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A view of Parliament building, New Delhi | Bloomberg News

Bring presidential system to states, cut MLAs to size and watch corruption shrink

Corruption can only be tackled effectively if there is a strong push from the highest level — the political executive. This may seem like asking for the moon but it is not impossible.
Central Secretariat building in New Delhi

Indian state great at handling Covid-like crises. But it can’t deal with complexities

India’s ability to deliver during a crisis was never the problem. The problem is that everyone from CM to DM waits for complex diktats from the top.
Migrant workers go home on NH2 highway | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In Covid-19 pandemic, Modi govt focussed more on headline management than crisis management

One week into coronavirus lockdown it is clear that thinking and planning began after PM Modi’s momentous decision. And PR has overridden governance.
CMGGA fellowship| Source: Samagra

CMs of Arunachal, Delhi, Nagaland have fellowships to work with youth. Why Haryana stands out

The CMGGA programme in Haryana recruits 22 young professionals every year and places them in the 22 districts to drive the CM’s priorities.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

This is how Haryana govt gave jobs to 45,000 people in 18 months

The M.L. Khattar govt initiated efforts to streamline job recruitment process, especially for Group D staff. Vacancies pending for 15 years, filled up.
Gulham Mohammad Ganai waits outside the office of the Secretary of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in Kashmir. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

9 months after ‘successful’ panchayat polls, 730 J&K sarpanchs are yet to be notified

Government officials say these 730 sarpanchs will be notified once re-elections are held in their respective villages to appoint panchs.
WhatsApp users in India

How WhatsApp is tackling Indian bureaucracy’s biggest challenge – last mile accountability

In Maharashtra, Odisha and Haryana, WhatsApp is facilitating greater coordination within the local bureaucracy.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | File photo: Nand Kumar/ PTI

Fiery speeches gone, Adityanath gets down to creating a ‘Yogi brand’ of governance in UP

Since the Lok Sabha polls, Yogi Adityanath’s fiery rhetoric has gone missing. Instead, he’s been holding departmental review meetings and pulling up officials.
The 2019 Economic Survey advises the government to step in and take on a major role in the realm of data collection, storage and analytics | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt should harness data, make it a public good for better governance: Eco Survey

Economic Survey dismisses privacy concerns, says government not collecting new data but integrating already existing data.
People rush to fill their vessels from a water tanker following acute water shortage, in Chennai | Photo: PTI

Not water, Chennai has a governance crisis. This ex-IAS officer has the solution

Chennai has lost several water bodies and more than one-fifth of its greenery in the last 20 years.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.