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ban on red beacons

No More Red Beacon Lights In what has been lauded as a progressive and pertinent move, the Union Cabinet decided to ban the use of red beacons atop cars and vehicles of all VIPs. This includes the vehicles belonging to politicians, bureaucrats, and government officials. The ban is likely to be imposed from 1 May 2017. The government has come up with a no exception rule. This means that vehicles of the Prime Minister, Union [...]

Chandigarh to Delhi Semi High Speed Train

Indian Railway’s drive to modernize rail travel in India is now going to cut travel time between Delhi and Chandigarh to one hour fifty minutes with just one stop at Ambala. That’s a significant reduction in travel time given the distance of 245 kms being currently covered in three hours thirty minutes by Shatabdi Express. The move is part of Indian Railway’s plans to cut travel time by introducing semi-high speed trains that travel up [...]

Delhi MCD Polls 2017 Main Issues

The upcoming Delhi MCD election on 23 April 2017 promises to be one of the most keenly contested and closely watched political events of the month. With 272 seats up for grabs, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Indian National Congress (INC), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and the newly formed Swaraj India will be locked in a tight contest. The National Capital Territory of Delhi is spread over an area of 1,484 square kilometres [...]

kulbhushan jadhav death sentence

The plot is thickening over the death penalty awarded to former Indian naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a military court in Pakistan. In fact, India for the 14th time was denied consular access to meet Jadhav in Pakistan. Experts have started suspecting that Pakistan military personnel might have tortured and killed the 46-year old ex-navy officer. External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Gopal Baglay’s statement that India has no idea about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or condition gives [...]

motor vehicle amendment bill 2016

Traffic violators – watch out! The new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016 has just been passed by the Lok Sabha and it comes with more teeth to ensure stringent penalties and punishment for those who violate traffic rules and norms. It’s also going to make travelling by road, safer. Traditionally, India has always taken a lenient view of all those who take to the roads and end up violating rules in some form or the [...]

kulbhushan Jadhav

On Monday April 10, 2017, Pakistan announced that Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian arrested in March 2016, was sentenced to death by a military court, based on allegations of espionage and promoting separatist elements in Balochistan. India denies that Jadhav is an India spy and protested strongly against the sentence. Indians have strongly rallied behind Jadhav and social media sites are full of angry protests. Here’s all you need to know about Kulbhushan Jadhav. Who is [...]

australian pm visits india

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived in New Delhi on his four-day State Visit to India on Sunday evening. During his visit, the Australian Prime Minister will meet Prime Minister Modi to hold talks and find ways and means to boost ties in areas including defence, security, energy and trade. The two countries are likely to sign a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs), covering a range of areas including defence and security, environment, renewable [...]

Sheikh Hasina's India Visit

When Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina landed in New Delhi for a four-day visit to India on April 7, she was received at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was a rare gesture from India to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, hinting categorically, the importance that New Delhi attached to the visit, the first one after Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014. New Delhi offered a line of credit (LoC) of worth US$5 [...]

Anti Sikh Riots -1984

Victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots from Kanpur filed yet another petition with the Supreme Court on Friday, April 7, 2017. They sought a Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) probe through a special investigation team (SIT), into the murder of over 127 people during the riots. The petitioners Manjit Singh GK (president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee), and others, demanded the re-investigation of at least seven cases registered at Bazaria and Nazirabad police [...]

Indian University Rankings 2017

On April 3, 2017, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar released the India Rankings 2017, a ranking of all top educational institutions in India. Here is a list of the Top 10 Institutions by category: Top 10 Institutions – Overall Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Karnataka Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal Indian Institute of Technology, [...]