Amendment to Maternity Benefit Act, 1961: Analysis and the Path Ahead

Anyatama Nayak critically analyses certain aspects of the newly introduced Bill on Maternity Benefits in India.

On August 11, the Rajya Sabha passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that seeks to increase the maternity leave period from the current 12 weeks to 26 weeks.[1] This will benefit a large number of increasing rate of women employees in the working sector.

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Feminism and whether it has lost its original meaning

This article explores the notion of feminism and has been written by Aditi Nandanwar.

Feminism originally was and has always been a movement for equality of women and a struggle for providing equal rights and opportunities to women. However, in recent times, people have started perceiving this concept as a movement for making women superior to men. In a society, no one gender was ever supposed to be on top of the other. Both the genders are equal and should be treated equally.

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The Untimely Blooming of Buds

In this article, Anshula Srivastava discusses The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”.– Nelson Mandela

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, which was tossing around in parliament for years, got amended after 30 years following the assent given by President Pranab Mukherjee.

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P V Sindhu’s Historic Silver and How the Internet Reacted to It

Anasuya Goswami, in this article scrutinizes the different ways people of the country retaliated on PV Sindhu’s Olympic silver medal win.

“While sports are indisputably a positive source of strength and self-development for girls, they can accomplish this only if the environment in which female athletes throw their javelins, kick their soccer balls, and swim their fast and furious laps, is an environment that respects girls and takes them seriously as athletes.”-Leslie Heywood

On August 19, 2016 from far-off Rio, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu gave something for history book authors to take note of by becoming the first Indian to win a silver medal in badminton at the Olympics. The people of India certainly took note of it. In a country notorious for its lack of interest in women’s sport, its social media presence went positively berserk at the 21 year old’s Olympic performance. Aneesh Madani, Head of Sports Partnerships at Twitter India said, “Sindhu’s medal run made history on court and on Twitter. There were? More than 630,000 Tweets for the final, even more than the thrilling India-Bangladesh match at the ICC World T20 earlier this year.”[1]

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Understanding Constitutional Torts

This article on the law of torts (civil wrongs) has been written by Hunney Mittal.

HISTORY AND INTRODUCTION

As per Section 2(m) of the Limitations Act 1963, “Tort means any civil wrong which is not exclusively a breach of contract or breach of trust”. When a person suffers some damage arising out of the act or omission by another he or she can bring a civil suit against them for the unliquidated damages (compensation). Back in the times, when the country was still under the British rule, the concept which was followed was ‘King can do no wrong’ and hence, no liability can be imputed on the state for any damage caused by its employees and hence, no concept of vicarious liability where the employer is held responsible for the acts done by the employees in the course of employment.

While the scenario has  changed completely after the institution of the Crown Proceedings Act of 1947 in England which made the Crown liable in torts like a private person of full age and capacity subject to certain exceptions inter alia in the realm of maintenance of armed forces, postal services, the same age old archaic concept is still followed in India.

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Pictorial Health warnings on Tobacco Products in India

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Rannojoy Middya, in this article, deliberates upon the importance and impact of pictorial health warnings on tobacco products.

According to the 2010 US Surgeon General’s Report:

There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Any exposure to tobacco smoke even an occasional cigarette or exposure to second hand smoke is harmful and that damage from tobacco smoke is immediate.”

Paying attention to the above mentioned, a much required implementation took place in a way of introducing the warning massages on the packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products with the aim of enhancing the public’s awareness of the harmful effects of smoking.

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