GN Bureau | April 18, 2015
Here are five special stories you must read this weekend:
Debate about net neutrality is trending across the internet. At present, we are enjoying the internet as free and as full as possible. However, the telecom regulatory in India is recommending that it should change and that users will have to shell out more. Mobile operators are recommending the regulation of certain apps and services like Whatsapp, YouTube, Skype, etc. This means that if it happens, we will be charged separately for using them even if we have paid for the internet data packs. READ: Everything you want to know about net neutrality
“Good days have definitely come for the rich,” says writer Arundhati Roy in an exclusive interview with Governance Now on the sidelines of the 10th annual Cinema of Resistance film festival. READ: Full interview here
Meet the DU law student Shreya Singhal, one of the petitioners whose PIL led to the scrapping of Section 66A of IT Act by SC.
READ: Fighting for freedom of speech
Rahul Gandhi’s disappearance and reappearance have led to much discussion and debate. That is surprising, because he is a leader far outshined by his mother, in a party far outshined by Modi’s strident BJP. In other words, the leader No 2 of the party No 2 does not carry as much weight as it seems to a large section of Congress workers. Will Rahul’s presence make as much news as his absence did?
READ: Beyond the return of the prodigal
In a changing, maturing India, where stability and progress trump other considerations, zero tolerance for communal drum-beating is all the more important.
READ: ISIS and lessons in multiculturalism
The cabinet has cleared the formation of ‘National Asset Reconstruction Company Limited’ (NARCL) which will acquire “stressed assets” of about Rs. 2 Lakh crore in phases within RBI regulations in order to address the problem of humongous amounts of bad loans in public sector banks.
When consumer rights and RTI activist Mohammad Afzal was shifting to a new residence in a different area, he required changes in various documents. He decided to take the help of the Citizens Charter along with other friends who also required similar work with authorities. The Citizens Chart
Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal has underlined the importance of cross-border connectivity among India and developing nations of South-East Asia. Addressing the ASEAN summit on Future of India-ASEAN Connectivity Partnerships virt
The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has organised a virtual advance level training programme on Public-Private Partnership. Additional Secretary DEA, K Rajaraman, Joint Secretary, DEA, Baldeo Purushartha
Modernisation of the Agriculture sector will continue by infusing new technologies so that farmers can increase their income, states Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The Ministry of Agriculture and farmer welfare has signed MOUs for pilot projects with Cisco, Ninjacar
The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the need to create an enabling ecosystem for R&D for India to become a developed nation. He urged educational institutions to have an incr