Delhi takes major share in poll bonds

Electoral bonds worth Rs. 5,851.41 crore were bought by donors to fund political parties between March 2018 and May 2019, of which 80.6% were redeemed in New Delhi, where the headquarters of major parties are located, reply to an RTI query has revealed. Chandrashekhar Goud, an RTI activist based in …

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Row over J&K Governor’s remarks on politicians

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday asked militants to stop killing innocent people, including security personnel, and rather target “those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir for years”. The statement evoked severe criticism from mainstream politicians. “These boys who have picked up guns are killing their …

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60.14% turnout of service voters, says EC

Voting sees a jump from 4% in 2014 Having sent postal ballots to service voters electronically for the first time in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India on Sunday said the one-way electronic transmission had enabled 60.14% turnout of such voters. In comparison, an EC statement …

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Centre’s J&K playbook goes down to the grassroots

New Delhi wants to move away from past set pieces, break political hegemonies and put different actors on the political chessboard The ongoing Parliament session saw the extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir by another six months. At the same time, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke of …

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Kashmir issue will be solved: Rajnath

No power on world can stop it, says Defence Minister on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the Kashmir problem was “bound to be solved”. The Minister is in Jammu and Kashmir on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War. “ Kashmir …

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Four new Governors appointed

Anandiben Patel moved from Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh In a major reshuffle, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday transferred two Governors and made four new appointments across six States. New Governors will take charge of the Raj Bhavans in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Nagaland and Tripura. …

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SC questions need for NRC reverification

“Mr. Hajela’s report says while disposing of claims, 80 lakh names have been reverified. That means at least 27% of names have been reverified, and you are asking for 20%… So, is there need for a sample reverification? If we are satisfied that verification has been done properly, then there …

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Lok Sabha clears Bill on NHRC constitution

The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by voice vote. The Bill expedites the process of appointment of Chairperson and members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and provides for, among others, including the chairpersons of the National Commission for Backward Classes, …

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Five more hectic days for govt. in Parliament

It plans to introduce 13 Bills and take up talaq ordinance The last five working days of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha is going to be jam-packed with pending legislation as government plans to introduce 13 Bills and take up the triple talaq ordinance amid speculation about …

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