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Assam seeks more dole for ex-militants, Centre in a fix : When militants surrender, certain incentive is offered by the state government. The Home ministry reimburses the money – called ‘Security Related Expenditure’. Assam wants to increase the stipend from 3000 to 10,000 and Home Ministry to pay. The Union thinks all states will strat demanding and will increase the financial burden on the Union.

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Editorial / Opinion

What it means to be independent : Mridula Mukheji writes that The leaders of the freedom struggle believed so strongly in the absolute right to freedom of expression that they considered the struggle for these civil liberties to be an essential part of the national movement

End the judicial logjam : 44% of posts of High Court Judges are vacant. The Supreme Court had rejected the NJAC Act. Now the government is sitting on a file where 78 judges are to be elevated to High Court. The Government wants to reject some names in the name of ‘national security’. The judiciary thinks government is interfering in appointments.

Watershed session : The Lok Sabha sat for 101 per cent of its scheduled hours and the Rajya Sabha for 96 per cent, according to data from the think tank, PRS Legislative Research.

New plans instead of new pills : Preventive healthcare is much cheaper than curative. But neo-liberalism creates a nexus between science and industry, that the latter is ignored. Sociology Students can benefit.