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Higher cut-off for girls – Gender Balance, turning the tide!

In a country where women are underrepresented in almost all walks of public life, where the glass ceiling is far from broken, and where women and girls routinely face discrimination and violence on an everyday basis, a few colleges in Bengaluru believe they have a problem of ‘too many girls’. And to ‘fix’ this, they’ve […]

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Jan Sarokar: Civil Society Organisations and Political Parties Unite Against Communal Politics

With the watershed Lok Sabha elections just around the corner, over 200 civil society and people’s movements organisations from across the country gathered in Delhi on April 6 to present a ‘People’s Agenda’ as well as a “chargesheet” recounting the PM Modi-led NDA government’s failures. A packed Talkatora stadium witnessed the unveiling of the agenda […]

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Akkineni Foundation, 189 state NGOs lose FCRA registration

  HYDERABAD : The Union ministry of home affairs has cancelled the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act registration of 190 NGOs, including actor-producer Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Akkineni International Foundation, in Telangana in 2017. MHA has cancelled FCRA registration of Birla Archaeological Cultural Research Institute, Hyderabad Management Association and several educational societies, Christian and Muslim religious organisations too. […]

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Newly covered Disabilities Guidelines still awaited even after one year of RPD Act

  Patients suffering from thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle cell disease etc will soon start getting disability certificate from designated government hospitals which were earlier denied to them for lack of guidelines. The Union ministry of social justice and empowerment has framed guidelines for the assessment of those disabilities which were added for the first time in […]

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NARI portal launched for Women Schemes

Union Minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi launched Tuesday a web portal, NARI, which will provide information on all government schemes for women. Users can log on to www.nari.nic.in to access information on different programmes offered by various state governments as well as the Centre, the minister said. The NARI portal carries details […]

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New anti-trafficking law soon covering Blackmail, Pornography, Prostitution, Forced labour & Servitude etc.

  NEW DELHI: The government is set to introduce a law to guard against human trafficking, proposing a 10-year punishment for those engaging in “aggravated forms of trafficking” while seeking life imprisonment for repeat offenders. A bill to identify various forms of trafficking, including for the purposes of bonded labour, sexual exploitation, pornography, removal of […]

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NGOs Directed to Open FCRA Account with 32 Banks only

The Home Ministry has directed all NGOs, business entities and individuals who receive funds from abroad to open accounts in any of the 32 designated banks, including one foreign, within a month for higher level of transparency. It also asked them to ensure that such funds are not utilised for activities detrimental to the national […]

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Law on adultery punishing only men – Under SC Scanner

  The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of a colonial-era law on adultery which punishes only the man even though the woman, with whom he has had consensual sex, may be an equal partner. The top court also said if the husband gives consent for sexual intercourse between his wife […]

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School asks parents to pick and drop girls! Psychologists must come forward to curb this sexual perversion in the society!!

    The La Martiniere For Girls school in Kolkata has banned pool cars for the students and has asked the parents to pick and drop their kids from next month. The development came a few days after a kindergarten student at a top school in Ranikuthi in Kolkata was sexually assaulted by a teacher inside a toilet. […]

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Crowd funding for Acid Victims by NGOs

    mid-day exclusive Zakira Shaikh is not the only acid attack victim who feels exploited by the NGO Make Love Not Scars. After mid-day’s report on the matter, yet another victim has come forward with allegations that the NGO used his patient’s picture and story to raise funds without consent. What’s more, neither the […]