Keyword : Corruption

Why Chaturvedi’s shift to AAP govt won’t be easy

What can be seen as Delhi’s new government’s first major step in ensuring a corruption-free system , the name of the whistleblower officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi  has been proposed for

HC notice to health minister Nadda in AIIMS case

In an interesting development, Delhi high court has issued a notice to health minister J P Nadda, in a public interest litigation case filed by Centre for public interest and litigation. The CPIL h

RTI: Signs of regressive forces at work

The RTI Act has caught the imagination of people and the way it has spread is appreciated and admired around the world. A great change has come in India in the last decade in the power equation bet

Maharashtra’s Bhujbal, raided by ACB, has house with helipad

Maharashtra’s former minister Chhagan Bhujbal is facing corruption heat. Maharashtra’s anti-corruption bureau conducted searches on Tuesday at 6 properties belonging to Bhujbal and his

Karnataka lokayukta in serious trouble over links to extortions

Karnataka’s lokayukta, which is supposed to act against corruption, is accused of serious irregularities and the state lawyers have sought the resignation of Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao. The Bar

The case of whistleblowers and their protection

Governance is 5 percent policy and 95 percent implementation,” former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian writes in his book,  The Road to Good Governance. He would know, for he has been a

Lalit Modi faces a pending case in Chennai

The Indian Premier League (IPL) case against Lalit Modi is still open with the Chennai police. A cheating case slapped on him in 2010 is pending, said a source in the police department not wishing

Chaturvedi wins battle, ACC approves cadre transfer

Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer who has emerged as a whistle-blower, has won a battle, as the centre has finally approved his long-pending cadre transfer. The app

Morning briefing: Ghulam Ali invited by Delhi after Mumbai concert is cancelled

The Arvind Kejriwal government has invited Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali to perform in the national capital after his concert in Mumbai was cancelled due to Shiv Sena protests, saying "music has

Morning briefing: Rs 10,000 cr sanitation programme is total failure, says CAG report

In the past five years, almost Rs. 10,000 crore has been spent on rural sanitation with not much to show for results, says a report of the Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG). It was table

Poriborton: once a promise, now a threat

She still remembers that warm day in May in 2011, when the unimaginable happened and the bastion of the left rule came crashing down. One woman almost single-handedly achieved this feat. Sharbani,

Companies may cut corners to meet targets: Ernst & Young survey

A staggering 72 percent of the respondents believe that management is likely to cut corners to meet targets, said the The Global Fraud Survey by Ernst & Young. Also, 70 percent of India respond

UPA withheld AgustaWestland info under RTI

Amidst uproar in parliament over corruption in the AgustaWestland chopper deal and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, another twist in the tale has emerged. In

Bihar’s lost glory of education

“Political science is actually pronounced as ‘prodigal science’ and it is a subject on cookery.” This statement is not coming from a kindergarten kid who is trying to make s

Forget progress on Lokpal, we are going backwards

 The Lokpal law that was enacted after decades of debate and demand for an anti-corruption institution was dealt a severe blow as an amendment bill was introduced and passed by parliament in l

Population, corruption are main hindrances to the development: NHRC chairperson

Growing population and corruption are the two main hindrances in the way of good governance towards the development of India, said justice HL Dattu, chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (N

FM hints at DBT-like component in GST too

We had two parallel exercises in the government for the last 30-40 years. Every time we had a discussion on economic policy or budget there always was discussion on rationalisation of subsidies. An

Demonetising Rs 500, Rs 1,000 note: Who said what

In a bold step, prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. He said that the decision will check corruption and black money. The decision has come soon

Demonetising Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes: Digital payment companies hail PM`s decision

Digital payment companies have hailed PM’s decision of banning high denomination currency notes (Rs 500 and Rs 1,000) as a major step towards cashless economy. “This is t

Bangaru Laxman was ahead of times, he preferred dollars

Harshad Mehta The superhero stock-broker dropped a bomb in July 1993, when he told a press conference that he had paid prime minister PV Narasimha Rao a bribe of Rs

If elections become cheaper, it is good: Jaitley

While there is no co-relation between scrapping of higher denomination currency notes with elections, but if this move makes poll costs cheap, it is good, said finance minister Arun Jaitley.

Demonetisation will not have a big bang impact: Experts

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on Tuesday evening caught everyone, not just black money hoarders, by surprise. Minutes after the announcement, the news about Rs 500 and

Demonetisation: People queue up at banks, post offices to exchange notes

As banks started exchanging currency notes from November 10 onwards, long queues were seen outside banks and post offices.  

Demonetisation hits weddings

Anjali Thakur, a resident of Indirapuram, Ghaziabad is getting married on November 15. Her wedding preparations are on full swing. However, as the government has scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes,

Your scrapped currency may end up as paperboard

Now that the government has decided to scrap currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination, the millions of notes will end up as briquettes that can even be used for land fillings or for makin

Scrapping notes a blow to fake currency

The government’s announcement to scrap Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes will go a long way towards bringing halt to the circulation of counterfeit currency in the country. The common ma

Show cause notice to two CAs who spoke of converting black money

ICAI has issued show cause notice to two Chartered Accountants, who were caught on tape talking about converting black money by charging a commission of 30% to 40%. The premier accou

How corruption and black money affects the poor

It may not be wrong to say that a major part of the black money arises from corruption, and that it is usually the downtrodden who is affected the most. A book published in 2011 by e

Survey: What do *you* think of the currency ban?

You have read (or heard or seen) countless analyses, points-counterpoints, theories-conspiracy theories and allegations-counter-allegations on the historic move to ban high-denomination currency no

Bank staff bearing the brunt of demonetisation: Union

It is high time the authorities woke up to the “pathetic, gruelling conditions” that bank employees are being subjected following the move to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, s

MMS calls currency chaos organized loot, Jaitley delivers stinging retort

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley sparred over demonetization in parliament on Thursday. Manmohan spoke of the “monumental management failure” in im

If you (really) want to fight black money, won’t Lokpal make more sense?

Remember the Lokpal? The one-point panacea for all corruption and black money. It is a law, on the statute book. And while the government has launched a surgical strike against black money that has

Procedural changes from 1978 may have created huge loopholes

On November 8, the Government of India announced its decision to pull high-value currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination out of circulation, with immediate effect. A detailed procedure

How Modi hacked the hackers

 I was glued to the television screen, following the US presidential election coverage. In the midst of an extremely intense television debate, where each participant was grappling for airtime

Reverse Bank of India

 The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday withdrew its order of December 19 which had stipulated that the demonetised currency notes could be deposited only once in the quantum of Rs 5,000 or mo

The political anatomy of Modi’s surgical strike

Concerned about the abuse of power, French sociologist David Émile Durkheim in 1912 wrote that there could be no society which, at regular intervals, did not feel the need to uphold and reaf

DeMo can’t fight black money: Leading business body

  If fighting black money is the aim, demonetisation is the wrong weapon, says India’s largest and oldest business body.    “Demonetisat

Why any fight against black money is pointless unless it targets political parties

As much as 69 percent of the income of six national political parties and 51 regional parties has come from unknown sources, according to a long-term data analysis carried out by the Association fo

Party funds: A step forward or a leap backward into the era of secrecy?

While presenting the budget in the Lok Sabha, the finance minister made some announcements about the manner in which he sought to make donations to political parties more transparent. If the propos

The graft, the grease, and the bird that watches others eat

There is a common thread between the charges of alleged corruption CBI has filed against former public servants – Manmohan Singh (prime minister), Harish Gupta (secretary, coal), Shashindra P

Raincoat, bathroom, and the un-washable spots…

There’s a lot of mud-slinging going on after prime minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on his predecessor Manmohan Singh: “Only Dr Sahab knows the art of taking bath in the bathr

Five stories you must read over the weekend

The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), in one of the world’s largest surveys of employment trends, found the number of women employed falling from 126.49 million (29.4 perc

The rot at the top

CBI is supposed to be the last resort to catch the corrupt after all other options have not yielded the desired result. But, who will now tackle corruption now that two of the former top official

You are destroying all the institutions meant to counter corruption: Prashant Bhushan

  What is the thinking behind launching the Swaraj party? To answer that question, we have to go back in time and see why we formed the Aam Aadmi Party [AAP].

Operationalise laws that end corruption, demands civil society

 A march will be held against corruption in Delhi on Thursday, with activists demanding, among others, operationalisation of Lokpal law as well as Whistleblowers Protection law. The

For Modi govt, Lokpal is not priority, enemy property is

The government has told the supreme court that the Lokpal cannot be appointed because the 2013 law needs several amendments, which will be taken up only in the monsoon session. The N

Three years of BJP government and still no Lokpal

In a little over a month, the BJP government would be completing three years in office. Yet, there is no sign of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas who would have battled black money.

Yet another RTI activist is killed. And govt rules propose to drop his queries

 "Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust uh.. and another one, and another one". Apro dikro (our lad) Freddie Mercury`s hit song from the 1980s is in real danger of b

Why a hero gets a zero

Remember Sanjiv Chaturvedi? The one who won the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay for his crusade against corruption. The whistle-blower officer has been facing difficulties from various regimes, and th

Lokpal can be set up without LoP, yes, but who’s in hurry?

If it was needed at all, the supreme court has cleared the air. The Lokpal Act, it has ruled, is perfectly implementable even without the pending amendments. The interpretation from the apex court

The case of former coal secy and the anti-corruption law

  A senior bureaucrat, apparently much respected among the administrative circles, faces two years in jail. His crime: a decision that may have come from the political leadership

In putting Nikhil Dey in jail, we are crucifying our best

I am reminded of what my teacher had told me in school: “When a society wishes to blatantly show how unjust it can be, it will crucify the best.” On June 13 when I heard about the convi

“CVC has no teeth, but it has dentures”

After the Narendra Modi government was formed in 2014, a series of measures have been introduced, like the legislative initiatives of amendments in the Prevention of Corruption Act, which are very

“Vigilance is not an attractive work to do”

What is the role of CVC in curbing corruption and black money? Unlike many things in life, corruption is not episodic. It is not possible to talk of a completely corrupti

India’s ‘corruptibles’ and their spectacular scams

Heavily sweetened dirty deals have always raised a stink and there is no end to insatiable greed.  The problem in this country is that the morbid stench of corruption is no longer ov

Modi keeps his word: Turns up heat on benami properties

When prime minister Narendra Modi spoke about action against benami properties while delivering the I-Day address from the Red Fort ramparts, he was in fact fulfilling a promise he made during th

Will put an end to corruption, VIP culture in railways: Lohani

 Former Air India chief Ashwani Lohani on Thursday took the charge as Chairman Railway Board and said his main thrust would be to put an end to corruption and VIP culture. Lohani tol



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