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August 26, 2016

India proposes ban on commercial surrogacy

India proposes ban on commercial surrogacy

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Wednesday a draft law to ban commercial surrogacy in the country. Commercial surrogacy is where a person or couple pay another woman (the surrogate) to carry a pregnancy for them. The new proposed law will allow only infertile couples who’ve been married five or more years to use a surrogate to conceive, on the condition that the surrogate is a close relative of the couple’s.

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The proposed ban will prevent single women, foreigners, non-resident Indian nationals, and the LGBTI community from accessing surrogacy services.

Minister Swaraj was quoted in the Indian Express newspaper saying, “we do not recognise live-in and homosexual relationships … this is against our ethos,” adding that Indians living overseas would be banned as “divorces are very common in foreign countries”.

The draft bill will now go to parliament for approval. If approved, minister Swaraj said the ban on commercial surrogacy would come into affect 10 months after passing parliament, allowing for women already in commercial surrogacy arrangements to give birth.

Experts in surrogacy have criticized the proposed law, saying that a complete ban on commercial surrogacy will simply force ineligible couples into illegal surrogacy arrangements. India is one of few countries in the world that currently allows commercial surrogacy. In 2012 the United Nations estimated that there are over 3,000 fertility clinics in India, generating approximately $400 million USD a year from commercial surrogacy.



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June 7, 2016

United States of America and India begin their bilateral dialogue in Washington

United States of America and India begin their bilateral dialogue in Washington

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presently on his fourth visit to United States Of Amercia after assuming the Prime Ministerial Position in May 2014. Narendra Modi met Barack Obama on Tuesday at White House which also included a working lunch along with Vice President Joe Bidden. The two head’s of the state also hosted a joint press conference.

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Climate Change was the major focus area during the joint statement. Both nations expressed their commitment in reaching a



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June 4, 2016

Sri Lankan refugees intercepted before reaching Australia

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Sri Lankan refugees intercepted before reaching Australia

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

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Indian authorities intercepted a truck with 33 Sri Lankan refugees in Tiruvallur, a small town in Chennai, India. The refugees, missing from four different government-run camps, planned to board a boat to Australia to seek refuge.

The passengers included six women and six children. The two agents travelling with these people assured them they would be leaving from Pulicat Lake in Chennai, but were intercepted while being transported by truck between Tirupalaivanam and Sholavaram police limits in a neighbouring district.

The refugees were planning to travel to Christmas Island, 3,710 km away from the Tamil Nadu coast, and then board a boat to Australia.

According to police, four or five similar attempts have been made within the past 3 years to take the journey to Australia by boat, with an estimated 100,000 Sri Lankans seeking refuge in the past 30 years. These people have travelled to southern India, mainly to Tamil Nadu, due to the conflict between the Sri Lankan army and separatist rebels, ending in 2009.

There are 109 camps, holding 60,000 refugees in Tamil Nadu. Here, they receive food, an allowance and education.

Sylendra Babu, coastal security group head told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that, ‘”They are just being duped by agents, who have been arrested and will be booked under both trafficking laws and the national security act”.

According to officials, for a one-way ticket to Australia, smugglers charge 100,000 Rupees (A$2033) and most journeys are unsuccessful in reaching their destination.



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May 27, 2016

India set to install panic buttons on buses to combat sexual assault

India set to install panic buttons on buses to combat sexual assault

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The Indian Government announced on Wednesday they will issue a notification to ensure all buses are fitted with panic buttons to prevent sex-related violence occurring on buses in India. The motion was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. Installation of the buttons is set to become mandatory on June 2.

Tests are under way on 20 buses running from Rajasthan to New Delhi. Buses are to have panic buttons, a GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device, and CCTV cameras. The new buttons are located at the front doors and when pressed, a police control room has the ability to view live footage recorded inside the bus.

Last month, the government announced that as of 2017, mobile phones can’t be sold in India without a panic button. With the press of a single key, the panic button alerts emergency services that assistance is required.

Since a fatal sexual assault three and a half years ago on a bus in New Delhi, accompanied by increased rates of sexual assault, the government has been pressured to help women avoid the dangers of sexual assault. The bus sexual assault three and a half years ago resulted in India-wide protests, and laws regarding sexual assault were overhauled.

According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2014 New Delhi reported 1,813 rapes, more than any other Indian city. In more than 80% of rapes across India, the victim knew the rapist. In data from 2013, the rapists in 539 cases were parents, in 2,315 cases other relatives.

In 2012 the NCRB said the country had 24,923 reported rapes. However, this number grew over the following year, with 2013 seeing 33,707 reported.

In 2013, NCRB said New Delhi saw 1,636 rapes reported, with an Indian average of 92 women per day. The New Delhi cases alone account for more than four per day.



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India set to Install Panic Buttons on Busses to combat Sexual Assault Crimes

India set to install panic buttons on busses to combat sexual assault crimes

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The Indian Government announced this week they will issue a notification to ensure all buses are fitted with panic buttons to prevent sexual related violence occurring on a bus in India. The motion was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. The buttons are set to become mandatory on June 2nd.

Tests will be conducted on 20 vehicles, with buses running from Rajasthan to New Delhi, which will include panic buttons, a GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device and CCTV cameras. These new buttons will be located at the front doors and when pressed, a police control room will have the ability to view live footage recorded inside the bus.

Last month, the government announced that at the start of 2017, all phones sold in India will be required to adopt a panic button. With the press of a single key, the panic button will alert emergency services that assistance is required.

Since a fatal sexual assault three years ago on a bus in New Delhi, accompanied by increase rates of sexual assault, the government has since felt pressure to make women avoid the dangers of sexual assault. Protests and mass outrage resulted from the bus sexual assault three years ago, across India. This resulted is an overall by the government in its laws regarding sexual assault.

In 2014, New Delhi was reporting 1,813 sexual assault incidents, making this city with the highest number of these cases. Data shows almost 94% of rapes are generally committed by people known to the victim. This includes parents in 539 cases and other relatives in 2,315 cases within the cases reported over 2013.

In 2012 the country had a record of 24,923. However, this number grew over the following year, with 2013 seeing 33,707 reported cases of sexual assault crimes.

One woman is raped every 21 minutes, according to the statistics of India’s National Crime Records Bureau. In 2014, New Delhi saw 1,636 cases of sexual assault crimes were recorded, along with the average of 92 women every day in India. 4 cases alone were reported in New Delhi, on a daily rate.



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February 21, 2016

Curfew in Haryana as protesters demand reservation for Jat Quota

Curfew in Haryana as protesters demand reservation for Jat quota

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

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A growing number of cities in the Indian state Haryana have been under curfew since Friday. At least eight people are reported dead, with government offices, property, dozens of buses, and eight railway stations burned after protests over job quotas for the Jat caste turned violent in several cities including Rohtak, Bhiwani, and Jhajjar. Reportedly some protesters broke into an armory in Rohtak, stealing arms and ammunition.

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Manohar Lal Khattar, Hyrana CM

Shoot-at-sight was ordered for Rohtak, Bhiwani, Sonipat, Panipat, Jhajjar, Jind and Hisar. Shops, hotels, and restaurants were set afire by protesters. Thirteen national army columns were called, and helicopters were used to reach various places in the state. Internet was disabled in affected districts, and the state government ordered blocks of all social networking websites.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a meeting to decide if Jats should also gain the reservation rights for government jobs and colleges by classifying them under Other Backwards Castes.

Burning of stations and uprooting of tracks affected 810 scheduled trains, according to The Indian Express. Police said protesters torched Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu’s house. The state might face water crises. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was to hold the Haryana Central Teacher Eligibility Test today, but cited “administrative difficulties” for suspending it.

Back in 2014, the UPA government appealed for a Jat quota which was rejected by the Supreme Court. This morning, Manohar Khattar tweeted “I appeal to all my fellow Haryanvis to maintain law & order in the State, and ensure that harmony is maintained in society.”

Last year, similar protest took place in Gujarat as Patels protested for reservation led by Hardik Patel.


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February 14, 2016

NSEL – FTIL merger

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NSEL – FTIL merger

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The government of India through ministry of Corporate affairs on Friday passed the merger order between two private companies National Spot Exchange (NSEL) and Financial Technologies India Ltd (FTIL). This order has been passed in the wake of NSEL scam of Indian Rupees 5600 Crores(about 0.95 Bn US$ then)



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Mahamaham Festival begins at Kumbakonam in South India

Mahamaham festival begins at Kumbakonam in South India

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Mahamaham festival began on Saturday at Kumbakonam, a temple town of Tamil Nadu in South India, with a flag hoisting ceremony at six associated Shiva temples. Planners anticipate this Hindu festival, celebrated once in twelve years for ten days, could attract over four million devotees.

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During this ten days festival ending on February 22, 2016 Hindus take a holy dip in the Mahamaham tank. Mahamaham tank has 20 wells.

The government of Tamil Nadu has made elaborate arrangements to ensure devotees safely take their holy dip in the tank. Special facilities have been arranged for comfortable transportation of people. Many ministers and government officials are camping at the holy town to ensure the comfort of people. Ten thousand police men are deployed to regulate the crowd. Many Hindu religious heads are now camping in this town.

The Indian Postal Department has also made arrangements to supply the packed holy water through post to any part of India. This festival is considered as South India’s Kumbh Mela. The previous Mahamaham was celebrated in 2004. The next festival is scheduled to be held in 2028. Twelve Shiva temples and six Vishnu temples of Kumbakonam are associated with this festival.



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December 25, 2015

India\’s Modi To Make Surprise Visit To Pakistan

India’s Modi to make surprise visit to Pakistan

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Friday, December 25, 2015

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Afghanistan official visit today. Suddenly before leaving the Kabul Airport, Modi Tweeted “‘I’m Looking Forward to Meet Pakistan counterpart PM Nawaz Sharif at Lahore today afternoon”.

The details of the unplanned and surprised meet up have worked out, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Qazi Khalilullah told state television for confirmation.After Modi’s visits, he will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan since 2004. Pakistan has too been confirmed Modi visit to the Heart city of Pakistan Lahore, where he will meet Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. Appreciation from Indian Foriegn Minister also tweeted ” “That’s like a statesman,” “One should have such relations with the neighbors,”.

Heavy security arrangements have made around the Lahore city and Airport for security measures. The relations between India and Pakistan have witnessed some positive developments after chill for few months. This meeting will be the background of previous Nawaz Modi meetings. Mr. Modi arrived around 4:30 p.m. and stopped for a couple of hours at Mr. Sharif’s sprawling estate on the outskirts of Lahore. The U.S. too welcomed this visit. “Better relations between neighbors Pakistan and India will benefit the people of the entire region,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby.



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December 20, 2015

Late goal for Chennaiyin FC, beat Goa 3-2 to win ISL 2015

Late goal for Chennaiyin FC, beat Goa 3-2 to win ISL 2015

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

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Today, Chennai-based football club Chennaiyin FC defeated FC Goa 3–2 at Fatorda Stadium in Margao in the Indian Super League final.

The match saw five yellow cards, two for the home side. Chennai’s Mehrajuddin Wadoo was the first one to be booked in the 18th minute. In the 33rd minute, Goa’s Moura‘s shot was deflected by Wadoo. With a single booking, the first half ended 0–0.

In the second half, in the 53rd minute, Pronay Halder committed a foul on Chennai’s Stiven Mendoza in the penalty area, and the visitors were awarded a penalty kick. Stepping forward for the kick, Bruno Pelissari‘s kick was saved by Laxmikant Kattimani but the ball bounced back, and Pelissari made no mistake, scoring. Chennai got a 1–0 lead.

Thoi Singh was booked in the 57th minute. Halder, in the 58th minute, assisted Thongkhosiem Haokip and the Indian footballer scored an equaliser for the home side. Grégory Arnolin received a yellow card in the 60th minute for protesting the referee’s decision. Chennai was awarded another penalty kick. Stiven Mendoza stood up for the penalty, but missed.

Table-turning events took place in the dying moments of the game. Jofre scored a goal in the 87th minute. A minute later, he was yellow-carded; but, Goa had a 2–1 lead. Goa’s goalie Laxmikant Kattimani scored an own goal for a 2–2 equaliser and in the additional time, Mendoza netted a goal assisted by Jayesh Rane. Next minute, Mendoza was yellow-carded, but the final whistle blew in some moments, and Chennaiyin FC won the second edition of the Indian Super League in the 3–2 goal tally.



December 20, 2015
19:00 IST (UTC+5:30)
FC Goa 2–3 Chennaiyin Fatorda Stadium, Margao
Scored after 58 minutes 58′ Thongkhosiem Haokip
Scored after 87 minutes 87′ Jofre
Booked after 60 minutes 60′ Grégory Arnolin
Booked after 88 minutes 88′ Jofre
(0–0) HT Scored after 54 minutes 54′ Bruno Pelissari
Scored after 90 minutes 90′ (o.g.) Laxmikant Kattimani
Scored after 90+1 minutes 90+1′ Stiven Mendoza
Booked after 18 minutes 18′ Mehrajuddin Wadoo
Booked after 57 minutes 57′ Thoi Singh
Booked after 90+2 minutes 90+2′ Stiven Mendoza

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