Campaigning by major political parties for Bihar assembly election is gaining momentum and so is the verbal war and accusation, counter-accusation mainly on certain non-core issues including granting special status or special economic package to this third most populous state of Indian union. The core issues like food, clothing, shelter, education, health, roads, electricity, law and order, corruption etc. are made to occupy back seat, more by design by major political parties for known reasons.

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Finally, the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which enables enhancement of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) limit from the current level of 26% to 49% in domestic insurance sector, was passed by both houses of parliament. This will pave the way for faster reforms in Indian insurance space as functionaries of both the present and previous central government claim.

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Following the arrest of SK Jain, the then CMD of state run Syndicate Bank on alleged bribery charges and his subsequent dismissal, the selection and appointment of CMDs for Public Sector Banks has been kept in abeyance for some time now. It is also reported that CBI didn’t find the appointment process to be transparent and sent a report to that effect to the finance ministry for consideration. Consequent to this development, presently as many as six PSU Banks are functioning without a CMD (Chairman and Managing Director).

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As per newspaper reports, TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), India’s well-known exporter of software services is going to support the Prime Minister’s ‘Clean India’ initiative by pledging a sum of 1000 million rupees for construction of separate toilets for girl students across thousands of schools in the country.

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The 20th Common Wealth Games at Glasgow, Scotland ended recently where India secured 5th position by winning 64 medals including 15 Gold. England topped the tally followed by Canada, Australia and host Scotland. Both houses of Indian Parliament complemented all the players especially those who made the country proud by winning medals in respective games.

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The talk of some consolidation in Indian Banking space, particularly among government-run banks has been taking rounds for the last couple of years. The then Union Finance Minister and our present President in his first meeting with the chief executives of Public Sector Banks (PSB) after taking charge (just after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks) as the finance minister had said, "consolidation of Banks might be needed to improve the global competitiveness of Indian banks and to reduce the risk to financial stability. Any consolidation initiative in the banking sector would be viewed positively and government, as a majority shareholder, would continue to play a supportive role in the process”. 

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Few hours from now, the new government at the centre led by Narendra Modi of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to take oath of office with an unprecedented initiative on the external front- inviting the head of states of SAARC countries. Undoubtedly, this will have far reaching impact on internal policy formulation in days ahead by this non-congress government.

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Next few days would be extremely important and defining for the country. As such, it is pertinent to remember the former prime minister of India and the leader of Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan fame, Lal Bahadur Shastri at this crucial juncture to know his perception on major issues – Governance, Development, National Integration - concerning country's well-being. This will help the architects of next Govt. at the Centre in finalising the right agenda and formulating the effective action plan for next sixty months.

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Political observers are of the opinion that this being the election year for electing Lok Sabha members to form the next government at the Centre, it is but natural for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to woo millions of young voters by pushing through the approval of National Youth Policy, 2014 by the Union Cabinet. As a natural outcome, this NYP will replace the existing policy of 2003. As per the 2011 census, the youth population between the age group 15-29 stands at 330 million and this sizable chunk constitute more than 27.5 % of country’s population.

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The day has again arrived for large section of political class to wear white khadi dress with a cap and to rush to a Mahatma Gandhi statue, of course in a big vehicle to utter few parroted words with some crocodile tears in their eyes to show the onlookers, particularly media persons that they are the true believers, followers and torch bearer of Gandhian philosophy.

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The nation is celebrating the 64th anniversary of Republic Day amid so much of political chaos, particularly in nation’s capital, first because of unprecedented political demonstration and dharna by an elected Chief Minister along with his cabinet colleagues and supporters and also because of the rising political temperature in the wake of ensuing Lok Sabha election sometime before May, 2014 to pave the way for formation of a new government at the Centre.

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