THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
23 SEPTEMBER 2018
Laws
OPINION
The dichotomy in India’s rule of law

The rule of law guides our legislative, executive and judiciary and all other institutions yet our country is in chaos. Harish Narasappa analyses the role of reason in making the rule of law stronger and effective to bring order in the country.

Law and Order OP-ED Society

PRS LEGISLATIVE BRIEF
Monsoon Session 2018: What to expect
The Monsoon Session of Parliament began today and will continue till August 10, 2018. It is scheduled to have 18 sittings during this period. PRS Legislative Research outlines what is in store in the upcoming session.

Government
LABOUR WAGES
Decoding the code on wages
This past August the Code on Wages was introduced in the Lok Sabha and subsequently referred to the Standing Committee on Labour for examination. Vinayak Krishnan of PRS Legislative explains the Code and its pros and cons.

Labour Issues Economy
UID DEBATE
Overview of the legal issues around Aadhaar
Anviti Chaturvedi of PRS Legislative Research discusses how the Aadhaar project started, why the courts have stepped in to examine its legality, and some aspects of the recent judgement.

Government
JUDICIAL CAPACITY
Speedy disposal of court cases
High Courts and subordinate courts have been directed by the Supreme Court to expedite the disposing of criminal cases, yet cases languish for years in these courts. Harish Narasappa explains why it is so and how it can be fixed.

OP-ED
SURROGACY BILL
Banning commercial surrogacy
A brief overview of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 by PRS legislative.

People Women
HILL AGITATION
Manipur: Rattled and torn
It has been more than nine months since a political crisis has snowballed into a battle between the tribals and the non-tribals of Manipur creating sharp divisions. Ramesh Menon surveys the fragile situation.

People MANIPUR Society
REDUCING ROAD FATALITIES
The Supreme Court just made it easier for you to save lives; here’s how!
You don’t have to fear police harassment if you report or help an injured accident victim. You don’t even have to reveal personal details unless you wish to testify. Here’s a summary of the “Good Samaritan” guidelines that the apex court has now made compulsory for states to follow.

Society Human Rights
MONEY POWER IN ELECTIONS
Cash inside pens and gift cards: Challenges before the Election Commission
There is a lot that happens in the background to make sure that every Indian election - like the just concluded Bihar assembly election - is conducted fairly, freely and peacefully. Smarak Swain, who was on election duty in Bihar reports on the challenges faced by the Election Commission of India and how it is overcoming them effectively.

Elections Government
DNA BILL
The DNA Bill is a recipe for disaster
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) registers its dissent over the new Human DNA Profiling Bill draft. Sunil Abraham, Executive Director of CIS, explains how the Bill does not address the privacy concerns despite a seemingly powerful language.

Law and Order Justice
THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE
Are we even ready to talk about superstition?
Rolla Das and Suparna Banerjee comment on the rampant obscurantism and complete lack of informed public debate around the existing and proposed legislation in various states against social evils practised in the guise of religion and faith.

People Society
MAKE-BELIEVE DEVELOPMENT
The promises of Tadri: Mirage or reality?
As environmental clearance on the proposed Tadri port in Karnataka is awaited, Dina Rasquinha and Aarthi Sridhar discuss how assumed future benefits of the port have been projected in complete disregard of the natural, environmental gifts that the region enjoys.

Environment Government KARNATAKA
WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR
Let’s hear our children first!
Bengaluru-based The Concerned for Working Children believes that while ending child labour is a worthy goal, preventing children from all work without hearing them out on their actual circumstances could be a big mistake. Eden Ezsak spoke to Kavita Ratna of the CWC some time back.

Children People Society
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Amitabha Basu
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