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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

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

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