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India News : AP Meeting begins on Telangana issue, PC Appeals for Peace
on 2010/1/5 8:50:00

CHIDAMBARAM APPEALS FOR PEACE AND HARMONY IN THE STATE

Consultations with eight recognised political parties of Andhra Pradesh on the issues arising out of the recent agitations in the State in favour of and against the separate state of Telangana began here today. In his opening statement at the meeting, the Union Home Minister, Shri P.Chidambaram stressed the need to maintain peace and harmony in the State while the consultations take place. Following is the text of his statement :-

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India News : Govt's Exhaustive Drought Management Manual
on 2010/1/1 7:10:00

The Government is preparing an exhaustive manual for practical management of drought mitigation and relief measures. The manual will be released soon.

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India News :  World Bank's US$100M to Poverty Program in Andhra Pradesh
on 2009/12/25 9:58:22

WASHINGTON, DC, December 21, 2009 ─ The World Bank today approved an IDA credit of US$100 million in additional financing for the Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project, a program that has raised incomes of some 10 million rural women since its inception in 2003, when the original project was approved by the World Bank.

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India News : 
on 2009/12/25 9:16:13

The Union Cabinet today approved the introduction of a Bill in Parliament for carrying out certain amendments to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 has been enacted by the Parliament to provide for free and compulsory education to all children of the age of six to fourteen years. After receiving the assent of the President, the aforesaid Act was published in the Gazette of India on 27th August, 2009.

The Department of School Education and Literacy received representations from various organisations (a) working for the welfare of the children with disabilities and (b) who set up minority institutions, seeking certain amendments to the legislation. Consequent upon examination of the issues/points raised in these representations it is proposed to make the following amendments in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009:
(i) Inclusion of children with disabilities within the meaning of ‘children belonging to disadvantaged group’

(ii) Providing that children with disabilities as defined in the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999 shall have special rights to pursue free and compulsory elementary education; and

(iii) School Management Committee constituted under the Act by aided minority institutions shall perform advisory function.

A Bill will be introduced in the Parliament.
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India News : Amendment to the Copyright Act, 1957
on 2009/12/25 9:13:50

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to introduce a Bill to amend the Copyright Act, 1957. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has proposed the amendments in order to gain clarity, remove operational difficulties and to address the newer issues that have emerged in the context of digital technology and the internet.

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