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How diaspora can help fund India’s infrastructure needs — ‘patriotic discount on bonds, remittances’ 

A blog post on AsiaA blog post on Asian Development Bank says diaspora can help fund developmental projects. It adds that for this, the country should make policies to earn the diaspora’s trust.n Development Bank says diaspora can help fund developmental projects. It adds that for this, the country should make policies to earn the diaspora’s trust.

Schemes, loans & evictions — how Mumbai’s hawkers become political fodder before every election

Often used by political parties as part of their campaign strategies, Mumbai's hawkers wait for poll promises to be fulfilled, but know not to get their hopes high.

Why Stalin’s planned pen-shaped monument in the sea for Karunanidhi is facing flak

The Rs 80 crore monument, proposed in an 'ecologically sensitive coastal zone', is awaiting environmental clearance. Fishermen say project will be 'huge blow' to 30 hamlets in Chennai.

Budget 2023: Long-pending dam project in poll-bound Karnataka gets Rs 5,300 crore

CM Bommai thanks Sitharaman, PM for the allocation. Project envisages covering 2.25 lakh hectare of area in drought-prone districts Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Tumkur & Davangere.

Budget 2023: Eye on polls, Modi govt allots Rs 15,000 cr for tribal development — 5x hike

Of nine states headed for polls this year, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland have over 85% tribal population, while two, Chhattisgarh and Tripura, have more than 30%.

Economic Survey lauds Modi govt’s Aspirational Districts Programme — ‘good governance’ template

Launched in 2018 to improve living standards in 117 most under-developed districts, survey said health, financial inclusion outcomes better than in many non-aspirational districts.

What Modi govt’s advisory to private TV channels on airing content of ‘national importance’ says

Sports channels exempt from obligation of public service broadcasting, says I&B ministry. Broadcasters to submit monthly reports on Broadcast Seva Portal by 7th of each month.

‘Rising debt, low revenue’ — delay in salaries of govt employees highlights Andhra’s fiscal trouble

RBI while analysing financial status of states last year termed Andhra as one of top 10 high-debt states. According to CAG it used 65-81% borrowings for debt repayment between 2016-17 & 2020-21.

After AIIMS ransomware attack, Modi govt’s building a task force to fight cyber espionage

DGPs discussed setting up National Counter Ransomware Taskforce last week. This is part of 3-fold measure which also includes drawing up National Information Security Policy Guidelines.

In Bengal, cops & central agencies play chor-police, trade FIRs — ‘pawns in politics’

State police and central agencies have traded FIRs on murder, criminal conspiracy, and more in last few weeks. Experts blame ‘political control’, warn it’s weakening the steel frame.

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Pervez Musharraf

Musharraf went from being warmaker, dictator to yelling on Indian TV...

His worldview was shaped by the foundational logic of Pakistan — that its people could preserve its purity only in a separate State achieved by mutilating India.

How Maharashtra plans to make Mumbai & satellite towns a 250...

Maharashtra govt's goal is to eventually make the state a trillion-dollar economy. For this, it’s pushing to boost the economy of its most valued asset — the Mumbai Metropolitan Area.

Defence

India is modernising its armed forces and trying to reduce defence imports | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Budget 2023: Defence gets 13% more than last yr. Pensions &...

Capital budget increased to Rs 1.62 lakh crore from 1.52 lakh crore. Navy, Army see substantial increase but allocation for procuring aircraft, aero engines goes down.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Market has won & now it’s for Adani to decide whether...

If the political establishment responds to a situation like this as if it’s something that must only play out between a corporate & the market, it's coming of age of Indian capitalism.