Improper speed humps: Causing casualties, revealing arbitrariness

By Om Shankar Kiradoo, Kavish Vyas ABSTRACT The improper and unscientific use of speed breakers causes distraction and leads to the road accidents and loss of lives. In addition to this driver cannot recognize the unmarked speed breakers and lose their control on vehicle which also leads to accidents, injuries and death. In this essay … More Improper speed humps: Causing casualties, revealing arbitrariness

J&K GAD working at cross purposes with DoPT, delaying Central RTI Act pleas

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act, 2009 stood repealed by virtue of the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (Reorganisation Act) which came into force on 31st October, 2019. Records recently obtained under the RTI Act show, the Central Government’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) began, in … More J&K GAD working at cross purposes with DoPT, delaying Central RTI Act pleas

A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

By Deljana Iossifova, Purva Dewoolkar, Youcao Ren* Don’t take toilets for granted. Their connection to a managed sewage disposal system protects you from diseases and infections that can stunt your growth, harm your nutrition and even kill you. For some 670 million people, this basic service is not provided. In rapidly growing cities in low … More A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

Police remains poorly representative, inadequately staffed, inaccessible to majority of population

By Akhilesh Patil, Radhika Jha, Devika Prasad, Devyani Srivastava* Efficient, responsive, and accountable policing is critical to achieving an enabling environment that assures safety, security and a setting within which everyone can enjoy their fundamental rights. Each state in India has its own autonomous police department made up of personnel from two distinct cadres—the state … More Police remains poorly representative, inadequately staffed, inaccessible to majority of population

2019 polls: ECIL seeks disclosure of information on EVM, VVPAT; BEL, EC equivocate under RTI Act

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember reading my despatch from September 2019 in which I had explained how Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) did a volte face under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) about supplying information relating to Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Trail Units (VVPATs) deployed during the 2019 … More 2019 polls: ECIL seeks disclosure of information on EVM, VVPAT; BEL, EC equivocate under RTI Act

Lid on 1947-49 Kashmir files? Archives reveal Nehru intended to invade Pak in 1947 to save the state

By Venkatesh Nayak* The process of manufacturing post facto approval for the momentous changes that the Central Government made to the status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in August 2019, with Parliament’s nod, is in full swing. Apart from the chest-thumping at the recent election rallies in Maharashtra and Haryana and the latest round of military operations launched across the … More Lid on 1947-49 Kashmir files? Archives reveal Nehru intended to invade Pak in 1947 to save the state

Pranjal Patil battled  great odds  to become country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer

By Sheshu Babu* Through persistent struggles, the differently abled have achieved access to crucial jobs in society. The number might be small but they have proved that ‘disability ‘ is not hindrance to performing important productive tasks in society. Pranjal Patil, the young woman who battled  great odds  to become the country’s first visually challenged woman … More Pranjal Patil battled  great odds  to become country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer