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India's net neutrality
India leads in having strongest net neutrality regulations which will provide relief to the internet subscribers
The Telecom Commission's approval to the recommendations of the Telecom Regularity Authority of India (TRAI) on Internet neutrality will have long term and far reaching consequences in helping secure the rights of the Internet users in the country. The Telecom Commission's step will also help the Internet users in having free access to the digital data available on the world web besides maintaining access without any licence from the private companies that have been trying to weed out the users, who will not be their subscribers. By endorsing these steps that call for amendments to access services licences for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Telecom Operators, the Telecom Commission has made it clear that any violation of net neutrality will be treated as a violation of the licence ...
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Tragic mishap in Reasi
Deficiencies in district hospital and absence of doctors calls for an inquiry by the higher-ups in the state administration
Death of at least seven holiday-makers and pilgrims besides injuries to over 30 persons at Siyarh Baba pilgrimage destination in Reasi on Sunday afternoon is both tragic and sad. It is all the more tragic that the fun-flocking atmosphere turned into a tragedy for the pilgrims and holiday-makers, who were visiting the pilgrimage site on the weekend. It is also sad that the pilgrims lost their lives for no fault of theirs when the sliding rocks hit them when they were having a bath in the waterfalls on Sunday. The otherwise peaceful and serene atmosphere became a site of mourning for the visitors at this pilgrimage destination, where no such accident has been reported at least in the recent years. The landslides hit the site when no one at this place had ever imagined that such a tragedy wo...
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Excellence in education
The centre should work in raising the quality of higher education across the board with an attempt to provide equal opportunities to all students
The NDA-government does not appear to have taken seriously the issue of achieving excellence in education so far as its expansion and inclusion of all sorts of students is concerned. This also involves providing equal opportunities to students from all the sections of the society including those, who are talented but cannot afford to get admission in Institutions of Excellence (IoE) both in public and private sector. Time and again, the successive governments have promised to provide equal opportunities to students from economically and socially backward classes for participation in IoEs, but these students have never got an opportunities to get coaching and training for getting in to such institutions. Keeping in view these shortcomings, a working group was constituted for making necessa...
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MARGINALIA
Indian response to UN report could have been different
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
The Indian official response that the report "is fallacious", "prejudiced" and "builds a false narrative" are words that are out of sync with everyday reality of Kashmir - its burgeoning landscape of military bunkers, gun totting men in uniform, violent stone pelting protests that have become the norm and use of disproportionate force to unsuccessfully quell these protests with bullets and pellet guns; and in the backdrop the tormenting memory of three decades of gross violation of human rights abuse including murders, tortures, enforced disappearances and rapes. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' support to the recent report of United Nations Human Rights Commission, on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, as recommended by high commissi...
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Decriminalising gay sex
The centre's cautious stand wants to maintain tradition but keeps focus to decriminalise gay sex
Going by the sequence of events that have been unfolding with ongoing hearing before a 5-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, there are indications that there is now a better understanding of the need for equal constitutional protection to all individuals without any discrimination. This is the main reason to believe that consensual gay sex may once again be decriminalised after a long wait of four years. Now as the situation appears to have changed with the developments taking place around the world on this issue, all individuals may be protected without any discrimination that was the case in 2013, when a two-judge Bench refused to read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code on the argument that homosexuals constituted only a 'miniscule minority'. In this context, this is w...
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Political ploy on MSP hike
Announcement of Minimum Support Price for agricultural produce has only benefitted politicians and not farmers
The NDA-government clearing an increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for the kharif summer crops appears to be more political ploy to hoodwink the farmers of the country instead of extending benefits to them for their hard labour put in the agricultural fields. In fact, it has been observed that in the past over 70 years of Independence, such announcements have only benefitted the politicians and not the farming fraternity. This is mainly because of the reason that these announcements are made on the eve of General Elections to Lok Sabha or Legislative Assemblies and the hike in MSPs is meagre or far below the expectations or the cost price incurred by the farmers on the crops during different seasons. The MSPs have always ignored the losses incurred by the farmers in agricultural...
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Honouring lynch mobs
If silence was not enough an indication, functions to felicitate murderers bares the obnoxious patronage
The felicitation of murderers by union minister Jayant Sinha, who recently posed with six garlanded men out on bail after being convicted for lynching a person in Jharkhand, in the name of cow protection is not only shocking. It is a sign of the social and moral decline into which the BJP is pushing this country. Noted economist Amartya Sen said earlier this week that India had taken a quantum leap with respect to economy in the wrong direction. It may be added that the quantum leap in the wrong direction is true of the social and political discourse as well. Has the country reached a point where criminals and murderers will be lauded and honoured by those who rule? The present case indeed reflects that there is a systemic effort to normalise lynchings. It also betrays the4 hollow claims...
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