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Coast Guard can now legally search, seize vessels in EEZ

New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard has been given powers under the Coast Guard Act to board, search any vessel and arrest people for offences within the maritime zone of the country, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar said on Thursday.   A Coast Guard official said earlier, the maritime security agency did not have the power to board any vessel passing …

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Verdict allowing women into Sabarimala not ‘final word’: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday said its 2018 verdict allowing entry of girls and women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Kerala’s Sabarimala was not the “final word”, as the matter was referred to a larger bench. The apex court’s observation came when senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for a woman devotee, Bindu Ammini, alleged …

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Woman bitten by snake carried on bamboo stretcher for 8 km

Pune: A 65-year-old woman bitten by a snake in a small hamlet here having no proper road had to be carried on a makeshift stretcher by locals for over two hours to cover a distance of eight km to get her medical help, her relatives said on Thursday. A stretcher was made out of “bedsheets and bamboo logs” to carry …

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Citizenship Amendment Bill gets cabinet nod

PTI New Delhi Paving the way for Parliament to take up the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the draft law that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there. Slammed by the Opposition as divisive and communal, the Bill is a key part of the …

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Kejriwal announces 15 GB data per month for Delhiites

PTI New Delhi Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that Delhiites will get free 15 GB data per month through a hotspot network across the city, asserting that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fulfilled all its poll promises. Work on setting up 11,000 hotspots across the city is in progress. On December 16, 100 hotspots will be …

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‘Govt tightening noose around illegal immigrants’

PTI New Delhi The government is tightening the noose round illegal immigrants and instructions have been issued to states to sensitise law enforcement and intelligence agencies for their identification and deportation, Union Minister Nityanand Rai said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. During Question Hour, Rai said instances of illegal migrants who came as travellers, tourists or traders overstaying between 2014-17 …

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Nithyananda, godman on the run, has his ‘own country’ now

PTI Bengaluru The Bidadi ashram of self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda, who is facing charges of illegal confinement of children and has been charge-sheeted in a rape case, is almost empty and the key people who handled the daily affairs are missing. It was at this ashram that the controversial godman’s first scandal broke out in 2010. A video of him …

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New national education policy to be out soon

New Delhi: A new national education policy will be in public domain very soon and it will establish glory of India in the world, the HRD ministry said on Tuesday. Addressing the Swachh Campus Ranking, 2019 award ceremony at AICTE through video conferencing, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank appealed to the students to pledge for saving a litre of water …

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NGT pushes coastal states to stop marine pollution

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal directed all coastal states and Union territories on Tuesday to submit action plan to the Central Pollution Control Board to prevent sewage and industrial effluents from being discharged in sea. The green panel directed that the relevant information be furnished to the CPCB within one month from Tuesday, failing which defaulting states and UTs …

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Ruckus in Lok Sabha over onion prices, remarks on PM, Nirmala

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed an uproar followed by cross allegations between the treasury and opposition benches, mainly the Congress, on issues of onion price rise and Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers Amit Shah and Nirmala Sitharaman. The ruckus began during Zero Hour of the House with the …

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