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Price rise: Rahul Gandhi pulls up Modi government

 Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took the Modi government to task for price rise, particularly of food items like lentils. “Today in villages people are raising a slogan: Arhar Modi,” he said at the end

TRAI seeks opinion on having ombudsman for telecom sector

 “Should a separate, independent and appropriately empowered structure to resolve telecom sector complaints and grievance be established?” asked Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its latest consultation paper floated

Writer, activist Mahasweta Devi passes away

Renowned writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away on Thursday in Kolkata. She had been admitted at a city hospital two months ago due to illnesses related to old age. But her condition worsened due to blood infection and kidney and lu

All you need to know about GST bill

 In an attempt to allow for a smooth passage of the Goods and Services Tax (Constitutional Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the cabinet has approved to drop the 1 percent additional tax and also to guarantee states compensation for any rev

World Hepatitis Day: Only one in 100 patients gets treatment

 Only one in 20 people with viral hepatitis are aware that they are suffering from the disease. One in 100 suffering people are being treated. On World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries across the globe to

Two Indians among Magsaysay award winners

Wilson was selected for "asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity", it was announced on Wednesday. “

A year without Kalam sir

It has been a year without the Missile Man of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The former president passed away on July 27, 2015 after he suffered a massive cardiac attack while delivering a lecture at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong.

Amendments to child labour bill come in for criticism

The Lok Sabha passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 but also received heavy criticism from a member of BJP, the majority party in the house. The bill prohibits employment of children below 14 years in any occupa

Health may become a fundamental right

Health, like education, job and information, will become a matter of right soon. A draft policy advocates a National Health Rights Act which will make “denial of health” an offence. It also proposes making health a fundamental right an

UJALA scheme: Consumers alerted about fake websites

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has alerted consumers of fraudulent websites selling 9W LED bulbs under the name of Unnat Jyoti (UJALA) scheme of the government. The government has made it clear that the websites were not associated with

Cowering Chennai fears flood fury

It’s been seven months since swirling flood waters ravaged Chennai, and the painful 2015 memory is still afresh for Robertson. “It was the most horrific experience of my life. We are scared and hope that there is no repeat of such floo

Stories you must read over the weekend

25 years of economic reforms You can see them around you all the time. They cut across geography, gender, caste, class, community and religion. Almost all of them have tell-tale signs – they are young, general

“India is now wide awake. We shall prevail. We shall overcome.”

THE DIAGNOSIS ‘At the edge of precipice’ 2. The new Government, which assumed office barely a month ago, inherited an economy in deep crisis. The balance of payments situation i

AAI mulling to revive Greenfield airport project

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) could hold talks with the Tamil Nadu government in an attempt to revive the plan for implementing the Sriperumbudur Greenfield airport in Chennai. The airport would spread over 4,800 acres and is estimated to

Exposure to tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diet cause non communicable diseases

The four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancers – are caused primarily by exposure to tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and too little e

Seven more states and Delhi join UDAY

The Modi government’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana, or UDAY, has now got 20 states and the national capital to be its part, as seven more states and Delhi agreed to join the scheme. The scheme, launched in 2015, aims to impro

Cabinet approves ‘The Transgender Persons Bill 2016’

A year after Rajya Sabha, in a rather unprecedented move, had passed a private member’s bill on the rights of transgender persons, the government has finally cleared a bill to protect their rights and also empower the marginalised community.

Economic reforms: A bibliography

As the country completes 25 years of economic reforms, we recommend following books that give a glimpse of India’s journey after the historic economic reforms in 1991.  PERSONALITIES

Restaurant sector is third largest industry among India’s service sectors

 The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) organised an event on Wednesday to launch the ‘NRAI India Food Services Report 2016’ (NRAI IFSR 2016). The chief guest was Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog. Commissioned by the N

Rajya Sabha passes amendments to child labour bill

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 that aims to prohibit employment of children below 14 years in any occupations and of adolescents (between 14-18 years) in certain hazardous occupations.

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