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Election Commission shows it has spine

The election commission has become increasingly assertive in the past few months, showing its mettle in times of electoral challenges.   Weeks after rooting from EVMs and just days after the poll panel declared votes

For her place in the republic

When Charu Wali Khanna had petitioned the supreme court for striking down Article 35A of the constitution, she had wanted restoration of her right as a native of Kashmir to live there. Little did she know that it would create a storm in political

Business houses donated Rs 956.77 crore to political parties in 4 years

Business houses loosened their purse strings while making donations to political parties, showed an analysis carried out by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).   Various sectors of business houses, between FY 2

PPP model in metro rail may not be a good idea

The PPP model has been made mandatory in metro rail projects, but it has not been successful in at least three cities – Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.  The cabinet chaired by prime mi

India must have a cyber security framework: Deloitte

In absence of proper regulatory and supervisory capabilities, some regulators in Asia-Pacific region believe the next financial crisis might be triggered by a cyber attack, said a new report on cyber security. According to Deloitte`s &ls

Industrial performance has weakened: RBI panel

There is a need for speedier clearance of projects by states, RBI’s monetary policy committee said and added that there is an urgent need to reinvigorate private investment, remove infrastructure bottlenecks and provide a major thrust to t

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 the last Mann ki Baat of 2016.  

India and China will live side by side: Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said that neither India nor China has the ability to defeat each other.    The 14th Dalai Lama was giving the inaugural lecture at the launch of a course on ‘Secular

A remembrance of things past

As India celebrates 70 years of freedom, Governance Now looks back and picks 70 words – or phrases, buzzwords, slogans, events – that best define this ancient nation and young democracy. Here, you will find much to be proud of

Farm loan waivers to lead to deflationary shock: Economic Survey

Farm loan waivers could reduce aggregate demand by as much as 0.7 percent of GDP, imparting a significant deflationary shock to an economy yet to gain full momentum, said the Economic Survey 2016-17 Volume 2.   The s

Gorakhpur deaths: NHRC notice to UP government

 The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government following the death of several children in the BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur. The commission has called for a detailed report along with the ste

Indian music is based on the shastras: Pandit Jasraj

Born in a small village near Hisar in Haryana, Pandit Jasraj comes from a family of musicians of over four generations. Jasraj was initiated to music by his revered father, Pandit Motiram. Soon after his death, Jasraj went through intensive tu

Fee concession and interest-free loans for Maratha students: Fadnavis

The Maratha community held its 58th silent rally in Mumbai on Wednesday that was supported by lakhs of people from Maharashtra. Starting from Byculla Zoo in south Mumbai, the saffron Maratha Kranti Morcha passed through JJ Flyover and ended at A

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 overpowering. We seem to be putting the handkerchief

Digital India – paperless & cashless Indian economy

With the launch of the Digital India programme in 2015, the government of India has set forth its vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society. The government aims to empower every Indian denizen and enable businesses to transact

When cross voting gave jitters to party managers

The uncertainty of cross voting keeps party leaders on their toes ahead of crucial elections. Cross voting took place in the presidential and vice presidential election as well as the Rajya S

No record to back PM statement on savings due to Aadhaar: Activists

Prime minister Narendra Modi said in parliament in February that the government has saved Rs 14,000 crore by eliminating 3.95 crore bogus ration cards using technology and Aadhaar in last two and half years. But, an RTI activist said the departmen

Article 35A explained

Article 35 A gives the Jammu and Kashmir legislature special power to frame laws to give privileges and rights to the residents of the state.   Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah is upset with wh

Delay in compensation wrongly calculated under NREGA: Researchers

A new research on the implementation of national rural employment guarantee law (NREGA) disputes the way central government measures and offers the delay in compensation to workers. A group of three independent researchers claim that the figures i

Government considering lateral entry in civil services

The government is considering the Niti Aayog recommendation for inducting specialists in the civil services through lateral entry, the Rajya Sabha was informed. Union minister Jitendra Singh said that the government is always commit



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