Monthly Archives: January 2019

Centre proposes to hike pensions for the poor

“The proposal is being scrutinised for the possibility of inclusion in the Budget speech,” said a senior official of the Rural Development Ministry, which administers the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP). If the proposal is announced, the Ministry will then move the Cabinet to approve the increase in pensions, said …

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CJI recuses himself from CBI case hearing

Chief Justice Gogoi, however, had heard a petition filed by Mr. Verma against the latter’s ‘overnight’ divestment from office on October 23-24 last year even though the CJI was a member of the high-power committee. Chief Justice Gogoi had authored the judgment for the Bench allowing Mr. Verma to return …

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A confluence of religion and politics at the Kumbh

In an unprecedented move, the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to hold its Cabinet meeting on the ghats of the Sangam during the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. The city was renamed Prayagraj last year. While an official announcement has not yet been made, a senior …

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Affidavit in SC on CIC appointment

RTI activists filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday alleging that the appointment of former Law Secretary Suresh Chandra as a member of the Central Information Commission was done “in complete violation of the prescribed process”, as he had not applied for the post. As The Hindu reported …

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EC mulls legal action on anti-EVM campaign

The Election Commission on Monday said it was examining the option of taking legal action on the claims made at a press conference in London that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used by the electoral body could be hacked and that the 2014 Lok Sabha polls were rigged. Syed Shuja, …

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‘Plastic waste imports to India go up’

In spite of a ban on the import of plastic waste into India, the influx of PET bottles has quadrupled from 2017 to 2018 thanks to legal loophole, says a Delhi-based environmentalist organisation, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Smriti Manch (PDUSM). “Indian firms are importing plastic scraps from China, Italy, Japan and …

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Arunachal Pradesh, Assam CMs defend Citizenship Bill

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has joined his Assam counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal in defending the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and said “people with vested interests” have been misinterpreting it to create confusion. Mr. Khandu heads a Bharatiya Janata Party government in Arunachal Pradesh, while Mr. Sonowal leads a coalition …

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