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Government Schemes in 2017

Each year we look forward to the launch of government schemes that will bring benefits to the common man. Since the ascent of the NDA government, the launch of large-scale schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna has brought much cheer each year. 2017 was relatively low key when compared to previous years and yet there were a number of schemes launched for the benefit of the people. Unlike the PMJDY, however, these [...]


The national capital chokes again. A dark, heavy blanket of smog descends over Delhi and neighbouring regions and despite the ban on the sale of crackers this Diwali, residents of NCR are forced to breathe toxic fumes that will inevitably reduce their lifespans. Through this week pictures and news reports of thick smog, low visibility, and crippled life in the national capital kept surfacing. The AAP-led state administration seemed keen to blame non-cooperation of the [...]

Demonetisation Anniversary

It has been exactly one year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched what has been decreed India’s greatest offensive against black money – the demonetisation of INR 500 (old) and INR 1000 notes. Delivered a bolt from the blue, the PM addressed the nation on Friday (8 November, 2016) at about 8 pm and said that the aforementioned currency notes would be withdrawn with immediate effect. The government also announced the introduction of new INR [...]

Saubhagya Yojana

In order to reduce tribulations faced by the poor across India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Saubhagya Scheme for household electrification. The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, known as the Saubhagya Power Scheme, aims to provide electricity to all the households across India along with increasing job opportunities and providing better quality of life. The Saubhagya Yojana aims to provide electricity connections to over 4 crore families in rural and urban areas [...]

Nirmala Sitharaman New Defence Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman was on 3 September, 2017 chosen as the Defence Minister of India. With this, she becomes the first woman to assume this post on a full-time basis. Earlier, Indira Gandhi had also held this post who had taken temporary charge of the ministry on a couple of occasions – in 1975 and from 1980 to 82. In fact, her choice for this important post has raised several questions and as such a number [...]

river linking scheme

After many decades of deliberation and debate, India finally seems to be ready to embark on a mammoth project to link over 60 of the country’s major Himalayan and peninsular rivers. The government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims that this ambitious project is the perfect solution for the problem of droughts and floods witnessed in the country over the past few years. The interlinking of rivers project is likely to cost the Government [...]

Arogya Bhagya Scheme

The government of Karnataka has opted to launch a universal health scheme named Arogya Bhagya. It is expected to help all citizens in the state by providing either subsidized or free health care. This facility would include emergency care and would be available at government hospitals as well as private facilities that are on the state government’s panel for this particular programme. The state government would be rolling out the programme from 1 November 2017. [...]

Dipak Misra

Dipak Misra has been chosen as the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI) by the President of India. It was Justice Misra who led the Supreme Court bench that provided death sentences to the four convicts in the Delhi gangrape case. He has also been a part of the bench that has ordered that the national anthem be played at the theatres before the movies start. In fact, throughout his whole career Justice Misra has [...]

future smart cities

The Smart Cities Mission launched by the Narendra Modi Government in 2015 is well underway with 90 cities already having been selected for urban renewal and retrofitting program. The aim of the Smart City Mission is to develop 100 cities and satellite towns into citizen-friendly and sustainable smart cities. Except for West Bengal, all the states and Union Territories are participating in this five-year program. The Government of India is investing an amount of 1,91,155 [...]

Vice-presidential Elections 2017

Less than a fortnight ago, on 25 July 2017, Ram Nath Kovind took charge as the 14th President of India. After the Head of the State, it is now time for the country to elect the person who will assume the second highest constitutional office of India. The incumbent Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, was first elected in August 2007 and again re-elected in 2012. He is set to retire from office this [...]