THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
22 September 2017
Government
LARGE HYDROPOWER PROJECTS
Throwing good money after bad

Shripad Dharmadhikary critically examines the proposed push for hydro power projects in the recently released Draft National Energy Policy for public comments by NITI Aayog.

Environment

URBANISATION
Financing urban development Several schemes to address different Indian urban issues are introduced by the government. Prachee Mishra discusses the fiscal and policy level challenges these schemes will encounter.
Urban Cities
NDA GOVERNMENT
Popularity vs Performance Pradeep Baisakh analyses a recently released report by human rights activists and civil society organizations to see how the present government has performed in the three years it has been in power.
Opinions Human Rights
UID DEBATE
Overview of the legal issues around Aadhaar Anviti Chaturvedi of PRS Legislative Research discusses how the Aadhaar project started, why the courts have stepped in to examine its legality, and some aspects of the recent judgement.
Laws
ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS
Environment Ministry to bend over backwards to whitelist illicit projects A new notification from the ministry lays out a process by which illegal units can be granted clearance and “brought into compliance” within the next six months. Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli report.
Environment
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
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