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Recognizing that children under 18 constitute a significant percentage of the Indian population, the Government is committed to their welfare and development. This statement reflects budget provisions of schemes that are meant substantially for the welfare of children. These provisions indicate educational outlays, provisions for the girl child, health, provisions for Child protection, etc.

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These words coming from a young taxi driver in Kathmandu appear to make more sense than much of the loose talk that is masquerading as political analysis in the post-election climate in Nepal. Blame game, number game, imagined fears about a future Maoist-led republic, contradictory legal interpretations, contending interpretations of people’s mandate, obstacles in the way of government formations and bargaining about how to secure a share of the pie that is still in the sky — all these are the manifestations of the fierce political dogfight currently underway in …

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Indian courts are invariably overcrowded places. They signify desperation for justice as they are filled with throngs of people hoping that their cases will be heard. Yet it takes years for litigants to get their cases decided because courts are overworked, with huge backlogs of cases. It is not uncommon for a single court to be looking into thousands of cases. This results in enormous delays and by the time the courts are able to clear some of the backlog, scores of new cases are filed, perpetuating the challenges for …

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The Union Budget generated excessive euphoria both before and after it was tabled, but beneath the surface lies the longterm, persistent traits of our fiscal policy which has been hidden from public view. For instance, the share of public expenditure on rural development by the Union and state governments in the Net National Product (NNP) used to be just 3.6 percent for a population that was over 70 percent.

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The Indian state of Orissa observes its foundation day on April 1. Rather than partaking in traditional statehood formation celebrations this year, many Orissians spent the day rallying to resist the government-backed handover of their land to a foreign multinational corporation (MNC). This protest took on additional significance given the fact that state higherups and the South Korean steel giant, POSCO1, had initially planned to lay the foundation stone of one of its plants on the very same day. However, due, in part, to public resistance they decided to cancel …

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2008, may-june »

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Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have complained for decades that Fundamental Rights cannot be enforced and become illusionary unless there are adequate budgets to back them up. Courts have responded by saying that budgets are not justiciable and that courts cannot get into that area. This is a questionable proposition, for if Fundamental Rights are to be a reality and the courts undoubtedly have jurisdiction to enforce these rights and if basic rights such as healthcare, education, food and housing are flouted because the state chooses not to make money available, …

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United Nations millennium development goals (MDGs) are an agenda for reducing poverty worldwide by the year 2015. Leaders from all over the world had agreed to this at the Millennium Summit held in September 2000.

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People drawn from various parts of Orissa joined thousands of villagers of Dhinkia, Gada Kujang and Nuagaa to hold the Bikalp Samabesh at Balitutha recently. The administration had imposed Section 144 for weeks. Yet the gathering gave a clear signal to the state government that the majority of the people in the area were still opposed to the much hyped POSCO project. About 300 people, mostly farmers, coming from sponge iron affected areas of Jharsuguda, were detained by the police on the morning of April 1.