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Jitters over Article 35A eclipse Id festivities

SC to hear plea on August 27 Violence-marred Kashmir valley witnessed a rare buzz in the markets on Tuesday, eve of Id-ul-Azha. However, festivities were eclipsed by anxiety about the fate of Article 35A, scheduled for hearing in the Supreme Court on August 27. Women and children were seen swarming …

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NCRB to track plaints on sexual violence

To coordinate with service providers A high-level meeting was convened on Tuesday to discuss recommendations on ways to curb “sexual violence” videos involving women and children. It was decided in the meeting that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) would be the designated nodal agency for monitoring the complaints received …

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Bihar Governor Malik moves to J&K

He continued in office after the State was placed under Governor’s rule on June 20 and Centre needed an experienced administrator given the ongoing Amarnath Yatra that concludes on August 28.Mr. Malik started out as a student leader in Meerut. In 1974 he joined Charan Singh’s Lok Dal and was …

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EC should act within the law: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday criticised the Election Commission of India for introducing NOTA in Rajya Sabha elections. The poll body should act within the law, it said. A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, which scrapped the use of NOTA (none of the above) option …

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State seeks cess on SGST, increased borrowing limit

Special Assembly session on August 30 to discuss flood havoc The Kerala government is looking forward to imposition of a 10% cess on State GST and rise in its borrowing limit from the present 3% to 4.5% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) to raise sufficient resources for the …

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IITs to cast net for foreign faculty

Not on contract as now, but as permanent teaching staff, recommends council The Human Resource Development Ministry will set the ball rolling on facilitating the recruitment of permanent foreign faculty in the Indian Institutes of Technology.As of now, the IITs can hire foreign faculty only on a contract basis for …

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WhatsApp CEO gets India’s wish list

Minister asks him to set up local corporate entity, appoint a grievance officer, curb fake messages Stepping up efforts to clamp down on the spread on “sinister” messages through WhatsApp, the Union government on Tuesday asked the instant messaging platform to implement three measures in India: set up a local …

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U.P. govt. cancels madrasa’s registration

Cleric had allegedly stopped students from singing anthem The Uttar Pradesh government has cancelled the registration of a madrasa in Maharajganj district after the students of the institution were allegedly stopped by a cleric from singing the national anthem on Independence Day. Sedition charges Maulana Junaid Ansari, who allegedly prevented …

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SC scraps NOTA option for RS polls

EC move will revive ‘Satan of defection’ The Supreme Court on Tuesday scrapped the use of NOTA (none of the above) option for Rajya Sabha polls, saying it would usher back the “Satan of defections.” A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, held that the option …

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