Surprise, Surprise: Delhi Only Metro With Free Water Offer

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may have set a new trend in Indian politics – promising free water to everybody in the state.   While freebies like television sets, food processors and rice are common across the nation, this could perhaps be the first time a politician has promised 700 litres of free water. And … Continued

Understanding Judicial Behaviour; An IndiaSpend First

  The year 2013 saw extensive judicial activisim, not unlike recent years. The activism was welcomed in some cases but also faced considerable criticism in others.   Even if the Parliamentary process was to become more assertive as it should, it is unlikely we are going to see a substantial diminishing of the judiciary’s role … Continued

Fact Check: Jayanthi Natarajan on Environmental Clearances

Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan recently quit as Minister of Environment and Forests (MoEF), a move accompanied by speculation that she was shunted for stalling important infrastructure projects.   When asked, Ms Natarajan said: “No projects have been put on hold. No projects at all …” She added that “Only 8% projects come to MoEF. 92% … Continued

India to be World’s 3rd Largest Economy by 2028

    India is expected to overtake Japan in 2028 to become the world’s third largest economy, after China and the United States, said London based leading economic consultancy Centre For Economics and Business Research (Cebr), in its annual report The World Economic League Table.   Here are some interesting highlights from the report:   •India … Continued

Ahmedabad, Delhi top cities where most buses are stolen

Bus owners might want to be extra cautious when it comes to cities like Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Faridabad and Pune as these cities have the highest number of buses stolen in 2012, as per data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). In fact, bus theft has increased by 63 percent to 303 buses stolen … Continued

Indian Slums Declining Fast!

Tall high rises with pockets of slums adjoining them are a common sight in a bustling metropolis like Mumbai. It is now well documented that slum dwellers enjoy a higher level of economic prosperity than rural India where they often hail from. But they also have to face tough living conditions like overcrowding, lack of … Continued

Indian Foreign Service Officers & Their ‘Value’ System !

  Indian Foreign Service (IFS) official Devyani Khobragade was arrested recently in New York over charges of a fraudulent visa application for her maid brought from India.   She was subsequently released on a $250,000 bond but the arrest and the outrage that followed the methodology (strip-search) of the arrest also dredged up some interest … Continued

Jabalpur Most Unsafe Indian City For Women

Contrary to popular opinion, Delhi is not the most unsafe place for women if we were to use reported rape cases as a benchmark.   Data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB 2012) shows that this distinction goes to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh which tops the list in terms of number of reported rape crimes. Jabalpur has … Continued