Gujarat gets two new RTI commissioners

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The Gujarat State Information Commission (GSIC), which was functioning only with a chief information commissioner so far, has got two new information commissioners following the high court’s intervention. The new information commissioners are Netra Shenoy and Arvind Shukla. They have been appointed to help out Chief Information Commissioner R.N. Das. Shukla is an Indian Administrative… Read more »

Woman gets lifer for killing newborn daughter

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 Terming female infanticide as “a sin against god”, the Delhi High Court Friday upheld the life sentence handed down to a woman for killing her newborn daughter. “No reasonable and rational person would countenance female infanticide. It is not only a penal offence but is a sin against god. The greatest gift of god to… Read more »

Treat women and men officers at par, says court

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In a landmark ruling, the Delhi High Court Friday asked the government to treat women and men officers in the army and air force at par while granting Permanent Commission, saying “greater sensitivity was required” while dealing with gender issues. A division bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.C. Garg also ordered the reinstatement… Read more »

‘Approach high courts for action against witchhunts’

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 The Supreme Court Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking strict implementation of domestic laws against witchhunts that has resulted in the deaths of over 2,500 women in the last 15 years. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice T.S. Thakur refused to entertain the lawsuit, asking the petitioner, a… Read more »

Outbound fliers can buy cigarettes sans picture warning

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Despite a ban on sale of cigarettes without pictorial warnings in the country, the Supreme Court Friday allowed their sale to outgoing passengers by the duty-free outlets at departure lounges of Indian airports. Approving the sale, a bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice T.S. Thakur ordered the release of international… Read more »

MNS moves court to retain train engine as poll symbol

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Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Friday approached the Supreme Court to retain the train engine as its poll symbol for the forthcoming municipal polls in the state. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice T.S. Thakur decided to hear the MNS plea next Friday (March 19) as senior counsel… Read more »

Bihar’s jailbirds cannot have sex with spouses

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 Bihar’s jailbirds cannot have sex with their spouses once a month, the government said Friday. Ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Bhim Singh raised the issue in the ongoing budget session of the state assembly and demanded that jail inmates be allowed to have sex. But the state government rejected Singh’s demand on the ground that there… Read more »

Women get permanent commission in military

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The Delhi High Court Friday ordered the granting of permanent commissions to women officers in the Indian Air Force (IAF). A division bench of Justices S.K Kaul and M.P. Garg also ordered the reinstatement of all the short service commission women officers who had retired and who had approached the court seeking permanent commissions in… Read more »

Modi summoned on riots, Congress wants him to go

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The 2002 Gujarat riots returned to haunt Chief Minister Narendra Modi Thursday when a Supreme Court-appointed investigation team summoned him for questioning March 21. The Congress immediately asked him to step down. According to Special Investigation Team (SIT) chief R.K. Raghavan, the move to question Modi follows an order from the Supreme Court on April… Read more »

Mining halt ordered in Bellary reserved forest

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The Supreme Court Thursday halted mining and transportation of iron ore from six mines in Bellary reserved forest area in Andhra Pradesh by Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Karnataka minister G. Janardhana Reddy and his brother. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice B.S. Chauhan halted the mining operations… Read more »