THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
24 March 2017
Government
SENIORITY ISSUE
A better way of selecting the top brass

Nothing is lost by abandoning the principle of seniority, but the armed forces need restructuring says Nitin Pai.

Nat. Security

BLACK MONEY
Demonetisation and the Rule of Law Demonetisation is primarily about the Rule of Law in our country and the capacity of the state to ensure, and abide by, the Rule of Law, comments Harish Narasappa.
Economy
JUDICIAL VACANCIES
Travesty of justice With over 2.19 crore pending cases, the Chief Justice of India pleads again to fill the numerous vacancies in the judiciary at the earliest. Ramesh Menon reports.
People Society
RESTRUCTURING WATER ORGANIZATIONS
Creating National Water Commission A recent report suggests merging the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) into a new organisation to be called the National Water Commission. Shripad Dharmadhikary comments on the report.
Water Environment
NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE
Our present and terrifying danger With the tension between India-Pakistan rising, Darryl D’Monte reports a recent discussion about the confrontation between these two nuclear states.
Nat. Security Peace
25 YEARS OF LIBERALISATION
Have we gained or lost? Pradeep Baisakh looks at the effects of the economic reforms started 25 years ago.
Economy
ELECTRIFICATION DRIVE
Lessons for rural electrification from a weaving village If electrification drives remain focused only on village electrification, connections and lighting, 'Gaaon Ka Vikaas Garv Ke Saath' will remain just rhetoric. Anjali Sharma, Ann Josey, and Sreekumar N report.
Energy MAHARASHTRA
DRAFT NATIONAL WATER FRAMEWORK BILL
The right to water for life The Draft National Water Framework Bill, put out for public comments recently, represents an important and progressive step forward despite some shortcomings and challenges involved in its implementation, writes Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Water Environment
ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE
A misplaced emphasis on highways? Why does the government continue with its blind focus on highways and expressways when infrastructure for water supply, waste management and mass transit system is in desperate need of attention? Kannan Kasturi criticises the government's prioritization and says there is more to public infrastructure than just highways and expressways.
Transport
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
How badly designed and unsafe The 30th and 5th anniversaries this year of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents respectively are the right occasions to examine India’s record in this sector, writes Darryl D’Monte.
Energy Environmental Hazards Environment
LIMBU TAMANG ISSUE
Tribal seat reservation issue rakes up storm in Sikkim The long pending issue of Limbu-Tamang tribal seat reservation in the Sikkim legislative assembly has to be resolved within the next four months as per the latest orders given by the Supreme Court. Soumik Dutta writes about how this could change the political scenario in Sikkim.
Adivasis Sikkim
PROGRESS UNDER NREGA
Jharkhand looks at better planning to aid NREGA outcomes A three-day planning process undertaken as part of a state-wide campaign called “Yojana Banao Abhiyan” to plan for NREGA implementation in every village in Jharkhand has sensitized the people and authorities to the potential of the scheme and recharged local democratic institutions. Ankita Aggarwal reports.
Labour Issues Public Funds JHARKHAND
HUMAN RIGHTS
Ishrat Jahan case: Is the political furore skirting the core issue? The Ishrat Jahan case has again hit the headlines with former home minister P Chidambaram being accused of rewriting an affidavit to prove the 19-year-old’s innocence. But the legal probe into whether she was a victim of an extra-judicial killing seems forgotten. Ramesh Menon presents a recap and investigates where things stand now.
GUJARAT Human Rights
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