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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shiv Sena, BJP War of Words Over Maharashtra Seat-Sharing Threatens Saffron Alliance

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    In Maharashtra, the 25-year old alliance between regional party Shiv Sena and the BJP is on the verge of breaking up over the number of seats they would each contest in the upcoming state election. The saffron combine is expected to win the election from the incumbent Congress-NCP alliance, but the ongoing public spat could throw the election wide open.   read more

Top Stories

  • Kashmir Floods: Centre Steps in as J&K Govt Flops

    Friday, September 12, 2014
    Half a million people remain to be rescued in Srinagar, despite the best efforts of the armed forces that have already rescued over 100,000 people in the worst floods seen in Jammu & Kashmir since 1950. Public anger is growing against the state administration that has been conspicuous by its absence. The federal government has been forced to take charge of relief operations, rallying all resources to fill the void left by the local government.   read more
  • PMO Downsizes Asiad Contingent, Sports Officials Hardest Hit

    Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    The massive contingents that India usually sends for international sporting events have finally come under scrutiny, with the Prime Minister’s Office issuing guidelines that have reduced the contingent proposed for the Incheon Asian Games by 28 percent. The hardest hit are sports officials, who have seen their numbers slashed by 42 percent.   read more
  • Deadly Floods in Jammu & Kashmir, Deforestation to Blame Again

    Monday, September 08, 2014
    This kind of tragedy seems to be happening with increasing frequency: unusually heavy rain in a mountainous region unleashes floodwater or a landslide that submerges villages and kills many residents. In Uttarakhand last year, near Pune in July, and now in Jammu & Kashmir, the rampant deforestation of India’s hilly areas is being seen as responsible for magnifying these natural disasters.   read more

Controversies

  • ‘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
  • Fearing Public Booing, Congress Chief Ministers Avoid Public Engagements With Modi

    Saturday, August 23, 2014
    Three chief ministers of states ruled by opposition parties have found to their discomfiture just what the people think of their administration. It began with Haryana’s Bhupinder Hooda ,who was booed by the crowd when Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a power plant last week. The Congress has now told all its chief ministers to avoid public engagements with Modi, but the party is being seen as hyper-sensitive instead of taking public heckling in its stride.   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

  • 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
  • Australia to Sell Uranium to India Finally

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    After two years of negotiation, Australia looks set to supply uranium to India. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that he hoped to sign a civil nuclear deal during his visit to India this week that will allow the sale of uranium for peaceful power generation.   read more
  • India is Open for Business, Modi Tells Japan

    Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s single point objective in his first bilateral visit outside South Asia was to take Indo-Japanese ties to the next level. And he has achieved that handsomely. He visited ancient Buddhist temples, playing a taiko drum in an impromptu jam session, and met business leaders and school children. In short, the Prime Minister has shown Japan that India is a reliable friend, a serious partner, and, most importantly, open for business.   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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shiv Sena, BJP War of Words Over Maharashtra Seat-Sharing Threatens Saffron Alliance

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    In Maharashtra, the 25-year old alliance between regional party Shiv Sena and the BJP is on the verge of breaking up over the number of seats they would each contest in the upcoming state election. The saffron combine is expected to win the election from the incumbent Congress-NCP alliance, but the ongoing public spat could throw the election wide open.   read more

Top Stories

  • Kashmir Floods: Centre Steps in as J&K Govt Flops

    Friday, September 12, 2014
    Half a million people remain to be rescued in Srinagar, despite the best efforts of the armed forces that have already rescued over 100,000 people in the worst floods seen in Jammu & Kashmir since 1950. Public anger is growing against the state administration that has been conspicuous by its absence. The federal government has been forced to take charge of relief operations, rallying all resources to fill the void left by the local government.   read more
  • PMO Downsizes Asiad Contingent, Sports Officials Hardest Hit

    Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    The massive contingents that India usually sends for international sporting events have finally come under scrutiny, with the Prime Minister’s Office issuing guidelines that have reduced the contingent proposed for the Incheon Asian Games by 28 percent. The hardest hit are sports officials, who have seen their numbers slashed by 42 percent.   read more
  • Deadly Floods in Jammu & Kashmir, Deforestation to Blame Again

    Monday, September 08, 2014
    This kind of tragedy seems to be happening with increasing frequency: unusually heavy rain in a mountainous region unleashes floodwater or a landslide that submerges villages and kills many residents. In Uttarakhand last year, near Pune in July, and now in Jammu & Kashmir, the rampant deforestation of India’s hilly areas is being seen as responsible for magnifying these natural disasters.   read more

Controversies

  • ‘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
  • Fearing Public Booing, Congress Chief Ministers Avoid Public Engagements With Modi

    Saturday, August 23, 2014
    Three chief ministers of states ruled by opposition parties have found to their discomfiture just what the people think of their administration. It began with Haryana’s Bhupinder Hooda ,who was booed by the crowd when Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a power plant last week. The Congress has now told all its chief ministers to avoid public engagements with Modi, but the party is being seen as hyper-sensitive instead of taking public heckling in its stride.   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

  • 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
  • Australia to Sell Uranium to India Finally

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    After two years of negotiation, Australia looks set to supply uranium to India. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that he hoped to sign a civil nuclear deal during his visit to India this week that will allow the sale of uranium for peaceful power generation.   read more
  • India is Open for Business, Modi Tells Japan

    Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s single point objective in his first bilateral visit outside South Asia was to take Indo-Japanese ties to the next level. And he has achieved that handsomely. He visited ancient Buddhist temples, playing a taiko drum in an impromptu jam session, and met business leaders and school children. In short, the Prime Minister has shown Japan that India is a reliable friend, a serious partner, and, most importantly, open for business.   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

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    When a child is born, someone dies or the Prime Minister assumes office, the Department of Home at the Ministry of Home Affairs is kept in the loop. The department issues notification when the new president, ministers, members of Parliament and...   more

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    CP Joshi headed India's ministry of rural development between TK and TK.   A Native of Bhilwara, rajasthan, Joshi         more

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