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A bill that may help Uttarakhand restore its forest

The forest fire which has been raging in Uttarakhand for the past few days has caused widespread destruction and has left environmentalists worried. The fire has undoubtedly caused extensive damage and the impact on wildlife is still being gauged. In such a situation, a bill in parliament can provide some succour. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015 will establish fund

‘India on negative trajectory in terms of religious freedom’

There are many people who believe that after Anupam Kher’s spirited defence of the prime minister at a debate in Kolkata, it is proven that there has been no intolerance in India. But the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) decided to go by facts and has come up with the conclusion that the situation is quite worrisome here. “India is on a negative trajectory

This is how automobiles have affected India’s environment

In 15-years, automobile production in India increased by 339.5 %. The total production in 2001-02 was 53,16,302, this increased to 2,33,66,246 in 2014-15, recording an absolute growth of 1,80,49,944 vehicles, according to data.gov.in. See complete data A

NHRC takes note of alleged ill treatment in political rallies

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken cognisance of a complaint alleging that several people were forced and threatened to sit for political rallies in open fields under the scorching sun, for four to five hours without drinking water and other basic facilities. This not only led to people fainting and loss of lives, but also amounted to violation of basic and fundamental human

Adarsh order victory of urban poor: NAPM

NAPM welcomed the Bombay high court’s order to demolish Adarsh society building in Mumbai and said that the “order is a vindication of our position against scandalous housing policies and projects whether it is Adarsh or Hiranandani and the victory

You need Rs 5 more than we do, NREGA workers tell Modi

Hundreds of workers in Manika block of Jharkhand’s Latehar district have sent Rs 5 to prime minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday. They were protesting against the measly increase of NREGA wages in Jharkhand this year – from Rs 162 per day to Rs 167 per day.   NREGA wages in Jharkhand were raised by just Rs 4 last year (from Rs 158 to 162), and another Rs 5 th

In conversation with IAS officer and artist Kiran Soni Gupta

A 1985 batch IAS officer, Kiran Soni Gupta is also an artist, writer and photographer. Selected by Harvard University for the prestigious Mason fellowship to study public policy, governance and public administration at the Kennedy School of Government, she was also awarded a scholarship for a masters in public policy at the Maxwell School Syracuse. Winner of many national awards, she has be

Allahabad high court judges to work during summer vacation

As many as 68 of the 79 sitting judges of the high court here as well as those at the Lucknow bench have given their consent to a proposal by chief justice DY Chandrachud to utilise the summer vacation to clear long-pending cases, with priority being given to criminal appeals in which the accused have been in jail for decades, said a media report.   The move comes

Andhra Pradesh first state to become Open Defecation Free in urban areas

Andhra Pradesh is set to become the first state in the country to make all of its urban areas ‘Open Defecation Free’ by October 2 this year, marking the two years of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission by prime minister Narendra Modi. Rajiv Gauba, secretary (urban development) reviewed the progress of Swachh Bharat Mission in all the 110 municipalities of Andhra Prade

Traffic snarls in Delhi as taxi drivers protest ban

Protesting supreme court’s order to ban diesel taxis in Delhi, cab drivers on Monday blocked several roads in the national capital. Major traffic jam was reported near Rajokri area and Dhaula Kuan to Gurgaon route. The court on May 30 had refused to give more time to taxi operators to switch to CNG, a cleaner fuel, and banned the diesel-operated taxis to ply in Delhi-NCR region

Tamil Nadu Polls: All eyes on Amma

Tamil Nadu is witnessing a fierce battle between the AIADMK and the DMK as the state goes to polls on May 16. The BJP, however, it seems, has miles to go for even registering its presence in the southern state. Governance Now spoke to a cross-section of people in Chennai; and it was clear that though the general sentiment favours J Jayalalithaa, yet her popularity has gone down b

Now on stands: Your drug may be spurious

Indu Gilra, a retired teacher in her seventies living in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad in the national capital region (NCR), would often pop a tablet of Combiflam at the slightest hint of body ache. Since it’s an over-the-counter medicine, she could purchase it anywhere and it had always worked. One day, however, the pain refused to subside hours after taking the pill. Worried, she doubled her d

Demolish Adarsh society building, orders Bombay high court

 The Bombay high court on Friday directed the Centre and the ministry of environment and forests to demolish the scam-ridden Adarsh Housing Society in south Mumbai. The court also ordered an inquiry against politicians, ministers and officers who were involved in the scam. The court directed the state government to initiate criminal prosecution against officers involved in the sc

BJP forges alliance with lesser known parties

National leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party are starting their campaign in Tamil Nadu Saturday onwards forging alliance with eight fringe parties, led with not so well-known candidates, for the upcoming assembly polls. There are murmurs among party members over these fringe parties having no following and how the BJP would attract voters. BJP senior leader and p

All you wanted to know about insolvency and bankruptcy code

Before making an investment, an investor has to consider not only the best-case scenario but also the worst-case scenario – unless a unit is allowed to close down properly if the business goes wrong, investment can become all the more risky. In that regard, the government has proposed an Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and a bill to support it was introduced in the Lok Sab

How India’s own GPS will improve our lives

From finding directions to checking traffic and locating nearby cool hangout places, we cannot imagine our lives without the old and faithful buddy GPS. But so far we had to depend on the US’s global positioning system (GPS) for such a ubiquitous application. Now, the Indian Space and Research Organisation’s (ISRO) determination to provide us an alternative has finally come true. Wi

Stories you must read over the weekend

“My Lords, yours is a strange world indeed. Your year comprises of five months, your week comprises of five days and your day comprises of five hours.” It was 1866 when Lord Chelmsford, the viceroy and the governor general of India said those words while inaugurating the Allahabad high court. Now, the foremost judicial institution of Uttar Pradesh compl

Judiciary summer breaks: The jury is out

“My Lords, yours is a strange world indeed. Your year comprises of five months, your week comprises of five days and your day comprises of five hours.”  It was 1866 when Lord Chelmsford, the viceroy and the governor general of India said those words while inaugurating the Allahabad high court. Now, the foremost judicial institution of Uttar Pradesh comp

Artificial intelligence is the future, says Google CEO

 AI is an intelligent technology that makes computer work smartly like an intelligent human, and Pichai says machine learning and AI will “allow you to use your voice to search for information, to translate the web from one language to another, to filter the spam from your inbox, to search for “hugs” in your photos and actually pull up pictures of people hugging ... to so

Now, a data bank of traffic violations across India

 An e-challan software would now be providing a comprehensive enforcement solution for state transport enforcement cells and traffic police. Developed by the national informatics centre (NIC) for the ministry of road transport and highways, the software would comprise of a mobile app cum web application.  The software would facilitate a convenient and efficient mecha

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