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Why Aadhaar cannot deliver anything it promises -Anupam Saraph

-The Economic Times Aadhaar came with a lot of promises. They were brought by some of the bRightest in India. Aadhaar promises to remove duplicates and ghosts from government databases, deliver subsidies to beneficiaries, collect taxes, provide financial inclusion and eliminate corruption. Here is why it cannot deliver anything it promises. Aadhaar came with a lot of promises. They were brought by some of the b More »

Testing times for Yogi govt as saffron outfits run riot in UP -Pawan Dixit

-Hindustan Times Violence involving Right wing Hindu organisations from various parts of Uttar Pradesh is proving to be an embarrassment for the Yogi Adityanath government. The volatile situation even forced chief minister Yogi Adityanath to send a clear message of ‘zero tolerance’ on law and order front. The Saharanpur violence on Friday was latest in the series of incidents that have rocked the state after the BJP formed the g

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Tribals want govt to scrap 1979 order denying sterilisation access -Dipankar Ghose

isgarh, the Jan Swasthya Sahyog and Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, says that the order was passed at a time when the state followed an “aggressive target based population policy”, and violates the Right to life and liberty. As she sits on her haunches, feeding her son, Ranichand laughs at the irony of where she lives. “We live inside the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve where they want to preserve tigers. They treat us like them, too. Their order

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SC for broad anti-torture legislation -Krishnadas Rajagopal

would be subject to torture here, the Supreme Court said on Monday. A Bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said it was a matter of both Article 21 (fundamental Right to life and dignity) and of international reputation that the government must consider promulgating a standalone, comprehensive law to define and punish torture as an instrument of “human degradation” by state authorities. “Such

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ECI issues letter of intent for purchase of 16,15,000 VVPAT units

general elections in 2019,” said the EC Explaining the importance of this step, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said, “It will enhance transparency and uphold the voters’ Right to know which party he or she has voted, thereby increasing voters’ confidence in the free and fair electoral process.” Please click here to read more.

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Unwitting, careless 'insults' to religion must not be prosecuted: SC -Amit Anand Choudhary

, cause chasers and overzealous or vengeful administrative authorities. While the SC decision to strike down in entirety Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 for being violative of the Right to freedom of speech and expression provided relief to social media users, the SC has reiterated the limits of Section 295A. The section says that an offence will be made out by "deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feel

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Free speech versus dignity

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Supreme Court today decided to refer to a five-judge Constitution bench the question whether the Right to free speech and expression includes "the Right to insult another person's Right to dignity". A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and M. Shantanagoudar asked senior advocates Harish Salve and Fali Na

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Should we privatise water? -Himanshu Thakkar, Arun Lakhani & Mihir Shah

ecemeal water privatisation has been implemented, re-municipalisation is the trend. The private sector works on one bottom line: profit maximisation. But the management of water supply is an issue of Rights and a basic need, as acknowledged by the judiciary. Moreover, water is embedded in the ecosystem. Any attempt to see water only as a commodity is bound to have multiple disruptive consequences. Please click here to read more.

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Cheap generic vs costly branded: Issues in picking Right drug in India -Kaunain Sheriff M

-The Indian Express Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants doctors to prescribe generic medicines over branded ones. KAUNAIN SHERIFF M answers key questions on the pricing of drugs and beyond. * What exactly has Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on generic drugs? Speaking in Surat on April 17, the Prime Minister referred to the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP), which aims to provide cheaper medical drugs to the people. “In the coming days, the government will

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Rival govts unite on sex test action -Arnab Ganguly

rtment and police to launch a crackdown on sex determination centres operating in Punjab. "I appeal to Punjab chief minister to deal with illegal sex determination centres firmly to ensure a bRight future for all women," Khattar had tweeted last night, tagging Amarinder, popularly called Captain. According to sources in the Punjab chief minister's office, Amarinder spoke to senior bureaucrats in the health department and the police to

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