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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


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


The Sub-continent 70 years after Partition

Bangladesh, Aug. 20 -- Gopal Kirshna Gokhale had stated that "Jinnah had true stuff in him and that freedom from all sectarian prejudice which will make him the best ambassador of Hindu-Muslim prejudice." Sarojini Naidu thought the same about him and even Jawaharlal Nehru said in 1936 that Jinnah had been "largely responsible in the past for bringing the Moslem League nearer to the Congress." Yet thanks to Indian and British historians and Indian... 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


EX-MLA PASSES AWAY

JAIPUR, Aug. 20 -- Shambhu Dayal Badgujar, chairman of Rajasthan Khadi Board, passed away at a hospital in Jaipur on Saturday after prolonged illness. He was 64. Badgujar, a former BJP MLA, was admitted to SMS Hospital two months ago after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from HT Jaipur.... Read More


RSS LEADER TO TAKE CHARGE OF BJP'S STATE UNIT ON AUG 23

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


CONG HITS OUT AT BJP

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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90 cows die in two more shelters run by BJP leader

RANCHI, Aug. 20 -- Ninety cow carcasses were found on Saturday in two more cow shelters run by Chhattisgarh BJP leader Harish Verma. Verma was arrested a day before for the death of about 200 bovines in one of his cowsheds in the state's Durg district.

The fresh deaths were also allegedly caused due to starvation and lack of proper care.

A team of veterinary doctors found 70 cow carcasses at Phoolchandra Goshala in Godmarra village and 20 at Ma... Read More


Tanwar to complain to Congress high command against rebel party MLA

Chandigarh, Aug. 20 -- Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar on Saturday said he would complain to the party high command against party MLA Jai Tirath Dahiya, who had sought his ouster.

Rai MLA Dahiya, who belongs to the faction led by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had threatened on Friday that he along with some other MLAs could "go to any extent" if their demand for removal of Tanwar from his post was not met soon. Dahiya made... Read More