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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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