Shalini Nair

Articles By Shalini Nair

Free travel for women threatens Metro survival, Sreedharan writes to Modi

Sreedharan, known as ‘Metro man’ for his pivotal role in implementing the Delhi Metro rail project, said the decision to not allow concessions of any kind in Delhi was taken by him at the inception of the project.

Govt to states: Integrate all water depts like Jal Shakti Ministry

Centre has requested all states to adopt an approach similar to the newly-formulated Jal Shakti Ministry that integrates all ministries and bodies dealing with water under one umbrella.

‘Islamophobia in 37% of hate speech, disinformation on Facebook’

The study points to failure of the content moderation process by Facebook, adding that 93 per cent of all hate speech posts reported are still available on the platform.

Start with education system for change, says intersex activist

Madurai-based Gopi Shankar’s work inspires court to direct Tamil Nadu govt to order a ban on sex reassignment surgeries on intersex children

On Rural Development radar: widen roads linking villages with mandis

The proposal for PMGSY phase III, to fortify all major rural routes connecting villages to mandis, is set to come up before the Cabinet soon, officials said.

After Swachh Bharat, in the pipeline: Jal Shakti, Nal Se Jal for all

Narendra Modi govt's new focus: The scheme ‘Nal se Jal’ to provide piped drinking water to every household will be a component of the government’s Jal Jivan Mission. This was among the primary promises made in the BJP’s vision document released in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

At helm of WCD ministry, Smriti Irani likely to deal with women’s reservation Bill

On top of the list is the promise to bring in the long-pending Bill for “33 per cent reservation in Parliament and state Assemblies through a constitutional amendment”.

This Lok Sabha to have highest ratio of women MPs, but far behind global average

The outgoing Lok Sabha had about 11 per cent women, while the very first Lok Sabha of 1952 had merely 5 per cent — 24 women were elected in a total of 489 parliamentary seats.

Lok Sabha election results: NDA schemes resonate in 115 poor districts, bring 60% seats

For the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen, the data was used to zero-in on beneficiaries who live in kutcha houses or are homeless — unlike the UPA’s Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), which relied on poverty estimates from states. As a result, in the last five years, 15 million houses were completed.

At 25, two more Muslim MPs likely: none from BJP, ally LJP sends one

Lok Sabha elections 2019 results: Muslim representation in the Lower House comes to less than 5 per cent of its total composition, way below the community’s 14-per cent share in total population.

Hapur gangrape: NCW, NHRC ask UP to probe police apathy

The NCW has asked UP DGP O P Singh to thoroughly investigate the matter and take action against the “erring officials”. The letter added, “The Commission is seriously concerned about the rise in crime against women and also the reported police apathy”.

Commission on OBC sub-categorisation: Recommendations on quota within quota based on 1931 census

According to sources, the 8 to 10 per cent fixed quota has been decided upon, based on the total population of these groups as per the 1931 census.

Other Backward Classes: Centre’s panel to seek 8-10% OBC sub-quota

Presently, half of these 1,900-odd castes have availed less than three per cent of reservation in jobs and education, and the rest availed zero benefits during the last five years.

Year after he died in firing, Dalit youth’s sculpture a rallying point in Alwar

If, for the community, the sculpture lends a face to an amorphous and leaderless social movement, for his father Jallaram Jatav, it preserves the memory of a son who had big ambitions.

MNREGA job spike to take some load off Congress in Rajasthan

At Rs 199 a day, the Central government-notified MGNREGA wage rate for Rajasthan is Rs 26 less than the state’s minimum wage.

No work, but Rajasthan labour chowkis say Modi better for nation

In the two-cornered contest in Rajasthan, voters, irrespective of whether their allegiance rests with the BJP or Congress, are critical of the decline in jobs.

No action from AIR, casual staff union asks NCW to reopen sexual harassment complaints

In its order passed on January 14, 2019, the NCW directed Prasar Bharati to give a hearing to all 17 complainants from across the country where such allegations have been made and report back to the NCW on the action taken against the accused in all cases.

Average 47 days, promised 150: NREGA reality check for Congress

For 2018-19, which has seen one of the highest ever work generation under the scheme — 265 crore person days at last count — data shows that the average days of employment provided per household is 50.

MGNREGA wages fall below minimum wage in 34 states, Union Territories

Data shows that this is the maximum recorded divergence between the Centre-notified MGNREGA wages and the state-notified minimum wages since 2009, when both were brought on a par for the first time.

Rural distress and demand up, NREG gets lowest wage hike for 2019-2020

With effect from April 1, rural NREG labourers in six states and Union territories will see no annual increase in their daily wages this financial year while workers in another 15 states will get a daily wage hike of between Re 1 and Rs 5.

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