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Human Rights Bill cleared amid protests

Amit Shah counters opposition charge that amendments will pack NHRC with ‘yes men’ The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was cleared by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha amid criticism from the Opposition that the legislation will ensure that only the government’s nominees are appointed to the …

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Opposition says Bill dilutes RTI Act

Lok Sabha clears amendments, MPs of various parties call it the ‘RTI Elimination Bill’ The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 three days after it was introduced. It seeks to amend the landmark transparency law and bring in changes involving the salaries and tenures …

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Karnataka trust vote put off again

Speaker sets 6 p.m. Tuesday deadline for vote after debates go on till close to midnight Five days after the motion of confidence was moved by Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, a vote in the Assembly was yet again deferred by a day after a heated debate continued till close …

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Deaths on rail network fall by 13% in 2019

GRP registers 16 accidental deaths on July 18; majority of deaths due to trespassing On July 18, the Government Railway Police (GRP) registered 16 accidental deaths, among the highest in recent years. However, overall accidental deaths on the suburban railway network in the city have seen a dip of around …

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Karnataka impasse continues

Congress, JD(S) Ministers block trust vote citing SC hearing on petitions Five days after the motion of confidence was moved in the Karnataka Assembly by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, a heated debate continued till late on Monday with the ruling coalition partners — the Congress and the JD(S) — locked …

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Abe claims victory in Japan poll

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory on Sunday for his ruling coalition in the upper house election, vowing to keep alive plans to amend the nation’s pacifist Constitution. With the results, the 64-year-old Abe, who is on course to become Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, aims to shore up his …

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U.S. accuses Venezuela of aggression

A Venezuelan fighter jet “aggressively shadowed” a U.S. intelligence plane over the Caribbean Sea, defence officials said on Sunday. U.S. Southern Command said the Russian-made Venezuelan SU-30 on Friday followed a U.S. EP-3 at an “unsafe distance…jeopardising the crew and aircraft.” “The EP-3 aircraft, flying a mission in approved international …

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PTI, Independents lead in FATA polls

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party and Independent candidates won five seats each in the first-ever elections in former semi-autonomous tribal region, bordering Afghanistan, that was once a stronghold of militant groups like the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda. Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where the first-ever provincial elections were …

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