Bank frauds and the HR factor in PSU banks

Context: One common strand running through the cacophony on the bank frauds making the news is the human resource (HR) failure in implementing measures for “preventive vigilance”. So much so that the central vigilance commissioner has had to step in and order the transfer of all officers who have exceeded Read More …

The Forest Rights Act 2006-All About it

Context: Millions of people live in and near India’s forest lands, but have no legal right to their homes, lands or livelihoods. A few government officials have all power over forests and forest dwellers. The result? Both forests and people die. This Act recognises forest dwellers’ rights and makes conservation Read More …

Unhealthy Binaries

Context: As India moves towards creating structures for universal healthcare with the National Health Protection Scheme, we need to get rid of some bugaboos that have kept important providers of healthcare out of the purview of public good in India.  Misleading belief: The first, most deep-rooted misleading belief, is that Read More …

Must Read News Articles – March 13-2018

Artefacts of ‘pre-Iron Age’ excavated in Odisha SC seeks data on child sex abusers The cost of education Indo-French harmony: on President Macron’s visit to India Always a rule-maker U.K. fumes at French offer to Indian students S-400 deal may be finalised by March 31 Noted positive remarks by India, Read More …

Must Read News Articles – March 12-2018

A breakthrough and a gamble Saving Ghouta ‘Centre finalising Cauvery scheme’ Bifurcation and blame Under a humane Constitution A welcome quietus India commits $1.4 billion for solar energy worldwide PNB fraud: RBI starts special audit of public sector banks ‘Bank recap should be part of broader reform package’ Two-factor authentication Read More …

Russia test-fires ‘ideal’ hypersonic missile

Context: Russia  has successfully launched a hypersonic missile which President Vladimir Putin called “an ideal weapon” as he unveiled a new array of next-generation arms earlier this month. More details: The high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Read More …