Reforms

  • 16 per cent candidates in UP have criminal background: Study 09-04-2014 07:48 PM

    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...
  • LS polls: Android app launched to report model code violations 16-03-2014 08:24 AM

    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 31-01-2014 05:38 PM

    Thailand's anti-government 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...
  • Thai protest leader shot dead 26-01-2014 05:37 PM

    Thai anti-government 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...
  • India facing tax terrorism: Narendra Modi 15-01-2014 05:09 PM

    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 26-12-2013 03:20 PM

    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...
  • Congress burns Ramdev effigies across the state 21-11-2013 07:26 PM

    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...
  • Facebook to provide free mobile info on election candidates 15-11-2013 06:41 PM

    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,...
  • Chhattisgarh polls: 10 pc candidates with declared criminal cases 04-11-2013 12:23 PM

    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 02-11-2013 08:43 PM

    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...
  • How easy is access to drugs inside juvenile reform homes? 25-10-2013 10:00 PM

    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 25-10-2013 07:55 PM

    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 21-10-2013 07:24 PM

    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 self-sworn affidavits of...
  • US government shutdown: Read full statement of Barack Obama 01-10-2013 12:36 PM

    Washington: For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown on Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused. Read the...
  • US: Health insurance markets open; success to be seen 01-10-2013 12:27 PM

    Millions of Americans will be able to shop for the first time on Tuesday on the insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care reforms, entering a world that is supposed to simplify the mysteries of health coverage but could end up making it even...
  • US: GOP demands lawmakers pay more for health care 01-10-2013 12:07 PM

    Washington: About 18,000 people - including members of Congress, all their aides, presidential appointees and even the president and vice president - would lose the employer-provided health insurance under the latest Republican condition for averting a government shutdown. The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the measure on Monday night, an hour after...
  • White House tells agencies government will shut down 01-10-2013 09:29 AM

    Washington: The White House's budget office says it's notifying federal agencies that the government will shut down on Tuesday. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said late Monday in a memorandum to agency heads that there was no indication Congress would approve...
  • US government shutdown imminent despite House effort to break logjam 01-10-2013 09:23 AM

    Washington: The US government was headed toward a shutdown over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms using a temporary spending bill even as efforts emerged to try to negotiate a deal. US House of Representatives Republicans, in a bid to break the logjam over the spending bill,...
  • US government heads towards shutdown 01-10-2013 09:03 AM

    The US Congress, still in partisan deadlock over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the US government starting on Tuesday morning. ...
  • Deadlocked Congress takes US govt to brink of shutdown 01-10-2013 07:13 AM

    Washington: The US Congress, still in partisan deadlock over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the US government starting on Tuesday morning. With the law funding thousands of routine government activities set to expire at midnight, Republicans in...
  • CPM says it has no hidden income 15-09-2013 03:02 PM

    The CPI-M on Sunday said it had nothing to hide about its income and related details after a published report claimed that a major share of its income was from "unknown" sources. The Communist Party of India-Marxist described as "confusing" the reports based on a statement of the Association for...
  • Mexico: Teachers protesting over education reform block way airport for hours 06-09-2013 09:41 AM

    Teachers angry over the passage of a national education reform blocked the main approach to Mexico City's airport for more than eight hours on Thursday, forcing many people to leave their cars and rush through the streets on foot to catch flights. The teachers marched to the area in northern...
  • Government hopes to push key bills in last week of monsoon session 02-09-2013 08:50 AM

    New Delhi: The government is eyeing to push some key reform bills for discussion in Parliament in the last week of its monsoon session. With the government facing persistent attack over economic crisis and the Prime Minister promising more reforms, it is planning to introduce as many bills as possible...
  • US and India's interest lie in stable Afghanistan: Bera 28-08-2013 12:49 AM

    A stable Afghanistan is in the interest of both India and the United States, an American lawmaker said in Delhi on Tuesday while recognising New Delhi's role in the war-ravaged country. "Its in both the US and India's interest to have a stable Afghanistan specially after the billions of dollars...
  • Cabinet okays change to electoral act to negate SC ruling 22-08-2013 09:39 PM

    The union cabinet on Thursday approved amendments to the Representation of the People Act to negate a recent order by the apex court on immediate disqualification of convicted lawmakers and barring them from contesting if under arrest, sources said. According to the sources, the amendment proposes that a lawmaker would...
  • Economic situation of the country 'simply intolerable': Mamata Banerjee 22-08-2013 04:48 PM

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the "economic disaster" the faced country was 'simply intolerable' and wondered whether it could be a result of 'so-called reforms' being pushed by the Centre in view of the 2014 elections. "The economic disaster through which the country is passing...
  • India to set up a tax administration reform panel 14-08-2013 05:04 AM

    The Indian government on Tuesday said it will set up a tax administration reform panel to review application of tax policies and laws in the country. The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the proposal of setting of the new body called the Tax Administration Reform Commission....
  • Criminal charges mean more likely to get elected, gain assets: Study 29-07-2013 05:46 PM

    New Delhi: Wealth of most of the candidates contesting more than once in a decade has grown "abnormally" by up to 1,000 per cent, especially for the ones with serious criminal charges who also have greater chance of winning compared to clean candidates, according to a survey. An analysis of...
  • Why Jagdish Bhagwati is perhaps not correct

    The other India |  Debraj Bhattacharya
    "I also believe that the Gujarat template is ideal: its people believe in accumulating wealth but they believe also in using it, not for self-indulgence...

  • PM defends UPA's reforms, says will ensure that the economy rebounds 19-07-2013 10:53 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday expressed concerns over economic slowdown and volatility in foreign exchange markets but at the same time defended his government's policies saying it is committed to bringing the situation under control. Addressing the Assocham meet, Manmohan Singh said, "I know there are concerns...