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India is ‘partly free’, says U.S. thinktank

-The Hindu Modi government cracked down on critics: report. U.S.-based human rights watchdog Freedom House has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of “driving India toward authoritarianism” with a “hamfisted lockdown”, scapegoating of Muslims, and a crackdown on critics, and downgraded India’s status from ‘Free’ to ‘Partly Free’, in its annual report. “Under Modi, India appears to have abandoned its potential to serve as a global democratic leader, elevating narrow Hindu nationalist interests...

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Karnataka: Six Killed in Explosion at Quarry Site, Second Incident in a Month

-PTI/ TheWire.in The incident took place at Hirenagavalli near Peresandra on Tuesday. Quarrying was stopped by the police on February 7 following complaints from the locals against the rampant use of gelatin sticks. Chikkaballapur: Six people were killed when the gelatin sticks they were trying to dispose of exploded accidentally at a stone quarry site in a village here early on Tuesday, police said. The incident comes close on the heels of a...

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How PLI scheme is boosting Indian manufacturing -Jagadish Shettigar and Pooja Misra

-Livemint.com The production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme is a central government scheme that seeks to make India an efficient, equitable and resilient manufacturing hub, on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a self-reliant India. Mint explains: The production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme is a central government scheme that seeks to make India an efficient, equitable and resilient manufacturing hub, on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a self-reliant...

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From Modi To Sitharaman, The Total About-Turn On MNREGA -Praveen Chakravarty

-NDTV.com In February 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a speech in Parliament, ridiculed the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) program as a symbol of the policy failures of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government headed by Dr. Manmohan Singh and, in his typical coarse style, taunted that he would bleed the program to a slow death. Exactly six years later, on February 12, 2021, Finance Minister Nirmala...

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Fish Industry in West Bengal in Troubled Waters -Shoma A Chatterji

-TheCitizen.in Fish lovers in West Bengal may soon be threatened with a scarcity in the supply of fish or rise in price or both. The fishermen and the trawler owners are very angry. Without giving a thought to the consequences of a continuous arbitrary rise in the price of diesel, petrol, kerosene and cooking gas by the central government has led to severe disbalance in the finance and employment sector in the...

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