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The Ways of the Judiciary -Prabhat Patnaik

-Macroscan.org There is a disturbing common pattern underlying the cases of Babri Masjid and the location of liquor shops and bars; and it is that the proverbial blindness of justice appears to be absent in both cases. Please click here to read more. * This article was originally published in The Telegraph on April 26, 2017.   ...

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Generic medicines in a digital age -Dinesh S Thakur & Prashant Reddy T

-The Hindu We need a legal mechanism to ensure that all generics are of the same standard as the innovator product The Prime Minister’s recent announcement on making it mandatory for doctors to prescribe only the generic name, and not brand name of a drug, has led to a flutter. If enacted, the move will make it illegal for Indian doctors to write out a prescription for the trademark of the drug, forcing them to mention the chemical name instead. If implemented properly, the hope is that pharmacists will fill the prescription with the cheapest generic drug in the market rather than being forced to dispense a more expensive brand as prescribed. Whether pharmacists will play by the book is anybody’s guess. Are all generic drugs equal? A more pressing question at this stage is whether all generic medicines in India are of equal quality. The U.S. and the European Union have ensured that...

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Drought not the culprit, ryots died due to illness, committed suicides for personal reasons: TN -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu The State, in an affidavit perused by Supreme Court on Friday, said it received information about the causes of farmers' deaths through reports collected from Collectors. The Tamil Nadu government on Friday blamed heart attacks, illness, and “in certain cases”, suicides for deaths of its farmers reeling under severe drought. The State, in an affidavit perused by the Supreme Court on Friday, said it had received information about the causes of death of farmers through reports collected from district collectors. The State was responding to the Supreme Court’s concern about the plight of farmers who have resorted to taking their own lives, unable to bear the brunt of the harsh life conditions brought down upon them by drought. A Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra had chided the State for its silence and lack of concern as farmers die. The court recorded in an order that the farmers' PLIGHT “has the potentiality to...

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'States can levy tax on farm income'

-PTI New Delhi: Joining the debate on taxing agriculture income, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian today said states, which have the option to levy the tax, should make a distinction between rich and poor farmers. “The legal situation is...nothing prevents state governments from taxing agriculture income. The constitutional restriction is on central government taxing agriculture income. “There too, one could make a case that this is a choice open to 29 state governments and if there are willing takers, all power to them,” he said. Subramanian also stressed that there is a need to make a clear distinction between poor and rich farmer. “Why is it that it is very difficult to make a distinction between a poor farmer and a rich farmer... When you say farmer, people think that you are going after the poor farmer. “So what is it about political discourse that does not allow these distinctions to be made. Why can’t we...

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US places India yet again on IPR 'priority watch' list -Amiti Sen

-The Hindu Business Line Frowns on India’s IP laws; New Delhi unfazed, says laws are TRIPS-compliant New Delhi: Expressing its disappointment with India for not making adequate changes in its IP laws and regulations despite announcing its National IPR policy last year, the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) office has once again placed the country in the ‘priority watch’ list in this year’s edition of the Special 301 report. “Almost a year after the announcement of its long-anticipated National IPR Policy, India continues to dismiss the need for substantive changes to its IP laws and regulations. This is disappointing at best and distracts from some of the more positive steps found in the IPR policy,” says the report, released on Friday. New Delhi, however, maintains that its IPR laws are in total compliance with the global IP agreement TRIPS and no country had the right to say otherwise. Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, at a...

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