Supreme Court opens a window to itself, starts a disclose appointment decisions

In a landmark move aimed at ensuring transparency in the appointment of judges at a time when this process is at the centre of a row with the government over the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), the Supreme Court Friday began uploading on its website the decisions of its Collegium on appointments and transfers in the higher judiciary.

GST relief for small firms, rates cut for many groups

Taking key decisions to significantly reduce the compliance burden of small companies and traders, the Goods and Services Tax Council Friday allowed them to file quarterly returns instead of monthly submissions, expanding the scope of the Composition Scheme for paying GST and making it easier for exporters to claim tax refund.

Bangla Foreign Secy: No sign of radicalisation in Rohingya

Stressing that he has not seen any sign of radicalisation among Rohingya refugees, Bangldesh foreign secretary Shahidul Haque Friiday said that he would not comment on India's move to deport them but hoped that 'in the end… humanatarian issues will get due consideration'.

Toxic sulphur dioxide norms: 90% coal power plants are not compliant

Nearly 90% of the country's coal fired power generation capacity is in violation of emission normma notified two years ago that will kick in December this year.

India, EU name Dawood, Saeed, Lakhvi in joint fight against terror

In a first, India and the European Union (EU) have named three globally prooscribed terrorists- Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman lakhvi ad Dawood Ibrahim- in their joint statement and shown convergence in views to combat terrorism.

MEA says 'no new development' at Doklam, China defends patrolling

Following reports of Chinese troop build-up on Doklam plateau, India on Friday made it clear that there were 'no new developments' at the 'face-off site and its vicinity' since the disengagement on August 28.

Pak integrating terror linked groups

The pakistani army has said the government was discussing ways to try to integrate militant-linked groups into the mainstream of the country's politics.

GST to facilitate ease of doing business: European Union

The European Union (EU) onFriday gave thumbs up to India's Goods and Services Tax (GST) saying the new tax regime would facilitate ease of doing business.


Section 66A Once More

The Government recently formed an expert committee which aims at tackling hate speech online after the Section 66A of Information and Technology Act was scrapped. The expert committee has proposed to pass a legislation which would meet the problems of hate speech online solely y amending the Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code and the IT Act. Section 66A of the IT Act stands for providing punishment to the people sending offensive messages through any communication services. Under this section, any person is found guilty who sends messages that are grossly offensive or it has a menacing character, or the person who sends false information to cause inconvenience or defame to a person. The Supreme Court stated that the section could have a gruesome effect for which it was struck down immediately. The judges giving the order said that the section can create an offence based on undefined actions and also don’t have any procedural safeguards in comparison to other sections of the law. Here safeguards means that the section doesn’t have the need to acquire a concurrence of the Centre before any action is taken. The Section 66A may also serve as a weapon to cause harm to anyone, might also be a framing tool for the innocents. As such, the scrapping of Section 66A is justified- however, the SC should keep a close watch and state a proper rule for tackling hate speech online.

Drowned by the Dam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently on 7th September dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Project in Dabhoi to the people of the nation. The public meeting held in the address has become a point of discussion about whether it is actually a development for the people or not. It was because the meeting saw much less attendance and the project in its incomplete phase. The Sardar Sarovar Project was conceptualised 38 years back when the Narmada Tribunal declared its award in the year 1979. This contradicts the notion of the Narendra Modi government who state that it was planned 56 years back. Also the original project structure had a plan of constructing the dam 162 feet (49.37meters) high without having any implications and social or environmental impacts. The conflict over the project occurred started to occur post 1961 when around six villages lost their land in the first acquisition of land. This gradually led to a larger protest as the present dam which would be 455 feet tall would be completed by filling a reservoir of around 40,000 hectares and would almost wipe out 244 villages and a township. And though this government had stated it would give out a compensation for the grievance caused, it hardly comes into effect over time. This only brings the main question to the fore- Is it really a development, and if it is at what cost?

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