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Smothering the housing rights of the urban poor -Mathew Idiculla

-The Hindu A Court order, on Delhi’s slum dwellings, threatens to undo the promise of the right to housing offered in earlier verdicts In a short order with devastating consequences, the Supreme Court of India on August 31 ordered the removal of about 48,000 slum dwellings situated along the railway tracks in Delhi. A three-judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, in one of his last orders before his retirement, directed State...

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‘Illegal mining’ could soon become legal. Modi government gives just 10 days for public feedback -Supriya Sharma

-Scroll.in Mining companies stand to benefit from one of the amendments being pushed through without proper public consultation. India’s mining law enables the government to recover 100% of the value of minerals extracted illegally. Based on this provision, in August 2017, the Supreme Court of India ordered the recovery of Rs 17,576 crore from mining companies that had extracted iron ore and manganese in Odisha in violation of environmental laws. If the Modi...

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Over three-fourth of workers lost their livelihoods since lockdown, finds ActionAid India's national survey of informal labourers

ActionAid Association's (AAA) national level survey among people dependent on the informal economy during the third phase of the national lockdown towards the end of May 2020 (i.e. between May 14th and May 22nd, 2020) has documented the "nature and extent of the transitions in the lives and livelihoods of informal workers, including migrant workers, during the pandemic and provide[s] an insight into the precarity they experience and the coping...

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I do not ask for mercy, open criticism of any institution is necessary to safeguard the constitutional order -Prashant Bhushan

-The Indian Express Prashant Bhushan writes: I am shocked that the court holds me guilty of “malicious, scurrilous, calculated attack” on the institution of administration of justice. I am dismayed that the Court has arrived at this conclusion without providing any evidence of my motives to launch such an attack. I have gone through the judgment of this Hon’ble Court. I am pained that I have been held guilty of committing contempt...

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99% Habeas Corpus Filed in J&K HC Since August 2019 Pending -Anees Zargar

-Newsclick.in The representation was submitted by the bar association, which has as many as 1,500 members, on June 25 apprising the apex court of various problems they are facing in the union territory since the abrogation of Article 370 last year on August 5. Srinagar: A majority of over 600 habeas corpus petitions filed before the J&K High Court at Srinagar since August 6 last year remain pending at the court, the...

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