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    ...AFP The Supreme Court has appealed for “a collective, committed and courageous turnaround” to throttle the “insatiable vice” of corruption that has led to escalation of the divide between the haves and the have-nots. While writing a separate order restoring All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary V.K. Sasikala’s conviction and four-year jail term, justice Amitava Roy highlighted the menace of corruption in public life and said it evolves from “moral debasement” of people. The judge said, “Corruption is a vice of insatiable avarice for self-aggrandisement by the unscrupulous, taking unfair advantage of their power and authority, and those in public office also, in breach of the institutional norms, mostly backed by minatory loyalists. Both the corrupt and the corruptor are indictable and answerable to the society and the country as a whole”. ...

    Live Mint on Feb. 24, 2017, 12:43 a.m.

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    ...It was presented on 1 February, instead of the last day of February. The railway budget has been merged with it, saving time and energy. And Plan and Non-Plan provisions were merged. These are bold steps. By advancing the budget day, the government has ensured that the Finance Bill will be passed by the end of March, which means the ministries, departments and state governments will get their share well in time to implement their plans and programmes. The finance minister referred in his speech to three major issues. First, during last 30 months, the government has moved from a discretionary administration to a policy- and system-based administration. We are reminded of the corruption scandals that the previous government was engulfed by, because of discretionary decisions over which the Supreme Court had to intervene. ...

    Live Mint on Feb. 2, 2017, 2:51 a.m.

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    ...Constitutionally, water is a state subject.But after two consecutive deficient monsoons, the need for a natural framework policy on water is an idea whose time has come.A central policy is needed to bring coherence and force to largely uncoordinated and ad hoc water policies.Several states have enacted laws on water and related issues.Yet, states tend to have varied legal positions and perceptions—for instance, on riparian water use and ownership.According to a study conducted by EA Water, a leading consulting firm in the water sector, India’s demand for water is expected to exceed all current sources of supply and the country is set to become a water-scarce country by 2025.With increasing household income and increasing contributions from the service and industrial sectors, water demand in the domestic and industrial sectors is increasing substantially. ...

    Live Mint on Sept. 30, 2016, 12:17 a.m.