THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
11 December 2017
Laws
LABOUR WAGES
Decoding the code on wages

This past August the Code on Wages was introduced in the Lok Sabha and subsequently referred to the Standing Committee on Labour for examination. Vinayak Krishnan of PRS Legislative explains the Code and its pros and cons.

Labour Issues Economy

UID DEBATE
Overview of the legal issues around Aadhaar Anviti Chaturvedi of PRS Legislative Research discusses how the Aadhaar project started, why the courts have stepped in to examine its legality, and some aspects of the recent judgement.
Government
JUDICIAL CAPACITY
Speedy disposal of court cases High Courts and subordinate courts have been directed by the Supreme Court to expedite the disposing of criminal cases, yet cases languish for years in these courts. Harish Narasappa explains why it is so and how it can be fixed.
OP-ED
SURROGACY BILL
Banning commercial surrogacy A brief overview of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 by PRS legislative.
People Women
HILL AGITATION
Manipur: Rattled and torn It has been more than nine months since a political crisis has snowballed into a battle between the tribals and the non-tribals of Manipur creating sharp divisions. Ramesh Menon surveys the fragile situation.
People MANIPUR Society
REDUCING ROAD FATALITIES
The Supreme Court just made it easier for you to save lives; here’s how! You don’t have to fear police harassment if you report or help an injured accident victim. You don’t even have to reveal personal details unless you wish to testify. Here’s a summary of the “Good Samaritan” guidelines that the apex court has now made compulsory for states to follow.
Society Human Rights
MONEY POWER IN ELECTIONS
Cash inside pens and gift cards: Challenges before the Election Commission There is a lot that happens in the background to make sure that every Indian election - like the just concluded Bihar assembly election - is conducted fairly, freely and peacefully. Smarak Swain, who was on election duty in Bihar reports on the challenges faced by the Election Commission of India and how it is overcoming them effectively.
Elections Government
DNA BILL
The DNA Bill is a recipe for disaster The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) registers its dissent over the new Human DNA Profiling Bill draft. Sunil Abraham, Executive Director of CIS, explains how the Bill does not address the privacy concerns despite a seemingly powerful language.
Law and Order Justice
THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE
Are we even ready to talk about superstition? Rolla Das and Suparna Banerjee comment on the rampant obscurantism and complete lack of informed public debate around the existing and proposed legislation in various states against social evils practised in the guise of religion and faith.
People Society
MAKE-BELIEVE DEVELOPMENT
The promises of Tadri: Mirage or reality? As environmental clearance on the proposed Tadri port in Karnataka is awaited, Dina Rasquinha and Aarthi Sridhar discuss how assumed future benefits of the port have been projected in complete disregard of the natural, environmental gifts that the region enjoys.
Environment Government KARNATAKA
WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR
Let’s hear our children first! Bengaluru-based The Concerned for Working Children believes that while ending child labour is a worthy goal, preventing children from all work without hearing them out on their actual circumstances could be a big mistake. Eden Ezsak spoke to Kavita Ratna of the CWC some time back.
Children People Society
MAGGI CONTROVERSY
Food Safety: The devil could be elsewhere! As the country boils over in outrage against Nestle following the detection of dangerous levels of lead in its popular Maggi brand, Sarika Agarwal takes an objective look at the possible real sources of contamination and the core issues related to food safety.
Environment Health
AFSPA WITHDRAWAL
The quest for justice continues in Tripura’s dawn of hope Tripura’s revocation of the AFSPA is certainly a positive move from a human rights perspective. But it leaves unaddressed the issue of justice for those whose lives were torn apart by the excesses under the Act, writes Anjuman Ara Begum.
Law and Order TRIPURA Human Rights
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