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Cloak on rti bill -Anita Joshua

hat the "purport" column says about the draft legislation is "To amend the Right to Information Act, 2005". This has upset not just transparency activists but also users of the rti route as repeated efforts to get details of the amendments from the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions have been stonewalled. Officials refused to part with information on the nature of the proposed changes, although the governme

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Unjustified murders by cops: Tuticorin report -Shanmughasundarm J

t 15 as opposed to the earlier 13, the 260-page report called it “unjustified and unwanted” murders. “The Tuticorin police continue the terror regime and people are not allowed to participate in programmes on the police firing,” said retired high court judge D Hariparanthaman after releasing the report, “The Day Tuticorin Burned,” at a function in Loyola College on Sunday.   “By deliberately ab

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

-The Economic Times NEW DELHI: The choice of six Institutes of Eminence—three each in the public and private domains—has sparked controversy, particularly over one of them, but how did the committee arrive at its picks—and so quickly? Did the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) that assessed all 113 eligible institutes follow selection guidelines to the letter? A close examination of the process followed suggests perhaps not. On th

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Govt drops incentives given for UPI transactions -Mayur Shetty

-The Times of India MUMBAI: The government has prematurely withdrawn a scheme under which shopkeepers would get an incentive of up to Rs 1,000 for accepting payments using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Another one providing customers cashbacks of up to Rs 500 has also been withdrawn and replaced with a scheme that provides rewards of up to Rs 150 but only for Bhim app users. The move to withdraw the incentives has surprised payment service providers. While there has been a surge

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Monsoon fingers crossed -GS Mudur

y 19. Rainfall is likely to be normal in eastern, central and northern India and the west coast over the next one week, it said. But under the influence of the fresh low-pressure area, the week starting July 19 is likely to bring "above normal rainfall" over northwestern, central and eastern India. Please click here to read more. 

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Maharashtra: In three months, 639 farmers committed suicide owing to crop failure and debt

-The Indian Express "Of the 188, families of 174 farmers have received compensation," Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, saying 122 cases were declared ineligible for compensation, while 329 cases are pending for further investigation. New Delhi: Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil has said 639 farmers have committed suicide in three months (March to May) this year due to pressing debt, crop failure and the inability to repay bank loans. Patil was replying to a

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Potholes killed 3,597 across India in 2017, terror 803 -Dipak K Dash

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Potholes took a deadly toll in 2017, claiming almost 10 lives daily with annual fatalities in the country adding up to 3,597 — a more than 50% rise over the toll for 2016. Maharashtra recorded a doubling of deaths at 726 year on year — disheartening evidence that road safety remains a casualty in India. The magnitude of the problem can be understood from the fact that terrorist activities in India, Naxal attacks included, claimed 803 lives, i

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Love Commandos to fight for lovers' rights

workshop, the second in Kerala — the first was organised in Kochi on June 24 — will be held at Government Polytechnic College, West Hill. Dozens of youngstes have already applied to participate in the meeting. “True, there have not been many “honour killings” in Kerala, unlike in North India,” Anil Jose, the chief coordinator of Love Commandos, told The Hindu. “But, Kerala is notorious for preventing young

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

-PTI Bench issues notice to Union government on a plea against the project to track “digital media chatter from all core social media platforms” The Supreme Court on Friday took a strong note of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s decision to set up 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

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Free us from all other activities if you want results: Gujarat govt teachers -Ritu Sharma

ver discharging teachers from all other activities during the 31 days of Mission Vidya as well as throughout the year.” He added, “We hope that all teachers are provided appreciation certificates after 31 days, when this campaign concludes, in a similar programme in the presence of everyone.” The meeting was attended by more than 1,000 District Education Officers (DEOs), District Primary Education Officers (DPEOs), Cluster Reso

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