The idea of encouraging and enabling separate ministries to open their minds and doors to the activities of other ministries that offer synergy has long been overdue. It needed an"outsider", as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi describes himself, to recognise this and push ministries into cooperating rather than creating competing or contentious fiefdoms.
It's a matter of pride that India has fared once again in the prestigious list of Nobel Laureates. In an individual capacity Mother Teresa received the last one from India in 1979. The feat is repeated with Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights activist, emerging as a choice of Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Skill gap remains a major challenge for employment of a large number of youth in the country. The new government has accorded top priority to skill development and after hectic consultations new schemes with focus on outcome would be in place by the year-end.
Barely has the Modi government started to find its feet trying to reverse the terrible economic conditions inherited from the UPA II, getting the focus of the world towards India as an investment destination; that an emerging war like situation (should a war breaks out) fears to plunge the country into an unprecedented economic depression. If the spectre of an imminent war looms large, does anyone realise, who will be the most affected - the poor of India.
More than half of India's 1.25 billion people defecate in the open and more than half of the people in the world who defecate in the open live in India.
Circa 4th February 1916. Mahatma Gandhi visited Kashi Vishwanath temple and all along walked through filth. He also spoke at the inauguration of the Banaras Hindu University at the invitation of its founder Madan Mohan Malaviya and because he was not pleased with the experience in the holy city, he said, "Is not this great temple a reflection of our own character?"
To achieve the goals of India 2.0, the government has implemented many welfare schemes for social inclusion with focus on improving ongoing schemes such as Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) to make them holistic, a senior government official has said.
The benefits of RuPay Debit cards, insurance and overdraft facilities associated with accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) will also be applicable for Cooperative Banks accounts opened under the scheme, according to top Finance Ministry officials.