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Inside the country’s academic and non-academic corridors, debates have been going on for years to make sports part of the school curriculum. Last year, during the winter session of the parliament, the issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha when Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel told the House in a written reply that his ministry has sent a proposal to make sports a compulsory subject in schools. It was sent [...]

Delhi and Patna: Among Most Polluted Cities

On one hand we have the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Indian space agency that took the country into a world record last week, by launching a record 104 satellites in one go; and then we have cities like Delhi, India’s capital, along with Patna, Bihar’s capital, that have let India down by being recognised as among the most polluted cities in the world, as per the latest report published in the journal, ‘The [...]


Since 1947 Pakistan has been obsessed with getting Kashmir, the entire region, to be part of Pakistan and it is now time for India to offer it to them on a platter. This is the only way there will be peace and tranquility in Kashmir, and Pakistan will finally be able to achieve Islamic utopia that Jinnah so ambitiously envisioned. After all, Pakistan was meant to be a land of Islamic brotherhood and peace, where [...]


Firecrackers, dancing and singing on the streets, sweets being distributed across the city, strangers hugging each other. No, Chennai has not come up with an unprecedented Valentine’s Day celebration but the city, today, echoes the jubilant sentiments of Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court of India upheld the trial court’s verdict convicting CM aspirant Sasikala Natarajan in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case. Sasikala has been ordered by the Supreme Court to surrender immediately. It is likely [...]


Loyalty pays. It just takes around three decades to reach the pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow. That just about sums up Sasikala Natarajan’s journey thus far. So who is Sasikala Natarajan and why is she in the middle of a controversial storm in Tamil Nadu? Sasikala has been a personal confidante and assistant to late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for over 30 years. Post Jayalalithaa’s recent death, Sasikala is now [...]


Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 Punjab Assembly elections were held today for 117 seats in a single phase. The results is due to be announced on 11 March 2017. This elections is unique for being a three-way contest between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) – BJP Alliance; Indian National Congress (INC); and AAP. Major issues which will determine poll outcomes: High unemployment rate, drug abuse, rising crime, desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, water sharing dispute with [...]


“We propose to create an integrated public sector oil major which will be able to match the performance of international and domestic private sector oil and gas companies,” – Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India in budget speech (February 1, 2018) India plans to merge 13 oil companies to create oil giant and take on global rivals. In his budget speech, Finance Minister (FM) Arun Jaitley said that in 2017-18 India would “create an integrated public [...]


On February 1, 2017, shortly after the Union Budget speech ended in the parliament, the Finance Ministry shared a tweet with a pie chart that showed how the government spends the public funds. According to the estimates put forth by the ministry, for each Rupee of public fund (major income being income from the various taxes), 24 paise is given to the various states as their share of the taxes and duties. The next greatest [...]


  What comes as a piece of good news to the middle-class salaried employees, i.e. those earning within the bracket of Rs 2,50,000 – Rs 5,00,000 per annum, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reduced the rate of taxation from the exiting 10% to 5%. This would reduce the tax liability to zero (with rebate) or 50% of their existing liability for all persons earning below Rs 5 lakh. Citing the reason as giving relief to the [...]

2017 budget for agricultural sector

Highlights of the Budget for Agriculture Farmer income to double in five years Rs 10 lakh crore allocated for agricultural credit; J&K along with states in east and north-east to get special attention Cropped area coverage under Fasal Bima Yojana increased to 40% and 50% in FY 18-19 Rs 1,900 crore allocated to computerisation and integration of 63,000 Public Agriculture Societies (PACS) for loan distribution National Agricultural Market (e-NAM) to double – from the existing [...]