Reforms

  • PM Modi talks 'strong SAARC' with neighbours; gets Yoga Day support January 16, 1410

    New York: Taking forward his 'neighbourhood first' policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday discussed matters of regional and bilateral cooperation with top leaders of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. The three neighbouring leaders also promised their full support to Modi's suggestion to the UN to celebrate International Yoga Day once...
  • Minister resigns over Spain's failed abortion reform September 24, 2014

    Madrid: Spain's justice minister resigned over a failed bid to restrict women's right to abortion, which had sparked mass protests and international condemnation. The reform claimed the first scalp in Spain's conservative government since it took power in 2011, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, 55, a top member of the ruling Popular Party...
  • Delhi produces 680 tonnes fish September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: A total of 680 metric tonnes fish has been produced in the national capital in this year so far, said a Delhi government official on Sunday. Besides, 18.25 lakh fish seeds have also been produced, the official said. With 15 nursery ponds, the Delhi government's fisheries department has identified 24...
  • Grand, big picture reforms in India may take some time: Raghuram Rajan September 7, 2014

    New York: India's new government may take some time to unveil "grand, big picture reforms" as it is currently focusing on implementation of stalled projects worth US dollar 5070 billion that will pay dividends in the short run by helping on the inflation and income fronts, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan...
  • Reform of convicts must be part of justice system: SC judge September 6, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: Criminal justice system in the country should not limit itself with taking penal action alone but should also think about ways to reform convicts, a Supreme Court judge said. The duty of judges is not just limited to taking penal action but also to pronounce verdicts that lead to...
  • Foreign brokerages hail Budget as growth, reformsoriented July 11, 2014

    Mumbai: Analysts at foreign brokerages have lauded Finance Minster Arun Jaitley's maiden Budget saying the measures announced will boost growth as it has ushered in the muchneeded reforms and has created a conducive investment climate. Japanese brokerage Nomura president and chief executive Vikas Sharma, said this is a Budget that...
  • High expectations of industry, middle class from Jaitley's maiden Budget July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid high expectations from the middle class and industry, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his maiden budget on Thursday that may contain tax sops for the salaried, dumping of the controversial retrospective tax and spelling out steps to revive investment and manufacturing for growth. There are high hopes...
  • India may unveil bolder economic reforms, but no tax changes in Budget July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: India will probably unveil bold reforms in its Budget on Thursday in a bid to turn around an economy growing at decade lows, but major changes to taxes will be absent, a Reuters survey showed. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his maiden Budget after his Bharatiya Janata Party,...
  • India needs to unleash labour reforms to create jobs July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: India needs to unleash second generation labour reforms and capitalise on demographic advantage for creating new firms and jobs, a government document said on Wednesday. "It is imperative to use India's unique demographic moment wisely and unleash the second generation reforms," the Economic Survey for 201314 stated. The suggestion assumes...
  • Modi to attend BRICS meet; India to take up UNSC reforms July 6, 2014

    New Delhi: In his first participation in a global meet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the sixth summit of BRICS countries in Brazil on July 1416 where reforms of the UN Security Council and issues like the BRICS development bank and climate change are likely to be taken up. It...
  • FYUP at Delhi University: A day of drama captured in tweets June 23, 2014

    Delhi University's controversial FourYear Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) is again making headlines as protests and clashes marked the day as students wait anxiously for a final decision on the matter.A timeline of tweets showing how a day of highdrama at the University of Delhi unfolded. ...
  • Narendra Modi government sets out investorfriendly reform agenda June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The new government will pursue a broad economic reform agenda focused on job creation through public and private investment that makes containing inflation its top priority, President Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament on Monday. The President told lawmakers elected in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landslide victory last month that the...
  • BJP's win rekindles hope for reforms, growth: Goldman Sachs May 23, 2014

    A clear mandate for the BJP has rekindled hope for structural reforms and better investment climate and the country's growth is likely to accelerate to 6.5 per cent in Financial Year '16, a Goldman Sachs report said on Friday. According to the global financial services major, after the BJP's "historic" election...
  • LS polls: Number of 'crorepati' candidates doubles in UP this elections May 15, 2014

    The number of 'crorepati' candidates from Uttar Pradesh has nearly doubled in the 2014 general elections as compared to the 2009 polls, with BSP which claims to represent the oppressed class fielding two richest nominees with assets worth over 100 crore. The affidavits of 1,259 of the total 1,268 candidates analysed...
  • States with highest percentage of crorepati candidates have none with criminal records May 8, 2014

    Now that Association of Democratic Reforms' tabulated analysed affidavits for all 543 constituencies, let's see where the rich candidates live. On measure is to look at the number of crorepati candidates.Uttar Pradesh, with over 400 crorepati candidates, tops the list. However, it also tops the list of number of candidates...
  • Total assets of 8163 Lok Sabha candidates = Rs 40,252 crore. Nandan Nilekani = Rs 7710 crore (19.2%) May 7, 2014

    Infosys cofounder Nandan Nilekani is by far the richest candidate contesting in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.His 7,710 crore assets from 19.2 per cent of the total of Rs 40,252 crore of assets declared by 8163 candidates contesting in these elections, according to the latest data released by the Association...
  • 16 per cent candidates in UP have criminal background: Study April 9, 2014

    As many as 16% candidates in poll fray in the second phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh have a criminal background, according to a study. Of the 147 candidates in the fray, 24 have criminal cases against them of which 18 (12%) face serious criminal charges like murder, attempt to murder...
  • LS polls: Android app launched to report model code violations March 19, 2014

    New Delhi: During elections it has been witnessed that candidates use illegal means to lure voters. But the Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch has now launched an Android app, which could help keep a check on that ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. With the 'election...
  • Thai protestors blockade buildings housing ballot papers January 31, 2014

    Thailand's antigovernment protestors on Friday blockaded government buildings in capital Bangkok where ballot papers for general elections two days away are being stored. Supporters of the opposition People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led by Luang Pu Buddha Issara, surrounded the Laksi district office building in the capital, the Bangkok Post reported. Luang...
  • Thai protest leader shot dead January 26, 2014

    Thai antigovernment protest leader Suthin Tharathin was shot dead and three others injured in an attack at a polling station on Sunday in Bang Na district of Bangkok. Suthin was a leader of the opposition party People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism. He led a group of protestors under the People's...
  • India facing tax terrorism: Narendra Modi January 15, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for a viable tax model in the country saying that the country was presently facing tax terrorism. "India is facing tax terrorism, which is dangerous. Things should be simplified and I believe that all stakeholders should sit together, brainstorm...
  • Cabinet approves constitution amendment bill for judicial appointments December 26, 2013

    The cabinet on Thursday approved a constitution amendment bill to make the appointment of judges more transparent, official sources said. A cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the bill to make the process of appointing judges more participatory between the executive and the judiciary. This will be done...
  • IOTY: Association for Democratic Reforms and Lily Thomas win Public Service award December 20, 2013

    The Association for Democratic Reforms and Lily Thomas took up the task of tackling what had become a serious blot on our democratic system. It was on the basis of a writ petition filed by them that the apex court ruled that lawmakers have to quit if they are convicted...
  • Congress burns Ramdev effigies across the state November 22, 2013

    A day after the Vijay Bahuguna government charged Ramdev's Trust with gross violation of land laws, Congress in Uttarakhand on Thursday burnt effigies of the Yoga guru demanding his immediate arrest. Congress workers gathered outside party offices in all 13 district headquarters and burnt Ramdev's effigies. "Ramdev has not only plundered the...
  • Facebook to provide free mobile info on election candidates November 15, 2013

    Voters can now get to know about the background of candidates contesting Assembly and Lok Sabha elections on their mobile phones as Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Facebook have joined hands to provide the information on candidates for free. Voters will be able to access election candidates' criminal, financial, educational,...
  • Chhattisgarh polls: 10 pc candidates with declared criminal cases November 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Ten per cent of the candidates analysed by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) are facing declared criminal cases in Chhattisgarh. Out of them, 6 candidates are facing serious criminal charges. The ADR has analysed 143 candidates in the fray. Of them, 15 (10 per cent) have declared...
  • AAP campaign compared to David fighting Goliath November 2, 2013

    The Aam Admi Party's election campaign in New Delhi, which has taken on all the established political parties, is being compared by American experts to David's fight against Goliath. At a panel discussion on the theme "Democratic Reforms in India will new political parties make a difference" held at Stanford...
  • How easy is access to drugs inside juvenile reform homes? October 25, 2013

    Earlier this month, 33 inmates escaped from a Delhi juvenile home after running riot for six hours. They threw burning LPG cylinders on the staff, set fire to exit points and trashed the home before running away. This is the third escape attempt from a Delhi juvenile home in two...
  • Juveniles easily get drugs, cigarettes and alcohol inside reform homes October 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Earlier this month, 33 inmates escaped from a Delhi juvenile home after running riot for six hours. They threw burning LPG cylinders on the staff, set fire to exit points and trashed the home before running away. This is the third escape attempt from a Delhi juvenile home...
  • 30 MPs, 127 legislators violated electoral law, claims NGO October 21, 2013

    As many as 30 MPs and 127 legislators have declared cases regarding electoral offences in their election affidavits, an election watchdog said on Monday. According to a release from NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), the information has been analysed from the selfsworn affidavits of candidates...