How Does Your State Stack Up for Small Business Loan Approval? Study Reveals More

If you’re based in New Jersey, you’re most likely to be approved for a small business loan. That’s according to a new report by Biz2Credit, which has identified New Jersey as the top state for small business loan approval rates. The report found nearly one-quarter (23.4 percent) of funding requests made by […]

State Department Confirms Plan To Ban U.S. Citizens From Visiting North Korea

The U.S. government will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, citing safety and security concerns. The State Department confirmed the new restriction on Friday, after Young Pioneer Tours, which organized Otto Warmbier’s fateful visit to North Korea, announced the pending move. Warmbier’s trip to the pariah nation ended […]

How will Seventh Pay Commission impact finances of state governments?

Finance minister Arun Jaitley. During the implementation of 6th Pay Commission, eight states opted for switching expenditure to meet additional expenditure demand. Photo: HT New Delhi: With the central government announcing the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission report which will have an initial impact of Rs.1.1 trillion on government […]

Louisiana Republican’s stripper joke an unamusing reality in state politics

‘For many familiar with politics at the Louisiana capitol, Havard’s comments were nothing out of the ordinary’. Photograph: Alamy Stock It was Louisiana state representative Kenny Havard’s idea of a joke, but not everyone was laughing. During a session in the Louisiana house on Wednesday, Havard submitted a tongue-in-cheek amendment […]

Why GN Saibaba’s lawyers must take the State to court for the violation of his disability rights

Ever since Professor GN Saibaba was taken into custody in May 2014 for alleged links with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and kept in the most hostile environment at Nagpur Jail’s windowless anda barracks, I have wondered why housing him in such inhospitable and inaccessible conditions was not […]

Why Islam as state religion may be preferable to the mask of secularism in Bangladesh

It saves minorities from hopes of equal citizenship being raised and dashed. Calls for secularism give Islamist groups an opportunity for renewed mobilisation. Image credit: Andrew Biraj/Reuters Bengal is a tragic country. Its west, whose present political form is the state of West Bengal, as part of Indian Union, has a […]