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Cloak on RTI bill -Anita Joshua

pensions have been stonewalled. Officials refused to part with information on the nature of the proposed changes, although the government's pre-legislative consultation policy, adopted in 2014, maNDAtes that all draft legislation (including subordinate legislation) be placed in the public domain for 30 days for comments. Also, a summary of comments has to be made available on the website of the ministry concerned before the bill is sent to the

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Farmers' Body Announces Nationwide Stir Against Modi Govt's MSP 'Betrayal' -Neha Mehrotra

tion. Calling the government’s claim the ‘MSP dhokha of the Modi government’, the AIKSCC plans to put forward two bills in the monsoon session of parliament beginning on July 18 &NDAsh; the Farmers Freedom From Indebtedness Bill and the Farmers Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Price For Agricultural Commodities Bill. Termed the Kisan Mukti Bills, they will be introduced in parliament as private member’s bills

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Unjustified murders by cops: Tuticorin report -ShanmughasuNDArm J

ate in programmes on the police firing,” said retired high court judge D Hariparanthaman after releasing the report, “The Day Tuticorin Burned,” at a function in Loyola College on SuNDAy.   “By deliberately absenting themselves from the vicinity on May 22, the entire administration abnegated its duties in a cowardly manner and ceded all power to the police,” said the inquest team in the final report, addin

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Institutes of Eminence status given without field visits, rankings -Anubhuti Vishnoi

, both of which are in the University Grants Commission (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017. To be sure, the field visits are only recommeNDAtory in nature but a tabular appraisal of all institutes and their ranking is required. The appraisal methodology detailed in the EEC report mentions various aspects taken into consideration but gives no information on specific parameters and weight

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Ayushman Bharat scheme underscores issues with SC's interim orders in March -Asheeta Regidi There is nothing to prevent the government from making Aadhaar maNDAtory for Ayushman Bharat. Even as the Courts reopened and news on the Aadhaar verdict is awaited, a Union health ministry notification issued on 4 July has confirmed that Aadhaar will be maNDAtory for the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ national health insurance scheme. While details of the scheme were out in June, the

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Monsoon fingers crossed -GS Mudur

bad, said. "But without adequate rainfall during the rest of July, we may need to look to contingency planning in some parts of the country." Crop contingency plans may include recommeNDAtions that farmers plant short-duration paddy varieties or alternative crops. The IMD said on Friday that a low-pressure area was very likely to form over the northern Bay of Bengal over the next 24 hours, with a second low-pressure area expected on

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Beating back the food police -Swati Narayan

ree-quarters. Berkeley researchers have also validated that healthy school meals even improve test scores. Yet, 14 of 19 BJP-majority states, deny eggs to children in schools and anganwadis. The fuNDAmental right to food comprises the right to food choice. Last year, in the case of Saeed Ahmed v State of U.P. (6871 of 2017), on the closure of illegal slaughter houses, the Allahabad High Court had reiterated that even in the case of private food con

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New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?

s, and analysis of civil society interventions. Results of the Opinion Poll by Thomson Reuters Released in June this year, India has officially dismissed the results of the Thomson Reuters FouNDAtion Annual Poll on women's safety. The key findings of the Thomson Reuters FouNDAtion Annual Poll-2018 are as follows: • In terms of healthcare, which includes general health access to optometrists

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Why Indian women don't want to work -Monika Halan

the older people in the home, are all delegated to the women of the house. This is not just true of “them”, the blue collar factory workers, it is true for “us”, the double staNDArd bearing urban mass affluent homes. Private conversations with almost all the married women who work outside the home, mostly end with accepting this double staNDArd of pretending equality at home when it

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