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NaMo TV content must be certified, says Election Commission -Anubhuti Vishnoi

t has also written to the information and broadcasting ministry on the matter. As per government sources, the EC has said that the “airtime coverage given to various political parties by the National broadcaster Doordarshan was disprodisproportionate and not balanced.” The commission has asked Doordarshan to give balanced airtime coverage to all political parties, government sources confirmed to ET. Please click here to read more.

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Women's Commission Orders Probe Into Report of Womb Removal in Maharashtra

) has directed Beed district authorities to conduct an inquiry over a news report, which said that women were getting their wombs removed to avoid hindering work and fines due to menstruation. The National Commission for Women (NCW) had earlier issued a notice to Maharashtra Chief Secretary over the news report. Expressing shock over the news report, the MSCW Wednesday issued a notice, in which it directed Beed district collector “to find

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India might soon have the most Caesarean births -Aswathi Pacha

-The Hindu Number of caesareans was 17.2% for India during the period from Jan 2015 to Dec 2016 A new study based on the data from the National Family and Health Survey has shown that there is a significant increase in the rate of caesarean births in India. While the WHO recommends the rate of caesarean delivery to be 10-15%, the number was 17.2% for India during the period from Jan 2015 to Dec 2016. This is higher than the rate seen in ric

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NGT sets up Central monitoring panel in a bid to reduce pollution stretches

-The Hindu The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a Central Monitoring Committee to ensure the implementation of action plan meant for reducing pollution stretches across the country. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “Having given due consideration to the serious issue and inadequacy of success achieved so far, we find it necessary to constitute a Central Monitoring Committee to undertake a More »

How is Google's GPay operating without authorisation, Delhi HC asks RBI

ment and Settlement Systems Act 2007, is not in compliance with the requirements and the RBI’s Master Circular,” the petition said. The petition said Google Pay was using NPCI’s (National Payments Corporation of India) BHIM unified payments Interface (BHIM UPI) for money transfers. Please click here to read more.

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Why income transfers are not enough -Harsh Mander

e programme is an idea whose time has come. Temperatures are rapidly warming up in what promises to be a blistering summer of India’s electioneering. Amidst the belligerent grandstanding on National security and the communal messaging barely below the surface, Rahul Gandhi’s announcement of a minimum income guarantee scheme came as a relief, if only because it tried to steer the public discussions to the struggles of India’s poor

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RTI Act supersedes official secrets law -Krishnadas Rajagopal

Hindu Public interest prevails, says judge New Delhi: The Right to Information Act confers on ordinary citizens the ‘priceless right’ to demand information even in matters affecting National security and relations with a foreign state, Justice K.M. Joseph observed in his separate judgment in the Rafale case. Justice Joseph was countering the claim made by the government for privilege over Rafale purchase documents under the Offici

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Voters needn't know source of political funding: govt.

-The Hindu Voters need not know the funding source of parties, A-G tells court New Delhi: Voters do not need to know from where political parties get their funds, the government argued in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The court cannot “kill” the electoral bonds scheme for the sake of transparency, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said. He argued that the bond was an experiment to eradicate black money and the court should not intervene now. The government position was in c

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'Anti-National' thoughts -Pranab Bardhan

The Indian Express Whichever party wins the election, the real long-term challenge is to stem the rot of institutional foundations. The headlines say that the ruling party manifesto emphasises Nationalism (“nation first”), and, on the economic front, it will aspire to make India the third-largest economy in the world by the end of the next decade, to make it reach the list of top 50 countries in the ranking of Ease of Doing Business

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Under NDA, rural drinking water takes a back seat -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan

been addressed slightly but remain prevalent—in part because of a diminishing focus on rural water supply. Water is a state subject but the Union government influences its supply through the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). Launched in 2009 by the United Progressive Alliance-II (UPA-II), NRDWP provides state governments with the funds to build the infrastructure, such as piped connections, to deliver water to rural households

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