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The government has tried to regulate surrogacy for over a decade. Starting with the permissive 2005 guidelines of the Indian Council for Medical Research, the government has proposed increasingly restrictive bills in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014 and has, through notifications of the ministry of home affairs, sought to exclude prospective parents on the basis of marital status, sexual orientation and citizenship. These efforts culminated in the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Tracing the journey, and flaws, of the surrogacy bill

By Prabha Kotiswaran and Sneha Banerjee
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2020 07:05 PM IST
The bill may invite litigation, rendering uncertain the hope for those who want to make families through surrogacy
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The under construction road which will give Indian pilgrims access to Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.(HT PHOTO)
The under construction road which will give Indian pilgrims access to Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.(HT PHOTO)

Demand for $20 fee per pilgrim stalls online registration

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2019 12:06 AM IST
India and Pakistan were supposed to sign a pact on Saturday on a few unresolved issues of the pilgrimage, but that has not happened yet.
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Activists of various indigenous organisations stage a protest rally in front of the Assam Secretariat against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Guwahati, January 9, 2019(PTI)
Activists of various indigenous organisations stage a protest rally in front of the Assam Secretariat against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Guwahati, January 9, 2019(PTI)

Challenge the NDA’s citizenship bill

By Gautam Bhatia
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 07:43 AM IST
During the time of the framing of the Constitution, there was a strong debate about which concept of citizenship the new Indian State would commit to: citizenship based on a physical connection with the territory of the State, or citizenship based on ethnicity or other communal markers. After deliberation, the constitutional framers adopted the first approach.
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About 7,000 Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) are expected to attend the PBD convention on ‘Role of Indian Diaspora in Building New India’ and also reconnect with their roots.(HT Photo)
About 7,000 Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) are expected to attend the PBD convention on ‘Role of Indian Diaspora in Building New India’ and also reconnect with their roots.(HT Photo)

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Kashi: ‘Feel at home’ while connecting with roots

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2018 06:49 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to provide the option of ‘homestay’ to oversees Indians coming to attend the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention in Varanasi from January 21 to 23, 2019.
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