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new india by 2022

NITI Aayog has been at the forefront in the last few years transforming the development agenda of India. Modi’s vision of New India by 2022 is essentially one that foresees the country as a dynamic and spirited entity in the truest sense of the word and it is expected that NITI Aayog would reflect that change in a significant way. Apart from that, it is also highly essential that the different institutions headed by the [...]

new metro policy

The Metro has turned out to be one of the most efficient and effective public transport. In many cities where it is operational, the service has become quite popular attracting high ridership. Now, in a major expansion drive, the Central Government has approved a new metro rail policy. The policy, which was given a go ahead by the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi, is aimed at expanding as well as regulating the metro [...]

reservation system in india

Last week, I came across a marketing guru who said something simple yet very profound. “If Content is King, then Context is God”, said he. At about the same time I read an article about the now familiar lament – how brilliant students failed to make it through coveted colleges and gain a seat in their preferred courses because of the “reserved quota” seats that have been snapped up by far less (academically) accomplished students [...]

Artical-35A

Article 35A of the Constitution, which has been in force since 1954, relates to the rights and privileges of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a part of Article 370, which grants the state of Jammu and Kashmir special autonomous status. However, the existence of Article 35A may probably be under threat with an NGO challenging the article in the Supreme Court. Let us take a look at what Article 35A is all [...]

15th-august

On 15 August 2017 Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, addressed the country from the Red Fort, a historic structure which normally serves as the site of such addresses. This was Modi’s fourth such address and it lasted an hour. During his speech Modi spoke about a number of issues ranging from terrorism to GST (goods and services tax) and terrorism. He started his speech by saying that the country was celebrating Janmashtami and [...]

Vehicle-Insurance

Remember the popular TV advertisement when the cops stop a car and the owner buys insurance online almost without any documents or verification? Well, those days might be gone. Last week, on 10 August, 2017, a Supreme Court of India bench that hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed back in the 1980s by environmentalist, M C Mehta, issued a number of directives for the protection of the environment and for curbing pollution in India. [...]

plastic-bags

Over the past few years, the national capital has been in the news for a number of pollution-related woes. From being one of the most polluted cities in the world to crumbling under the weight of a redundant garbage disposal system, from declining air pollution reports to a highly toxic Yamuna – we’ve heard it all. Recent news reports, however, bring glad tidings of positive action being initiated in Delhi and NCR. Last week the [...]

Clean Ganga Mission

India has many rivers flowing across its length and breadth, and of all of them River Ganga is the most significant with economic, environmental and cultural value. The Ganges rises at the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas, and after traversing a course of more than 2,500 km through the plains of north and eastern India, merges with the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges accounts for 26 per cent of India’s landmass, 30 per cent of [...]

United Coffee House CP

While I was growing up, I heard stories about United Coffee House and, how once a month my parents, newly married and settling down in Delhi, went to watch a movie in Plaza, Odeon, Rivoli or Regal in Connaught Place and, post movie walk to either United Coffee House for Cona Coffee and Portuguese Fish or to Nirula’s for Fish Orly. I have a recall of going twice with my parents in late 70s and [...]

AICTE To Close Many Engineering Colleges

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the regulatory body for technical education intuitions in India, said that it will soon be closing down engineering colleges that have failed to fill in over 30 percent of their capacity for the past 5 years. The announcement was made by AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe of Friday, 11 August, 2017. “In the past few years, the ACRE has been actively working on reducing the quantity of engineering [...]