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Parliament passes Lokpal amendment bill

New Delhi, July 29 -- A bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013, was passed by parliament on Thursday doing away with the time limit for public servants to furnish details of their assets and liabilities, which as per the original act was July 31 every year.

The Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, was passed by the upper house on Thursday.

It allows extension of the time given to... Read More


SC to examine if state entry tax violates 'freedom of trade'

New Delhi, July 18 -- A nine judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court bench will hear from Tuesday a batch of petitions by some top corporate houses and business associations challenging the imposition of entry tax by the various state governments, contending that it was violative of the freedom of trade and commerce provided under the Constitution.

The bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice A.K.Sikri, Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice Shiva ... Read More


1975: A Haunting Tyranny

India, June 25 -- At the stroke of midnight on June 25, 1975, the idea of India was dealt a lethal blow when a presidential proclamation, at the behest of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, declared a state of internal Emergency and India lost its freedom to authoritarianism. A Surya Prakash's book, in his own words, provides readers some case studies from independent India's darkest political era which illustrate the terrible woes that befall a ... Read More


DSP lynching : North Srinagar SP transferred

Srinagar, June 24 -- A day after a mob lynched Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith, Jammu and Kashmir Police have shunted out a senior officer from the area where the incident took place.

In an order on Friday night, Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid ordered the transfer of Superintendent of Police (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat.

Nowhatta, where the lynching took place on Thursday night, falls under the jurisdiction... Read More


EC rejects pleas of 21 AAP MLAs plea in office of profit case

New Delhi, June 24 -- In a major setback for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Election Commission (EC) on Friday rejected the pleas of 21 AAP legislators to drop the office of profit case filed against them.

The MLAs are facing prospects of disqualification for allegedly holding offices of profit.

The EC has also made it clear that the Delhi High Court order to set aside their appointments will not come in the way of the poll panel while deciding... Read More


Uddhav Thackeray, Narayan Rane share dais after 12 years

Mumbai, June 24 -- Twelve years after being expelled from the Shiv Sena, senior Congress leader Narayan Rane and the Sena chief shared a stage at a public function in Kudal, Sindhudurg. The camaraderie between Rane and BJP leaders on the occasion has also led to talk about the former's entry to the BJP.

Rane and Thackeray, who are bitter rivals, mentioned each other in their speeches at the foundation-stone laying ceremony of the Mumbai - Goa hi... Read More


Palbinder Kaur Shergill becomes first turbaned Sikh woman to be appointed as SC judge in Canada

India, June 24 -- Palbinder Kaur Shergill is the first turbaned (amritdhari) Sikh woman to be appointed judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, announced the appointment on Friday under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasises on transparency, merit, and diversity. The appointment was made wit... Read More


Day after farmers' unrest near Mumbai, villagers say police vandalised homes, vehicles

Kalyan, June 24 -- A day after angry farmers clashed with the police at Nevali village near Kalyan, residents of the village alleged that police personnel on patrol duty damaged their vehicles and broke windows of homes.

While the police maintain that these are "rumours" being spread by a few villagers, the residents claim CCTV cameras in the lanes captured the acts of vandalism by the police early on Friday. They said after they saw the damage ... Read More


Tripura worse than Bihar on women safety: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Agartala (Tripura), June 24 -- Assam Finance Minister and convener of the Northeast Democratic Alliance (Neda) Himanta Biswa Sarma has charged Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar with failure to provide safety and security to women in his state.

Addressing media here, Sarma alleged that the situation in Tripura is worse than Bihar where 86 percent of the total crime committed is against women and the figure is rising every day.

"It is a matter ... Read More


Membership of AAP legislators intact despite EC order :Dilip Pandey

New Delhi, June 24 -- Regarding the Election Commission's orders in the office of profit issue in which Aam Aadmi Party's 20 legislators are alleged to have been involved,the party today clarified that misunderstanding prevails vis-a-vis the Election Commission's decision that these MLAs have been disqualified whereas nothing of this sort has happened. Party leader and former convenor Dilip Pandey informed that the Election Commission has pronoun... Read More