• NEW CATTLE TRADE RULES: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL

    The Centre’s move to notify new rules to regulate livestock (पशु/मवेशी) markets under the Prevention (रोक-थाम/निवारण) of Cruelty (क्रूरता/निर्दयता/निष्ठुरता) to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA) is either extremely (अत..

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  • ABOLISHING FIPB: RED TAPE HERRING?

    Nearly four months after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised in his Budget speech to abolish the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, the Union Cabinet has approved its ‘phasing out’. The FIPB was set up in the early 1990s as an inter-ministerial mechanism (क्रियाविधि) to ..

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  • BAIL OR JAIL: ON BAIL LAW REFORMS

    That bail is the norm (आदर्श/मानक/प्रतिमान) and jail the exception (अपवाद/आक्षेप/आपत्ति) is a principle that is limited in its application to the affluent (धनी/समृद्ध/प्रचुर), the powerful and the influential ..

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  • THE COMMENDATION: ON AWARD TO MAJOR LEETUL GOGOI

    There are two issues that are pertinent (उचित/योग्य/ठीक) about the commendation awarded to Major Leetul Gogoi of the Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles. The first relates to the timing — it was conferred( प्रदत्त/दिया हुआ/अर्पित) on him by..

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  • CONTINENTAL TIES - INDIA'S OUTREACH TO AFRICA

    The African Development Bank’s decision to hold its annual general meeting in India this month is a signal of the importance (महत्व/अहमियत/आवश्यकता) African countries attach to New Delhi’s growing role in its development. It was nearly a decade ago, in 2008..

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  • HACK IT IF YOU CAN: EC'S CHALLENGE ON EVMS

    The electronic voting machine has been under strong scrutiny (जांच/सूक्ष्म परीक्षण) ever since it was deployed (तैनात) in the 1990s. The Indian EVM is a singular instrument with its dependence (निर्भरता) on standalone hardware-firmware-led machi..

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  • COAL COMEUPPANCE: ON COAL BLOCK ALLOCATION CASE

    It is arguably (यकीनन) the logical consequence (परिणाम/नतीजा) of the 2014 Supreme Court order declaring all coal block allocations made since 1993 illegal and arbitrary (मनमाना/विवेकाधीन/एकपक्षीय) . The conviction of three Coal M..

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  • GST RATES: WELCOME CLARITY, AT LAST

    The long wait for the new indirect tax rates that will apply to thousands of goods and services is finally over. The Goods and Services Tax Council that met in Srinagar has released details of the rates at which over 1,200 goods will be taxed when the GST regime takes effect. The rate fitment (साज़..

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  • WHERE THE JOBS ARE: ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

    News reports over the last few weeks suggest that the Central government may finally be starting to think seriously about jobs. Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramaniam recently pointed to the need to achieve (प्राप्त/हासिल करना/सफल होना) higher economic growt..

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  • THE OTHER DEBT ISSUE: ON THE STATES' FINANCES

    For the first time in 11 years, in 2015-16 the combined fiscal deficit of India’s 29 States as a proportion (अनुपात/अनुरूप) of the size of their economies breached (का उल्लंघन) the 3% threshold recommended as a fiscally prudent (विवेकी/बुद..

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