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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


Lavasa loses special status, set to come under Maharashtra govt authority

Mumbai, May 24 -- The Maharashtra government has decided to revoke the Special Planning Authority (SPA) status given to Lavasa Corporation Limited in 2008 to develop the private hill city near Pune.

The government said the decision was taken as a new planning authority - the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) - has been set up for the Pune region. Lavasa Corporation was given the SPA status in 2008, PMRDA was formed in 2015. ... Read More


Govt to unveil separate law for bankruptcy in financial sector

India, May 24 -- The Indian Government has said that it is likely to introduce in the monsoon session of Parliament a separate bankruptcy law to deal with insolvency in financial sector companies that include banks and NBFCs.

Commenting on the issue, a senior finance ministry official told the media, "The proposed bill will cover all financial service providers that include banks, NBFCs and microfinance institutions which have money deposited. ... Read More


Government to introduce separate bankruptcy law in next Parliament session

India, May 24 -- In order to address the bankruptcy issue in the financial sector, the government is likely to introduce a separate bankruptcy law during forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament. The proposed bill will help in quick winding up of stressed banks, NBFCs and microfinance institutions while safeguarding the interest of small savers.

A finance ministry committee has suggested a 'resolution corporation' to expeditiously deal with is... Read More


Sonu Nigam is quitting Twitter, rants at length in support of Paresh Rawal, Abhijeet

New Delhi, May 24 -- Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam has sent out a series of 24 tweets building up to his exit from Twitter. He asked the media and his followers to take screenshots of his tweets as the messages will soon disappear when he leaves the website.

Before quitting, he talked about how actor Paresh Rawal and singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya are being criticised on social media for sharing their controversial views on Twitter.

Rawal recently ... Read More


Forced diversion of passenger plane by Afghan lawmaker sparks anger

Afghanistan, May 24 -- The forced diversion of a passenger by a member of the Afghan parliament has sparked furor both among the Afghan officials and the parliament members.

The local officials in central Bamyan province said several high level officials of Bamyan airport were investigated regarding the forced diversion of the plane.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the commander of the border police in Bamyan airport,... Read More


Maharashtra civic polls: 10% voting in Panvel, Bhiwandi in 2 hours

Panvel, May 24 -- Around 10% of voters cast their ballot in the first 2 hours of voting on Wednesday for the first-ever Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections. The Bhiwandi municipal corporation too has recorded 10% voting so far.

The Panvel election is being held for 78 seats in 20 wards.

The PMC was formed on October 1, 2016 and includes areas of erstwhile Panvel Municipal Council i.e. Panvel city and CIDCO nodes along with several near... Read More


Saharanpur violence: Ram Gopal Yadav accuses BJP of 'divisive politics'

New Delhi, May 24 -- Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Wednesday expressed grief over the fresh violence reported from Saharanpur, while accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of dividing Uttar Pradesh people based on caste identities.

Speaking to ANI here, Yadav said, "The BJP strategy consists of of polarization and seeking political advantage. The Saharanpur incident is one of the side effects of it."

Claiming that the BJP governm... Read More


Did changing political scenario compel BSP chief Mayawati to visit Saharanpur?

Lucknow, May 24 -- Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, who counts Dalits as her support base, has in the past kept her distance from places where violence was reported against the lower-caste community.

But it changed on Tuesday when the former Uttar Pradesh chief minster visited Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur district. Clashes between upper-caste Thakurs and Dalits on May 5 left a Thakur youth dead. The Thakurs in turn set some Dalit houses o... Read More