Polity

Ashwani Kumar, Jamir new Governors of Nagaland, Odisha

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday appointed former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ashwani Kumar and senior Congress leader S.C. Jamir as Governors of Nagaland and Odisha respectively.


Government Approves flexible Use of Airspace

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today cleared Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) by civil and military users, which was unresolved for last so many years. With the implementation of Flexible Use of Airspace, there will be a fuel saving of 20,29,380 kg per annum and reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 63,93,600 kg per annum by direct routing between seven city pairs of Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi–Chennai, Delhi-Hyderabad, Delhi- Begaluru, Kolkata-Chennai and Chennai-Mumbai for which the information is available.


Obama signs strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Bill into Act

Obama signed strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to help thousands of women and men across the country who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking will be able to access resources they need in their communities to help heal from their trauma. In addition, thousands of law enforcement officers will be better equipped to stop violence before it starts, and respond to calls of help when they are needed.


30-member JPC to probe VVIP helicopters deal

The Government on Wednesday moved a motion in the Rajya Sabha — which was adopted by voice vote — for formation of JPC. The JPC will have 10 members from the Rajya Sabha and 20 from the Lok Sabha and shall give its report within three months of its first sitting on the allegations of payment of bribes in the acquisition of VVIP helicopters by the Ministry of Defence from M/s Agusta Westland and the role of alleged middlemen in the transaction.


Parliament passes sexual harassment at workplace Bill

Parliament on Tuesday passed a law, providing for protection of women, including domestic helps and agricultural labourers, against sexual harassment at workplace. It is mandatory for all workplaces including home, universities, hospitals, government and non-government offices, factories, other formal and informal work places to constitute an internal committee for redressal of complaints.


Delhi becomes first State to ban manual scavenging

Delhi has become the first State in the country to ban manual scavenging and has barred the deployment of ‘safai karamcharis’ (cleaning staff) for manual sewer cleaning. It must be noted here that The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012 is still pending in the Parliament.


CBI registers case against Airtel, Tata and SingTel

The CBI has registered a case in a Delhi court against Bharti Airtel Ltd, Tata Communication Ltd and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd for allegedly causing a loss of nearly Rs 48 crore to the government since 2004 by illegally providing international long distance (ILD) services.


A very thin line separates justice from state-sponsored murder -SONAM UTTAM BINWADE

Author argues for getting rid of capital punishment. For this author has classified various punishments like imprisonment, life imprisonment, death sentences based on their motives or reasons.


Usha Mehra panel raps Delhi police

The Justice Usha Mehra Commission, constituted to look into the incident of gangrape and assault on a young woman on December 16, 2012 in Delhi, indicted Delhi Police for lax security measures. The commission also blamed the male friend of deceased gangrape victim for changing his statement.


Kerala raises age limit to buy liquor from 18 to 21

Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday ratified the Kerala Abkari Act Amendment Ordinance 2013 which envisages raising the age for buying and selling liquor from 18 to 21 in tune with its plan to bring down liquor consumption in the state.


Judicial probe ordered into Allahabad stampede

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a judicial inquiry, by a retired judge of the Allahabad High Court, Onkareshwar Bhatt, into the stampede at the Allahabad railway station, which claimed 37 lives and left several others injured, on February 10. The one-man committee will submit its report in two months.


Mohan Parasaran appointed as new solicitor general

Additional solicitor general Mohan Parasaran was appointed as the country's new solicitor general on Friday following the resignation of senior advocate Rohinton Nariman from the post.


Centre asks states to review cases of undertrials

Under 436A of CrPC, an undertrial prisoner completing half of the maximum period of imprisonment should be released by the court on his personal bond with or without sureties, with the exception of those involved in heinous crimes.


Secret hanging of Terror convicts


Rs. 52-crore penalty slapped on BCCI for abuse of position

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Friday slapped a Rs. 52.24 crore penalty on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for indulging in anti-competitive practices.Stating that the BCCI had abused its dominant position, the CCI directed it to desist from any practice denying market access to potential competitors, including inclusion of similar clauses in any future agreement.


MyIndia Initiative-A Digital Volunteer Programme

In a major initiative to reach out to the people in the Social Media Space, the I&B Minister, Shri Manish Tewari today launched the 'MyIndia Initiative - A Digital olunteer programme'. The initiative aims at disseminating the development messages across the Social Media platforms by registering citizens as volunteers in an effort to contribute positively towards nation building.


Cabinet nod for raising Nabard’s authorised capital to Rs 20,000 cr

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will be able to increase its authorised capital four-fold to Rs 20,000 crore from Rs 5,000 crore after amendments are made to the NABARD Act, 1981.The amendment also proposes change of ownership, that is, transfer of the remaining share capital of 1 per cent shares of Nabard from the Reserve Bank of India to the Central Government to increase public accountability.


Rohinton F Nariman resigns as Solicitor General of India

Eighteen months after his appointment as Solicitor General of India, senior advocate Rohinton Nariman has resigned from the post amid speculation that the decision came over his differences with the Law ministry.


India slides down in press freedom index

In Asia, India (140th, — 9) is at its lowest since 2002 because of increasing impunity for violence against journalists and because Internet censorship continues to grow. According to the report, in almost all parts of the world, influential countries, including India, that are regarded as “regional models” have fallen in the index.


Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) seeks to review rules

Industry body Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) has sought a review of the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry guidelines for renewal of TV licenses terming the current rules as a violation of the freedom of speech.