Monthly Archives: December 2018

U.K. won’t revoke Article 50, says May

PM insists that the only way to avoid a crash out of the EU is her withdrawal deal Britain won’t revoke Article 50 the triggering of which started the two-year Brexit process, Prime Minister Theresa May insisted on Wednesday, as Opposition parties rounded on the government over the full and …

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India gets first witness protection scheme

The Supreme Court on Wednesday brought in place a witness protection regime in the country noting that one of the main reasons for witnesses turning hostile is that they are not given security by the State. A Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and S. Abdul Nazeer said Witness Protection Scheme, …

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Modi’s priority is clean Ganga: Gadkari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested that efforts must first be made to clean the Ganga and then the question of ensuring environmental flows could be addressed, Nitin Gadkari, Union Water Resources Minister, said at the India Water Impact Summit here on Wednesday. This is a significant statement, as prioritising …

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‘Big bird’ to take Internet to villages

India’s first six-tonne-class ‘big bird’ in space, advanced communication satellite GSAT-11, was put into orbit in the early hours of Wednesday from the European spaceport in Guiana in South America. Its mission is to enable high-speed satellite-based Internet services to users in rural and remote areas and to businesses down …

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No step taken to fill posts in information panels: SC

Bench asks Centre and West Bengal, A.P., Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Karnataka to submit a status report The Supreme Court has said that posts in the Central Information Commission (CIC) and in State Information Commissions (SICs) are lying vacant and no effective steps have been taken to fill …

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Central bank maintains key interest rate

The Reserve Bank of India has left the key interest rate, or the repo rate, unchanged at 6.5% in its fifth bimonthly monetary policy review for the year on Wednesday. It also maintained its stance of ‘calibrated tightening’, despite lowering inflation projections. All six members of the monetary policy committee …

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Citizens may soon be able to leave Aadhaar

The government is in the last stages of finalising a proposal to amend the Aadhaar Act to give all citizens an option to withdraw their Aadhaar number, including biometrics and the data. This follows the Supreme Court judgment in September that upheld the validity of Aadhaar, however, with certain riders. …

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