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BMC administrator Chahal empanelled to the rank of GoI secy

Decorated IAS officer and BMC commissioner-administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal has been empanelled to the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. Chahal has been credited with controlling of the Covid-19 pandemic in the city thro

Places of Worship Act: Time for a second look?

A videography survey in the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi this month, along with a similar survey in the mosque in Mathura permitted by a court, has brought the Places of Worship Act under focus after a gap of three decades. In 1991,

Mumbai civil body refutes allegations of scam in tenement scheme

The BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has rejected the Congress accusations of financial irregularities worth Rs 8,000 crore—9,000 croe in awarding contracts for getting project-affected people (PAP) tenements on private land.  &

Sedition law: Can it have a place in democracy?

Does the concept of sedition have a place in modern democracies? This question became more relevant when the apex court recently put the country`s colonial-era sedition law on abeyance stating that there is a “requirement to balance…

These tribal women may be illiterate but are successful entrepreneurs

Meet Promila Krishna, 39, Lalita Nayak, 40, Parbati Gadba, 42, Sanadei Dhuruwa, 39, and Nabita Barika, 41, of Kundra block in Odisha’s Koraput district. Except for Promila who is a matriculate, others haven’t attended school beyond the

Women in workforce: Despite policy support, why it is declining

Michelle Obama once said, “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” That should be so obvious, but it is not, and countries keep depr

In a first, Maharashtra village to promote ‘honey tourism’

At a time when climate change, preservation of nature and ecological balance and reducing fertilizers and chemicals in agriculture and food are drawing huge attention, a forest village in Maharashtra is taking strides to become a model ‘Madh

Only 22% increase in STP cost in two years, BMC clarifies

After reports of cost escalation of its sewerage treatment plants (STPs) by 42% over its estimated cost of Rs 16,412 Cr in 2020, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come out with project-by-project cost, clarifying that the cost has gone

Centre not releasing states` slice of Rs 26,000 crore GST: Arvind Sawant

Lok Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant has said that prime minister Narendra Modi is passing the buck and not fulfilling his responsibility of governance towards the states. After skyrocketing fuel prices and resulting infl

Supreme Court green-lights Mumbai’s Rs 26,000 crore sewerage plan

The Supreme Court has directed the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) to award the contracts for Mumbai’s sewerage treatment plants (STPs) to the eligible lowest bidder before May 31, 2022. The BMC has been trying to set

What’s the motive behind the US report that says religious freedom in India is diminishing?

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), in its 2022 Annual report, has recommended to the US State Department that India be designated a ‘Country of Particular Concern’ (CPC), i.e., the category of gov

Should taxpayers be given some kind of bravery award?

Vote For Pant: But, Don’t By Sorabh Pant Rupa Publications, 200 pages, Rs 295 Do not vote for comedian Sorabh Pant. He is irrelevant, insignificant and has no knowledge or insights

First ever Party Spokespersons 50 Rankings launched by exchange4media group

In a first-of-its-kind initiative launched by the exchange4media group 50 Party Spokespersons were ranked and hon

“Govt wants to champion LIC as long-term value creator for shareholders”

India’s biggest ever public issue of shares – and 11th largest in the world – by an insurer, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) will open on May 4 and close on May 9. It will be open for anchor investors on May 2. It is le

There should be rule of law, not law of rulers: Sanjay Hegde

Coming down heavily on Delhi’s Jahangirpuri demolition drive, senior Supreme Court advocate Sanjay Hegde has said that in recent years many bulldozers have been used at various places including at homes of people who left the BJP to join oth

‘Missing in Action’ Indian soldiers: What went wrong, what needs to be done

The 1971 war between India and Pakistan lasted for 13 days. India flagged victory and the eastern part of Pakistan was separated from it, becoming Bangladesh. In that war 93,000 soldiers of Pakistan surrendered.  Eight months after the war en

Sixth and last submarine, ‘Vagsheer’, set for April 20 launch

With the fifth Submarine ‘Vagir’ undergoing mandatory sea trails for completion before the delivery schedule, Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) will launch ‘Vagsheer’, the last boat of a series of six submarines, unde

Pilots under financial stress: Is it affecting flight safety?

The coronavirus fear seems almost over now, and many state governments have withdrawn most of the pandemic-related restrictions. Lives for almost all seem to be back on track, airlines are back to business in full strength, but the lives of Indian

‘India’s EV policy progressive; right fit product will bring shift’

As life came to standstill during the lockdown and everyone was confined within four walls of their homes, India’s gig economy ensured that basic supplies were not hampered. At that time, in Bengaluru, Yulu e Bikes were the only vehicles on

BMC forms squads for nullah desilting work

Preparing the infrastructure ahead of monsoons, Mumbai municipal commissioner IS Chahal has ordered formation of two squads in every ward for desilting and cleaning of nullahs in the city starting Thursday.    While work o

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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