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  1. Social spend needs Budget boost Social sector spending has flatlined over the past few years, and massive spending expansions are required to keep Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s key promises, Budget data show.Social sector spending — expenditure on health, education, water supply, ……… Centre hints at joint session route for Bills After failing to breach opposition ranks to secure support for a slew of controversial Bills, the Modi government on Monday decided against taking any chances.On Tuesday, it will move motions to withdraw three Bills intended ………. 3. More like a flood than a leak It is akin to […]


  1. NTPL’s first unit may be commissioned by March The first unit of the 1000 MW power plant of NLC Tamil Nadu Power Limited (NTPL), a joint venture of the Tamil Nadu …. 2. The lawlessness of humour In Stalin’s time, god had been abolished and farming collectivised. A Soviet farmer was asked by a central commissar how good the potato crop was. The farmer answered, “If all the potatoes produced on our collective farm …….. 3. The cost of negligence The failure of successive governments in India, especially those in States that have the highest mortality rates among […]


1. Mystery continent holds key to mankind’s future About 4,000 scientists come to Antarctica for research during the summer and 1,000 stay in the more forbidding winter. Earth’s past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents.Clues to answering humanity’s most basic questions are locked in this continental freezer the size of the United States and half of Canada: where did we come from? Are we alone in the universe? What’s the fate of our warming planet? “It’s a window out to the universe and in time,” […]


  1. Chinese state media slams U.S. role China’s state media has slammed the United States for assuming a leadership role of countering global terrorism — its comments coinciding with the high profile conference at the White House that the Obama administration has hosted……… 2. Coal auction to benefit power consumers: Swarup Respective states will get nearly Rs.1 lakh crore, including royalty, over the next 30 years from 16 coal blocks sold so far through the ongoing auction, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said here on Friday.Besides, the reverse auction for the power sector ………… 3. A potholed road Insurance cover […]


  1. Maximum City Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has given a new spin to the term SEZ. His proposal to make Mumbai truly the Maximum City and ……. 2. Band-aid solutions for health problems The Draft National Health Policy of 2015 released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, is a comprehensive document. So comprehensive, in fact, that it says too little by saying too much. ………. 3. Now, access 11 new services on eBiz portal Setting up a business in India may have just become a tad easier. Rather than visit various offices or […]