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Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

I have, applied the system with spectacular results in many situations and departments. In the Commercial Tax Department a large number of p
20 Feb 2017, 11:42 PM IST
Experts optimistic on economic growth

Experts optimistic on economic growth

Against the backdrop of robust macro-economic stability, the financial year 2016-17, was marked by two major domestic policy developments-th
20 Feb 2017, 11:35 PM IST
Budget – Reforms on election funding

Budget – Reforms on election funding

The fundamental of a vibrant democracy is periodic elections. Elections to be meaningful should be conducted free and fair with a level play
17 Feb 2017, 11:36 PM IST
Key Highlights of Union Budget 2017-18

Key Highlights of Union Budget 2017-18

On 1st February 2017,  the Finance Minister of India presented Union Budget 2017, to set out the government’s policies for the next year.
14 Feb 2017, 11:43 PM IST
Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

As Chief Secretary I started what was called the INSTAX (Instant Access to Exceptional Information) Station. Instead of relying on the slow
13 Feb 2017, 11:44 PM IST

Renewed focus on maternal and child care

10 Feb 2017, 11:24 PM IST

Understanding Nagoya Protocol

10 Feb 2017, 01:09 AM IST

Universal Basic Income

10 Feb 2017, 01:03 AM IST

So you want to join IAS?

08 Feb 2017, 10:54 PM IST

The President of India

08 Feb 2017, 01:56 AM IST

Understanding Fundamental rights

06 Feb 2017, 11:43 PM IST

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

06 Feb 2017, 11:34 PM IST

Understanding State Legislatures

04 Feb 2017, 12:09 AM IST

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Reforms in India’s Foreign Trade Policy

Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, The list of slogans for the government’s economic initiatives is ever expanding. 
02 Feb 2017, 10:57 PM IST

Special officer for linguistic minorities

Article 350B (1) The Special Officer acting as a Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in India, who appointed by the President of India. This Officer is known as National Commiss
31 Jan 2017, 11:17 PM IST

Peeping into the future

This week I am going to introduce you to the work of a few authors whose imagination dwelt in the future. They foresaw what the consequences of advanced technology would be like in
30 Jan 2017, 11:51 PM IST

Over optimistic or a trouble for developing nations

The overall goal of the Paris agreement, to keep global temperature rise to a specified quantum compared to pre-industrial levels, is pegged at either “below 1.5°C”, or, as
30 Jan 2017, 11:28 PM IST

Dispute resolution between Union, States

In a constitutional set-up where powers are distributed between the Union and the States, it is natural to expect disputes as to on which side of the boundary a particular matter f
27 Jan 2017, 11:48 PM IST

India’s nuclear doctrine

The purpose behind India’s nuclear tests in 1998 was to demonstrate weapons capability. India has a doctrine of credible minimum deterrence. It means that India would launch its
27 Jan 2017, 12:36 AM IST

Understanding DPSP

The idea of Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) has been borrowed from Irish constitution and enumerated in Part IV (Article 36-51) of Indian Constitution. 
25 Jan 2017, 10:59 PM IST

Indian economy is slowing

India’s GDP growth is estimated to slow down to 7.1 per cent in current fiscal, from 7.6 per cent in 2015-16, mainly due to slump in manufacturing, mining and construction sector
25 Jan 2017, 10:38 PM IST

Understanding Jallikattu

A Large number of youth from Tamil Nadu has taken it on their shoulders to revive Jalikattu in the state. 
25 Jan 2017, 12:28 AM IST

Low tax to GDP ratio in India

India’s tax-to-GDP ratio is at 16.6% is well below the emerging market economies (EME) and OECD averages of about 21% and 34% respectively. Taxation is the key to long run politi
25 Jan 2017, 12:08 AM IST

Some tips about preparing for interviews for selection to the Central, State Civil Services

My advice is that, every day, you must read one newspaper of your choice from cover to cover. Whatever word, expression or context you fail to understand, you must make sure that y
23 Jan 2017, 11:36 PM IST

Focusing on major problems of marginal farmers

In India, out of 121 million agricultural holdings, 99 million are with small and marginal farmers, with a land share of just 44 per cent and a farmer population share of 87 per ce
23 Jan 2017, 11:21 PM IST

Fundamental Rights vs Directive Principles

If a conflict arises between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy, which should prevail? Fundamental Rights or DPSP? It is hard to answer it as India’s ape
21 Jan 2017, 12:51 AM IST

Answer writing strategy for IAS Mains exam

After IAS Prelims 2016 results was declared, aspirants are left with a presumption on whether UPSC will continue emphasizing on current affairs or it may change the streak and ask
21 Jan 2017, 12:34 AM IST

Taxation powers of Union and States

Division of financial powers and functions among different levels of the federal polity are asymmetrical, with a pronounced bias for revenue taxing powers at the Union level while
20 Jan 2017, 12:28 AM IST

Empowering persons with disabilities

Parliamentarians passed the historic Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016, in the just-concluded winter Session of Parliament. 
18 Jan 2017, 10:37 PM IST

Fundamental Rights Vs Fundamental Duties

Fundamental rights and Fundamental duties are two terms that appear to be one and the same when it comes to their meaning and concept. Strictly speaking they are not so. They are t
17 Jan 2017, 11:09 PM IST

Legislative relations between Union and State

The Constitution, based on the principle of federalism with a strong and indestructible Union, has a scheme of distribution of legislative powers designed to blend the imperatives
17 Jan 2017, 11:02 PM IST

Do’s and don’ts in interviews

Nowadays I spend a lot of time talking to youngsters who are preparing for various types of competitive examinations.
16 Jan 2017, 10:45 PM IST

Raising farmers income vital

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently called for focusing on higher agricultural productivity through the use of latest technology and high-yielding crop varieties to help double
16 Jan 2017, 10:38 PM IST