Sahil Makkar

All stories by Sahil Makkar

Meet the Javadekars

Meet the Javadekars

Rediff.com18 Jul 2018

'My wife has done everything... She has had to give up a lot,' HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar tells Sahil Makkar.

Modi @ 4: Housing for all project fails to meet target

Modi @ 4: Housing for all project fails to meet target

Rediff.com25 May 2018

Right now the challenge before the government is to double the speed of construction in order to complete the remaining 6.6 million houses before March 2019.

UIDAI files case for alleged misuse of Aadhaar data

UIDAI files case for alleged misuse of Aadhaar data

Rediff.com5 Apr 2018

UIDAI has asked police to investigate, it was not fully convinced about nature of the incident

'EC does not have a feeling of helplessness'

'EC does not have a feeling of helplessness'

Rediff.com25 Mar 2018

'Even if something appears to be wrong, we can always request the government and Parliament to make amends.'

How India plans to improve global university rankings

How India plans to improve global university rankings

Rediff.com23 Mar 2018

Government gives 60 institutes freedom to fix courses, collaborate with foreign peers.

Modicare: Niti Aayog gets tough, seeks 'realistic' estimates

Modicare: Niti Aayog gets tough, seeks 'realistic' estimates

Rediff.com21 Feb 2018

The government would be setting up a National Health Protection Council, National Governance Board and National Health Agency before roll-out of the scheme on August 15.

CEC Om Prakash Rawat: Right man at right time?

CEC Om Prakash Rawat: Right man at right time?

Rediff.com2 Feb 2018

Rawat has a short tenure in his new role, but it is likely going to be an eventful one, reports Sahil Makkar.

'Not just minorities, everyone must feel safe'

'Not just minorities, everyone must feel safe'

Rediff.com29 Dec 2017

Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje breaks her silence.

'Ayodhya's locals have moved on with their lives'

'Ayodhya's locals have moved on with their lives'

Rediff.com6 Dec 2017

'The locals want a permanent solution to the perennial Mandir-Masjid issue. They have realised political parties will lose relevance if a temple is built.'

What is the right age to join social media sites?

What is the right age to join social media sites?

Rediff.com30 Nov 2017

Facebook and Twitter now restrict users below the age of 13 from signing up on their platforms. LinkedIn doesn't provide its services to children below the age of 16.

Hackers can still access your personal data and go scot-free

Hackers can still access your personal data and go scot-free

Rediff.com28 Nov 2017

Since the deadline for Justice B N Srikrishna Committee's feedback is December 31, the government is unlikely to table a data protection Bill in the winter session of Parliament.

The wake-up call that every consumer needs

The wake-up call that every consumer needs

Rediff.com23 Nov 2017

Pending consumer dispute cases are at an all-time high.

Will SP, BSP come together for 2019 polls?

Will SP, BSP come together for 2019 polls?

Rediff.com8 Oct 2017

Mayawati is now gearing up for a fresh start for the 2019 general election. Unconfirmed reports from the BSP camp suggest she has already reached out to arch-rival Akhilesh Yadav, reports Sahil Makkar.

40% of current jobs in India will vanish in the next five years

40% of current jobs in India will vanish in the next five years

Rediff.com6 Oct 2017

The kind of jobs that will last in future are creative, people-led and social. These are the jobs that automation can't take away.

Students, faculty will now pay a heavy price for plagiarism

Students, faculty will now pay a heavy price for plagiarism

Rediff.com28 Sep 2017

The new rules come into effect soon.

Why Rudy lost his job

Why Rudy lost his job

Rediff.com2 Sep 2017

Modi wanted to reap the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas's success in the 2019 election, but officials say blaming Rudy alone for its slow progress was unjust.

'It is murder of our children'

'It is murder of our children'

Rediff.com15 Aug 2017

'...and the government is suppressing the truth.'

Why Modi sarkar will miss Venkaiah Naidu

Why Modi sarkar will miss Venkaiah Naidu

Rediff.com20 Jul 2017

He was proactive and the force behind the ongoing reforms in the urban development ministry

'All political parties work on black money'

'All political parties work on black money'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2017

Jagdish Chhokar, founder-member of the Association for Democratic Reforms says there should be a law to regulate the functioning of political parties.

Want to upgrade your knowledge? These digital initiatives will come handy

Want to upgrade your knowledge? These digital initiatives will come handy

Rediff.com10 Jul 2017

These initiatives are expected to increase Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education from 24.5 (2015-16) to 30 (2020).

Govt schools in 4 BJP-ruled states to go digital

Govt schools in 4 BJP-ruled states to go digital

Rediff.com23 Jun 2017

The MHRD plans to track various performance parameters of government school teachers and students through tablets and smartphones, reports Sahil Makkar.

Captain faces an uphill task in Punjab

Captain faces an uphill task in Punjab

Rediff.com13 Jun 2017

Why does Punjab's CM find it hard to fulfill poll promises?

Modi @3: Smart cities, slow progress

Modi @3: Smart cities, slow progress

Rediff.com19 May 2017

Lukewarm response from private investors and turf battles between government agencies have resulted in delaying Modi's ambitions. Sahil Makkar reports.

BJP's Delhi win will send a message to Gujarat, Himachal

BJP's Delhi win will send a message to Gujarat, Himachal

Rediff.com27 Apr 2017

The emphatic victory in all three municipal corporations in Delhi will enthuse the party to keep its winning trajectory for the next polls, reports Sahil Makkar.

GST rollout will not immediately boost FDI, say experts

GST rollout will not immediately boost FDI, say experts

Rediff.com12 Apr 2017

Though FDI inflow has been on the rise in the past three years, it is mostly on account of services

Why has Kejriwal promised to abolish property tax

Why has Kejriwal promised to abolish property tax

Rediff.com7 Apr 2017

The poll promise is an attempt to woo the middle-class and rich voters in the wake of the party's growing unpopularity.

India has turned into fertile ground for ISIS

India has turned into fertile ground for ISIS

Rediff.com7 Apr 2017

'We could crack IM modules in the country because one arrested member would spill beans on the other.' 'With ISIS, every module is different and is possibly being handled by different operators abroad.'

Parrikar will be missed at defence ministry

Parrikar will be missed at defence ministry

Rediff.com13 Mar 2017

His absence will be felt because of his decision taking ability and rapport with armed forces.

Why Mayawati needs to reinvent herself

Why Mayawati needs to reinvent herself

Rediff.com6 Mar 2017

'She should review her strategy of social engineering and get back to the BSP's initial plank of social change.'

End of American dream for Indian youth?

End of American dream for Indian youth?

Rediff.com1 Mar 2017

Experts say Indian students will have to accept that international space for them is shrinking.

2017 will see lower pay hikes across India

2017 will see lower pay hikes across India

Rediff.com23 Feb 2017

Increments in 2017 would be less than in 2016, says survey.

Why AAP could spring a surprise in Punjab

Why AAP could spring a surprise in Punjab

Rediff.com3 Feb 2017

Punjab has around 19.7 million voters, of whom 53% are below the age of 40 years.

AAP or Congress: Inside Punjab's election of change

AAP or Congress: Inside Punjab's election of change

Rediff.com1 Feb 2017

Anti-incumbency sentiment in Punjab puts SAD in a weak spot. But voters remain divided over AAP and Congress. Sahil Makkar reports.

Will AAP be the change Punjab seeks?

Will AAP be the change Punjab seeks?

Rediff.com31 Jan 2017

The only factor working against the AAP, and in favour of the Congress, is the infighting in the former.

Was SP feud a veil for Akhilesh's failure?

Was SP feud a veil for Akhilesh's failure?

Rediff.com27 Jan 2017

Akhilesh believes his catchment area is the 4.1 million new voters who are 18 to 19 years old.

The cost of demonetisation: Jobless hundreds in Jalandhar

The cost of demonetisation: Jobless hundreds in Jalandhar

Rediff.com27 Dec 2016

In the fourth of a six-part series Sahil Makkar finds out how badly Jalandhar's sports goods industry was hit by the note ban and the price it continues to pay.

In non-election year, political donations down 84%

In non-election year, political donations down 84%

Rediff.com22 Dec 2016

despite an Election Commission notification, disallowing tax benefits on cash donations to political parties, the cash contribution increased from 0.14% in FY15 to 1.42% in FY16.

Will 2017 be as good as 2012 for the Badals?

Will 2017 be as good as 2012 for the Badals?

Rediff.com12 Dec 2016

There is anti-incumbency in urban areas. Rural Punjab, the Akali base, will hold the key.

In Ludhiana, manufacturing takes a beating post notes ban

In Ludhiana, manufacturing takes a beating post notes ban

Rediff.com5 Dec 2016

In the concluding article of a six-part series, Business Standard visits Ludhiana, one of the largest industrial towns in Punjab, to assess the effect of demonetisation.

Villagers begin early harvesting as tension simmers on border

Villagers begin early harvesting as tension simmers on border

Rediff.com8 Oct 2016

Most villagers decided to stay back to harvest crops, their only source of livelihood.

Next