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Labour and employment

30 million migrant workers move in search of livelihood

Away from home, they become non-entities, suffer privations
Author: Narendra Sharma - Published 27-05-2009 11:17 GMT-0000
NEW DELHI: There is a world of difference between the sufferings of the unorganised workers living and working at their home places and those of the unorganised workers working away from their homes, in other states.
Economic reforms in India

No smooth sailing for the new government on reform measures

Mamata to oppose higher FDI in insurance, banking sectors
Author: Nitya Chakraborty - Published 27-05-2009 11:11 GMT-0000
NEW DELHI: The United Progressive Alliance Government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh will not have a smooth sailing If it tries to rush ahead with the reform measures like allowing higher foreign equity in the insurance and banking sectors following strong opposition from its major ally, Trinamool Congress led by Ms. Mamata Banerjee. Interestingly, Mamata is taking the same position as the Left on vexed issues like foreign investment and disinvestment of the public sector undertakings.
Manmohan's team

Union ministry has now 79 members, including PM

14.54 per cent of the elected MPs are ministers
Author: Dr Gyan Pathak - Published 27-05-2009 10:31 GMT-0000
New Delhi: The Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh has announced his team for the second time today after resuming office for the second term. Union ministry now consists of 79 members which is 14.54 per cent of the elected MPs from the Lower House. However, it comes to about 10 percent of the total MPs from both the Houses. It means that this list is the final one and there may not be any more expansion in near future.
Indian economy

Reviving the growth momentum is the top priority

Budget will be tabled in the first week of July
Author: Dr Gyan Pathak - Published 27-05-2009 10:06 GMT-0000
New Delhi: In his first press conference after joining office on 25th May, 2009, the new Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that reviving the growth momentum of Indian economy reeling under the global financial crisis was the top most priority of the UPA Government.
Meaning of the poll verdict

BJP hammered, Congress boosted, Left warned

Election result sets a new political trend
Author: Praful Bidwai - Published 26-05-2009 09:29 GMT-0000
India's general election has produced a decisive verdict which sets a new political trend after 20 years. The people have sent the Bharatiya Janata Party packing and emphatically rejected its politics of exclusion, communal divisiveness and ethnic hatred.
Family oriented politics

DMK's rotten apples in the cabinet

Appalling exhibition of nepotism
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 26-05-2009 09:23 GMT-0000
Perhaps the only notable feature of the formation of Manmohan Singh's new Cabinet is the DMK's appalling exhibition of nepotism. Although it is known that the Indian parties are gradually becoming family concerns, there is still an element of restraint in virtually all of them about pushing the candidature of the kith and kin of the top leaders.
Punjab politics

Akali leadership refuses to introspect

Bid to rouse anti-centre agitation again
Author: B.K. Chum - Published 25-05-2009 11:37 GMT-0000
It would not be misusing the hackneyed term to pronounce that the outcome of Lok Sabha polls in Punjab is a wake-up call for the ruling Akali-BJP alliance. This is particularly so in the case of the top Akali leadership which instead of honestly introspecting is making self-patting claims of having scored electoral gains.
Indian National Congress

End of the political road for Arjun Singh?

An era comes to a close in MP politics
Author: L.S. Herdenia - Published 25-05-2009 11:08 GMT-0000
BHOPAL: With the exclusion of Arjun Singh from the Union ministry, a political career spanning over half-a-century has come to an end.
India: Governance

New government aims at responsive governance

Thrust for economic revival and social advance
Author: S. Sethuraman - Published 25-05-2009 11:02 GMT-0000
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, heading a stronger Congress Party in the 15th Lok Sabha, is credited with the determination that the new Government should work more purposefully and produce results that correspond to rising expectations of the mass of the people.
Aid to the Church in Need

Phenomenal growth of Christianity in North-East India

Socio-economic work, theology, religious practices and beliefs are major reasons
Author: C K Nayak - Published 23-05-2009 10:30 GMT-0000
New Delhi: Most believe that taking up socio-economic work especially among the poor by the missionaries in olden days, when North East was virtually inaccessible, attracted the tribals to Christianity. However, it is not the only reason. Theological beliefs among tribals played a major role in this regard.