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Amnesty lens on abusive tweets against 100 women LS candidates -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu ‘It’s not just trolling, it’s an abuse of human Rights’ New Delhi: Launching a crowd-sourced study on the abuse that Indian women politicians face on Twitter, Amnesty India says online trolling aimed at threatening and silencing them must be considered a human Rights violation. “It’s so easy for men to dismiss it as just ‘trolling’, but w

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Information confusion -Osama Manzar

tured statistics being fed to people through their mobile devices. The systematic, organised way in which large amounts of misinformation is reaching the masses is leaving the public confused between Right and wrong and between relevant and irrelevant. Adding fuel to the raging fire is the usual public apathy towards “fact-checking” and verifying the information they are consuming. Please click here to read more.

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National Institute of Nutrition stands by its report on no onion, garlic in its meals

d 10 organisations as well as 94 experts, including faculty from prestigious institutes like IIM Bangalore, Tata Insitute of Social Sciences, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Right to Food Campaign-India, and People’s Union for Civil Liberties. “We stand by our response to the Karnataka Government,” NIN’s Director, Dr Hemalatha R, wrote in response to a story in The Hindu on May 14, 2019. In Janua

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Jagdeep S Chhokar, one of the founders and trustees of Association for Democratic Reforms, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (CaravanMagazine.in)

ry to find out what these unknown sources were? JSC: We had the Central Information Commissioner declare the six national parties as public authorities. Our idea was to file applications under the Right to Information Act and have the national parties disclose the identity of these unknown sources of income. All the six parties refused to accept the CIC’s verdict. The case regarding this is in the Supreme Court. The government has submitted a

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HC brings RWAs, registered societies under RTI ambit -Shilpy Arora

ion officer and first appellate authority to provide information to public under RTI, and levy a prescribed fee for it. If the fee is not prescribed, it can be as per the fee prescribed under Haryana Right to Information Rules. Both officials and residents welcomed the move. District registrar of societies Ishwar Singh told TOI, “It’s an important order as RWAs were always reluctant to share information with public. I’m glad Harya

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UP holds huge potential in agriculture -- it needs Right leadership to forge forward-looking path -Harish Damodaran

radesh, is for many, an “Ulta Pradesh” — a place where nothing works, except in reverse. Even more disdainful is “U Pay” — things can work, provided you grease the Right palms. Whichever way one looks at it, something more than ordinary is needed for a state that houses 16.5 per cent of India’s people, and would be the world’s fifth-most populous, were it a country. And that’s probably best achi

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The middle income trap that India must avert

economies are said to be vulnerable to. As a country runs out of new sources of growth after an initial burst of rapid expansion, it finds itself unable to break into a higher-income league. In India Right now, the relatively weak offtake of everything, from cars and apartments to suds and toothbrushes, points to a slowdown in consumption. But is this temporary, or a sign of early market saturation? Wealth inequality and the hierarchical distributi

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Civil society organisations demand respect for farmers' Rights by Pepsico

t this is after all an undertaking given by all applicants to PPV&FR Authority for varietal registration “Government of India should proactively take up measures to uphold farmers’ Rights – We will continue our public campaign to secure this” say farmers Rights groups Ahmedabad / New Delhi, 10th May 2019: PepsiCo India Holdings Ltd, after having sought and obtained an early

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Civil Society Members Demand Counting of 'All VVPAT Slips' for 'Fullest Transparency'

commending that “the VVPAT slips be recognised as the ballot paper”, the statement calls for the counting of every voter slip. Asserting that the vote is a “citizen’s basic Right that gives legitimacy, strength and body to the will of the people”, the statement – signed by Aruna Roy, Jayati Ghosh, Justice A.P. Shah, Sanjay Parikh and Syeda Hameed – asserts that the “voter cannot be compelled to repose

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NYAY is an important first step toward social justice -Vani S Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha

ities so that they maximise the benefits to the most disadvantaged. This celebrated principle of social justice is reformulated by Amartya Sen who shifts the focus from equality of primary goods (eg, Rights, liberties, wealth and income) to the lives that people are able to live and freedoms that they would enjoy. These are designated as capabilities to live healthy and purposive lives. A cash transfer may not enable a disabled person to move freely,

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