Former revenue secretary NK Singh, who is also a member of the BJP, was named head of the 15th Finance Commission, whose terms of reference were notified by the Narendra Modi government. Continue reading
Winter session of Parliament is likely to start from December 15, a day after the second and final phase of polling in Gujarat, and end on January 5, said sources. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, headed by home minister Rajnath Singh, met in New Delhi on Wednesday to finalise the schedule. Continue reading
JAIPUR: The Rajasthan high court on Thursday restricted the state government from implementing the OBC Reservation Bill 2017, which hikes the quota given to Other Backward Classes from 21% to Continue reading
NEWDELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the Centre six weeks to come up with a scheme for setting up special courts for speedy trial of lawmakers or politicians facing criminal charges, saying “this is in the interest of the nation”.
The court also sought the status of the 1,581 criminal cases mentioned in poll affidavits by the candidates in 2014, when elections were held for the Lok Sabha and eight state assemblies.
“In the interest of the nation, trials in such cases must end within a year,” a bench led by justice Ranjan Gogoi said, asking the Centre to specify the money it would set aside for such courts.
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SHIMLA/NEW DELHI: Veteran BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal was on Tuesday named the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls to be held on November 9.
The decision to name the 73-year-old Dhumal, Continue reading
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Gujarat will vote in two phases on Dec. 9 and Dec. 14 to pick a new assembly, the election commission said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a crucial battle that is seen as a test of support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies to revive a sputtering economy.
Chief election commissioner AK Joti said all polling stations will have VVPAT machines, an anti-fraud system with a paper trail that briefly shows the candidate and symbol a person voted for. Continue reading
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BEIJING: China on Saturday warned world leaders and politicians against meeting the Dalai Lama, saying it would be perceived as a “major offence” as the spiritual leader is a “separatist” trying to carve out an independent Tibet.
Foreign officials also can’t get away by saying they were meeting the exiled Tibetan leader in a personal capacity as they still represent their governments, Zhang Yijiong, who heads the Communist Party’s Tibet working group, told reporters on the sidelines of the party congress here.
NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said after a meeting with visiting American counterpart that India will not send troops to Afghanistan, but pledged to help the troubled country build infrastructure and stamp out terrorist safe havens. Continue reading
Venkaiah Naidu elected as India’s 15th vice-president. Naidu defeated Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
While Naidu received 516 votes, Gandhi got 244 votes, said election officer Shemsher K Sharif. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his monthly radio address that the Goods and Services Tax is not just a tax reform, it is an economic model that will promote the culture of honesty.
“The GST, which I call the good and simple tax, has shown a positive impact on the economy in a short time,” Modi said in the 34th edition of the Mann Ki Baat as the ‘one-country, one-tax’ regime entered its 30th day. Continue reading