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Government Gives Money For Toilets, They Build Kitchens

Government Gives Money For Toilets, They Build Kitchens

In a recent speech, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said India is one of the filthiest countries in the world. Despite spending Rs 19,626 crore ($4.3 bn) in last…

A Not So Total Sanitation Campaign

A Not So Total Sanitation Campaign

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh recently expressed his agony about the failure of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) by saying it is “neither total, nor sanitation nor a campaign”. However,…

India’s Nuclear Power Just Does Not Add Up

India’s Nuclear Power Just Does Not Add Up

The $2.5 bn Kudankulam nuclear power plant is set amidst very picturesque surroundings, just 25 km away from Kanyakumari, India’s southernmost tip and famous pilgrimage destination. Notwithstanding the beauty and…

The Weak Link In Child Development

The Weak Link In Child Development

Vimla Devi is a committed anganwadi worker (AWW) in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state of India. Anganwadi is a village level institution under Integrated Child…

Another Body To Tackle Corruption In Government?

Another Body To Tackle Corruption In Government?

In some ways, the Public Procurement Bill 2011 is a testament to the fact that the Government’s concern on governmental corruption pre-dates the Anna Hazare imbroglio. The Bill, which was…

The Giant Subsidy Scheme No One Knows How Big

The Giant Subsidy Scheme No One Knows How Big

A few weeks ago, we reported on the wide discrepancy in the numbers of Tamil Nadu state’s colour television giveaway scheme initiated by the DMK Government, now halted by the…

India & China Up Spend In Myanmar

India & China Up Spend In Myanmar

India has stepped up investments in Myanmar, which is evident from the recent $500 mn credit announcement for various developmental projects, during the closing day of a 4-day visit of…