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NAC recommends government acquisition of 100% of land for public and private purposes

In a departure from earlier suggestions, the National Advisory Committee backs the idea that government can acquire 100% of land required for public and private purposes. And, that landowners be given six times the price of a plot in the area. It also said affected families must participate in and be consulted on the acquisition

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Mass support for Hazare's anti-corruption bill

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s demand for a strong and accountable Lokpal Bill to curb corruption has struck a resonant chord

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Another MGNREGS activist killed for exposing corruption

People who seek to ensure proper implementation of social justice programmes such as the national employment guarantee scheme and the right to information are killed by the powerful lobbies they expose. And the government is doing nothing to protect them

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'Institution more important than individual': SC in CVC case

The Supreme Court judgment striking down the appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas made the crucial point that even if the government was convinced of Thomas’s personal integrity it should have considered that no taint must attach to the institution of the CVC

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Budget 2011: Direct cash transfer instead of subsidy by 2012

Poverty levels are said to have dropped dramatically in countries that provide direct cash instead of subsidies to the poor. Will such a system work in India?

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Budget 2011: Increases unlikely to make major difference in social, rural sectors

The 2011-12 Indian budget has done little to address food inflation. There is an overall 17% increase in the social sector

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UP uses cellphone to monitor midday meal scheme

Uttar Pradesh is using modern technology to ensure that children in 1.5 lakh government schools get the mandated midday meal

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Bihar govt guarantees citizens' right to services

Government servants in Bihar will soon be bound by a time schedule in which to deliver services to citizens, or pay a hefty fine

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After CWG, India slides down corruption index

India has slipped to 87th spot in Transparency International’s latest ranking of nations based on levels of corruption, with the global watchdog asserting that perceptions about corruption in the country increased in the wake of the Commonwealth Games

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Judicial Accountability Bill approved

The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill will set judicial standards and make judges accountable for their lapses. It will also mandate that judges of the high courts and the Supreme Court declare their assets and liabilities, including those of their spouses and dependants

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Union budget for the common man, in 216-page manual

Lifting the veil of secrecy surrounding the annual budget, India’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has put the entire process in the public domain to enable a better understanding of the exercise by everyone

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Planning Commission to launch website, welcomes suggestions

There’s good news for citizens: they will get to voice their opinions and ideas before the Planning Commission. The Plan panel is to introduce a process that will help people participate in the Twelfth Five-Year Plan

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Eight CJIs were corrupt, SC told by ex-law minister

One of the country’s most senior lawyers and former law minister Shanti Bhushan has told the Supreme Court that of the last 16 chief justices of India, eight were “definitely corrupt”, and challenged the court to send him to jail for “contempt”

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Corrupt Indians siphoned away $125 bn in 8 years

More than $125 billion worth of funds meant for the uplift of poor Indians was illegally siphoned out of the country by corrupt politicians and corporates, between 2000 and 2008, hindering inclusive growth, says a Washington think-tank

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IAS officer gets rap for exposing poor governance

Maharashtra senior IAS officer Uttam Khobragade will have to do some explaining regarding statements he made to the media about the poor state of affairs at schools run by the Tribal Welfare Department

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Govt admits SC/ST funds diverted to CWG

The Centre has admitted that the Delhi government violated guidelines to divert funds meant for scheduled castes and tribes to finance projects for the Commonwealth Games

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Government fails to pass three Bills in monsoon session

The concluding day of the monsoon session saw the government fail to pass three important bills -- the Educational Tribunal Bill, the Prevention of Torture Bill and the Waqf Board (Amendment) Bill

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Lok Sabha passes Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010

The Lok Sabha passed, by voice vote, the controversial Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010, which, according to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ends India’s nuclear apartheid

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Parliament passes Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Bill, 2006

Indian Parliament has passed a Bill to regulate acceptance and utilisation of foreign contributions and hospitality to NGOs, associations or individuals in order to prevent activities detrimental to the national interest

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Indian Cabinet clears Nuclear Liability Bill

In a major development, the Union Cabinet cleared the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010, after bowing to pressure from the Opposition to drop a controversial addition that diluted the liability of suppliers for accidents caused by negligence

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Cabinet approves Bill to protect whistleblowers

The government approves a law to protect whistleblowers and provide for severe punishment to those exposing their identity

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The human cost of hosting the Commonwealth Games

Parliament witnessed noisy scenes and adjournments over alleged financial irregularities in preparations for the Commonwealth Games. But the human cost of hosting the games in the national capital that is struggling to get ready for the event in the face of rising costs and criticism may be far more serious

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Civil society unhappy with whistleblowers Bill

The government is ready with a draft Bill that aims to protect whistleblowers who raise the alarm over corruption in government ministries, offices and agencies. The draft legislation, called the Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Informers) Bill 2010 is high on the agenda of the Union Cabinet. But activists are not happy

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Supreme Court calls foodgrain wastage a 'crime'

Supreme Court judges tell India’s Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran, who was representing the Centre, to distribute stored foodgrain among poor families instead of allowing it to rot because of lack of space

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Funds for scheduled castes diverted for Commonwealth Games, allege activists

The 2010 Commonwealth Games continues to flirt with controversy. Civil society groups say that the Delhi government has diverted funds meant for scheduled castes and other marginalised groups towards organising the event

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Britain to review aid to 'rich' India

Under pressure to reduce foreign assistance, Britain may scale down aid given to India annually, saying wealthy Indians could do more to help their poor countrymen. India is one of the leading beneficiary countries under scrutiny, especially after an investigative report by a British newspaper highlighted the extent of corruption in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

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India has an NGO for every 400 people

According to the first governmental survey of the voluntary sector, India is teeming with non-government organisations -- at 3.3 million, possibly the most in the world. They are registered under a cluster of different Acts and include a range of diverse motives and mandates

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Fed up with corruption, Karnataka Lokayukta resigns

Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, known for his crusade against corruption and the mining lobby, made a sudden decision to resign from his post, criticising the state government for its indifference towards the Lokayukta institution. Civil society groups feel his resignation has exposed the rot in the system

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Food security, Naxal violence, communalism are NAC priorities

The new National Advisory Council has decided to put food security, communal violence, and tribal development at the top of its priority list, besides monitoring better implementation of existing social sector schemes

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National Advisory Council appointments hint at socialist agenda

The Indian government has appointed several intellectuals and social activists to a policy advisory body, signalling the possibility of higher spending on social programmes

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Govt drafts new law to guarantee land titles

To bring uniformity across the country and replace the existing deeds system that’s fraught with litigation due to inaccuracies in property records, the rural development ministry has drafted a model law to usher in a system of conclusive property titles with title guarantees through registration of immovable property

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Vice President Ansari for CAG audit of NGOs, societies, trusts

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari strongly favours bringing NGOs, autonomous organisations, societies and trusts within the purview of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to ensure better “transparency and accountability” in the spending of public funds

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Centre should step in to check riots, says panel

Touching upon several significant areas, a panel reviewing relations and the balance of power between the Centre and state governments has made over 200 recommendations including radical ones like amending Articles 355 and 356 to enable the Centre to bring specific trouble-torn areas under its rule, for a limited period

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MPLADS constitutionally valid, says SC

A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutional validity of the MPLAD scheme under which MPs are allocated Rs 2 crore annually to develop their constituencies

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National Advisory Council to be revived

The NAC, responsible for major pro-poor legislations and schemes, is back on track with Sonia Gandhi as its head

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India stays at 134 on UN's Human Development Index

India has showed no progress in its ranking among countries on the Human Development Index, according to the latest Human Development Report for the year 2007, released by the United Nations Development Programme. But India’s average annual growth rate for literacy, life expectancy and income are moving up slowly

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'No more places of worship on public land': SC

The Supreme Court of India has directed that there shall be no fresh construction of places of worship in public places in the country. The restriction will apply to all religions

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Govt to extend midday meal scheme to madrasas in Delhi

Students enrolled in madrasas across Delhi will now be covered under the midday meal scheme. The move is part of the Madrasa Modernisation Scheme aimed at mainstreaming children who attend these seminaries and helping them procure jobs later

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/, September 2009

Women recruited to stop power theft in villages

By Rashme Sehgal

Unable to check rampant power and line theft, the Ministry of Power has turned to self-help groups and women panchayat groups to meter and monitor all connections. Village-level franchisees of women have been set up in several states including Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttarakhand

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Budget 2009-10: Focus on 'inclusive' growth

In its Budget 2009-10, the government has proposed a multi-pronged strategy to integrate agriculture and rural activities, aimed at pleasing both farmers and rural labour. Another major decision involves the convergence of the NREGS with other agriculture-related schemes in a bid to increase farm productivity, which has taken a hit in 2008-09

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Assets disclosure by judges to be made mandatory

The government will soon introduce a Bill making it mandatory for judges to disclose their assets and liabilities. It will also bring in legislation to set up a mechanism to enquire into cases of corruption among judges

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UPA win attributed to people's welfare policies

According to both supporters and rivals, the Congress’ success in the recent elections has been largely due to pro-people policies like the NREGS, RTI and the farmer loan waiver scheme

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Budget allocates more funds towards panchayat empowerment

The interim budget announced more funds to empower panchayats and an initiative to revitalise the postal department for better delivery of social sector schemes

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