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Students Beware: Fake Universities in India

In a shocking revelation, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a list of 23 universities and 279 educational institutions that are not recognised by the UGC and continue to dupe students. The degrees issued by them are not recognised by the UGC or the Government of India, and thus have no credibility or value. In a belated move, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, MN Pandey informed members of Rajya Sabha that [...]

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 [...]

Yogi Adityanath : New CM of Uttar Pradesh

Today will complete the transition from Ajay Singh Bisht – the person, to Yogi Adityanath – the religious priest, to the political and administrative head of India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh (UP). Yogi Adityanath, 44, has been hand-picked to be appointed today as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and will be sworn-in at ceremony attended by the Prime Minister and other senior leaders of BJP. Senior BJP leader and State Party President Keshav [...]

Trivendra Singh Rawat : New CM of Uttarakhand

Trivendra Singh Rawat, 56, was sworn in today as the ninth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in a ceremony held in Dehradun. Attending the event was PM Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, among several other Union Ministers. Seven others were also sworn in today and included party heavyweight Satpal Maharaj, Prakash Pant and Yashpal Arya. Coming in wake of a sweeping victory, where the BJP wrested 57 out of 70 seats, the [...]

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 [...]

Setu Bharatam Programme

In March 2016, the Union Government had launched the Setu Bharatam programme with the aim of building Rail Over Bridges (ROBs), or Rail Under Bridges (RUBs) at railway crossings, to prevent frequent accidents and loss of lives at level crossings and ensure safe and seamless travel on National Highways. It was a prestigious as well as an ambitious project of the Union Government and while launching the programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had observed that [...]

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 [...]

Government Earn Through Toll on National Highways

  Highway construction and maintenance is an important component of the government’s overall plan to boost infrastructure spending and development. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been the nodal agency tasked with developing national highways and appointing concessionaires for building highways under the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis. National highways cover just 2% of the total road network in the country, but account for 40% of total traffic, and therefore, its contribution to [...]

Parliament Passes Bill to Raise Maternity Leave

In a country that is filled with contradictions when it comes to the role of its women — where women are both worshipped and killed in the womb, where women are increasingly expected to both earn their bread and manage domestic affairs with equal ease, Indian legislators decided to hand working women a well-deserved gift. Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 9, [...]

Assembly Elections-2017 Results

The results of the most-awaited elections of 2017 are out and Narendra Modi has led BJP to a historic sweep in UP and Uttarakhand. The BJP suffered losses in Punjab and Manipur. Government formation in Goa is still open with hectic negotiations already underway. Results: Uttar Pradesh: 403 seats BJP: 312 SP-Cong: 54;  SP: 47; INC: 7 BSP: 19 RLD: 0 Apna Dal (Soneylal): 9 Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party: 4 Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam [...]