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Abortion remains highly restricted in India. The governing law, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (1971), permits abortions before 12 weeks of pregnancy by a registered medical practitioner or before 20 weeks of pregnancy with the approval of two registered medical practitioners, but only if the mother or child's mental or physical health is in danger. A slightly more liberal amendment is under consideration, but still does not allow abortion if the woman simply wishes to terminate the pregnancy.
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The Companies Law Committee (CLC) that presented its recommendations to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs earlier this month suggested that Section 8 companies should not be exempted from the provisions of Corporate Social Responsibilities (wp) rules. Section 8 companies are ‘not for profit’ companies registered under the Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013. These...