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NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Supreme Court today made it clear that Aadhaar cards cannot be made mandatory by the Union government for extending benefits of social welfare schemes. The apex court, however, said that the government cannot be barred from seeking these cards, which are issued by...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Union government plans to tweak the norms to deal with unruly fliers as it looks to provide more clarity on regulatory powers amid debate on airlines barring an MP from flying for assaulting an Air India staff. While aviation regulator DGCA has guidelines in place to...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Supreme Court today expressed concern over the pellet gun injuries suffered by minors who indulged in stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the Centre to consider other effective means to quell the protests as it concerns "life and death". It conceded that...

Lucknow, 27 Mar 2017/--/Meat sellers, especially mutton vendors, today kept their shops closed on the first day of their indefinite strike against the statewide crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughter houses. Reports from several districts said goat meat was not easily available, even as...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Supreme Court today said farmers committing suicide in the country is a serious issue and the Centre should deal with the real issues which force them to take the extreme step. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/HRD minister Prakash Javadekar today said that no genuine student will be denied mid-day meal for the lack of Aadhaar card. Javadekar's comments came in wake of the Supreme Court's decision that Aadhaar cards cannot be made mandatory by the government and its agencies for...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today pitched for an amicable resolution of the issue involving domestic airlines' blanket ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Though she did not categorically call for the lifting of the fly-ban on Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air...

Mumbai, 27 Mar 2017/--/Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat will be a good choice for President to make India a 'Hindu Rashtra', Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut today said. "It is the highest post in the country. Somebody with a clean image should occupy it. We have heard Mohan Bhagwat's name...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Opposition today charged the government with trying to promote crony capitalism, creating fear by giving "unbridled power" to taxmen, trying to snoop into people's lives through increased use of Aadhaar through the provisions of the Finance Bill. Opposition parties in...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on the appeals filed by four death row convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case which shook the country's conscience. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra asked the parties concerned to file their...

Allahabad, 27 Mar 2017/--/Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India J S Khehar will attend the closing ceremony of 150th anniversary celebrations of the Allahabad High Court here on Sunday. Besides the Prime Minister and the CJI, the invitation for the April 2 function has been...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/Questions were raised in the Rajya Sabha today as to whether a minister can take up part-time work. Raising the issue without naming Navjot Singh Sidhu, Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agrawal said there is a discussion in the media about a case in Punjab. Sidhu, cricketer-...

Lucknow, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Gomti riverfront project of the previous Akhilesh Yadav government today came under the scanner of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who expressed dissatisfaction over its progress. He also warned that corruption will not be allowed in any of the projects in...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The issue of alleged racial attack on an Indian man in Australia was today raised in the Lok Sabha by the Congress which sought the Prime Minister's intervention in ensuring the safety of large Indian population there. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said the...

Kochi, 27 Mar 2017/--/The CPI(M) today said the NCP should decide on its ministerial nominee in the Kerala LDF government for the post that fell vacant after its leader A K Saseendran quit as transport minister over sleaze allegations. The Nationalist Congress Party NCP, an ally of the CPI(M)-led...

Bengaluru, 27 Mar 2017/--/The opposition BJP today accused the Siddaramaiah government of pushing the state and its people into debt and charged that it was in a "confrontation mode" with the Centre. Alleging that the government was adopting a 'two-faced' approach on farm loan waiver, it said Chief...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The JD(U) will release tomorrow the fourth list of candidates for the high-stakes MCD elections, and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will address two rallies during campaigning for the polls next month. Party sources today confirmed that Kumar will stump for the party at...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Delhi High Court today sought the response of the Centre, Delhi government and Directorate of Gurdwara Elections (DGE) on a plea challenging validity of a rule on the issue of allocation of reserved symbol. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra...

Puducherry, 27 Mar 2017/--/Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today greeted a four-member women team here who are currently on a road trip from Coimbatore to London to promote literacy.  The four women, who are on the 70-day long trip, are Meenakshi Arvind (the team leader), her 20-year-old daughter Vrinda,...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre and Delhi Police to monitor the 100 emergency helpline number to ensure it becomes "more efficient and effective". "The respondents 1 to 3 (central government ministries and Delhi Police) shall continue to monitor the system and...

Hyderabad, 27 Mar 2017/--/Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today said a special session of the state Legislative Assembly would be convened soon to take up the issue of increasing reservation for tribals and minorities. Rao made the announcement in the state Legislative Assembly, which...

Hyderabad, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Telangana government would study the possibility of giving a bonus to farmers in addition to the minimum support price paid for their produce, the assembly was informed today. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced this while speaking during a debate in the House...

Mumbai, 27 Mar 2017/--/Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today approved budget of Rs 799.65 crore for the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA). Shivaji Nagar-Hinjewadi Metro (Rs 451 crore), Pune-Lonavala and Pune-Daund suburban railway, outer ring road and river...

NEW DELHI, 27 Mar 2017/--/The Rajya Sabha will discuss on Wednesday the conduct of the Goa Governor in the context of her decision not to invite the single largest party to form government after the recent assembly polls. This was announced by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien after Congress leader...

Malappuram (Ker), 27 Mar 2017/--/A total of nine candidates, including nominees of the UDF, LDF and NDA, are in the fray for the April 12 bypoll for the Malappuram Lok Sabha seat in Kerala. Nominations of seven contestants, including the dummy candidates of the three fronts, were rejected during...