India’s Mars Mission Is Cheapest, Most Successful Ever

  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history by becoming the world’s only space agency to reach Mars on its first attempt. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), unofficially called Mangalyaan, is also the cheapest spacecraft to reach Earth’s neighbour.   MOM was launched atop the indigenously built Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C25 on … Continued

Govt Finds Rs 1 Lakh Crore ($16Bn) Undisclosed Income

  The Government has detected over Rs 1 lakh crore ($16 billion) worth of undisclosed income by various tax payers across the country after conducting search-and-seizure operations and surveys in the last financial year (2013-14).   The data shows that there has been a huge jump in undisclosed income to over Rs 90,390 crore in … 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

Make Rs 3.78 Lakh Income Totally Tax-Free: Survey

The “middle class” feels that the Government must make annual income of Rs 3.78 lakh totally tax-free since Rs 31,500 is needed for an average quality of life for a family of four people.   This was one of the key findings of a nationwide, pre-budget survey done by C-Voter. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will … Continued

Why Is It So Hard For Liberals To Accept Modi’s Victory?

It is a wait-and-watch situation for the Indian liberals who continue to be skeptical about Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi.   The BoomNews’s show #TheIndiaHangout’s panel discussion, anchored by Govindraj Ethiraj, with journalists Ayaz Memon, Kumar Ketkar and James Crabtree, came to the view that liberal thoughts may change based on action in the future by … Continued

Breaking Down The New Mandate

So, what worked in favour of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leader Narendra Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections? A clear shift of Dalit/Muslim votes to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a vote for governance and leadership and a clear preference for the BJP among young voters.   That, among others, are the salient points … Continued

Import-Dependency Has To Come Down: CPM’s Subhashini Ali

Subhashini Ali, Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate from Barrackpore, West Bengal, says the nation needs a strong democratic front to fight for the rights of the common man. Ali feels the issue of unemployment cannot be addressed if we continue to be an import-dependent economy. A key issue to be tackled after the elections, … Continued