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Delhi tests ground to cut student subsidy -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Centre has floated a proposal to scale down an interest waiver scheme meant to help poor students enrol themselves for professional courses. The Human resource development ministry has sought the opinion of other ministries on lowering to Rs 7.5 lakh from Rs 10 lakh the loan amount eligible for interest waiver under the central sector interest subsidy scheme (SCISS) launched in 2009. The proposal to lower the c

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India is consuming banned GM food owing to lack of regulations

adda, in the Parliament, admitted that since 2007, GM soybean and canola oils are being imported in India without the approval of FSSAI, which is tasked to regulate food to ensure that it is safe for Human consumption. This happened few months after the FSSAI told the SC, “Since regulation is yet to be framed, it follows that GM food is not permitted to be sold in the country.” In India, food safety regulations give the Centre the ch

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Gujarat recorded 55 custodial deaths in 2017; Ahmedabad topped list with 15 -Ashish Chauhan

-The Times of India AHMEDABAD: The answer of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to an RTI (Right to Information) query has revealed a shocker: Gujarat recorded 55 custodial deaths in 2017. Ahmedabad city topped the chart with 15 deaths in custody — two in police custody and 13 at the Sabarmati central jail. The RTI application — filed by a Human rights activist from Mehsana, Kaushi

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As Number of Murdered RTI Activists Rises to 67, It Is the Modi Government That Needs to 'Act Rightly' -Venkatesh Nayak

assault in the media on other RTI activists in Gujarat. Across the country, the total number of those murdered allegedly for seeking information under the RTI has now risen to 67. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has been mapping these attacks across the country using details available in the media. The latest attack occurred three months after a National Human More »

Jain monk hails euthanasia ruling; Catholic priests slam it: Highlights

ty and top Jain monk Tarun Sagar, the Catholic Church has criticised the verdict, saying that right to life is in God's hands and the decision should not be "acceptable to anyone who believes in Humanity to kill a person suffering from old age or sickness due to sympathy". The apex court said on its verdict that a person could prepare a "living will", under which the withdrawal of life-support system could be authorised if he r

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Court takes first step towards taking suicide off list of crimes -Dhananjay Mahapatra

-breaking verdict linking right to life with right to die with dignity, the Supreme Court on Friday took the first step towards giving judicial support to the much canvassed proposition that it was inHuman to punish a distressed person who failed to end his life through suicide. Section 309 of IPC provides that "whoever attempts to commit suicide and does any act towards the commission of such offence, shall be punished with simple imprisonmen

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What India Really Eats -Balmurli Natrajan and Suraj Jacob

e representation of India and Indians. In that paper, we analysed three representative large-scale datasets of self-reported behaviour (National Sample Survey, National Family Health Survey and India Human Development Survey) to establish some basic facts about what ‘India’ eats. The findings seriously question many public claims about food habits – and importantly, suggest that no general claim based on a social group can pass muste

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Encounters as state policy? -Jagdeep S Chhokar

underworld gangs. Such specialists acquired a larger-than-life image which was even lionised in films. The legal situation The phenomenon seemed to have become so widespread that the National Human Rights Commission (NRHC) recommended "a procedure to be followed in the cases of encounter death by all the States/UTs in the country." This procedure was circulated to all the states and UTs in March 1997. It was revised in December 2003.

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Misdirected war against criminals in UP: Police must uphold and not undermine rule of law -Sankar Sen

c society governed by the rule of law. It is objectionable because it is arbitrary as a process, and random in its effects. The real answer is to strengthen law and the legal process. The National Human Rights Commission, on receiving complaints of false police encounters from Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) regarding false encounters staged by Andhra police, held public hearings in Hyderabad and recorded evidence. The Commission f

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Disability rights crusader Javed Abidi dies at 53 -Manash Pratim Gohain

ur sector. We have lost an international leader as he was the sole voice of the Global South. He pioneered the cross-disability movement in India and galvanized disability issues as developmental and Human rights based issues. An era ends with Javed ji,” said disability rights’ activist, Dr Satendra Singh, Delhi University. Please click here to read more.

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