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Gimmick aimed at elections

Bhala Chandra Shadangi In a desperate and cynical move, the BJP-led government at the Centre moved to amend the Constitution to provide reservation for the economically weak upper castes in admissions to Educational institutions and in government jobs. The poor among the SCs, STs and...

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Collegium in the dock

Jayakrishna Sahu The Collegium System is being finger-pointed after the Supreme Court Collegium recommended Justice Dinesh Maheswari and Justice Sanjiv Khanna for elevation to the Supreme Court by superseding several other judges, and President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the recommendations. Not only is Justice...

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Snail’s pace learning

SN Misra & Sanjaya Kumar Ghadai The non-governmental organisation Pratham has been producing the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) each year. ASER-2018 covered 596 rural districts with 17,730 villages, 3.54 lakh households and 5.46 lakh children in the age group 3-16. Based on findings...

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Quota without jobs

Santosh Kumar Mohapatra With the 2019 general elections fast approaching, the BJP’s desperation to retain power by hook or by crook is mounting. This is reflected in the abrupt passage of the 124th constitutional amendment that grants 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections...

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Disadvantage medicine buyer

Guru Prasad Mohanta You may no longer be able to afford new, patented medicines as the government has amended the Drugs (Price Control) Order — a move that would benefit mighty foreign pharmaceutical companies. The amended order has decontrolled pricing of innovative patented and orphan...

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Issue above political slugfest

SN Misra In a bizarre turn of events, Alok Verma, who was reinstated as Director-CBI by the Supreme Court January 8, was unseated January 10 by a selection committee. The Prime Minister and Justice AK Sikri, nominated by the CJI, were convinced that the charges...

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Chaos at top of pyramid

Bijay Ketan Patnaik Only 1,411 tigers left in the wild: National print and electronic media highlighted this point when the report of Tiger Census 2006 — conducted by Wildlife Institute of India using camera trap method for the first time — was published in 2008....

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Still treading water

Natabar Khuntia The government of Odisha presented a separate budget for agriculture the first time for the financial year 2013-14. It was called part one of the budget and the general budget was called part two. After Karnataka and Chhattisagarh, Odisha was the third state...

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Better devolution vital

Santosh Kumar Mohapatra Centre—states fiscal relations and related spheres of activities of the two levels of government constitute some of the most litigious issues. In India, Centre-states fiscal relations relate to distribution of power in resource mobilisation between the Centre and states and sharing of...

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