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Maids, brick makers, children: the faces of slavery in 2016 driving change

Maids, brick makers, children: the faces of slavery in 2016 driving change

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CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Housemaids, brick makers, labourers, textile workers, fleeing migrants and children risking their lives in mica mines. These were the faces of modern day slavery in 2016 when the world saw a renewed resolve to combat all forms of human bondage. An estimated 45.8 million people globally live in some form of slavery, either trafficked into forced labour, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation. Most of them are workers looking for a livelihood, better jobs, more income. And most of them are cheated, in debt bondage and trafficked to places far from home, campaigners said. But slowly the scourge of modern slavery is driving action; fr...
Pay Property Tax Dues Without Penalty Till Feb 2017

Pay Property Tax Dues Without Penalty Till Feb 2017

Delhi, National
On 17 November 2016, the three Municipal Corporations in Delhi announced the complete waiver of interest and penalty fees on property tax if the arrears are paid before 28th February 2017. This amnesty scheme has been available since 18 November and applies to both residential and commercial properties. After 28 February of next year, there will be certain penalties to be paid for the outstanding property taxes. From 1 – 31 March, 50% interest will have to be paid on the arrears although the other penalties shall be waived off. Keeping in mind the backlog of dues over the years, the scheme was launched by the BJP-ruled civic bodies in the national capital. Although this news has resulted in joy and relief to a lot of people, the opposition claims that the scheme is a political