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Jail terms proposed for racial bias -Nishit Dholabhai

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Centre today said it was "considering" two new penal code provisions to punish racial discrimination and racial insults, recommended by a panel as a safeguard for people from the Northeast living elsewhere in the country. Home minister Rajnath Singh announced a slew of other measures too for migrants from the region while signalling acceptance of the M.P. Bezbaruah committee's recommendations. Officials clarified that the proposed Sections 153C...

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Women's Reservation Bill Fails to Get LS Nod Again

-Outlook The fair sex got an unfair deal in the 15th Lok Sabha on the issue of reservation in legislatures despite the three top posts being occupied by women. The ambitious Women's Reservation Bill, which provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in the lower house of Parliament and state assemblies for 15 years, failed to get the nod this time too though Sonia Gandhi was the UPA Chairperson, Meira Kumar...

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Outsiders in Kutch’s mini-Punjab: Sikh farmers battling for their land -Satish Jha

-The Indian Express Kutch (Gujarat): Bhajan Singh, 62, remembers the time curious villagers turned up to see a borewell his father Gopal Singh had dug up. The year was 1969 and it was the first time Sumrasar village, near Bhuj in Kutch district, had had a borewell. Few had ever seen it work, as they depended entirely on rainwater for the barely one crop they harvested a year. Originally from Pakistan, Gopal...

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Activists for special Parliament session to pass bills dealing with graft

-PTI NEW DELHI: A day after Rahul Gandhi made a strong pitch for more legislations to weed out corruption, activists on Sunday demanded convening of a special session of Parliament to pass bills dealing with graft at the grass-roots level. "Just a Lokpal Bill is not enough. It is actually one part of many that have to come together. To our mind, the Grievance Redress Bill is 'Aam Aadmi Ka Lokpal'," said...

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RTI activists get their say

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Centre has decided to involve RTI activists in formal discussions on the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013. A standing committee has, for the first time, asked activists lobbying to bring political parties within the purview of the transparency law to attend its November 6 meeting. RTI activist Subhash Agarwal, the National Campaign for People's Right to information and others have been asked to present their opinion to...

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