Policy

ADVOCATE MIRIAM FOZIA RAHMAN AND 76 OTHER WOMAN LAWYERS FROM DELHI HIGH COURT WRITES TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA

Advocate Miriam Fozia Rahman and 76 other women lawyers from Delhi High Court writes a letter petition to the Chief Justice of India highlighting the failure of the Central and State Governments to secure the Minority Communities in India, their Fundamental Right to life with dignity and safety guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Delhi High Court Women Lawyers Forum, is a forum consisting of about 150 women lawyers, for professional engagement of women lawyers, practicing at the Delhi High Court and the Trial Courts.... Read more

ADJOURNMENT MOTION NOTICE IN LOK SABHA OVER REPORTS OF CHINESE VILLAGE : PARLIAMENT UPDATE

The Omicron strain of the coronavirus is spreading fast in India as well as the world. On Monday, India’s tally neared the two-dozen mark (23 to be exact) after two more people were confirmed infected with Omicron in Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai.... Read more

US ANNOUNCES BOYCOTT OF BEIJING OLYMPICS

The Biden administration announced on Monday that US officials will not attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing after China pledged unspecified “countermeasures” against any such diplomatic boycott.... Read more

SUPREME COURT TELLS ARMY TO REINSTATE 12 WOMEN OFFICERS

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Indian Army to reinstate 12 women short service commission officers (WSSCO) who were released from service after being found unfit for permanent commission.... Read more

COVID- 19 VACCINE MANDATORY ON ALL PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYERS IN NEW YORK CITY

All private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19, the mayor announced Monday, imposing one of the most aggressive vaccine rules in the nation. The move by Mayor Bill de Blasio comes as cases are climbing again in the US and the worrisome omicron variant is gaining a toehold in New York and elsewhere around the country.... Read more

LUCKNOW : POLICE LATHI-CHARGE ON TEACHERS PROTESTING OVER JOB IRREGULARITIES; VARUN, PRIYANKA, RAHUL, AKHILESH CONDEMNS POLICE ACTION

Lucknow police on Saturday evening broke up a group of peaceful protesters using lathicharge for holding a candlelight march over the alleged irregularities in the 2019 Uttar Pradesh teachers' entrance test by recruiting 69,000 assistant teachers. Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and their cousin Varun Gandhi, a BJP MP from Pilibhit have hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government. ... Read more

WILL NOT MOVE FROM DELHI BORDERS UNTIL CASES AGAINST FARMERS WITHDRAWN: SAMYUKTA KISAN MORCHA TO GOVERNMENT

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Saturday formed a five-member panel for talks with the government on their pending demands, even as the group, which was spearheading the protest against the now repealed farm laws, announced it will continue its agitation until all demands are met .... Read more

CHINA RAMPS UP CRITICISM AGAINST THE UPCOMING US-ORGANISED SUMMIT FOR DEMOCRACY

Whether a country is democratic or not should be judged by the international community and not by a few “self-appointed judges”, China on Saturday said in an official document as it ramps up criticism against the upcoming US-organised Summit for Democracy.... Read more

ANNUAL SUMMIT BETWEEN INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MODI AND RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN ON 6 DECEMBER, EXPECTED TO SIGN AGREEMENTS IN DEFENCE, TRADE AND ENERGY

India and Russia are putting the finishing touches to agreements in defence, trade, space, technology and energy that are expected to be signed during the annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin on December 6.... Read more

JAMMU’S BORDER VILLAGERS IN FAVOR OF INDO-PAK TRUCE DEAL

The villagers in more than 400 Indian villages along the 300 km long Line of Control (LoC) and 198 km long International Border in five districts of the Jammu region are leading a normal life since February 25 when India and Pakistan renewed their truce deal to bring an end to the intense shelling.... Read more

RAJYA SABHA PASSES DAM SAFETY BILL AMID PROTEST BY OPPOSITION

The Parliament on Thursday passed a bill to prevent dam disasters through regular surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance, with the Rajya Sabha approving the legislation amid several Opposition parties calling it an assault on federalism and demanding that the bill be sent to the select committee for scrutiny.... Read more

IMPASSE CONTINUES BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION IN RAJYA SABHA OVER SUSPENSION OF 12 MPs

On the fourth day of the ongoing winter session of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha concluded the proceedings with the passage of the Dam Safety Bill, but not before the Opposition staged a walkout during the first half of the day in protest against the chair’s decision of not allowing a discussion on inflation and for not permitting the leader of the opposition to raise the issue of suspension of 12 lawmakers.... Read more

CHINA IS TRYING TO DRIVE AUSTRALIA TO ITS KNEES, SAYS U.S.; ALLEGES CHINA OF ECONOMIC WARFARE

U.S. President Joe Biden’s top Pacific envoy on Wednesday accused China of trying to “drive Australia to its knees” through a barrage of sanctions that amounted to “economic warfare”. In remarks to the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, veteran diplomat Kurt Campbell lampooned Beijing for strong-arm tactics.... Read more

THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD) WARNS OF OMICRON THREATS IN GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The OECD warned Wednesday that the Omicron coronavirus variant threatens the global economic recovery as it lowered the growth forecast for 2021 and appealed for a swifter rollout of Covid vaccines. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development the recovery has "lost momentum" as it cut the outlook of top economies including the United States, China and the eurozone.... Read more

SUPREME COURT SAYS “COURTS CANNOT WAIT ON THE WHIMS AND FANCIES ON THE GOVERNMENT, NEED PROPER JUDICIAL INFRASTRUCTURE”

“Why don’t you consider having a council for judicial infrastructure at the national level? Let us tell you that we, as judges, are least interested in having control of this body. Judges obviously are in the know of things about judiciary but we are not interested in retaining control of such a body, if constituted. We would rather like this to go to the people who are experts in managing money,” a bench, headed by justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, told additional solicitor general KM Nataraj.... Read more

LOK SABHA PASSES BILL TO REGULATE IVF CLINICS

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020, to regulate assisted reproductive technology (ART) services such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) centres, sperm or egg banks etc that have mushroomed across the country. ... Read more

ZERO HOUR IN LOK SABHA DOMINATED BY ISSUES RELATED TO COMPENSATION FOR FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO DIED DURING FARM LAW PROTESTS

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday demanded that the government should provide Rs 5 crore compensation to the families of the farmers who died during the farm laws agitation and also accept other demands of the tillers, including a legal guarantee for MSP.... Read more

AIADMK MPs IN RAJYA SABHA; STALLS DEBATE ON DAM SAFETY BILL

The Dam Safety Bill 2021 was moved in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday but the debate could not be held because of disruptions from the Opposition parties. BJP’s ally AIADMK has decided to oppose the Bill whenever it comes up for debate.This Bill was approved by the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon session. There was a view among the Opposition parties that this Bill must be sent to a select committee, because of its wider implication. The Government, however, is in no mood to concede to the demand.... Read more

PARLIAMENTARY PANEL ON EDUCATION SAYS “CURRICULUM MUST INCLUDE ANCIENT WISDOM AND TEACHINGS FROM THE VEDAS”

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports submitted its report on reforms in the content and design of school textbooks to the Rajya Sabha on 30 November 2021. The panel has arrived at findings and submissions after having held consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, including the State and Central institutions, responsible for drafting textbooks and curricula, as well as education experts and civil society representatives.... Read more