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Fresh strictures on 'Vyapam'
The fresh strictures against the MP government speak of its deep involvement in the entire sandal which needs to be probed in a fair manner
Fresh strictures passed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) against the Madhya Pradesh government speak of the deep involvement of the politicians in the Vyapam scandal that rocked the state last year. The opposition demand seeking resignation of the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan does not appear to be unjustified on moral grounds for his and his ministerial colleagues involvement in the scandal that has disrupted the selections of candidates for admission in professional courses in the state. The CAG report also ratifies the reports in which scandal has been unearthed on the directions of the Supreme Court last year. As such, nobody in the government in MP has been able to come out clean on this issue so far as selection of the students for admission colleges is concerned....
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Reclaiming India from under shadows of Hindutva
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
Hindutva's juggernaut is moving unchecked. It isn't just rolling on with an army of lumpen elements bashing up or hooting down any adversary on streets and public events. Its ideology now finds a currency in the country's mainstream. The smooth take-over of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is clear manifestation. It isn't like 2014, when one could safely presume that an important pillar of the Modi wave that brought him to power was firmly grounded in the disenchantment of the public with other political parties as well as the anti-incumbency factor and yet another pillar stemmed from the propaganda that so cleverly spun the yarn of development, vikas, sabka saath and acche din. The BJP fought its UP assembly election battle, punctuating the development narrative with st...
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Census operations in Pak
The present government must conduct a census despite the resistance from various groups for real data on population
Pakistan government's decision to conduct country-wide census after much delay, is a welcome step that would allow the present rulers to formulate realistic policies to address the challenges it faces. It is an accepted principle that data handling and its use for the purpose of economic development of the people is necessary all over the world. In the absence of statistics about the population of the country, it is considered extremely difficult to formulate plans for development and economic well being of the people. It is also accepted norm that data are critical as key federal decisions such as resource allocation for provinces and delimitation of electoral constituencies are taken based on demographic numbers. Due to opposition from various quarters, the census operation in Pakistan ...
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Vodafone-Idea merger deal
Both the telecommunication companies stand to gain from the merger and reap benefits in digital sector in days to come
Global telecommunication giant Vodafone Group's decision for merger with its India unit of Aditya Birla Group-controlled Idea Cellular is a typical case of two companies recognising truth in the dictum that 'the whole is greater than the sum of its parts'. Joining of hands by both the companies appears to be guided by their need to reap rich harvest of the revenues in the emerging market of the country, which is trying to pursue its objective of 'digital India'. Of the two mobile operators, Idea functioned in its early years as a three-way joint venture involving the Tata Group, US telecommunications behemoth AT&T, and the Aditya Birla Group. The proposed deal represents a welcome chance to resurrect its flagging fortunes which have been hit hard due to various reasons in the Indian marke...
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Last efforts on GST Bills
After the agreement on all GST bills, the rate structure and fitment process needs to be addressed for all states of the country
The implementation of the unilateral Goods and Services Tax (GST) across India appears to be inching closer with all hurdles being cleared by the central government in coordination with the states besides clearing hurdles for passage of Bills in the Parliament. The activity on this front has been serious and fast moving in an attempt to ensure implementation of this regime in next few months. At its twelfth meeting last Friday, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council cleared all the requisite State and Central-level legislative measures to implement the indirect tax regime. The State and Union Territories' GST bills were approved along with necessary corrections to the three other GST Bills the Council had cleared previously - for Central GST, Integrated GST and compensation to States th...
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Affordable health care
A quality health care with affordable prices for all citizens of the country requires more human resources and cost control
The National Health Policy 2017, announced by the NDA government last week after a nudge from the Supreme Court last year, faces the challenge of ensuring affordable, quality medical care to every citizen in the country. The policy decision which has been guided by the directions from the Supreme Court is not keeping with the resources that are available with the central government at present. This is mainly for the reason that the funds allocation for this key sector are minimal and do not suffice the requirements of the people. The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) formulated a few years back for providing medical and health care for the citizens at their door steps has also suffered due to paucity of funds from the central government. The states which have a higher doctor-patient ra...
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Polls and AFSPA
Irom Sharmila's blunder by entering into electoral fray does not de-legitimise her struggle or human rights agenda
Iron lady Irom Sharmila's crushing and humiliating defeat as she took on Manipur chief minister on his turf and got only 90 votes puts a seal on her career as a politician. She made a great blunder by consolidating the goodwill she has earned and investing it in an electoral battle. However, it in no ways dilutes her symbolism as a campaigner of human rights. For her tireless struggles and her remarkable hunger strike which she called off after 12 years, she continues to inspire respect and awe in and outside Manipur. It was naïve of her to believe that this respect would translate into votes. Electoral politics is an entirely different game. Success in electoral politics is primarily determined not just by clean images and contribution to one particular issue held dear by the local const...
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Gloves are off
Yogi Adityanath's candidature for UP CM signals a more aggressive phase of Hindutva politics
The RSS backed BJP government has done one great service to the country by anointing Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh. Three years after Narendra Modi took over as prime minister chanting slogans of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas', the pretence of inclusive growth and development has finally been shed. At least, those fooled by the talk about development and fighting corruption can open their eyes, though only if they wish to. The gloves are off, baring the aggressive politics of exclusion, as development takes a back seat and RSS gets into full steering control. No mistakes should be made about the plank on which BJP fought the elections in Uttar Pradesh. The development agenda was already subdued by the Ram temple, Love Jehad and Kabristan politics. T...
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