Governance

Collector withdraws Section 144 in Erumely

Collector withdraws Section 144 in Erumely

With Erumely remaining largely peaceful during the first week of the annual Sabarimala pilgrimage season, the Kottayam District Collector on Friday decided not to continue with the imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the pilgrim town.Collector B.S Thirumeni said a decision to this effect was …

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Fresh rift in civil-military ties in Ministry of Defence

Fresh rift in civil-military ties in Ministry of Defence

Civil-military relations in the Defence Ministry are strained once again, this time over the issue of junior officers staying in hotels and not Army guest rooms when on temporary official travel.Expressing concern at the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) asking for a Non-Availability Certificate (NAC) and rejecting refund claims …

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Not consulted on changes in RTI Act: CIC

RTI Act CIC

The government had planned to introduce the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018, in the Lok Sabha in July this year. But the Bill was not tabled following protests from civil society and the Opposition. The Bill proposes to give the Centre the power to decide the tenure and salaries …

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Prohibitory orders at Sabarimala extended by 4 days

Prohibitory orders at Sabarimala extended by 4 days

District Collector P.B. Noohu has extended the prohibitory orders clamped on Sabarimala, Pampa, Nilackal and Elavumkal under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure by four more days, till November 26 midnight.The prohibitory orders clamped on these places for seven days on November 15 midnight were to end on …

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Defaulters list: CIC pulls up PMO

Severely admonishing the RBI and the PMO, the Central Information Commission has again directed them to disclose the list of wilful defaulters and former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s letter on bad loans. The panel pulled up the PMO for not complying with its directive to disclose the letter from Dr. …

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74.1% voter turnout in J&K’s panchayat elections

The first phase of panchayat election in Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday recorded a 74.1% voter turnout, with the Kashmir Valley clocking 62.1%, a quantum jump from the civic election percentage of 35.1 just 30 days ago. According to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra, the border district of Kupwara …

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‘If you strengthen the CIC, you strengthen RTI’

Central Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu , who took on the Prime Minister’s Office and the Reserve Bank of India in a case dealing with the non-disclosure of wilful defaulters of major bank loans, warned on his last day of hearing RTI appeals that by December, he and three other CICs …

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Centre must reveal loan defaulters list, says CIC

The government must divulge the list of wilful defaulters of large loans, Central Information Commissioner (CIC) Sridhar Acharyulu said on Friday, dismissing the Prime Minister’s Office’s latest response disclaiming responsibility. In his order, the Commissioner slammed the PMO for refusing to comply with his November 2 direction to explain what …

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