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Health equity through transparency and accountability -Oommen C Kurian

Huge unused bed-strength in the private sector and long waiting lines in the public sector co-exist in India in secondary and tertiary health care and a robust information infrastructure is a neceSSAry condition for any solution that reconciles issues of financial and physical access using government’s bargaining power. Real-time data flow will also have a major role to play in getting rid of the thick wall of suspicion that exists betwee

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Haryana 'fake' encounter cry

d fake encounters, involving 15 deaths, in Nuh alone, according to a statement issued here today by the organisation. The statement gave details only of one such death - of Munfaid, son of Islam HuSSAin from Khadkhadi village in Nuh who was allegedly shot by the police on Saturday. Munfaid had in May been accused of raping a minor girl in his village but his family claims it was a false case. According to the NGO, Munfaid's father has in a wr

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Soli Sorabjee, Former Attorney General of India, interviewed by Anuradha Raman (The Hindu)

ah’s Witnesses case still holds good, where the Supreme Court had observed that there was no provision in law which obliges anyone to sing the national anthem. So, the present order was not neceSSAry at all. * Would you agree that the discussions on intolerance — for instance, what people should be allowed to eat — have come to the fore in the last two-three years? Well, it has gained prominence. But I don’t think this wi

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People's participation is neceSSAry for transparency in budget, says coalition of CSOs

e of information in the public domain, and is the least implemented section of the law even after twelve years of the enacting of the legislation. There is an equally strong need for a grievance redreSSAl law, referred to as RTI-2 by some, so that the supervisory structures in the system can be held accountable. The Bill introduced in 2011 and widely debated for bringing in time bound grievance redreSSAl ne

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Govt to set up 49 cancer centres in 3 yrs -Sushmi Dey

ncreasing at an alarming rate. However, there is a serious dearth of facilities, mainly at the district level. The idea is to make treatment options available across India so that patients do not neceSSArily have to travel to Delhi and Mumbai, which often leads to additional costs like accommodation, travelling etc," an official said. In India, over 10 lakh new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year. However, due to late diagnosis, over 7 la

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Country of a chosen few -TSR Subramanian

estimate the “income distribution pattern” of the population of India, as it evolved between 1951 and 2014. At first sight, the integration of the various data sources, including the neceSSAry adjustments to cover the divergences, appear to have been undertaken with due care, to ensure credibility. Prima facie, the conclusions appear to be compelling. Note that Piketty has not referred to “black” income in his computations &md

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Too good to be true: How MNREGA 'improvements' are actually costing workers their wages -Ankita Aggarwal

tems – many workers are denied their wages. The Economic Survey notes that last year 95% of MNREGA wages were “paid into beneficiary accounts”. Since having a bank account is neceSSAry for Aadhaar-based payments – cash payments ended in 2008 – the rural development ministry has been aggressively pushing for the workers to replace their post office accounts with bank accounts. Under pressure to increase the share of MNR

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Government pays little heed to NREGA workers' demands

expansion of existing entitlements and adequate budget for their demands. The demands also included immediate implementation of maternity entitlements as per the National Food Security Act (NFSA), paSSAge of the Grievance Redress Bill, increase in the social security pensions amount and delinking of all entitlements from Aadhaar. Several means were employed to press for the demands – public meetings, demonstrations and discussions with concerne

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ASSAm Floods: Ramdev's Patanjali Allegedly Distributes Expired Food Products As Relief

Yoga guru Ramdev’s food and Ayurvedic products company Patanjali is once again in the news for a wrong reason, as it has allegedly distributed expired products to people affected by floods in ASSAm. According to local TV channels, people have accused Patanjali of distributing old milk powder and juice packets. Some products expired in October last year. A local news channel in ASSAm, Time 8, ha

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'Over-invoicing by power companies': PIL in Delhi HC seeks SIT probe against firms -Khushboo Narayan

-The Indian Express The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is currently investigating over a dozen firms, including firms of the Adani Group, ESSAr Group and Reliance ADAG Group, among others for alleged over valuation of Indonesian coal imports and power equipment imports between 2011 and 2015. Delhi-based NGOs, Centre for Public Interest Litigation and Common Cause, have filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court seeking an SIT inv

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