A plea challenging a Delhi High Court order dismissing a PIL seeking implementation of certain steps, including the two-child norm, to control the country's rising population has been filed in the Supreme Court.The appeal filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has challenged the September 3 high court order, which said it was for Parliament and the state legislatures to enact laws and not for the court.The petition filed in the top court has submitted that while passing the order, the high court failed to appreciate that the right to clean air, the right to drinking water, the right to health, the right to peaceful sleep, the right to shelter, the right to livelihood and the right to education guaranteed under Articles 21 and 21A of the Constitution could not be secured to all citizens without controlling the population explosion.Close "The high court failed to appreciate that after a detailed discussion, debate and feedback, Entry 20-A was … [Read more...] about Population control in India: Plea in SC against Delhi HC order
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Everywhere I travel, I hear the same refrains: “We need more regulation,” or on the flip side, “If we hadn’t deregulated, we wouldn’t be in this financial mess.” advertisement advertisement It looks like the White House is of this mind-set. Citing Wall Street for helping to create a “culture of irresponsibility,” President Obama wants to impose more rules on the financial industry by, among other things, creating a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. More regulation, and in particular a Consumer Financial Protection Agency, could be a very good thing, but I would suggest we don’t rush to regulation without careful consideration of two key questions: What is the source of the regulation? Is regulation being imposed on people from the outside or is it coming from within? Is the mechanism another list of “dos and don’ts” or is it something deeper, something that inspires consistent and right … [Read more...] about Why Values Trump Rules and Regulation
The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has written to the government of India, seeking changes in the PFRDA Act to make it the sole regulator for all pension products sold in the country.In an interaction with Moneycontrol, Supratim Bandyopadhyay, Member (Finance), Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), said that they had proposed some changes in the PFRDA Act and discussed it with the government.“We have told them (government of India) very clearly that let there be a single regulator for the pension sector. We are seeking an amendment to the PFRDA Act making the body the single regulator for all pension products,” he added.Close PFRDA, established in 2003 with the intent of selling pure-play pension products, has for long lobbied for the exclusive right to be the watchdog. While an expert committee was set up the finance ministry on this matter, no decision was taken. related news Kashmir shutdown caused losses of more … [Read more...] about Pension regulator writes to GOI seeking amendment to PFRDA Act
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Sexism, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace are issues that have been around as long as women have been in the workplace. The #MeToo movement exposed just how pervasive and commonplace it continues to be, and highlighted the systemic issues that leave those who experience it with little redress. advertisement advertisement As more people continue to share their stories of harassment in the workplace, companies who have ignored the issue are seeing the repercussions. Last year, a public scandal involving one of its top leaders led 20,000 Google employees to walk out in protest over the way that the search giant dealt with sexual harassment and misconduct. When Nike leaders discovered the extent to which harassment was rampant in its workplace, six of its top executives left, as Liz Segran previously reported for Fast Company. Workplaces can no longer sweep the problem under the rug, at least to the extent that they might have been able to in the past. … [Read more...] about These apps try to make reporting sexual harassment less of a nightmare. Do they work?