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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 [...]

Ram Nath Kovind: The New President of India

Ramnath Kovind was sworn in as the newest President of India at a ceremony that was organized at the Central Hall of the parliament at around 12.15 pm. He was accompanied by Pranab Mukherjee, his immediate predecessor, in what could be described as a ceremonial procession. Before this, as per rules, he met Mukherjee at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan and was escorted by the military at that time, as per the norms for such [...]

mAdhaar app

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has come out with a new mobile app named mAadhaar. By installing this in smartphones people would no longer need to take their Aadhaar cards with them in their wallets. People who install this app on their phone would have every necessary demographic detail that is there in their Aadhaar cards in their smartphone itself. This would include information such as name, gender, date of birth, and address along [...]

Presidential Election 2017 Result

Ram Nath Kovind, who has earlier served as the Governor of Bihar, is set to be elected to the post of India’s President. The election was held on July 17 and counting of votes started at 11 am today (July 20). The results of the election will be out by 5 pm today itself. Pranab Mukherjee, the incumbent, would leave office on July 25. Even though a formal announcement is yet to be made in [...]

fee waiver scheme by delhi govt

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also Education Minister of Delhi, on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017, announced a merit-cum-scholarship scheme for students getting admission in any of the State Universities of Delhi, including Ambedkar University, starting from the academic session 2017-18. The AAP Government has decided to waive off 100% fees for students who come from families belonging to the BPL ( Below Poverty Line), and 25-50% waiver for students coming from families [...]