Coal mining is rampant in India. Unfortunately, it has continued unabated even during the lockdown. The Hill Times reported crashing of a coal-laden truck in Tinsukia, which caused road blockage for a few hours. But what has the Government done about illegal coal mining? Is it even aware about it?

BJP MP Rakesh Sinha asked the Union Minister of Coal to answer in Parliament. The answer was, “Illegal mining of coal is reported to be carried out mainly from abandoned mines, shallow coal seams...

India aims to be a major hub for the Internet of Things. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology aimed a USD 15 billion industry by 2020, which would translate into 5-6% of global IoT industry. Lofty aspirations aside, what has the Government done about it? The total expenditure incurred by the Government on the development of Internet of Things devices in last 3 years is mere Rs. 29.29 crores.

A draft policy on IoT was released in 2014 on which the comments were to be sent by...

The world is changing. The main reason is the impact that humans have had on it. Think about it. Is there any other species that has sent satellites into space, made computers, and is perhaps reading this on a screen of a mobile phone? And how is the world changing? Well, many ways, but one of the prominent ones is desertification. The land on which we stand is changing into the desert, day by day. This means a huge impact on agriculture. 

“As per the Desertification and Land Degradation...

8189 Indians are lodged in jails of other countries. Most of them, i.e. around 1811 are in Saudi Arabia, followed by UAE, which has 1392 Indian prisoners. Nepal too has more than one thousand Indian nationals in its jails. The Ministry of External Affairs has published a country-wise list, which is available here. At the same time, thousands of foreigners are also languishing in Indian jails. Reports show that majority of them do not receive any Consular access. Jail in any place may be bad...

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “assurance” as a “guarantee”. Many questions are put to the Government in Parliament. The Government is able to answer some, while it takes a little more time to answer a few. For questions that take more time, the Government assures that the answers will be laid on the table of the House, i.e. the Government guarantees that the answers will be given in due course.

But long is the due course? Well, there is no time limit.

The Government has informed the...

   

   

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