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Allow girls to take NDA exam from this year itself, says SC

Directing the government that women should be allowed to sit for the upcoming examinations on November 14 this year, the judges pointed out that postponing the process to write the NDA exam to May 2022 would delay their induction to 2023.
The bench, however, rejected the government’s stand, saying “the armed forces are best suited to deal with emergencies. We don't think they will not be capable to accommodating the candidates who take up exam this year.”

Covid-19 vaccination drive: India vaccinates 62% with first dose, 20% fully vaccinated

Total vaccination in the country has reached the 77-crore mark. Out of this 57.86 crore were first doses, while 18.70 crore administered were second doses till Thursday morning.

The average daily vaccination rate in the country had gone up to 74.40 lakh in September compared to 59.19 lakh in August, Bhushan said.

Interim order soon: SC piqued over Centre’s refusal to clarify if Pegasus was used, gives it last chance

Maintaining that the government has nothing to hide, the SG, at the outset, said the government was of the view that use of a particular software can't be debated by filing an affidavit as it involved

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Idea Exchange | With every new idea, there are fears. We’ve held talks on NEP with all stakeholders. Fully geared to adopt it: Prof P C Joshi, Acting V-C, Delhi University

"Today if you get 70-75% marks, I don’t think you have any chance of getting admission into DU... We are facing problems because our colleges have to decide a cut-off, and if there are so many peopl

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Supreme Court says social media platforms being used to spread fake news

“If you go to YouTube, you will find how fake news is being freely circulated and anyone can start a channel on YouTube,” the bench, also comprising CJI, and Justices Surya Kant and A S Bopanna sa

“What is shown in a section of private media bears a communal tone. Ultimately, this country is going to get a bad name. Did you ever attempt to regulate these private channels,” the bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who replied saying “not only communal but planted stories. These portals even put fake news”.

Idea Exchange | In House, we took everyone along… Rahul Gandhi came forward.. No doubt we will fight future elections together: Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha

"When there is a demand for discussion from all parties, why are the Prime Minister and Home Minister missing from Parliament? They need to explain since it concerns issues of security, snooping, priv

Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha

Covid-19 cases surge in Kerala after Onam celebrations

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the country has seen a spike in cases after every festival. The coming months will be crucial as there are a few festivals in September and October. Celebrat

At a health ministry briefing on Thursday, Bhushan said: “We are still in the midst of the second surge of Covid-19 in our country. The second surge has not concluded. It is not over. Therefore, we have to maintain all necessary precautions.”

Cases against MPs, MLAs: Complete probes in time, Supreme Court tells CBI, ED

The apex court expressed shock at Amicus Curiae Vijay Hansaria's submissions that a trial in a case against a legislator was expected to be completed by 2030, noting that while everyone asks for a CBI

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Maintain restraint as we are hearing Pegasus matter: Supreme Court to West Bengal govt

The Bench further said, “Next week we will pass a comprehensive order. In the meantime, if you start an enquiry, we will have to pass an order.”

However, Singhvi assured the Bench that “nothing will happen in the meantime. Please don't make any observation.”

Need to come together for 2024: Congress president Sonia Gandhi to Opposition leaders

At a meeting of 19 Opposition parties, including Congress, Gandhi said all parties have some “compulsions”, but reminded them that the time has come to rise above them.

Gandhi said the monsoon session of Parliament saw “determined unity” by all Opposition parties. The parties, she said, functioned in a coordinated manner with daily discussions among the floor leaders. (ANI Image)

Pegasus case: Let competent body tell us if phone interceptions were lawful, SC tells Centre

The judges also said they would examine the Centre's proposal to set up an expert technical committee to look into all aspects of the matter and fixed the case for further hearing after 10 days.

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Tribunal reforms: SC laments passage of Bill sans debate

A bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana said that “in spite of all that (court directions), few days back we have seen, the ordinance which was struck down has been re-enacted. We are not commenting

“We are upset... but we don't want confrontation with the government," the CJI told Mehta, who said that “government doesn't want confrontation either.”

Did Centre ever use Pegasus, asks Supreme Court

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta expressed reluctance to reply citing the larger implications of the case concerning national security. The Bench, led by Chief Justice NV Ramana, adjourned the hearing o

An international media consortium had reported that more than 300 verified Indian mobile phone numbers were on the list of potential targets for surveillance using Pegasus.

Path to Freedom: Major milestones that helped India gain independence from British rule in 1947

It wasn’t a day’s work, and took decades of strength, courage and unity from leaders, freedom fighters as well as the common man.

Here are the major milestones that helped India gain independence from British rule in 1947.

Real estate: From shelter to sustainable development

Wellness, community living and sustainability will be the key components for new smart homes post-Covid.

Bidding adieu: CJI calls Justice Nariman a lion who guarded judicial system

Outgoing Supreme Court judge Justice R F Nariman on Thursday said merit must be the predominant factor in the selection of judges to the top court so that people’s expectations about the quality of

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Early end to House session: Venkaiah Naidu breaks down, Om Birla expresses anguish

Both Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressed anguish Wednesday over the washout, with Naidu briefly breaking down in the House.

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SC warns against “parallel debates” on Pegasus snooping row

Taking note of social media debates and press statements by the petitioners on the matter, a bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana reminded the petitioners and their lawyers that “when the matter is

The court had earlier expressed surprise that though the Pegasus snooping issue had first emerged in 2019, the petitioners have not submitted any verifiable material on the allegation.

SC penalises all major political parties for criminalisation of politics

Holding political parties — JD-U, RJD, Lok Janshakti Party, INC, BJP, CPI(M), CPI, NCP and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party — guilty of contempt of its February 13, 2020 decision, a bench led by Justice

A bench led by Justice LN Rao while refusing to grant any relief to electricity distribution and trading company — Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL) — said it will finally decide the matter in the second week of September.

Criminal cases against MLAs or MPs cannot be withdrawn without approval from HCs: Supreme Court

“No prosecution against MP/MLA to be withdrawn without leave of High Court,” a bench led by Chief Justice N V Ramana said, adding that special court judges, who are hearing cases against accused M

In his report submitted to the top court, Hansaria said that withdrawal from prosecution cannot be done for political consideration and the state governments should be allowed to do so only after the HC’s nod.

Idea Exchange | Can’t have Opposition without Congress. TMC, SP, NCP must come together, let go of egos. It’s late, we must work on a strategy: Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of Opposition, Bihar Assembly

"If you look at the design of the RSS and the communal forces, even when they go out of power, the hatred that they have created in the society will take a long time to dissipate. That’s a bigger co

Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of Opposition, Bihar Assembly

UP’s own tax and non-tax revenue up 18.5% in July

The state's collections of Rs 2,089 crore through stamp duty showed an imprssive increase of 53% over last July's Rs 1,366 crore, yet it could still manage to achieve only 76.1% of the month's target

NCLT nod to McLeod Russel resolution

The financial creditor had filed the application before the Kolkata bench after the company defaulted on repayments of term loans of Rs 100 crore and interest thereon.

No yardstick to identify ‘rich’ farmers: Govt informs Parliament

The minister also said that Section 10 (1) of the Income-Tax Act, 1961, provides that agricultural income is not to be included in the total income of any person.

However, Tomar also said that one of the objectives of the Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM), started in 2014, was to increase the reach of farm mechanisation to small and marginal farmers and to the regions where availability of farm power was low.
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