Notwithstanding, the electoral compulsions, one thing is certain–the latest political battle between the Bahujan Samaj Party chief, Ms Mayawati and the Congress general secretary, Mr Rahul Gandhi over who enjoys the trust and confidence of the dalits would redefine the dalit politics.Read More »
WITHIN twenty four hours of the Cabinet Secretary, Mr K M Chandrasekhar sending a note at the direction of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to all ministers asking them to refrain from speaking on Maoist insurgency as the only competent authority was the home ministry to speak on it,Read More »
Food Security Act
THE group of empowering ministers (GOeM) under the chairmanship of Mr Pranab Mukherjee has asked the Planning Commission to ensure that the urban poor, like street-dwellers and daily labourers, who do not have ration cards, are not left out of the National Food Security Act. Normally, such poor people are covered under BPL families having a ‘yellow’ ration card which automatically qualifies them for benefits under the proposed NFSA.
BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
THE Indian government is rushing headlong into the Unique Identity (UID) project, which will issue a unique 16-digit number to each citizen. Although it had promised to discuss UID’s risks, it hasn’t done so even in the Cabinet, leave alone Parliament.
LIKE earlier three occasions, once again the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Shashi Tharoor has created an embarrassing situation for India. But this time for misuse of his authority and power to help ‘secure’ investment made by his friend, Ms Sunanda Pushkar in the IPL Kochi team.Read More »
A TWENTY per cent increase in the annual plan for the period 2010-11 is a substantial financial gain for Goa. The Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the annual plan size for Goa for Rs 2,710 crore including public sector undertakings and local bodies for the financial year 2010-11,Read More »
THOSE responsible for the Dantewada massacre must be dealt with firmly. Though the tribals may have genuine reasons to sulk at the government, it does not give them the right to act with such brutality.
BY KULDIP NAYAR
NOT many Indians are happy with the prevailing system. Too many disparities have come to be entrenched and too many people have been driven to live on the margin. Corruption of the bureaucracy and the involvement of political masters are too blatant.
THE septuagenarian S G Khanolkar, the president of the Readers Advisory Committee of Ponda has every reason to feel content as he has succeeded in inculcating a reading habit in at least 25 per cent of the local youth and also motivate them to visit libraries.Read More »
THE Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee directing the chiefs of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to “jointly seek a binding legal mandate from an appropriate court” for a final resolution of the regulatory role over who will control the equity exposure of the insurance companies,Read More »