The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has proposed changes to the Right to Information Act, which was last amended in 2012. Hindustan Times reported that as per the proposed changes, RTI applicants will have to pay more to obtain information and a 500-word limit will be put on the RTI application. Let’s understand from RTI activists of what the government is proposing. Is the 500-Word Limit on RTI Pleas New? Satyananda Mishra, ex-Chief Information Commissioner, said that the word limit is not new and has been around for a few years now. He added: The issue before the DoPT and the government was that RTI applications were inordinately long and a single application could run into several pages, seeking hundreds of queries. This would make it difficult for the res
The Lok Sabha approved a proposal by the government as part of amendments to the Finance Bill, 2017 that relaxes conditions for corporate funding to political parties. One of the major points of controversy surrounding the move is the confidentiality provided to corporate and removal of limit on funding as regards to proportion of profit previously limited at 7.5 per cent. On the face of it, the move seems to make the political funding system more opaque. However, diving deep, it actually makes sense to remove these restrictions as it allows accounted money from corporate to flow into the political system rather than unaccounted money that finds its way into the system dubiously filtered through multiple channels. The move may fare better on merit in comparison to the previous system in...
Is there a tax loophole that the ex-Finance Minister devised that he himself is taking advantage of? The 200 page Income Tax (IT) report shows that the former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has engaged in a funny deal with his wife Nalini and son Karti. As per the agreements seized in the joint raid of Income Tax and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), there appears to be an inspired scheme to fool the taxman through bogus agreements. After getting out of power in mid 2014, Chidambaram who claims to be a resident in Delhi’s Gymkhana Club enters into curious rent agreement with Nalini and Karti living in Chennai. As per thagreement Nalini and Karti own a floor of a multi-storeyed building having the address 115A at posh Jor Bagh in Delhi. These two owners decided to rent one of the floors
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s unprecedented victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections has left everyone asking the same question – how did the party manage to register such a thumping majority? Here are eight reasons why the BJP won big in the state. 1. Modi’s Connect With The People Much of the credit for the BJP’s win in Uttar Pradesh goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The win is testament to the trust he enjoys among the people of the state. During the party’s aggressive campaigning, PM Modi did not forgo a single opportunity to lead from the front, even if that meant a prolonged stay in Varanasi. 2. Demonetization Effect A lot was said about demonetization and its effects on the common man. However, the way things have panned out, it appears that the ma
The number of Indian Muslims is projected to rise to more than 300 million by 2050, making India the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, according to the latest data released by the Pew Research Center, a US-based think tank. The estimated change in the population size worldwide from 2010 to 2050 is projected to be 73 percent for Muslims and 34 percent for Hindus. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in terms of population currently. By 2050, India will have the largest populations of two religions in the world: Hinduism and Islam. The actual number of Muslims in India will be about 311 million in 2050, about 11 percent of the global Muslim population. As per the research, rise in the Muslim population is high due to the young median age of 22 and high fertility ra
Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr, Captain Mandeep Singhand, started a social media campaign, “I am not scared of ABVP”, soon after the violent clashes that took place in DU’s Ramjas College. Gurmehar Kaur, is the same girl, who in her video, said,”Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him”. Kaur has her own liberal views. She is fighting to bring peace between India and Pakistan. Gurmehar believes that war is the reason why our soldiers lose their lives. But, people couldn’t agree with her liberal logic behind the statement she made and reacted negatively, though, there were some who supported her. Surprisingly, former cricketer, Virender Sehwag also showed which side of the debate he is on. Take a look at what Sehwag tweeted: https://twitter.com/virendersehw
Who said you need smart phones to book seats on trains and buses? All you require is a handkerchief, and the grimier, the better. The other day the train had barely pulled into a station when a large, hairy, male hand plunged in through the window, startling the bespectacled young man huddled in the side seat out of his catnap. It dangled a tiny lady’s handkerchief like a pendulum under his nose. Now fully awake, the chap, showing signs of being a hypochondriac, involuntarily jerked his head away, stopped breathing and watched the grubby hanky anxiously while trying to distance himself from it and the germs it probably carried, but the hanky persisted in pursuing his nose. Alarmed, he withdrew further and further into his seat quite determined to disappear through its back, when
President Donald Trump drew bipartisan criticism when he defended Vladimir Putin against charges the Russian president was a killer, telling Bill O'Reilly Sunday, "We've got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country's so innocent?" Democrats and Republicans condemned Trump's remarks. But while critics attacked the president for drawing what they called a "moral equivalency" between the U.S. and Putin's Russia, what Trump said is unavoidably true: especially when it comes to war, America kills. So just how many foreigners has America killed over the course of its history? It’s a tricky question to answer. While the U.S. does a good job of tracking American casualties, it doesn’t do quite as well tallying up the casualties it incurs on its enemies. By using a variety of estimates,
Viewed from Silicon Valley, the progress that India has made in building a digital infrastructure, evokes awe. The American technology industry fancies itself as the global leader in innovation, yet India has leapt far ahead. Silicon Valley’s technology investors hype complex technologies such as bitcoin and blockchain. But India, with simple and practical innovations and massive grunt work, has built a digital infrastructure that will soon process billions more transactions than these do. India is about to skip two generations of financial technologies and build something as monumental as China’s Great Wall and America’s interstate highways. Though few people in the West know of Aadhaar, it has been the largest and most successful information technology project in the world.
The Indian flag is a sacred symbol of independence. It invokes a sense of immense pride in the heart of every patriot. The tricolour is a reminder of the incredible struggle and unparalleled sacrifice made by the leaders of our fight for freedom. It’s a physical embodiment of the unshakable Indian spirit. It’s a symbol to be revered. Therefore, it’s enraging to find the Indian being disrespected in such a manner. A rectangular, non-slip doormat with the Indian national flag printed on the front was an actual item being sold on Amazon. The listing has since been removed by the seller. Apart from the Indian flag, the website also has listings of doormats made of the United States flag and its various state flags. While a few western countries do approve of the use of their fl