Civil Society

  • Goa CM reaches out to people in distress 4 days ago

    Panaji: Partnering with civil society, the Goa government is considering formation of a special cell to provide succour to people in distress, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. "The idea may take three months to develop," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Independence Day function. The chief minister cited...
  • Mizoram is peaceful for civil societies, voluntary organisations: CM 5 days ago

    Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday expressed gratitude to the civil societies and voluntary organisations for their support to law enforcement agencies in their efforts to maintain the status of Mizoram as one of the most peaceful states in the country. In his address to the people of Mizoram...
  • Civil society groups slam MP govt over FRA violations in Mahan forests August 13, 2013

    Civil society groups on Tuesday came together in support of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS) and demanded a response from Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan about the non-implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA) in the Mahan forests of Singrauli district. "This has come two months after the Union Tribal Affairs...
  • WB: Mamata continues targeting section of civil society June 23, 2013

    Kolkata: Continuing her tirade against a section of the civil society which has been deriding her government over the rising crime graph, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused them of taking undue credit for bringing political change in the state. "By participating in a few processions, they claim...
  • Pak groups hold candle light vigil for Delhi braveheart January 1, 2013

    Islamabad: Members of Pakistani civil society groups held a candle light vigil in the capital to express outrage at the gangrape of a young woman in India and to show solidarity with Indian civil society's demand for stronger laws to punish rapists. The protesters lit candles and shouted slogans like...
  • Civil society agrees on govt's stand on Internet: Sibal November 27, 2012

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said it has arrived at a consensus with civil society and other stakeholders over the management of Internet and it will present its views at United Nations body ITU's meet in Dubai. India will make recommendations at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event in...
  • Internet needs accountability, says Kapil Sibal October 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The Internet requires not just governance but transparency and accountability on the part of the user, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said on Thursday. The user "should be free to express his opinion but at the same time be accountable for what is being said", Sibal said while inaugurating the...
  • Gurudwara shooting: Vigils organised in US August 9, 2012

    Vigils were organised in US by the civil society after the tragic Wisconsin gurudwara shooting last Sunday, leaving seven people dead, including shooter Wade Michael Page. ...
  • US university to establish India Chair April 5, 2012

    Washington: To foster greater understanding about the Indian democratic framework, a US university has decided to establish India Chair, which is said to be the first endowed Chair in North America devoted to study this aspect of the country. The India Chair in Democracy and Civil Society at the L...
  • Protestors press for getting HIV/AIDS Bill passed November 23, 2011

    New Delhi: Civil Society groups working with HIV/AIDS patients have been demanding that the HIV Bill should be taken up in the winter session of Parliament. The bill has been waiting approval by the Union Health Ministry for more than 5 years now. Even as politics held the first day...
  • Don't send a wrong message: Anna to Govt September 4, 2011

    Ralegan Siddhi: Cautioning the government against sending a 'wrong message' after privilege and income tax notices were slapped on members of his team, Anna Hazare on Sunday said undue harassment of civil society members may cause unrest in the country. Asking the government to give up its "vindictive" attitude, the...
  • Civil society hails deal between Govt, Hazare August 19, 2011

    New Delhi: Civil society activists on Thursday hailed the agreement between government and Anna Hazare for holding his fast at Ramlila Maidan and demanded that the Jan Lokpal Bill at least be brought to Parliament which could take a call on it. Expressing happiness at the turn of events, close associate...
  • Anna's protest: citizens' right or blackmail? August 18, 2011

    New Delhi: The Team Anna versus government deadlock seems to be over for now. Anna Hazare has been given the go ahead to fast for 15 days at Ramlila Maidan. But the civil society is split over whether his method of protest falls in the category of blackmail. Apart from...
  • FTN: Is Anna Hazare a middle class phenomenon? August 19, 2011

    Sagarika Ghose asks a panel of experts if Anna Hazare is a middle class phenomenon. ...
  • FTN: Has civil society found its voice in Anna's movement? August 17, 2011

    Sagarika Ghose asks a panel of experts if, the civil society has found its voice in Anna Hazare's movement. ...
  • Lokpal Bill ready to be tabled in Parliament July 23, 2011

    New Delhi: The anti-graft Lokpal Bill is ready to be tabled in the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning August 1 and will be presented to the Cabinet next week, the Government said on Friday. "The Lokpal bill is ready. It will be placed before the cabinet next week," Minister of State...
  • India's Civil Society Cabinet: Submit your nominations July 18, 2011

    The civil society is taking an active interest in the framing of laws in our country. Now, if the members of the civil society were to become lawmakers, which ministries would you to allot to prominent individuals of India's civil society movement. Submit your nominations in the form below and...
  • No consensus on Lokpal, Anna may rethink fast July 4, 2011

    New Delhi There is no consensus yet again on the Lokpal bill. Anna Hazare may rethink his August 16 fast as political parties push back civil society saying Parliament will decide shape of the Lokpal bill. There is no clarity on who will eventually create the final draft of the Lokpal...
  • Won't use civil society for laws again: Sibal June 26, 2011

    New Delhi: After a not so pleasant experience of engaging with Anna Hazare's team in drafting of the Lokpal Bill, the government says that there will be no such experiment in the future. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, one of the key members of the joint committee for drafting the Lokpal...
  • All-party meeting on Lokpal bill on July 3 June 22, 2011

    New Delhi: An all-party meeting to discuss the government and civil society drafts on the proposed Lokpal Bill will be held here on July 3. The government will present two versions of the anti-corruption bill before the political parties following major differences on several key issues such as the exclusion of...
  • Not keen on running a parallel govt: Anna June 22, 2011

    New Delhi: Slamming the government saying it is unwilling to fight corruption, Anna Hazare on Wednesday rubbished the government's fear of the civil society being a parallel government. Rejecting contention that Lokpal proposed by it was aimed at creating a "parallel" government, Anna Hazare said he will undertake fast-unto-death from August...
  • FTN: Should Lokpal Bill be put to a public referendum? June 22, 2011

    Sagarika Ghose asks a panel of experts if, the Lokpal Bill should be put to a public referendum. ...
  • Complete consensus on Lokpal bill possible? June 20, 2011

    Rajdeep Sardesai speaks to Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee members Arvind Kejriwal and Salman Khurshid. ...
  • Lokpal meet: breakthrough or breakdown? June 15, 2011

    New Delhi: The Lokpal panel meets on Wednesday amid worsening relations between civil society and the UPA over bringing the Prime Minister under the Lokpal's watch. Has the panel reached a dead end? Civil society members on the Lokpal will come to the table with government representatives to iron out differences....
  • Cong launches campaign against Anna, Ramdev June 12, 2011

    Kolkata: The Congress on Sunday launched a campaign to counter the anti-graft movement by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev and accused a section of civil society of trying to weaken democratic institutions. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters that the Congress had come out with a leaflet regarding the recent civil...
  • Lokpal: Joint committee on anti-graft meets April 16, 2011

    civil society members are agreeing to have the PM and the LOP on the committee. ...
  • Lokpal Bill drafting panel to meet on Saturday April 15, 2011

    New Delhi: The joint committee for drafting the Lokpal Bill will hold its first meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, government sources said. The meeting of the 10-member committee, comprising five ministers and five civil society representatives , will begin at 11.30 am sources added. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is the chairman...
  • Rise of the great Indian middle class December 29, 2006

    In CNN-IBN's special series Ideas 2006 we bring you the big ideas of 2006. On Monday, the focus was on civic activism. New Delhi: When Edison invented the electric bulb he wished away the candle, but in the age of perennial powercuts, the urban Indian middle class rediscovered the power of...
  • States report card on RTI all red October 12, 2006

    New Delhi: The babus have not yet come to terms with the Right to Information (RTI) Act since its birth last year. A report published by Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a Delhi-based think tank, found that three-fourth of the states and the Union Territories do not provide even half...