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GN Bureau | June 24, 2016


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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.

Read Full interview
 

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
 

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