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Electoral bonds step in 'right direction': CEC Joti 18.1.2018 DNA: India
Electoral bonds will not solve all problems pertaining to transparency in political funding, Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti said today, but hoped that it will be a step in the "right direction". Electoral bonds, which were introduced by the government to make funding to political parties transparent, will allow a political donor to purchase bonds from authorised banks and can be redeemed by parties only through registered accounts in a prescribed time frame. "There will be a banking trail of the donations which will be made. That is one step in the right direction. I have not said it will solve all the problems...Let it (bonds) be rolled out..," he said, when asked if the usage of these bonds will address issues pertaining to transparency in funding of political parties. Responding to questions at a press conference on the possible use of electoral bonds by people to fund parties during the upcoming Assembly polls in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland, the CEC said the bonds will "definitely" be used ...
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People will forget leaders like Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel soon: Ram Vilas Paswan 12.1.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Districbution Ram Vilas Paswan in a conversation with DNA talks about Dalit uprising in the country. When agitations over dalit issues snowball into a major Opposition versus Govt slugfest, LJP chief Paswan, key dalit face in Modi government downplays the emergency of Jignesh Mevani as a short term phenomenon and stresses dalits are more concerned with basic issues.  Paswan backs simultaneous elections for Parliament and Assembly. You have been into dalit politics for decades. How do you look at the one after another incident of dalit uprising, first in Una, then in UP. Why they are happening? The biggest issue is the historical problem of social disparity. As long as casteism remains such incidents will keep happening. There are issues. Those in earlier generations (of dalits) used to adjust. The new generation is not ready to compromise and read to fight for honour. You must have seen whenever any religion came to India, people converted in block and ...
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Government holds All Party Meet ahead of Winter Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow 14.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha here today, ahead of Winter Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow,
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Maharashtra to legalise all slums built till 2017 14.12.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to extend the cut-off year to regularise 3.5 lakh unauthorised slums in the city to 2017 from 2011. According to senior government officials, the proposal for this was already approved by the cabinet last Sunday. "The proposal will now be tabled and approved at the ongoing state Assembly session in Nagpur. This move of regularising 3.5 lakh slums will benefit a total 18 lakh slums dwellers," says BJP MLA Ashish Shelar. Meanwhile, state minister for Housing Ravindra Waikar feels BJP is in hurry to take the credit for the move. "We are not happy with BJP's decision to leak this proposal to the media," he said. "We have been working on it jointly for a long time. We are still preparing rules and regulations, and we have to also see that this move does not encourage people to create new slums. We should have surveyed the slums, then taken a phase-wise decision. We will take this up with the higher authorities." Waikar pointed out that in 2003, the government had ...
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Will leave Modi govt with no choice but to pass Women's Reservation Bill: Rahul Gandhi 13.12.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi said today that the party would leave the Centre with no choice but to ensure the passage of a Bill which provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, and hinted at major changes within the party organisation in favour of them. Addressing the All India Mahila Congress-organised "I am Courage" event, he said that the Congress would build pressure on the ruling party for an early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill in Parliament. Gandhi, who will formally take over as the Congress president later this week, said as the party "don't have a woman president anymore, we have to compensate for that". He said that the party had exerted pressure on the government for bringing pro-people changes in the Goods and Services Tax, which he had earlier described as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'. "The same way we will give a clear message to the government that it will have to bring women reservation. The ...
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Ahead of election year, cabinet takes bold steps 13.12.2017 DNA: Top News
A cabinet meeting headed by chief minister Vasundhara Raje has decided to amend the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (prohibition of slaughter and regulation of temporary migration or export) act 1995 to allow export of bull calves of the age of 2 years or above for breeding and purposes related to agriculture to the states where slaughtering is banned. The highest panel also changed the name of pensions scheme meant for prisoners arrested under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rules (DIR) into Rajasthan Loktantra Senani Samman Nidhi.     Parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Rathore, briefing the media of decisions taken in the meeting said that amendment bill in the Bovine Act 2017 will be forwarded to the President of India for consent before tabling in the assembly. “Under the amendment sections, the bull calves of 2 years or above age will be allowed to be exported into the states which have act for prohibiting cow slaughtering. The buyer will have to produce an affidavit ...
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Supreme Court to refer to constitutional bench pleas against allowing Jallikattu 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Supreme Court today said it would refer to a five-judge constitution bench a batch of pleas challenging Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra laws allowing bull-taming sport 'Jallikattu' and bullock cart races. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R F Nariman, while reserving its order, said the larger bench would decide whether states have the "legislative competence" to make such laws on grounds, including that 'Jallikattu' and bullock cart racing fell under the cultural rights enshrined under Article 29(1) and can be protected constitutionally. Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have amended the central law, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and allowed Jallikattu and bullock cart racing respectively in their states. The state laws have been challenged in the apex court. The apex court also said that it would hear separately the pleas challenging the Karnataka Ordinance allowing Kambala (buffalo races) in the state and issued notice on the petitions filed by parties including PETA and fixed ...
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NHRC to observe Human Rights Day on 10th December 7.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The National Human Rights Commission will be organizing a function here to mark Human Rights Day on the December 10, 2017
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DNA Edit- Rahul Gandhi's elevation: A myth called ‘inner party democracy’ in India 4.12.2017 DNA: Popular News
“Inner party democracy” was in full display as the Congress vice-president for five years, Rahul Gandhi, filed his nomination papers for the post of party president on Monday. He was the only candidate to do so as the last minute of the last day for filing nominations passed. Truly democratic, was it not? Is it that no one else in the Grand Old Party had the desire to lead from the front? If today, speaking purely in the realm of theory, the Nehru-Gandhi family had decided to keep away from the party president's post, I can bet my hat that an EVM would have been required just to count the number of nominations filed for the said post. Why just point at the Congress? “Inner party democracy” is a myth perpetuated by the entire Indian political system. Political parties in the country have been successful in melding “handpicked” and “elected.” Despite all its claims of being a truly democratic party, the BJP is led by one who was elected unopposed. No doubt he proved to be greatly effective, but that ...
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Madhya Pradesh Assembly passes bill awarding death sentence for rape of girls below 12 years 4.12.2017 DNA: Top News
The Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a bill with a provision awarding death sentence to those guilty of raping girls aged 12 or below in the state. The bill will now be sent to the Centre which will send it to the President for his approval. The moves comes in the wake of a spurt in rape incidents recently. Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of rape cases registered among all states last year and even the year before that.  The state,  which has the fifth highest population in the country, accounted for 4,882 rape cases out of 38,947 cases recorded across the country in 2016, as per the National Crime Record Bureau's report, released last week.  The last year's report showed that the state reported highest number of rape cases (4,391 out of 38,947 cases) in the country in 2015.  The state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had last week approved the bill recommending capital punishment for rape of girls aged 12 years or below. The bill also has the provision ...
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House, Interrupted 3.12.2017 DNA: Popular News
Disruptions, adjournments and delays to proceedings have been a feature of parliamentary business in India. But the number of actual sittings of both Houses has also gone down drastically over the years, impacting Parliament's function to frame robust policies and laws, aid in better governance and hold the government to account. Data shows Parliament has been progressively allocating fewer days to meet. It has been meeting even less on those days — marked more by pandemonium and acrimonious scenes than real discussion. The governments have been trying to make up for lost time by pushing through legislation faster with much deliberation, raising concerns over the efficacy of Parliament in the world's largest democracy. Decline begins To begin with, the Lok Sabha, constituted in 1952, sat for 103 days that year. The first session of the second Lok Sabha conducted business for over 160 days in 1957 — the longest period in the history of the Indian Parliament. Through the 1950s, the average was 127 days a ...
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Andhra Pradesh: State assembly unanimously passes bill recommending 5% reservation for Kapu community 2.12.2017 DNA: Popular News
The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Saturday unanimously passed a Bill to provide 5% reservation in education and employment sectors for the Kapu community in the state. The state assembly had introduced the bill on Saturday morning. The state cabinet had given a nod in this regard yesterday based on the report submitted by the Manjunath Commission. As 5% of reservation to Kapus makes total reservation exceed 50%, central govt nod is compulsory. We will send this bill to the centre. We ask them to include this reservation in schedule 9, so that it will become legitimate.: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu pic.twitter.com/JIIOn0YH41 — ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2017 The bill facilitates providing them 5% reservation in BC F Category. The state cabinet has decided to include the Balija, Ontari and Telaga communities in the Backward Castes (BCs) and provide them 5% reservation in education, employment and welfare schemes. However, political reservation will not be provided to the mentioned ...
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Winter Session of Parliament to be from December 15, 2017 to January 5, 2018 24.11.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) today recommended convening of Winter Session of Parliament this year from December 15, 2017 to January 5, 2018, subject to exigencies of government business.
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Medical bill tabled in Karnataka, provision for jailing doctors for negligence dropped 21.11.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
A watered down version of the controversial medical bill designed to regulate private health care was introduced in the Karnataka Assembly today, dropping a provision for sending doctors to jail for negligence. The bill scraps several other provisions which were considered 'draconian" by doctors in private hospitals and nursing homes, protesting which they had struck work last week crippling health services. The changes were made after the government and the striking doctors had reached an amicable settlement that led to the withdrawal of the indefinite strike on November 17. 'The Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2017', tabled by Health Minister Ramesh Kumar, aims at making necessary amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007 (Karnataka Act 21 of 2007). The bill removes imprisonment provisions in case of violation of certain sections of the Act. Earlier,the bill had proposed six months to three years jail term and hefty penalty for medical negligence on ...
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India can’t be developed if there are glaring inequalities based on caste, creed, religion and sex: Vice President 17.11.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that we cannot create a developed India if there are glaring inequalities based on caste, creed, religion and sex. He was addressing the gathering after releasing the Book “Social Exclusion and Justice in India”, authored by Shri P.S. Krishnan, here today. The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
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Private doctors in Karnataka call off strike 16.11.2017 DNA: Popular News
Private doctors in Karnataka withdrew their strike hours after the High Court urged them to call off their indefinite strike, reports ANI. However, the protests will continue in Belagavi.  Division bench comprising acting Chief Justice HG Ramesh and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar observed that the the doctors should call off their protest as the government has an "open mind on the issue", and asked them to participate in the talks convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The doctors are opposing the amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act, 2007, which among others propose six months to three years jail term and hefty penalty for medical negligence on the part of doctors. The proposed amendments are based on recommendations of former Supreme Court judge Vikramajit Sen. The bench said there was no strong case for the doctors to protest as the KPME amendment bill has not yet been tabled in the Assembly, and adjourned further hearing on the PIL petitions on the matter for tomorrow. The ...
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OBC quota: Supreme Court reserves order on Rajasthan plea 14.11.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on plea filed by the Rajasthan government against HC order which has restrained the state government from enacting the Bill which grants five per cent reservation to Gujjars and four other castes in Rajasthan. The Bill was passed by the Assembly last month. A Bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud reserved the order on appeal filed by Rajasthan government. During the course of hearing state Government said that Government has power to pass such a bill and Court cannot interfere with the legislative process. Petitioner who  challenged the bill in HC said that Rajasthan government had violated Supreme court order of maintaining status quo. On last Thusday, Rajasthan High court said since the Supreme Court had already asked the state government to maintain status quo after the 2015 Gujjar reservation Bill was struck down by Rajasthan High Court, “it will not be appropriate to allow ...
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I want an India where my surname does not matter: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on equal rights for all 12.11.2017 DNA: Top News
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi on Friday said that he would not have become a Lok Sabha member had he not hailed from the Gandhi family. Speaking for people's Right to Recall their elected representatives if they fail to fulfill their duties, Varun, the cousin of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said, “I am Feroze Varun Gandhi. If my surname was not Gandhi, would I have become an MP at the age of 29? I want to see an India where it doesn't matter if I am Varun Dutta or Varun Ghosh or Varun Khan. I want to see a nation where all are given equal rights, regardless of their names," Gandhi said at an event here. In 2016, the MP from Sultanpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh had proposed an amendment in the Representation of the People Act 1951 through his Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill in the parliament, seeking for the right of common masses to remove their elected representatives within two years from being elected, if 75% of those who voted for them are not satisfied with ...
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General Election to Legislative Assembly of Gujarat 2017-Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties -regarding. 30.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
A copy of the Order No.437/TA-LA/2017/Communication, dated 30th October, 2017 issued by the Commission regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Gujarat, 2017 is enclosed for the information of the general public
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Despite ‘reservation’, Rajasthan’s bill on reservation passed 27.10.2017 DNA: Top News
The Rajasthan Backward Class (Reservation of seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointment of Seats and Posts in services under the State) Bill, 2017 was passed in the Assembly on Thursday. The bill brings under implementation the recommendations of State Backward Classes Commission submitted in July this year and proposes to increase the quota of other backward classes from 21 per cent to 26 per cent and provide 5 per cent of it be kept exclusive for “More Backward Classes”. Among these more backward classes are Gurjars, Banjara, Gadiya Lohar, Rabaris and Gadariya, previously included among the special backward class category. Implementation of the bill has once again raised the total reservation quota in the state to 54 per cent. “Not less than four commissions and committees, each headed by a person who has been a judge of high court, have concurrently concluded that these are extremely backward classes and need immediate and special attention,” said Arun Chaturvedi, minister of Social Justice ...
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