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Modi launched a website MyGov on July 26 that aims to help citizens contribute in governance by giving their opinions and views on important issues like clean river Ganga or skill development. The inauguration of the people-centric platform also marks the completion of 60 days of the new government.

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On February 25, the Institute of Law under China’s Academy of Social Science (CASS) and the Social Sciences Academic Press jointly released the Annual Report on China’s Rule of Law (the Blue Book on the Rule of Law). The Blue Book contains a report on the indices of the transparency of the Chinese government based on the evaluation of 55 government departments under the State Council. The Ministry of Education ranked first with the highest score, while the National Railway Bureau ranked last with zero points. With 100 points as the perfect score, the top five were as follows: The Ministry of Education (65.082); The State Administration of Work Safety (64.033); The National Development and Reform Commission (63.454); The Ministry of Commerce (61.635); and The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (60.7351). The bottom five were The State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (33.252); The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (25.3353); The Ministry of Justice (25.2854); The State Bureau for Letters and Calls (19.9555); and The National Railway Bureau (0).

The National Orientation Agency was established with the mandate of enlightening Nigerians on government policies, programmes and activities, as well as mobilize public support for same. It is also saddled with the responsibility to re-orientate the attitudes of Nigerians and provide a feedback to government on the people’s feelings and reactions towards its policies and activities, thus expanding the space for public input into government decision-making process.

this publication is widely used around the world to promote democracy and support diplomats and members of the not-for-profit sector in the practical challenges of on-the-ground democratic transition and consolidation from undemocratic regimes. By recording case studies of the activity of diplomats in countries that were repressive and flatly undemocratic to those in the throes of post-conflict recovery, the Handbook is able to provide guidance in an area where there is no codified set of procedures for diplomats to follow. The third edition of A Diplomat’s Handbook, to be released in fall 2013, will identify lessons through new case studies — Russia and Tunisia — as well as provide updates to previous case studies, and will, like previous editions, offer diplomatic missions a toolbox of creative, human, and material resources — available to diplomatic missions — that can support democracy development.