Monthly Archives: March 2018

Kissa kursi ka…

Organising the Republic Day Parade at India Gate is an enormous task but the Defence Ministry manages to make it memorable and exclusive year after year. The Ministry is ably aided by the CPWD which takes care of logistics like … Continue reading

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Food Mafia in UP

Who is the most powerful functionary in the Uttar Pradesh bureaucracy? Obvious answer should be the Chief Secretary of the state. No. The most influential civil servant in Uttar Pradesh is the Panchayat Secretary of a District. He is the … Continue reading

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Lobbyist Bibek Debroy

Aregime change normally brings new faces. But, some academicians, economists and theory pro-pounders have survived the UPA1, 2 and NDA regimes. One such economist is NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy. An analysis of his advocacy reveals the forces operating the … Continue reading

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Eccentric Barugaru

Sanjay Baru alias Barugaru is a seasoned professional (he was a journalist once upon a time). Many say that professionals generally don’t have a loyalty factor in their genes; they move wherever their bread and butter are earned. Sanjay Baru … Continue reading

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UIDAI falls flat on its feet

As of February 15, 2018, the Government has issued over 117 crore Aadhaar cards with a countrywide coverage of over 89 per cent. In some of the States and Union Territories, such as Delhi, Goa, Chandigarh, Punjab and Kerala, the … Continue reading

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Who cares about Parliament business?

THE meeting of the Business Advisory Committees of both the Houses was recently convened to discuss which issues are to be tabled in the House. The Rajya Sabha committee meeting was chaired by its chairman Venkaiah Naidu, but no minister … Continue reading

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Kanimozhi meets Rahul

TAMIL NADU is likely to be the main State which will decide the fate of the politics of 2019. The next political battle will be fought in Chennai. Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, is learnt to have met … Continue reading

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Railway signals

THERE is a fierce war in the Ministry of Railways over selection of a telecom network model for the much-needed Modernisation of Signalling and Telecom Project. The plan is to go in for European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2. … Continue reading

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The Cat is Out of the Bag

Andimuthu Raja’s book on 2G scam is indeed a revelation. However, it’s an exposure in the form of omissions. It has indeed opened a new Pandora’s Box on the Rs. 176,000-crore scandal. But it also hides more than it discloses. … Continue reading

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Perennial Reformist

NARENDRA Kumar was born on July 10, 1957, in Delhi’s Karol Bagh, in a family deep into poverty. His father Late Lila Ram Molparia, who had five daughters and three sons, was trying to find his moorings after migrating from … Continue reading

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