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Educational Criteria For Public Representatives

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar has given a landmark ruling in upholding the Haryana government’s amendment to the Panchayati Raj Act mandating educational qualifications among other eligibility criteria for candidates aspiring to contest panchayat elections. The Haryana government issued an ordinance prescribing the eligibility criteria on August 14, 2015. The Haryana Assembly passed the amendments on …

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Israeli Know-How For Goan Farmers

Israel’s plan to set up its eleventh centre of excellence in India in Goa is good news for the dwindling but still sizeable number of farmers in the state. Agriculture in Goa has been shrinking for reasons of lack of interest of younger generations in taking up farming and of lack of high profitability in the sector. The state agriculture …

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Vote for Democracy In Poor Afghanistan

THE attendance of Afghanistan President Abdul Ghani at the Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad has a lot of significance. Till a few days ago, speculation was rife whether he would attend it or not. It would have been extremely odd to have the conference without him, because the whole aim of the Heart of Asia concept is to engage …

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Growing Distress In Rural India

BACK to back drought has brought about an agricultural distress across the country which is marked by lower incomes to farmers and lower wages to farm labourers. Between April 2014 and February 2015, the value of India’s farm exports dropped nearly 3%. This August tractor sales were down 23%. Rural wages rose at a slower 4.6% pace in a 12-month …

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Breathing Air Into A Gas Chamber

THE Delhi government on Sunday said beginning January 1, 2016 odd-numbered vehicles will be allowed to ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while even-numbered vehicles will run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The odd-Even formula will also be applicable to ministers and officers. This decision exempts CNG-driven buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws, though vehicles entering Delhi from other states fall under …

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Onus On Parsekar To Deliver Goods

Bharatiya Janata Party state president Vinay Tendulkar’s announcement that the party would fight the next Assembly elections under Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s leadership does have certain implications hard to ignore. Why was the announcement made so early? Is it to scuttle any potential threat to his leadership?

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Ensuring Adequate Water Supply

The state received deficient rainfall this year, and there might not be enough water to meet requirement in summer months. The shortfall in treated water supply is normally observed during the summer months but since the state received lesser rainfall than normal this year the water supply could take a bigger hit unlike in the previous years. Currently, parts of …

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No Space in India For Islamic State

The Islamic State has declared its intention to expand its violent activities to India and Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the neighbourhood. There is nothing new in it as Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, the self-styled caliph of the terrorist group had recently claimed that India and the neighbouring countries belong to the “global caliphate” Islamic State was fighting for. However, its …

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Cracking the Whip For Swachh Goa

Policies, programmes, homilies and speeches on Swachh Bharat notwithstanding solid waste management in Goa continues to be a problem without any solution in sight. Road edges even in the capital city are littered with waste. The failure to take care of the solid waste, particularly plastic, prompted the High Court of Bombay at Goa to issue directives to government to …

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India’s Shift To Clean Energy

Airing his views coinciding with the global meet on climate change in Paris Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated India’s stand: the developed countries, which made astounding economic progress using fossil fuels that are blamed for global warming, should not expect developing countries like India to start cutting down on use of fossil fuels right away at par with them. The …

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