Government Policy

‘Committee on Assam Accord a poll gimmick’

The Narendra Modi government’s move to form a high-level committee for the effective implementation of Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord has been labelled a “poll gimmick” by political parties and organisations in Assam.Clause 6 of the Assam Accord seeks to provide “constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards” to “protect, …

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Maggi: SC revives suit against Nestle

The Supreme Court spelt trouble for the Indian branch of the Swiss food giant Nestle on Thursday by resuscitating a Rs. 640-crore class-action suit filed by the government on behalf of thousands of consumers of the iconic Maggi noodles.The suit was filed by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of …

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Judges under surveillance after Dec. order: lawyer

A lawyer made a sensational claim before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi that computers and telephones of judges and “very senior” officials are under surveillance following the December 20 order allowing 10 Central agencies to snoop on people.Advocate M.L. Sharma sought an early hearing of his PIL petition challenging …

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Child care homes don’t paint a rosy picture

A pan-India survey of childcare institutions (CCI) conducted by the Centre has highlighted poor safety and security measures, inadequate monitoring of these facilities, and a lack of effort to trace parents of missing children sent to these homes.The full report of the survey titled ‘Mapping and Review Exercise of Child …

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‘Varsities in States must do research’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that it was time for research to expand beyond the Central institutes of national importance — such as the IITs and the IISERs — and branch out into the numerous State universities.Observing that “95% of our students go to State universities and colleges,” …

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