In a December 2015 order, the National Green Tribunal had called for a curb on straw burning, and had recommended that satellite-based monitoring mechanisms be adopted and local government officers engaged to take action against stubble burning.
Channel invokes the “dark days of the Emergency when the press was fettered.”
The armed forces are being systematically demoralised by the central government, at a time when they should be celebrated and encouraged.
Ram Kishan Grewal’s letter to defence minister Manohar Parrikar alleged that he was still not receiving the pension owed to him under the OROP scheme.
Two Kashmiris are looking to do what Facebook has not so far – provide their fellow residents with a way to reach out to friends and family in times of crisis.
Were the payments illegal? How were they discovered? Is this a potential scandal in the making? The Wire breaks it down.
Direct tax reform is necessary to ensure that implementation of the GST doesn’t contribute to stagflation.
Because of the security forces, we can celebrate not just our festivals but our freedom, our democracy, our civil rights and even our right to be uncivil.
Prerna Singh’s book, ‘How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India’, establishes a connection between subnationalism and social indices.
Leaked e-mails give the first account of how one of the world’s wealthiest charitable foundations negotiated to rescue its India operations.
The Centre’s off-record instructions through WhatsApp and a squeeze on funds made the rural work programme crash after a roaring first half of the year.
Lack of integrated planning for procurement among the armed forces is a huge shortcoming. Merely increasing the defence to GDP ratio will not solve the current predicament.
The petitioner submitted that the ministries of environment and science have openly pushed GM mustard and that they shouldn’t be allowed to regulate GMOs.
The rural development ministry unofficially informed states that no more funds will be released and existing funds will have to be used pragmatically.
If India’s diplomatic objective is to economically punish the Chinese for their support to Pakistan, then it is being done in a deeply flawed and ham-handed manner.
Even with the participation of so many actors, the observatory’s fate is hinged today on the pleas of scientists desperate to have an institution setup before they retire.
An insignificant leader even among the Brahmins and with hardly any mass support, Bahuguna might end up being the biggest loser in the game of political soccer ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election early next year.
The telecom regulator slaps a Rs, 3050 crore fine on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea while accusing them of stifling competition and engaging in anti-consumer behaviour.
Pakistani army officials deny the claim, saying that they suffered no casualties. Jammu: Border Security Force (BSF) officials, on Friday, said that the BSF had killed seven Pakistani Rangers and a terrorist while retaliating to a ceasefire violation on the international border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. […]
An independent auditor will scrutinise the income received, and expenditure incurred, by the cricketing body as well.
While there is a need to encourage greater account utilisation among newly banked women, overall growth in active use is clear.
A lack of jobs and an abundant workforce have meant that the agrarian states of India have become tinderboxes waiting to catch fire.
Alleged Deviations and Bureaucratic Delays: Defence Ministry Reboots Six-Year Attempt at Purchasing Carbines
Over the last three years, the acquisition process has been bogged down by everything the Modi government has vowed to fix in India’s defence industry.
If India is to become truly competitive, the government must improve efficiency and transparency of public administration among other factors.
Dozens of people were killed in heavy fighting after rebels said they would try to seize control of the town.
From Kamov helicopters to Admiral Grigorovich-class stealth frigates, deals adding up to nearly $7 billion, are expected to be signed.
Parrikar’s assertion conveniently glosses over the fact that earlier governments consciously chose to operate under the umbrella of plausible deniability, former ministers and officials familiar with some of those operations told The Wire.
In private correspondences, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker rubbished Sunday Guardian’s stories, calling it a “mouthpiece for the BJP”
As the political debate over ‘surgical strikes’ degenerates into ‘mine was bigger than yours’, everyone needs to remember that some of the acts claimed are grave and indefensible by their very nature and are illegal under the laws of war – even if described as retaliation for a similar act by the Pakistani side.
A day after the surgical strikes, the Ministry of Defence issued a letter that dramatically reduced pensions for soldiers disabled during military service.
The proposal will mostly be floated during the meeting of BRICS Sherpas next week, before the leaders of BRICS gather in Goa later this month.
The BJP could see this as a godsend because its position in UP has been steadily slipping over the past year or so primarily because of rural and agriculture distress caused by two back-to-back droughts.
An analysis of the country’s defence budget allocations not only suggests a lack of integrated planning, but worse, a deterioration in coordination.
Not only is the Indian legal framework not equipped to deal with potential privacy violations arising from ever-present CCTVs, we also don’t know if it will actually reduce crime.
The real difference between the Modi government and its predecessors is its willingness to accept the higher risk of war and international pressure that surgical strikes may bring. But is it the case that with higher risk come greater rewards?
The policy statement put out by the RBI is consistent with an accommodative stance of monetary policy and has largely unexceptional goals.
Beyond the safety of minorities and biryani policing in Haryana, the IPS are under an obligation to act like leaders, not as mere passengers.
Globally, successful tax amnesties are the exception rather than the norm. We have yet to see whether IDS 2016 will have any lasting effect.
According to sources, while Bharat Electronics and Samtel still may get a piece of the Rafale offset money, it is Reliance Defence that will execute a decent portion of the Rs. 30,000 crore that will flow in.
The government can easily be more forthcoming about the surgical strikes. At a minimum, it should make public the information that Pakistan already has with it.