Parliament passes Lokpal amendment bill

New Delhi, July 29 -- A bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013, was passed by parliament on Thursday doing away with the time limit for public servants to furnish details of their assets and liabilities, which as per the original act was July 31 every year.

The Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, was passed by the upper house on Thursday.

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SC to examine if state entry tax violates 'freedom of trade'

New Delhi, July 18 -- A nine judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court bench will hear from Tuesday a batch of petitions by some top corporate houses and business associations challenging the imposition of entry tax by the various state governments, contending that it was violative of the freedom of trade and commerce provided under the Constitution.

The bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice A.K.Sikri, Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice Shiva ... Read More

Gandhi family, political dignitaries pay tribute on Rajiv Gandhi's 75th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Aug. 20 -- The entire Gandhi family including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra on Sunday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary in the national capital.

Many leaders and family members of the late Prime Minister were present at the ceremony. Dignitaries like former president Pranab Mukherjee, former chief minister Sheila Dikshit were also present.... Read More

Aversion evident in SC verdict, says Khairul

Bangladesh, Aug. 20 -- Law Commission Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque on Saturday said aversion is evident in the Supreme Court verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the Constitution.

"What was stated in the observations of the verdict bears aversion, if not liking," he said.

Khairul Haque, also a former Chief Justice, was addressing a discussion titled 'National Mourning Day, 16th amendment and Sheikh Hasina's politics of development' at ... Read More

Ramdas Athawale bats for SC, ST reservation in Indian Army

Mumbai (Maharashtra), Aug. 20 -- Union Minister of State for social justice, Ramdas Athawale on Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking reservation for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in the Indian Army.

"I appeal to Prime Minister Modi to provide reservation to backward classes in the Indian Army," Athawale told ANI here, adding that he will speak to the Prime Minister regarding the same.

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Student union elections in Udaipur postponed due to PM's visit

UDAIPUR, Aug. 20 -- Student union elections in Udaipur division were postponed in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Udaipur on August 29.

The voting will, however, take place as scheduled on August 28 in other parts of the state. In Udaipur division, polling will be held on September 4 and results will be declared on the same day.

The higher education department issued the revised election schedule for the division on Friday. The ... Read More


JAIPUR, Aug. 20 -- RSS functionary Chandrashekhar, who was in-charge of BJP's Varanasi unit when Narendra Modi contested the 2014 poll from there, is expected to take charge as the party's general secretary (organisation) in Rajasthan on August 23.

The appointment assumes significance as the state is scheduled to go to the polls in December next year. It is also been seen as an attempt to improve relations between the BJP and its ideological par... Read More

Odisha announces Rs 5 lakh ex--gratia for deceased

BHUBANESWAR, Aug. 20 -- Hours after six bogies of Kalinga Utkal Express derailed at Khatauli, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the kin of any passengers from Odisha dead in the mishap would get Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia while the injured passengers would get Rs 50,000. Patnaik tweeted, "My thoughts and prayers with victims' families and the injured." The train was supposed to arrive Haridwar at 9 pm on Saturday.

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NEW DELHI, Aug. 20 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed extreme pain over the derailment of Utkal Express in and said, "Extremely pained by the derailment ...in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I wish those injured a speedy recovery. The situation is being monitored very closely by the Railway Ministry."

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NEW DELHI, Aug. 20 -- The Congress on Saturday slammed the Narendra Modi government over the railways' safety record.

"Since Modi Govt took over in May 2014, 259 passengers have lost their lives and 899 injured in 27 train accidents. When will Govt wake up?" Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

"Heartfelt condolences to families of victims of Utkal Express. Railway safety under a serious cloud ..."

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