A K Bhattacharya: Alliance reality dawns on Congress

At a famous Congress off-site meeting some years ago, an equally famous leader of India’s oldest political party had proclaimed, again famously, that the party was yet to acquire the mindset necessary for running a coalition government. Indeed, that view led to the rejection of the Congress plan to woo smaller regional parties and obtain their support to form a government at the Centre. That was ...

Senate unanimously approves FOI bill on 3rd reading

The Senate unanimously approved on Monday on third and final reading its version of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, also called the People’s Ownership of Government Information (POGI) bill. Voting 17-0 , the senators passed Senate Bill 3208 (SB 3208) which mandates government agencies to grant citizens’ requests for access to information within 15 days. Only Sen. Joker Arroyo did not sign ...