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RTI Act supersedes official secrets law -Krishnadas Rajagopal

oseph said the government cannot refuse information if disclosure in public interest overshadows certain ‘protected interests.’ “The Parliament has appreciated that it may be neceSSAry to pit one interest against another and to compare the relative harm and then decide either to disclose or to decline information... if higher public interest is established, it is the will of Parliament that the greater good should prevail though a

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Vishwanath Kulkarni (The Hindu Business Line)

have to write off loans for some time. Writing off loans means the government pays. Otherwise, we have to tell them ‘we will reschedule your loans but meanwhile keep farming.’ The main meSSAge from the need for loan waiver is that we are slack in making farming economically attractive and viable. * Now the talk of income support has gained momentum. What are your views on this? Income support is C2+50 per cent. That's exactly what w

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213 with criminal cases, 401 crorepatis to contest first phase of Lok Sabha elections

ng or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc. (IPC Section-366) etc, against themselves. 16 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women such as rape (IPC Section-376),  aSSAult or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354), husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (IPC Section-498A), etc., against themselves. 12 candidates have declared cases related to hate

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Uttarakhand's rivers quench the thirst of millions while its residents face water shortage -Mayank Aggarwal

. However, many areas in the state are facing a water shortage. * The hill state is going to polls in the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on April 11. In some constituencies, voters, diSSAtisfied with authorities for failing to provide water facilities, aim to register their protests, by boycotting the elections. * A 2018 NITI Aayog report had held that approximately 50 percent of the mountain springs in the Indian Himalayan region,

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88 lakh missing tax filers in year of noteban: I-T denies, facts don't -Khushboo Narayan

did not do so in the current year even though they are liable to do so. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Thursday said it “does not have any word ‘Stop Filers’ in its gloSSAry and it does not maintain any database of ‘Stop Filers’ in normal course”. This was in response to the April 4 report “88 lakh taxpayers didn’t file returns in year of noteban, 10-fold jump over previous year” p

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Jobs or doles: which is the way forward? -Mahendra Dev & Pronab Sen

to do a top-up is the question. Now, the thing is, the two are related. So long as productivity and the income accruing from jobs don’t reach a particular level, a certain amount of help is neceSSAry. The problem with entitlement sort of programmes, which is what both PM-Kisan and NYAY are, is that they don’t create that link. When we think about jobs, we should be very careful in our choice of words. Jobs are when someone else is emplo

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No surge in number of I-T stop-filers after demonetisation: CBDT

ear that the information about “Stop Filers” is incorrect and the data source quoted is not from the Income Tax Department. CBDT does not have any word “Stop Filers” in its gloSSAry and it does not maintain any MIS or database of “Stop Filers” in normal course, the statement said. Please click here to read more.

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Congress' election manifesto is the right document at the wrong time: Yogendra Yadav

ritual that has all the external appearances of being a fair democratic election. A decent, nuanced policy document is a virtue in normal times, but not when you face a determined, well-coordinated aSSAult on constitutional democracy. Institutions and values that are at the heart of our Constitution face an unprecedented attack. In this context, what the Congress does or doesn’t becomes critical. In this election, the big opposition parties

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Bonds of secrecy -PDT Achary

goes against a fundamental tenet of democracy — transparency Electoral bonds are attracting attention in the run-up to the general elections. These bonds were conceived in 2017 and the neceSSAry legislative changes were made in the Finance Bill of 2017. For example, Section 31 of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1924, was amended and a new Clause (3) was added to provide for electoral bonds. This amendment was pushed through as a money bill,

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Rural distress is real: Negative monthly growth of real wage rates witnessed in rural areas for 9 consecutive months, starting from November 2017, is collecting rural wage data with respect to 12 agricultural and 13 non-agricultural occupations across 20 major states, namely, Andhra Pradesh, ASSAm, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, OriSSA, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West B

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