Move over Kerala! Gujarat is the new star in COVID-19 fight

Even as the rest of the country is seeing an accelerated increase in the number of new Coronavirus cases reported every day, the western Indian state of Gujarat has is reporting a surprising decline in the number of active cases every day. It has also shown a remarkable stability in the number of new COVID-19 […]

‘Absolutely Deplorable’ – Subramanian Swamy on Jayant Sinha garlanding convicts

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy termed as ‘absolutely deplorable’ the action of union minister Jayant Sinha garlanding eight men held guilty of lynching a Muslim trader. “What Jayant Sinha did was absolutely deplorable, and I would call it disgusting.. if somebody has been kept in jail and just come out on bail,” Swami said in an […]

Tamil Nadu, West Bengal & Rajasthan lead in MGNREGS employment generation

Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Rajasthan are the three states that have been the biggest beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, which promises 100 days of manual labor to anyone who is interested. Tamil Nadu generated 126.04 cr days of work under the scheme in the last four years, accounting for […]

BJP stares at a loss in both seats in Uttar Pradesh bypoll

BYPOLL RESULTS SP/BSP/RJD BJP CONG GORAKHPUR 308,000 279,000 11,443 PHULPUR 250,000 217,100 12,444 ARARIYA 203,000 182,000 BHABUA 56,000 43,000 24,300 JAHANABAD The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to be facing an unexpected setback in Uttar Pradesh with both Lok Sabha seats seeing leads for the opposition. The victory of the BSP-SP alliance could have far reaching […]

Nitish, Lalu and the ‘Post Truth’ Politics of Bihar

In the so-called ‘post truth’ politics, facts and ideology do not have a place – it is emotion and rhetoric that counts. When Nitish Kumar decided to part ways with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in late 2013 opposing the elevation of Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate of its alliance partner BJP, the reason […]

Police Custody Deaths: Bihar safest, Maharashtra most dangerous

A total of 308 people died in police custody in the three years from 2013 to 2015 — including 75 in Maharashtra — but not a single policeman was convicted in any case related to custody deaths in the country during those years, data from the home ministry showed. On an overall level, Maharashtra led in […]

Munger becomes first fully electrified district in Bihar

Munger in South Bihar has become the first fully electrified district in the state. A total of 27 districts are being electrified under “Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rural Electrification Scheme.” “The deadline for completion i.e. 20 August 2016 was extremely challenging, yet the company was able to complete the task well before deadline,” said Ashoka Buildcon, […]

Kerala richest, Bihar poorest: according to expenditure numbers from NSSO survey

The average amount spent by an Indian has gone up by 66% in rural areas 70% in urban areas — with Keralites being the “richest” among the big states, according to the results of the last year’s expenditure survey the Government of India’s National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). The average (per head) expenditure figures are […]