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Campaign to move focus away from nationalism to 'real issues'

“The BJP is playing politics with martyrs and we want to question that and recall the full vision of those martyrs. What was Bhagat Singh’s vision for the country? It went beyond national security,” said Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav. “One month ago, it felt like Modi could do nothing right, with questions arising on farmers, jobs, the economy…But just when substantive and inconvenient issues had begun to surf

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Govt. defends electoral bonds scheme in SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

only through their accounts with authorised banks. The bonds do not have the name of the donor or the receiving political party and only carry unique hidden alphanumeric serial numbers as an in-built security feature,” a 21-page affidavit said. The government described the scheme, introduced on January 2 last year, as an “electoral reform” in a country moving towards a “cashless-digital economy.” Yechury’s plea

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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

etails back into the dark zone was met with a stoic counter from Justice K.M. Joseph in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The government’s reasons to hush the Rafale prices ranged from national security to not upsetting a “solemn undertaking” given to France to keep the price of the jets a secret. Multiple Sections But Justice Joseph, one of the three judges on the Bench, asked the government to read out Sections of the Right t

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Unemployment is a silent political killer and can catch the BJP off guard in polls -Yogendra Yadav

d. Its impact can lead to a critical vote swing. Is unemployment going to be the silent political killer in this election? This must be our first question, as we limp back from heightened national security anxiety towards other regular concerns in this first week after the formal announcement of the 17th Lok Sabha elections. Every available evidence points to this possibility. But as of now, it is just a possibility. Let us begin with objective

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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

f individuals to say no to exploitative and oppressive relationships. It also emancipates people to take control of their lives to a certain extent. The third ethical reason is that it provides basic security, a human right. Studies have shown that when people know that they won’t be starving tomorrow, their mental abilities increase, their capacity to be rational improves. There are also economic reasons—that it gives to the community and

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Soldiers from Assam village fight a bitter battle to prove citizenship -Rahul Karmakar

-The Hindu GUWAHATI: The Indian Army, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border security Force (BSF) have never had a problem counting these soldiers as their own and deploying them to protect the country’s borders from the frozen reaches of the Siachen glacier to militancy hit Kashmir or to combat home-grown insurgents. But these battle-hardened men from a western Assam village have struggled for years to overcome a bigger

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Cabinet clears voluntary use of Aadhaar as identity proof

violations of Aadhaar Act and provisions by entities in the Aadhaar ecosystem. “It permits the entities to perform authentication only when they are compliant with the standards of privacy and security specified by the Authority,” it said. Please click here to read more.

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MGNREGA Workers Not Paid for Months, FIRs to be Lodged Against PM Modi - Tarique Anwar

ntly will go into clearing the backlog of pending liabilities. Contrary to the claims of highest ever allocation to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the social security scheme that aims to guarantee the right to work is facing severe fund crisis – with state governments left with no funds to pay workers. From October 2018 to February 1, no Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) were processed due to non-availability

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The Subversion of MGNREGS -Prabhat Patnaik

ct mendicant in the country, paid taxes to the State via the indirect levies on what he bought, but the State earlier did practically nothing for the citizen in return. To say that it provided “security” to the citizen meant little, since the “security” it did provide meant little to the poor. The MGNREGS, by contrast, promised to usher in a new era where the State would provide a de

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