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SC: independent body apt to decide on MP/MLA disqualification cases

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested that Parliament revisit the rationale in giving exclusive powers to the Speaker in deciding disqualification petitions. The observation gains significance in the backdrop of Karnataka MLAs’ disqualification case decided by the top court last year. A three-judge bench headed by Justice R F Nariman, insisting on introducing more fairness in the procedure, …

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Delhi LG meets Shaheen Bagh protesters, asks them to call off stir

New Delhi: Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday met a delegation of protesters from Shaheen Bagh and appealed to them to call off their agitation as it has been causing inconvenience to schoolchildren, patients and general public. The eight-member delegation submitted a memorandum of their demands, including withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, to the LG, an official said. …

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Audio clip of Uttarakhand Cong leader threatening Brahmins goes viral

Dehradun: An audio clip in which a Congress leader in Uttarakhand purportedly talks of teaching Brahmins a lesson for voting in favour of the BJP has surfaced on social media, drawing sharp criticism from the saffron party. When contacted, Congress leader and former Uttarakhand minister Rajendra Bhandari said the clip was tampered with and leaked on social media to tarnish …

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Rajgarh collector row: Congress seeks apology from BJP

Bhopal: Amid a row surrounding Rajgarh district collector, the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday asked the BJP to apologise to the woman bureaucrat and her deputy for its members “misbehaving” with them while they were discharging their duty on Sunday. The controversy erupted after the district collector Nidhi Nivedita and additional collector Priya Verma had taken on some …

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Gujjar delegation meets Tribal Affairs Minister Munda

Jammu: A delegation of Gujjars on Tuesday met Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda here and apprised him of the issues and problems being faced by the Scheduled Tribe communities in Jammu and Kashmir with a request for immediate redressal of the grievances. Munda was on a two-day visit of the Jammu region as part of the week-long public outreach …

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Nadda takes over as BJP president

PTI New Delhi Jagat Prakash Nadda on Monday was elected unopposed as the BJP’s national president, taking over the reins from Amit Shah whose tenure of five-and-a-half years saw the party turning into a formidable election-winning machinery despite occasional setbacks. The 59-year-old leader from Himachal Pradesh, seen as an affable and low-key politician, enjoys the trust of Prime Minister Narendra …

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Nirbhaya case: convict’s plea he was minor dismissed by SC

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court Monday rejected the plea of a death row convict in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case challenging the Delhi High Court order, which had dismissed his claim of being a juvenile at the time of offence saying he cannot reagitate the issue by filing fresh application. The bench dismissed the plea of death …

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Delhi students hold protest denouncing CAA, NRC

PTI New Delhi Hundreds of students marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on Monday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register for Citizens. Students, belonging to different universities, raised slogans demanding “azaadi” from the new citizenship law and carried posters which read “We stand united against CAA’, ‘Agar tum decent hote toh dissent ko samajhte’ …

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19 people convicted in Bihar shelter home case

PTI New Delhi A Delhi court Monday convicted Brajesh Thakur and 18 others for sexual and physical assault on several girls in a Muzaffarpur shelter home. Additional sessions judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha convicted Thakur for aggravated sexual assault under POCSO Act and gangrape. The shelter home was run by Thakur, former MLA of Bihar People’s Party. The court acquitted one of …

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ED arrests Vadra’s close aide

IANS New Delhi In more troubles for Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law  Robert Vadra, who is being probed for laundering money in overseas’ assets case by the  Enforcement Directorate, the central probe agency has arrested NRI businessman C C   Thampi, officials said on Monday.  An ED official told IANS: “Thampi was arrested from New Delhi on Friday evening in  connection …

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