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What's wrong with electoral bonds -Bishwajit Bhattacharyya

is deeply flawed. Electoral bonds as envisaged here open up yet another route to further the unholy nexus between corporate houses and political parties, which that has been at the root of high level Corruption in the country. If the Government was genuinely looking for a solution that it claims has eluded us for 70 years, then this is certainly not it. Opaque practices Consider a situation: A large corporate, ‘A’, plans to donate a

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Waiting for the Lokpal -Anjali Bhardwaj & Amrita Johri

nd how the law should be enforced. Failure to implement the Lokpal law by the Bharatiya Janata Party government is an indication of how the party is reneging with impunity on its poll promise of a Corruption-free India. A lack of will on the part of the government to implement the anti-Corruption law can be inferred from its various actions and inactions in the last three years. With the government&rs

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Should we privatise water? -Himanshu Thakkar, Arun Lakhani & Mihir Shah

ocated. Widespread gaps There are lacunae in the urban water sector which are being used as a justification for pushing water privatisation. Lacunae include losses, inefficiency, unreliability, Corruption, issues of quality, and mismanagement. All of these are symptoms; the root cause is lack of democratic governance. If we look at the experiences anywhere in the world with privatisation of water, nowhere has it sustained over a long period o

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Note ban hit not just poor, but manufacturing sector too: House panel -Abantika Ghosh

A Parliamentary panel has come down heavily on demonetisation, describing it as one that not just inconvenienced the poor but also affected the manufacturing sector. “It was an effort to combat Corruption, tax evasion and counterfeiting and eradicate black money. However, the committee realises that inevitably, it is the low income and rural households who have been the hardest hit by the currency reform. Demonetisation has weighed heavily on th

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India's sugarcane farmers: A cycle of debt and suicide -Janos Chiala & Vinith Xavier

book about Hind Swaraj (Indian Home Rule), he argued that farmers had "managed with the same kind of plough as existed thousands of years ago" and that rural India remained untouched by the Corruptions of modernity. India achieved its independence in 1947 and in the 1960s, in order to feed its growing population, it embraced the Green Revolution and introduced modern technologies, chemical fertilisers and pesticides to its agriculture.

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Scramble to calm RTI jitters -Anita Joshua

pointed out that when the UPA government tried to bring the two provisions on abatement and withdrawal of appeals, activists had fought back on the premise that several people using the law to expose Corruption had lost their lives in the process. The refrain among RTI activists is that closure of appeals on death and allowing people to withdraw appeals before the process is completed will further endanger their lives. A meeting has been called tom

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Aadhaar Exposed 4 Lakh 'Ghosts' In Mid-Day Meals? Claims May Not Add Up -Sreenivasan Jain

haar, four lakh 'ghost' or duplicate students enrolled with the state education department had been detected. This discovery was used to bolster the government's defence that Aadhaar can help curb Corruption in the school lunch scheme, and ward off criticism from critics who argue that the move is both illegal, and impractical. A closer look suggests that the government's claims do not quite add up. Of the four lakh non-existent students disc

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Swim against funding tide -Charu Sudan Kasturi

parties annually. Many countries with more chequered, or recent, trysts with democracy have over the past decade strengthened their monitoring norms for political funding. Plagued like India by Corruption, Brazil made it mandatory in 2010 for political parties to reveal the details of all donations on their websites. Since 2011, Kenya, Tunisia and Cyprus have required parties to publish annually in newspapers the details of all the donations

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Counterfeiting of new notes worries agencies

at the old notes were being scrapped and new Rs. 2,000 ones were being introduced as part of the government’s efforts to weed out black money and fake currency, which would eventually eradicate Corruption and terror funding. As per the Home Ministry’s reply in the Lok Sabha, from November 9, 2016, to March 7 this year, 3,346 pieces of fake Rs. 2,000 notes had been recovered. The issue was discussed threadbare at a high-level meeting

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Nagaland Police Constable Shows the Way to Swachh Bharat -Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

ork,” he said. With no elections to the urban local bodies (ULBs) being held for years in the state, the town council has been more or less non-functional. There has also been allegations of Corruption and misuse of funds against the Pfutsero town council. In January, keeping the impending ULB elections in mind, the existing town council was dissolved and services were put under the direct supervision of the additional district commissioner (

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