‘Biotech bill against Indian constitution’

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Several clauses of the 2009 draft of the National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill, which is awaiting the cabinet’s approval, go against India’s Constitution, a leading biosafety expert said here Tuesday. The 2009 draft of the bill, proposed by the government’s Department for Science and Technology, seeks to make a national biotech regulator the ultimate authority… Read more »

Show proof of Maoist link to Telangana stir, says apex court

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The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Andhra Pradesh government to substantiate its claim that Maoists have infiltrated the student ranks of Osmania University, which is spearheading the movement for a new Telangana state. “Where is the input of the infiltration inside the campus? What is the proof available? We would like to have it,” a… Read more »

Tytler, Renuka among former MPs still occupying government flats

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As many as 22 government bungalows or flats are occupied by high profile politicians and VIPs, the union Urban Development Ministry said in reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application.   The latest list of 22 persons features several politicians like Congress’ Jagdish Tytler and Renuka Chowdhury, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, ex-Samajwadi… Read more »

Tax officer heading Madhu Koda probe to stay: Court

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 The Jharkhand High Court Tuesday stayed the transfer of Income Tax Director (investigation) Ujjwal Chaudhary, who is probing the money laundering scam of at least Rs.2,500 crore in which former chief minister Madhu Koda is a prime suspect. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra and Justice R.R. Prasad stayed the transfer… Read more »

Court seeks answer to Muslim woman’s ‘no’ to voters list photo

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The Supreme Court Friday deferred hearing on a plea to prohibit display of photographs of burqa-clad Muslim women in the voters’ list. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice Deepak Verma deferred for a fortnight the hearing on the petition and asked petitioner Ajmal Khan, a Madurai resident, what Muslim women would do… Read more »

Chhattisgarh rapped for calling rights activists Maoist sympathisers

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The Supreme Court Monday rebuked the Chattisgarh government for raising the Maoists’ fear to run down civil society activists raising their voice against human rights violations. A bench of Justice B. Sudershan Reddy and Justice S.S. Nijjar snubbed the state government while also expressing outrage over its decision to exhume bodies of 10 tribals allegedly… Read more »

Centre, states’ views sought on special terrorism courts

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The Supreme Court Monday sought the views of the central and five state governments on setting up a special court in each of the five states to try over 150 suspected terrorists for their alleged role in the 2008 serial bombings in these states.  A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and… Read more »

Court asks police to hasten Anoushka Shankar case

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Delhi Police Wednesday filed a chargesheet in a city court against the man who allegedly blackmailed sitar player Anoushka Shankar, daughter of maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. Mumbai-based businessman Junaid Khan was slapped with charges of extortion under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and provisions of the Information Technology Act as Delhi Police filed the chargesheet… Read more »

Is BSP violating poll laws with elephant statues- Apex court asks

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 The Supreme Court Monday asked the Election Commission to decide within three months a complaint seeking de-recognition of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for erecting statues of the elephant, its election symbol, all over Uttar Pradesh. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice B.S. Chauhan issued the direction to the… Read more »

Sibal to build consensus for right to education

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Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal Saturday said he would try and build consensus among all the state governments to implement the Right to Education Act, which will be notified from April 1. ‘Our aim is to implement the Right to Education Act from April 1 and for this, I will talk to every… Read more »