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Cloak on RTI bill -Anita Joshua

Lok Sabha bulletin for legislative business of the upcoming monsoon session, one bill stands out because it is the only one about which no details have been furnished. The bill seeks to amend the Right to Information Act of 2005, and the ironical opaqueness has alarmed transparency advocates who have mounted a pushback. As many as 18 bills are listed for introduction, consideration and passage in the monsoon session, scheduled to begin on July

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

a of the Modi government’, the AIKSCC plans to put forward two bills in the monsoon session of parliament beginning on July 18 – 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 by Raju Shetti, Swabhimani Paksha MP from Maharashtra and K.K. Ra

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Ayushman Bharat scheme underscores issues with SC's interim orders in March -Asheeta Regidi

; Unfortunately, the notification also classifies this scheme as a Section 7 benefit, which means that given the Supreme Court’s interim orders in Aadhaar hearings, the government is within its Rights to mandate Aadhaar for this scheme. (Note: Details of the new notification are based on media reports, the original notification is as yet unavailable). Scheme draws from the Consolidated Fund of India The Ayushman Bharat National Health P

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Love Commandos to fight for lovers' Rights

n Wellness Study Centre, which used to give advice and guidelines to people in love as well as healthy and scientific sex education. It had held several camps for young people and had drafted a human Rights charter based on sexual justice. Mr. Jose said said the centre had recently merged with Love Commandos. The chairman of Love Commandos, Sanjiv Sachdev, had after the centre’s Kochi convention, called up, offering to take the centre on boar

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Beating back the food police -Swati Narayan

rs. 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 e

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

the study. Nearly 30 percent of teenage boys felt that girls are generally taking away their jobs. More than one-fourth of adolescent boys believed that the government is more concerned about the Rights of girls and not doing anything substantial for boys. More than 60 percent of boys agreed to the statement that it is the woman who is responsible to cook, wash and take care of the home and the family. Roughly 20 percent of parents believed th

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No safety trials on Siddha, Unani, Ayurvedic products

ience and evidence of effectiveness of these drugs is based on textual rationale and published in literature. Pilot studies have been done to support the claim, and authoritative books indicate their Rightful use, the Centre said. The directive is being viewed sceptically as there is still a need to get clarity on the patented and proprietary products and distinguish them from numerous magical cures. Dr Abdul Hasan Ashraf, Unani doctor and membe

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Arvind Subramanian, outgoing Chief Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance, interviewed by TCA Sharad Raghavan (The Hindu)

ost say that you can't make this stuff up, it's so strange! You would think that every job has a specific expertise component. But I think why it is not a sufficient condition. You have to get the Right people and then you have to create the conditions for that person to be able to work with the bureaucracy and be effective. That I think is the next challenge. It's easy to get the outside talent, but how do you make them work with the existing syst

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Forum of media educators emphasize on promoting media literacy & ethical journalism

Real people, real voices”. Alongside, Development or Community journalism aims to achieve larger objectives - environment protection, social justice, improving health, and education, protecting Rights of children, and bringing people together. Marginalized people's voices should not be lost in the maze of dominant cultural and political narratives. This implies extensive research rather than quick-fire reportage, and this must be the bedrock

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