Polity

Goa Speaker disallows notice by Cong. MLAs

14-day intimation needed to be given Goa Speaker Pramod Sawant on Wednesday disallowed a notice filed by 16 Congress MLAs seeking to move a motion for his removal. Mr. Sawant said the notice was not in line with procedures, as well as provisions of the Constitution. A statement by the …

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Deity has no fundamental rights: judge

A deity in a temple does not have constitutional rights, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud wrote in his separate opinion. Fundamental rights are meant for individuals, not deities or idols. Justice Chandrachud was countering arguments that the right to preserve the celibacy of the deity in the Sabarimala temple is a “protected …

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‘Don’t bring adultery back as crime’

It will be tantamount to State entering into a ‘real private realm’, says SC Treating adultery as an offence is tantamount to the State entering into a “real private realm,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra wrote in his main opinion for the Constitution Bench on Thursday. If Parliament, as …

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It’s Money Bill, says majority opinion

The majority opinion on the Constitution Bench that the Aadhaar Act was a Money Bill prevailed on Wednesday, but the dissenting judgment by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud questioned how a statute about an identity proof, Aadhaar, can be possibly passed as a Money Bill. Justice A.K. Sikri, who wrote the majority …

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Ordinance allows panel to supersede scam-tainted MCI

In a move to enhance governance and quality of medical education, an ordinance was issued on Wednesday, dissolving the Medical Council of India (MCI) and replacing it with a seven-member Board of Governors led by NITI Aayog Member Dr. V.K. Paul. A Bill to replace the MCI with a National …

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Govt. will seek Parliament nod for triple talaq Bill: PM

Days after the promulgation of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Ordinance, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced here on Saturday that the NDA government would soon get the triple talaq Bill approved by Parliament. “Three days ago, the Centre took a decision that was needed for years. …

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Goa Congress moves to remove Speaker

Seen as a bid to mount pressure on the BJP-led coalition government Congress MLAs in Goa on Friday submitted a 14-day notice to the Goa State Legislature Secretary, preparatory to moving a motion for the removal of the Speaker, Pramod Sawant. The notice comes while the House is not in …

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BJP wins 96% Tripura rural bypoll seats uncontested

The ruling BJP in Tripura has won around 96% seats uncontested in the by-elections for the three-tier panchayat polls in the State scheduled to be held on September 30, State Election Commissioner G.K. Rao said on Tuesday. Over 3,000 seats were vacant as a large number of members of gram …

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Ask Goa govt. to prove majority: Cong.

Congress MLAs petition Governorfor floor test Claiming that the BJP-led government in Goa has collapsed and it has lost the trust of the people, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) led by Chandrakant Kavlekar on Tuesday urged Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to summon a day-long session of the Assembly and direct …

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No need for uniform civil code now: panel

It said the way forward may not be UCC, but the codification of all personal laws so that prejudices and stereotypes in every one of them would come to light and can be tested on the anvil of fundamental rights of the Constitution. “By codification of different personal laws, one …

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