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SC Directives on Police Reforms Rejected, Ignored or Diluted by States -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar Eleven years after order, none of the states have conformed to the guidelines, says a Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative report. New Delhi: Eleven years ago, on this day, the Supreme Court had issued directions to the Centre and state governments to transform their police forces into professional, accountable and efficient service units. However, a recent report shows that compliance remains far from satisfactory with none of the

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India's Unique Enigma of High Growth and Stunted Children -Awanish Kumar

indicators came through because of rising incomes and consequently, rising nutritional levels. However, a number of scholars now agree that the real reason for the rapid advance in the conditions of Human life in this period was made possible by the ‘sanitation movement’ that provided – particularly in the growing urban centres of industrialising Europe – sewers and clean drinking water to the population. The state played a ve

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Soli Sorabjee, Former Attorney General of India, interviewed by Anuradha Raman (The Hindu)

ility of the court, and the sedition law Former Attorney General of India, Soli Sorabjee, was given the Padma Vibhushan 15 years back for his defence of the freedom of expression and protection of Human rights. Now, at 87, Mr. Sorabjee says he is looking forward to making his arguments in a pending case on Aadhaar. Excerpts from a wide-ranging interview: * What are the implications of the Supreme Court’s privacy judgment on Section 377 of

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Who is to blame for increasing derailments? -Dipti Jain

eased anxiety among passengers and also generated a lot of political heat. What are the concrete facts though? Have train derailments been increasing? What is causing these accidents? Is it sabotage, Human error or dilapidated infrastructure? A NITI Aayog discussion note written by Bibek Debroy and Kishore Desai gives a useful summary of rail-accident statistics in the last four years to answer some of these questions. Government data on rail ac

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The Forgotten Farmers Of Tamil Nadu: 107 Days of Protest in Delhi and Still Counting -M Mahalingam

ghat to seek the help of Gandhi to free the farmers from the yoke of debt, clenched rodents between their teeth, ate food from the garbage, sang songs, embraced celibacy, slept on beds of thorns, ate Human excreta. Some part of the protest this time has been directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The farmers performed yagna so that PM Modi would understand their plight, begged on the roads and sent the Rs 6668 they collected to him. On the day o

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CBI is not fully exempt from RTI Act, rules Delhi High Court

on can't be used to deny information related to corruption charges, other violations The CBI cannot claim absolute exemption from disclosing information pertaining to allegations of corruption and Human rights violations held by it under the RTI Act, the Delhi High Court has held. The CBI has been denying information citing Section 24 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which says that its provisions will not apply on intelligence and securit

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Country of a chosen few -TSR Subramanian

“household survey of consumption”, “fiscal” and “national accounts data”, the newly released set of tax data from 1922 to 2014, as well as UN statistics, and other Human Development Survey data collected between 2005 and 2012 — to estimate the “income distribution pattern” of the population of India, as it evolved between 1951 and 2014. At first sight, the integration of the various data sources, i

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NHRC to oppose govt's deportation plan for Rohingyas -Neeraj Chauhan

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will oppose the government's plans to deport 40,000-odd Rohingya Muslim refugees living illegally in the country, when the Centre submits its affidavit on the issue in the Supreme Court on Monday. The rights body will plead against their deportation on "Humanitarian grounds' and for fear of persecution if they are sent back

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Is Rajasthan's Sikar the New Mandsaur? Entire Town Rises to Support Farmer Agitation -Tushar Dhara

IN FOR THE LONG HAUL The farmers have been here seen September 1, herding a call given by the All India Kisan Sabha, the CPI(M)'s peasant organization. On Monday, September 11, a gigantic crush of Humanity will descend on Sikar and gherao government offices. There have been hints and whispers of violence and police action against the farmers. The protesters are unlikely to move out soon, and have made all the arrangements to keep the fire of the

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Assam Floods: Ramdev's Patanjali Allegedly Distributes Expired Food Products As Relief

e logistics of transport and distribution and are not responsible if someone other than our representatives indulges in some wrong doing,” HT reported. "We distributed the products as a Humanitarian cause. No expired products were dispatched. I don't know about the distributors. They may have piled up old stocks and distributed that. Why would we do anything like this," S K Tijarawla, the company spokesperson, told the newspaper.

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