Naxalism Rears Its Head Again But Is Losing Ground

        Left extremists or Maoists, in Indian parlance, are back in the news with plans to observe Martyrs Week, ‘Shahid Saftah’, from 28th July to 2nd August 2014, in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region. The damaging of Essar Steel’spipeline near Balapam-Vishakhapatnam district on 26th July is being highlighted as a mark of strength and part of the Martyrs … Continued

India’s Salt Is Cheap But The Land Beneath It Is Not

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament from Mumbai (North East) Kirit Somaiya recently raised the question of salt pan land in and around Mumbai.   His question was: Whether any MoU has been signed between Union Government and Government of Maharashtra for development of salt pan land in Mumbai;  (b) if so, the details thereof;  (c) … Continued

Govt Doubles `Anganwadis’ Target: To Spend Rs 9,000 Crore

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is continuing with the child welfare proramme, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), started by the previous UPA Government.   The key stated objective of ICDS is to improve the nutritional and health status of children below the age of six years.   The idea is to … Continued

How India’s Private Banks Duck NPAs

    Bad loans by public sector banks, which account for the bulk of the banking system in India, have tripled over the past three years. Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of public sector banks stood at Rs 216,739 crore at the end of March 2014, three times the figure for March 2011.   On the … Continued

Food Security Act Good Move But Yields Low: Global Agri Body

  The National Food Security Act, passed by the UPA Government which was in power from 2004 to 2014 is being seen as a positive step towards food security in India.   This view forms part of the latest Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development-Food and Agricultural Organizaton report Agricultural Outlook 2014, which included a … Continued

BRICS Upon BRICS: Now A $100 Billion Bank

   Brazil has been a destination and centre of attraction in recent days, not just for organising the FIFA World Cup 2014 but also for hosting the second cycle of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit.   The key focus of the 6th BRICS Summit in Brazil at Fortaleza was the setting … Continued

Not Playing Spoilsport: Budget 2014 & Sports

    While India has spent close to Rs 10,000 crore for sports promotion over the last five years, it has only one major claim to its credit: organising the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010.   The rest of the Government allocations, it seems, goes for the maintenance and upkeep of big stadiums … Continued