Police cane media inside court complex

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The Kerala government has ordered an enquiry into a police attack on reporters inside the district court complex in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, officials said. The mediapersons were reporting a protest march by the Thiruvananthapuram Bar Association when they were cane-charged. The lawyers, who were agitating against one of their colleagues being roughed up by the… Read more »

Taxman may take up to a year to book Games contractors

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A day after search operations on some 30 premises of firms and individuals who won contracts for the Commonwealth Games to probe possible tax evasion, revenue officials Wednesday said cases will be formally framed in a year’s time. “These kind of investigations take three-six months. This is what we anticipate in this case also,” a… Read more »

Government approves amendments to enemy property law

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The government Wednesday approved amendments to an over 40-year-old legislation to ensure the protection of interests of those Indian Muslims who have inherited the properties of relatives who migrated to Pakistan in 1947. The amendments to the Enemy Property Act, 1968, which got the nod by the union cabinet in a meeting chaired by Prime… Read more »

High court disposes of two petitions on CWG graft

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Delhi High Court Wednesday disposed of two petitions seeking separate inquiries into alleged corruption in the funding of the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG). The second petition, filed by lawyer Ajay Aggarwal Sep 29, sought an independent audit of the works and sealing of records pertaining to tenders, work measurement and expenses above Rs.1 lakh related… Read more »

Court seeks exact figure on below poverty line families

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Apparently not convinced with the official data, the Supreme Court Tuesday asked the government to come up with a ‘reasonable number’ on people living below poverty line (BPL). The court said this after the government claimed that there were 5.9 crore BPL families in the country. A reasonable number on BPL families would help take… Read more »

Plea for sacking Kalmadi to come up in court Wednesday

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The Delhi High Court Wednesday will hear a petition seeking removal of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi over alleged irregularities in preparations for the just concluded sporting event. The petition filed by lawyer Ajay Aggarwal Sep 29 demanded an independent audit of the works and sealing of records pertaining to tenders, work measurements… Read more »

Plea questioning reliability of voting machines dismissed

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The Gujarat High Court Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs). A bench of Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice Anant Dave dismissed the petition as it was not filed as per the new rules for filing PILs. Petitioner Girish Das, an advocate, told the court that… Read more »

Unicef’s online campaign to demand education for kids

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Unicef on Tuesday launched an online campaign to mobilise the Indian society to speak up for illiterate children and to spread awareness that one can demand elementary education under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The campaign, called ‘Awaaz Do’ or ‘Speak Up’, aims to have at least 500,000 people sign up by Jan 24,… Read more »

Tax sleuths conduct search operations on Games contractors

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Officials of the Income Tax Department on Tuesday started search and investigative operations in at least 25 premises of companies and individuals who won lucrative contracts for the just-concluded Commonwealth Games.  Among those whose premises were visited by the tax sleuths was senior leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sudhanshu Mittal, whose close… Read more »

Plea on right to property dismissed

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The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a petition seeking restoration of right to own property as a fundamental right. An apex court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatanter Kumar said that such a right was inconsistent with the principle of socialism enshrined in the preamble of constitution. Chief Justice Kapadia,… Read more »