Education budget: A paradise lost

Education budget: A paradise lost

“But all was false and hollow; though his tongue Dropp’d manna and could make the worse appear the better reason.” John Milton, Paradise Lost, II.I.112 W e had a vision of a more perfect nation where democracy and equality were more than aspirations. We believed we could make this piece of paradise real with the unity of the people and the purposefulness of our governments. But this has been reduced to an endless series of false and hollow incantations whose lifespan is as transient as its denial in the next…

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Trump’s budget seeks to eliminate one major benefit of federal student loans that costs billions

Trump’s budget seeks to eliminate one major benefit of federal student loans that costs billions

The Trump administration’s first budget proposes ending a program to encourage student-loan borrowers to go into public service by forgiving their debt to save an estimated $27 billion over the next decade. Here’s how the program works: If you take out a federal student loan, you have your loans forgiven after making 10 years of on-time payments and working for an employer the Department of Education deems to be serving the public good. Qualified employers include local, state and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations. (Private lenders don’t offer this…

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Federal budget 2017: Police recruitment drive to get $321.4 million

Federal budget 2017: Police recruitment drive to get $321.4 million

The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million in this year’s federal budget to go on a big recruitment drive for anti-terrorism specialists, such as bomb squad technicians, tactical response officers, forensic scientists and negotiators. The cash splash has been described by Justice Minister Michael Keenan as the “largest single domestic policing funding boost in a decade”, and is more than double the $153.6 million the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission received in last year’s budget, to be rolled out over five years, to boost security arrangements. Australian Federal Police…

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Budget 2015: Common man’s expectations from FM Jaitley

Budget 2015: Common man’s expectations from FM Jaitley

With just few weeks remaining for the Finance Minister to present the Union Budget for 2015, the common man has started building up expectations from the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre. The euphoria that had gripped the entire nation during the 2014 Lok Sabha election in the form of ‘Modi wave’ is still very much alive in people’s mind and now it is time for the BJP dispensation at the Centre to deliver what it promised in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. Considering the Modi…

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