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National Rail Plan, 2030 unveiled

 The ministry of railways has come up with National Rail Plan, 2030 to provide long term perspective to plan for augmenting the railway network. In order to give a platform to concerned stakeholders to have their suggestions on mode

Disruptions in parliament amount to gagging majority: Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday emphasised on the need to avoid disruption of parliamentary proceedings. He said that while three Ds are essential in a parliamentary system of democracy i.e. Debate, Dissension and Decision, the fourth D i.e

So, who gets Jayalalithaa’s properties?

 Who will own the properties of Jayalithaa, who served five terms as chief minister of Tamil Nadu and died on December 5? That is a question which is being asked by the people in Chennai. In the affidavit submitted by Jayalalithaa i

Thinking beyond governance and compliance

The need of good corporate governance and compliances, and demonetisation were some of the main discussion points at the three-day annual convention of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) held in Ahmedabad during November 17-19. W

Jayalalithaa is dead; Panneerselvam sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM

O Panneerselvam kept a photograph of J Jayalalithaa, who died on Monday night, in his pocket when he took oath

NHRC issues notice to women and child development ministry

 The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognisance of the condition of crèches in the country and has issued a notice to the ministry of women and child development. The action was taken after a media report all

Tamil Nadu politics won’t be same without Jayalalithaa

J Jayalalithaa, who strode like a colossus over Tamil Nadu politics, died late on Monday in Chennai after a prolonged illness, plunging her supporters into grief. She was 68. An actor-turned-politician, the AIADMK leader, popularly

Emotions peak outside Apollo; Jayalalithaa still on life support

As the health conditions of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa started deteriorating on Monday evening, several news TV channels reported that the CM passed away. Even Jaya TV owned by AIADMK ran the report of her death. However, Apollo hosp

India procures 20% of GDP publicly: World Bank

South Asia has the highest share of public procurement in GDP, at 19.3%; followed by sub-Saharan Africa at 14.9%. “India procures 20% of GDP publicly, Pakistan 19.8%. East Asia has the lowest share, 9.3% of GDP, largely driven by China, wher

Weapons of blind destruction

A woman was woken by the army in the middle of the night after a 500-pound bomb was discovered a few hundred feet from her home in a leafy neighbourhood in London. This was in August 2015. The bomb was dropped on the neighbourhood – which ha

Pasighat deserves to be a smart city

Cities are considered the engines of growth. They not only provide wider employment opportunities but also absorb large migrant population, which has resulted into unplanned urbanisation. The present regime conceived the idea of dev

The really cashless economy

Villages are emptying out, but 67 percent of people still live in rural and semi-rural areas – where there are few banks, where getting to an ATM may take half a day, where many have not seen handheld devices for cashless transactions, where

Currency change: “Long-run gains depend on implementation”

Like many of us in India, Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard professor and former chief economist at IMF, backs the logic behind India’s demonetisation and balks at its implementation. Rogoff should be pleasantly surprised since the id

The word and the world: Post-truth, xenophobia and fascism

It was Oxford Dictionary that started the trend last month, declaring ‘post-truth’ as the word of the year. Then came dictionary.com, giving that status to ‘xenophobia&rsqu

Bhopal gas tragedy: 32 years later, victims yet to get justice

Thirty two-years back on this day, when Bhopal slept, a poisonous gas leaked from the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) factory which was built in 1969 to produce a pesticide called Sevin. This gas was deadly methyl isocyanate which affected more

We had lawyers and media coverage, adivasis have nothing: Nandini Sundar

 Sociologists usually don’t make news, but Nandini Sundar has received a fair amount of media coverage in recent weeks for two reasons: just as her book, ‘The Burning Forest - India’s War in Bastar’ (Juggernaut), has r

The great Indian flip-flop trick

Chances are you have already chosen which side of the fence you are on when it comes to the demonetisation debate. Demonetising 86% of the currency is an unprecedented step and India is flying by the seat of its pants in these tumultuous times. To

Reliance Jio free offer extended, competitor cries foul

 Reliance Communications Ltd chief Mukesh Ambani on Thursday said that every new Jio user will get Jio’s Data, Voice, Video and the full bouquet of Jio applications absolutely free till March 31, 2017. He called it the Jio hap

Delhi BJP unit could be revamped: Manoj Tiwari

 Actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari intends to end the infighting within Delhi`s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) factions and strengthen the party unit ahead of the municipal elections in 2017. In a quick interview to Governance Now, Tiwari hi

What does Manoj Tiwari’s appointment as BJP state president mean for Delhi?

Ahead of the 2017 Delhi municipal elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party played the most crucial regional card by appointing actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari as the state president. The BJP’s move to appoint Tiwari comes as a bid to win b

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