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Anti Romeo Squads

What is the one greatest concern that India has been battling for a while now? If you just said corruption, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, sit back and think again. Remember Nirbhaya? Remember the hundreds of thousands of rapes, murders, domestic violence cases, kidnappings, and other crimes reported against women ever since? India is one of the most populated countries of the world with over 1.3 billion people calling this country their home. Women make up about [...]

India's Job Crisis Getting Worse

A reforms-oriented government, a plethora of social security ‘yojanas’, predicted economic growth of between 7.5 and 8 percent (at a time when global growth is hovering around the 3 percent mark), numerous black money and tax evasion measures, and above all, no new reports of corruption, or scams. Everything seems to be well with India, doesn’t it? Look again. One of the key indicators of prosperity and socio-economic well-being in a country is its unemployment [...]

Cabinet Scraps NSEBC

The Dalits and Other Backward Classes (OBC) of Uttar Pradesh played an important role in the recently concluded state assembly elections. The Jat agitation of Haryana is causing quite a stir and the Patel agitation in BJP-led Gujarat is far from being over. The NDA government has given its assent to a proposal that will lend constitutional backing to a new commission that will look into OBC issues and concerns. The National Commission for Backward [...]

Phillauri Review

Phillauri Movie Review Cast – Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada Directed by – Anshai Lal Produced by – Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma, Parasmaan Written by – Anvita Dutt Screenplay by – Anvita Dutt Background Score by – Sameer Uddin Production house – Fox Star Studios, Clean Slate Films Duration – 2 hours 18 minutes Genre – RomCom, Drama Censor Rating – U/A Phillauri, Anushka Sharma’s Rs 21 crore home production, is a [...]

Finance Bill 2017

The Finance Bill, 2017, was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The bill is not a new piece of legislation but a bunch of 40 amendments to existing laws. A number of issues such as current taxation laws, returns filing and IT raids, Aadhaar card linkage, cash transaction limits, mergers of public tribunals, etc. have been addressed by the bill. Major Amendments Here are some of the major amendments coming through with passage of the [...]

Lving status to Ganga, Yamuna

It has been about a week since New Zealand legislators passed a legislation that granted the Whanganui River the status of a “legal person”. The Whanganui, a river sacred to the native Maori tribe, was given “its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person”. The move, a first in the world, was hailed by environmentalists and people from across the globe. Ganga and Yamuna: Living Entities Not [...]

Next President of India in 2017

The state assembly elections of UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab, and Goa are over and there is some time before election fever grips the states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. There is one more major election coming up this summer that will keep the people of India excited. President Pranab Mukherjee is the 13th President of India. He was elected on July 22, 2012, and was sworn in three days later (July 25, 2012). President Mukherjee’s [...]

Trapped Movie Review

Trapped (2017) premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival in October 2016. Here the film, a survival thriller, received a standing ovation. It is Vikramaditya Motwane’s third directorial venture after Udaan and Lootera. Cast – Rajkummar Rao Yadav, Geetanjali Thapa Directed by – Vikramaditya Motwane Produced by – Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap Written by – Amit Joshi, Hardik Mehta Music by – Alokananda Dasgupta Duration – 1 hour 45 minutes Genre – Thriller, Drama [...]

The EVM Controversy

The latest round of state legislative assembly polls in India – held across the five states of Manipur, Uttar Pradesh (UP), Uttarakhand, Goa, and Punjab – have raked up a new debate about the validity of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the electoral process. In UP, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA recorded a landslide victory bagging 325 of the 403 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which once controlled the majority in the state [...]

Ayodhya to Raise Ram Mandir

A landslide victory — winning over 325 of the 403 seats in the Uttar Pradesh state legislative assembly — may not be the end of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) worries in the state. The first question that the people of UP have for the party that rules both centre and state is: “Who will be the CM of UP?” This may be an easy one. Rajnath Singh, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Yogi Adityanath, Srikanth Sharma, Dinesh [...]