Free Press Journal
  • A great vision for healthcare, if…

    The present government should soon announce (maybe on Independence Day)  the Ayushman Bharat—National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) which could make India have the world’s largest health insurance programme.  The scheme could also have a multiplier impact on allied sectors like pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical devices and the overall Indian economy by way of employment generation.

  • Bharat Bandh: Dalit group calls off protest, says will decide new date if govt doesn’t fulfill remaining demands

    A relief to the government as the Dalit group has called off ‘Bharat Bandh’. The Dalit group had scheduled Bharat Bandh today, withdrew their bandh after the Lok Sabha on passed the SC/ST amendment bill which overturned the Supreme Court ruling which had diluted certain provisions of the original legislation. The Rajya Sabha passed the constitutional amendment Bill granting constitutional status to National Commission of Backward Classes. The upper House also passed an

  • Promotion of corruption act is now in place

    Last week the government finally got the Parliament to clear the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act (PCAA). It appears to make the right sounds. It aims to provide good deterrents to prevent corruption. But read between the lines, and the laws appear to be aimed at protecting criminals by ensuring that evidence against them never gets recorded.

  • No need for Controversy

    The Government has done the right thing by clearing the name of Uttarakhand high court chief justice K M Joseph for the Supreme Court. A needless controversy kicked up by interested parties outside and within the higher judiciary has thus been stilled. Critics ascribed ulterior motives to the delay in okaying the name of Judge Joseph for the SC. Since he had nixed the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and restored

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    Government clears elevation of Justice K M Joseph to Supreme Court

    New Delhi: The government has cleared the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium to elevate Justice K M Joseph, who heads the Uttarakhand High Court, to the top court, ending a long standoff with the judiciary. The government has also given its nod to appoint Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran to the SC.

  • Imran Khan playing mostly with first-timers

    Pakistan, our neighbouring nation, is infamous for coups having taken place before almost every change of government. Not many change of guards have taken place without bloodshed or army intervention. The latest election, which was completed last Wednesday, has, however, proved to be an exception. Most unexpectedly the Pakistani electorate has given a verdict in favour of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). While the local newspapers are now claiming

  • Government to frame law to tackle problems in NRI marriages

    New Delhi: The Centre is in the process of framing a new law to tackle problems in NRI marriages and provide for deterrent measures like confiscating the property of NRIs who have abandoned their wives and illegally married abroad.

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    Mumbai Transport Strike: Truckers call off strike as government assures to look into demands

    Mumbai: Truckers on Friday called off their eight-day old strike after the government’s assurance to look into their demands, according to a statement. All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), which claims support of 93 lakh truckers, had gone on an indefinite strike demanding reduction in diesel prices, among others, from July 20.

  • Government to come up with law to cover both incidents of mob lynching, stone-pelting: Rajyavardhan Rathore

    NEW DELHI: The Centre is looking at an omnibus law to cover both incidents of mob lynching and stone-pelting. In other words, the scope of the four-member committee on lynching has been expanded. This was indicated by Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore in a conversation with CNN-News18. Speaking to the channel, Rathore said, “Every violence should be shunned and condemned and you cannot politicize these incidents. When a cop is killed by a mob

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    Mumbai: Centre splurges Rs 4,000 crore on ads; Government has no right over taxpayers’ money, says Uddhav Thackeray

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray claimed on Wednesday that the Centre splurged over Rs 4,000 crore only on advertisements of its schemes, and said the government does not have a right over taxpayers’ money. He also favoured simultaneous elections at the Centre and in states, but said “one should not think that the whole country will be fooled in one go.”  Unemployment would be a big issue in the upcoming elections

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    Need to give land-based subsidy to farmers

    The Government has enhanced the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops in keeping with the commitment made in the Budget to increase the incomes of the farmers. It is estimated that this will lead to an increase in inflation of about 0.2 per cent and to a reduction in GDP of about 0.3 percent. These costs must be borne by the country in the interest of our farmers and our food