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Raman Singh routed by Peter Principle

To describe the Chhattisgarh assembly election result as defeat for the BJP will be a euphemism. It is a total rout in every sense of the term. And if Raman Singh met this fate after three full terms on trot, we must have reasons to assume that hi

Charting a new ‘course’

At the fifth World Internet Conference, held in November in China, the world was introduced to the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered news anchor. That’s not all. Self-driving cars, AI assisted robotic surgery and law firms using A

India’s fastest prototype Train 18 not fully made in India

The much talked-about Train 18 of the Indian Railways, which recently breached 180 kmph speed limit in the trials, has 20 percent of its components being imported from foreign countries. Although the train is seen as the finest example o

A portal for ports and ships

Riding on the Digital India wave, the directorate general of shipping is contemplating to unveil a dedicated shipping portal to bring transparency, curb corruption by unscrupulous agents involved in maritime industry and speed up the process of

CAG report reveals why trains run late in India

Ever wonder why your train gets delayed every time? Well, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found an answer. As per a CAG report only 101 out of 163 platforms of 15 major stations of the Indian Railways can accommodate trains with 24 o

If Mumbai is not to be Slumbai...

To solve the problem of urban slums in the city of Mumbai, substantial amendments were made to the Development Control Regulations (DCRs) for Greater Mumbai, 1991. In 1997 a separate Annexure was notified under DCR 33 (10) to deal exclusively wi

Protecting sanitation workers

“Sanitation is more important than Independence.”  – Mahatma Gandhi    In September 2017, a photo went viral in social media circles. It showed a boy weeping

How MeToo is going places

There was time not very long ago when women knew they would have to bear it in silence. They would have to deal with casual misogyny, rampant sexism, slander and libel and aspersions cast on their character day in and day out. They would have to q

Going zero to gain

In the 1970s, Andhra Pradesh was one of the first states to be transformed by the Green Revolution. Today, another revolution is under way ­­­­­­–­­­­­ a natural farming revolution. The full name

A bitter crop of woe

Jatta Ji, 60, a farmer from Patiala district. "I grow paddy and wheat on four acres, and my annual income is Rs 2 lakh-2.5 lakh. With this, I have to support five people: my wife, a son, his wife, and a grandson. My l

“Sweden not just makes in India, it also exports from India”

Soon after the India Sweden Business Day (November 12) in Stockholm, Indian ambassador to Sweden Monika Kapil Mohta spoke to Rupali Mehra on business ties between the two sides, the ‘Make in India’ pitch and the future of the bilat

Honour for Governance Now

Governance Now has won the 20th PoleStar Award for the best feature in Business Journalism, for the cover story, ‘A tangl

Rare diseases and not-so-rare bureaucratic delays

Ashan was all of only 21 months when he lost his battle to a rare genetic disorder on November 18. During his last days at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital in the capital, his distraught family left no stone unturned, and appealed to var

Tackling malnourishment in India: a matter of palpable urgency

Good nutrition is crucial to individual and national development, and is one critical area where India’s progress is slow even after nearly a half-century of respectable agricultural productivity growth and two decades of post-reform economi

New imperialism

Karl Marx once asserted that “history repeats itself, first as a tragedy and, second as a farce.” The observation is valid to this day when one observes the behaviour of dominant and rising powers in relation to other nations. The gr

Will next time be different?

In their eponymous book on debt crises, noted economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff remarked that the most dangerous words in any language are: “This time is different.” The next most dangerous words, according to Dr Raghuram

Online tourist facilitator programme to boost tourism

The ministry of tourism has rolled out a six-month online programme, Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC), on November 15, in order to boost the tourism sector in the country.    Within five da

Assembly elections 2018: Human trafficking victims feel left out

“We are nobody’s concern. We are not part of any election manifesto, or any state government,” says 28-year-old Farah from Mahasamund district, Chhattisgarh. Five years ago, Farah was rescued by an anti-human trafficking NGO in M

Bridges to nowhere

September 4, 2018. Kolkata. It’s quarter to five in the evening. The shanty dwellers in Majerhat felt the earth shake.   A loud crash, dust rising from rubble and crumbling concrete, water splashing. The Majerh

Ageing dams or ticking time bombs?

As of 2018, India has 209 dams that are a century old or more. Raging debates have also contested how a few of these British-built dams have surpassed their life span by developing leaks and fissures. Case in point, the 123-year-old Mullaperiyar

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