Modi tweets the “benefits” of demonetisation

Above: Congress activists during a protest on the first anniversary of demonetisation, at Youth Congress office in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Photo: UNI; (inset) Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB A year after his stunning announcement on demonetization shook the country Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (November 8) took to Twitter to […]

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Defamation Suits: The Chilling Effect

Civil and criminal defamation laws are mainly used to silence criticism and intimidate the press. They need urgent review By Neeraj Mishra in Raipur       Arvind Kejriwal versus Arun Jaitley, Subramanian Swamy against Rahul Gandhi and now Jay Shah and The Wire’s editors. They all reflect the reality behind defamation cases in India—a majority are to […]

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Goods and Services Tax: Looking at a New Roadmap

Above: The GST Council meeting in progress on October 6, to look into some gray areas. Photo: UNI Prime Minister Narendra Modi is quite used to taking criticism in his stride. He either ignores it, or dismisses it as the rants of opponents who have nothing better to do than to throw darts at him. […]

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Ministry for Happiness

 ~Dilip Bobb The idea is not borrowed from Arundhati Roy’s book—she is up there with Dawood and Hafeez on the NDA’s list of public enemies—but from Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The Madhya Pradesh chief minister set up the Rajya Ananda Sansthan, the country’s first Department of Happiness. Now, sensing growing unhappiness among the janta, the Centre […]

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Aadhaar Database: A Risky Revolution

The government’s move to link one billion of these numbers to bank accounts and mobiles is fraught with security risks. Studies say that digital security must be beefed up before this happens Alarm bells have been ringing in the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY). This was ever since Union finance minister Arun Jaitley […]

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Delhi HC fines Kejriwal Rs 5k for late filing of statement

Above: Arvind Kejriwal The Delhi High Court, which had earlier come down heavily on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for suggesting that the court was going too fast in the defamation cases that Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley had filed against him, on Monday (September 4) imposed a Rs 5,000 fine on Kejriwal for late filing […]

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Electoral Funding: Dubious Sources Thrive

ABove: Satya Electoral Trust and the General Electoral Trust are among the biggest contributors of funds to political parties. No information about their contributors is available. Photo: UNI An upcoming PIL challenges the manner in which electoral funding for political parties is becoming increasingly opaque ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav Sometime within the next fortnight a […]

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Data Leaks: Grave Security Threat

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a special session of parliament during the launch of GST. Photo: UNI Launched with much fanfare, the new tax regime is operated by an entity in which private players own majority stake. This, say critics, could compromise data security and disrupt the economy ~By Usha Rani Das On July […]

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Jethmalani says he got the “crook” hint from Kejriwal

~By Sujit Bhar Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, has washed his hands off the Arvind Kejriwal-Arun Jaitley defamation case, though the Delhi CM is now left with picking up the pieces and settling down to a more prosaic existence in the courtroom. Jethmalani, meanwhile, has written an almost emotive letter to Kejriwal, detailing more alleged acts […]

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Half a Defence Minister

Above:Arun Jaitley, the current finance, defence and corporate affairs minister. Photo: Rajeev Tyagi Can a politician who holds charge of this ministry and another one do justice to this crucial portfolio?   ~By Wing Commander Praful Bakshi (Retd) There have been a number of times during the last couple of decades that the portfolio of the […]

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