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Industrial Relations Code clear attempt to diminish role of trade unions, says RSS affiliate

The Industrial Relations Code is one of three laws aimed at effecting labour reforms that were passed by Parliament Wednesday. It seeks to amend laws relating to trade unions.

Rajya Sabha passes 3 key labour reform bills amid boycott by opposition parties

Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said that the purpose of labour reforms is to provide a transparent system to suit the changed business environment.
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Rs 517.82 crore spent on PM Modi’s 58 foreign trips since 2015, says MEA

In his reply to a question in the Parliament on Modi's foreign visits, MoS V Muraleedharan, said the trips have contributed to India's national development agenda to promote economic growth.
A general view of the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session of Parliament | Photo: ANI

Rajya Sabha passes bill to amend Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act

The bill provides for reduction in administrative expenses of any NGO receiving foreign funding, from 50% to 20% of annual funds to ensure spending on their main objectives.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union minister of state with independent charge for labour and employment, speaks in the Lok Sabha Tuesday | Photo: ANI | Lok Sabha TV

Lok Sabha passes 3 labour codes as opposition parties boycott over MPs’ suspension

The three codes — on industrial relations, health & safety and social security — aim to reform archaic Indian labour laws and benefit employers & employees.

Rajya Sabha passes 7 key bills in a span of three and half hours

The bills were passed after most of the Opposition including the Congress, Left parties, TMC, SP and NCP decided to boycott the proceedings in protest against the suspension of 8 MPs.
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NOCs in 3 days via single window & electricity connection — How Yogi govt is pushing MSMEs

The Yogi govt has notified the MSME (Establishment and Operations) Act of 2020. The law seeks to ease the process of opening up businesses in the state.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in Parliament | Photo: ANI

Parliament passes bill to bring co-operative banks under RBI supervision

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Nirmala Sitharaman said the amendment is to protect depositors' interest and is only for cooperative societies engaged in banking activities.

Parliament passes bill removing cereals, oils, onion & potato as essential commodities

The amendments to the essential commodities law aim to remove fears of private investors of excessive regulatory interference in their business operations.
Opposition leaders stage walk-out from Rajya Sabha, demanding revocation of suspended MPs | Twitter/ANI

8 suspended Rajya Sabha MPs call off protest to join opposition’s boycott of Monsoon Session

Opposition stages walkout from Rajya Sabha after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu refused to revoke the suspension of the 8 MPs.

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Muslim wedding in pakistan

Is she 18? How Pakistan’s forced conversion of minors get legal cover

If your kidnapper-husband says you are 18, or have had your first period, no more questions are asked in Pakistan about abduction-conversions of young girls.
PMC Bank depositors protest against the bank in New Delhi on 23 September 2020. | Photo: ANI

Net worth wiped out, withdrawal restrictions, no resolution — PMC Bank’s worse off 1 year on

RBI’s process to fix the bank hasn’t yielded any results. The bank’s net worth is wiped out and its depositors are struggling with restrictions on withdrawal.


Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?