Senior clergy have launched a crackdown on mendicants who masquerade as monks to solicit money and food from passers-by, as well as abbots who send novices across the city to collect alms in popular tourist areas.
Voters will mark their choice in next year’s general election by stamping the appropriate box, rather than making a tick or cross with a pen, the Union Election Commission has decided. Officials say the reason for the change is to reduce complaints of ambiguity.
Land grabs and other issues involving human rights are to be investigated by the country’s top human rights body.
Civil society groups will meet this weekend to discuss the government’s plan to join the Open Government Partnership, an international standard to improve government transparency and fight corruption.
The Union government has asked MPs to approve an additional K2.2 trillion for the 2014-15 financial year, as it revealed that tax revenues for the year are likely to be 20 percent higher than initial forecasts, pushing the tax to GDP ratio close to 9pc.