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Cloak on RTI bill -Anita Joshua

e 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 18. For 17 bills listed under the "E" category of new bills, some detail or the other of the "purport" has been provided or there have been consultations with the stakeholders

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

toric betrayal’, and not a ‘historic increase’ as the Narendra Modi government has claimed. The group has announced a series of agitations over the next four months to express its diSSAtisfaction. 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 – the Farmers Freedom From Indebtedness B

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

i told ET that field visits were not mandatory and the committee was of the view that comparative rankings would not be fair. “No field visits were conducted as we did not feel they were neceSSAry,” Gopalaswami told ET. “UGC guidelines do allow it but it was not mandatory. If we were to conduct field visits of all 113 institutes, it would probably take a year. We also did not do any ranking of institutes because we felt that it ma

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Setting up a social media hub will be like creating a surveillance state, says SC

p a social media hub for monitoring online data, observing that it would be “like creating a surveillance state”. The court said the government wanted to tap citizens’ WhatsApp meSSAges and sought its response within two weeks. A Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud issued notice to the Central government on a plea by Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator Mahua Moitra and s

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Beating back the food police -Swati Narayan

rsquo;s refused to serve eggs to children in anganwadis. With the BJP coalition assuming the reins of power across 19 Indian states, this antipathy to eggs has spread. Tribal-dominated Jharkhand, ASSAm and Tripura are veritable exceptions. In Jharkhand after two concerted civil society Anda Abhiyan campaigns in 2014 and 2015, eggs were finally introduced in schools and anganwadis. Similar to ASSAm and Tr

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

l fields for open defecation at dawn. The report by Save the Children, which is based on a sample survey (non-probability sampling technique used) undertaken in six states of the country, namely ASSAm, Delhi-NCR, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and West Bengal, finds that almost three-fifth of teenage girls felt unsafe despite being in overcrowded public places. Due to inadequate lighting, almost 60 percent of adolescent girls felt unsafe i

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Haryana government's hyped MSP scheme for vegetables comes a cropper -Sukhbir Siwach

an Express After the market rates crashed to Rs 1-2 per kg, only 565 tomato growers across Haryana received the average price difference payment of Rs 2,136. Kurukshatra: Jasbir Saini shows a meSSAge on his iBall mobile phone displaying an amount of Rs 296 credited to his bank account. That’s what the 47-year-old has received as “differential price” on the distress sale of his tomato crop under the Haryana government’s Bh

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

t the central government but all the state governments. * What do you think about the idea of lateral entry into government positions? I think it is an absolute no-brainer in terms of being neceSSAry. But then whether that alone will be enough is not clear. Take for example, Parameswaran Iyer (Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation) who has come in, I think that he’s done a very good job. The point is, you have to have some b

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

shows the extent of problems that plague the Indian news media today. The declaration touched the subject of Media Literacy Education, which teaches students to apply critical thinking to media meSSAges and to use media to create their own meSSAges. As a key to the 21st Century skill, all the universities and media departments in the country must strive to bring in Media Literacy formally in the classro

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When perception is reality -Sameera Khan

y the spouse, still only 15% of sexual violence committed by others is reported to the police. The reasons for this usually are poor trust in the justice machinery and low conviction rates in sexual aSSAult cases. While rape accounts for 12% of all crimes against women in India — almost 39 rapes per hour — only 1 in 4 rape cases ends up securing a conviction. So if reported data is only giving us a minuscule image of the larger problem,

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