The government claims to have improved urban development, with a multiplicity of schemes to address a number of issues. But the numbers tell a different story.
Focusing solely on getting rid of Aadhaar, or destroying it, is a waste of powder. The underlying issues of online privacy and civil liberties will still remain.
In 2010, the government lost the folder containing public comments on the draft proposed RTI rules.
The Shiv Sena had threatened to disrupt Air India operations in Mumbai and Pune if the ban were not lifted.
Activists have demanded removal of clauses in the draft rules that permit the withdrawal of an application and say appeals proceedings end with the applicant’s death.
In March, the BMC demolished the huts of 30 families, mostly Dalits, and destroyed or seized all their belongings.
Whether the Modi government can succeed in assuring the independence of India’s tribunals from the executive remains to be seen.
Uttar Pradesh, and indeed other states, may issue farm loan waiver bonds to banks but everyone knows these bonds will have no takers. The Centre will have to guarantee them.
There is a desperate need to break the orthodox, widespread belief that all deficits and debt are equally undesirable.
The court must hear pending cases on Aadhaar urgently, before the government further inhibits people’s rights and liberties under the facade of ’empowerment’.
Aadhaar is premised on the infallibility and security of an individual’s biometric data – her fingerprints and iris scans. But that is just a myth.
According to RTI activists, draft rules that permit the withdrawal of an application and say appeals proceedings end with the applicant’s death will mean higher risks for those filing queries.
The accusations against the Quint’s reporter centre around the proposition that she filmed the jawans in an army camp, which is prohibited by law.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Wire, the outgoing secretary of the AYUSH ministry, Ajit M. Sharan, says the rules to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act will soon be changed to have strict guidelines for safety trials of AYUSH medicines.
Will the Modi government’s digital push help it curb “excess cash” and print fewer notes than what was extinguished through demonetisation?
As US pharma companies push their interests, India is almost certainly going to be put on the USTR’s ‘Priority Watch List’ for 2017 too.
The National Security Council Secretariat, headed by top spy Ajit Doval, may have received a staggering 311% increase in funds this year to tackle issues at the intersection of cybersecurity and nuclear weapon delivery systems.
Will the multiple rate structure go against the very idea of GST? How controversial will the proposed anti-profiteering authority be? How will unutilised money in the compensation be shared?
Journalists’ body alleges that the government and army are focusing on Poonam Agarwal to derail the debate on the controversial ‘sahayak system’.
While the manner in which authorities have reacted to the cricketer’s issue is commendable, similar attention needs to be paid to other, less prominent breaches of privacy.
It is troubling to see the media, government and even the ruling party interpret a verbal exchange of remarks as a Supreme Court-granted license to make Aadhaar mandatory for tax filings and mobile connections.
Media reports in support of Aadhaar claiming that lakhs of ‘ghost students’ avail midday meals are based on unverified claims, not serious investigation.
The debate and discussion that went into this Bill stand in stark contrast to other recent ‘backdoor’ parliamentary decisions, such as the Finance Bill.
What should you do if you don’t want to sign up for Aadhaar?
Falling prices and a lack of adequate procurement centres have left tur producers grasping for a way out.
Midday meals not only promote enrolment in educational institutions but also encourage equality by mandating that children sit together and eat regardless of caste.
Far from ensuring that your identity information is secure, the government is selling it (or is, at least, authorised to sell it) to anyone who has your number and cares to pay the fees.
It seems like the government is using this move to make sure children are forcefully enrolled under Aadhaar, as it has no positive effects on the mid-day meal scheme.
Linking Aadhaar to nearly everything creates a “map of maps” that is vulnerable at multiple points.
Chief secretaries of ten drought affected states have been asked to explain the steps taken for setting up of food commissions and implementation of the National Food Security Act.
Besides the exclusion of a large number of eligible beneficiaries, there is also no rationale for the pension amount paid or a mechanism for its revision.
A simple Google search shows that the personal information, including Aadhaar numbers and bank account details, has simply not been secured properly.
From mandatory Aadhaar and compromised tribunals to opaque political funding, this year’s Finance Bill has it all.
Indore’s relatively small size, the rapid urbanisation of its villages and the high rate of pre-existing latrine coverage make its open-defecation free status unique.
A British police intelligence unit allegedly relied on an Indian counterpart, who in turn used hackers to obtain the email ID passwords of environmental campaigners and journalists.
Reports say the Centre has proposed this rule through an amendment to the Finance Bill.
Despite the number of youth joining militancy and cases of infiltration rising, the MHA insists that the situation in the state is on the mend.
He tried creating his own world almost wholly made up of people drawn from Goa, but Lutyen’s Delhi had its own inexorable ways of breaching his citadel from time to time
The charge of moral hazard reeks of double standards. However, will India’s fiscal deficit targets allow for such a waiver?
Alleging that Mridula Sinha’s consultation with Arun Jaitley constituted a breach of constitutional norms, the opposition forced Rajya Sabha to adjourn.