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Aadhar card holders may get option to withdraw their number

All Aadhar card holders will be given option to withdraw their card number including biometrics and data. The Govt is reportedly working on a proposal to amend the Aadhaar Act following the SC verdict that upheld the validity of Aadhaar with restrictions. The SC declared that seeking to link it w.....

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RBI unlikely to increase interest rates, says experts

The RBI is expected to keep the interest rates unchanged after its two time increase in this year, said experts. The decision to keep its repurchase rate unchanged at 6.5% is seen as an attempt to appease the Govt, with whom RBI had bitter debate over reserve amount. There is also expected an inc.....

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Kerala CM announces 10cr relief to Cyclone Gaja affected TN

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced Rs10crore as a relief to the victims of Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu. The state also dispatched 72 workers of Kerala State Electricity Board and 6 medical teams to the affected areas along with many volunteers. Cyclone Gaja wreaked havoc in Tiruvarur, Pudukottai.....

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Election Commission urges FB, Twitter to abide election laws

The EC has written to Twitter and Facebook urging them to ensure the laws of elections are not violated during the 48 hour of silence period before elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram. The EC’s action is said to be taking note of Congress and BJP’s appeal to voters to cast in favo.....

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Jammu and Kashmir local body polls: Third phase begins

The polling for 3rd phase of local body polls began in J&K at 8 am today. The officials said 5,239 candidates are in the fray for 358 sarpanch and 1,652 panch seats. They also added stringent security measures have been arranged for the smooth conduct of polls. Th.....

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Adultery no longer a crime but holds ground for divorce:SC

Scrapping the 158yrs old IPC sec 497 that penalises adultery, the SC ruled that the law was arbitrary. “Without a shadow of doubt”, it can still be grounds for divorce, it added. The CJI Dipak Misra observed that “Any provision treating woman with inequality is not constitutiona.....

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SC woman exposes how public sectors exploit ignorance of SCs

Sarojam, an SC woman used most potent democratic weapon, the RTI Act, to get justice when Corporation had knock down her scrap shop in 2011. She lodged complaint two times but nothing happened. Then she came to know of RTI legislation. After nearly 4 yrs and 30 RTIs, State Commission for SC/ST or.....

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Israeli court fines radio broadcaster for excluding women

An ultra-orthodox Jewish radio station Kol Barama has been fined about $280,000 for not allowing women in its programme for over 2 years. An Israeli court observed that the broadcaster’s deliberate exclusion damages self-worth of women and prevents them from being influential in public. Ult.....

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Muslim women must get right on husband’s property: Ishrat

Ishrat Jehan, one of the victims of triple talaq who fought for ending the system, said that she would file a petition in the SC against polygamy among Muslim men. She would also seek the Court to enact a law that ensures divorced Muslim women get at least half of their husband’s property, .....

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Cases on dowry not sustainable after divorce, says SC

The SC said that a case related to dowry under Dowry Prohibition Act against husband would not sustainable if filed long after the divorce. Hearing a petition on dowry, the court made it clear that Sec 498A IPC could not be applied because FIR was filed 4 years after the divorce. The accused move.....

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FIR filed against Vadra and ex-CM, Cong alleges fool play

Haryana police filed an FIR against Robert Vadra and former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda for alleged irregularities in land deals. The Cong alleged that the case was a deliberate attempt by the BJP Govts both at the Centre and the state to divert attention from issues like Rafale agreement and demone.....

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Six Indians arrested by US immigration

American authorities arrested six Indians for criminal activities and violating the country’s immigration laws. The arrested Indians are among more than 300 people arrested in US as part of a month-long crackdown conducted across six states. Of the 364 arrested, 187 had criminal convictions.....

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Women to get equal property rights after divorce

The Law Commission suggested that women should get an equal part of the property gained after marriage, upon divorce. Women’s contribution to a household in terms of household labour, home management, and childbearing and care should entitle her to an equal share of property in a marriage. .....

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‘Women to be given freedom of faith with right to equality’

The Law Commission said that there must be equality ‘within communities’ between men and women” “rather than ‘equality between’ communities. It suggested that instead of enacting Uniform Civil Code, the personal laws of every religion must be amended so as to w.....

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Court places activist Sudha Bharadwaj under house arrest

The Faridabad Chief Judicial Magistrate has cancelled the transit remand of human rights and civil liberty activist Sudha Bharadwaj. She was in custody of the Maharashtra police, and has now been placed under house arrest at her home. She has been charged several sections of the Unlawful Activiti.....

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Two Indians arrested in US for entering illegally

The US border patrol officials in California arrested 19 people, of which two were Indian and others were Mexican nationals, for entering the country from Mexico. They wee taken to a nearby Border Patrol station. Two of them were identified as suspected smugglers and are under the DHS custody. Th.....

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BEST dismisses 7 staffers over a dance video

Seven staff members from the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport were dismissed after they were seen in a video dancing with Marathi actress Madhavi Juvekar and were throwing money in the air. The actress however has claimed that the currency used in the dance was not real. BEST committee .....

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Virginity is overrated and outdated

Beth Gillette explains why the concept of virginity needs to be erased. She says that unnecessary emphasis on virginity leads to double standards between men and women while adding negativity to sex. The whole idea has no biological significance and is hetero-normative. The personal choice is use.....

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Kashmir shutdown on fake news that SC scrapped Article 35A

The Kashmir valley has witnessed sporadic incidents of violence after fake news that the SC had scrapped the Article 35A spread across the state. Protesters pelted stones at security forces that prompted authorities to impose shutdown on Srinagar and some other parts of the state. The SC will beg.....

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Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad to seek UN aid

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has been granted permission to travel abroad by a Patiala court to pay his respects to the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He will also visit the UN headquarters in Geneva to seek aid for flood victims of Kerala. He has been allowed to go abroad starting from Au.....

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Man seeks justice and approaches the Supreme Court

Mohd Ibrahim Sidiqui, who converted to Hinduism, to marry a 23-year-old Hindu girl in Chhattisgarh, has approached SC, seeking direction for her parents to let her stay with him. He challenged the Chhattisgarh HC order, saying it had erroneously declined to direct his wife's family to allow h.....

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Attack on Umar Khalid to be probed by Anti-terror unit

Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik has transferred the case on the attack on JNU student Umar Khalid to the Special Cell, the anti-terror unit of Delhi Police. The cops also released CCTV footage that shows the face of the assailant. The investigators have come up with a route map based on the pl.....

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HC declares itself guardian of cows, bans slaughter

The Uttarakhand HC, declaring itself guardian of cows and other stray cattle, has given mandatory directions towards the protection of cows. The court has banned slaughter and export of any cow, bull, bullock, heifer or calf and selling of beef and beef products across the state. It asked Govt ma.....

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Govt mandates Companies to disclose sexual harassment cases

The Centre has amended the Companies’ act mandating companies to disclose the sexual harassment cases in its annual report. The new rule also recommends penalty on defaulters. The Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said it was a major step to make the workplace safe for women in the private secto.....

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CBI to seek clarification from UK firms over FB data breach

The CBI is said to be preparing to approach UK firms Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research as part of probe into the illegal data harvest of Indians from Facebook. The move is aimed to seek clarifications from the representatives of both firms.  Cambridge Analytica denied any kind .....

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Judges seating behind politicians is protocol violation: Jts

A Madras High Court Judge has expressed his grave concern and disappointment for giving Judges seats behind ministers and police officers during the CJI’s swearing-in ceremony by the organisers of Raj Bhavan. Raj Bhavan officials also accused of denying Madras HC Registrar’s request t.....

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Madras HC observes single parenting as dangerous

Madras HC’s Justice N. Kirubakaran observed single parenting as a danger to society, reasoning that a child needs affection of both parents and one can’t compensate the other. This lack of affection can trigger behavioural changes that can be detrimental to society. This was part of t.....

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Man arrested for posting fake letter of President on FB

The Delhi Cyber Crime Cell arrested the director of a management college in Bengaluru for posting fake letter from the President on Facebook. The accused was in the US when the case was registered last year on the complaint of president's press secretary. He was accused of posting an apprecia.....

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India provides legal aid to women deserted by NRI husbands

The External Affairs Ministry has increased the amount of legal and financial assistance for Indian women deserted by their NRI husbands in 13 countries to USD 4,000 per case. The assistance will enable the woman in documentation and preparatory work for filing the case. In the last four years, 4.....

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Indian law expert nominated as a member of PCLOB

Professor Aditya Bamzai an Indian-American law expert has been nominated by Trump as a member of a board that protects privacy and civil liberties. An alumni of the Yale University and Chicago Law School. He has served as a teacher, writer and editor-in chief at the university. He has also been a.....

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Refund fees else face cancellation: Jalandhar Commissioner

45 school managements across five districts in Punjab have not refunded 15 Cr. collected as development funds from 60,000-odd students even after a year. The Commissioner of Jalandhar has now issued letters to DEO’s to implement this order or cancel the affiliation of these schools. They ar.....

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New York wants regulation on Uber and Lyft services

New York has become the first city in the US that approved bringing regulation on ride hailing apps. Its approval to bring a cap on ride-hail car licences and set minimum pay conditions for drivers has provoked Uber and Lyft. Yellow cab drivers and anti-congestion campaigners have pushed for regu.....

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India sought ways to block WhatsApp, FB on emergency: Report

The Centre has reportedly requested its telecom service providers, mobile and internet industry bodies to explore various possible options to block WhatsApp and Facebook. Telecom Department said that the move was to block such apps during emergency situation. These apps were found spreading rumou.....

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Centre cancels 20,000 NGOs' licences in four years

The Centre has cancelled licences of about 20,000 of the over 33,000 NGOs for breach of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said that the foreign funding to the NGOs has witnessed a decline and the number of organisations registered under FCRA has also come down.....

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Weinstein lawyers want criminal cases against him be scraped

Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein have filed a motion to have the criminal case against him dismissed. They claimed the prosecutors failed to show any blameable evidence to the grand jury. Weinstein has been charged with 6 sexual assault counts, relating to 3 different women, including predatory sexua.....

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First woman charged for wearing full veil in Denmark

A 28-year-old woman is reported to have become the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law, banning full-face Islamic veils in public places. Police were called to a shopping centre in Horsholm, where the woman had a scuffle with another, who tried to tear off her veil. Human .....

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Court to decide if Salman can go abroad without permission

A hearing is on in the Jodhpur court on the blackbuck poaching case against Salman Khan. The court will decide if the Bollywood Superstar needs to seek its permission every time he travels abroad. An application was moved in the court of district today by Salman’s lawyers seeking an exempti.....

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Choksi’s citizenship after Indian police clearance: Antigua

Antiguan Govt has made it clear that fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi was given citizenship after getting a police clearance certificate from the Government of India. It said that there was no adverse information against Mehul Chinubbhai Choksi. He was given citizenship in Nov 2017 and he took a.....

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Govt sends Nirav Modi extradition request via Diplomatic Bag

The Parliament was informed that the Govt officially requested the UK Govt to extradite fugitive money offender Nirav Modi. The Indian High Commission in London has sent a Special Diplomatic Bag to get back Nirav to India for a Rs 13,500 crore bank fraud. Nirav Modi will be the 29th fugitive Indi.....

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Govt approves SC Collegium recommendation to elevate Joseph

The Centre has conceded to the SC Collegium’s recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand HC Chief Justice K M Joseph to the SC after a long battle between judiciary and legislation. The Govt has decided to appoint K M Joseph along with Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa H.....

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Police suspect witchcraft behind Kerala family murder

Kerala police are suspecting revenge angle behind the gruesome murder of 4 members of a family in Idukki. Bodies of members of the family were found in a pit in their backyard. It is reported that the head of the family had been practicing witchcraft and it has been suspected that they were kille.....

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Women crimes to be tackled by special cell

Vadodara city police has formed an Investigative Unit Crime Against Woman (IUCAW) to investigate cases of criems committed against women. It will focus on cases of domestic violence, acid attack victims, rapes, dowry and human trafficking. This will ensure proper investigations of such crimes and.....

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SIT urges court to reject Amit Shah’s statement on 2002 riot

The SC-appointed-Special Investigation Team urged a special court to discard the BJP chief Amit Shah’s statement on Naroda Gam massacre case. The SIT argued that Shah’s statement on the post 2002 Godhra riots was irrelevant, and might be done merely to support the key accused, former .....

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Police case against Mamata for ‘bloodbath, civil war’ remark

Assam police has registered a complaint against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over her ‘civil war’ remark on the NRC draft. After the NRC draft was released, which excluded 40 lakh people, Mamata allegedly said that the draft would spark blood bath. “Members of minorities and D.....

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Centre asks States to count, observe Rohingya migrants

The Centre has asked the State Govts to enumerate Rohingya migrants living in the country. It said that Rohingyans are illegal migrants not refugees. Reports of their involvement in illegal activities prompted the Govt to observe them by collecting their biometric data. Home Min Rajnath Singh sai.....

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US court blocks release of 3D-printed firearms

A US federal judge has blocked the release of a software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms. Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed was due to put downloadable gun blueprints online. Trump Admin had given the firm permission to publish the instructions. But 8 Democratic attorneys a.....

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Since Assam NRC is only a draft, no action is possible: SC

The SC has observed that since Assam NRC is only a draft, any action on the basis of the draft is not possible. It asked the Centre to take measures to deal with claims and objections of people left out of the list. The SC bench also declined to hear transgenders’ plea on non-inclusion in t.....

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NOTA option not possible in RS polls: SC orally observes

The SC has reserved its verdict on the Election Commission’s decision to include NOTA option in the Rajya Sabha elections. It observed that RS polls were already complicated and doubted whether EC wants more complication. It said that “the Law does not permit an MLA to vote for Nota.&.....

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Centre to draft law to tackle problems in NRI marriages

The Centre is planning to introduce 'Summons and Warrants Against Indian People Living Abroad' in the Parliament to tackle problems in NRI marriages. The law, Minister Sushma Swaraj said, will make provision of confiscating property of NRIs who have abandoned their wives in India and ille.....

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FB sued for providing misleading information about revenue

Facebook Inc and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been sued in the US for providing misleading statements about its revenue. A shareholder accused in his complaint that Facebook failed to disclose slowing revenue growth, falling operating margins, and declines inactive users. Shareholders often sue compa.....

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Govt panel recommends measures to protect personal data

In a view to safeguard the critical data, a panel, headed by former SC judge B N Srikrishna has recommended that all personal data of citizens should be processed in India. It also recommended setting up a “data protection authority”, an agency which would look at enforcement and impl.....

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Police seeks psychological post-mortem in Burari deaths

Delhi Crime Branch has urged the CBI’s Central Forensic Science Laboratory to conduct a psychological postmortem in the Burari death case. A psychological autopsy would study the mental state of the deceased by analysing medical records, interviewing friends and family to find what led them.....

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Japan hangs cult members to death for ghastly gas attack

The last six members of a Japanese doomsday cult, who were on death row, were executed today for a series of crimes in the 1990s including a sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways that killed 13 people. Thirteen members of the group have received death sentences. The first seven, including cult leader.....

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New Zealand passes bill that grants paid leave to victims

New Zealand has passed a bill that grants victims of the domestic violence 10 days paid leave to rehabilitate themselves. It is the world’s first legislation of its kind. The bill is the result of Green MP Jan Logie’s 7 years effort who worked in a women’s refuge before she beca.....

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Religious practices can be struck down if unconstitutional

The Supreme Court observed that religious practices can be struck down as unconstitutional if they discriminate on grounds of caste or sex while hearing arguments with regard to the entry of women into Sabarimala temple. The Bench comprised of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R.F. Nariman, .....

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Kerala Police officers get gallows in custodial death case

A CBI court in Kerala sentenced two serving police officers to death in connection with a custodial death of a man in 2005.  They were also asked to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakhs. The court observed that “the acts of the accused persons would definitely adversely affect the very institution.....

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Australia issues alert over Pak cosmetics for poisoning kids

The New South Wales state Govt in Australia has issued a health warning over the Pakistan-made cosmetic after three children have reportedly fallen ill using eyeliner contaminated with lead. Doctors had raised concerns when they found lead in the blood of the children, all of whom were related. T.....

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Maratha pro-quota groups observe day long strike in Mah’tra

Maratha outfits are observing a day long strike in Maharashtra today, after a man committed suicide demanding reservation for the community. They demanded apology from CM Devendra Fadnavis for his allegation against the pro- reservation group of Marathas. The groups have been protesting seeking r.....

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Govt approves bill to prosecute fugitive money offenders

The Lokh Sabha has approved the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill that allows the authorities to seize assets of fugitives accused of crimes involving sums over Rs1bn. The new Bill is part of a push to prosecute dozens of people who have fled the country for being involved in money laundering case.....

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EU, liberals Jews describe Jewish nation law as 'racist'

The European Union has criticised Israel for approving a controversial law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country. It said that the new Bill would complicate a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The liberal Jewish groups and Israeli opposi.....

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Complexities make FB efforts to kill fake news thankless

Facebook has reportedly decided to remove inaccurate or misleading information created or shared “with the purpose of contributing to or exacerbating violence or physical harm”. The mob violence in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar has compelled FB to go for a policy change. The new task, .....

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Govt warns WhatsApp with legal action if not checked rumours

The Govt has warned WhatsApp with legal action if it remains mute spectators when rumours and fake news are propagated through it. In the wake of a recent incident in which a techie was lynched in Karnataka on rumours of child lifting, the Electronics and IT Ministry asked the platform to impleme.....

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Israel passes controversial Jewish nation state law

Israel has passed a law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, announcing itself as a complete Jewish State. Arab minority members termed the move as racist and verging on apartheid. While downgrading Arabic as an official language, the Bill Jerusalem will b.....

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US calls UN HR council a bully pulpit for rights violators

Defending the US decision to pull off from the UN Human Rights Council, the US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has alleged ‘shameless hypocrisy’ on the council for allegedly being silent on wrongdoers. She said it provided cover for the world's most inhumane regimes. The council was n.....

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No-trust motion: United voice of Opp ahead of general polls

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, accepting the TDP’s demand for no-trust motion against the Govt, scheduled a discussion on it on Friday. With adequate number on its side, the Govt is confident to meet the motion. But, it will be an opportunity for the Opposition to make its presence felt.....

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TRAI suggestions on data privacy may be sent to a panel

The recommendations put forth by the TRAI related to data protection are likely to be sent to the Srikrishna committee which has been set up to look into the issue of data privacy. It will assess what it can draw from the TRAI recommendations. It is only on the basis of the report submitted by th.....

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Cow vigilantism: SC asks States to act to prevent mobocracy

The SC has urged states to ensure law and order and prevent mobocracy. While hearing a pea against the cow vigilantism, it observed that no citizen can take the law into their hands in the name of cow protection. "In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can'.....

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Govt launches programme to promote reading among students

Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched announced ‘Padhe Bharat- Badhe Bharat' to promote reading culture among students. Under the 'Samagra Shiksha', the Govt will give an annual library grant to schools to allow students widen their ambit of learning. It is an over.....

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ED in Singapore to track down Nirav Modi

After issuing a red corner notice a team of Enforcement Directorate has reached Singapore to represent India in a case against fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi. Modi, who is wanted in India in a Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case, is reportedly in the UK and needs to be extradited. A non-bailable warrant.....

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SC to announce the mob lynching verdict today

SC will announce crucial verdict on the violence by cow vigilante groups, filed by social activist Tehseen S Poonawalla and Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Bench including Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud had reminded central and state G.....

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Human trafficking racket busted, missing girl rescued

14-year-old missing girl was rescued on July 11 by Delhi police in Ghaziabad, from a human trafficking ring active in the trans-Yamuna area. A woman pimp and 3 men, who allegedly raped the girl, were arrested. The girl was found captive in a house in Loni, Ghaziabad, after being kidnapped and rap.....

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New Road policy promises lesser road mishaps

In a bid to bring down road accidents and fatalities, the Delhi government has notified the Roads Safety Policy. The policy aims to bring down road fatalities by 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2025. This policy will pave way for every road accident to go through a scientific investigation to assess areas.....

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CBI files fresh charge-sheet against Unnao rape accused

The CBI has filed another charge sheet against Unnao rape case accused for their alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy to frame victim’s father in a fake case. BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his brother Atul Sengar, 3 policemen and 5 other associates were charged for framing fake case. .....

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Shashi Tharoor summoned on charges of insulting Constitution

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor MP has been served with summons by a Kolkata court over his ‘Hindu-Pakistan’ remark. The court asked him to appear in the court on Aug 14 after considering a petition that his statement had hurt religious sentiments and insulted the Constitution. .....

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Directorate of Revenue Intelligence busts the diamond scam

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence put an end to the Rs. 2,000-crore money laundering racket at the Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai, and has arrested 4 people. The 4 arrested accused used to get the declared value of the consignments approved as the fair value, with the help of some members .....

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National Policy for Women still pending for approval

The draft National Policy for Women is still pending for the approval of the NDA Govt. It was passed by the Group of Ministers headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in July 2017. One reason could be because of the recommendation for 33% reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state Ass.....

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Women government employees exempted from dope test

Days after announcing that Punjab’s 3.5 lakh-strong government staff would have to undergo screening for drugs, the State government decided to exempt 90,000 women employees from the test, on Thursday on the basis that percentage of women addicts was minuscule. Those on medication for ailme.....

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IAS topper is in trouble for his sarcastic ‘Rapistan’ tweet

The Centre has asked the J&K Govt to take departmental action against 2010 IAS topper Dr Shah Faesal for failing to maintain honesty and integrity in discharge of official duty. A departmental enquiry has been initiated for his April 22nd tweet, which said, “Patriarchy+Population+Illite.....

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SC to look credentials of Sec 377 that bans gay sex

The Supreme Court has made it clear that it would only look into the validity of section 377 that bans homosexuality before the onset of hearing on pleas challenging the section. It also said that it was open to examine the correctness of its own 2013 two-judge verdict upholding IPC Section 377 t.....

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Ex-Apple employee arrested for stealing tech secret

The US has arrested Xiaolang Zhang, a former Apple employee, on the charges of stealing a Apple’s self-driving car blue print. He had allegedly downloaded the plan for a circuit board for the self-driving car before trying to flee the country. He confessed that he had intentions to work for.....

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Sexual orientation has nothing to do with gender: SC told

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who is appearing for one of petitioners challenging Sect 377 in the SC said “as society changes, values also change.” He said the section violates one's human rights. He also added that sexual orientation and issue of gender are two different things......

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Court extends Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail time till Aug

In a partial relief to the P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram, a Delhi Court extended the protection from arrest in Aircel-Maxis case till August. The former Union FM was given protection from arrest in money laundering case related Aircel-Maxis media. Earlier, the court had prevented the ED fro.....

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Producer Harvey Weinstein released on bail

Harvey Weinstein, who was indicted by more than 75 women on account of predatory sexual assault, was released on bail. The movie mogul, who turned #MeToo villain, refuted the charges and pleaded not guilty in the courtroom. However, Manhattan District Attorney said Weinstein who was booked for se.....

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Cyrus Mistry to challenge NCLT order in NCLAT

Ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry said he would challenge the National Company Law Tribunal order that favours the Tata Group. Responding to the order that dismissed his plea challenging his removal as chairman, he termed the ruling as disappointing although not surprising. He said he would .....

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NCLT dismisses Cyrus Mistry's plea against Tata Sons

The National Company Law Tribunal rejected Cyrus Mistry’s plea that challenged his dismissal as chairman of the Tata Sons. The court pronounced that the board of directors have the right to oust executive directors. Mistry claimed that his removal as chairman was a result of oppression by t.....

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CBI files charge sheet in Unnao rape case

CBI filed charge sheet against BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar's brother Jai Deep Singh, Vineet Mishra, Birendra Singh, Ram Sharan Singh and Shashi Pratap Singh. They have been accused of raping 17-year-old and murdering her father. It has named 76 witnesses and 53 evidence in its charges. .....

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Afghanistan trying to end virginity tests

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had promised that forensic virginity tests - invasive examinations to check whether the hymen is intact would be banned as an official procedure.  An official public health policy will now stop the degrading, discriminatory and unscientific practice from being p.....

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Law panel’s report misread, it wanted ban on gambling: Chief

Law Commission chairman Justice BS Chauhan said that the commission, instead of legalizing betting and gambling, had recommended a complete ban on it. He said its report on the betting and gambling has been misread. The report categorically recommended that legalizing betting and gambling in Indi.....

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Chandigarh amends rule to make helmet mandatory for women

The Chandigarh Administration has made helmet mandatory for women riding two-wheelers. Women two wheeler riders were exempted from wearing helmet till date. The new rule exempts only Sikh man or woman, who wear turban, from wearing helmet. The state has exempted all women from wearing helmet foll.....

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Delhi Signature bridge to open in October: Kejriwal

Delhi's iconic signature bridge is likely to open by October, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today. Kejriwal tweeted that the Delhi government had approved the final installment of the signature bridge and that there should “now be no more obstacles”. The completion of the pr.....

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Court rejects Sharif's plea for rescheduling verdict date

Pakistan’s accountability court has rejected former PM Nawaz Sharif’s plea seeking postponement of the verdict by a week. The court has scheduled to deliver a verdict in one of the four corruption cases against him. The court, however said that it the verdict in the Avenfield corrupti.....

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Law Commission recommends legalisation of betting, gambling

The Law Commission of India recommended the legalization of regulated betting and gambling activities. Citing the impossibility of preventing such activities, it said that the viable option is to regulate it. It also held that regulating these activities would “strike at the underworld&rsqu.....

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UNESCO inks pact to found Gaming Digital Learning Hub in AP

The Andhra Pradesh Govt has signed an agreement with UNESCO to establish a 'Gaming Digital Learning Hub' in Visakhapatnam. It has also plans to found A 'Design University for Gaming'. CM Chandrababu Naidu asked UNESCO delegates to develop the state as knowledge economy - innovatio.....

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Rlys’ to accept Aadhaar,driving licence stored in DigiLocker

The Railways announced that it would accept soft of copies of Aadhar and driving licence stored in DigiLocker as identity proofs. DigiLocker is a digital storage service operated by the Govt that enables Indian citizens to store official documents on cloud. As part of the PM’s Digital India.....

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Pune school rules specify color of girls’ inner-wear

The Maharashtra Govt has ordered a probe on guidelines issued by the MAEER’s MIT School in Pune. The guidelines direct girls to wear either white or skin color inner-wear. It has also restricted students from using the washroom other than the specified time. Parents and students staged a pr.....

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Police arrests woman who climbs Statue of Liberty to protest

The woman who climbed up on the Statue of Liberty as a protest against Trump’s immigration policies was arrested. She sat on the monument's base during a three-hour stand-off with local and federal authorities.  She was protesting Trump's zero-tolerance policy on immigration. E.....

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SC to give clarity on the governance of Delhi

A five-judge constitution bench of the SC will announce its verdict on who has a major say in the governance of the New Delhi. Since assuming office, the AAP government has been having a spat with the LG. They have accused successive LGs of stalling its policy decisions. They also want to know wh.....

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Thai authority says it prefers zero risk in freeing boys

While rescue operations are going on, Thai authority has informed that they prefer zero risk in freeing the 12 boys and their coach, who are trapped in a cave. They said they may attempt to evacuate the group before a fresh round of monsoon rains expected this week. Seven divers, including a doct.....

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SC upholds RBI’s ban on cryptocurrencies

The SC has upheld RBI regulation over cryptocurrencies, prohibiting virtual currency players to carry out transactions through Indian banking and payment platforms. RBI told that the virtual coins could not be treated as currency under the existing law that mandates coins to be made of metal or e.....

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Liabilty considered for live-ins, if man doesn’t marry

Supreme Court has decided to consider fixing a compensation to be paid to a woman if the man reneges from marrying her after a live-in relationship. This is to ensure that a woman does not remain remedy-less after criminal offence of rape can’t be made because of consenusal relationship. Li.....

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K’taka asked to release 31 tmcft water to TN

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) directed Karnataka to release 31tmcft water to Tamil Nadu. It comes in the background of Karnataka planning to file an appeal on the authority’s formation at the Supreme Court. The state was to voice its opposition on the appointment of permanen.....

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SC sends pleas on polygamy to Constitution bench to hear

The SC has sent the petitions challenging polygamy and 'nikah halala' practiced among Muslims to a Constitution bench. It also agreed to consider urgent listing of petitions. The Centre Govt is also working on to declare both ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy unconstitutional. The G.....

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Centre to back pleas to make polygamy unconstitutional

The Centre is reported to have prepared to take on the issues of ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy, when the petitions seeking the practices to be declared as unconstitutional come up in the SC. The SC earlier issued notice to the Centre and the law ministry in this regard, while the Govt i.....

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IRCTC introduces Premium Tatkal quota for train passengers

IRCTC has introduced a Premium Tatkal quota with dynamic fare pricing to its customers. Unlike Tatkal quota in which fare component is fixed, the premium tatkal quota is costlier due to the dynamic pricing. Under this offer child passengers need to pay full fare. However, Advance Reservation Peri.....

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Law Ministry proposes legal cells in all Govt deparments

The Law Ministry has sought Cabinet permission to create integrated legal divisions in all Govt Ministries and departments to give day-to-day legal advice and legal affairs. It can also be acted as outposts of the law ministry’s legal affairs department which offers advice to ministries. Th.....

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FB gets patent right for a system that can monitor TV habits

Facebook has acquired patent right for a system that could remotely control the microphone on someone’s phone, without their knowing. An audio fingerprint embedded in TV shows or ads, inaudible to human ears, would trigger the phone to turn on the microphone. It is developed to identify wha.....

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AIMPLB looks on women members to give Shariah awareness

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board is planning to create awareness about the ‘Shariah’ laws with the help of its women members. It has also planned to spread its messages through social media. The countrywide campaign by its women wing helped to give awareness that instant triple.....

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Indian origin among Trump's list of judges to SC

Amul Thapar, an Indo-American legal luminary, has also found his name among the 25 shortlisted judges as a nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  Trump can nominate anyone among the list to the post. Thapar, 49, is a favourite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Re.....

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Govt expresses hope of concluding LIC-IDBI deal by Sept

The Govt has expressed its hope of concluding the LIC-IDBI Bank deal all approvals in place by end of the second quarter in Sept. The proposed deal will give LIC about 53% stake, including 43% Govt holding that would come for about Rs 11,000 cr. Besides, it is likely that IDBI would lose the stat.....

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Maharashtra Cyber suspends 29 pirate websites in 2 months

Maharashtra Cyber Digital Crime Unit has suspended 29 pirate websites in two months giving relief to the media and entertainment industry. It is first time that the Govt and the industry joined to protect Intellectual property. It is a relief for the industry that yields an annual gross output of.....

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Govt to bring new higher education regulator, to dump UGC

The Center said that it would replace the UGC with Higher Education Commission of India. The focus of the proposed HECI will only be on academic matters with powers to enforce quality standards. It will also have the power to order the closure of sub-standard and bogus institutions. Non-complianc.....

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India to oppose CPEC as it encroaches its sovereignty

India has made it clear that it would continue to oppose the China Pakistan Economic Corridor as it encroaches on its sovereignty and territorial integrity, said a senior Govt official. The CPEC project, a part of Beijing’s One Belt One Road initiative, he said is a sensitive issue and it s.....

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Govt extends social security cover to 50 crore people

PM Narendra Modi has announced the extension of social security cover to over 50cr people in the country. The social security schemes are meant to help people to cope with the uncertainties of life. He said beneficiaries under various social security schemes stood at about 5cr in 2014, which has .....

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US States sues Admin, says migrant policy unconstitutional

Seventeen US states have sued the Trump administration for its alleged inhuman and unlawful policy that separates migrant families. The legal notices object Trump’s decision to ban asylum seekers from entering into US. States wanted a court order to reunite families and end the separation p.....

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Two ex-bishops convicted for polygamy in Canada

Two former bishops of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were sentenced to house arrest for having multiple wives. The convictions were the first for polygamy in more than a century in Canada. Both were sentenced to 6 and 3 months of house arrests. Under Canadian law, the .....

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Ministry of women and child development proposes changes

Changes have been proposed in Section 436A of CrPC by the ministry of women and child development including Maneka Gandhi to allow bail to undertrial women inmates in jails, who have spent one-third of their maximum possible sentence in detention. The news proposal is part of the recommendations .....

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ED approaches special court seeking Nirav Modi’s extradition

The ED has approached the special court designated under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act seeking absconder Nirav Modi’s extradition from the UK and Hong Kong. The ED is also considering sending extradition requests to multiple countries where Modi could go. However, Interpol is yet t.....

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Parliament’s Monsoon session to start from July 18

The Monsoon session of Parliament will be conducted from July 18 to August 10, the Cabinet Committee of Parliamentary Affairs recommended. The session will be formally convened by the President. Nearly 18 sittings will be included in the session. The dates for the session were recommended by the .....

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Modi inaugurates Delhi Metro's Mundka-Bahadurgarh section

PM Modi inaugurated the Delhi Metro's Mundka-Bahadurgarh section. He said the Govt’s priority is to build convenient, comfortable and affordable urban transport systems in cities. , Modi said connectivity and development are directly linked. He also said that the Govt wants to boost Mak.....

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Police identify the culprits of the gangrape in Jharkhand

Police have found that 'Pathalgarhi' people are behind the gangrape of five women working for an NGO at gunpoint when they had gone to Chochang village in Jharkhand to create awareness on migration and human trafficking. They were taken to the nearby forest, where they committed the crime.....

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Govt to take measures to bring transgenders into mainstream

The Delhi Govt has decided to set up a panel to study the various issues faced by the transgenders’ community. The panel would consider their health, education and provide legal aid in order to bring the community into the mainstream. The committee will also look for ways to map the populat.....

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US immigration force detains 42 more Indians migrants

The US has detained at least 42 Indians in a facility in New Mexico for making an illegal entry into the US. This was second incident in a week. As the Trump administration intensifies its policy of ‘zero tolerance’, sources said that more Indians are expected to fall in hands of the .....

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Canada legalises recreational use of marijuana

The Canadian Parliament has legalised the recreational use of marijuana by passing a law in its favour. The bill ensures the proper control over the drug such as its consumption, production and its sale. The Senate voted 52-29 in favour of the revised bill. Canada is the first Group of Seven nati.....

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Husband has to pay maintenance only on one order: Bombay HC

The Bombay HC ruled that husband has to pay only the larger amount to wife who has succeeded in getting multiple orders of maintenance. It said that the objective behind every such provision is to prevent vagrancy and destitution of women and children. The court made it clear that husband need no.....

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HC turns down a married woman’s rape case against lover

The Bombay High Court has declined a married woman’s complaint of rape against a man. The Court observed that the woman could not accuse a person of rape on basis he induced her to have physical relationship with him under false pretext of marriage. The court has taken woman’s asserti.....

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India upset over UN’s HR report on rights violations in J&K

India has strongly objected UN’s Human Rights report on human rights violations in J&K and said the report violated internationally-accepted terminology. It was naming the UN proscribed terrorist groups like LeT and JeM as armed groups and terming PoK as Azad J&K that irked India. I.....

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Bengal drafts law to curb fake news through social media

The West Bengal Govt has decided to draft new law to curb the spreading of fake news and threatening posts through social media. The law is expected to give more clarity on the nature of punishment for those responsible for posting posts with the intention of disrupting peace and communal harmony.....

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Former SC Judge to probe charges against Chanda Kochhar

Former Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna will probe the various charges of impropriety against ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar. He will probe whether Kochhar breached the bank’s code of conduct and was involved in quid pro quo deals with certain bank borrowers. The bank had said it would be .....

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Govt makes PhD mandatory for assistant professor recruitment

In a move to enhance the quality of higher education in India, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has made PhD compulsory for recruitment as a university teacher from the 2021-22. At present, those who have a Ph.D. or have cleared NET are eligible to apply for recruitment as assistant professor, the .....

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Govt to enact law to seize assets of deserter NRI husbands

The Govt is reported to be considering changes in the law to punish deserter NRI husbands. The changes to be made to allow court to confiscate absconding NRI husband’s share of joint property and prevention of alienation of commonly held land. A good number of cases reported on deserting hu.....

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FBI arrests 74 people in a global crackdown on email fraud

As much as 74 people have been fallen into the FBI net when it began a global crackdown on email fraud scams. They were arrested for attempting to steal billions of dollars from businesses and individuals by sending fraud emails known as ‘business email compromise’. The email targets .....

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Karnataka Police arrests suspected shooter of Gauri Lankesh

The Karnataka Police have arrested the suspected shooter Ashok Wagmare in connection with the murder of activist journalist Gauri Lankesh. Police said he was involved in many communal crimes and is allegedly affiliated to radical right-wing groups. He is the seventh person named as an accused and.....

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ED summons Chidambaram for the second time

The ED has for the second time summoned former finance minister P Chidambaram to record his statements related to Aircel-Maxis money laundering case. The ED is reported to have framed a set of fresh questions to put across to him regarding the deal and decisions taken by him. It would record his .....

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Property dispute may be reason for attack on Dr Kafeel’s kin

Dr Kafeel Khan, whose brother was shot thrice on Sunday night in Gorakhpur, said that he believes it was connected to the false cases filed against him. While Gorakhpur police, who filed a case against unidentified persons, said property dispute might be the reason for the attack. Dr Khan said th.....

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Shooter accused of murder cases arrested

Delhi Police has arrested a proclaimed offender in connection with cases of shootout, attempt to murder and kidnapping. Identified as Sunny alias Prem, the accused was a supplier of illicit liquor. Based on a tip at an instance of informer, the accused was arrested. They laid a trap and arrested .....

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Auto-Lifter arrested after a brief struggle

The Delhi Police have claimed to have solved three cases of stolen motorcycles. They arrested 26-year-old Sunny Paruthi accused of stealing the vehicles. A resident of Najaf Garh, Sunny was preparing for Chartered Accountancy course and used to stay away from his family. Two constables on picket .....

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IRCTC gets a new tech makeover

Indian Railway's website, www.irctc.co.in, launched beta version of its new user interface with more user-friendly features and easier navigation. It uses a new algorithm to predict train bookings. It is based on historical booking trends of the particular train. The website is still in beta .....

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Uttarakhand launches balloon to take internet to villages

As a pilot project to provide free Wi-Fi to remote villages, Uttarakhand has launched balloon-based internet at IT Park in Dehradun. The IIT-Bombay provided aerostat technology has a surveillance camera, a base transceiver antenna to make calls and a Wi-Fi modem to provide internet. The hydrogen .....

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Need AI embedded weapons to fight future wars

Director General of the Artillery of the Indian Army has urged the Armament scientists to develop future warfare by using Artificial Intelligence. Lt General P K Srivastava said it was not possible to fight tomorrow’s war with yesterday’s weapons. He also reiterated the importance of .....

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Bombay HC asks Govt to urge media not to use term Dalit

The Bombay HC has urged Union I&B Ministry to think about issuing a direction against the use of word ‘Dalit’. The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had issued a circular advising Govt officials to use the term 'person belonging to Scheduled Caste' instead o.....

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Free WiFi available at 400 Indian railway stations: Google

Google has claimed that it has established free public WiFi at 400 Indian railway stations in association with RailTel across the country. It is an initiative under Digital India programme. The project became success with the nationwide optic fiber network backbone created by RailTel, the telecom.....

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Centre considers regulation of random school-fee hike

According to a senior official, the Centre proposes to bring in a by-law to check arbitrary fee hikes by private schools. It is consulting all stakeholders to get a consensus before implementing the move. UP government had brought in a similar rule in April this year, which restricts schools from.....

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SC order to stop pay and perks of rebel MP Sharad Yadav

The Supreme Court has issued an order to stop salary and allowances of former Janata Dal (United) president and rebel MP Sharad Yadav till the pendency of his plea challenging his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha. The SC’s order is its modification of a previous Delhi HC order. However.....

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Filling potholes with swadeshi mix

Potholes being formed on roads due to cracks in asphalt that leads to slow traffic and even accidents are common every time monsoon hits Mumbai. This time, however BMC has found a solution that is ‘made in India’. The required ‘cold mix’, which had to be imported from fore.....

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Bihar plans amending Bihar prohibition law

The Bihar Govt may consider changing its prohibition law to address concerns that CM Nitish Kumar shared the concerns of misusing its provisions by Govt officials. He admitted that there had been complaints of misuse of the prohibition law and allegations of involvement of those in the government.....

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Smart and innovative Traffic Sentinel Scheme

Traffic Sentinel Scheme is a smart policing initiative to control traffic violations. It started on November 10, 2017. This allows laymen to send photos and videos of traffic violations or contact them. Points are given; when 100 points are achieved, they will be rewarded 1000rs as claim. Violato.....

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No clashes in last 12 hrs; Shillong back to normal life

A top district official said the situation in the violence-hit Shillong has improved, although the 24-hour curfew continued. The hill town has been hit by a grip of violence since May 31. A fight between the Sikh residents and the Khasi drivers of the state-run buses were the reason, and it is re.....

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Cruelty-free cosmetic bill is going to be law in California

Animal testing was portrayed as necessary by the cosmetic industry and consumers were led to believe for a beauty product to be safe for human use, it needed to be tested on animals. But now California senator Cathleen Galgiani is proposing the Cruielty Free bill to make sale of animal-tested cos.....

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Tamil Nadu bans production, use of plastic products

On World Environment Day, Tamil Nadu has decided to ban single use plastics such as polythene bags and bottles. The ban, announced by the CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami, will come to effect from Jan 2019. However, there will be exemption for packets of essential goods such as milk, oil and medicines......

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ED quizzes Shilpa Shetty's husband Kundra in Bitcoin scam

Businessman and actor Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra is reported to have been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with Bitcoin scam. The ED sleuths interrogating Kundra in Mumbai over alleged deal with virtual currency Bitcoin.  More details are yet to be out.<.....

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Chitoor Cops transform Rundown Government Hospital

A Government Hospital in Chitoor was given a complete makeover, where bacteria-infected mattresses, rickety doors and windows were replaced by the police personnel. It was an initiative by police department to improve hygiene; the total cost for the project was Rupees 50 lakhs.  The Burns wa.....

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Train delays may cost railway officers their promotions

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal warned zonal railways heads that delays in train services will negatively affect their appraisals. He gave them a month to improve punctuality. During an internal meeting, Goyal slammed the zonal general managers and said that they cannot hide behind the pretext of m.....

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Police stations to be equipped with rape evidence kits: Min

Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has promised to provide a kit to furnish evidence in sexual assault and rape cases against women to all police stations across the country. She said the Govt has a plan to prepare a national register of sexual offenders. She added that a bi.....

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CBI, ED file money laundering case against AirAsia

The Enforcement Directorate has registered a case against AirAsia and Singapore-based HNR Pte Ltd officials for allegedly bribing officials for altering the civil aviation norms. Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia, is among those who were accused of trying to manipulate government policies to get int.....

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Kerala High Court passes a landmark verdict

Kerala HC, in a landmark verdict, allowed a Muslim 18-year-old boy and 19-year-old girl to live together today. It was issued by a Division Bench of Justice V Chitambaresh and Justice K P Jyothindranath. It dismissed petition filed by the girl’s father, seeking a directive to the police to .....

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Modi launches 3 Indian digital platforms in Singapore

PM NaModi rendra Modi has inaugurated the launch of the BHIM, RuPay and SBI digital payment app at business event in Singapore. The launch aimed at internationalisation of the country’s digital payment platform. Industry experts said that it would create multi-billion dollar transactions as.....

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Pak to suspend Musharraf’s passport, national identity card

Pakistan is reportedly suspending the passport and the national identity card of former President Pervez Musharraf. Earlier, a special court while hearing a treason case against Musharraf had ordered to suspend both his documents. The move would freeze Musharraf’s bank accounts and will als.....

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Denmark passes a law, banning the Islamic veils

Denmark has passed a new law to ban clothes that cover the face including Islamic veils as the burqa and niqab, following the footsteps of other European countries. It will come into effect from Aug 1 and was passed in the Danish Parliament in a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees. The ones violating th.....

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Delhi HC gives interim relief to P Chidambaram from arrest

The Delhi High Court has given Congress leader P Chidambaram the protection from arrest in the INX Media case till July 3. The CBI had summoned him for questioning. On Wednesday, Chidambaram moved the court seeking anticipatory bail. The CBI had earlier arrested his son, Karti Chidambaram for all.....

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US Court slaps rape, sex crime charges on Harvey Weinstein

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been indicted with charges of rape and sex crime by a Manhattan grand jury. The move is the next step in efforts by New York prosecutors to bring the former Tinseltown powerbroker to trial for alleged sex crimes. He was initially charged last week in what was .....

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Elderly UK couple sent back from Goa due to 5mns delay

An elderly couple from UK is reported to have denied entry into India due to a 5-minute delay. The couple, who were to enjoy their holidays in Goa, were sent back on the same flight they had arrived at Goa Airport citing entry on the Visas had expired. Had they arrived on March 21 instead of 5mns.....

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Judge urges lawyers not to take gifts from poor for service

Justice LS Jamir, Gauhati High Court has urged a panel of lawyers under the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority not to take any gifts from poor people for their legal services. He said NSLSA should provide free legal services to free legal services. He asked them to understand their problems .....

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India to press UK to get back fugitive Vijay Mallya

India is expected to engage in further diplomatic talks with UK officials to pressure them to get back fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya. Meanwhile, reports were there of UK courts’ plan to inspect Indian jails before considering extradition of Mallya. However, UK and Indian officials said .....

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Check out India’s stunning railway stations

Indian Railways’ annual cleanliness contest, for the 1st time, included an award for beautification and 62 entries from 11 of the 17 railway zones had regional governments working with local artists. Maharashtra’s Tadoba national park-Balalrshah and Chandrapur ties for 1st place, Biha.....

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Sterlite: deputy tehsildar level officers booked for firing

Tamil Nadu Govt has transferred the case related to the police firing during anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi to CB-CID. The FIR over the case has named two deputy tehsildar level officers for ordering firing at the Collectorate and Threspuram on May 22. Following the firing that took 13 live.....

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PM Ujjwala Yojana is a key to social empowerment: Modi

PM Narendra Modi claimed that PM Ujjwala Yojana has strengthened the lives of the poor, marginalized, Dalits, Tribal communities. He said the initiative is playing a central role in social empowerment. He added that under the scheme 10 lac households got LPG connections in four years, which was u.....

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Law Panel seeks opinion on civil rights of Muslim woman

The Law Commission of India is reported have begun consultations with different Muslim stakeholders to formulate recommendations for a uniform civil code. Its questions were mainly focused on civil rights of woman and children in Islam. The panel is believed to have sought detailed legal opinions.....

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Pakistan impose temporary ban on Indian films during Eid

Pakistan has imposed a temporary ban on screening foreign films, including Indian films during the Eid holidays next month. A notification has been issued in this regard to exhibitors, distributors and production houses. The ban will be there in active 2 days before the Eid to until 2 weeks after.....

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Home Ministry appeals for peace in Tuticorin

The Home Minister Rajnath Singh has appealed to the people in Tuticorin to remain calm. The Ministry has sought a report from the Tamil Nadu government on the police firing and the prevailing situation in the port city. Police firing at the protesters demanding the closure of Vedanta group’.....

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Facebook unlikely to compensate EU users’ for data breach

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who faced EU lawmakers over data breach, hinted that it is unlikely to compensate the 2.7mn European users, whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. Confessing breach of trust, he said it was not the sensitive bank account data that had been shared. The lawmak.....

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Kids can’t travel abroad: Jolie-Pitt divorce

With the custody battle for the kids still being at court, Angelina Jolie cannot take children out of the country. She was planning to take them with her to London for the shooting of ‘Maleficent 2’.  Meanwhile, Pitt’s ex-fiancée Gwyneth Paltrow recalled how he had w.....

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J&K Police books man for hurling abusive at Mehbooba Mufti

J&K Police have registered an FIR against a brother of former minister for hurling expletives on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. She said that derogatory words used against her were a reflection of the “horrid mentality” behind the gang-rape and murder of Kathua girls. The accused .....

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Bag lifter apprehended by alert RPF men

Railway protection Force (RPF) personnel apprehended a bag lifter, who used to target passengers in trains. They spotted a man carrying a ladies handbag on platform number 6 in Mumbai. Suspecting foul play, they began questioning the man. On inspection, it was found that the bag contained cash an.....

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Unique ID to make flying easy for domestic travel

AAI has finalised the format for biometric-based ‘digi-yatra’ at four private metro airports. This will enable domestic passengers to have a paperless boarding with a unique id. It can be obtained by registering in the Air Sewa II portal. The biometrics will be captured at the airport.....

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Nirav Modi used LoUs to buy from firms controlled by him:CBI

The CBI charge-sheet reveals that the absconder diamond trader Nirav Modi had used the PNB’s Letters of Undertaking to purchase from 27 overseas companies, in which he had connections. Two of these were controlled by Modi. It adds that most of the overseas suppliers are located in New York,.....

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Chinese varsity revokes ban on girls wearing miniskirts

Apologizing for banning girls wearing miniskirts in the library, a Chinese university has revoked the regulation. It had imposed on complaint of a male student who alleged that miniskirts were “harmful to the study atmosphere and are a form of sexual harassment”. Calling it a sexual h.....

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Defence Ministry sets up Artificial Intelligence task force

India’s Defense Ministry has set up a 17-member high level task force for preparing an Artificial Intelligence roadmap for development of both defensive and offensive warfare capabilities. The focus areas would be development of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, unmanned surveillance, Inte.....

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Saudi Arabia arrests women's rights activists

Saudi Arabian authorities have detained human rights activists, including Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman Al Nafjan who campaigned to win Saudi women their right to drive. This was to curb activists from pushing for more social changes such as to the system of ‘guardianship’. Earlier, th.....

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Union Ministry driving road projects towards completion

Union road transport and highways ministry is commissioning 416 road projects worth Rs 3.26 lakh crore that is being executed by the NHAI. NDA plans to showcase highway development as one of its feats for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The projects will be completed in 8-10 months will have an.....

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Cambridge Analytica files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Cambridge Analytica, which has been slammed for harvesting users’ profiles from Facebook, has filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in a New York court. Cambridge Analytica LLC listed assets in the range of $100,001 to $500,000 and liabilities in the range of $1mn to $10mn. It had said i.....

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Kerala’s new labour policy aims to be employee friendly

Labour Minister T P Ramakrishnan said a new labour policy was formed to make Kerala employee and investment friendly. It assures job security, better employer-employee relationship and minimum wages. It also plans to enhance facilities for women and migrants workers to ensure participation. Looks.....

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SC asks Yeddyurappa to prove majority on floor on Sat at 4pm

The SC has ordered the newly formed Karnataka Govt to prove its majority on the floor on Sat at 4 pm. It heard a petition filed by the Cong-JDS combine against the decision of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite the BJP to form the Govt in the State. It also asked Yeddyurappa to produce tw.....

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SC wonders at BJP arguments on defection law in Karnataka

The SC expressed wonder at the BJP counsellors’ arguments while pleading not to apply the anti-defection law against MLAs in Karnataka before taking oath.  They argued that since the law bans one member crosses to other party, it should not be applied on a member before he is sworn in .....

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SC allows Yeddyurappa to swear in as CM of Ka’taka

In a major setback to Cong-JDS alliance, the SC, hearing a petition around 2.10 am, refused to stay swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister. It said the SC could not intervene the Governor’s decision. Italso added that it has not dismissed the petition by Congress.....

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No decision over KM Justice Joseph's elevation to apex court

The SC Collegium comprising of the five most senior judges has again deferred the decision on elevation of Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph to the apex court. The meeting failed to reiterate his name despite having pre-arranged to meet to do precisely that last week. The SC is now functioning .....

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Constitution doesn’t allow arrest without fair process: SC

While hearing the Center's review petition on the SC’s rule on SC/ST Act, the SC asserted that the Constitution does not allow the arrest of a person without a fair procedure. It also underlined that even Parliament cannot deny a person the fundamental rights under Article 21. The SC ha.....

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UP magistrate makes publishing age of bride, groom mandatory

In a bid to check child marriages, a district magistrate in UP has made publishing the date of birth of both bride and groom on all wedding cards mandatory for printing presses. District magistrate Deepak Meena has also asked the printers to obtain the age certificate of the groom and the bride a.....

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Delhi Govt to extend open jail benefits to women convicts

With the approval of the-lieutenant-governor, the Delhi Govt will extend the benefits of semi-open and open prisons to women convicts. Earlier, women convicts were excluded from such facility. A semi-open or open prison allows convicts to work outside the premises of a jail, earn a livelihood and.....

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CBI likely to file charge-sheet in PNB scam by May end

The CBI is all set to file its charge-sheet against Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi in the multi-crore PNB fraud case. The CBI officials is said to have expressed their hope of filing charge-sheet against the duo by the end of this month. The charge-sheet will help the agency in expediting .....

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SC says Domestic Violence Act is also for divorced women

The SC has upheld that the Domestic Violence Act not only covers abuse women in a relationship but also protects divorced women from their former husbands. It has endorsed the observation made by the Rajasthan HC ruling that the term ‘domestic violence’ cannot be restrained to marital.....

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SC Collegium unanimous on Justice Joseph for elevation

The SC Collegium has unanimously stood by its early recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph as judge of the apex court. The move has been seen as a direct confrontation with the Centre that had asked the Collegium to reconsider its proposal.  It also considered the nam.....

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SC rejects plea urging probe into Sridevi’s death

The SC has rejected a plea, urging an independent probe into the death of Bollywood's iconic diva Sridevi in Dubai. Filmmaker Sunil Singh had approached the SC after his petition was rejected by the Delhi HC. He stated that her death was of national interest. The court said that authorities i.....

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SC Collegium to push again KM Joseph for SC elevation

The SC Collegium is reported to have scheduled to meet today to discuss the issue of reconsidering Justice K M Joseph for elevation to the SC, after it was returned by the Centre. The 5 senior most judges, including CJI Deepak Misra will take part. Justice J Chelameswar wrote to the CJI asking to.....

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EC rejects Govt’s plan to buy VVPATs from private players

The Election Commission is reported to have rejected the Govt’s proposal to buy voter-verifiable paper audit trail from private party. The EC had cited that involvement of private players may hurt the credibility of electoral process. EVMs and VVPATs have only been produced by two public se.....

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UK court calls Vijay Mallya fugitive from justice

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya can be regarded as fugitive from justice, observed the UK High Court. The Court made the remark by taking note of his contest for extradition to India relating to alleged financial misconduct. The Court remained unconvinced his claim that he has been a NRI since 1988 and.....

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Judge warns lawyers they survive only if court survives

Disappointed with lawyers publicly targeting judges, the SC Judge, Justice Arun Mishra, said that lawyers were destroying the institution and warned that they survive only when the institution survives. Mishra made his remark while hearing a case related to admissions to two medical colleges in K.....

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SC asks Kerala Govt of compensating ex-ISRO scientist

The SC has asked Kerala Govt to consider paying Rs 60 to 75 lakh to former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan for undergoing unlawful ordeal in police custody over spying. He was accused of espionage by the IB and the Kerala Police in 1994. The court said that the truth was come out Narayanan’s.....

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PM’s foreign travel bills records can’t be confidential: CIC

The Chief Information Commission has asked the Air India to reveal complete records related to bills raised on PM Narendra Modi’s foreign travels. It reminded the Airlines that public has right to know the details since the expenditure is from public exchequer that cannot be withheld under .....

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Vijay Mallya loses lawsuit against 13 Indian banks in UK

Liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India for several cases related to money laundering, lost a lawsuit filed by 13 Indian banks in the UK High Court seeking to collect from him more than $ 1.55 bn.  UK authority can now take legal steps to enforce the Indian judgment, including sei.....

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SC rebukes Center for ignoring direction over Cauvery scheme

The SC has expressed its displeasure over the Center's continuous failure to implement its direction to draft Cauvery scheme. It has termed Center's negligence as sheer contempt of court. Meanwhile, the Govt is waiting for the completion of Karnataka Assembly polls to declare the scheme. .....

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5 suspects granted bail in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination

Five suspects, who belong to Tehreek-I-Taliban Pakistan, have been granted bail by the Lahore HC for allegedly conspiring to assassinate Benazir Bhutto in 2007. However, an official from the prisoner department said that the Govt could extend the detention period for the suspects. Retired General.....

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SC allows woman to stay away from her husband

The SC refused to annul a 26-year-old girl’s marriage only on the ground that it was performed without her consent, but allowed her to stay away from her husband and his family. Appearing before the court, she informed her unwillingness to go with her husband or to his family as the marriag.....

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SC order gives hope for Kathua rape victim’s family

The SC decision to move Kathua rape-murder trial to Pathankot has increased confidence in victim’s family of getting justice. The SC also asked the J&K Govt to appoint a public prosecutor and provide security to the victim's family, their lawyer and the witnesses. Defence lawyers sa.....

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UP’s ex-CMs are not eligible for permanent accommodation: SC

The SC has cancelled a law passed by the UP Govt to provide permanent accommodation to former Chief Ministers. It said that ex-CMs are not eligible to enjoy such facilities. It also said that Section 4(3) of UP Ministers (salaries, allowances etc.) Act, 2016 is unconstitutional. It insisted they .....

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Cambridge Analytica ordered to handover US voters’ data

Cambridge Analytica has been ordered to hand over all data and personal information it has of a US voter, including details of where it got and what it did with it, or face a criminal prosecution. The UK Information Commissioner’s notice opens the way for up to 240 mn other US voters to req.....

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Govt says SC usurping power of legislature, judges disagree

Rejecting the Centre’s plea to stay the SC’s order on SC/ST Act, the SC observed that atrocities against Dalits were continuing because there was no quick punishment for offenders. However, the Govt alleged that the court had taken powers of the legislature and said that the court had.....

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Be ready to release water or face consequences: SC to K’taka

The SC has asked Karnataka to be ready either to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu or face consequences.  It has rebuked the Centre Govt for asking more time to frame Cauvery scheme in wake of Karnataka assembly polls. It also directed the Centre to inform about the measures to frame schem.....

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SC fines 8 states for not bothering about widows’ welfare

The SC has imposed fines on 8 State Govts for not complying the Centre’s proposal for setting up an expert committee to welfare of widows and destitute women. In response to the court’s query about the convergence of several schemes for destitute women and widows, the Govt counsel ass.....

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Railways slaps Rs1 lakh on vendor for using toilet water

The Railways has imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on a vending contractor for using train toilet water for making tea and coffee. The action has been taken on the basis of a video in which a vendor is seen coming out of toilet with tea and coffee cans and was challenged by a passenger. The railway aut.....

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SC Collegium adjourns without a decision on Justice Joseph

The SC Collegium adjourned without taking a decision over the recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand CJ K M Joseph as the SC judge. Joseph's name was recommended along with then senior advocate Indu Malhotra for their elevation as SC judges. The Govt declined to accept the recommendation and a.....

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Centre passes ordinance to amend law on commercial disputes

The Centre has passed an ordinance to amend a law for speedy disposal of commercial disputes. The move is expected to increase the foreign investments in the country and its ranking in the ease of doing business index. The specified value of a commercial dispute will be brought down to Rs 3 lakhs.....

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Govt says not need Aadhaar for mobile SIM

The Govt has instructed telecom operators to accept alternative identification documents instead of insisting for Aadhar card. The SC clarified that Aadhaar is not mandatory for getting SIM cards until it takes a final view. There were reports of denying SIM card for not possessing Aadhar. Compan.....

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Health claims of Ayurveda foods by retailers questionable

A pre-disposition to seek extraordinary qualities from foods provides an irresistible promotion for food retailers. But this presents a tricky regulatory challenge. India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority needs to get a grip of unproven claims about the health benefits of certain produc.....

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SC asks Centre not to obstruct courts with frivolous cases

The Supreme Court has castigated the Center Govt for repeatedly filing litigation on identical questions of law and asked to stop obstructing the justice delivery system with frivolous cases. It pointed out the collateral damage the overcrowding of the judicial system caused other litigants, besi.....

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No sex for nine years, woman gets marriage nullified

The Bombay HC has nullified a marriage on demand of wife, who claimed that there was no physical contact between her and her husband. The court disbelieved the husband’s claims of marriage consummation and miscarriage of his wife as he failed it to prove before the court. The court cancelle.....

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Electrically empowered India

The Central government announced the completion of electrification of all villages in India with the last outpost in Manipur, Leisang also having received electricity. Electrification of 5.77 lakh villages had been completed by previous governments. The total outlay of the DDU Gram Jyoti Yojana w.....

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Centre announces lighting of all villages in country

The Center Govt has announced the completion of electrification in villages in the country with electricity reaching Manipur’s Leisang. There were total 19,727 villages there to be electrified when the NDA Govt launched its version of electrification under DDUGJY. Nearly 5.77 lakh villages .....

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Govt plans amend the POCSO Act for male victims too

Centre is planning to amend POCSO Act to provide justice to the male child victims of sexual assault, days after the ordinance was promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind. WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi, in reply to the petition of filmmaker-activist Insia Dariwala, said a first-of-its kind study on.....

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CJI defends Govt’s recommendation over Josephs’ elevation

The CJI Deepak Mishra has defended the Govt’s recommendation of reconsidering Justice KM Josephs’ elevation to the SC. He said that there was not wrong on part of the Center to have asked the collegium to reconsider its recommendation. Meanwhile, the SC has refused to stay warrant on .....

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Is death penalty the solution to prevent child abuse?

A survivor of sexual abuse discusses the futility of capital punishment as solution for rape of children. When 95% such crimes are committed by people known to the victims, the guilt of having caused the death of a relative could add to the shame of abuse. The shame must be shifted from children .....

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US IT firms warn Trump Admin move would hurt economy

The US lawmakers and IT industry including Facebook are reported to have opposed Trump administration’s proposed plan to cancel the work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders.  Silicon Valley-based FWD.US warned that the move would devastate concerned families besides it would hurt t.....

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Court to rule on Trump’s power over immigration policy

The Supreme Court will decide on whether the President Donald Trump has authority to ban immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. The administration says that the immigration policy permits President to take such decision. However, the travel ban focusing on Muslim countries, experts say, viola.....

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Asaram Bapu guilty of raping minor girl

A Jodhpur court convicted self-styled godman Asaram Bapu of raping a 16 year old UP girl. It also convicted two others in the 2013 case amid watertight security, letting off two of his alleged accomplices. He has been under judicial custody since Sept 2013. Father of the victim hailed the verdict.....

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India considers permanent commission to women army officers

The Centre is thinking of granting permanent commission (PC) to its women army officers on short service commission, Indian army being the last of India’s armed forces to do so. It will mark the end of an eight-year-old struggle in the apex court. SC has asked Centre to formulate a comprehe.....

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US may expunge work permits from spouses of H-1B holders

The Trump administration is reported to have plans to end issuing work permits to spouses of holders of H-1B visa. The move is expected to impact on over 70,000 Indian H-4 visas holders, who have work permits. It has also decided to streamline the H-1B visa procedure to focus on attracting the be.....

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Madhya Pradesh mulls to ban porn amid raising rape cases

The Madhya Pradesh Govt is planning a ban on the sale and distribution of pornography in the wake of increased child rape and molestation cases in the state.  Home Minister Bhupendra Singh has identified porn as the cause of rising number of rape cases. He said that the Govt will recommend t.....

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Woman army officers may be allowed to extend service

The woman army officers may be allowed to extend their short service commission to permanent commission wherever it is possible. The Centre Govt informed the SC that it is considering granting PC to woman officers. Women officers retired after 14 years and had no scope of extension while their ma.....

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Govt asked to fix glitch linking of Trans’ PAN with Aadhaar

The SC has directed the Govt to consider correcting the anomaly in regards with linking PAN Card of transgender with Aadhaar. Attorney General informed the Court that it was alive to the situation and was taking all necessary steps to correct the anomaly which has surfaced in the linking of PAN w.....

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Delhi HC asks Centre: Will death penalty deter rape?

The Delhi high court has asked the Centre if it had conducted any research or scientific assessment before coming out with an ordinance to award death penalty for rape of girls below the age of 12. It also asked the Govt whether any scientific assessment was carried out to establish that death pe.....

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President approves ordinance to give death for child rapist

President Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated an ordinance that allows courts to award stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years. Yesterday, the Union Cabinet approved the ordinance. The Ordinance will now have to be ratified by both Houses of P.....

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