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GN Bureau | May 27, 2016
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: "Our development spending has gone up by more than 50%"
Imagine a scenario where a doctor knows all about the patient’s health even before being bombarded with a litany of health woes. In the not too distant future, this is going to happen in India when an electronic health record will be maintained for every Indian. The government is planning to make a digital repository of medical history of everyone as it wants to ensure an ‘accessible, affordable and high quality’ healthcare. The initiative is in line with the global shift towards electronic health system – wherein each hospital department is computerised and networked and has a central database of patient records
READ: Coming soon: electronic health record of every citizen
The National Food Security Act (NFSA) hopes to address this lacuna. It assures food security for nearly two-thirds of India’s over 120-crore people. But the way it is implemented leaves much to be desired. For example, authorities are yet to ensure that all the poor are identified and then food grain is disbursed to them.
READ: Listen to the rumble in poor’s stomach
The Shayara Bano case has placed the Muslim personal law under the judicial scanner yet again. The supreme court is set to examine triple talaq, polygamy and other discriminatory practices against women on the touchstone of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution.
Though there have been petitions in the past pointing to the need for reform, Shayara’s petition has upped the ante by questioning the discriminatory practices as onslaught on her constitutionally-guaranteed rights which the court was bound to protect. With the revolt from within against the Shariyat-based system, it might not be easy for orthodox groups to cut short the debate by justifying personal law pointing to the rights of minorities or freedom of religion.
READ: Fundamental rights vs fundamentalism
Pushpa Rawat comes across as a girl next door until you get to know her and her work better. Rawat makes documentary films, but not just any. It is the unusual style of her films that makes this 28-year-old woman from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, stand out. Her journey so far, however, has not been a cakewalk.
READ: Documenting her way to filmmaking
Malavika Sarrukkai is a Bharatanatyam dancer from Tamil Nadu. She began learning the dance form at the age of seven and made her stage debut at the age of 12. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2002 and Padma Shri in 2003. Her work features in a government-commissioned documentary calle
Has Nitish played politics of opportunism?
Nitish Kumar resigned as chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday, just hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad ruled out his son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav putting in his papers following a case being registered by the CBI. The JD(U) and RJD alliance had been under considerable strain o
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), introduced in June 2015, aims at providing every family with “a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply” by the time the nation completes 75 years of its Independence in 2022. The Yoj
Continuing as a bureaucrat just got a lot tougher with the government weeding out the incompetent and taking action against 381 civil services officers, including 24 who were from the Indian Administrative Service. The Narendra Modi government’s action against civil s
The National Investigating Agency (NIA) has arrested Shabbir Shah, who was once called the Nelson Mandela of Kashmir for his advocacy of peace, for his alleged involvement in money laundering to support terrorism in Kashmir. Shah, whose J&K democratic freedom party is a part of the pro-