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Reverse gear on electoral reforms -Jagdeep S Chhokar

-Live Mint Electoral reforms are not the forte of law ministers. But they can avoid damaging a battered system The resignation of Ashwani Kumar as law minister has brought cheer to a group of people who do not have much to do, at least directly, with the coal block allocation controversy. These are people working on electoral reforms. This is because ever since becoming law minister, Kumar had been consistent in his...

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UPA committed to passage of Food Security Bill: PM

-ANI The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said the UPA Government is committed to the passage of Food Security Bill. "The Food Security Bill is a very important legislation for the government. The UPA is committed to make this law after considering all opinions," he said. Meanwhile, Food Minister K.V. Thomas said he has to look into various angles before taking a call. "I am neither ruling in or ruling out. I have...

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EC calls all-party meet on verifiable paper trail

-The Hindu   Experts panel has okayed design, EC tells Supreme Court New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it would convene an all-party meeting on May 10 to decide on changes to be made in the electronic voting machine for introducing the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) System. Under this system, a voter by pressing a button in the EVM will know the candidate whom he/she is voting...

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Shared coal status report with law minister, CBI chief tells SC -Utkarsh Anand

-The Indian Express CBI director Ranjit Sinha admitted to the Supreme Court on Friday that the agency's status report on the coal blocks allocation case had been shown to Law Minister Ashwani Kumar "as desired by him". The report was also shared with a senior official each from the Prime Minister's Office and the coal ministry, the CBI director said. The government has been in turmoil - facing demands for an explanation...

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Govt proposes to bring Bill to regulate surrogacy: Azad

-PTI The government on Tuesday said it proposes to bring a Bill to monitor the services of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinics and banks to regulate surrogacy in the country. “A draft Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill has been formulated and sent to Ministry of Law and Justice for concurrence,” Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. He said in order to monitor...

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