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Our MPs, without own views, are mere numbers

According to a recent news report published by a prominent national daily, some newly elected MLAs in West Bengal were being required by their leaders to sign an oath of allegiance to their political party. Whether this measure has been authorised

Thailand to host 10th Eco-products International Fair 2016

To create awareness and address the challenges of achieving sustainable growth in its member countries across the Asia-Pacific region, the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) in collaboration with the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), Ministr

India now classified as ‘lower-middle income’ country

For years, countries have been universally distinguished on economic nomenclatures of `developed` and `developing`. This classification was done on the basis of their prosperity and standard of living.  But in the recently published

Draft bill calls for a law to deal with human trafficking

In an attempt to ensure that a trafficked victim does not face legal hassles once rescued, the ministry of women and child development (WCD) has released a draft ‘Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016&

In conversation with singer Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher’s soulful voice and his folk and sufi style of music has mesmerised people across the world. He is known to incorporate folk language and classical lyrics in most of his songs. He sings in several languages and has released

Ganga jal can be ordered online soon

Soon, Indias citizens will be able to order “pure” Ganga water [Ganga jal] through an e-commerce platform, said communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.    “There is a huge demand for Ga

India loses 1.6% GDP to nicotine addiction

Health ministry is in favour of imposing deterrent taxes on tobacco industry to end the growing nicotine addiction among Indians. Stating this, director general of health Dr Jagdish Prasad, said India loses 1.6 percent of its gross domestic

The return of the cloaked Amma

Jayalalithaa, 68, has come back to power for the second consecutive term, a singular achievement in Tamil Nadu which is otherwise known to alternate its rulers. The victory is significant, yet the road ahead may be difficult for her.

Stories you must read over the weekend

NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra talks about steps taken by the highway authority to speed up highway construction projects, improve maintenance of highways and make them safer and more user friendly. READ:

All you need to know about the Nirbhaya Fund

The Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the government in its 2013 union budget with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore. According to then finance minister, P. Chidambaram, this fund was expected to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working toward

In conversation with Musician Salil Bhatt

Salil Bhatt is an Indian classical musician born in a family that has a 500-year-old legacy in music. He represents the tenth generation of famous Bhatt lineage and is the son of renowned Mohan Veena player, Grammy awardee Pandit Vishwa Mohan

Thirsty world stares at limp economy

India along with the rest of the world is facing an acute water scarcity, a crisis that is deepening with each passing year and now posing a threat to the world economy. A World Bank report, ‘High and dry: Climate change, wate

One-time opportunity to declare undisclosed income

 The government has announced ‘income declaration scheme’, scheduled to open from June 1 this year, for all those who have not declared income correctly in earlier years, asking them to come forward and declare their undisclosed i

How consumer friendly our states are

Democracy is defined as “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. Our well established system of elections satisfies to a great extent the definition “of and by the people”. Further, both central and sta

High decibel celebration over two years of NaMo government

 The electoral victory in Assam has come just in time for the Narendra Modi government to celebrate its second anniversary with aplomb. “We used to dream of this [forming government in the north east],” said Amit Shah, p

Listen to the rumble in poor’s stomach

The stench is unbearable in the dingy lanes of Sanjay Colony of Okhla, south Delhi, where sunlight barely seeps in. An overflooded drain running along the lanes adds to the distressing picture. The place is just like any other slum colony and is h

In search of affordable medicines for the poor

A high-level panel hosted by India as part of the BRICS group of countries discussed the issues of trade deals that inhibit access to medicines and also limit policy space for governments to legislate in public interest.  Mini

Lucknow, Ranchi among 13 winners of smart city competition

Urban development ministry has announced the list of 13 cities which have been chosen to be developed under the government’s Smart

Jayalalithaa shuts 500 liquor shops

 J Jayalalithaa began her second term as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Monday by announcing closure of 500 Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) liquor shops.  The chief minister also ordered that liquor outlets

Light showers cool Delhi, but hot weather to be back

 Delhiites breathed a sigh of relief as light rainfall drenched the national capital region in the late afternoon on Monday. The mercury settled at 42 degrees Celsius in early afternoon.    “P

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