Friday, 23 February, 2018


A Surya Prakash, at Prasar Bharati | Ramesh Pathania/MINT

‘Pressured’ Prasar Bharati board doesn’t clear editors suggested by I&B ministry

The board of Prasar Bharati refused to clear four directives from the ministry on various grounds.  
A file photo of Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra govt plans scheme to reward those who went to prison during Emergency

A cabinet sub-committee has been formed to study similar schemes in other BJP-ruled states and finalise modalities and eligibility criteria.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

UPSC notifies lowest number of vacancies in 10 years. Is this the Modi effect...

Modi had promised a leaner bureaucracy under his mantra of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’. Since 2014, vacancies have declined from 1,291 to 782.
Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma at an examination centre during examinations

A million students in UP have dropped out of board exams because they couldn’t...

Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma leads campaign against those who illegally aid students, government's move invites criticism from academia and the opposition.

In implementing health insurance scheme, Centre may face political roadblock from states

Government plans to set up a national governing council comprising Centre and state representatives, on the lines of the GST Council.
Justice KM Joseph

Govt opposes Justice Joseph’s elevation due to seniority, but often ignored it with other...

Official data shows there are over 45 HC judges who are senior to Deepak Gupta, the most recently-appointed judge of the Supreme Court.
A Fabindia store in a mall

KVIC’s Rs 525 cr notice on Fabindia. Can a govt body trademark Bapu’s Khadi...

KVIC has slapped a Rs 525 cr notice on Fabindia for selling khadi-branded products without licence. But can a govt body trademark a generic product like khadi?
SC judge Jasti Chelameswar along with other judges addresses a press conference

Issues between CJI & top SC judges unresolved, uneasy calm prevails

Sources say ‘no worthwhile communication’ between CJI Dipak Misra and the four senior judges — Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph.
Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal | Punjab and Haryana High Court website

Collegium musical chairs: How an HC judge set to supersede one, got passed over...

A.K. Mittal was named for Delhi HC CJ by CJI Khehar’s collegium, but the file never moved. Now he’s himself superseded by Surya Kant for Himachal CJ.
Bandhirpur forest road

India’s forest cover grows, but picture looks grim in northeast

Northeast is home to one fourth of India’s green cover; shrink is attributed to shifting cultivation and development activities.

The intellectual origin of India’s Cold Start doctrine lies in General K. Sundarji

A Cold Start doctrine would only have been possible if the given equipment and thinking was already available, and that is where Gen K Sundarji must be credited.
Illustration by Peali Dezine on bank privatisation

If Modi wants a real legacy, he must undo Indira Gandhi’s disastrous bank nationalisation

From Jimmy Nagarwala’s Rs 60 lakh from SBI to Nirav Modi’s Rs 11,000 crore-plus from PNB, India has a 47-year record of scams in govt banks. Why do all govts still love them?

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