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Two years since Article 370: A major success for the NDA?

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  Two years after Indian parliament revoked the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narender Modi’s government seems to have succeeded in bringing the region under its direct control.On 5 August 2019, a proposal to abolish Article 370 and 35A implemented in Kashmir was introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha. After which President Ram Nath Kovind also approved it after the resolution was passed in the Rajya Sabha. After getting approval from the President, Article 370 and 35A were abolished from Jammu and Kashmir. After this big decision of the central government, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were separated and divided into two separate union territories.   After the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said, 'Now our country can move forward on the path of peace and development.' He said that this step will further strengthen the policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Shah exuded confidence th

UAPA- Tool To Shut Dissent in India

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  The death of Stan Swamy, the Jesuit priest and activist, India’s oldest political prisoner who died in jail, waiting for bail for nine months, at the age of 84 has brought the spotlight back on the Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA), the primarily counter-terror Law in India.  The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967 is the  primary counter-law in India. The terror law has come under sharp scrutiny recently with various courts finding application of the UAPA (arbitrary). About The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA)  Passed in 1967, the law aims at effective prevention of Unlawful activities in India. The ACT assigns absolute power to the central government, by way of which if the Centre (deems) an activity as unlawful then it may by way of an official Gazette, declare it so.  It has death penalty and life imprisonment as highest punishments. Under UAPA, both India and foreign nationals can be charged. It will be applicable to the offenders in the same manner, ev

Petrol Price Hike : Horrors of the Past Return

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 The fuel prices in the country have been on an upward trend since ever since the declaration of assembly election in five states on May 2 2021, after oil marketing companies (OMCs) resumed their price increases in May 2021. In many states, the petrol prices have already crossed Rs 100/Liter and many states, they are inching closer to that mark. There was a total of 16 prices hike in the month of June - the same as in May 2021.   Petrol/ Diesel Pricing in India The major things on which petrol prices depends are: 1. Cost of refined crude oil 2 . Price to dealer, dealers commission and Excise duty (Central Gov), VAT (State Gov) 3. Price paid by Customer The price of fuel is governed by the international market. WTI crude oil comes from USA while Brent crude comes from Europe’s North Sea. OPEC basket comes from middle Eastern countries and Africa. Oil prices at international market at present (per barrel): -                a) WTI crude: $73.75                b) Brent crude: $75.51  

Modi - 3.0

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In a major  restructure ,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday brought in 36 new faces to his Union Cabinet and promoted seven existing ministers. Meanwhile, 12 top ministers have been dropped from the Cabinet.  As many as 43 leaders including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narayan Rane and Sarbananda Sonowal Wednesday took oath as part of the Cabinet expansion of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government. Fifteen Cabinet ministers, including some new faces, were sworn in at the swearing-in ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. While 13 members took oath in Hindi, two took in English. Amongst those who took oath included Ajay Bhatt, Bhupender Yadav, Shobha Karandlaje, Sunita Duggal, Meenakshi Lekhi, Bharati Pawar, Shantanu Thakur, LJP’s Pashupati Paras, and Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel. The political prospects of the Bjp in states where Assembly elections are scheduled next year,seem to have weighed heavily as Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a massive makeo

Cinematograph(amendment)bill 2021: Step towards protection of people or Control over them?

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  A group of Filmmakers, academics, researchers, programmer's, technicians, lawyers and Civil Society have raised concerns at the proposed " Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021" which among other things, seeks to confer power on the Central Government to revoke a film Censor Certificate.   As many as 1430 persons including eminent members of the film community like Vijay Krishna Acharya, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Vetri Maaran, Shabana Axmi and others have written an open letter to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry against the Bill. They have said that the move has the potential to "endanger freedom of expression and democratic dissent". What the Amendment Bill seeks to do?   — Key Provisions of the Bill -:   ●        Revision of the certification- This provision will give the Centre 'revisionary power' and enables it to '' re-examine '' films already cleared by the Central Board of Film Certificate (CBFC).

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Two years since Article 370: A major success for the NDA?

Petrol Price Hike : Horrors of the Past Return

Cinematograph(amendment)bill 2021: Step towards protection of people or Control over them?

UAPA- Tool To Shut Dissent in India