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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


Section 66A of IT Act, 2000: What has changed two years on?

New Delhi, March 24 -- Two years ago, on 24 March 2015, online speech or communication got a boost as the Supreme Court declared a draconian provision-Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000-unconstitutional.

It was group of petitions, but the first was filed by then law student Shreya Singhal, granddaughter of late judge Sunanda Bhandare, in light of the arrest of Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan. They were arrested under Section 6... Read More


London ISIS attack: Vigil held at Trafalgar square, solemn crowd remembers victims

London, March 24 -- Londoners trickled into Trafalgar Square for a vigil, a day after a deadly terror attack near the premises of the British Parliament rocked the city.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, on his website, posted a message calling everyone to join the vigil marking the Westminster attack in which five people, including the attacker, were killed.

"The Mayor invites all Londoners - and everyone visiting our city - to come together in ... Read More


MBBS shocker: Medical students thrown out of college not eating, drinking

India, March 24 -- About 150 out of 519 MBBS students from various Indian medical colleges who were thrown out by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for violating Supreme Court orders on counselling before admissions protested outside Union health minister J P Nadda's residence on Wednesday.

In Delhi, the protesting students, some with parents, said they were getting desperate and would not know what to do if justice was denied to them. One of t... Read More


Benchmarks continue firm trade; Bankex leads

India, March 24 -- Indian equity benchmarks continued their firm trade in late morning session on account of buying in frontline blue chip counters. The rupee opened higher against dollar on account of some selling of American currency by banks and exporters. Foreign Portfolio Investors stood net buyers in domestic equity markets on Thursday as they bought shares worth Rs 210.57 crore with gross purchases and gross sales of Rs 6619.87 crore and R... Read More


Govt wants to roll out GST on July 1: Arun Jaitley

India, March 24 -- In order to meet the deadline of rolling out the country's biggest tax regime from July 1, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has underlined the urgency to pass the GST supporting legislations during the current session of Parliament that ends on April 12. He also pointed out that the Centre and states would otherwise lose their right to collect indirect taxes after September 15.

Jaitley has stated that the government wants ... Read More


In 8 years of Parliament, Yogi Adityanath's recurring debate topic: Hindu affairs

India, March 24 -- "It is unfortunate that some opponents, communalists are trying to portray him as a rabble-rouser and fringe personality. They should go through his parliamentary debates. Those reveal his seasoned thinking on various issues of governance," union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on his Facebook page on March 19, 2017, referring to Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Factchecker did just that, ana... Read More


PSU banks gain as FM assures to resolve NPA issue

India, March 24 -- Shares of public sector undertakings (PSU) banking stocks were trading over 2 per cent in opening on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) after the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley assured to resolve non-performing assets (NPA) issue soon.

FM, though, did not disclose the timeline for the announcement, but asserted that the resolution may be arrived at a level higher than RBI's oversight panel, PTI reported.

Buoyed by the developmen... Read More


Setback for CM Yogi as FM Jaitley tells states to handle 'farm loan waiver' on their own

New Delhi, March 24 -- A full waiver of farmers' unpaid dues to banks was among one of the biggest election promises made by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. But the newly formed Yogi Adityanath government in the state suffered a jolt on Thursday when the Centre ruled out such waivers and insisted that states should utilise their own resources in this regard.

Replying to a question raised by the Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal in the Rajya Sabha on T... Read More