No freedom of speech? Former Union Secretary’s speech questioning govt’s secular credentials gets cancelled

A lecture on lack on secularism rapping the BJP government has been cancelled abruptly, reports the Times of India. Union Home Secretary Madhav Godbole at Mantralaya was supposed to give a lecture ‘Is India a Secular Nation?’ on April 4. The event was organised by Maharashtra branch of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), which…

Friends network gasping for breath

Hamstrung by the shortage of staff, lack of budgetary support, declining public patronage and stiff competition from other e-governance services, the network of Friends Janasevana Kendras is struggling to stay afloat, even as the government remains indecisive on the recommendation of an Assembly committee to phase out the citizen service centres. Started in 2000 as…

India gets first train with full surveillance

Shan-e-Punjab Express today became India’s first train to have CCTV cameras installed in all coaches, as part of Railways’ efforts to strengthen security of passengers particularly women travellers. “We have promised it in the budget and today we have fulfilled our promise,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said after flagging off the CCTV-equipped train from Amritsar…