present rules factories are allegedly selected arbitrarily for inspection by government departments, leading to complaints of harassment of the owners.   read more

Top Stories

  • Indian and Pakistani Share Nobel Peace Prize, Both Govts Need to Talk Peace Too

    Friday, October 10, 2014
    The Nobel Prize committee delivered some good news to the Indian subcontinent on Friday when it awarded the 2014 Peace Prize to children’s rights activists Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. Satyarthi dedicated the award to children in slavery, pledging to "join hands" with Malala at a time when India and Pakistan are exchanging fire along the border. The Nobel Prize announcement may just give both countries the space required to de-escalate the violence.   read more
  • Shortage Looms of Critical HIV Medicine Due to Red Tape

    Friday, October 03, 2014
    According to a media report, India could run out of an important medicine in the country’s free HIV/AIDS drugs programme by October 21 due to bureaucratic bungling, leaving more than 150,000 patients without life-saving drugs for about a month. Missed dosages for long durations could increase drug resistance and result in a faster spread of the virus.   read more
  • Reform 03: A Toilet for Every Home and School by 2019

    Thursday, October 02, 2014
    It’s not every day that the prime minister picks up a broom and begins sweeping the street. But October 2 is no ordinary day. It’s the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and Narendra Modi chose this national holiday to launch the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign, the most ambitious attempt ever made in India to clean the country and provide sanitation to every household within five years.   read more

Controversies

  • Maharashtra’s Ex-Home Minister R R Patil Criticised for Remarks on Rape

    Saturday, October 11, 2014
    The Maharashtra election is barely days away, yet senior NCP leader and former state home minister Raosaheb Ramrao Patil has sparked a controversy by allegedly trivialising rape. He reportedly said that Sudhakar Khade, a MNS candidate jailed on rape charges, should have waited for the election to get over before committing the crime.   read more
  • Legendary Singer Yesudas Says Women Should Not Wear Jeans

    Saturday, October 04, 2014
    “What should be covered must be covered. Women should not trouble others by wearing jeans,” KJ Yesudas declared in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, setting off a storm of protests from political leaders, women’s groups and the public. His comments were also criticised on social media, with some users posting photographs of the singer’s daughters-in-law wearing jeans as evidence of his “hypocrisy”.   read more
  • 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

Where is the Money Going?

  • Maharashtra Election: Prithviraj Chavan Reportedly Admits to Predecessors’ Corruption, Then Recants

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    The crucial election in Maharashtra is clearly wearing politicians down. Just before the state went to the polls, former CM Prithviraj Chavan reportedly admitted that he could not take action against his Adarsh scam-accused predecessors as the Congress would have been “decimated in Maharashtra”. In a damning interview to The Telegraph, Chavan further reportedly claimed that he did not order proper investigations against NCP's Ajit Pawar in order to keep the Congress-NCP alliance intact.   read more
  • Haryana Govt Legitimises Controversial Land Deal Before Election

    Monday, October 06, 2014
    The Congress state government in Haryana has officially legitimised the controversial land deal between party chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and real-estate giant DLF Universal Ltd. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Election Commission on Monday to look into the state administration’s decision taken prior to a crucial election, where the ruling Congress party is fighting a tough battle to win votes.   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

India and the World

  • Firing Along Border Threatens India-Pakistan Ceasefire

    Thursday, October 09, 2014
    Thousands of civilians fled the areas along the international border with Pakistan and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir as Indian and Pakistani troops continued to exchange fire and engage in their most serious confrontation in over a decade. Both countries also sparred at the United Nations over the ceasefire violations and New Delhi made it clear that its armed forces are "fully ready" to respond to "provocation".   read more
  • 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 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

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

  • Reform 04: Obsolete Laws to be Junked

    Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    ‘Her Majesty’ and ‘East India Company’ are still mentioned in some obsolete laws in India’s statute books, 67 years after independence from British colonial rule. The NDA government has come up with a simple solution: a clean-up of obscure laws that no longer serve any purpose. The Law Ministry is leading the drive, by digging out 287 outdated laws that will be repealed in the next session of parliament in November.   read more
  • 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

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Department of Personnel and Training

    The DoPT is the nodal agency that regulates and monitors the recruitment, service conditions, postings, transfers and deputation of all central government employees, which includes the Indian Administrative Services and the three Secretariat Se...   more

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  • India Not Equipped to Handle Ebola

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    As India faces the prospect of the global Ebola epidemic eventually arriving here, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued guidelines to stop the entry and spread of the disease. But as the Indian Express reports, there is a very real shortage of the protective equipment, testing labs and professional training required to face the threat.   read more
  • Reform 06: Diesel Prices Deregulated Finally

    Monday, October 20, 2014
    The government has lifted state control on diesel prices, in a long-awaited move that economists say will help encourage investment in the country’s struggling fuel industry and reduce the fiscal deficit. The decision to allow state-run fuel retailers to peg the price of diesel to global market rates comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to streamline the bureaucracy and make the economy more attractive to international investors.   read more
  • Racist Attacks on the Rise in Our Cities

    Sunday, October 19, 2014
    A startling upsurge in racial attacks has been reported in the past week from Delhi and Bangalore. The targets have been people from north-eastern states and from Africa, with locals attacking them as outsiders. This trend once again exposes Indian society as being inherently racist. According to The Economic Times, “It comes naturally to Indians to practise vicious racism at home and still wax outraged when Indians abroad come up against racial discrimination.”   read more
  • India Launches Air Quality Index, But Tackling Pollution Needs Tough Choices

    Friday, October 17, 2014
    The environment ministry has launched a National Air Quality Index that will give real-time information of air quality in 66 cities, to put pressure on local authorities to take concrete steps to reduce pollution. But producing credible pollution data is easier said than done.   read more
  • Reform 05: PM Ends ‘Inspector Raj’ in Labour, But Big Reforms Still Awaited

    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled measures to end ‘Inspector Raj’ (rule by inspectors) in labour, with a system that is expected to curb labour inspectors’ discretion and provide a single window compliance process for companies. Under the present rules factories are allegedly selected arbitrarily for inspection by government departments, leading to complaints of harassment of the owners.   read more

Top Stories

  • Indian and Pakistani Share Nobel Peace Prize, Both Govts Need to Talk Peace Too

    Friday, October 10, 2014
    The Nobel Prize committee delivered some good news to the Indian subcontinent on Friday when it awarded the 2014 Peace Prize to children’s rights activists Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. Satyarthi dedicated the award to children in slavery, pledging to "join hands" with Malala at a time when India and Pakistan are exchanging fire along the border. The Nobel Prize announcement may just give both countries the space required to de-escalate the violence.   read more
  • Shortage Looms of Critical HIV Medicine Due to Red Tape

    Friday, October 03, 2014
    According to a media report, India could run out of an important medicine in the country’s free HIV/AIDS drugs programme by October 21 due to bureaucratic bungling, leaving more than 150,000 patients without life-saving drugs for about a month. Missed dosages for long durations could increase drug resistance and result in a faster spread of the virus.   read more
  • Reform 03: A Toilet for Every Home and School by 2019

    Thursday, October 02, 2014
    It’s not every day that the prime minister picks up a broom and begins sweeping the street. But October 2 is no ordinary day. It’s the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and Narendra Modi chose this national holiday to launch the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign, the most ambitious attempt ever made in India to clean the country and provide sanitation to every household within five years.   read more

Controversies

  • Maharashtra’s Ex-Home Minister R R Patil Criticised for Remarks on Rape

    Saturday, October 11, 2014
    The Maharashtra election is barely days away, yet senior NCP leader and former state home minister Raosaheb Ramrao Patil has sparked a controversy by allegedly trivialising rape. He reportedly said that Sudhakar Khade, a MNS candidate jailed on rape charges, should have waited for the election to get over before committing the crime.   read more
  • Legendary Singer Yesudas Says Women Should Not Wear Jeans

    Saturday, October 04, 2014
    “What should be covered must be covered. Women should not trouble others by wearing jeans,” KJ Yesudas declared in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, setting off a storm of protests from political leaders, women’s groups and the public. His comments were also criticised on social media, with some users posting photographs of the singer’s daughters-in-law wearing jeans as evidence of his “hypocrisy”.   read more
  • 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

Where is the Money Going?

  • Maharashtra Election: Prithviraj Chavan Reportedly Admits to Predecessors’ Corruption, Then Recants

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    The crucial election in Maharashtra is clearly wearing politicians down. Just before the state went to the polls, former CM Prithviraj Chavan reportedly admitted that he could not take action against his Adarsh scam-accused predecessors as the Congress would have been “decimated in Maharashtra”. In a damning interview to The Telegraph, Chavan further reportedly claimed that he did not order proper investigations against NCP's Ajit Pawar in order to keep the Congress-NCP alliance intact.   read more
  • Haryana Govt Legitimises Controversial Land Deal Before Election

    Monday, October 06, 2014
    The Congress state government in Haryana has officially legitimised the controversial land deal between party chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and real-estate giant DLF Universal Ltd. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Election Commission on Monday to look into the state administration’s decision taken prior to a crucial election, where the ruling Congress party is fighting a tough battle to win votes.   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

India and the World

  • Firing Along Border Threatens India-Pakistan Ceasefire

    Thursday, October 09, 2014
    Thousands of civilians fled the areas along the international border with Pakistan and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir as Indian and Pakistani troops continued to exchange fire and engage in their most serious confrontation in over a decade. Both countries also sparred at the United Nations over the ceasefire violations and New Delhi made it clear that its armed forces are "fully ready" to respond to "provocation".   read more
  • 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 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

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

  • Reform 04: Obsolete Laws to be Junked

    Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    ‘Her Majesty’ and ‘East India Company’ are still mentioned in some obsolete laws in India’s statute books, 67 years after independence from British colonial rule. The NDA government has come up with a simple solution: a clean-up of obscure laws that no longer serve any purpose. The Law Ministry is leading the drive, by digging out 287 outdated laws that will be repealed in the next session of parliament in November.   read more
  • 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

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • National Commission for Backward Classes

    The government of India classifies its underdeveloped population into three broad groups – Scheduled Castes (SC’s), Scheduled Tribes (ST’s), and Other Backward Classes (OBC’s).  This classification helps the government formulate policies for ta...   more

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