Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Policy

N Gopalaswami

Former CEC N. Gopalaswami to head committee to choose India’s 20 ‘Institutes of Eminence’

Also on board- Harvard’s Prof Tarun Khanna, Houston Univ’s Renu Khator and former IIM Lucknow Director Pritam Singh.
Allahabad High Court

Govt faces dilemma on impeaching Allahabad HC judge on CJI Misra’s recommendation

Justice Shukla is ‘guilty’ of misconduct in the same case that CJI Misra was under the scanner for. Involve the opposition or not, govt will be taking a risk.
Maneka Gandhi

Women’s groups have turned marital rape into a ‘catchphrase’: Maneka Gandhi

The WCD minister says criminalising marital rape would serve no purpose; claims finance ministry was compelled to cut GST on sanitary pads from 18 to 12 per cent.
Judge swearing in

Dipak Misra’s impeachment isn’t happening — at least anytime soon

It’s almost been a month since CPM leader Sitaram Yechury announced that discussions for impeachment had begun, but the Congress hasn’t revealed its cards.
Dr. Harshvardhan

To settle turf war over green funds, environment ministry to seek CAG opinion

Environment and finance ministries are locked in a tussle over financial procedure, and the rules notified by the former are silent on the issue.
Mantralaya of the Mahrashtra government

Safety nets put up at Mumbai’s Mantralaya after farmers attempt suicide, govt under fire

The BJP govt has failed to effectively tackle the farm crisis. Putting up safety nets seems just another way to protect itself, rather than the farmers.
Ground breaking ceremony of the Navi Mumbai Airport

Modi says Mumbai’s new infrastructure will be up by 2022, but the past isn’t...

Bhoomi poojan and ground-breaking ceremonies are used as political platforms; construction often begins much later, and projects still take years to complete. Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Navi Mumbai...
IIM Ahmedabad

After directors’ protest, IIM boards will now need two-thirds majority to remove them

Committee to frame the rules of the new IIM Act decides against granting the directors’ demand to give the govt a say in their removal.
A CPI(M) election rally in Tripura

Data shows India’s last red state Tripura is low on development, but high on...

Tripura fares well on multiple social and health indicators, but has the highest unemployment percentage in India.
Poverty in India

Politics can distort the intent and value of a universal basic income scheme

If practicalities dictate that India’s tenuous social protection framework be sacrificed at the altar of a basic income, then it can actively undermine the social contract.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

With ‘just two slaps’ at the CM’s home a huge blow dealt to politician-civil servant ties

Fights between politicians and civil servants aren’t new. Physical violence in a CM’s residence is a new low.

Gujarat Elections 2017