Firstpost Editor’s Picks: How Modi managed money, Congress manifesto, saffronisation of coastal Karnataka; today’s must-read stories


How Narendra Modi managed money: A look at the funds disbursed by Centre for Clean Ganga, Gram Jyoti Yojana

Out of a complete budgetary allocation of Rs 2,137 crore in 2014-15, the venture noticed an expenditure of Rs 170.99 by Nationwide Mission for Clear Ganga that 12 months, which quantities to solely eight %. This share noticed a gradual enhance yearly since then, with NMCG releasing Rs. 2,196.76 crore in 2018-19 (till 31 January 2019) — which quantities to 71.5 % of this 12 months’s budgetary allocation.

How coastal Karnataka was saffronised; Part 3: Hindu groups organise, Hindu Rashtra is defined, Savarkar makes his mark

Vinayak Damodardas Savarkar was the primary to outline ‘Hindu Rashtra’ as ‘Hindu, Hindi, Hindustan’ — a geographical territory of Hindustan the place the bulk Hindu group resides. This concept was so influential that it was immediately accepted as a rallying cry by the organisations dashing underneath the Hindu Mahasabha’s umbrella. He went on to say that earlier than the invasion of Muslims and forcible conversions to Islam, Hindustan existed as a “glorious” nation.

Congress Manifesto 2019: To fulfil job dreams for its citizens, party must brace for a fiscal deficit nightmare

On the entire, for anybody who has adopted the controversy across the lack of jobs in India, factors referring to jobs within the Congress manifesto make immense sense. The manifesto talks about filling up jobs on the central authorities in addition to the state authorities degree. It talks about creating new jobs within the schooling and well being sectors. It additionally talks about creating low-skilled jobs. The place is the cash for all this going to come back from?

Alok Nath in De De Pyaar De: Despite #MeToo, Bollywood continues to prioritise commerce over decency

Within the publish #MeToo Bollywood, the highly effective are glad to make obscure statements in opposition to the tradition of harassment however don’t hassle speaking particular motion in opposition to particular individuals. That wouldn’t be kosher. In any case, diplomacy guidelines and cash talks. Bollywood continues to take care of their very own, and commerce trumps decency and ideas. Each single day.

Kaveri delta shrinking area and decreasing farm productivity hit South India’s agricultural backbone

Tamil Nadu is blessed with 416 km of the 800 km lengthy Kaveri and most elements of the river are working via the delta area. However even the obtainable water stays extraordinarily contaminated inflicting irreparable injury to each soil and agriculture. The river’s catchments, banks and riverbeds must be conserved and restored. Efforts are additionally wanted to interchange water-intensive agriculture and industrial practices which presently killing the river.

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