Deadline for ban on gutka in plastic sachet stays

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In a setback for chewing tobacco manufacturers, the Supreme Court Thursday declined to extend the March 1 deadline banning the marketing of tobacco products in plastic sachets.An apex court bench of Justices G.S Singhvi and A.K. Ganguly, however, said the central government’s rules prohibiting the plastic packaging, which was to come into force with immediate… Read more »

Compulsory education gives poor right to dignity: Court

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The Supreme Court said Thursday provision of free and compulsory education to the disadvantaged sections of society was to afford them a right to live with dignity. An apex court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice K.S. Panicker Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatanter Kumar made the observation in the course of the hearing of a… Read more »

Not attacking judiciary, but corrupt judges: Congress MP

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Congress MP K.Sudhakaran, who is facing heat following his remarks that he witnessed an apex court judge taking a bribe, Thursday said he was not attacking the judiciary but corrupt judges. ‘In my speech last week, I never ever uttered a word against the judiciary, but I mentioned that I was witness to a bribe… Read more »

Notice to environment ministry on Adarsh society’s plea

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The Bombay High Court Thursday sought the response of the union environment ministry on a petition by members of the scam-hit Adarsh Housing Society challenging the ministry’s order to demolish the 31-storey building. Issuing notice, Justice D.K. Deshmukh asked the ministry to file its reply by March 8. The ministry Jan 16 ordered that the… Read more »

Raja goes to Tihar Jail, looks calm

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Former communications minister A. Raja, arrested in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, was Thursday sent to Tihar Jail on 14 days judicial custody by a Delhi court. Wearing a dark grey safari suit, Raja looked calm and collected, his face betraying no emotion, as the order came.Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge… Read more »

Kalmadi aide’s CBI custody extended

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A Delhi court Thursday extended the CBI custody of former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi’s aide Shekhar Deorukhkar by two more days. He was sent to five-day remand Feb 12. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini allowed the CBI’s plea to quiz him for two more days. Deorukhkar was… Read more »

Have a job to do, wrongdoers will not escape: Manmohan Singh

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Declaring that he “had a job to do and was not quitting”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday responded to questions on corruption and other issues confronting his 21-month-old United Progressive Alliance (UPA) II government, announced that “wrongdoers will not escape” and added that the country will witness the next round of economic reforms soon. “You… Read more »

Tri-Valley scam: US envoy assures fair treatment to students

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The US Wednesday assured India of ‘fair and appropriate treatment’ of around 1,500 Indian students affected by the closure of by a sham California-based university and said that it was committed to protecting them from predatory visa fraud rings. ‘We are working closely with the Indian Government on the issue of Tri-Valley University and ensuring… Read more »

Moily criticises Congress MP for graft claim against judge

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Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily Tuesday said he disapproved of passing remarks that damage the judiciary’s image and reputation. ‘Whoever it is, be it a minister, MP or anybody, one has to be careful,’ he told reporters here on queries about Congress MP K.Sudhakaran’s claim to have witnessed an apex court judge take a Rs.2.1… Read more »

CBI asked to file fresh report in Aseemanand case

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After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to file a detailed report on how a confessional statement of Swami Assemanand – who is allegedly involved in the 2008 Ajmer blast – was made public, a Delhi court Tuesday asked the CBI director to file a fresh report in the case. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate… Read more »