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Decoding asset monetisation

08-Sep-2021

The National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) is a bold initiative which the government takes to help  fulfill infrastructure gaps in the country. The NMP is not about the sale of government-owned assets or privatisation or disinvestment.

The judicial role in improving lawmaking

07-Sep-2021

The deterioration in the quality of deliberation in Parliament over time has prompted calls for reform from different stakeholders. Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana also highlighted this problem, noting that the ambiguities and gaps in laws passed without meaningful deliberation trigger avoidable litigation.

The key to revitalising India’s reservation system

National 07-Sep-2021

Recent introduction of reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examinations and a renewed debate on caste census have once again brought the debate on affirmative action in the limelight.

The next step in democratic evolution is overdue

06-Sep-2021

The human body, like a nation, is composed of structures and processes which are held together by a bony skeleton. When vital processes become weak, the body becomes unhealthy even if the frame is strong.

It’s time to build BRICS better

04-Sep-2021

The 13th BRICS summit is set to be held on September 9 in digital format under India’s chairmanship. India also held the chair in 2012 and 2016. This plurilateral grouping comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is chaired by turn.

The sovereign right to tax is not absolute

02-Sep-2021

Recent amendments in the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Act nullify the tax clause provision that allows the government to levy taxes retrospectively.The 2012 amendment overturned the Supreme Court’s decision in Vodafone International Holdings v.

Towards a more humane police force

01-Sep-2021

Earlier this month, Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana expressed concern at the degree of human rights violations in police stations in the country. He said that “the threat to human rights and bodily integrity is the highest in police stations”.

Still hanging fire on transparency

31-Aug-2021

In a recent judgment, a Supreme Court Bench fined eight political parties for being in contempt of the Court’s directions to inform citizens about the criminal antecedents of their candidates. In 2004, 24% of the Members of Parliament had criminal cases pending against them.

 

What’s new in higher education

30-Aug-2021

Delhi University has approved a four-year undergraduate course from next year as part of the new National Education Policy. The New Education Policy (NEP) proposes several reforms for higher education and if implemented in letter and spirit, the NEP can change the classroom experience.

Asset monetisation — execution is the key

28-Aug-2021

Following through on the Budget’s plan to monetise public assets in order to fund fresh capital expenditure on infrastructure, the Government has released an exhaustive list of projects and facilities to be offered to private investors.

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