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Sanitation and garbage disposal are two major areas that lend a bad name to India and cause ill-health besides making the urbanscape squalid. The issue is gathering a lot of focus these days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the issue from the ramparts of the Lal Qila on August 15 this year on the […]

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1.4 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday! UN Millennium Development Goals Report India continues to battle poverty, child and maternal deaths, according to a United Nations report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that said, while several key global targets have been met, more sustained effort is needed to cover disparities by the […]

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Of the 543 members, 130 members of the 16th Lok Sabha are from political families, i.e., about 25% of the total MPs in the lower house. A survey by The Hindu, finds that these 130 MPs are either spouse, offspring, parents, or siblings of current or former MPs or MLAs. Surprisingly, the ruling BJP has […]

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Building Bridges is Necessary Mohammed Atique In a democracy we need to build bridges with everyone, however unpalatable their ideology may be for us. Bhartiya Janata Party should not be considered an untouchable. A community is more likely to isolate itself by not talking to a particular group or party as power alternates between different […]

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Ours is a Westminster style Parliamentary system in which one who gets more votes than all others in the fray, gets elected. For instance, if 50,000 people cast their votes in a constituency and four candidates received 15,000, 14,000, 11,000, and 10,000 votes respectively, the first one who received less than one-third of the total […]

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Mandate-2014 The 2014 Lok Sabha Election is a major watershed in electoral history of India in that it has delivered a decisive mandate for a single party rule despite it receiving less than one-third of votes. Following were the broader trends noticed: * The Bhartiya Janata Party which is mandated to rule the Centre for […]

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 Higher education aims at developing human resources for economic growth in contrast to primary and secondary education which focus on social development of any nation. Hence, the learning after secondary schools should focus on equipping the students with specialized skills.  India has around 700 universities and 35,000 colleges. India spends 3.5% of its […]

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Sanitation, Hygiene Situation Grim A rcent report indicates that 53% of Indians, or 600 millions of them, defecate in the open. The report is charitable. Not long ago Union Minister Jairam Ramesh had put the figure at 64%, a global record. The malady costs the nation Rs. 3,24,000 crore every year in premature death and […]

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The share of girls in the total enrolment at primary and upper primary level was 19% and 46.5% respectively in the year 2005-06; this increased to 48.5 and 48.1 at primary and upper primary levels respectively in 2009-10. It is today’s children who will be the leaders of the nation in future.” The time-tested axiom […]

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