Polity

Protests over Karnataka crisis disrupt Parliament

Opposition members raise slogans and walk out of the Lok Sabha; Rajya Sabha adjourned amidst the ruckus The Rajya Sabha witnessed its first adjournment on Tuesday in the inaugural session of the second term of Narendra Modi government over the Karnataka political crisis. The issue rocked the Lok Sabha also, …

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8 letters not in order, says Karnataka Speaker

MLAs wanting to quit can send them again: Ramesh Kumar In another twist to the political crisis in Karnataka, Speaker K. Ramesh Kumar said on Tuesday that the resignation letters of only five of the 13 legislators from the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), were in order. “These five [letters] …

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Odisha plans scheme for witness protection

Security to be based on threat perception; standing committee to take final call The Odisha government has come up with a special ‘Witness Protection Scheme’ to provide security to witnesses facing threat during the course of a legal battle. State counsel Bibhu Prasad Tripathy informed a single Bench of the …

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Rise in water level in major reservoirs in Shivamogga dist.

Heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours has increased the inflow The incessant downpour in the district on Monday resulted in the rise of the water levels of major reservoirs. Hosanagar and Sagar taluks, the catchment areas of Linganamakki reservoir, received heavy rain. The water level in Linganamakki reservoir has …

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Citizenship, triple talaq Bills lapse

Despite the assurance, the Citizenship Bill was listed for Tuesday, the penultimate day of the session. The government claimed that three hours were allotted for debate on the legislation at a meeting in August 2016. But the contentious Bill could not be taken up because of disruptions. On Wednesday, the …

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Centre bans Kashmir outfit

The Union Home Ministry has banned the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for promoting terrorism and radicalising and recruiting youth for terrorist activities in India. Set up in the 1990s, TuM claims to be fighting for the “liberation of Kashmir,” the Ministry said in a notification announcing …

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Rajya Sabha rises in just 11 minutes

Protests by Opposition parties on issues such as the National Register for Citizens and a cut in faculty positions for SC/ST and OBC candidates ensured that the Rajya Sabha functioned only for a total 11 minutes on Wednesday. Soon after official papers were tabled in the morning, Rajya Sabha Chairman …

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EC mulls legal action on anti-EVM campaign

The Election Commission on Monday said it was examining the option of taking legal action on the claims made at a press conference in London that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used by the electoral body could be hacked and that the 2014 Lok Sabha polls were rigged. Syed Shuja, …

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Upper House adjourned

The Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments on Monday amid protests by members of various parties, including those of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party who alleged misuse of the CBI. The Congress demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate the Rafale deal, while SP and BSP members gathered …

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Dissent note on Citizenship Bill

Members of four Opposition parties — the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) — have moved a dissent note against the report of the joint committee on Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.The Bill proposes to give citizenship to six persecuted minorities — Hindus, …

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