Governance

Permanent body to take care of CLAT

Earlier, the all India common entrance examination was conducted on rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities To streamline the conduct of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), a consortium of National Law Schools has decided to set up a permanent body to oversee the yearly conduct of the entrance exam. …

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Saradha scam probe: SIT member appears before CBI

Pallab Kanti Ghosh, a member of the Special Investigation Team formed by the West Bengal government to probe the 2013 Saradha money laundering scam, appeared before the CBI on Wednesday. Mr. Ghosh, a retired IPS officer, arrived at the CBI office at Salt Lake for interrogation. The central agency wrote …

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Social media giants to help EC clean up poll campaign

Will not allow fake news and targeted voter messaging Internet major Google and social media giants Twitter and Facebook have assured the Election Commission that they will not allow their platforms to be used for anything which affects the sanctity of polls during the campaign period, Chief Election Commissioner O.P. …

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The woof brigade

How a police dog and its handler turn into a crack team — it’s the long, gruelling hours of training When a dog sniffs out evidence of a crime, it barks out the discovery. Between the exploratory sniff and the exultant bark lies a story of rigorous training, stretching the …

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IMA slams govt.’s move to scrap MCI

Says the actionis ‘unwarranted and mala fide’ The Indian Medical Association (IMA) action committee, in an emergency session in Mumbai, condemned the “supersession” of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and noted that “this action of the Government, at a juncture when the election to the MCI has been announced, …

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J&K panchayats to get more financial powers

They will get Rs. 4,335 crore in Central grants The financial powers of the panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir are being enhanced 10 times from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1 lakh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. The panchayat polls in the State would pave the way for …

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Telangana under poll code after EC order

The Commission has drawn on legal backing for the directive from Supreme Court’s observation in the landmark S.R. Bommai and Others Vs. Union of India and Others (1994) judgment that the caretaker government should merely carry on day-to-day work and desist from taking any major policy decision. The provisions of …

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Centre appoints search committee for Lokpal

It will be headed by former SC judge Ranjana Prakash Desai After a long delay, the Centre on Thursday constituted an eight-member search committee, to be headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, to recommend the chairperson and members of the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal. The Lokpal and …

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VVPAT supply for 2019 LS polls on track: EC

The Election Commission on Wednesday said the supply of VVPATs for use in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 was on track and that it was committed to 100% deployment of machines at all polling stations in the future. The Commission has placed an order of 17.45 lakh VVPATs to …

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