Facing criticism, Union Cabinet clears bill to restore original provisions of SC/ST Act

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Under pressure from opposition and allies over the SC\/ST Act, the government today cleared a bill that seeks to restore the stringent provision of the law that promises speedy justice to the marginalised section of the society. News agency PTI reported that the Union Cabinet has given its nod to a bill to restore the original provisions of the law. …

West Bengal: BJP leader hacked to death, party blames Trinamool Congress

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A BJP leader was hacked to death in West Bengals South 24 Parganas district, with police putting the blame on unidentified criminals, but the party accused the states ruling Trinamool Congress of being responsible for the killing. The Trinamool has, however, denied the charge. Shaktipada Sardar, the secretary of BJPs Mandal committee in the Mandir Bazar-Dhanurhat area, was allegedly attacked …

BJP lobs ‘hawala’ jibe at Congress, claims it received cash in kilos from Karnataka

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With less than 10 months to go for Lok Sabha Elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday launched a hawala attack on Congress alleging that the opposition party and corruption have become synonymous. Armed with the Enforcement Directorate case against Karnataka strongman DK Shivkumar, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed the Congress over the money laundering case on the basis of …

Kerala: From murder convict to organ donor, Sukumaran’s unique story of transformation

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For Sukumaran, life has come a full circle 11 years since that fateful day when he attacked and killed his uncle over a trivial matter. Sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010, Sukumarans transformation is an extraordinary tale of sacrifice and redemption. At the age of 40, he hacked his uncle to death with a chopper and went to jail before …

Truckers’ nationwide strike enters sixth day, gets mixed response

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The nationwide transporters strike received mixed response from various parts of the country on the sixth consecutive day today, amid continued deadlock between truckers union AIMTC and the government. Transporters demands include a reduction in central and state taxes by getting diesel under the GST so that price of the deregulated commodity can be reduced. The government has not initiated …

Shia Waqf Board’s Independence Day diktat: ‘Chant ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ or face action’

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The Shia Waqf Board has issued an order making it mandatory for all institutions linked to it to unfurl the Tricolour on the occasion of Independence Day. Besides, it has asked everyone to chant Bharat mata ki jai after unfurling the national flag. The order said that anyone found violating the order will invite punitive action. Waqf Board chairman Waseem …

Save Sabarimala Yatra: BJP-led NDA to organise 5-day long march from October 10 over Kerala govt’s ‘hasty move’ to implement SC order

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday criticised those agitating against his governments move to implement the Supreme Court verdict on entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple, saying deliberate efforts were being made to destroy the states unity and secular fabric. Asserting that his government was committed to protecting the religious beliefs and customs of different religions …

Why more cases are being transferred to special units? For diverse reasons, say police officers

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Senior Delhi Police officers feel the number of cases transferred from district police to special units such as Crime Branch and Special Cell has been on a rise due to several reasons, including the district police being in a hurry to wash their hands off sensitive cases. The officers claim the special units receive cases local officials want to put …

Manipur: Militants attack 20 trucks, takes a driver hostage

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Suspected tribal militants have attacked and looted 20 trucks in Manipur here, abducted a driver and injured two others, police said on Saturday. The trucks were on their way from Assam to Imphal on Friday when the incident occurred on the Maku bridge. The vehicles were ambushed on the national highway as the militants opened fire. They took one of …

Most Indian parents posting their kids’ photos online despite threats, reveals survey

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Although Indian parents are aware that images of their children posted online could end up in the wrong hands, most of them are still sharing their kids images online often without any consent from them, a survey by global cybersecurity firm McAfee revealed The survey, titled The Age of Consent, found 40.5 per cent of parents in India (with Mumbai …

Akhilesh or Shivpal? Mulayam Singh Yadav shares stage with son after brother declared him LS candidate

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In an apparent setback to rebel Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav, his brother and patriarch Mulayam Singh on Sunday shared the stage with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and appealed party workers to make the latter win 2019 elections. This came a week after Shivpal Yadav had claimed that Mulayam will contest 2019 elections on the ticket of his newly floated …

Himachal Pradesh weather update: Days after heavy rain, monsoon intensity recedes in state

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Days after moderate to heavy showers led to abnormal rise in the water levels of most of the rivers, the hills of Himachal Pradesh is witnessing subdued rainfall activity, the Met said on Monday. Most of the rivers in the state that were in spate have started seeing a slight decline in the water levels. A government spokesperson said the …

NRC Assam: MHA says exclusion from draft does not mean declaration as foreigners

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Those not part of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of Assams residents, will not automatically be declared foreigners, but will get a one-month window to file claims and objections, besides subsequent judicial recourse, a senior Home Ministry official said today. The NRC, to be published on July 30, is only a draft and after its publication, …

Big development! Parliament passes bill to punish bribe givers, along with takers

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Parliament today passed a bill to amend the 1988 anti-graft law by seeking to punish bribe-givers for the first time along with the bribe takers, as the Lok Sabha gave its nod to it. Moving the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill for passage in the Lower House, Minister of State in the Prime Ministers Office Jitendra Singh said its aim …

Centre, six states ink MoU for Lakhwar multi-purpose project

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The Centre and six states of North India signed a memorandum of understanding today for construction of Lakhwar multi-purpose project in the Upper Yamuna basin in Uttarakhand. Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari signed the MoU with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan, Trivendra Singh Rawat of Uttarakhand, Manohar Lal Khattar of Haryana, Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, …

RSS pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, says the ex-PM was decisive leader acceptable to all

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The RSS today paid tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying he was a decisive leader who was acceptable to all. With his ideas and conduct, he established the Indian cultural values in his public life. He was an intense, decisive leader who was acceptable to all, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said in a statement issued jointly …

WATCH| Paharganj Fire: Delhi Police’s quick thinking rescues couple from building engulfed in flames

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Paharganj fire: In a video that has gone viral from the lanes of Delhis Paharganj, a couple was rescued by police after a fire broke out around 6 am early Wednesday morning. The couple were trapped in a building when the local police received a call about the fire in a street of Chuna Mandi in Paharganj. The fire began …

Air pollution: Bad air responsible for inconstant rainfall, says study

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The rising air pollution across cities have caused irregular and changeable behaviour of monsoon rainfall in India, said a study. The study, published in the reputable journal, Nature Communications on Friday, conducted by a team of scientists from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Kanpur has explained in detail about how the excess aerosols, suspended solid particles i.e smoke, dust and …

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says country will witness revolution in polls next year

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the country will witness a revolution in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and people will defeat the BJP. The BJP had won the 2014 Lok Sabha polls by securing 31 percent votes but it cannot be repeated, she claimed. She reiterated that BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao (Oust BJP, Save Country) will …

Antigua examining India’s request to extradite Mehul Choksi, says Ministry of External Affairs

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India today said Antigua and Barbuda is considering its request to extradite Mehul Choksi, who is wanted in connection with Indias biggest banking fraud and currently living in the Caribbean nation. An India team led by a senior official from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on August 3 handed over a request to Antigua for extradition of Choksi who …