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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


Congress confident of retaining power in 2018 assembly polls

Shillong, April 25 -- The Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) said today that the party would retain power in Meghalaya in next year's Assembly polls under the leadership of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

"The people of Meghalaya will have full faith in the Congress and that the party will come back to power in next year's Assembly polls under the leadership of chief minister Mukul Sangma," Youth Congress president Richard Marak said.

The Y... Read More


Supreme Court asks Parsvnath to give possession of habitable flats in Lucknow project within 2 weeks

India, April 25 -- Extending an initial three-week deadline, Supreme Court has asked Parsvnath Developers to hand over habitable flats in the next two weeks to 12 home buyers at its Planet project in Lucknow. The apex court also appointed a court commissioner to verify the status of the project and submit a preliminary report on May 8, 2017.

The case relates to Parsvnath Planet project in Gomti Nagar, which was launched in 2006 and had to be de... Read More


AAP's Alka Lamba accuses BJP of trying to poach MLAs, gets into Twitter war with Shazia Ilmi

New Delhi, April 25 -- Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba has alleged that BJP leaders are calling Aam Aadmi Party legislators and luring them to switch sides by offering ticket in the Lok Sabha elections or coveted government posts.

In a series of tweets, the AAP legislator claimed that she, too, received a call from a BJP leader. Though she did not name the BJP leader, Lamba said she will make the phone recording public at an opportune time.

"The B... Read More


Pala urges Modi to set up Japanese investment townships, institutes in Shillong

Shillong, April 25 -- Former Union Minister and Congress MP Vincent H Pala has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set up Japanese investment townships and institutes in the North East, particularly in Shillong.

In a letter to Mr Modi yesterday, the Lok Sabha member reminded the prime minster that during his visit to Japan, it was agreed that Japan-India Institutes of Manufacturing (JIMs) and Japan Industrial Townships (JITs) would be set up ... Read More


India will continue to grow at 7-8%: FM

India, April 25 -- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that India will continue to grow at 7-8 per cent rate which is an 'absolute normal' for the nation under the current global scenario.

Commenting on the issue, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the media, "As far as the economy is concerned, all the decisions taken by the Modi-Government are consistently in one direction. The aspirational class in India has become very large and therefore... Read More


DMK bandh gets mixed response in Tamil Nadu, Stalin held for blocking traffic

India, April 25 -- A one-day shutdown called on Tuesday by the Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu to express solidarity with the state's drought-struck farmers has hit business but buses and autos are moving as usual.

While shops, hotels downed their shutters in the capital Chennai and other parts of the southern state, government buses were seen on roads. Offices, too, were open.

DMK working president MK Stalin and his senior party colleagues were a... Read More


Let's Talk About Trolls | A conversation with a troll who detests anything secular

India, April 25 -- Each time I tweet, I get an instantaneous response from a select few. They are on my timeline without fail and they are always abusive. There is no pretence of building a counter-narrative. They crawl out like termites and I sometimes wonder if they've been assigned different targets.

Social media is full of keyboard warriors and most of them are, of course, nameless and faceless. I've often wondered what motivates them. How d... Read More


Maharashtra Sangharsh Yatra: No fancy clothes, glares or jewellery, Opposition leaders told

Mumbai, April 25 -- The Maharashtra Opposition parties have framed an informal code of conduct for its leaders and workers participating in the third phase of the Sangharsh yatra for farm loan waiver - no fancy clothes or jewellery, no sunglasses and definitely no arguments with citizens.

Six prominent parties - the Congress, NCP, Samajwadi Party (SP), Peasants and Workers Party (PWP), Republican Party (Kawade) and United Janata Dal - have joine... Read More