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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

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).

Asol Poribortan Asbe - The Bengal Story

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  Mamata Banerjee will be the Chief Minister of West Bengal again — for a historic third time — after defeating the BJP in a one-sided election. The BJP made the election Mamta Vs Modi; she defeated PM, but she is the only woman CM in the Country.  On 18 April, Shah said the BJP would win at least 122 of the 180 seats where elections had been held in the first five phases. “Mamata Banerjee’s defeat is inevitable. She has been chief minister for ten years. So, we cannot offer her an ordinary farewell. It must be a grand affair, and you can ensure that by giving the BJP more than 200 seats,” Shah added.   Cut to 2 May, and Bengal appears to have thrown up a completely different outcome from what the BJP seemed so sure about, and TMC has won. To get the drift of Banerjee's audacious win, consider what was at stake. The Election Commission (EC) ordered a (never-ending) eight-phase election designed to help the BJP. The Union Minister Amit Shah was the chief election strat

Local Reservation in Employment: Political Brainwashing or A New Approach to Unemployment

  · Haryana is the newest state to try and implement a law for local reservation of jobs in the private sector residing inside the state. · The new law states that 75% of the jobs across the state which pay upto 50,000 rupees per month · This move is in line with similar proposals of different states such as Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. · Andhra Pradesh was the first state which tried to pass such amendments but was called up in the High Court for being unconstitutional In the wake of rising unemployment across different states partly due to the pandemic and the long term issues of employment generation in comparison to the steep rise in population finally catching the attention of different legislatures. However, is providing local reservation in employment just another political stunt to get more votes with minimal genuine effort or may actually prove to be a solution for the short term? The answer to this question requires us to get to the base of the employment problem

New Wage Code Bill 2021

  India's new labor codes, which includes a revised definition of the wages, are to kick starting from 1 April. The new definition is expected to shrink your cash-in-hand salary at the end of the month but boast the long-term benefits like gratuity and leave encashment. As the Government plans to implement New wage code Bill 2021, salary may see huge overhauling. What's there in New Wage Code Bill, 2021 Revised Salary Structure: - According to the New Wage code, if implemented, the share of basic salary in your CTC( Cost-to-company) should be 50 percent or more. If the basic salary is less than 50 percent in your Salary details, then it is going to change soon. Your CTC may also increases with your basic salary when the rules will be implemented. Allowance to employees, like leave travel, house rent, overtime and conveyance Lowrance, will have to be crapped to the remaining 50 percent of CTC.   Increase in PF Contribution: -   Presently 12 percent of your basic Salary now goe

India - Pakistan holds a key meeting

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  The key meeting of India and Pakistan to discuss the Indus water sharing issue has started in New Delhi. This will also be the first meeting between the two commissioners after the nullification of special provisions under Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.   The annual dialogue is being held between Indus commissioners of the two countries. A seven-member Pakistani delegation led by the country's Indus Commissioner Syed Muhammad Meher Ali Shah arrived here on Monday.  The Indian delegation is being led by PK Saxena and he has been joined by his advisors from the Central Water Commission, the Central Electricity Authority and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation. The Indus Water Treaty (IWT) warrants the two commissioners to meet at least once a year, alternately in India and Pakistan.   Th e meet, an annual affair, is being held after two years. Officials of India and Pakistan will discuss water sharing issues and address each other's concerns

EU issues sanctions over China over the Uighur Controversy

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Due to China’s continued prosecution of the Uighur Muslims residing in the Xinjiang region, the EU has now stepped in and issued sanctions against Chinese officials as a demarche in International Human rights affairs. EU has been quite spry in acting against Human Rights Violations which was reflected in its sanctions against Russia after the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. This is part of the new Human Rights violation regime under which abuses in different countries and regions are monitored and subsequently acted upon. Under the EU sanctions, four officials and 1 entity have been sanctioned. The four officials are Zhu Hailun, a former secretary of Xinjiang's Political and Legal Affairs Committee; Wang Junzheng, Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and deputy secretary of Xinjiang's party committee; Wang Mingshan, a member of the party standing committee in Xinjiang; and Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security

Covid-19: Pushed millions into Poverty

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Two-thirds of people in India live in poverty: 68.8% of the Indian population lives on less than $2 a day. Over 30% even have less than $1.25 per day available - they are considered extremely poor. This makes the Indian subcontinent one of the poorest countries in the world; women and children, the weakest members of Indian society, suffer most. India is the second most populous country after China with about 1.2 billion people and is the seventh largest country in the world with an area of ​​3,287,000 km². The highly contrasted country has enjoyed growth rates of up to 10% over many years and is one of the largest economies in the world, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 1,644 billion US dollars. But only a small percentage of the Indian population has benefited from this impressive economic boom so far, as the majority of people in India are still living in abject poverty and  Covid pandemic made it worst  The 2020 pandemic brought with it huge financial challenges a

Delhi's Federalism Under Control

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The Centre has introduced the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, reviving the dispute on the distribution of the power between the elected government and Lieutenant Governor (LG). The issue, which was at the heart of ruling party AAP and frequent clash with the BJP led Centre during of its first term. The dispute was taken up by the Constitution bench of Supreme Court, which tilted the scales in the favor of the elected government through its 4 July 2018 verdict. The Bill has been criticized by the ruling Aam Aadmi  Party in Delhi as an attempt to curtail the power of the elected government. Taking to Twitter, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal said the Bill, which '' seeks to drastically curtail powers of elected government '', is '' against the Supreme Court judgement. Meanwhile, experts have cautioned that the amendment could face constitutional and legal hurdles as it collides with various power of the De

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

Delhi's Federalism Under Control

UAPA- Tool To Shut Dissent in India

Petrol Price Hike : Horrors of the Past Return