Ministry amends rules for minorities

The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is pending in Parliament, but the Union Home Ministry has notified amendments to the Citizenship Rules, 2009, to include a separate column in the citizenship form for applicants belonging to six minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Under the amendments, a separate entry …

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Legislature session likely to be stormy

The winter session of the State legislature, set to begin in Belagavi on Monday, is likely to raise a lot of heat, with the BJP already on a war path against the Janata Dal (S)-Congress coalition. The BJP, which according to sources has not stopped trying to woo MLAs from …

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74% turnout in Rajasthan

Stray incidents of violence and malfunctioning EVMs mar polling in the State Over 74% of the 4.74 crore voters in Rajasthan exercised their franchise in the Assembly election on Friday, amid reports of stray incidents of violence and malfunctioning of electronic voting machines at several polling stations. The highest turnout …

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Telangana registers around 67% polling

No major incident reported in 119 constituencies in State Polling across the 119 constituencies in Telangana concluded peacefully on Friday with no major incident reported from any part of the State, barring the attack on Congress candidate Ch. Vamsichand Reddy of Kalwakurthy. Though election authorities were yet to arrive at …

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SC upholds induction of three nominated MLAs in Puducherry

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the induction of three BJP members — V.Saminathan, K.G. Shankar and S. Selvaganapathy — as MLAs of the Union Territory of Puducherry by the Centre unilaterally without consulting the elected local Congress government. A Bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri, in a judgment, agreed …

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Promise of voter slips with route map falls flat

On the other hand, many voters complain about not receiving even the simple voter slips The Election Commission’s promise of distribution of photo voter slips with a route map to the polling station has fallen flat in the city, with many electors not even receiving the slips, let alone the …

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New CEC Arora seeks support for ‘fair’ polls

Sunil Arora, 62, a retired 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, took over as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Sunday.Mr. Arora sought the cooperation of political parties and people to make elections “totally free, fair and ethical.”He succeeded O.P. Rawat who demitted office on Saturday. The Lok Sabha election, …

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Allied with PDP to safeguard J&K’s special status: Omar

Allied with PDP to safeguard J&K’s special status Omar

The National Conference (NC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik for dissolving the Assembly and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav for his remarks alleging Pakistani support to the alliance.NC vice-president Omar Abdullah justified his …

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Maldives Speaker to be impeached

The Maldives Opposition moved closer on Wednesday to impeaching the Speaker of Parliament, a staunch loyalist of outgoing strongman President Abdulla Yameen. An alliance of Opposition parties has collected signatures from 55 MPs, or roughly two-thirds of sitting lawmakers, for a petition to oust Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed. The Speaker has …

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