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Parliament passes Lokpal amendment bill

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

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

It allows extension of the time given to... Read More


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

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

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


Polls to be a litmus test for Naresh Uttam in Fatehpur

Kanpur, Feb. 21 -- State unit president of the Samajwadi Party ( SP) Naresh Uttam is facing a tough fight on his home turf Fatehpur.

Uttam, the Kurmi face of the party, and firebrand BJP MP Sadhv iN iran jan Jyoti are locked in a battle for supremacy as both of them are spearheading campaigns for their respective party's candidates.

Naresh Uttam, who started his political career from Bindki and won the assembly election, is rooting for Madan Ve... Read More


'Building memorials of icons no mistake'

GORAKHPUR, Feb. 21 -- Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra feels that UP election results will negate opinion polls that say his party is behind its rivals. In an interview with Abdul

Jadid, Mishra talks about his party and elections. Excerpts:

How satisfied are you with your party's performance in the UP election so far?

Trends show the BSP is going to make a clean sweep. We have got support from every co... Read More


PM Modi feeling jittery and spreading hatred, says Rahul

Allahabad, Feb. 21 -- A day after PM Narendra Modi made the 'kabristan-shamshan' (graveyard-cremation ground) remarks at an election rally in Fatehpur, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that Mo di' s comments showed he was feeling jittery.

Rahul said people were free to vote for anyone they liked, but they must understand that attempts to spread hatred and create divide were being made in view of the ongoing assembly elections.

"Wheneve... Read More


Dimple strikes an 'emotional bond'

Allahabad, Feb. 21 -- Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav speaking like a seasoned politician asked the youth to vote for 'Akhilesh Bhaiya' during a rally in Allahabad West on Monday. Contrasting the BJP and BSP with the SP, Dimple asked city residents to not be swayed by promises made by pathar aur phul ki party (the BSP and BJP).

Dimple jokingly threatened to complain about activists who raised slogans during her short speech to 'Akhilesh Bhaiya'.... Read More


PM slams SP govt over court cases

Lucknow, Feb. 21 -- A crowd of over alakh cheered Prime Minister Narend ra Mo di ashes lammed the Samaj wadi Party government saying "Kaam bolta hai to Allahabad high court kyon bolta hai' (if your deeds speak then why does Allahabad High Court has to intervene).

Addressing a public meeting here at Sant Nirankari Satsang Sthal, Modi said SP government was the only in the country that had to face the wrath of high court almost every week.

Attack... Read More


War of word shots up as UP polls head east

Lucknow, Feb. 21 -- In an attempt to end its political exile in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has stepped up attack on SP president Akhilesh Yadav, who is the face of the SP-Congress alliance.

The attack on Akhilesh is tactical as BJP chief Amit Shah has conceded that his party is contesting against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the west and against the SP-Congress alliance in rest of the state.

The move is aimed at confusing the 18% Muslim populat... Read More


Lalu to campaign for SP-Cong alliance

Patna, Feb. 21 -- RJD leader Lalu Prasad left for Lucknow on Monday to campaign for the SP-Cong candidates. An aide said Lalu Prasad will campaign on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Congress and later for the SP. He will focus on the constituencies that border Bihar.... Read More


'BOOTH-WISE VOTE COUNTING BENEFICIAL FOR CANDIDATES'

NEW DELHI, Feb. 21 -- Booth-wise counting of votes is beneficial for a candidate as it allows him to know the areas in a constituency that require more development, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday, while opposing a petition seeking the Election Commission to declare election results for a constituency in a more uniform way.

In a public interest litigation (PIL), a Punjab-based advocate, Yogesh Gupta, has contended that declaration of... Read More