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Facts & Figure

RTI Amendment: RTI…R.I.P.

While the government terms the changes to the RTI Act as “routine streamlining” and rationalisation of procedures, the unseemly haste and secrecy should not undermine citizens’ right to information an...

Honest Broker?

The US President’s offer to mediate or arbitrate in the Kashmir issue has sent alarm bells ringing among the former Pakistan diplomats, who feel this is not just off-the-cuff Trump style statement ...

Male Rape: Making the System Neutral

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence While gender-specific laws against perpetrators of sexual assaults must continue, those in favour of victims should become gender-neutral By Venkatasubra...

Doctor’s Dilemma

Above: Doctors in several parts of India resorted to strikes and held protests in support of their counterparts in Kolkata/Photo: UNI The strike by medical professionals is yet another reminder of ...

Kathua Rape Case: A Beacon For All

Above: Separatist groups taking out a protest march in Srinagar demanding justice for the Kathua rape and murder victim/Above: UNI By punishing six of the seven accused in the horrendous Kathua gan...

Mental Health and Dignity: Whither Justice?

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence  All mentally ill persons who are convicted, the Court ruled, ought to be treated with dignity according to the Mental Health Care Act By Prof Upendra Bax...

Retreat from Federalism

Above: PM Modi with his council of ministers after the swearing-in ceremony on May 30/Photo: UNI  The concept of democratic federalism, introduced by our Founding Fathers, is under threat. It has ...

US-Iran Imbroglio: The Politics of Oil

Above: Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj/Photo: UNI America’s directive to India not to lift Iranian oil leaves the new government with tough choices. It...

Low voter turnout – Is Compulsory Voting The Remedy?

By Dr Rajvir Pratap Sharma The soul of India lives in its villages, said Mahatma Gandhiji more than half a century ago. Gandhiji might as well have said that the vote of India is in the villages. W...

Indonesians Want To Go The EVM Way While Sceptics In India Want It Junked

Above: Darul Aqsha (right) at a local polling station in Jakarta, Indonesia By Asif Ullah Khan At a time when the clamour for going back to the old ballot system is increasing in India due t...

News Update

Intervention plea filed in Supreme Court on availability of hospital beds, oxygen, drugs for Covid-19 patients

The application is filed by Anjali Bhardwaj Bhardwaj, a senior transparency and accountability activist in the country, through Senior Counsel Prashant Bhushan.

Freedom of speech and expression includes freedom of press to report court proceedings: SC

The two-judge bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice M.R. Shah pronounced its judgment in the Election Commission's plea against the Madras High Court's oral observations.

Centre moves SC against Karnataka HC order directing it to hike oxygen allocation to 1200 MT

Justice Chandrachud questioned whether they could do anything without verifying adequate documents

Frivolous petitions: Supreme Court initiates action to recover Rs 25 lakh cost imposed in 2017

The bench then directed the state to initiate fresh steps in recovering the costs from the petitioner, that could be gathered from the arrears of land revenue.
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