Politics

September 19, 2019
After the publication of the final national Register of Citizens (NRC) on August 31, 2019, the NRC authority has now issued standard operating procedures for Speaking Order writing as per the Final NRC Report Card (FNRC), scanning the Speaking Order, preparation of DO template, additional documents and statements. The FNRC will contain details of only those members whose application was...
September 19, 2019
Guwahati, 2019: "NRC may have certain minor errors, but it is not manipulated, so it can't be rejected. If necessary we can have some remedial measure to sort out the errors," said Prasanta Rajguru, the Editor of Amar Asom, an esteemed Assamese Daily. He was speaking at a meeting  on "Assam after NRC: In search of knowledge" of civil society members at Assam Sahitya Sabha Bhawan at...
September 19, 2019
Sedition against Tribals for FB post The Supreme Court has today issued notice on a petition challenging the judgment of Jharkhand High Court which declined to quash an FIR for sedition registered against four Adivasi activists for allegedly inciting violence by making Facebook posts supporting 'Pathalgadi' movement of Munda tribal community. A two-judge bench comprising Justices...
September 19, 2019
In a statement, seen as a turnaround following the sharp all-around criticism, the Jharkhand Police said that in the first chargesheet, “opinion on the cause of death” was kept “reserved” in the viscera report. Widespread criticism had followed the earlier diluted charge sheet in the case    Only a few days after the Jharkhand Police’s decision to drop the...
September 19, 2019
In today's talk, Teesta Setalvad talks about the row over Hindi as the official language, demolition of the 500-year old Sant Ravidas Temple and the Dalit agitation over it and the subsequent arrests of 50+ people including Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. The question is 'Do we want a thriving multi-partied parliamentary democracy'?  
September 18, 2019
The equity portfolio of insurer Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has been hit by a margin of Rs. 57,000 crore. LIC is known for making large scale equity investments and has substantial holdings in many companies. The value of its holdings has been reduced to Rs. 4.86 trillion from Rs. 5.43 trillion in the June quarter. This translated into a mark-to-market hit of more than Rs. 57,000...
September 18, 2019
In their scathing observations, the top court said though more than 70 years have passed since Independence, caste discrimination still persists in the country. Image Courtesy: Vikas Choudhary The Supreme Court today expressed serious concern over people dying during manual scavenging and sewage cleaning in India, saying nowhere in the world people are sent to "gas chambers to die"....
September 18, 2019
Between 2015 and 2019, there has been a substantial escalation of costs, that is a whopping increase by 540 per cent of the original estimate! Not only has the process been long, its cost the state –that is Indian public money over Rs 1500 crores! The Registrar General of India (RGI) has announced an increase in the revised budget estimate for the NRC (National Citizens’ Register) update...
September 18, 2019
One of the women, who happen to belong to the Muslim minority, was pregnant and reportedly suffered a miscarriage because of the assault. Cases were registered days only after one sister, on September 10, wrote a detailed account of the incident in a complaint to police saying Sarma and Boro “stripped us naked, assaulted us and touched our private parts”. Three sisters have accused the...
September 18, 2019
Mumbai: In conflict-affected areas, rural social insurance programmes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) can reduce violent events by half by shielding workers from income volatility caused by shock events, concludes a new study published by the University of Warwick, UK. MGNREGS now guarantees 150 days’ work per year in 14 drought-affected states, and...