posted on 19 September, 2016

Seven things you need to know about the RTI Act

In a revolutionary move, the Central Information Commission (CIC) announced citizens who file appeal/cases filed under the RTI (Right to Information) Act will now receive real time updates about the status of their cases. The updates will be delivered via emails and SMSs. While this is a gr...

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posted on 17 August, 2016

How India is empowering its youth

August 12th is celebrated as the International Youth Day, world over. On this day in 1985, the United Nations recognized the youth as an integral part of the society. The UN also acknowledged that the energies of the youth need to be harnessed effectively in a productive manner. In Indi...

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posted on 10 August, 2016

The Impact of GST (Goods and Services Tax) in India

The Lok Sabha has finally Passed the Goods and Services Tax Bill and it is expected to have a significant impact on every industry and every consumer. Apart from filling the loopholes of the current system, it is also aimed at boosting the Indian economy. This will be done by simplifying an...

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posted on 27 July, 2016

10 things you need to know about the Transgender Bill 2016

The Union Cabinet approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 for introduction in Parliament, and this Bill is expected to bring social, educational and economic empowerment to the transgender community. To a community that has been ostracised and discriminated against...

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posted on 25 July, 2016

What does the ‘Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act’ say?

Are we a society that needs the law to tell us that we need to take care of our elderly? On account of Parents’ Day, we had shared some statistics concerning the condition of the elderly in our country. Given the plight of senior citizens in our society, the Government of India pa...

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posted on 19 May, 2016

Freedom of Speech VS. Criminal Defamation

On 13th May 2016, the Supreme Court of India dismissed petitions that sought decriminalising defamation. The petitions claimed that criminal defamation went against the constitutional right of a person’s freedom of expression. In response to this, the Supreme Court pointed out that th...

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posted on 05 May, 2016

5 points to understand the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015

The Lok Sabha passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill (2015) on 29th April, 2016 to establish funds for nationwide afforestation programmes. The Bill received support from people across different parties, and is expected to be instrumental in increasing the green cover in the countr...

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posted on 10 February, 2016

Declaring and submitting proofs for Investments

The end of financial year is approaching, and employed people must have received communication from their employers to submit their investment proofs for the year 2015-16. Let us understand this process and how you can save taxes with the help of investment declaration to your employer: - ...

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posted on 23 October, 2015

Someone you know could have mental health issues. What is India planning to do? (Part 2)

“There are over 2 million patients affected with mental disabilities and only 43 state-run mental hospitals and an unknown number of private practices.” (NDTV) In our previous article we looked at the rights that the Mental Health Care Bill, 2013 would give people with menta...

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posted on 19 October, 2015

Someone you know could have mental health issues. What is India planning to do?

“20% of the population will be suffering from mental health issues by 2020 in India.” (Wall Street Journal) Though the issue of mental illness is not new to India, the increasing number of people affected by it is a growing concern. It is estimated that there is only one psy...

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