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New Delhi: The issue of Western Ghats and row over implementation of a green report on it made headlines during 2013, which at its fag end saw the controversial exit of Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan from the Union Council of ministers.


New Delhi: The following are the portfolios of Delhi's new Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet of six ministers.

Arvind Kejriwal - The chief minister will be handling the ministries of home, power, planning, finance, services, vigilance and departments not allocated to anyone else.

Manish Sisodia - Kejriwal's right-hand man will look after education, higher education, Public Works Department, urban development, local bodies, land and building and revenue.


Lok Sabha elections are due in four or five months. But instead of parties putting forth ideological issues such as human rights or right to equitable development, the only test being applied is the marketability of the party, even though it may flout the ideal laid down in our Constitution or the vision of the freedom struggle.


Here are the key points of Aam Aadmi Party's election manifesto in Delhi:-

- That the Lokpal bill aimed at battling corruption and covering all employees will be passed within 15 days of coming to power.

- Around 3,000 "Mohalla Sabhas" to be set up where people would decide what they want for their areas -- parks, street lights, dispensaries and so on.

- Payment for government work would be made only if Mohalla Sabha is satisfied with the work done.

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Thiruvananthapuram: For Kerala, 2013 was a year of intense political heat with the solar scam haunting the government led by Oommen Chandy, who also had to deal with factionalism in the state Congress unit. A bountiful monsoon, however, brought cheer among the people as it filled the state's reservoirs and improved the power scenario after a rain-deficient year.

After being assertive for two years despite the slender margin he enjoys, Chandy found himself under attack over the solar scam since July from the CPI(M)-led Opposition.


Following are some important features of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, passed by Parliament.

** Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta at the level of the states.

** Lokpal will consist of a chairperson and a maximum of eight members, of which 50 per cent shall be judicial members.

** 50 per cent of members of Lokpal shall be from SC/ST/OBCs, minorities and women.


New Delhi: More police personnel, deployed at check-points and on motorbikes and patrol vehicles, can be noticed late at night in the South Delhi area where the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist was gang-raped a year ago, but fear still lurks among the people.

Police barricades, patrol vehicles and street lighting is visible at night around the area where the woman and her male friend were on that fateful night a year ago.


Kolkata: The allegation of sexual assault levelled against retired Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly by a law intern has yet again exposed the great political divide in West Bengal.

While the ruling Trinamool Congress is going all guns blazing, demanding he step down as state human rights panel chief, the opposition Congress and the Left Front have come up with muted reactions.


The dismal performance of the Congress in the four Hindi-speaking states which went to the polls recently did not surprise anyone, except perhaps its own leaders. Pollsters have been saying for more than a year that it is on the decline. They have said the popular mood is such that the Bharatiya Janata Party will push it down to the second place and emerge as the largest party in the Lok Sabha in next year's elections.

A supporter of the Aam Aadmi Party celebrates after the victory of AAP candidate Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi assembly election.


The visual media has reduced the massive electoral exercise into a spectator sport. With the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in mind, it billed the recent four-state Assembly elections as the semi-final, giving them the air of a football game. Since it has fallen for the Bharatiya Janata Party's ploy of casting the polls in the form of a presidential contest between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi, the final may well turn out to be a mini-screen boxing bout.