Public Policy

Draft tenancy law caps security deposit

Comments invited till August 1 The Centre has proposed a model tenancy law that States and Union Territories can enact to regulate renting of premises, including setting a maximum of two months’ rent as security deposit, a three-months notice for raising the rent and appointment of rent authorities. The draft …

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Article 370: SC may consider early hearing

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would consider the plea seeking urgent hearing of a PIL petition challenging the constitutional validity of Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws for the State. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi …

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Support for transgenders

The Union Cabinet approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, a previous version of which had lapsed when the Lok Sabha was dissolved in May. The Bill looks at providing social, economic and educational empowerment to transgender persons, a statement said. Sending the Bill to the Parliament again …

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Death penalty for child abuse

The Union Cabinet approved an amendment to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The Bill, which had been introduced earlier but lapsed in Parliament when the Lok Sabha was dissolved in May, was approved by the Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash …

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Bill to tackle ponzi scams

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved ‘Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019’ to tackle the menace of ponzi schemes in the country. The Bill, which will replace the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019, will be introduced in the ongoing session of …

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Green light for rural roads

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the third phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY-III) under which 1.25 lakh km of roads in rural areas will be upgraded at an estimated cost of Rs. 80,250 crore by 2024-25. “This would facilitate easy and faster movement to and …

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Lok Sabha gives nod to arbitration Bill

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday cleared the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019. The Bill, which replaces an Ordinance promulgated in March this year, provides for the incorporation of the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) for creating an autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration. The Bill, moved by Union …

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Worker safety code Bill gets Cabinet approval

The occupational safety Bill will be introduced “in the ongoing session.” “The decision will enhance the coverage of the safety, health and working conditions provisions manifold,” a government statement said. While the code will be applicable to all trades, including IT establishments and service sector, where more than 10 workers …

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India can repeal Article 370 at will: Centre

The government informed Parliament that “no foreign government or organisation has any locus standi” in repealing Article 370 in J&K as matters relating to the Constitution were internal and only for the Indian Parliament to deal with. While responding to a question on whether repeal of Articles 370 and 35A …

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