Daily Archives: December 7, 2018

Kerala to get Rs. 3,048 crore as flood relief

Home Ministry approves Rs. 131.16 crore to landslip-affected Nagaland, Rs. 539.52 crore to Andhra Pradesh for Cyclone Titli A High Level Committee, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Thursday approved the additional assistance of Rs. 3,048.39 crore to Kerala, Rs. 131.16 crore to Nagaland and Rs. 539.52 crore to Andhra …

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NGT tells State to set aside Rs. 500 cr. for water bodies

Coming down heavily on the Karnataka government for failing to “protect and rejuvenate” Bellandur, Agara and Varthur lakes, the National Green Tribunal (NDT) on Thursday directed the State government to transfer Rs. 500 crore to an escrow account. Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/ngt-tells-state-to-set-aside-rs-500-cr-for-water-bodies/article25684940.ece

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SC upholds induction of three nominated MLAs in Puducherry

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the induction of three BJP members — V.Saminathan, K.G. Shankar and S. Selvaganapathy — as MLAs of the Union Territory of Puducherry by the Centre unilaterally without consulting the elected local Congress government. A Bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri, in a judgment, agreed …

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CBI confronts Michel with documents

Agency is trying to establish money trail of alleged bribes in copter deal case The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday confronted Christian James Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case, with a series of documents obtained from Italy and those gathered as part of …

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Promise of voter slips with route map falls flat

On the other hand, many voters complain about not receiving even the simple voter slips The Election Commission’s promise of distribution of photo voter slips with a route map to the polling station has fallen flat in the city, with many electors not even receiving the slips, let alone the …

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Why strip Verma of powers suddenly: SC

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday asked the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), represented by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, to explain the exigency that had prompted it to take an “overnight” decision to divest Alok Verma of his powers as CBI Director. “The situation which prompted the CVC to take …

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Patents granted by India up by 50% in ’17

Rose from 8,248 in 2016 to 12,387 last year The number of patents granted by India shot up by 50% in 2017, keeping up a trend of steep increases, according to the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The patents granted by India increased from 8,248 in 2016 to 12,387 …

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Giant tortoise may offer clues to a long life

They possess genetic variants linked to DNA repair, immune response and cancer suppression Galapagos giant tortoises possess genetic variants linked to DNA repair, immune response and cancer suppression — providing clues into their longevity, according to a study published on Monday. A team of researchers sequenced the genomes of two …

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