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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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Moneylife Digital Team 15 May 2024
India on Wednesday issued the first set of citizenship certificates after notification of the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2024 to 14 applicants. Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla handed over citizenship certificates to some applicants in New Delhi.   According to a release from the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 May 2024
Expressing dismay over the election commission of India (ECI/Commission) not holding a single press conference even after the completion of voting for the three phases of the general election, five journalist bodies, including the Press Club of India (PCI), have demanded that ECI hold a press...

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Dr Gopal Krishna 03 May 2024
“For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself” with the government spying on its people, Winston struggles to conceal old feelings from Big Brother.   – p162, part 3, chapter 4, 1984, George Orwell, quoted at p.1 of the verdict in writ...

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Debayan Roy (Bar  and   Bench) 26 April 2024
Turihe Supreme Court on Friday rejected the petition seeking directions to tally all voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips with votes cast through electronic voting machines (EVMs) dng elections.   A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta also rejected the prayer for...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 April 2024
Common Cause, a non-government organisation (NGO), and the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) have filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a detailed investigation by a special investigation team (SIT) into the money trail of the electoral bonds scheme.   The petitions, filed...

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Shreehari Paliath (IndiaSpend) 24 April 2024
The COVID-19 pandemic has had the most impact on jobs and livelihoods in the last five years. Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the rural jobs programme which guarantees 100 days of work per household, had become a lifeline for millions of rural workers. A majority of...

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Sukriti Vats (IndiaSpend) 22 April 2024
Twenty-seven years after the Supreme Court first directed states to identify and classify unique ecologies as “forests”, the Rajasthan government finally notified its sacred groves, known as Orans, as “deemed forest”, on February 1, 2024.   Orans are a vital part of community life in...

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Recently, the central information commission (CIC) has shown its 'utmost displeasure' at the election commission of India (ECI) for not responding to an RTI request on the status of representations made by several eminent personalities; directing it to submit a written explanation for ignoring...

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Prachi Salve (IndiaSpend) 18 April 2024
Aditya Shinde (name changed) spent upwards of Rs 7 lakh on the health expenses of his grandmother, who was diagnosed with renal failure in late 2019 and died in April 2021.   “The medical costs have definitely gone up,” Shinde, who lost his father in 2013 to the same condition, says. “The...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 April 2024
The Union government spent nearly Rs14 crore on electoral bonds, including commission paid to State Bank of India (SBI) for selling the bonds, bill paid for printing the bonds and 18% goods and service tax (GST), reveals information obtained under Right to Information (RTI) Act.   Reply...

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A decade since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formed government with a thumping victory and the vituperative slogan of creating a ‘Congress-Mukt Bharat’, Indian politics continues to be mired in symbolic hypocrisy. Innumerable Indian movies of the 1980s depicted this wonderfully in the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 April 2024
To address what is allegedly the biggest scam or corruption case in India, senior counsel Prashant Bhushan has called for a detailed probe by a special investigation team (SIT) monitored by the Supreme Court (SC) into the electoral bonds case.    Mr Bhushan says, "When the electoral bonds...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 April 2024
State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest State-run lender, is at it again. In its latest replies under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, SBI refused to provide information on legal expenses and fees paid to senior counsel Harish Salve in the electoral bonds (EBs) case.    Two...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 April 2024
Union minister of state for electronics and information technology and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat candidate Rajeev Chandrasekhar is mired in controversy over the Rs680 taxable income for the financial year (FY)21-22 shown in his election affidavit. After...

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EAS Sarma 05 April 2024
Responding to widespread public criticism of electoral bonds in the light of recent revelations, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union minister of finance, is reported to have said, "All major parties encashed electoral bonds; nobody has moral authority to say anything." When someone asked her whether...

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In 2009, Germany, technologically one of the most advanced nations, ended electronic voting with the Federal Constitutional Court finding that the inability to have meaningful public scrutiny meant that electronic voting was unconstitutional. Stressing the need for transparency, constitutional...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 April 2024
The Indian meteorological department (IMD) has warned about extreme weather, with temperatures remaining above normal maximum levels in most parts of the country from April to June this year.   In a release, IMD says that during the upcoming hot weather season (April to June),...

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Joymala Bagchi (IndiaSpend) 02 April 2024
"Elections are held time and again, but despite being Indians, we continue to stay on the other side of the barbed wire fence," says 80-year-old Ajit Prabhu, resident of Chor Meghna, a hamlet in West Bengal's Nadia district, on the India-Bangladesh border.   About 750 people living in...

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