THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
03 December 2016
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

DATA REVOLUTION IN THE ERA OF CENSORSHIP
It’s not only books and films that are censored!
In the shrill discourse over freedom of speech, the selective publication, and even overt suppression, of actionable development data is often overlooked. Amid calls for a next-gen data revolution, Biraj Swain highlights this and other challenges that lie in its path.
Government Right To Info

STREET VENDORS
A futile struggle for the right to trade
Legislation for street vendors mandates registration of all vendors and allocation of spaces for them by the state in designated zones. Navya P K’s interaction with street vendors in Delhi reveals a reality that is in stark contrast to what the law holds.
Livelihood Trade DELHI

OPINION
A rocky road for Gram Swaraj
The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act Amendment Committee suggested reforms in the 1993 legislation to realise the ideal of decentralisation in letter and spirit. Nandana Reddy, a core member of the committee, holds the state accountable for the manner in which it has dealt with the report and proposed amendments.
Panchayats OP-ED KARNATAKA
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