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Free Metro Ride for Women: Step for Women Empowerment or a Political Gimmick

Recent announcement in June 2019 by the Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, to make metro and bus rides free for women in Delhi, has sparked off a row on the key implications of the proposal as regards to its viability, need, financial impact and above all impact on women’s mobility, which is also linked to education, employment and access to public spaces.

 

Shortage of Open Spaces and Playgrounds Lead to Negative Tendencies in Children

A healthy body is the house of a healthy mind. At the growing age, it comes with lot of physical activities, games and sports played outside in the open spaces and play grounds, which are perishing fast. These outer spaces significantly impact our mental and physical well-being as the foundation of a person’s growth and betterment lies in the very environment he/she resides in.

 

EVMs Vs Paper Ballots: Which one is Better to Use?

Elections in India by using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) started more than 30 years after getting independence. Till then only paper ballots were used. Finding that there were many malpractices like Vote rigging, forged voting, booth capturing with muscle power, too much time consumed in getting the paper ballots packed and to avoid the wastage of tons of paper during election process, Election Commission of India thought of alternate and better way of using voting rights by citizens.   

Agriculture Role in India and Subsidies: Problems & Challenges

There has been a lot of discussion on the poor state of farmers in India. Farm loan waivers by the newly elected Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have hit the national headlines. According to a report published in MINT newspaper on January 22, 2019, Indian Government is considering a plan to transfer cash to farmers instead of offering subsidies on various agricultural inputs. “The government is planning to club all farm subsidies including fertiliser costs and instead pay farmers cash…,” notes the article.

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