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Questioning the “Phenomenal Success” of Aadhaar-linked Direct Benefit Transfers for LPG

The Aadhaar-linked Direct Benefit Transfer scheme for reducing leakages in Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) subsidies has been widely advertised as a phenomenal success and has been used to promote Aadhaar and DBT in other spheres by prominent government officials. However, analyses of various studies and data shows that the government’s tall claims of savings cannot be confirmed and leaves much to be questioned.

Demonetisation and Cash Shortage

Demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes has resulted in a cash shortage. Non-cash medium of payments may be encouraged by this shortage, but, with supplies only from the domestic currency presses, the shortage is unlikely to disappear by the end of 2016. Import of currency printed abroad may provide a solution for ending it sooner. The impact of the shortage, if it continues, will be fully felt in the last quarter of 2016–17. Its growth impact in 2016–17 could be 0.7%–1.3% depending on how much shortage continues, and for how long.

Bank 'Gandhigiri', Cashless Hara-kiri in Marathwada

As demonetisation woes deepen, an Osmanabad bank does little to recover Rs. 352 crores owed by two sugar factories, but threatens 20,000 farmers who owe it Rs. 180 crores with public humiliation

Do Personal Laws Get their Authority from Religion or the State—Revisiting Constitutional Status

What enables an obscurantist, patriarchal body such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board to challenge the state’s authority to intervene in Muslim Personal Law is uncertainty over the constitutional status of personal laws, that is, does the authority of personal law come from religion or the secular state. However, what eventually came to be known as “Hindu and Mahomedan laws” were creations of the colonial state following a complex process of rationalisation, rather than a simple codification of religious commands.

Protests in Australia Against Adani Coal Mining Project

The Adani Mining Pty Ltd is confident of commencing construction of the Carmichael mine by mid-2017, which will be Australia's largest coal mine, despite growing concerns and protests from environmental and indigenous groups that it will jeopardise the Great Barrier Reef and Aboriginal heritage. There were protests in Melbourne and Townsville, where Adani announced that he will set up the headquarters of the project. These groups are calling on the Australian government to invest in solar energy rather than coal, while the proponents for the mine say it will create jobs and boost the local economy. The Adani Group is also planning solar projects in Australia with a capacity of 1,500 MW within five years. The coal projects are yet to reach financial closure.

Media and Modi

The Prime Minister could continue to browbeat those in the media who criticise him. Ever since Modi came to power in Delhi there has been "a conspiracy of silence" in large sections of the national media that have chosen to look the other way where his many transgressions are concerned.

Curry Mixed With Demonetisation and a Pinch of Pesticide

When the government outlawed 86 per cent of India’s currency, burying his hope of selling land to pay off growing debts, Varda Balayya of Dharmaram village in Telangana killed himself and tried to poison his entire family by mixing pesticide in their chicken curry

The Cashless Economy of Chikalthana

In Chikalthana village, the prime minister’s dream of a cashless economy seems to have been realised. Nobody has any cash.

‘Ban’ on Reporting From Kerala Courts

The entry of the media to the open court to report its proceedings is a constitutional right, not a special favour of the judges or advocates. Court proceedings and wider functioning of the judiciary are subjects that the public have every right to scrutinise. The bar association activists’ act of preventing the media from entering the courts of Kerala is illegal, unconstitutional, and hence, punishable.

Telangana Chief Minister Makes Cornwallis Turn in His Grave

K Chandrasekhar Rao has increased the number of districts in Telangana from 11 to 31 ostensibly to improve administration. But the move seems aimed at consolidating his party’s support base.

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