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Madras HC allows jailed Saravana Bhavan founder to shift to private hospital
The Madras High Court Tuesday permitted Saravana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, who has been admitted to a government hospital here after he surrendered to serve life sentence in a murder case, to shift to a private facility for further treatment. Passing an interim order on a petition filed by Rajagopal's son, a bench comprising justices M M Sundresh and M Nirmal Kumar directed the state government and the prison authorities to transfer the hotelier from the Government Stanley Medical Colle....
Congress stages walkout in LS after Speaker rejects adjournment notice
The Congress party on Tuesday walked out of the Lok Sabha after Speaker Om Birla rejected a notice by its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over the alleged reports of Chinese troops trying to enter the Indian territory in Jammu and Kashmir on July 6. As soon as the Question Hour came to an end, the Speaker rejected all the notices of adjournment, which was opposed by the Congress.   Chowdhury was on his feet and wanted to say something. But the Speaker did not permit him to do so. He ....
Delhi HC dismisses plea for making marital rape a ground for divorce
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected a plea seeking a direction to the Centre to frame laws to declare marital rape as a ground for divorce. A division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Harishankar observed that it cannot give a direction to the government to legislate and make laws.   The petition had also sought appropriate punishment for marital rape. There should be a clear guideline for registration of a case relating to marital rape to fix accountability, r....
Delhi Police arrest Nigerian 3 others accused of cheating women on matrimonial site
Crime Branch of Delhi Police busted a racket involved in cheating women in the name of marriage proposal through a matrimonial website and arrested three accused persons including one Nigerian national. Seven mobile phones, 11 SIM cards and one laptop have been recovered from their possession. The accused have been identified as Smart Egharevba alias Andrew (43) hailing from Benin City, Nigeria and residing at Mahipalpur village Delhi, a lady from Jharkhand but living at Mahipalpur, and Balra....
Budget 2019 long on talk short on delivery Punjab Finance Minister Badal
The Union Budget 2019-20 is long on talk but likely to be short on delivery, as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman did not mention much about major sectors like education and nationalism, said Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal here on Friday. "The Finance Minister did not mention anything about growth deficit even after presenting the Budget on Friday. There was no mention of farmers' benefits as well. She did propose about opening farmer producer organisation but the pro....
Delhi court frames charges against Kejriwal others for 2014 protests
A Delhi court Friday put Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti on trial for violating prohibitory orders in the national capital and obstructing public servants during an agitation in 2014. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said there was sufficient evidence to conclude that a prima facie case and "grave suspicion" was made out against them.   The court framed the charges after advocate Irshad, appearing f....
Defence Minister clears new pension for kin of re employed servicemen
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday cleared a special or liberalised family pension for pensioners reemployed in military service. This is the first time that such a pension system has been cleared. It will be applicable if the death of the servicemen is attributable to military service, according to official sources.   The new pension system will be in addition to the ordinary family pension for previous military or civil service if all conditions are fulfilled. ....
3 including ex manager officer of IOB in Tamil Nadu held for fraud
A former manager and an officer of the Indian Overseas Bank and a secretary of an NGO have been arrested for allegedly defrauding the bank to the tune of Rs 6.14 crore in providing loan to SHG members, police said on Thursday. The officials, during the audit, found out that the loans had not been repaid, and learnt that the former manager and the officer of the bank had in collusion with the NGO secretary had committed the fraud in 2010-12, the police said.   Based on a complaint f....
Comprehensive legislation on data privacy under formulation Prasad
The Central government is considering bringing a Data Protection Bill to strengthen the protection of personal data, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. In a written reply, Minister of Electronics and Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that comprehensive legislation on data privacy is under formulation.   "The government had constituted a committee of experts on data protection, chaired by Justice (Retd) BN Srikrishna to study various issues relating to d....
BJP member raises in Rajya Sabha issue of corruption in CPWD works
The ruling BJP faced some embarrassment in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday when a party member demanded an independent probe into alleged corruption in the central PWD works undertaken at MPs residences and claimed there was a contractors-bureaucrats "nexus", a charge refuted by Union Minister Hardeep Puri. Rakesh Sinha, who is a nominated member of the Upper House, during the Question Hour raised the issue of alleged corruption in works carried out by the central public works department (....
Congress all set to send Manmohan Singh to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan
Congress party is all set to send former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan, highly placed sources in the party told ANI on Tuesday. The seat has been vacant after the death of state BJP president Madan Lal Saini. Saini was elected to the Rajya Sabha last year when the BJP was in power in the state.   However, this time around, the Congress party is in majority in the Legislative Assembly. The name of Manmohan Singh as a candidate for the R....
HC notice to AAP govt over report on anti rabies vaccine shortage
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday took suo motu cognisance of a news report on shortage of anti-rabies injections in the city and issued notice to the AAP government. A division bench comprising Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Harishankar observed, "A perusal of the said article shows an alarming state of affairs in the city in relation to the failure of the concerned government and municipal authorities in providing anti-rabies injection in the sufficient number to the victims of the....
YSRCP TDP complain to DGP accuse each other of violence across Andhra
Party leaders from both- YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) met Director General of Police (DGP) Gautam Sawang in Mangalagiri and accused each other of indulging in violence in places across Andhra Pradesh. YSR Congress Party MLA from Mangalagiri, Ramakrishna Reddy, made a complaint to DGP Gautam Sawang, alleging TDP of indulging in physical attacks on YSRCP cadres.   "Unable to digest their defeat the TDP cadres are engaging in violence across towns and v....
Terror funding case Mirwaiz appears before NIA for second day
The separatist leader will be questioned on the matter of funding of his own party. Awami Action Committee and Hurriyat Conference Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Tuesday appeared before the National Investigation Agency for the second consecutive day for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of terror groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here. The Mirwaiz came to the NIA headquarters under police protection and will....
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma withdraws petition from Armed Forces Tribunal
He was asked by the AFT to first seek internal channels for redressal through the Ministry of Defence Vice Admiral Bimal Verma on Tuesday withdrew the petition from the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), which was moved a day earlier over his supersession and appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Naval Staff (CNS). He was asked by the AFT to first seek internal channels for redressal through the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Vice Adm. Verma was asked to file a....
In the name of transparency we cannot destroy institution of judiciary says CJI
The CJI pointed out that the Collegium does not recommend judges to the high courts and the apex court casually. Good people opt out of becoming judges for fear that negative things, right or wrong, about them will come out into the public domain, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi observed on Thursday. The CJI, heading a Constitution Bench, was responding to arguments made by advocate Prashant Bhushan that Supreme Court and its Collegium should accede to the Right to Info....
Natural alliance of Ram Raj and Nishadraj says Nishad Partys Sanjay Nishad
On March 29, Sanjay Nishad walked out of SP-BSP alliance accusing it of not following coalition dharma. In a fillip to the caste arithmetic of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, the Nishad Party joined the NDA on Thursday less than a week after it walked out of the SP-BSP alliance. Gorakhpur MP Pravin Nishad, who won the seat in a by-poll on a SP ticket in 2018 with the support of the BSP, was also inducted into the BJP. He is the son of Sanjay Nishad, the founder and president of the Nis....
Rahul Gandhi Arun Jaitley spar over Rafale
Congress chief attacks government in and out of Parliament, dares Prime Minister to have a 20-minute one-on-one debate on the issue. On the first working day of 2019, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday witnessed an intense battle between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. Mr. Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “hiding in his room as he doesn’t have the guts to confront questions” and repea....
Hindus cannot wait till eternity for temple VHP
‘The only way forward is to enact legislation’ The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday said “the Hindu society cannot wait till eternity” for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Tuesday that he would not bring legislation for the temple before the legal process got over. VHP international working president Alok Kumar said here that “considering the overall situation, the VHP continues to ....
123 crore Aadhaar cards issued to people Govt. tells Rajya Sabha
6.71 crore cards were issued to children below five, 29.02 crore cards to people between 5 and 18 years Nearly 123 crore Aadhaar cards have been issued to people, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir said in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Replying to a written question, Mr. Ahir said as per the 2011 census, the population of India is 121,08,54,977. The UIDAI has issued a total of 122.90 crore Aadhaar cards as on November 30, 2018, he said, adding that 6.71 crore cards were issued to children belo....
Sohrabuddin case Congress misused CBI to frame Amit Shah says Yogi Adityanath
The U.P. CM demands apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the episode The Congress “misused” the CBI to frame BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said Wednesday, demanding Rahul Gandhi apologise for his party’s actions. He said Shah has been cleared by the court in the case and it had said there is no evidence against him. The Congress “misused” the Central Bureau of Investig....
Congress flexes Shakti to decide candidates
Internal app helps in getting feedback from party workers on selection for 2019 Lok Sabha election As the Congress gets ready for the big battle in 2019 to take on the BJP, the process it will follow to select candidates is likely to undergo a major shift. The party is increasingly adopting a feedback-based system of shortlisting candidates through its internal app Shakti, which allows ordinary workers to have a say on who could be the winning candidate from a particular constituency. &....
FIR filed in purchase of AI IA planes
Investigating agencies have allegedly come across evidence indicating that the acquisition of 111 aircraft for Air India and the erstwhile Indian Airlines, decided in 2004, had been at rates higher than the price paid around the same time by some private airlines. “It seems the aircraft sold to the then Indian Airlines and Air India was costlier as compared to those bought by certain private airliners. If it was the case, where exactly the differential was adjusted has to be looked into....
Hard lesson funds not enough to attract teachers to government schools
This despite States increasing their budgets for school education in the past three years, says a study conducted across six States by two NGOs State governments have increased their budgets for school education in the past three years, but the allotment of funds has not been enough to attract permanent qualified teaching staff to government schools, finds a recent study conducted across six States. The report, prepared jointly by Child Rights and You (CRY) and the Centre for Budget and Go....
Sudhir Bhargava named new Chief Information Commissioner, govt. appoints four information commissioners
The only woman in the CIC will be ex-IRS officer Vanaja N. Sarna The government has appointed Sudhir Bhargava as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), along with four information commissioners, all of whom were bureaucrats, in the Central Information Commission. Mr. Bhargava was Information Commissioner in the CIC. The panel was functioning with three members against the sanctioned strength of 11, including the Chief Information Commissioner. President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the a....