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e-Governance in India

It is only recently that the call for ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ has grown louder. Technology is at the core of the idea of transforming the way India perceives governance. While computerisation of government departments was the first sign of progress that was seen in the 90s, the e-Governance in India has steadily evolved to be more citizen-centric, service-oriented and transparent.

Laws in the Indian Constitution against Animal-Killing

India is not new to the phenomenon called ‘zoosadism’ – inflicting cruelty on animals for personal amusement. A cat being run over by a car or a dog being attacked by a bunch of urchins are some of the sights that urban India witnesses quite often . However, the cruelty against animals stretches far beyond these activities. Army personnel cooking chinkara meat and superstars of Indian film industry poaching endangered deers and owning tusks are some of the news stories that frequently do the rounds.

Various Sessions of the Parliament in India

A stormy budget session over Land Acquisition Bill has once again garnered attention for wrong reasons. Frequent disruptions of parliament and loss of business hours have often been highlighted as a major concern. On this note, let us find out what do these sessions of parliament actually mean for the country. To start with the obvious, around 790 members of the supreme legislative body in India meet thrice a year. The period during which the parliamentarians convene and conduct the business of each House is referred to as session.

Public Safety Act in Jammu and Kashmir (J and K)

There was an outrage over the Jammu & Kashmir government’s decision to free separatist leader Masarat Alam, who was detained eight times under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Although there had been intermittent calls for revoking AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act), there has hardly been a strong appeal to repeal the act, which is also draconian in nature. While most of us know that an individual can be detained under the Public Safety Act for a maximum of two years without a court order.

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