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Shaktimaan, the injured police horse, dead
Dehradun : Days after it got a prosthetic limb, Shaktimaan, an Uttarakhand Police horse which lost a leg in an attack by a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator last month, died on Wednesday, an official said.
 
In a bizarre display of cruelty caught on video tape, Ganesh Joshi, the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mussoorie, attacked and severely injured Shaktimaan during a BJP protest against the Harish Rawat government here on March 14.
 
Shaktiman's leg had to be amputated later. A few days back, a US expert fixed the horse with a prosthetic leg.
 
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'Consumer protection bill to redress grievances of online shoppers'
New Delhi : Taking cognisance of rising complaints of online and teleshopping buyers, the new Consumer Protection Bill, expected to be passed in the coming session of parliament, has all the essential features to protect the interest of online consumers, an official said here on Wednesday.
 
"The bill covers transactions through all modes, including offline, online, through electronic means, teleshopping, or other multi-level marketing," an official of the food and consumer affairs ministry told IANS on condition of anonymity.
 
He said the ministry is also mulling setting up a committee of experts to suggest measures to strengthen consumer protection, especially for those who trade on e-commerce.
 
The consumer affairs ministry is also seized of growing complaints against delay and non-delivery of assured (or advertised) products to online and teleshopping buyers, the official said.
 
"The government is more than keen to address the grievances of online and teleshopping buyers. The Consumer Protection Bill (introduced in Lok Sabha on August 10, 2015) seeks to widen the ambit and modernise the law on consumer protection due to evolving changes in the markets," said the official.
 
The draft law, which also seeks to recommend adequate penalty for erring manufacturers and traders, is being examined by a parliamentary panel.
 
The proposed law will also seek to ensure protection of consumers against marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to life and property.
 
The consumers will have the right to be informed of the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and the price of goods or services.
 
Among a number of steps envisaged to be undertaken, a Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) will be set up to promote, protect and enforce the rights of consumers, the official said.
 
The issue of grievances of e-commerce buyers, especially on delivery of sub-standard items, figured prominently at a meeting of Central Consumer Protection Council, an advisory body of the ministry, here on Tuesday.
 
The meeting was attended, among others, by Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
 
"The suggestions of an expert committee that will study e-commerce trade and related issues is expected to submit its report by the first week of May. The recommendation of the committee will be examined by the minister and top officials, and then if necessary incorporated while framing rules for the new Consumer Protection Act," the official said.
 
The parliamentary standing committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution headed by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) member J.C. Divakar Reddy is also examining the bill.
 
The food ministry is likely to take up with Delhi Jal Board the purity standards of water supplied in the capital.
 
The ministry has, meanwhile, urged consumers to complain if packaged drinking water is sold above maximum retail price at places like five-star hotels, malls and cinema halls and even airports.
 
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Veeraputhiran Balasubramoniam

10 months ago

First of all there is no Consumer protection in INDIA for the regular purchase . first let the government create a system for tracking these regular purchase. Then they can add Online issues to this same tracking mechanism

India’s first property title law comes up in Rajasthan; to ease land acquisition: report
The new law allows the state to stand as a guarantor for land titles and provide compensation in case of issues of defective title, which will ease land acquisition and project costs, says India Ratings in a report
 
The Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Titles) Act, 2016, passed by the state Legislative Assembly this month, will significantly smoothen the land acquisition process in urban areas, says India Ratings and Research Pvt Ltd (Ind-Ra). 
 
Rajasthan is the first state in India to enact a law on property titles, where the state will stand as a guarantor for land titles and provide compensation in case of issues of defective title. Ind-Ra says it believes that the adoption of similar laws by other states can meaningfully shorten the time taken for acquisition of urban land for infrastructure creation by public bodies or for real estate development by private players and bring down overall project cost.
 
The Act provides for the state government to stand as a guarantor for the permanent certificate of title issued for urban land by the Certification Authority after perusal of documents. The Act also provides for compensation to any person who enters in to a transaction on the basis of a permanent certificate of title, in case the title later turns out to be defective. These provisions will lead to clarity in land titles and will reduce legal challenges, thus reducing the effective cost of land and shortening execution timelines.
 
The Act is a marked improvement over the current situation where the land title is authenticated based on a series of documents of successive transfers, without any guarantee of the actual title and the buyer's investment is exposed to the risk of complete loss, in case the title later turns out to be defective. Given the uncertainty as to land title, buyers go through a long process to authenticate the titles, but often end up facing legal challenges, thus delaying the execution of projects and locking up capital.
 
This titling reform by Rajasthan comes at a time when the government has embarked on a mission to push for urbanisation with various schemes namely, development of smart cities, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and housing for all, Ind-Ra says.
 
Under the Act, the state government will set up an Urban Land Title Certification Authority, which will seek all the documents from the landowners, and will verify it against the records held by the state. The Authority will then issue a provisional certificate of title for a period of two years without guarantee and follow it up with a permanent certificate of title to which the government shall stand guarantor.

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manoharlalsharma

10 months ago

land title the most sought by developers to reduce time in searching and to make easy funding by investors the first state and it should be adopted by all INDIA basis.

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