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An elastic plastic ban

For a ban that arrived with a bang, it seems to be fading away even before it could take effect. The Maharashtra government has backtracted to allow groceries and general stores to continue to use plastic for packaging after shopkeepers associatio

NHRC notice over Maharashtra farmer suicides

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the Maharashtra government informing the state assembly that 639 farmers had committed suicide in the state between March and May, 2018 due to crop fa

A badh tapasya for reason

Burari, a locality in north Delhi, has become synonymous with the bizarre after 11 members of a family living there committed ritual suicide. Investigators cite notes written by one member, 45-year-old Lalit Bhatia, to show that he led them into a

25 Years of Panchayati Raj: Mapping the road ahead

The Panchayati Raj institution (PRI) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its inception this year. The institution was formalized through the 73rd amendment to the constitution in 1992 with the purpose of decentralising governance to the local l

What’s wrong with Mumbai?

It seems the financial capital of India, Mumbai, is need of a major help. The city has been witnessing one mishap after another since 2017. Nearly 1,700 rain-related incidents have been reported since June 1 this year, according to data obtained f

Does India have an effective family planning strategy?

 “If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity - and will leave a ravaged world.” – Nobel Laureate D. Henry W Kendall. Eve

Indian Railways to accept Aadhaar, driving licence kept in DigiLocker as ID proof

Indian Railways has decided to accept the Aadhaar cards and driving licence kept in DigitLockers as ID proof from passengers. The decision implies that people will not have to carry original identity cards if they are having an acc

People’s rivers

Like other people-related disputes, inter-state river disputes in India are congenital. People live in peace for ages till the hegemonic state etches a border through them, dividing them up and dividing up resources such as water. Every riparian s

Going primary with healthcare

The Ayushman Bharat health protection scheme, which aims to help the poor with an annual health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per family, has taken up a lot of media space, relegating health and wellness centres (HWCs) to the background. The chief

AAP vs LG: SC gives more power to Arvind Kejriwal

Ending the tussle between Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, the supreme court on Wednesday ruled that the LG cannot act independently and must seek the advise of the council of ministers. The SC said that the matters of

Parking problems

Man’s association with animals is legendary. So while activists flay development work and infrastructure projects undertaken by the Maharashtra government in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Mumbai, surely there is some aged leopa

Red Corridor is shrinking

As he completed the first year of his second term on May 24, 2010, the then prime minister Manmohan Singh made a statement in a press conference that became a reference point for all future discourse on left-wing extremism (LWE) or Maoism/Naxalism

5 lynched in Dhule, 4 injured in Malegaon over social media rumours

While the Maharashtra police has detained 23 people in connection with the lynching incident in Dhule, in a fresh case in Malegaon, at least four men were beaten unconscious on suspicion of being child lifters, according to News18. The police mana

Ghatkopar plane crash: Tall buildings near airports fatal

As the preliminary inquiry report into the chartered plane crash in Ghatkopar on June 28 is still awaited, a lawyer and aviation safety activist says that airspace around every airport in India has been ruined in the last 10 years. Yeshwanth Sheno

Dry and thirsty

India is facing its ‘worst’ water crisis in history, according to the government’s think-tank NITI Aayog’s Composition Water Management Index (CWMI) report. Moreover, by 2030, the country’s water demand is projected t

The ivory tower and the winds outside

The recent DoPT advertisement inviting applications for 10 posts of joint secretaries has generated a disproportionate amount of controversy. The government has justified the lateral induction of experts at such a senior level as an attempt to r

If you’re a woman living in India, be scared, very scared...

India has been ranked as the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues.&

How is Mumbai coping with the plastic ban

When the Maharashtra government imposed a state-wide ban on the use of plastic on June 23, Avadesh Kushwaha, a vegetable and fruit vendor in Vile Parle, had a mixed feeling about it. Though he was happy with the move and knew it would benefit pe

More power to Elephanta

The Elephanta island, or Gharapuri, to use its original name, is the site of the Elephanta caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and receives more than 20 lakh tourists every year. However, the three villages on the island, home to about 1,200 pe

Crime tracking project: Bugged from the beginning

A stand-off between the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and software development firm Wipro seems to have long held up the Rs 2,000 crore crime and criminal tracking network and systems (CCTNS) project, conceptualised ten years ago. The project aim

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