Protests in Delhi, elsewhere

New Delhi: Protests were held in the Parliament complex and elsewhere in India against the Citizenship Amendment Bill which was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Home Minister Amit Shah. While Indian Union Muslim League MPs protested in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) demonstrated […]

Shah defends Bill

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday asserted that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has the “endorsement of 130 crore Indian citizens” and rejected suggestions that the measure is anti-Muslim, saying it will give rights to persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Trying to allay apprehensions of people of the Northeast, Shah said the […]

Bill against Constitution: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in Lok Sabha saying it is against the Constitution as it discriminates against refugees on the basis of religion. Initiating the debate on the Bill, Congress member Manish Tewari said the government has come up with the measure for a political motive “which […]

57% waste processed in country; Chhattisgarh tops list: Report

In JK only nine per cent waste is processed

NEW DELHI: Waste is collected on a daily basis from households in 93 per cent of the country’s municipal councils under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan of which only 57 per cent is processed, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has said. As per a report presented by the ministry recently in Parliament, Chhattisgarh has […]

No study on cost of forces’ deployment after abrogation of Article 370: Govt

NEW DELHI: The government has not conducted a separate survey on the cost incurred for deployment of security forces, their travel and supplies following the abrogation of special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, Union minister G Kishan Reddy said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. He also said a total of 5,161 […]

SC to hear pleas against polygamy, nikah halala after winter break

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday said it will hear after the winter break the pleas challenging practices of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims. The issue was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant which said the matter cannot be heard immediately and […]

Parl passes bill to protect rights of transgenders

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill on protection of rights of transgenders after a motion to refer it to a select committee of the Upper House was defeated. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill on August 5. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, seeks to provide a mechanism […]

‘Euro MPs that toured Kashmir were on private visit to India’

New Delhi: A group of European parliamentarians who recently visited Kashmir were on a “private visit” to the country, the government informed Parliament on Wednesday. “The government of Jammu and Kashmir has reported that a group of 27 Members of European Parliament (MEPs), who belonged to different political parties, including ruling and opposition parties, paid […]

Give 10-day notice to Shehla Rashid before arresting her: Court tells police

Give 10-day notice to Shehla Rashid before arresting her: Court tells police

NEW DELHI: A court Friday directed Delhi Police to give 10-day pre-arrest notice to Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement leader Shehla Rashid, booked for sedition over her controversial tweets on Kashmir, in case the need arises to arrest her. The court passed the order while disposing of her anticipatory bail application, after the investigating officer […]

CJI’s office comes under ambit of RTI Act, SC says

CJI’s office comes under ambit of RTI Act, SC says

New Delhi: Observing that judicial independence and accountability go hand in hand, the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the office of the Chief Justice of India(CJI) is a public authority and falls within the purview of the Right to Information(RTI) Act. Pronouncing a landmark verdict, the apex court at the same time said transparency […]