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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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