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Meghalaya miners tragedy shows how the mighty Indian State is trapped in a rat-hole

IT is almost a month since tragedy struck the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya when 15 miners got trapped in a rat-hole mine that got flooded from a nearby river. The rescue workers — from the state and the national disaster management authorities from the Navy, Army and even the Air Force as well as experts…
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Draft Patent Amendment Rules, 2018: Comments by Lawyers Collective and Medecins Sans Frontieres — Access Campaign

Expedited Examination of International Applications and Pre-Grant Opposition Procedure   Lawyers Collective is an organisation that has been, through the years, leading interventions for structural reforms in a range of areas including health and HIV, labour rights, women‘s equality and civil liberties in India. Similarly, Medecins Sans Frontieres—Access Campaign pushes for access to and the…
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How India is engineering nuclear landscapes through charades of green clearance

ON December 15, 2018, a public hearing got underway amid strong armed police presence and public protests for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed extension of the Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant (Units 5 and 6). While in-principle approval for the setting up of 2×700 MWe PHWRs (expansion at the existing site) was granted by…
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Supreme Court expresses horror at UP asylum keeping mentally challenged patients in chains, issues notice

A two-judge bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Abdul Nazeer of the Supreme Court of India on January 3, 2018 expressed its utmost shock on an issue highlighting patients suffering from mental illness, who are lodged in a faith-based mental asylum situated near Mohalla Kabulpur, district Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, and are being kept in…
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