Polity

CCI has imposed Rs 8,000 crore penalty in 19 cases

As on March 31, 2013, Competition Commission of India (CCI) had received a total of 347 cases regarding violations of anti-competitive practises, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.


'Xohari' to provide time-bound services to citizens in Assam

From now on, the state government will be legally bound to deliver 55 notified services under 14 departments to citizens in a hassle-free, time-bound manner under the Assam Right to Public Services Act, 2012, which came into effect from Friday with the brand name 'Xohari' (response).


DAC Approves Major Changes in DPP to Encourage Indian Defence Industry

With the twin objective of infusing greater efficiency in the procurement process and strengthening the defence manufacturing base in the country, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex decision making body of the MoD, took a series of decisions today, including amendments to Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).


Court directs gram sabhas to take a call on Vedanta’s mining project

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the smallest units of local governance to use their powers and take a decision on whether the Vedanta group’s $1.7 billion bauxite mining project in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills can go forward or not.


SC cancels 49 mining leases in Karnataka

The Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled 49 leases in mines with maximum illegalities in Bellary, Tumkur and Chitradurga districts, but allowed resumption of activity in mines with fewer illegalities as recommended by the court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC).


Political parties arrive at consensus on Land Acquisition Bill

The Congress party-led government and opposition parties arrived at a “broad consensus” on the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2011 on Thursday. The consensus paves way for consideration and passage of this significant Bill in the second part of the budget session of Parliament beginning Monday.


Bihar Cabinet nod for quota for women in police

The Bihar Cabinet on Tuesday passed a proposal of the Home Department to grant 35 per cent reservation for women in recruitment of constables and sub-inspectors in reserved and as well as unreserved categories.


Petition challenging inclusion of castes in SC list dismissed

The Bench, however, said that despite the report of the BC commission and a ruling of the High Court, the power of Parliament to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Caste) Order is not taken away. And the wisdom of Parliament in including certain castes in the SC list cannot be questioned in a court of law and neither can the High Court sit in judgment over inclusion or exclusion to the list.


Ban on porn sites: Supreme Court issues notices to ministries

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir issued notices to ministries of Information and Technology, Information and Broadcasting and Home Affairs and Internet Service Providers Association of India on a petition seeking to bring an anti pornography law.


Amethi is no more a district

The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on Monday quashed the Uttar Pradesh Government’s notification for creating the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar district. The notification for creating the new district was issued on July 1, 2010, by the Bahujan Samaj Party Government. In July 2012, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj district had been renamed Amethi district by the Samajwadi Party Government.


The passing of a deadline - Kiran Bhatty

The Right to Education Act seems suspended in a vacuum, with the government doing virtually nothing to ensure that the norms stipulated by it were met by March 31


Delay no ground for mercy in terror cases : SC

Long delay by the President or the Governor in disposing of mercy petitions of persons convicted under anti-terror laws or similar statutes cannot be a ground for commutation of the death sentence, the Supreme Court held on Friday.


India and Mauritius Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Electoral Cooperation

MoU is a great landmark and an important mechanism for strengthening and deepening mutual collaboration between ECI and the Electoral Commissioner’s Office of Mauritius. Election Commission of India has so far signed seventeen MOUs with Election Management Bodies and international organizations across the world. Some of the MoU signed recently are with Egypt, Venezuela, Republic of Korea and UNDP.


Surrogacy: Mother, husband have no right to child, says court


Two new judges in Supreme Court

Chief justice of M P high court Justice S A Bobde, who till last October was a senior judge of the Bombay high court has been elevated, this time as judge of the Supreme Court. He will take oath on Friday along with another Chief Justice A K Sikri of the Punjab and Haryana high court who has been elevated to the SC too.


Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices

A joint conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices decided to double the number of judges in the country to 37,000 in five years in order to provide speedy justice to litigants embroiled in over three crore pending cases. The move to raise the strength of judges would improve the judge-population ratio from the present 15.47 per million to 30 per million, still falling short of 50 per million as suggested by the Supreme Court in 2002.


Red Light on the cars of the Honourable Judges vs. State of UP

The HC had issued a general mandamus to the state, its authorities and officers "not to create any impediment in the user of red light at the top of the vehicle by the Hon Judges of the High Court"... Later SC asked the states to ignore the order and proceed with possible amendments to the 1989 rules to limit red beacon use only to top constitutional authorities.


Competition Commission of India - Amendments to the Combination Regulations

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has amended the Combination Regulations with a view to further simplify the filing requirements and bring about greater certainty in the application of the Act and the Regulations.


Visa-on-arrival for senior Pakistanis

Softening its stand towards Pakistan, India has commenced the visa-on-arrival facility for senior citizens of the neighbouring nation from April 1. This facility has been started at the Attari integrated check post where Pakistani nationals above 65 years of age will be given a 45-day, single-entry visa.


Delhi Police probing Google’s map contest

Internet giant Google could land in serious trouble over its ‘Mapathon 2013’ as the Delhi Police have launched an inquiry into the mapping contest held in February-March this year following a formal complaint by the Survey of India.