Ritwika Mitra

National action plan to spread awareness about law for senior citizens to roll out

The national action plan features among the priorities of the Centre in its 100 day agenda of social issues.

08 Jun 2019

National Gallery of Modern Art’s to name dishes after artists at its new cafe

We have to roam around the entire country and launch outreach activities in order to connect with people.

06 Jun 2019

Transgenders, manual scavengers top social justice ministry’s priority  

On the criminalisation of begging, the ministry is of the view that under Bill’s provisions, someone who compels or entices a transgender person to beg should be punished with a jail term.

04 Jun 2019

Dalit coalition orders fact finding in Dr Payal Tadvi's suicide

The FIR filed mentions that the woman was humiliated for belonging to a ST community and was also threatened that she should not enter operation theatres.

30 May 2019

Modi government to review progress on forest rights claims in June 

The Centre will review whether or not the states are complying with the due processes before final rejection of claims.

29 May 2019

BJP's Lok Sabha elections 2019 sweep shows saffron party's rising vote share

The BJP’s loss of nine seats in Uttar Pradesh was more than offset by the big gains it made in West Bengal and Karnataka as compared to the 2014 elections.

25 May 2019

NHRC to hold meeting with government to clamp down on manual scavenging

The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, outlaws manual scavenging. However, the ground reality is different.

23 May 2019

Political apathy hurting Jharkhand tribals: Report

Forest rights titles recognised in Jharkand numbered over 25,000 in 2015 and declined to 11,298 in 2016.

21 May 2019

Consultancy to use tech to map land tenures

The states have been chosen based on the concentration of forests and tribal populations in them.   

20 May 2019

More districts to be surveyed over manual scavenging

The survey would be carried out across 16 districts in Assam, five in Karnataka, and one each in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

15 May 2019

Nation first: Delhi traders willing to bear ‘pain’

For a section of traders and businessmen, ‘national interest’ comes foremost even ahead of the contentious sealing drive in Delhi.

13 May 2019

Sanjay Dutt to be face of drug de-addiction campaign

The ministry will also make short films on the prevention of drug addiction by parents and post addiction phase, which focuses on successful rehabilitation. 

11 May 2019

Muzzling dissent in JNU to cost BJP dear?

Students say the Centre, instead of addressing the primary concerns ailing India, is trying to deflect the people’s attention and clamping down on dissent and free-thinking.

09 May 2019

Students at Jamia Milia Islamia University moan shrinking space for dissent

What happens on campus bears a distinct reflection of the political climate outside, said Jatin Jain, who described himself as ‘Centre-Right’.

04 May 2019

Sex workers in Delhi still avoided, no party infuses hope in them

Lack of bank accounts, financial security, social stigma, lack of access to healthcare and lack of access to education for their children are the other challenges sex workers in the area are grappling

03 May 2019