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If can’t question EC, should we pray to it, asks Congress’s Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday demanded to know that “if citizens cannot question” the Election Commission (EC), should they “pray” to it. “If citizens cannot question the EC, please tell us who can? And what should citizens do, pray to the EC?” asked the former finance minister. He was responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who ... Read More »

Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service resumes after week’s suspension

SRINAGAR: The bus service from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad across the Line of Control (LoC) resumed on Monday after it was suspended for a week. The ‘Karvan-e-Aman’ bus left Srinagar with 29 passengers who were returning to Pakistan administered Kashmir after visiting their relatives here. Officials said more passengers were likely to board the bus at the Salamabad trade and travel ... Read More »

Heated war of words breaks out in the fight for Gujarat

The fight for Gujarat between the ruling BJP and the Congress, which has been out of power in the state for 22 years, is heating up as both parties try to ensure they leave no stone unturned in their effort to get the state’s youth leaders on their side. Narendra Patel, Patidar leader and North Gujarat convenor of Hardik Patel’s ... Read More »

Withdraw ‘harmful ordinance’, Editors Guild tells Rajasthan govt

NEW DELHI: The Editors Guild of India has has asked the Rajasthan government to “withdraw the harmful ordinance” that bars the media from reporting on accusations against public servants, judges and magistrates without its sanction. The ordinance is a “pernicious instrument” to harass the media, the Guild said in a statement on Sunday night. “The ordinance promulgated by the state ... Read More »

Uproar in Rajasthan Assembly as controversial ordinance is tabled

NEW DELHI: The Vasundhara Raje government on Monday tabled the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) ordinance in the Rajasthan assembly, ANI reported. The Rajasthan government had last month promulgated the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, that seeks to protect serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in the state from being investigated for on-duty action, without its prior sanction. ... Read More »

Hit by bribery allegations, BJP loses another Patidar leader in Gujarat

NEW DELHI: Patidar leader Nikhil Sawani on Monday said he was leaving the BJP after hearing about “the Rs 1 crore offer by the party to Narendra Patel.” “I heard about the Rs 1 crore offer by BJP to Narendra Patel. I am upset and am leaving the party today,” ANI quoted Sawani as saying. He appreciated Patel for rejecting ... Read More »

Government, SC in favour of ethics body for legal profession

The Indian government and the Supreme Court are in favour of setting up an independent body to regulate ethics in the legal profession, the absence of which has prevented the country from improving its global position in the enforcement of business contracts. In an endeavour to usher in major reforms in the legal profession, the Centre and country’s highest court ... Read More »

US wants India to help strengthen capacities in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration wants India to help strengthen Afghanistan‘s capacities and institutions so that the war-torn country can take on a resurgent Afghan Taliban based in neighbouring Pakistan, a senior US official has said. “Where the help is needed by India primarily is in areas of ensuring that Afghanistan can be strengthened as a state, that the state can ... Read More »

Government may lower visa fee to attract tourists in lean season

Foreigners may get to pay a lower visa fee for vacations in India during the lean season, with the government considering concessions aimed at making the country a year-round destination for tourists from all over the world. The idea, mooted by group of young CEOs at a recent Niti Aayog event, has found favour with the tourism ministry, which has ... Read More »