Polity

Odisha seeks special category status

The Odisha Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the Centre to award the special category status to the State and provide additional grants and fiscal incentives for development. This was for the second time (first time in 1977) that a unanimous resolution seeking special category status has been adopted in Odisha Assembly.


AP launches online services for entrepreneurs

The online grievance redressal system, ‘Parishkaram’, is a 24x7 service, facilitating entrepreneurs in tracking grievances, including infrastructure issues and maintenance of industrial parks. It will also enable them to file their request for sale deed, change in line of activity or change in the name of firm. Information about the status of their application will be sent through Email and SMS.


Landmark verdict gives big boost to cancer patients

In a ruling that will help patients continue to buy several life-saving medicines as generic drugs, the Supreme Court on Monday held that the modification of a well known cancer-fighting drug is not a patentable new invention.


Education, a violence-free home top on poor children’s agenda

Good clothes, vacations with families and pocket money are not the things that figure on the priority list for children from disadvantaged homes. Instead, they want to be assured of good education, adequate food and a life of dignity with parents and siblings in a violence-free home.


EC says lack of qualification not tantamount to disqualification

Election Commission rejected the petition seeking disqualification under Article 191 (1) (e) of the Constitution saying, “In our Constitution, ‘qualifications’ and ‘disqualifications’ are two different concepts and ‘lack of qualification’ will not tantamount to ‘disqualification”. The EC reproduced the provisions of Article 191 (1) (e) and observed that from the construction of Article 191 (1) (e), it was clear that it dealt with cases of disqualification and not a case of lack of qualification, which was the allegation.


Now High Courts for Manipur and Meghalaya

Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar will formally inaugurate the High Courts of Manipur and Meghalaya this Monday. He is also slated to inaugurate the Tripura High Court on Tuesday. With the opening of the three high Courts in the North Eastern states of India, the total number of high Courts in India has gone up to 24 from previous 21.


One super regulator proposed; RBI to remain monetary authority

FSLRC has recommended that regulatory bodies such as SEBI, the Forward Markets Commission, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and PFRDA should be subsumed into a new unified regulatory agency. However, RBI should not be brought under the 'unified regulator' until enough experience has been gained.


TRAI notifies the regulation Standards of Quality of Service Amendment Regulations

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has today notified the regulation “Standards of Quality of Service (Duration of Advertisements in Television Channels) (Amendment) Regulations, 2013. TRAI has studied the issue of duration of advertisements being carried in TV channels. The new regulation mandates the broadcasters to restrict the duration of advertisements in their channels to a maximum of 12 minutes in any given clock-hour.


Cabinet clears revised Food Bill

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the National Food Security Bill that gives legal entitlement to 67 per cent population (including 75 per cent rural and 50 per cent urban) for subsidised grains under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). A beneficiary will be entitled to 5 kg of rice, wheat or coarse cereals at Rs. 3, 2 and Re. 1 a kg a month and will be identified by the States based on parameters prescribed by the Union government.


EC can’t disqualify candidate over poll accounts, paid news: government

A counter-affidavit filed by the Law Ministry on behalf of the government in the Ashok Chavan case asserts that “the power of the Election Commission to disqualify a person arises only in the event of failure to lodge an account of expenses and not for any other reason, including the correctness or otherwise of such accounts.”


Cabinet approves Electronic Services Bill

The government today approved The Electronic Delivery of Services Bill (ESD Bill) that aims to provide access to all central and state government services such as passport, ration card and driving licences electronically, especially the Internet, within eight years. The electronic delivery of services is expected to help rein in corruption. “This will bring more transparency in the system.”


Anti-rape bill diluted, Cabinet approves new version

Under pressure from the Opposition, the Union Cabinet on Monday approved a diluted version of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 dealing with sexual crimes against women. The new version will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.


How UPSC got its English wrong

The proposed changes are in violation of the Right to Equality (Article 14) and Right to Expression (Article 19).


Chief Justice of India questions Italian Ambassador's diplomatic immunity

A Bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices Anil R. Dave and Ms. Ranjana Desai made it clear to the envoy that a person who came to the court as a petitioner could not claim any immunity and asked him not to leave the country


India hit back against a Resolution of Pak National Assembly

A resolution was unanimously adopted in both Houses of Parliament as a befitting reply to the motion of Pakistan’s National Assembly on Thursday that condemned the hanging of Parliament attack-case convict Afzal Guru and demanded his body be handed over to his family.


Center files case against Bangalore Municipality

The PIL accuses the State and the BBMP of ignoring repeated objections by the DRDO over a proposed 16-storey apartment complex adjacent to DRDO’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CIAR) at C.V. Raman Nagar here. The courst said PIL is for poor and not for Govt. but the counsel sought time to submit an order of Culcatta HC to demonstrate that it is allowed.


Lawful responses to unlawful actions

How the legal complexity surrounding the case of the Italian Marines can be used by India to secure its national interest


Coal India signs fuel supply pacts with 56 power plants

The government today said that state-run Coal India Limited (CIL) has signed fuel supply pacts with 56 power plants as on March 2.


Govt to launch Rs 10 plastic notes in 5 cities

Government will introduce one billion pieces of Rs 10 bank notes made of plastic on a field trial basis in five cities, Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Bhubhaneswar and Shimla -with varied geographical locations and climatic conditions. RBI has informed that while the primary objective of introduction of polymer notes is to increase its life, it could also help in combating counterfeiting.


Pak parliament passes counter-terrorism authority bill

Pakistan’s parliament has passed a bill for establishing the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) after incorporating some amendments suggested by lawmakers. NACTA will be headed by the Prime Minister. The board of NACTA will also include the Interior, Finance and Defence Ministers, the Chief Ministers of all provinces and the chiefs of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau, Military Intelligence and Federal Investigation Agency.