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It is too early to judge, but the salutary impact of the people’s election verdict is perhaps evident from the fact that we have moved from Modi Sarkar 3 or Modi 3.0 to NDA 3.0, despite a pliant media’s slow recognition of this change.    Prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi, after being...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 June 2024
The Bombay High Court is set to deliberate on a pivotal Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Shobha Panchmukh, a distinguished child rights activist, aimed at catalysing comprehensive suicide prevention measures within educational institutions across Maharashtra. The PIL, slated to be...

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I was told that at a ‘meet the press’ session, Dr Verghese Kurien, founder of the milk revolution in India – was asked a delicate question by one of the journalists. “What would you say are the three key elements that have made you so successful, Mr Kurien?” After a short pause, he replied,...

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Debayan Roy (Bar  and   Bench) 12 June 2024
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi government to file a report on the steps taken to tackle "water tanker mafias" who appeared to be diverting water supply meant to tackle the ongoing water crisis in Delhi.   A Vacation Bench of Justices Prashant Kumar Mishra and Prasanna B Varale...

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Gursimran Kaur Bakshi (The Leaflet) 12 June 2024
The three new criminal laws Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (criminal laws), set to replace the Indian Penal Code, 1860; Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 respectively, are due to come into...

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The central public information officer (CPIO) of the Lok Sabha Sansad Bhawan filed a writ petition against the central information commissioner (CIC) because he directed on what action should be taken by parliamentarians to make the members of Parliament local area development scheme (MPLADS)...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 June 2024
Urging an independent and thorough investigation of the Gharkopar hoarding collapse case, several non-government organisations (NGOs) and prominent citizens from Mumbai have demanded the immediate removal of all illegal and unstable hoardings, signboards and electric signages in the Mumbai...

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Prachi Salve (IndiaSpend) 07 June 2024
IndiaSpend looked at 35 parliamentary questions on health, education, labour, environment, agriculture, finance, gender and law and justice, between 2015 and 2023, for which the government responded that they had no data. The most common reason, in 17 of the 35 questions, for not providing data...

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Indian elections have a major lacuna.   Usually, about 2/3rd of the eligible voters actually vote. If a party gets about 45% + of these votes, it wins a majority.  Therefore, votes from just 30% of the total electorate are enough to win an election.    Is this really a 'popular'...

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In a strange case of ignorance of the knowledge of the Right to Information (RTI) Act by the central public information officer (CPIO) about Indians abroad having the right to file e-RTI applications, the central information commissioner (CIC) condoned him, stating that he had no malafide...

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Prachi Salve, Nileena Suresh (IndiaSpend) 06 June 2024
The Women’s Reservation Bill allocates 33% of all seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures for women. However, only 13% of the Members of Parliament (MPs) elected to the 18th Lok Sabha are women. Of 543 elected MPs, 73 are women, marking a decrease from the 78 women elected to the 17th Lok...

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One of the most important tussles in the Mumbai North West constituency saw Amol Kirtikar from Shiv Sena -Uddhav Balasaheb Thackrey (SSUBT) losing by just 48 votes to Shiv Sena's Ravindra Waikar. Surprisingly, the third biggest vote puller in this constituency turned out to be 'None of the...

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Abhimanyu Hazarika (Bar  and   Bench) 03 June 2024
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Central government to hold a meeting of stakeholders to address the Delhi government's demand for supply of additional water from Himachal Pradesh through Haryana.   A Vacation Bench of Justices Prashant Kumar Mishra and KV Viswanathan passed the order...

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A cluster of applications filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, in the health ministry in 2022, regarding information on COVID-19 vaccine management and continuously denied by its central public information officer (CPIO) and first appellate authority (FAA) using exemption clauses of...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 May 2024
Election commission of India (ECI) has taken decisive steps to expand the release of voter turnout data in a bid to enhance transparency and combat misinformation surrounding the electoral process. This move comes amidst a backdrop of false narratives and attempts to disrupt the sanctity of the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 May 2024
Expressing reluctance to interfere in the middle of the election process, the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday adjourned an application seeking directions to the election commission of India (ECI) to publish the booth-wise absolute numbers of voter turnout and upload the form 17C records of votes...

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The multi-crore contract for the procurement of ambulances and related equipment scam is making waves in Maharashtra with allegations of puffing up of the contract amount between two government resolutions (GR) – one dated 8 August 2023 and the other dated 13 March 2024.   On 15 March 2024,...

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Nushaiba Iqbal (IndiaSpend) 20 May 2024
Suvarna Kamble (45), an accredited social health activist (ASHA) from Palghar, remembers a time when she brought a woman from Dhansar, a village in Palghar block of Palghar district, to a family planning clinic in Virar for a sterilisation procedure.   At 11 pm one night, the woman had called...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 May 2024
In a landmark move, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has become India's first and only housing regulatory body to issue detailed regulations for retirement housing projects after model guidelines were issued by Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) in...

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From ranking second in the world in 2011 in the Global RTI Rating conducted regularly by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), a Canada-based non-governmental organisation, along with Access Info Europe, India has slipped to the ninth position, as per the recent update.   India, which was...

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