We replug a few of stories that you should read this weekend
GN Bureau | June 24, 2016
After months of speculation and mixed opinion polls, the UK has finally voted to leave the European Union (EU). The UK has voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%, according to BBC. It is being termed as a ‘historic divorce’ as no state has so far left the EU before. It is said that UK and EU were like two reluctant spouses who had to part ways one day.
Read: UK was always a bit different from Europe
Will Kerala be liquor-free in 10 years? That was the promise made by the Congress-led UDF government in the state and which the Left opposition had reluctantly seconded all through the past five years and now since coming to power has been promising to revise. Alcoholics are unhappy, but their families are elated with the decision which the now ruling Left may not undo.
Read: Tipplers lick chapped lips as Kerala slowly goes dry
While drought has been gripping many states in India, social security measures for relief like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and National Food Security Act (NFSA) have apparently not been effective enough to help stall distress migration from drought-hit areas.
Read: A calamity bigger than drought
Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), is confident about the revival of the Left. Reddy, who has been a member of Lok Sabha twice, believes that reunification of the Left parties can help consolidate the communist movement. Talking to Governance Now, he discusses the problems and prospects of the Indian Left.
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Think e-commerce and the first thing that comes to mind is convenience, discounts, and of course a number of websites. But what escapes the mind is the crucial service that this kind of platform is providing to the nation. It serves as a social bridge connecting rural India with urban India. Like a thread, it ties the digital divide in the country.
Read: e-Bazaar comes to the village
The functioning of a national commission, be it NHRC, NCSC or NCST, depends on its head. Being the chief information commissioner (CIC), what is your vision for CIC? And what has been your experience so far? The chief information commissioner and ten informa
With the help of Right to Information (RTI), the common man not only has the right to know, but also the right to question those in power. This is the foundation of democracy,” said prime minister Narendra Modi at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Central Information Commission (CIC)
Do you think the fiscal year should be from January to December?
Historically, voter turnout for local elections has lagged behind state assembly elections and general elections. For example, a recent report by Janaagraha shows that Surat recorded 40 percent voter turnout in local polls, 30 percent less than state elections
A group of women were sensitized about their rights at a workshop held in the national capital on Saturday. They were informed about the anti-harassment laws and legal provisions to safeguard women inside and outside their workplace. The workshop – organ
The Narendra Modi- Arvind Kejriwal antagonism has always been about two different kinds of populism. While it may not play out in a municipal election, the fact remains that a Kejriwal chastened by Goa and Punjab faces a mid-term test in the municipal elections. For a politician harbouring intentions of