02-November-2016

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1.Lesser wages for equal work is violation of human dignity:SC.

Terming the denial of equal pay for equal work to daily wagers, temporary, casual and contractual employees “exploitative enslavement,” the Supreme Court has held that they should be paid at par with regular employees doing the same job as them.  read more

2.Winking at the States.

Last year, faced with its inability to amend the historic Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre devised a constitutionally pernicious alternative. read more

3.Why diversity needs secularism.

The expansion and consolidation of the Hindu Right’s political power has raised legitimate concerns about the future of India’s secularism. While criticism of secularism could be found in the public debate during the anti-colonial struggle,  read more

4.SC verdicts talked tough against security personnel on fake encounters.
As videos aired on the alleged police encounter of eight men who broke out of the Bhopal Central Jail raise demands for a judicial probe, a series of Supreme Court judgments show that the law is heavily, even fatally, loaded against police officers found guilty of ‘fake encounters’.  read more
5.Cess plan could mean 10 different GST rates.
To ensure that the tax incidence on products like cigarettes, tobacco products and luxury commodities doesn’t decline under the GST regime, the Finance Ministry has proposed differential cess rates to be levied over and above the highest tax rate of 26 per cent for such products.  read more
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1. 54 countries to attend disaster risk meet in Delhi

Around 2,000 foreign delegates, including ministers from 54 Asia Pacific countries are arriving to take part in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) beginning Wednesday . The conference will adopt a Delhi declaration that will set goals and strategies for a 15-year roadmap for disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific.

Representatives of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), World Bank, Asian Development Bank and mayors from all parts of Asia Pacific countries will also be there for the three-day meet which has at least 4,000 delegates in all participating, including those from non-governmental organisations., read more

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