Thursday, 11 August, 2022

Topic: States

Modi govt ‘assures timely transfer of capex funds’ as states decry reduced borrowing capacity

States worried over Centre slashing their funds, which could be used for capital creation, by considering liabilities of state entities while determining net borrowing capacity.

As non-BJP states retaliate to Modi govt’s ‘triple weapon’ attacks, a new MAD doctrine rises

Non-BJP chief ministers are retaliating. If Centre can use its agencies to threaten, intimidate and jail its rivals, so can they. The fightback has become an established pattern and will get more intense.

AIS cadre rules issue is neither complex nor controversial. Here’s what you are missing

Time has perhaps come to amend All India Services Cadre Rules, and make central posting mandatory for a specified period. But only through spirit of federalism.

At pre-Budget meet, states cite Covid, ask Modi govt to raise share in Centre-sponsored schemes

States like Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu & West Bengal have said while government’s share in centrally sponsored schemes has reduced over the last few years, that of states has increased.

On Omicron, keep eye out for changes in hospitalisation rate & mortality: Centre tells states

All samples from hotspots to be genome sequenced. States asked to step up surveillance at airports, but Centre objects to Maharashtra’s decision on testing all passengers.

India’s R for Covid back at 0.98 after dip, Delhi only major city with value below 1

Jammu & Kashmir’s R value rose to 1.23 this week from 1.07 last week. Mizoram, where R was 0.88 last week, saw the value increase to 1.14.

India’s R value for Covid dips to 0.94 from 0.98, several major cities still over 1

Last week, India’s R value had risen very close to 1, sparking fears that active cases may increase again post Diwali. But states with high active cases now have R below 1.

Assam, Gujarat or Tamil Nadu, sub-nationalism in India is a menace and needs urgent tackling

In ‘India – A Federal Union of States’, former Union home secretary Madhav Godbole writes sub-nationalism is becoming increasingly intolerant everywhere.

UP, MP, Goa, Uttarakhand — BJP’s command-and-control is malfunctioning

If a party helmed by the most popular leader in India and one of the sharpest political strategists—Modi-Shah— is looking like a house on fire in states, there’s a problem.

Kerala retains top rank, Bihar at bottom in Niti Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21

Niti Aayog's Index for Sustainable Development Goals evaluates progress on social, economic & environmental parameters. Jharkhand & Assam were also the worst performing this year.

On Camera


File photo of Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu | By special arrangement

Shut since 2018 violence, TN Sterlite plant’s closure cost economy Rs 14,749 cr, says study

Copper plant in Thoothukudi was closed after protests turned violent & police firing left 13 people dead. Job losses one of major impacts, says study by NGO CUTS International.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.