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Taking on the Army

Above: The Pakistan chief justice introduced a new phrase, “judicial restraint”, while granting a conditional extension to General Bajwa/Photo: www.pakistantoday.com.pk While some have hailed the...

Supreme Court Verdict: Back to Square One, if not Minus One

Above: BJP supporters at an election rally. The question of separating religion from politics was identified as a critical issue in 1948/Photo: UNI The book...

Supreme Court’s Regional Benches: Is this a Chimera?

Above: The Supreme Court itself had said in a judgment that setting up branches in other parts of the country would be considered by...
Malayalam film actor Dileep

Actor Dileep Assault Case: Star-crossed

While the Supreme Court gave the Malayalam star Dileep, accused in an assault case involving an actress, some reprieve, the issue is now more...
Bombay HC upholds as valid amended clause that provides death penalty for repeat rape offenders

Rape-Murder: Challenges before Indian Judiciary and Society

By Shobha Gupta Rape is the most heinous crime, not only against the victim but also the society at large. It causes psychological and physical...

False complaint cases: Crippling criminal justice system

By Sushil Kumar Jain The recent report on “How to ramp up Capacity in the Lower Judiciary (Chapter 5)” published in Economic Survey, 2019 shows...

CJI office under RTI Act: A major boost to transparency

By Subhash Chandra Agrawal  Five-member Constitution Bench of Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice of India on 13.11.2019 gave a landmark verdict (Civil Appeal...
Delhi Police

Absolute Power of Police Corrupts Absolutely

By Sushil Kumar Jain Life and liberty  are cherished freedoms which have been guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India and. The role...
Donald Trump

Impeachment hearing: Trump’s serious misdemeanors baffle judicial committee

By Kenneth Tiven The political rhetoric coming from America for the next three weeks—some would call it asymmetrical verbal warfare—will most certainly lead to Articles...

Hyderabad rape-murder: “Lynch them,” demands Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha

Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan demands that the culprits in the Hyderabad veterinarian’s gang-rape and murder be “lynched” in public view. People now want...

A State under Siege

Above: Liquor bottles along with those violating prohibition nabbed by the GRP at Patna station/Photo: UNI Ever since prohibition was imposed in 2016, courts have...

Gujarat: Scam after Scam

Above: Babubhai Bokhiria has been accused of attempts to acquire forest land fraudulently Gujarat is known for its political scams. The latest politician to hit...

MLA Disqualification: Unseemly Slugfest

Above: The move of the Speaker NP Prajapati (right) to disqualify BJP MLA Prahlad Lodhi from the assembly is a setback to the party...

Rohingyas: Hope At Last

Above: Rohingya refugees collect water at a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh/Photo: UNI The International Court of Justice’s nod to its prosecutors to start a...

Amendments to IT Rules, 2011: Fall in Line

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence Proposed changes in IT rules, 2011 will make it contingent on IT intermediaries to remove malicious content within 72...

Sixth Schedule: Tibetisation of Ladakh?

Above: Tribal communities constitute over 97 percent of the Ladakh population/Photo: UNI While there is unrest in some quarters about the status of the region,...
Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling booth in the 2014 parliamentary elections in Samastipur, Bihar/Photo: UNI

Jharkhand Assembly elections: 62.87% turnout in first phase polling for 13 seats

Barring a few minor incidents of violence, the first phase of polling in13 constituencies of 81-member Jharkhand Assembly concluded peacefully with 62.87 voter turnout. The...

India’s Youngest Judge: Age no Bar

Above: Mayank Pratap Singh with his parents, who are government school teachers Mayank Pratap Singh made history by cracking the Rajasthan Judicial Services at 21...

Security: Can India Handle Another 26/11?

Above: Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao (in the middle) and CM Devendra Fadnavis (in blue jacket) paying tributes to martyrs on 26/11/Photo: UNI Even 10 years...

Ayodhya Verdict: Angst over Judgment

Above: AIMPLB members addressing a press conference on filing a review petition/Photo: UNI The Supreme Court judgment in the Ayodhya case has not gone down...

Ailing Criminal Justice System: A Threat to National Security

A deficient, and somewhat dysfunctional, criminal-justice system not only hinders rule of law but also impedes internal security and social harmony, which are critical...

Removal of Speaker: Unceremonious Exit

Above: The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in session/Photo: UNI In an unprecedented case, the Speaker of the J&K Assembly has been removed without any...

Making The Right Moves

Above: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (right) with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa/Photo: Twitter The victory of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s younger brother has made both the Tamils and...

Language Barriers

Above: Police Commissioner, Bengaluru, Bhaskar Rao asking the doctors to call off their strike/Photo: UNI With doctors at the receiving end of violence, their skills...

Drinking Water: The RO Question

Above: The demineralisation of water has become a major issue with RO technology/Photo: Representative Image/ youtube.com Many urban households have installed RO water purification systems...

Law in Books Versus Law in Action?

Above: A protest against changes to Right to Information Act in New Delhi/Photo: UNI The Supreme Court ruling that the office of the chief justice...

Will defeat BJP in trust vote and form government with Sena, say Congress, NCP

Hours after Maharashtra witnessed the father of all dramas when Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister and the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP)...
SC Final Hearing in SNC Lavalin Case Involving Kerala CM Adjourned To April

Kerala Govt Orders Judicial Probe Into Walayar Rape cum Murder Case

The Kerala government has ordered a judicial probe into the deaths of the two minors in Walayar, Palakkad and appointed former Vigilance Tribunal Judge...

“Gujarat Day” In The Supreme Court

Like in the years past, the Gujarati lunch hosted by Senior Advocate PH Parekh was attended by top women lawyers in the capital It is...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Ex-CJI Gogoi vacates official bungalow in just three days

Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi who retired few days ago has vacated his official bungalow within 3 days, news agencies reported. Justice Gogoi who gave the...

US Envoy Gordon Sondland: Trump ordered to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe...

By Kenneth Tiven  Congressional committee hearings continued into possible impeachment of US President Donald for withholding military aid to pressure Ukraine for political dirt on...
Devotees rush to the lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala on Tuesday (file picture). Photo: UNI

Sabarimala Sees Record Crowds, Revenues, But Despite SC Order, Women Keep Away

Unlike the tepid opening of the pilgrimage season last year that was marred by violent clashes, the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala has seen...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya

“A little brief authority”: ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi and the Rise of the Executive Court

By Gautam Bhatia There is much to write about today. But this post will follow precedent (unlike some of the major judgments delivered during the...

Company Law Committee 2019 submits its report to Finance Minister

The Company Law Committee constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in September, 2019, inter alia, to further decriminalise the provisions of the Companies...

GCTOC Act: Criminal Proceedings

Above: The Godhra train carnage was the basis for the original Bill introduced by the Modi government which was rejected by three presidents earlier Opposition...

AIMPLB to file review petition in Ayodhya dispute

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided to file review petition in the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The members of the...

Shimla’s Book Café: Prisoners of Fate

Above: The Book Café is managed by convicts serving life terms at Shimla’s Kaithu Jail, and the bakery items are made by the prisoners A...

India Justice Report 2019: Scales of Justice

The India Justice Report 2019 released this month offers a comprehensive analysis of India’s justice system, ranking 18 large/mid-sized and seven small states according...
Judgment Day: Quietly Hopeful

Ayodhya Fallout: The Legal Tangle

The SC verdict on Ayodhya declared the destruction of the mosque a violation of the law. How does that impact the ongoing case in...

Film Conclave in Mussoorie draws attention of film fraternity, gets massive response

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The recently-concluded two-day Film Conclave held in Mussoorie on Nov 7 and 8 in which India Legal’s sister concern APN...

Politics of Rape

Above: A protest demanding justice for the Walayar sisters in front of Kerala House in New Delhi/Photo: UNI A POCSO court judgment, acquitting three rape...

Bangladesh Killing Case: Murder Most Foul

In a shocking case, a madrassa principal and 15 others were sentenced to death by a tribunal for killing a woman who resisted sexual...

International Briefs

Internet Not so Free A Freedom House report released recently showed that internet authoritarianism was on the rise across the world. The annual survey showed...

Media Watch

Pressing Matters Resentment is rife within the members of the Press Council of India (PCI) against the functioning—and stonewalling—of its chairman, Justice CK Prasad. The...

Political Ads: Twitter Challenge

Twitter’s move should make the online ad industry garner support for itself during the passage of the Personal Data Protection Act as a strong...
Alfa Serene is one of the four apartment complexes that will be demolished by the Kerala government

Waterfront Flats Near Kochi To Be Demolished On Jan 11 and 12 As Per...

The four waterfront apartment complexes at Maradu in Kochi will be demolished on January 11 and 12. The apartments have been ordered to be...

Cops vs Lawyers: No winners here

By Ishita Purkaystha   For the second consecutive week, routine work in the various district courts in the capital has been paralysed as lawyers continued their...

Reforms: Need of the Hour

Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu’s 16-point programme to reform parliamentary institutions will go a long way in restoring the trust people reposed in them By...

Election Commission Denies Averments made by India Legal in article on Haryana Assembly Election

The Election Commission (EC) has taken strong objection to an article in “India Legal” issue dated November 11, 2019 titled "Credibility at Stake" and authored...

New Education Policy: A Spectre Called Exams

Above: The new NEP promises that candidates may take board exams twice in a year/Photo: UNI Though it looks liberal, the New Education Policy...

J&K Lawyers’ Strike: Judicial Logjam

Above: Following abrogation of Article 370, lawyers in Jammu have launched an indefinite strike/Photo: UNI With Jammu & Kashmir becoming a Union Territory, teething problems...

Sewerage Charge in Delhi: Pollute? Pay Up

Above: A sewerage line being repaired in Delhi. Many houses are not linked to the sewer network/Photo: nizamuddinrenewal.org The NGT’s initiatives to clean up the...

Cracks In The Edifice

Above: Students of Rajasthan University, whose V-C is facing probe for financial irregularities/Photo: UNI After the Rajasthan government passed the Universities’ Law (Amendment) Bill, which...

Actress-Director Fracas: Tinsel Tales

Above: Ad filmmaker-turned-director VA Shrikumar Menon (right) was pivotal in facilitating the second coming of Manju Warrier (left) into the tinsel world Following a complaint...

Mandate 2019: Credibility at Stake

Above: The Election Commission headed by Sunil Arora did nothing to clarify several alleged irregularities in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI The result of...

Scores of Protestors Arrested In Daman In Protests Against Razing Drive

Scores of protestors who were resisting their eviction from government land were detained by the police in the Union Territory of Daman on Sunday. The...

Pilots’ Lives at Risk

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence A petition has been filed against a new Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) which increases the flight timings of aviators...

Pehlu Khan: Back To Square One

Above: Ex-Congress President Rahul Gandhi flanked by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot at a rally in Jaipur/Photo: UNI The Gehlot government’s...

Is Pakistani Army Giving Punjab Its Bhutto?

The popular mood in  the biggest province – the recruiting ground and bulwark of the establishment – has palpably turned against them after the...

A Village to Call My Own

Above: It is imperative for doctors to learn rural and semi-urban healthcare systems and the needs of the community/Photo: UNI The Medical Council of India...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Marital Rape: It’s All About Respect

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence The Marital Rape is gaining ground that India should follow the example of several other countries and accept that...

GST: Revenue Blues

Above: A GST Council meeting. The finance minister has promised a better form of GST/Photo: twitter.com/PIB_Panaji The new tax regime has had its share of...
Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi/Photo: PIB

Nobel ideas for better governance

Above: Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi/Photo: PIB The pioneering work of the Nobel-winning trio in alleviating poverty...

Judges Appointments: It’s Meritocracy Versus Collegium Recommendations

Above: Image by Anna Varsányi from Pixabay By Mathews J Nedumpara A division bench of the Karnataka HC on June 17 dismissed the Writ Petition by...

Plantation Scam: A Rot Too Deep

Above: The plantation drive by former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was undertaken at breakneck speed with baffling zeal/Photo: UNI A superfast plantation drive by...

Division of J&K: Birth Pangs of Two UTs

With the J&K due for bifurcation on October 31, administrative changes are taking place whereby the governor and the J&K cadre of the IAS...
Illegal Banners And Hoardings: Poster Wars

Illegal Banners And Hoardings: Poster Wars

Above: Cut-outs of political leaders/twitter.com The death of a young techie has prompted a vacation bench of the Madras High Court to recommend a ban...
Chemists have a return and refund policy when pharma companies recall their products; pharmaceutical firm GSK has recalled Zinetac tablets 150 mg and 300 mg from the Indian market/Photo: justdial.com

Drug Recalls: Be Healthy, Be Safe

Above: Chemists have a return and refund policy when pharma companies recall their products; pharmaceutical firm GSK has recalled Zinetac tablets 150 mg and...
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das (centre) at an RBI Board meeting, in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Lowering Repo Rate: India’s One-legged Stool

Above: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das (centre) at an RBI Board meeting, in New Delhi/Photo: UNI RBI’s...
Bangladesh War Crimes: Relentless Pursuit

Bangladesh War Crimes: Relentless Pursuit

Above: Bangladeshis protesting against War Crimes at Shahabag Square in 2013/Photo: Faisal Akram/Wikimedia By Prakash Bhandari in Dhaka As Bangladesh prepares to celebrate the golden jubilee...
IVF babies at a fertility clinic. The ICMR has issued closure notice to the Ahalya IVF clinic/Photo: UNI

Medical Guidelines Vs Regulation: Cracking Down

Above: IVF babies at a fertility clinic. The ICMR has issued closure notice to the Ahalya IVF clinic/Photo: UNI With the ICMR pulling up clinics...
A protest by the residents of Aarey colony/Photo: UNI

Aarey: How Green Was My Forest

Above: A protest by the residents of Aarey colony/Photo: UNI The Supreme Court staying the order of Bombay High Court regarding further felling of trees...
School Education Secretary Rina Ray

School Education Secretary Rina Ray repatriated to her parent cadre

In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has repatriated Rina Ray, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry...
The J&K High Court has been striving to keep judicial functioning close to normal

J&K Judiciary: A Court under Siege

Above: The J&K High Court has been striving to keep judicial functioning close to normal Though it has tried to work with a semblance of...
A paddy field on fire along the Sirsa-Delhi highway/Photo: UNI

Stubble Burning: Harvest of Tears

Above: A paddy field on fire along the Sirsa-Delhi highway/Photo: UNI Though the NGT has asked Punjab, Haryana and UP to be cautious about farmers...
Donald Trump

Trump’s Absurd Theatre

By Kenneth Tiven in Washington U.S. President Donald Trump who spent decades as a businessman telling vendors, contractors and consultants to sue him because he...

Assam IG Surendra Kumar Conferred Awards For Book On Child Protection

  Surendra Kumar, IPS Inspector General of Police, CID, Assam has been conferred the Save the Children, the international organization that has for 100 years been...
A demonstration by the United Hindu Front against love jihad in New Delhi Even the VHP and Bajrang Dal have protested against it/Photo: Anil Shakya

Anti-conversion Law: Test of Faith

Above: A demonstration by the United Hindu Front against love jihad in New Delhi. Even the VHP and Bajrang Dal have protested against it/Photo:...
A protesting youth being arrested in Srinagar/Photo: UNI

Child Detainees in J&K: In the Firing Line

Above: A protesting youth being arrested in Srinagar/Photo: UNI The alleged detention of children under the Public Safety Act has become a major issue as...
The introduction of Hindu religious texts in Anna University’s syllabus led to outrage

Bachelor of Technology, Bhagwad Gita

Above: The introduction of Hindu religious texts in Anna University’s syllabus led to outrage In the face of massive protests, the Anna University has backtracked...
Photo Courtesy UNI

Ban on E-Cigarettes: Stubbed Out

Above: Photo Courtesy UNI The centre’s decision has become highly controversial with petitions against the ban order of E-Cigarettes reaching the courts and shares of...
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi/Photo: mofagovbd

The Larger Picture

Above: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi/Photo: mofa.gov.bd A plea in the Dhaka High Court has forced courts and government...

Aerial Surveillance: The Age of Drones

Above: Last month, Chinese-made GPS-enabled drones, carrying military stores, infiltrated across the border near Tarn Taran in Punjab/Representative Image: skytango.com The infiltration of Chinese drones...
The couple, Vivek and Archana Puri, who have been elevated to the Punjab and Haryana High Court (above) are both Punjab Superior Judicial Service Officers/Photo: wikimedia

Judge Couple: Best of Both Worlds

Above: The couple, Vivek and Archana Puri, who have been elevated to the Punjab and Haryana High Court (above) are both Punjab Superior Judicial...
The Gujarat government had raised the water level of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to its highest level on September 15/Photo: facebook

Sardar Sarovar Project: Surprising Volte-face

Above: The Gujarat government had raised the water level of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to its highest level on September 15/Photo: facebook In a signal...
Victim Bilkis Bano with her husband at a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Bilkis Bano case: Lawless Fiefdom

Above: Victim Bilkis Bano with her husband at a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI Seventeen years after the Bilkis Bano gang rape incident and...
Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt moves court claiming damages from Kapil Sibal owned Tiranga TV

Senior Journalist Barkha Dutt has moved a Delhi court demanding damages of over Rs 69,78,676 lakh (with 18 per cent interest) from Analog Media...
Vaibhav Gehlot with Rajasthan Cricket Association Chief Dr CP Joshi

Resurrecting son’s career: Rajasthan CM’s big test?

Above: Vaibhav Gehlot with Rajasthan Cricket Association Chief Dr CP Joshi By Asif Ullah Khan After his disastrous debut in politics, Vaibhav Gehlot, son of...

Trump Goes Ballistic, Gets Mean, Profane And Belligerent Over Impeachment

Above: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) has launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump/Photos: UNI By Kenneth Tiven A single day—Wednesday, 2 October— demonstrates what a strange and...

A Day After His “Disqualification” is reduced by 5 years, Sikkim CM Files Poll...

The Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang's on Monday filed his nomination papers to contest the assembly bye-poll scheduled to be held on October...
Illustration by Rajendra Kumar

Ken-Betwa Link Project: Turbulent Crossing

Above: Illustration by Rajendra Kumar   In a scathing indictment, a Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee has said that the Project could threaten the Panna...
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) has launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump/Photos: UNI

Trump’s Tragicomedy

Above: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) has launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump/Photos: UNI The US president’s alleged call to his counterpart in Ukraine to probe...
Illustration by Rajendra Kumar

Stickers for Vehicles: Colour My World

Above: Illustration by Rajendra Kumar In an effort to stem air pollution, a scheme was introduced for NCR states to have colour-coded stickers on all...
Home Minister Amit Shah at a meet with representatives from the Valley, in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

A Tonic to Restore Peace

Above: Home Minister Amit Shah at a meet with representatives from the Valley, in New Delhi/Photo: UNI In a bid to woo the grassroots functionaries...
The chicken we eat is often pumped with more than the permissible dose of antibiotics/Photo: Lembi Kh

Livestock Feed: Antibiotics on your plate

Above: The chicken we eat is often pumped with more than the permissible dose of antibiotics/Photo: Lembi Kh As the global demand for meat increases,...
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently announced corporate tax cuts/Photo: UNI

Turn On the Animal Spirits

Above: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently announced corporate tax cuts/Photo: UNI With most economic indicators on a downturn, the government needs to kick in a...
A meeting of a parliamentary committee. These panels monitor government action/Photo: iihr.res.in

Parliamentary Standing Committees: A Well-oiled Machine

Above: A meeting of a parliamentary committee. These panels monitor government action/Photo: iihr.res.in In order to ensure greater accountability of the government to Parliament, subject-based...
An NTPC thermal power plant is also one of the beneficiaries of flouting of rules/jayadev13/commons.wikimedia.org

UP Forest Rights: Not Caring Two Hoots

Above: An NTPC thermal power plant is also one of the beneficiaries of flouting of rules/jayadev13/commons.wikimedia.org In a scathing indictment of the UP government for...
Vice President Venkiah Naidu

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu seeks splitting of Supreme Court, setting up Regional Benches

The Vice President M Venkiah Naidu has said that for speedy disposal of cases, it was imperative that the Supreme Court be bifurcated to...

Near Violence in Kerala Church As Police Enter To Implement SC Order

In the second simultaneous incident in Kerala relating to implementation of a Supreme Court order, near violence broke out at Piravom St Mary’s church...
Election Commission of India (ECI)

Election Commission Announces Two Rajya Sabha By-Elections on Oct 16

The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday announced that by-election (read the notification below) for two Rajya Sabha seats, one each from Uttar Pradesh and...
Holy Faith Apartments. Photo source/ property.sulekha.com

Kerala Govt to Submit Detailed Demolition Plan to Supreme Court on Friday

The Kerala government will submit to the Supreme Court on Friday an action plan detailing step by step the measures it intends to take...
Kochi Waterfront Flats

Kochi Flat-dwellers Stare At Demolition As Authorities Start Cutting Power, Water Lines

Time seems to be running out for the residents of over 450 flats in Kochi’s Marad. As the first step towards the Supreme Court...
RBI

RBI Clamps Down On Punjab And Maha Coop Bank, Customers Cannot Withdraw More Than...

The Reserve Bank of India has put severe restrictions on the functioning of the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC) Bank, that will have...
The special provision for ministers was passed as law by the VP Singh government in 1981

Taxing Times

Above: The special provision for ministers was passed as law by the VP Singh government in 1981 By Atul Chandra in Lucknow The Uttar Pradesh government...
Lok Sabha MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal celebrating on Independence Day in Leh/Photo: ANI

On Top of the World

Above: Lok Sabha MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal celebrating on Independence Day in Leh/Photo: ANI As Ladakh is set to be included in the Sixth Schedule...
Hygiene is often given the go-by at smaller restaurants and street food joints, putting consumers at great risk/Photo: UNI

Restaurant Hygiene Standards: No More Delhi Belly

Above: Hygiene is often given the go-by at smaller restaurants and street food joints, putting consumers at great risk/Photo: UNI India’s food regulator is all...
Arbitration & Mediation: New “Mantra” for Judicial Salvation

Arbitration & Mediation: New “Mantra” for Judicial Salvation

India Legal reproduces the inaugural speech of the eminent jurist which was given at the Conclave in Bengaluru on August 17 on the challenges...
Automobile sales have dropped by almost 35 percent from the previous year/Photo: eresearchnmarkets.com

Recession: India is Sputtering, Stalling

Above: Automobile sales have dropped by almost 35 percent from the previous year/Photo: eresearchnmarkets.com While recession has not yet hit the country, weakening consumer and...
Assembly Elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, on Oct 21, Results on Oct 24

Assembly Elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, on Oct 21, Results on Oct 24

The BJP Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Haryana, Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Lal Khattar will both be eyeing a second consecutive term in office...
Image by Areka Socha from Pixabay

Unwarranted Interference in the Administration of Justice

Above: Image by Areka Socha from Pixabay  By Manoj K Srivastwa  Recently a Contempt petition was agitated in a matter relating to Bhagwan Sri Ram Virajman and...
E-Cigarette Ban

E-cigarettes Ordinance mandates stringent punishment for offenders

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 which was recently promulgated by the President...
E-cigarettes

Government Approves Ordinance to Ban E-cigarettes Across Country

The government on Wednesday banned the production, import, distribution and sale of e-cigarettes across the country. The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance to this...

A Few Small Steps Less For Lawyers…Hopefully!!!!!

Bar Council of India (BCI) will soon take up the prickly matter of lawyers having to stand while arguing cases. The BCI has assured advocate...
AICAS

All India Chartered Accountants Society protests summoning, checking of CAs

All India Chartered Accountants Society (AICAS) has written a detailed letter to Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Revenue Secretary and other income tax officials drawing their...
Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers at the disputed site in Ayodhya/Photo: UNI

Ayodhya Arguments: Inscriptions Throw New Light

Above: Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers at the disputed site in Ayodhya/Photo: UNI The Ayodhya arguments acquired another angle with the finding of two inscriptions at...

Judicial Arrogance—A Bit Of Rapport Would Be In Order

Advocate Manoj Srivastava has an unusual request to make to his colleagues. “My earnest request to the Executive Committee and members of the Supreme...
Photo Courtesy DDIndia (English)

Raising the Kashmir Bogey

Above: Photo Courtesy DDIndia (English)  At a regional forum of parliamentarians, Pakistan once again raised its pet peeve only to get a strong rebuttal from...
A cow with a UID tag/Photo: Pankaj Tiwari

Cattle Identification: Cash Tag

Above: A cow with a UID tag/Photo: Pankaj Tiwari In an effort to stem the growing number of bovines left to roam the streets after...
Anayootu (Elephant Feeding) festival in Sri Vadakkum Nadha Temple, in Thrissur/Photo: UNI

Plight of Elephants: Jumbo Mistreatment

Above: Anayootu (Elephant Feeding) festival in Sri Vadakkum Nadha Temple, in Thrissur/Photo: UNI Lack of proper care and non-enforcement of the Wildlife Protection Act have...

A No-Plastic Future

Above:  Around 40 percent of India’s plastic waste ends up in landfills, or gets dumped or burnt/Photo: UNI The centre has announced its plans to...
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RTI: Enslaved Parrot

Above: A protest march against the proposed changes in the RTI Act, in New Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya The amendments to RTI law restrict citizens from...
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When Monuments Become Documents

Above: The book gives a lot of attention to the Taj Corridor case where the SC saved the Taj Mahal from further degradation/Photo: UNI The...
Jammu Kashmir

De-radicalisation in J&K 2.0: Unfang the Terrorists

Above: Youths displaying IS flags during a shutdown observed in Srinagar/Photo: UNI With the Jammu & Kashmir in a socio-political flux, it is an attractive...
The recent developments in the Patna High Court attracted media attention

Storm in the Courtroom

Above: The recent developments in the Patna High Court attracted media attention The judges in the Patna High Court have been at the centre of...

Why does Ice Cream have an 18% GST rate?

By Roopashi Khatri Ice cream, corn flakes, bottled water and toothpaste have an unlikely thing in common. A consumer purchasing these items must pay a...
US President Donald Trump

Trump’s incessant bloopers

By Kenneth Tiven    A nation without shared truth will be hard-to-impossible to govern. While this seems pertinent in India, it is becoming a major...
Arun Jaitley

A Man With a Big Heart

The passing away of erudite and popular leader and top lawyer Arun Jaitley has left a void in many circles as he was a...
Ratul Puri, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s nephew

Vendetta Politics?

Above: Ratul Puri, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s nephew The arrest of Kamal Nath’s nephew Ratul Puri in two different cases reeks of revenge...
Regulation of app-based cab aggregators like Ola and Uber will improve the services/Photo: UNI

App-based Cab Aggregators: Rough Ride Ahead

Above: Regulation of app-based cab aggregators like Ola and Uber will improve the services/Photo: UNI Following a Supreme Court directive, Madhya Pradesh, along with Karnataka,...
National Highway

PMO suggests NHAI to improve road infrastructure financing, tells it to monetize its assets

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has written a letter to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and sought its replies on the suggestions put...
Unemployed-Youth

The Myth of Job Creation

Above: Queues of youngsters gathered at a mega job fair in Guwahati/Photo: UNI It is a myth that the government can stimulate the economy and...
The new draft national education policy encourages unbridled privatisation, with the State withdrawing from its constitutional obligation to provide good and equal-quality public education. India will then no longer be a welfare state

Draft National Education Policy: Advancing Apartheid?

Above: A teacher marks attendance in a government school/Photo: Anil Shakya The new draft national education policy encourages unbridled privatisation, with the State withdrawing from its constitutional...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation from the rampart of the Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

I Have a Dream…

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation from the rampart of the Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, in New...
Flood water of Sarvari river may prove disastrous to migrant workers in Kullu district, who are living in sheds alongside the banks of Sarvari river/Photo: UNI

Flood Prone States Need To Learnt Their Lessons from Past Experience

Above: Flood water of Sarvari river may prove disastrous to migrant workers in Kullu district, who are living in sheds alongside the banks of...
Saraswati Thakur with her husband DD Thakur (file picture)

Saraswati Thakur, mother of former CJI TS Thakur, passes away

Above: Saraswati Thakur with her husband DD Thakur (file picture) Saraswati Thakur, mother of former CJI TS Thakur passed away today after a brief illness....
Senior advocates Raju Ramachandran (second from left) and Arvind Datar (right) spoke for and against the motion/Photos: Bhavana Gaur

Promises: Meant To Be Broken?

Above: Senior advocates Raju Ramachandran (second from left) and Arvind Datar (right) spoke for and against the motion/Photos: Bhavana Gaur The Privy Purses case, which...
A victim of the Muzaffarnagar riots breaks down while others console her/Photo: UNI

UP govt ups the ante on withdrawal of Muzzaffarnagar riots cases

The Yogi Adityanath-led government has given top priority to the withdrawal of cases against the three BJP leaders accused in Muzzaffarnagar riots cases but...
P Chidambaram

Enforcement Directorate Issues Lookout Notice Against Former Finance Minister Chidambaram

The Enforcement Directorate has issued a formal lookout notice against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram who has not been seen since late last evening...
A man beats an effigy of one of the Kathua rapists at a protest in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI

Kathua Gang Rape Case: A Heinous Conspiracy

Above: A man beats an effigy of one of the Kathua rapists at a protest in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI The J&K government and the Kathua victim’s...
Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer: A Void Difficult to Fill

Shamnad Basheer, an inspiring and gifted teacher made a subject like IP less intimidating and his well-written petitions made a difference to the lives...
The tenancy law must factor in residential, commercial or any other type of property/Photo: Anil Shakya

Draft Model Tenancy Act: Brokers, Please Excuse

Above: The tenancy law must factor in residential, commercial or any other type of property/Photo: Anil Shakya The Model Tenancy Act is aimed at promoting...
Under-construction flats are a common sight, with many projects facing huge delays/Photo: Anil Shakya

A Dream of a Home

Above: Under-construction flats are a common sight, with many projects facing huge delays/Photo: Anil Shakya In a welcome move, the apex court has upheld the...
The Babri Masjid site with Ram Janmasthan and Sita ki Rasoi/Photo Courtesy: Konark Publishers

Separate Religion from Politics

Above: The Babri Masjid site with Ram Janmasthan and Sita ki Rasoi/Photo Courtesy: Konark Publishers In Babri Masjid–Ram Mandir Dilemma: An Acid Test for...
Princess Diya Kumari (second from right) of  the Jaipur royal family/Photo: facebook; (above) Mahendra Singh of the Mewar-Udaipur royal family. Both have claimed to be descendants of Lord Ram

The Royal Challenge

Above: Princess Diya Kumari (second from right) of  the Jaipur royal family/Photo: facebook; (above) Mahendra Singh of the Mewar-Udaipur royal family. Both have claimed...
Doordarshan

Prasar Bharti restructures Doordarshan, separates ‘its creative functions into a dedicated vertical’

Public Service Broadcaster Prasar Bharti has decided to restructure Doordarshan by separating its creative functions into a dedicated vertical for handling Content Operations, it...
IAS Officer Sriram Venkataraman

Hero To Villain

Above: IAS Officer Sriram Venkataraman Widespread protests force the Kerala government to challenge in the High Court the bail granted to an acclaimed IAS...
The purpose of the new Act is to empower people against Khap Panchayat diktats/Photo: lawschoolpolicyreview.com

Khap Panchayats in Rajasthan: Leashing Terror

Above: The purpose of the new Act is to empower people against Khap Panchayat diktats/Photo: lawschoolpolicyreview.com Faced with a spurt in “justice” dispensed by Khap...
Furniture and other property torched during a mob attack on a hospital in Siwan/Photo: UNI

Violence Against Doctors: Lethal Blow

Above: Furniture and other property torched during a mob attack on a hospital in Siwan/Photo: UNI In a positive development, a draft bill has proposed...
Rajya Sabha

House Sessions: Pizza Delivery in Parliament?

The recently concluded monsoon session has been seen as the most productive with the passage of many bills. Continuity of government and Opposition cooperation...

Vehicle Thefts: Microdots to Rein in Crooks

With 600 thefts in India every day, the government has approved the new unique identification technology and proposed that it should be mandatory for...
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the 35th GST Council meeting in New Delhi/Photo: PIB

GST Compliance: Win Some, Lose Some

Above: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the 35th GST Council meeting in New Delhi/Photo: PIB The CAG Audit Report, while appreciating the introduction of the...
Poaching and tiger attacks on humans are on the rise due to human habitation in the vicinity of the tiger reserves/Photo: UNI

Relocating Tigers: Belling the Big Cat

Above: Poaching and tiger attacks on humans are on the rise due to human habitation in the vicinity of the tiger reserves/Photo: UNI Wildlife experts...
Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife, Sadhna Singh/Photo: UNI

Dumper Scam: No Smooth Ride

Above: Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife, Sadhna Singh/Photo: UNI After a petition was filed in the apex court regarding an alleged dumper...
The Hindon, one of UP’s most polluted rivers/Photo: Anil Shakya

Monitoring Committees: Apathy Rules the Roost

Above: The Hindon, one of UP’s most polluted rivers/Photo: Anil Shakya In a shocking case of an unresponsive government, UP has wound up river and...
The Ghazipur landfill had exhausted its capacity in 2008 but dumping continues/Photo: Anil Shakya

Ghazipur Landfill: Monumental Waste

Above: The Ghazipur landfill had exhausted its capacity in 2008 but dumping continues/Photo: Anil Shakya Global experts are likely to be roped in as the...
A family court inside the Patiala House Court premises in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Men Are More Equal Than Women

Above: A family court inside the Patiala House Court premises in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Mahila E-haat are not enough. How...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

POCSO Cases: Not By Law Alone

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence Though a court in Odisha set an example by sentencing to death a man who raped and murdered a...
Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Central GST busts racket indulging in issuance of fake invoices

Above: Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Central GST Delhi North Commissionerate has busted a racket of issuance of fake invoices without actual supply of...
IT Raids on Mumbai Realtor Unearth Tax Evasion of Rs 700 Cr Plus

IT Raids on Mumbai Realtor Unearth Tax Evasion of Rs 700 Cr Plus

The Income Tax Department has conducted Search and Seizure operations on a prominent Mumbai based realtor, covering more than 40 premises across Mumbai and...
Journalists boycott press briefing by Finance Ministry as they were not allowed to ask questions

Journalists boycott press briefing by Finance Ministry as they were not allowed to ask...

A press briefing by the Finance Ministry today was boycotted by journalists as they were not allowed to ask questions. In the press briefing...
Bus accident victims being taken to a trauma centre in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh/Photo: UNI

Good Samaritan Bill: Make a Difference

Above: Bus accident victims being taken to a trauma centre in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh/Photo: UNI A Lok Sabha MP has introduced Good Samaritan Bill which...
Victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots who fled to Loni and areas bordering Delhi/Photo Courtesy: YouTube

Muzaffarnagar riots: Words Speak Louder Than Actions

Above: Victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots who fled to Loni and areas bordering Delhi/Photo Courtesy: YouTube The Yogi Adityanath government’s decision to withdraw the criminal...
RTI Amendment: RTI…R.I.P.

RTI Amendment: RTI…R.I.P.

While the government terms the changes to the RTI Act as “routine streamlining” and rationalisation of procedures, the unseemly haste and secrecy should not...

Obsolete Laws: Cleansing the Statute Books

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The cabinet recently okayed a bill to scrap 58 archaic laws. Most of these were enacted to amend main laws....
joint-parenting

Joint Parenting: Saving the Children

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence In a progressive move, the Supreme Court has asked the centre to respond to the issue of shared parenting of...
Honest Broker?

Honest Broker?

The US President’s offer to mediate or arbitrate in the Kashmir issue has sent alarm bells ringing among the former Pakistan diplomats, who feel...
Army chief General Bipin Rawat addressing a seminar on cyber security in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Army Information Security: Big Brother is Listening

Above: Army chief General Bipin Rawat addressing a seminar on cyber security in New Delhi/Photo: UNI Many military installations, headquarters of formations and defence facilities...
Muslim Women

Major Win For Govt As Strategic Walkouts By Some Opposition Parties Help Triple...

Several opposition parties made a show of opposing the bill and walked out of the house as the Rajya Sabha passed by a simple...
Ex-SC judge Justice Lokur, Senior Adv Arvind Datar discuss findings of ‘Zero Pendency Courts Project Report’

Ex-SC judge Justice Lokur, Senior Adv Arvind Datar discuss findings of ‘Zero Pendency Courts...

To deliberate on the findings of the Delhi High Courts Zero Pendency Courts Project, DAKSH Bengaluru organised a panel discussion on  July 29 2019,...
BS Yeddyurappa

BJP’s Yeddyurappa Wins Floor Test In Karnataka Assembly

B S Yeddyurappa who took over as the chief minister of Karnataka won the crucial floor test on Monday as expected without much ado....
With 19 influential persons involved in it, the land scam has brought Gulmarg notoriety/Photo: pexels.com

Gulmarg Land Scam: Trouble in Paradise

Above: With 19 influential persons involved in it, the land scam has brought Gulmarg notoriety/Photo: pexels.com The Gulmarg Land Scam involving bureaucrats who illegally transferred...
Fasal Bima Yojana

Crop Insurance: A Harvest of Woes

Above: Gujarat has been witnessing major agrarian unrest over crop failure and claims rejection/Photo: UNI With the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana becoming a profit-making...
UP CM Yogi Adityanath meets the victims’ families in Sonbhadra/Photo: UNI

Sonbhadra Massacre: Politics of Tragedy

Above: UP CM Yogi Adityanath meets the victims’ families in Sonbhadra/Photo: UNI After the carnage that left 10 tribals dead, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has...
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the way to present her maiden budget/Above: UNI

India’s Debt: The Foreign Hand

Above: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the way to present her maiden budget/Above: UNI The FM’s announcement that the budget deficit would be financed from...
A slum-dweller rests amid the rubble of her home, demolished by the authorities in Delhi/Photo: UNI

Housing for the Impoverished: A Basic Human Right

Above: A slum-dweller rests amid the rubble of her home, demolished by the authorities in Delhi/Photo: UNI The Allahabad HC has done well to reiterate...
Corruption continues at Mumbai airport’s Air Cargo Complex

Corruption continues at Mumbai airport’s Air Cargo Complex

Recent transfers of Vigilance Officers who were conducting investigating into corrupt deals by IRS officers posted at Air Cargo Complex send wrong signals to...
Muslim Women

Lok Sabha Begins Debate On Triple Talaq Bill

The Lok Sabha has taken up the discussion on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Bill, 2019, or Triple Talaq Bill. The...
Kumaraswamy Out, Yeddy Waiting In The Wings

Kumaraswamy Out, Yeddy Waiting In The Wings

Weeks of politicial uncertainty in Karnataka was brought to an end today as the JD(S) Congress coalition led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy lost...
“Minority” word has not been defined in Indian Constitution, says RTI reply

“Minority” word has not been defined in Indian Constitution, says RTI reply

India Legal has accessed a RTI reply from the Ministry of Minority Affairs which states that the “word minority has not been defined in...
Photo: UNI

Child Rapes: Save Our Children

With child rapes on the rise, the apex court has taken suo motu  cognisance and decided to frame guidelines to deal with it, while...
Karnataka political crisis

Rebels without a Pause

Above: Congress MLAs stand up his chair during the assembly session at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on July 19/Photo: UNI The events in Karnataka...
The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

In a positive development, the UP Law Commission has submitted a draft Bill recommending up to life imprisonment for the mob lynching. Rajasthan will...
The new law may end up unlocking houses and shops for rent/Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Draft Model Tenancy Act: Home Rule

Above: The new law may end up unlocking houses and shops for rent/Photo: Bhavana Gaur The Model Tenancy Act should make it easier to rent...
Standard & Poor’s, one of the largest CRAs in the world

Wanted: A Judicious Gatekeeper

Above: Standard & Poor’s, one of the largest CRAs in the world The government wants to increase regulations on the credit rating agencies. This won’t...

President Kovind appoints Governors for various states

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Governors for various states. The major reshuffle was the shifting of erstwhile Governor of Madhya Pradesh Anandiben...
Senior-level bureaucratic rejig at PMO, Jal Shakti ministry

Senior-level bureaucratic rejig at PMO, Jal Shakti ministry

In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, 2004 IFS batch officer Vivek Kumar has been appointed Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kumar was earlier...
Anand Kumar

I-T dept attaches Rs 400 crore-worth ‘benami’ 7 acre property in Noida of of...

The Income Tax department on Thursday attached a seven acre  ‘benami’ plot of land belonging to the former Uttar Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj...
Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Saravana Bhavan Owner Rajagopal, Serving Life Term For Murder, Dies In Chennai Hospital

Dies the owner of the popular Saravana Bhavan chain of restaurants died on Thursday in hospital a week after he surrendered to serve a...
Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Photo: UNI

Pakistan Says Hafiz Saeed arrested while trying to leave Lahore

The 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was arrested in Lahore, Pakistan and sent to judicial custody in connection with a terror funding...
Indian Team

Team India’s Wicket Ways

By Dilip Bobb  Following the Indian team’s elimination in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup 2019, agitated fans, cricket experts and related persons flooded...
Binoy, the eldest son of CPI(M)’s Kerala state secretary and politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has frequently been in the news for the wrong reasons/Photo: UNI

Sex, Lies and Cheating

Above: Binoy, the eldest son of CPI(M)’s Kerala state secretary and politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has frequently been in the news for the wrong...
A youth in Tumkur, Karnataka, succumbed to his injuries while doing a back flip for a video

TikTok Challenge: Ticking Danger

Above: A youth in Tumkur, Karnataka, succumbed to his injuries while doing a back flip for a video Though the Chinese app TikTok was banned...
A grey haze over a busy road/Photo: UNI

Air Pollution: Time Running Out

Above: A grey haze over a busy road/Photo: UNI Despite Delhi falling in the “severe” to “poor” category for more than 300 days a year,...
Cyber security attacks have rendered medical devices and hospital networks inoperable/Photo: UNI

Cyber Attacks: Lives at Risk

Above: Cyber security attacks have rendered medical devices and hospital networks inoperable/Photo: UNI An alert by India’s drug regulatory agency about some insulin pumps posing...
Gambling on online gaming sites is catching on/Photo: Anil Shakya

Online Gaming: High Stakes

Above: Gambling on online gaming sites is catching on/Photo: Anil Shakya This new form of betting has caught on in India and is worth around...
Is a Leader of Opposition Necessary?

Is a Leader of Opposition Necessary?

Once again, the absence of a Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha ignites a debate and raises many questions. What is the...
The Reserve Bank of India must play a leading role to ward off the NPA crisis/Photo: UNI

NPA Problem: Create New Money

Above: The Reserve Bank of India must play a leading role to ward off the NPA crisis/Photo: UNI Taking a leaf from the Federal Reserve,...
NHRC issues notice to Tamil Nadu DGP over custodial death

NHRC issues notice to Tamil Nadu DGP over custodial death

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice, to Director General of Police (DGP), Tamil Nadu over reported suicide of a man,...

New law proposes three months’ prior written notice for increasing the rent

The Centre has proposed model rental act. According to the proposal, the landlord will have to give three months’ prior notice in written form...
CBI conducts raids at offices, homes of senior advocates Anand Grover, Indira Jaising

CBI conducts raids at offices, homes of senior advocates Anand Grover, Indira Jaising

The Central Bureau of investigation on Thursday conducted raids at the homes and offices of senior advocates Anand Grover and Indira Jaising in connection...
Union law minister RS Prasad

Not mulling reservations in judicial services, says Union law minister RS Prasad in Parliament

Union law ministry has said that it is not mulling reservations in judicial services. Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Parliament on...
Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay (representative)

Huddle in the Muddle

Above: Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay (representative) It’s the classic photo-op—the team huddle before play begins, where the captain explains strategy and highlights chinks...
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at an Iftar party in Jaipur/Photo: twitter

Gehlot’s Soft Hindutva

Above: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at an Iftar party in Jaipur/Photo: twitter In a surprising volte-face, the Congress government in Rajasthan has filed a...
A class in a medical college. Training would-be doctors is a key component of public health/Photo: akdn.org

IMC (Amendment) Bill, 2019: Lure of the Lucre

Above: A class in a medical college. Training would-be doctors is a key component of public health/Photo: akdn.org Even as the Indian Medical Council (Amendment)...
Ministers MA Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad at Parliament House, New Delhi/Photo: UNI

A Convenient Lapse of Memory?

Above: Ministers MA Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad at Parliament House, New Delhi/Photo: UNI Pendency of bills in the Upper House is cause for concern. After...
Indian Army soldiers search for suspected militants after a gunbattle in Mohra, Uri Sector, on December 5, 2014/Photo: UNI

“Soft Sacking” Army Commanders: Taken to Task

Above: Indian Army soldiers search for suspected militants after a gunbattle in Mohra, Uri Sector, on December 5, 2014/Photo: UNI The centre’s idea of sending...
62 Naxalites surrendering before senior police officers in Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh in November last year/Photo: UNI

Naxals’ Surrender: On the Wrong Track?

Above: 62 Naxalites surrendering before senior police officers in Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh in November last year/Photo: UNI The Chhattisgarh govt seems confused as it...
Editor Ghulam Jeelani Qadri (in striped kurta) outside the Srinagar court after his bail/Photo: kashmirlife.net

Writing on the Wall

Above: Editor Ghulam Jeelani Qadri (in striped kurta) outside the Srinagar court after his bail/Photo: kashmirlife.net      In a shocking incident, a popular editor in...
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (left) with Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs during the halwa ceremony ahead of General Budget 2019

Unveiling the new FM’s budget speech

Above: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (left) with Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs during the halwa ceremony ahead of...
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan orders ban on sale of Biscuits in its ministry

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan orders ban on sale of Biscuits in its...

The Union health ministry has issued a circular (see below) saying that Biscuits will not be served in the official meetings held by the...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Power Play Doordarshan had it as their lead item, as did Zee News, Republic TV and Aaj Tak. Doordarshan went to town with the “exclusive”...
Medical waste lying outside a hospital/Photo: Twitter

Biomedical Waste: Handle With Care

Above: Medical waste lying outside a hospital/Photo: Twitter  A judge has pulled up hospitals and healthcare facilities in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad for causing...
Sri Lankan refugees have been living in poor conditions in camps in Tamil Nadu/Photo: orfonline.org

Sri Lankan Refugees: In No Man’s Land

Above: Sri Lankan refugees have been living in poor conditions in camps in Tamil Nadu/Photo: orfonline.org Sixty-five Tamil refugees from Lanka who were living in...
Media crews outside the house where Additional DGP Rajendra Mishra has kept his father’s body.

Case of a Dead Body: Macabre Drama

Above: Media crews outside the house where Additional DGP Rajendra Mishra has kept his father’s body. In a bizarre case of an IPS officer keeping...
The sanctions on Iran by US President Donald Trump targeted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left), among others

A Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

Above: The sanctions on Iran by US President Donald Trump targeted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left), among others As tensions escalate in the Gulf,...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an all-party meeting to discuss One Nation, One Election in New Delhi/@narendramodi/twitter.com

One Nation, One Election: A Bridge Too Far?

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an all-party meeting to discuss One Nation, One Election in New Delhi/@narendramodi/twitter.com One Nation, One Election concept, which is...
Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Abortion for Rape Survivors: A Salve on Wounds

Above: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay A laudable judgment of the Madras High Court has said that rape survivors who are pregnant with foetuses...
Image by Арсений Попов from Pixabay

J&K “Bribery” Case: A Flawed Commission?

Above: Image by Арсений Попов from Pixabay The credentials of a BJP “commission” to inquire into a bribery charge by journalists in Leh are suspect...
Kerala High Court

NRI suicide in Kerala: Fatal Denial

The Kerala High Court registered a suo motu case after an NRI businessman committed suicide allegedly because he was denied clearances for a convention centre he...
Sedition: Left Red-faced by Act

Sedition: Left Red-faced by Act

The Congress government in Chhattisgarh faced embarrassment over the arrest of a journalist for an innocuous video and was forced to release him By Neeraj...
Environmentalists fear the lavish weddings will wreak havoc on the sensitive ecology of the picturesque ski resort of Aulis/Photo: www.tourmymind.com

Millionaire Wedding in Uttarakhand: Double Trouble

Above: Environmentalists fear the lavish weddings will wreak havoc on the sensitive ecology of the picturesque ski resort of Aulis/Photo: www.tourmymind.com Controversy follows the Gupta...
Photo by Anil Shakya

Home Buyers: Take a Fair Stand

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya Having different rates of interest for consumers and builders for delays on their part amounts to unfair trade practice....
Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as finance minister. The government’s Economic Advisory Council has rebutted Arvind Subramanian’s claims on India’s GDP figures/Photo: PIB

The GDP Storm

Above: Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as finance minister. The government’s Economic Advisory Council has rebutted Arvind Subramanian’s claims on India’s GDP figures/Photo: PIB The government...
Muslims shopping at a cloth shop ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr in Mirzapur (file photo)/Photo: UNI

National Anti-Profiteering Authority: Serving its Purpose

Above: Muslims shopping at a cloth shop ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr in Mirzapur (file photo)/Photo: UNI Initial fears about the return of Inspector Raj have...
Amar Singh was a counsel for Jaya Prada in a case against SP’s Azam Khan

Donning New Robes

Above: Amar Singh was a counsel for Jaya Prada in a case against SP’s Azam Khan In a surprising move, former SP strongman Amar Singh...
Javed, Bhavil and Shah Rook, the accused in the call centre scam, in police custody

India’s Cyber Crooks

Above: Javed, Bhavil and Shah Rook, the accused in the call centre scam, in police custody In an alarming trend, fake call centres have sprouted...
Justice N V Ramana

Justice Ramana Tells SCO To Harness Technology To Resolve Disputes

The Supreme Court Justice N V Ramana has stated that Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) can be used to successfully resolve consumer, family, business/ commercial...
Ravi Shankar Prasad

Triple Talaq Bill Tabled in Lok Sabha Amidst Noisy Resistance From Congress, AIMIM

Amidst stiff resistance from the opposition parties, the government introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) — popularly known as the Triple...
Rahul Gandhi

Dilemma of the Dynast

By Dilip Bobb As the enigmatic Rahul Gandhi continues to head a headless party, a highly informative paper by Siddharta George of Harvard University, is...
Sabarimala Temple

Bill To Bypass SC Verdict on Sabarimala To Be Taken Up In Lok Sabha...

The controversy over the Supreme Court verdict that allowed last September that allowed women of all ages to worship at the Lord Ayyappa temple...
Prannoy Roy & Radhika Roy

SAT Gives Temporary Relief to NDTV’s Roys Over SEBI Order

The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT)  on Tuesday granted NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy temporarily relief from a SEBI order of last week...
Narendra Modi & Nirmala Sitharaman

A Week On, Govt Targets CBIC Officers, Shows Door To 15 Of Them

Days after cracking down on errant Income Tax officers, the government on Tuesday compulsorily retired 15 senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers of the...
Ved Kumari

Prof Ved Kumari, Dean of DU’s Faculty of Law resigns citing poor state of...

Professor Ved Kumari, Dean and Head, Faculty of Law, Delhi University has resigned from her post with effect from June 17 citing poor state...
With huge congestion of vehicles, traffic moves slowly on the highway

Nainital’s Traffic Woes: A Meandering Mess

Above: With huge congestion of vehicles, traffic moves slowly on the highway Despite the Uttarakhand High Court’s injunctions to ensure that those coming to Nainital...
There have been attempts to find an alternative dumping site on the bank of the Yamuna but environmentalists have opposed it/Photo: UNI

Such A Waste

Above: There have been attempts to find an alternative dumping site on the bank of the Yamuna but environmentalists have opposed it/Photo: UNI Municipal authorities...
Image by akiragiulia from Pixabay

Domestic Violence Act: Battle Half-won

Above: Image by akiragiulia from Pixabay The Delhi HC has ruled in favour of aggrieved women estranged from husbands by enlarging the scope of interim...
RBI

RBI Rate Cuts: This Is No Panacea

Above: The recent lowering of repo rates by the RBI, the third consecutive rate drop this year, signals an economic slowdown/Photo: justdial.com For a...
Prisoners of Harsul central jail at Aurangabad meeting their family members/Photo: UNI

Double Occupancy

Above: Prisoners of Harsul central jail at Aurangabad meeting their family members/Photo: UNI Petitions in various courts want prisoners to be given conjugal rights. But...
A man walks past graffiti depicting a message against rape of minors/Photo: UNI

Rapes & Murders: When Death is no Deterrent

Above: A man walks past graffiti depicting a message against rape of minors/Photo: UNI Though Madhya Pradesh has set up fast-track courts and incentives to...
SEBI Bars Prannoy, Radhika Roy From Holding Management Jobs In NDTV For Two Years

SEBI Bars Prannoy, Radhika Roy From Holding Management Jobs In NDTV For Two Years

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has barred NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy from from holding any management...
Muslim Women

Tough road ahead for Triple Talaq Bill in the first session of Lok Sabha

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 which is scheduled to be tabled in the first session of 17th Lok Sabha...
BJP’s Announces New Parliamentary Party Executive Committee

BJP’s Announces New Parliamentary Party Executive Committee

The BJP’s top three leaders took 1-2-3 positions on Wednesday as it announced its parliamentary party executive committee with the prime minister Narendra Modi...
Nripendra Mishra, Dr P K Mishra appointed Principal Secretary and Additional Principal Secretary

Nripendra Mishra, Dr P K Mishra appointed Principal Secretary and Additional Principal Secretary

The Centre has appointed Nripendra Mishra as Principal Secretary and Dr P K Mishra as Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with...
NCRDC building in New Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Starting At The Top

Above: NCRDC building in New Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya In a case where a couple lost their baby girl after she was given wrong injection, the...
Media

Media Watch

Monopoly Games While the media is often critical of monopolies in the corporate world and dynasties in politics, it needs to examine its own house...
Sikhs sitting on dharna over the 2015 sacrilege of the holy book in Tarn Taran/Photo: UNI

Sacrilege Case: Twist In The Tale

Above: Sikhs sitting on dharna over the 2015 sacrilege of the holy book in Tarn Taran/Photo: UNI The Congress government in Punjab is left red-faced...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Maldives/Photo courtesy: PMO

Modi in Maldives: Checkmating the Dragon

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Maldives/Photo courtesy: PMO India’s traditional ties with Maldives, which had taken...
The CPCB fined the DDA for illegal waste dumping in Bawana and other places/Photo: knocksense.com

Pollution Norms: Cause and No-effect

Above: The CPCB fined the DDA for illegal waste dumping in Bawana and other places/Photo: knocksense.com The Delhi High Court’s restraining order on the CPCB...
Facebook’s Currency: A Digital Goldmine

Facebook’s Currency: A Digital Goldmine

Above: Illustration by Amitava Sen The digital currency can work within WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger and offers price stability, privacy and easy integration...
The AP High Court at Amaravati/Photo: Wikipedia

Andhra Pradesh: A Tale of Two Courts

Above: The AP High Court at Amaravati/Photo: Wikipedia Close to five months after the new High Court shifted from Hyderabad to Amaravati, lawyers are...

Centre ignores Collegium recommendation, names another judge as acting chief justice of Madhya Pradesh...

Ignoring the May 10 recommendation by Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi for appointment of Justice AA Kureshi...
Modi In Guruvayoor: Will Centre Announce Ordinance Route On Sabarimala?

Modi In Guruvayoor: Will Centre Announce Ordinance Route On Sabarimala?

In the wake of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the famous Sri Krishna temple in Guruvayoor, Kerala on Saturday, there is intense...
Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar/Photo: UNI

Ex Kolkata Top Cop Rajeev Kumar Finally Appears Before CBI in Saradha Scam Case

Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar Friday appeared before the CBI in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam. Kumar, who is presently the additional...
The old and deprived have something to cheer about after the High Court’s verdict/Photo: myrows.org.in

A Roof over Their Heads

Above: The old and deprived have something to cheer about after the High Court’s verdict/Photo: myrows.org.in In a welcome move, the Delhi High Court has...
Photo courtesy mybigplunge.com

Online Aggregators: Flies In The Soup

Above: Photo courtesy mybigplunge.com The Congress government in Punjab directs online food delivery firms to display hygiene ratings of all food order and supply companies...
Pharm D candidates at the Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology, Kolkata; they can prefix “Dr”/Photo: gnipst-pc.ac.in

Prefixing “Dr”: Taking the Shine Away

Above: Pharm D candidates at the Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology, Kolkata; they can prefix “Dr”/Photo: gnipst-pc.ac.in With the pharmacy council allowing...
Hindi: Caught in time warp

Hindi: Caught in time warp

By Ashwini Kumar Upadhayay The Union Government in consultation with all the States formulated three-language formula in 1968. The formula as enunciated in the 1968...
NIA

NIA conducts training programme on the misuse of internet by terrorists

Recognizing misuse of the Internet by terrorists as one of the foremost counter-terrorism challenges around the world, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) conducted a...
Former CJI R M Lodha

Former CJI R M Lodha files complaint alleging cyber fraud of Rs 1 lakh

A complaint has been lodged by the former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha with the Delhi Police. The complaint stated that an...
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad being greeted by law ministry officials after taking charge

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Says He Will Play Role of Stakeholder, Not...

Above: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad being greeted by law ministry officials after taking charge Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on...
uniform civil code

Uniform Civil Code: Need of the Hour

By Ashwini Kumar Upadhayay Directive Principles are affirmative instruction to secure Justice – social, economic, political; Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith, worship; Equality of...
The Takshshila Arcade in Surat where 22 students lost their lives was regularised by paying impact fees/Photo: UNI

A Blazing Tinder Box

Above: The Takshshila Arcade in Surat where 22 students lost their lives was regularised by paying impact fees/Photo: UNI The death of 22 students in...
The Hindustan Newsprint Ltd at Vellore, Kottayam. The state’s move to take over the PSU is questionable

Make Loss, Not Sense

Above: The Hindustan Newsprint Ltd at Vellore, Kottayam. The state’s move to take over the PSU is questionable The Kerala government’s attempt to take over...
Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar/Photo: UNI

Top Gun on the Run

Above: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar/Photo: UNI As the CBI sharpens its knives against the former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar over allegations of...
The PIL states that the Congress party uses a flag similar to the national flag/Photo: UNI

What is in a name?

Above: The PIL states that the Congress party uses a flag similar to the national flag/Photo: UNI A PIL in the Delhi High Court seeks...
McDonald’s Case

McDonald’s Case: Chew on This

While an out-of-court settlement of a long legal battle between McDonald and its partner in India is within sight, HUDCO is claiming dues of...
The factsheet on plastic waste generated in India is terrifying and nothing is being done/Photo: UNI

Drowning in Plastic

Above: The factsheet on plastic waste generated in India is terrifying and nothing is being done/Photo: UNI That many states do not take it seriously...
BJP Chief Amit Shah Is Home Minister in Modi 2.0. Rajnath Gets Defence, Nirmala is FM and Jaishankar Foreign Minister

BJP Chief Amit Shah Is Home Minister in Modi 2.0. Rajnath Gets Defence, Nirmala...

Amit Shah is India’s new home minister  as Rajnath Singh made way for him to move to take charge of Defence,  accordinging to the...
The advanced Brahmos supersonic cruise missile test fired from Car Nicobar Island/Photo: UNI

Military Sales: Asking for the Moon?

Above: The advanced Brahmos supersonic cruise missile test fired from Car Nicobar Island/Photo: UNI India has finalised a new system to speed up sale of...
Arun Jaitly

Arun Jaitley, No 2 Man In Team Modi 1.0, Writes To PM,Cites Health Reasons...

The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, widely seen as the No 2 man in the first Narendra Modi government will not be a part of...
Autopsies: Respect Cadavers Too

Autopsies: Respect Cadavers Too

A move to have CCTV cameras inside autopsy halls was opposed by the Delhi government in the High Court as it violates the constitutional...
2018 Asian Games

Racing Against Odds

Above: Olympian Dutee Chand (file pic)/Photo: UNI The Olympian’s Dutee Chand coming out about her lesbian relationship is part of the struggles that she has...
Rajeev Kumar

Mamata’s Handpicked Addl DGP, CID Is A Man Against Whom CBI Has Issued Lookout...

With the election process over and the Mode of Code of Conduct ceasing to exist, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reinstated...
Stray cattle moving on roads is a likely cause of most road accidents/Photo: UNI

UP’s Cow Policy: Bovine Blunder

Above: Stray cattle moving on roads is a likely cause of most road accidents/Photo: UNI As rampaging and hungry cattle invade fields and roads, the...
Former Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan interacting with a leprosy patient/Photo: UNI

Ominous Signs

Above: Former Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan interacting with a leprosy patient/Photo: UNI As the government hides data and refuses to accept the reality...
Drug companies prefer using popular brand names for new products/Photo: justdial.com

Drug Formulations: Banking on Brands

Above: Drug companies prefer using popular brand names for new products/Photo: justdial.com Retaining the brand name in a new formulation is misleading and harmful for...
A legal assistance-cum-awareness camp in Delhi.  Citizens should not only be aware of their rights but also have sufficient knowledge about various laws/Photo: dslsa.org

Ignorance Is Not Bliss, But…

Above: A legal assistance-cum-awareness camp in Delhi.  Citizens should not only be aware of their rights but also have sufficient knowledge about various laws/Photo:...
CEC Sunil Arora’s approach in dealing with MCC complaints from the Opposition parties was questionable/Photo: UNI

CEC Sunil Arora: Controversial Referee?

Above: CEC Sunil Arora’s approach in dealing with MCC complaints from the Opposition parties was questionable/Photo: UNI Despite the magnitude of the NDA win, many...
The Aravali hills in Gurugram/Photo: Anil Shakya

Zero Draft EIA Notification of 2019: Losing the Plot

Above: The Aravali hills in Gurugram/Photo: Anil Shakya The Zero draft of the EIA notification from the environment ministry takes ease of doing business to...
Opposition leaders coming out of Nirvachan Sadan after meeting Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora,in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo/UNI

Election Commission rejects Oppn Plea For Change In Counting Procedure

Above: Opposition leaders coming out of Nirvachan Sadan after meeting Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora,in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo/UNI The Election Commission has rejected...
22 opposition parties urge EC to ensure verification of VVPAT slips of randomly identified polling stations

22 opposition parties urge EC to ensure verification of VVPAT slips of randomly identified...

The 22 opposition parties on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission (EC) urging that the verification of VVPAT slips of randomly discovered...
EVM

Election Commission Says Movement of EVM’s With Full Safety and Security

The Election Commission has rubbished reports about the EVMs safety and said all allegations were “baseless and frivolous”. A few incidents of EVM’s being transported...
SEBI must be cautious in allowing dual-class shares’ listing in the stock market

Dual-class Shares: Power Play

Above: SEBI must be cautious in allowing dual-class shares’ listing in the stock market Issuing different classes of shares with differential voting rights results in...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Perils of the Press One more name has been added to the list of journalists the BJP loves to hate—Aatish Taseer.  The provocation is his...
Justice NV Ramana of the Supreme Court lighting the ceremonial lamp at the Legal Leadership Conclave. Also seen are Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Pradeep Nandrajog (extreme right); former Supreme Court judge Justice BN Srikrishna (first from left); Editor-in-chief, APN, Rajshri Rai (second from left); Editor-in-Chief, India Legal, Inderjit Badhwar (second from right); and former law secretary PK Malhotra (third from right)/All photos: Anil Shakya

Legal Leadership Conclave: IBC Decoded

Above: Justice NV Ramana of the Supreme Court lighting the ceremonial lamp at the Legal Leadership Conclave. Also seen are Chief Justice of the...
Six Days Before Terms Ends, PM Modi Does A First In 5 Yrs—Addresses a Presser

Six Days Before Terms Ends, PM Modi Does A First In 5 Yrs—Addresses a...

After keeping the press at bay for the five years of his tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed his first press conference...
Punjab and Haryana High Court

Gang Rape Case in Punjab: Courting Trouble

Above: The gang rape case is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court/Photo: kractivist.org A complex rape case has embroiled two judges and some...
A Gangrape and an Attempted Cover-Up For Political Purposes

A Gangrape and an Attempted Cover-Up For Political Purposes

By Asif Ullah Khan The gang rape of a Dalit girl in the Thanagazi village of the Alwar district was something that was waiting to...
Mamata Banerjee

WB Govt Writes To EC, Asks Why No Local Officers For Quick Response Team

Mamata Banerjee led government has written to the Election Commission (EC) over deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in the state for 7th...
Voters showing inked fingers after casting vote at Ladakh/ Photo Courtesy @SveepL/twitter.com

Ladakh Constituency: Did Army Influence Lower Ranks?

Above: Voters showing inked fingers after casting vote at Ladakh/ Photo Courtesy @SveepL/twitter.com In another example of the politicisation of the armed forces, a complaint was...
Did Rajiv Gandhi misuse India’s aircraft carrier?

Did Rajiv Gandhi misuse India’s aircraft carrier?

Veteran journalist remembers his visit to INS Viraat in the midst of controversy that the aircraft carrier was used by former PM Rajiv Gandhi...
Low voter turnout – Is Compulsory Voting The Remedy?

Low voter turnout – Is Compulsory Voting The Remedy?

By Dr Rajvir Pratap Sharma The soul of India lives in its villages, said Mahatma Gandhiji more than half a century ago. Gandhiji might as...
Adultery Laws: Infidelity Crisis

Adultery Laws: Infidelity Crisis

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence Though adultery is not an IPC offence, it remains so under the J&K's Ranbir Penal Code. This has led to...
The niqab ban imposed by the MES has sparked a huge controversy in the state/Photo: UNI The ban by the Muslim Educational Society for stu

Veil Ban: Just Face It

Above: The niqab ban imposed by the MES has sparked a huge controversy in the state/Photo: UNI The ban by the Muslim Educational Society for...
The NGT found that forest land in Gorakhpur was handed over to builders by the GDA/Photo: gorakhpur.finalreport.in

Forest Land Scam: Gorakhpur’s Shame

Above: The NGT found that forest land in Gorakhpur was handed over to builders by the GDA/Photo: gorakhpur.finalreport.in The NGT has unearthed a big fraud...
Domestic workers are among the most marginalised workers/Photo: stockpicturesforeveryone.com

A Simple, Stark Claim

Above: Domestic workers are among the most marginalised workers/Photo: stockpicturesforeveryone.com The Delhi HC has issued notices to the Delhi government and the Department of Labour...
The Muzaffarpur shelter home being demolished after it was found that the building had violated the approved plan/Photo: twitter.com/ANI

House Of Horrors

Above: The Muzaffarpur shelter home being demolished after it was found that the building had violated the approved plan/Photo: twitter.com/ANI With the Supreme Court setting...
The recent turn of events has cast a shadow over the apex court; (inset) CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Ranjan Gogoi Case: Question of Credibility

Above: The recent turn of events has cast a shadow over the apex court; (inset) CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya Following a complaint against the...
J&K BJP Chief Wants Party mates and Scribes To Take Narco Test To See Who Is Lying In Bribery case

J&K BJP Chief Wants Party mates and Scribes To Take Narco Test To See...

By Pushp Saraf Tsering Dorjay, BJP member of the J and K Legislative Council and the seniormost party leader of the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, has...
U.S. President Donald Trump

Hemmed In, President Trump Decides Offense Is The Best Form Of Defence

By Kenneth Tiven U.S. President Donald Trump has once again maneuvered himself into very familiar territory: surrounded by angry people,  he is using the threat...
Racism cries jam Northeast helplines in Bengaluru, says study

Racism cries jam Northeast helplines in Bengaluru, says study

By Stephen David in Bengaluru Racism tops the litany of complaints that hundreds of people from Northeast face in the Karnataka capital Bengaluru even as...
Can’t Beat Them? No Problem, Just Buy Them

Can’t Beat Them? No Problem, Just Buy Them

BY Pushp Saraf Seven journalists of Leh district in Jammu and Kashmir  have complained to police that BJP leaders tried to bribe media persons in...
Darul Aqsha (right) at a local polling station in Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesians Want To Go The EVM Way While Sceptics In India Want It Junked

Above: Darul Aqsha (right) at a local polling station in Jakarta, Indonesia By Asif Ullah Khan At a time when the clamour for going back to...
IMA Wants Ban on Prenatal Sex Determination Tests to Be Repealed

IMA Wants Ban on Prenatal Sex Determination Tests to Be Repealed

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said it would ask the government and lawmakers to repeal the law that bans prenatal sex determination, arguing...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Modi and the Media It’s no secret that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has some people in the media on his hit list, so to speak....
The Gurugram-based headquarters of PepsiCo India/Photo: hqcorporateoffice.com

Pepsi Lays Off

Above: The Gurugram-based headquarters of PepsiCo India/Photo: hqcorporateoffice.com Under pressure from the political class, farmers’ groups, activists and social media, the American soft drink and...
The prevalence of child marriage is very high in Rajasthan/Photo: UNI

Child Marriages in Rajasthan: Play Your Cards Well

Above: The prevalence of child marriage is very high in Rajasthan/Photo: UNI The collector of Bundi has found an innovative way to stop the child...
Poll observer Mohammad Mohsin was shunted out by the EC from Odisha for ordering checks on PM Modi’s chopper/Photo: UNI

Poll Punishment

Above: Poll observer Mohammad Mohsin was shunted out by the EC from Odisha for ordering checks on PM Modi’s chopper/Photo: UNI The Central Administrative Tribunal...
The Tihar prison complex has nine jails; the number of inmates far exceeds its capacity/Photo: Anil Shakya

Easing Matters in Jails

Above: The Tihar prison complex has nine jails; the number of inmates far exceeds its capacity/Photo: Anil Shakya A PIL in Delhi High Court urging...
The district consumer court in Chandigarh said shops can’t charge for carry bags/Photo: UNI

Cash And Carry

Above: The district consumer court in Chandigarh said shops can’t charge for carry bags/Photo: UNI The last few months have seen consumer courts across the...
Photo by UNI

Diesel Engines: A New Era

With tighter norms for engines kicking in, those running on diesel and even petrol will be phased out and replaced with electric or hybrid...
AIADMK ministers, functionaries and cadres in front of the Apollo Hospitals where party chief J Jayalalithaa was admitted/Photo: UNI

Apollo Hospital: Thrown a Lifeline

Above: AIADMK ministers, functionaries and cadres in front of the Apollo Hospitals where party chief J Jayalalithaa was admitted/Photo: UNI The Supreme Court came to...
Narendra Modi

No Violation of Model Code of Conduct By PM Modi, Says Election Commission

The Election Commission has absolved prime minister Narendra Modi of the charge of violating the model code of conduct saying it  was “of the...
Family Court System Abets Child Abuse

Family Court System Abets Child Abuse

By Dr Rakesh Kapur Our family court system has repeatedly failed our children in violation of parens patriae jurisdiction granted to it and judgement by...
Delhi Police issuing a challan for traffic violation/Photo: Twitter

Accidental Journey

Above: Delhi Police issuing a challan for traffic violation/Photo: Twitter India accounts for 11 percent of global road fatalities with rules being flouted regularly and...
The blast site inside St Anthony’s Church in Colombo. More than 300 people were killed in the explosions in Sri Lanka/Photo: UNI

Ticking Time Bomb

Above: The blast site inside St Anthony’s Church in Colombo. More than 300 people were killed in the explosions in Sri Lanka/Photo: UNI Though there...
Protesters demonstrating against the practice of fracking and demanding that it be banned, in New York in October 2014/Photo: UNI

“The Rights of Nature are a Global Issue”

Above: Protesters demonstrating against the practice of fracking and demanding that it be banned, in New York in October 2014/Photo: UNI The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal...
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Highway Speedbreakers

Above: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami handing over a memorandum to the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and...
People in Afghanistan urging the Taliban to give up their fight and enter into a dialogue with the government to end war crimes/Photo: UNI

Thumbs Up for Big Brother’s Big Stick

Above: People in Afghanistan urging the Taliban to give up their fight and enter into a dialogue with the government to end war crimes/Photo:...
NPAS

Write-offs: no solution for NPA problem

A plea in the apex court to restrain banks from writing off NPAs is timely as the cost for doing so is borne by...
Captain JJ Nijhawan with the Jet Airways crew

Living Life King Size, Thanks to Jet

Above: Captain JJ Nijhawan with the Jet Airways crew As the Jet Airways crumbles, the emotional staff is appealing to politicians to keep it afloat....
Justice N V Ramana delivering the inaugural address at Legal Leadership Conclave/Photo: Anil Shakya

High Powered Speakers Deliberate On ‘Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code’ At India Legal Conclave

Above: Justice N V Ramana delivering the inaugural address at Legal Leadership Conclave/Photo: Anil Shakya  The first ever Legal Leadership Conclave, organised by India Legal...
VVPAT

21 Opp Parties Approach SC To Reiterate Demand For 50% EVM Voter Slips Verification

Twenty-one opposition parties have once again approached the Supreme Court, asking it to review the order on counting of voter slips of only five...
Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

The returning officer for the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency has declared that nomination papers of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi  for the Parliamentary elections...
Rahul Gandhi

To Checkmate NDA Dirty Tricks Dept, Rahul To Share Passport, Edu Details With EC

The Congress party has said that details of its chief Rahul gandhi’s passport and educational qualifications would be submitted to the Election Commission. This...
A Dalit man (in wheelchair) whose two children were burnt alive in a village in Faridabad district; past NCRB data shows a rise in the number of atrocities against Dalits/Photo: UNI

NCRB Figures: Disappearing Data

Above: A Dalit man (in wheelchair) whose two children were burnt alive in a village in Faridabad district; past NCRB data shows a rise...
Omissions of Commission

Omissions of Commission

The ongoing poll campaign has seen senior leaders of national parties violating the Model Code of Conduct with impunity, but the Election Commission has...
PM Narendra Modi greeting the three service chiefs at the 2019 Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath/Photo: PIB

Milking the Armed Forces

Above: PM Narendra Modi greeting the three service chiefs at the 2019 Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath/Photo: PIB The government’s valour-for-votes call is unprecedented and...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi lighting the inaugural lamp of the final round of the SCBA talent hunt show held at the Supreme Court in the presence of Chairman, Cultural Committee, SCBA, Pradeep Rai (third from right), and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta (second from right) 

SCBA Event: No Bar To Talent

Above: CJI Ranjan Gogoi lighting the inaugural lamp of the final round of the SCBA talent hunt show held at the Supreme Court in...
Justice Ranjan Gogoi

I Spoke Out About CJI Only To Save My Family: Ex SC Woman Staffer

The woman employee of the Supreme Court who filed a complaint against the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi alleging sexual harassment has said...
Displaying of fireworks is an integral part of the festival which is held at the famous Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrissur/Photos: keralaphotos.in

Thrissur Pooram Festival: Fireworks Again

Above: Displaying of fireworks is an integral part of the festival which is held at the famous Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrissur/Photos: keralaphotos.in In a big...
Muslim women offering prayers at the Jama Masjid in Srinagar in the holy month of Ramzan/Photo: UNI

Right of Women to Worship in Mosques: Breaking Barriers

Above: Muslim women offering prayers at the Jama Masjid in Srinagar in the holy month of Ramzan/Photo: UNI In view of the Sabarimala verdict which...
Priyanka Chaturvedi

Congress’ Other Priyanka Quits Party, Says ‘Lumpen Goons’ Get Preference in INC, hours later...

A day after quitting Congress as an official spokesperson on the grounds that the party reinstated those who misbehaved with her, Priyanka Chaturvedi joined...
Selective Punishment for the Merchants of Venom

Selective Punishment for the Merchants of Venom

By Punit Mishra While the Election Commission’s (EC) ban on four leaders—Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, BSP supremo Mayawati, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Samajwadi...
Yogi Adityanath

Election Commission Bans UP CM Yogi From Campaigning for 72 Hrs, Mayawati ...

Barely hours after it was chastised by the Supreme Court for for its failure to take action against hate speech during the ongoing polls,...

Media Watch

Modi’s New Outreach Ever since he became PM in 2014, the biggest negative regarding Modi’s governance style has been his disdain for the media and...
The Court’s censure is likely to put the Manohar Lal Khattar government in a spot/Photo: UNI

Police Paradise?

Above: The Court’s censure is likely to put the Manohar Lal Khattar government in a spot/Photo: UNI The Punjab and Haryana High Court has indicted...
Gujarat minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama

Win by a Whisker

Above: Gujarat minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama A petition challenging BJP stalwart Bhupendrasinh Chudasama’s win in the 2017 assembly elections seems to have made him desperate as...
The five separatist leaders—Abdul Gani Bhat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Bilal Lone, Shabir Shah and  Hashim Qureshi—whose security was withdrawn three days after the Pulwama killings

Withdrawal of Security Cover: A Dangerous Strategy

Above: The five separatist leaders—Abdul Gani Bhat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Bilal Lone, Shabir Shah and  Hashim Qureshi—whose security was withdrawn three days after the...
The proposed amendments would enable higher immunity for use of firearms by forest staff/Photo: UNI

A Police State in Forests?

Above: The proposed amendments would enable higher immunity for use of firearms by forest staff/Photo: UNI The centre’s Draft Forest Act Amendment has drawn flak from...
Give Them a Chance

Give Them a Chance

Above photo: pixabay.com Following a petition in the Delhi High Court, the Medical Council of India has said that those with over 80 percent disability...
LS candidate Nakul Nath with father Kamal Nath, who is contesting an assembly bypoll/Photo: Nakul Kamal Nath/Facebook

Raiding For Votes

Above: LS candidate Nakul Nath with father Kamal Nath, who is contesting an assembly bypoll/Photo: Nakul Kamal Nath/Facebook The IT department’s controversial crackdown on election...
Following IL&FS’ default crisis in September 2018, more than 70 independent director positions lie vacant/Photo: ilfsindia.com

Independent Directorship at IL&FS: Put on Notice

Above: Following IL&FS’ default crisis in September 2018, more than 70 independent director positions lie vacant/Photo: ilfsindia.com Beleaguered IL&FS has seen few takers for the...
Ex IL&FS CEO Ramesh Bawa Arrested By Serious Fraud Investigation Office

Ex IL&FS CEO Ramesh Bawa Arrested By Serious Fraud Investigation Office

The former MD and CEO of IL&FS, Ramesh Bawa was arrested on Saturday by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in connection with the...
Narendra Modi Biopic

Election Commission Says No To Modi Biopic, Says Film Release Only After Polls Over

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday has put a stop to the release of the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi until the general...
CBDT Chief, Revenue Secretary Meet Poll Commission, Explain Raids

CBDT Chief, Revenue Secretary Meet Poll Commission, Explain Raids

CBDT Chairman PC Mody and Revenue Secretary AB Pandey on Tuesday met the Election Commission (EC) in connection with the raids over the past...
Narendra Modi

Retd civil servants raise hackles over Model Code of Conduct being violated by BJP

A group of retired civil servants has written letter to the President Ram Nath Kovind raising serious concerns on the Model Code of Conduct...
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Appears Before NIA in Terror Funding Probe

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Appears Before NIA in Terror Funding Probe

Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday appeared before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for questioning in connection with a terror funding case in...
BJP releases manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections

BJP releases manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Amit Shah, today released the ruling BJP's manifesto for the national election starting Thursday. The "sankalp patra" or...
Medical tests must not be looked at in isolation but as a yardstick/Photo: UNI

The Right Prescription?

Above: Medical tests must not be looked at in isolation but as a yardstick/Photo: UNI The amendments in Clinical Establishments Second Amendment Rules, 2019 are...
Nifty Medical Stock Performance in FY18

Media Watch

Downward Spiral Indian media firms have experienced one of the worst years at the stock markets. In the financial year 2018-19 (FY19), the Nifty Media...
Transporters are most affected by the E-Way Bill System/Photo: Anil Shakya

Tax Evasion: Catch ’Em if You Can

Above: Transporters are most affected by the E-Way Bill System/Photo: Anil Shakya To check tax evasion, several changes have been made in the E-way bill...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Get a Pie in Commercial Space

In a major step towards financial reform, India’s first REIT will enable investors to own a share in realty projects and bring professionalism, transparency...
Protest in Delhi against RTI Act dilution/Photo: UNI

Regulating the Regulator

Above: Protest in Delhi against RTI Act dilution/Photo: UNI The NDA government’s move to bring the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners directly under the...
Advani’s Blog Leaves BJP Leadership Redfaced, Modi Tweets a Face-Saver

Advani’s Blog Leaves BJP Leadership Redfaced, Modi Tweets a Face-Saver

By Punit Mishra BJP veteran and former deputy prime minister Lal Kishen Advani had started blogging as early as January 2009 though the last of...
A SC lawyer displaying his singing talent at the Mera Bhi Naam Hoga event organised by SCBA cultural committee/Photo: Anil Shakya

Supreme Court: Unusual Setting for an Extraordinary Cultural Evening

Above: A SC lawyer displaying his singing talent at the Mera Bhi Naam Hoga event organised by SCBA cultural committee/Photo: Anil Shakya On the evening...
Rahul in Kerala, Files Nomination for April 23 LS Election from Wayanad

Rahul in Kerala, Files Nomination for April 23 LS Election from Wayanad

The Congress president and the United Democratic Front candidate Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections from the Wayanad constituency,...
Home Ministry Notice To Trinamool MP’s Wife For Filing False Documents

Home Ministry Notice To Trinamool MP’s Wife For Filing False Documents

The Home Ministry has issued a show cause notice to Rujira Naroola, wife of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee and nephew of the...
Udupi Power Plant

Green tribunal red flags Adani power plant’s expansion plans

By Stephen David in Bengaluru The National Green Tribunal has asked the 1,200 MW coal-based power plant Udupi Power Corporation to pay a...
It Does Run In The Family

It Does Run In The Family

By Dilip Bobb Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unvarying attacks on the Nehru-Gandhi family and dynastic privilege may be starting to sound like he’s stuck in...
Dettol

Doctor’s Prescription To Buy Dettol, Savlon???

Dr KK Aggarwal In 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) barred the use of 24 ingredients, including triclosan, in over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic products...
Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud

“It was Not Palkhiwala Who Spoke, It was Divinity Speaking Through Him”

“We the nation, we the people were fortunate to have had such a legend amongst us,” said Justice DY Chandrachud at the Palkhiwala centenary...
Swami Aseemanand (file pic)/Photo: ANI

Soft on Hindu Terror

Above: Swami Aseemanand (file pic)/Photo: ANI The government is soft-pedalling numerous terror cases by extremist Hindu groups, leading to the acquittal of many of the...
Arnab Goswami, Photo: UNI

Merchant of Venom

A Kerala court has summoned Arnab Goswami for his disparaging remarks against the people of the state during a talk show held in the...
The PRR project will decongest traffic and reduce air pollution in Bengaluru/Photo: Youtube

Peripheral Ring Road: Going Round in Circles

Above: The PRR project will decongest traffic and reduce air pollution in Bengaluru/Photo: Youtube Whether the traffic nightmare in Bengaluru will ease or not depends...
A wall in RK Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil NaduPhoto UNI

Deface at Your Own Peril

Above: A wall in RK Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu/Photo: UNI In Tamil Nadu where elections are a riot of colours and noise, it...
Babies born through in-vitro fertilisation at a fertility clinic in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI

Human Embryos: Fertile Smuggling

Above: Babies born through in-vitro fertilisation at a fertility clinic in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI A Malaysian national arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence for smuggling...
An armyman keeping vigil at Lal Chowk, Srinagar, during a strike called against the ban of JKLF/Photo: UNI

JKLF Ban: Timing is Everything

Above: An armyman keeping vigil at Lal Chowk, Srinagar, during a strike called against the ban of JKLF/Photo: UNI In a tactless and impatient move,...
President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose/Photo: UNI

The Acid Test

Above: President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose/Photo: UNI Lokpal faces its first challenge over allegations that former Karnataka CM...
Shabir Shah

Terror funding case: ED attaches property owned by Separatist Leader Shabir Shah’s family

The Enforcement Directorate has attached a property belonging to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah’s family  in connection with a terror funding case. The property...
Sam Pitroda/Photo by Anil Shakya

We don’t need an actor or a great orator who lies: Sam Pitroda

Above: Sam Pitroda/Photo by Anil Shakya Sam Pitroda, the policy chief of the Congress and one of India’s most respected technocrats, is credited with having...
IPL is waste of water, says plea before NGT

IPL is waste of water, says plea before NGT

By Punit Mishra The National Green Tribunal will on Friday take up a petition that seeks to check what is termed as a rampant misuse...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi

“Most of the tribunals are virtually non-functional,” says CJI Ranjan Gogoi in a case...

  A constitution bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Gupta today...
Air India boarding pass

Poll Body Asks Aviation, Railway Ministries Why PM Modi’s Pics Are On Boarding Passes

  The Election Commission has  asked the Ministry of Railways & Ministry of Civil Aviation to explain why the pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...
Justice C S Karnan released from Kolkata’s Presidency Jai

Candidate Karnan Wants To Be Hon’ble MP Representing Chennai Central Constituency

By Punit Mishra Justice C S Karnan, the first ever sitting judge to be sentenced to prison term who also had the dubious distinction of...
Jagdeep Singh with his daughter Gauri Sheoran (centre)/Photo: twitter

Tenacious As Ever

Above: Jagdeep Singh with his daughter Gauri Sheoran (centre)/Photo: twitter IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who made a mark exposing the misdeeds of the high and...
The new policy will allow liquor shops to sell Indian Made Foreign Liquor

Madhya Pradesh: Liquor is Quicker

Above: The new policy will allow liquor shops to sell Indian Made Foreign Liquor  To be implemented from April 1, the new liquor policy...
The audio tape scandal has rocked the Karnataka Assembly/Photo: UNI

Poaching Allegations: Playing It Safe

Above: The audio tape scandal has rocked the Karnataka Assembly/Photo: UNI With the poll process in full swing, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy decides discretion is...
Police officials destroy seized illegal liquor stock in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI

Right to Tipple

Above: Police officials destroy seized illegal liquor stock in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI For the first time, the Gujarat High Court has issued a notice to the...
Churches in Kerala have vast properties and assets acquired through various sources/Photo: illiterate/commons.wikimedia.org

Shelved, For Now

Above: Churches in Kerala have vast properties and assets acquired through various sources/Photo: illiterate/commons.wikimedia.org With mounting pressure from the church, the Kerala government may have...
The Aravali range is like a shield which keeps the desert at bay; it harbours many wildlife species and is an important watershed/Photo: Lambi KH

Whose forest is it, anyway?

Above: The Aravali range is like a shield which keeps the desert at bay; it harbours many wildlife species and is an important watershed/Photo:...
ABS Associates

Rein Them in

The Election Commission has sought action from the Bar Council of Delhi against two law firms for advertising their services inappropriately The Bar Council of...
Nirav Modi

Diamantaire Nirav Modi Arrested In London

  Fugitive businessman Nirav Modi was arrested in London on Wednesday, two days after an arrest warrant was issued against him. News agencies said that...
Five Years After Lokpal Act Was Passed India gets First Anti-Corruption Ombudsman

Five Years After Lokpal Act Was Passed India gets First Anti-Corruption Ombudsman

  Five years after the Lokpal Act was notified to probe cases of corruption  against public servants, former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose...
Pro Bono Legal Service

Why Government Needs Private Data of Litigants, Lawyers to Institutionalize Pro Bono Legal Aid

By Sumit Saxena With the ever increasing pendency of cases, getting access to justice is becoming harder especially for the poor, who find it extremely...
Smoke emanating from a firecracker burst/Photo: UNI

How Green are Your Crackers?

Above: Smoke emanating from a firecracker burst/Photo: UNI While the formula for making environment-friendly crackers has been successfully tested in labs, many in the industry...
Generic Drugs: Colour My World

Generic Drugs: Colour My World

Above photo: UNI In an attempt to promote generic drugs and not branded ones, the government has laid down some guidelines for their display in...
Nirav Modi

The Life of Riley

After billionaire fraudster Nirav Modi was found living life to the hilt in the UK, India scrambled to save face and fight off allegations...
photo: UNI

Season of Chaos

Donald Trump’s paroxysms will ensure that the 20 months  between now and  the 2020 election will be a political soap opera with an international...
People offer namaz at the tomb of Hazrat Amir Khusrau at the Nizamuddin Dargah complex/Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Heritage Bylaws: Involve the People

Above: People offer namaz at the tomb of Hazrat Amir Khusrau at the Nizamuddin Dargah complex/Photo: Bhavana Gaur Alongside laws for conserving heritage, it is...
A 20-year-old footballer-turned-militant surrendering before security forces in South Kashmir's Anantnag district/Photo: UNI

A Peace Offering

Above: A 20-year-old footballer-turned-militant surrendering before security forces in South Kashmir's Anantnag district/Photo: UNI Though the J&K government has for the third time come up...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

CEO Compensations: Hitting Where it Hurts

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence The RBI’s draft rules on compensation for CEOs of private banks are flawed as studies have shown that there is...
Senior advocate Indira Jaising has stated that there are different standards for judging male and female advocates/Photo: Anil Shakya

Should Judges Have a Feminine Approach?

Above: Senior advocate Indira Jaising has stated that there are different standards for judging male and female advocates/Photo: Anil Shakya In a male-dominated legal profession,...
Ayodhya Mediation Panel

Supreme Court Appointed Mediation Panel Begins Work

Above: (L to R) Justice  FMI Kalifullah, Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu and  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Twenty-five litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case along...
Supreme Court

Consider Only Officers With Minimum Six Months Tenure Left For DGP Post

  The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that only officers who have a minimum of six months tenure left in service be considered for the...
MSME Ordinance: A Boost for Growth

MSME Ordinance: A Boost for Growth

A new ordinance for micro, small and medium enterprises is expected to trigger growth and investment by removing red tape and bring dividends for...
National Green Tribunal

The Charge of the Green Tribunal

By Prakash Bhandari Two orders by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the first ten week of the year have dealt a body blow on...
The CBI has sought Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s trial in the SNC-Lavalin case/Photo: UNI

SNC-Lavalin Graft Case: Ghost From The Past

Above: The CBI has sought Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s trial in the SNC-Lavalin case/Photo: UNI An adverse verdict from the Supreme Court may inflict a...
The new job scheme should assuage the concerns of the youth who constituted an “unemployed army” in the state/Photo: rajendrabpl.blogspot.com

Urban Job Guarantee Scheme: Hope Kindles, At Last

Above: The new job scheme should assuage the concerns of the youth who constituted an “unemployed army” in the state/Photo: rajendrabpl.blogspot.com Urban Job Guarantee Scheme...
The Kerala government cleared amendments to labour laws last year to ensure saleswomen could sit and take breaks

Women Workers in Kerala: Back To Square One

Above: The Kerala government cleared amendments to labour laws last year to ensure saleswomen could sit and take breaks A year after the Kerala government...
Transplantation of trees needs expertise, especially root ball excavation/Photo: justdial.com

Tree Transplantation: Turn Over a New Leaf

Above: Transplantation of trees needs expertise, especially root ball excavation/Photo: justdial.com For the first time, a policy has suggested simple solutions for protecting or scientifically...
Former BJP leader Jayanti Bhanushali (second from left) who was murdered/Photo: Facebook

Fatal Political Rivalry

Above: Former BJP leader Jayanti Bhanushali (second from left) who was murdered/Photo: Facebook An arrest warrant has been issued by a court in Bhachau, Kutch,...
A woman at an Aadhaar registration centre in Howrah, West Bengal/Photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Aadhaar Revisited

Above: A woman at an Aadhaar registration centre in Howrah, West Bengal/Photo: commons.wikimedia.org There is no need for any immediate judicial challenge to the Aadhaar...
Department of Legal Affairs Gaffe on ICADR

Department of Legal Affairs Gaffe on ICADR

The Centre’s counsel on March 7 justifying the Ordinance, before the Delhi High Court Chief Justice, stated that The International Centre for Alternative Dispute...
Election Commission of India (ECI)

Election Commission issues advisory to political parties not to “use pics of Defence personnel...

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a general advisory to all political parties not to use “the photographs of the Defence personnel...
SCBA Sr Executive Member's birthday celebrated with great zeal

SCBA Sr Executive Member’s birthday celebrated with great zeal

The birthday of Vinay Kumar Garg, Senior Executive Member, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor by the members...
Advocate-s-dress-code

President Ramnath Kovind appoints Advocates for conducting Central Government litigation

President Ramnath Kovind has appointed Advocates as Group ‘A’, Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ Panel Counsel for conducting Central Government litigation before the Supreme...
Volkswagen

NGT imposes Rs 500 cr fine on Volkswagen for installing pollution “cheat devices”

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped a  fine of Rs 500 crore on German automaker Volkswagen for installing ‘Cheat Devices’ in their cars ...
Fire In Govt Buildings Brings NCLAT Work To Halt

Fire In Govt Buildings Brings NCLAT Work To Halt

A fire broke out at Deen Dayal Antyodaya Bhawan that houses several important offices including National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on the third floor,...
Kashmir: Politics of Blackmail?

Kashmir: Politics of Blackmail?

By Inderjit Badhwar Last week’s Pulwama suicide attack on a paramilitary convoy in which 45 soldiers were killed is yet another grim reminder that Kashmir...
The scam-related evidence may have been tampered with at the NIOS head office in Noida/Photo: Anil Shakya

NIOS Exam Racket: Education Up for Sale

Above: The scam-related evidence may have been tampered with at the NIOS head office in Noida/Photo: Anil Shakya In another shocking case of deceit like...
In 2016, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation organised a three-day event on the Yamuna floodplains, involving mammoth operations/Photo: Anil Shakya

Pollution Fines: Easier Said Than Done

Above: In 2016, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation organised a three-day event on the Yamuna floodplains, involving mammoth operations/Photo: Anil Shakya The...
A Muslim marriage/Photo: UNI

Nikahnama Amendments: Parting Peacefully

Above: A Muslim marriage/Photo: UNI In a path-breaking move, Pakistan has proposed major amendments in the marriage document which will help in empowering women by...
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with EPFO pensioners in Lucknow/Photo: UNI

Hike in EPFO Interest Rates: A Baffling Move

Above: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with EPFO pensioners in Lucknow/Photo: UNI It is fiscally imprudent to hike EPFO interest rates to 8.65 percent from...
A CCTV camera being installed at the UP assembly premises in Lucknow/Photo: UNI

CCTV Cameras: Governance by Surveillance?

Above: A CCTV camera being installed at the UP assembly premises in Lucknow/Photo: UNI Despite a judge advocating State surveillance, it creates a society without...
Two major bureaucratic shakeups ahead of 2019 elections

Two major bureaucratic shakeups ahead of 2019 elections

In a major bureaucratic shakeup, Girish Chandra Murmu, IAS officer Gujarat 1985 batch, who is presently posted as the OSD, Department of Expenditure, Ministry...
NCLT approves PVR cinemas’ merger with SPI cinemas

NCLT approves PVR cinemas’ merger with SPI cinemas

By Sumit Saxena The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the merger of north India’s leading multiplex chain PVR Ltd with south India’s largest...
NGT to Bar Council of Delhi: Use only eco-friendly materials for canvassing in upcoming elections

Law Ministry contemplates an insurance cover for lawyer

With an eye on upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the government has ceded to the demands of lawyers regarding an insurance scheme. On February 12, the...
Bar Council of India seeks budget allocation for the welfare of lawyers

Fortnight After Lawyers Raised Demands, Law Ministry Mulls Insurance Cover The Fraternity

Just over a fortnight after lawyers took to the streets to raise various demands, the government is learnt to have initiated to moves to...
Kashmir LAL CHOWK

Article 370: A Contentious Proviso

By Ashwini Upadhyay        Article 370 was lapsed in 1957. Its existence is against the dictum of “one constitution one national anthem and one...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi

“Are you a trafficker or an addict?”: CJI Gogoi asks a counsel in jest...

The Chief Justice’s court witnessed some lighter moments today on a matter as serious as the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act),...
Rajeev Saxena

AugustaWestland Chopper Scam Accused Saxena Moves Court To Turn Approver

Rajeev Saxena, an accused in the AugustaWestland chopper deal scam moved a Delhi court seeking to become an approver in the case. Special Judge Arvind...
Doctor moves CAT seeking directions to restore her dignity

CAT Reinstates Three Temporary Labourers At Lady Hardinge Hospital Sacked Without Adequate Notice

The road to justice for three labourers, who were removed at a day’s notice in 2009, at Lady Hardinge hospital, was long and arduous....
Delhi Police personnel confronting a protest (file picture)/Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Much-awaited Police Complaints Authority starts functioning in national capital

The much-awaited Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has started functioning in the national capital, a press release by Delhi government said. The press release (see below)...

ED Attaches Fugitive Bizman Nirav Modi’s Properties Worth Rs 177.72 Cr

The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth Rs 177.72 crore belonging to fugitive businessman Nirav Modi in Mumbai and Surat under the Prevention of...
Retirement

CAT dismisses Intelligence officer plea regarding premature dismissal

The Central Administrative Tribunal has upheld the Centre's decision on premature retirement of a senior official of the Research and Analysis Service (the Research...
Lead picture: UNI

Ex Civil Servants Put Forth Proposals To Make EVMs Tamper Proof, Polls Free And...

With a view to removing the misgivings about the malfunctioning and tampering of Electronic Voting Machines and instilling confidence among people, a group of...
Mr Issuof Baadhio/Photo: Anil Shakya

“I hope my presence here and discussions with Supreme Court judges and others will...

Above: Mr Issouf Baadhio/Photo: Anil Shakya The UIA International Association of Lawyers is a global and multicultural organization for the legal profession. Established in 1927,...
(Inset) The four men vandalised the pillars (marked in red) that stood at Hampi in 2017

Hampi Vandalism: Rock-solid Lesson

Above: (Inset) The four men vandalised the pillars (marked in red) that stood at Hampi in 2017 In a novel approach that can be followed...
Uttarakhand has lost an alarming number of tigers to poachers in recent times/Photo: delhipedia.com

Poachers’ Paradise

Above: Uttarakhand has lost an alarming number of tigers to poachers in recent times/Photo: delhipedia.com The Uttarakhand government seems to be looking the other way...
SR Mohanty as the managing director of the MP State Industrial Development Corporation  allegedly committed a huge fraud

Staying Power

Above: SR Mohanty as the managing director of the MP State Industrial Development Corporation  allegedly committed a huge fraud The blue-eyed boy of the Congress...
Jet Airways, India’s second largest carrier, has piled up debts of over Rs 8,500 crore/Photo: UNI

A Swap with No Magic

Above: Jet Airways, India’s second largest carrier, has piled up debts of over Rs 8,500 crore/Photo: UNI The move by banks to take over...
The government plan to denotify acres of land categorised as forests will affect the Aravalis/Photo: Anil Shakya

Punjab Land Preservation Act: Disaster in the Offing

Above: The government plan to denotify acres of land categorised as forests will affect the Aravalis/Photo: Anil Shakya The Haryana government’s move to amend an...
Indirect Tax Ombudsman: Premature Closure

Indirect Tax Ombudsman: Premature Closure

In a short-sighted move, the government has abolished a post that was bringing relief to taxpayers and helping them solve their tax-related issues   By Sumit...
Subramanian Swamy/Photo: UNI

MEDIA WATCH

Above: Subramanian Swamy/Photo: UNI Irrepressible Swamy You may or may not agree with him, but there’s one thing you can’t grudge BJP’s Subramanian Swamy. He speaks...
Justice VG Arun taking the oath of office in the Kerala High Court/Photo: SNS

Bench Proposes, Ministry Disposes

Above: Justice VG Arun taking the oath of office in the Kerala High Court/Photo: SNS Exhibiting its resolve to appoint an advocate it had proposed...
Law Commission of India

Headless Law Commission hits the bureaucratic hurdle

The Centre is yet to approve the reconstitution of the 22nd Law Commission. In September 2018, the law ministry cleared the proposal and sent...
EX ICICI Boss Chanda Kochhar

ICICI-Videocon: CBI issues lookout notice against former ICICI bank chief Chanda Kochhar

The CBI on Friday issued a lookout notice against former CEO of ICICI bank Chanda Kochhar in ICICI-Videocon case. The case pertains to Rs...
Mobile apps to facilitate pro bono legal service launched

Mobile apps to facilitate pro bono legal service launched

A mobile app and dashboard along with other app Nyaya Bandhu has been launched by Union Ministry of Law & Justice in a bid...
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

MoD Stonewalls Inconvenient Queries About Decision On Opening Up Cantonment Roads

Prompt response, quick turnaround, speedy disposal are words that ministers in the Modi government liberally use when they talk about… themselves. But try asking...
Doctor moves CAT seeking directions to restore her dignity

Doctor moves CAT seeking directions to restore her dignity

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Thursday restrained Ministry of Health and Family from not pressurizing former Head of Department of Radiology and Imaging,...
The number of death penalty awarded for child rapes in MP is striking (representative image)/Photo: UNI

Top Executioner

Above: The number of death penalty awarded for child rapes in MP is striking (representative image)/Photo: UNI A scheme that gives incentives based on convictions...
Pulwama Terror Attack

Pulwama Terror Attack: How India and Pakistan are tackling the imbroglio

After the Pulwama Terror Attack, India and Pakistan diplomatic ties have been severely ruptured even as India’s rhetoric to fight terrorism and Pakistan blame...
Pulwama attack

Pulwama Could Have Been Avoided If Government Had Taken Parliamentary Committee report Seriously

A news report in sections of the press about  the Jaish commander  talking openly  about plans of the impending Pulwama attacks days before it...
Robert Vadra

Vadra Appears Before ED For Questioning In Acquisition of London Property

Robert Vadra, the Gandhi family son in law on Wednesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Jamnagar in Central Delhi in connection with...
Poorly treated wastewater being released into the Ganges

Tanneries: Yogi’s Loss, Didi’s Gain

Above: Poorly treated wastewater being released into the Ganges The Clean Ganga project and the long closure of tanneries in the run-up to the Kumbh...
President Ram Nath Kovind feeding cows at Deendayal Research Institute in Arogyadham, in Chitrakoot, MP/Photo: UNI

Invoking NSA in Madhya Pradesh: Congress’ Volte-face

Above: President Ram Nath Kovind feeding cows at Deendayal Research Institute in Arogyadham, in Chitrakoot, MP/Photo: UNI By invoking the draconian NSA Act against those...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi (left) had recently ordered former interim director, CBI, M Nageswara Rao (right) and the agency’s legal adviser to sit in a corner of the courtroom till it rose for the day

Bizarre Orders: Innovative Crackdown

Above: CJI Ranjan Gogoi (left) had recently ordered former interim director, CBI, M Nageswara Rao (right) and the agency’s legal adviser to sit in...
Mulayam Singh Yadav

Durbar

Now You see it now you don’t The fake-it-till-you-make-it façade of Opposition unity was left in tatters on February 13, the last day of the...
A deluge of BSP supporters at the Kanshi Ram memorial in Lucknow/Photo: UNI

Day of Reckoning?

Above: A deluge of BSP supporters at the Kanshi Ram memorial in Lucknow/Photo: UNI In a scathing indictment of the former UP chief minister, the...
CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed Election Commissioner

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed Election Commissioner

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra was on Thursday appointed election commissioner. Chandra will join the three-member poll panel comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and...
Gujjars staging a protest demanding 5 percent reservation on Feb 9/Photo: twitter

5 Percent Reservation to Gujjars: Bumpy Road Ahead

Above: Gujjars staging a protest demanding 5 percent reservation on Feb 9/Photo: twitter Though the Rajasthan government has allowed 5 percent reservation to Gujjars in...
Parliament

RS adjourned sine die; Citizenship, Triple Talaq & Aadhaar Amendment Bills lapse

The controversial Bills had been passed by the Lok Sabha owing to the BJP’s brute majority in the lower house of Parliament As the Rajya...
Bar Council of India seeks budget allocation for the welfare of lawyers

Bar Council of India seeks budget allocation for the welfare of lawyers

Above: Lawyers in Delhi staging a protest/Photo:Anil Shakya    Lawyers across the country on Tuesday observed a strike to press for their demand for allocation...
Nageswar-Rao

Ex-interim CBI chief’s contempt case: “Go and sit where you were”, CJI raps Rao

Court had fined Nageswara Rao Rs 1 lakh for violating it's orders, directed him to stay in courtroom till the end of board It clearly...
Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala On Tenterhooks as Temple Opens for Five Day Festival

With the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opening late on Tuesday for the five-day long monthly pujas, the Kerala police have sought a ban...
Robert Vadra

Vadra, Mother Maureen Appear before ED in Jaipur with Priyanka in Tow

Robert Vadra, and his mother Maureen on Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate at its Jaipur office for questioning in connection with a probe...
Gerald Cotton’s death shows that crypto currency industry needs to be allowed to self-regulate itself

Gerald Cotton’s death shows that crypto currency industry needs to be allowed to self-regulate...

By Sanjiv Bhatia In December 2013, a 25-year old, Gerald Cotton, launched QuadrigaCX, a cryptocurrency exchange in Canada where people could buy and trade virtual...
The secretariat in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The change of regime has set in motion a series of inquiries

CAG report: Righting The Wrongs

Above: The secretariat in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The change of regime has set in motion a series of inquiries As the latest CAG report...
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy at an iftar party in Bengaluru/Photo: @CMofKarnataka/twitter

No Minority Monopoly

Above: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy at an iftar party in Bengaluru/Photo: @CMofKarnataka/twitter A PIL before the Karnataka High Court forced the Karnataka government to withdraw...
The Kamal Nath-led Congress government has promised to build 23,000 cowsheds/Photo: @INCMP/twitter  

In the Name of the Holy Cow

Above: The Kamal Nath-led Congress government has promised to build 23,000 cowsheds/Photo: @INCMP/twitter    The people of Madhya Pradesh will have to shell out more...
Taliban militants stand next to the wreckage of a damaged aircraft, in Sayed Karam district, Afghanistan/Photo: UNI

A Tenuous Peace Deal

Above: Taliban militants stand next to the wreckage of a damaged aircraft, in Sayed Karam district, Afghanistan/Photo: UNI In a positive first step, a mellowed...
The new H1-B rules will boost foreign admissions to US colleges and universities (representative image)/Photo: edbrand.com

H-1B Programme: The Right Fit

Above: The new H1-B rules will boost foreign admissions to US colleges and universities (representative image)/Photo: edbrand.com New H-1B rules are good news for Indians...
Online Gun Licences: Playing With Fire?

Online Gun Licences: Playing With Fire?

While this initiative of the Delhi police should be commended, stringent background checks should be conducted so that gangs and unscrupulous people don’t get...
Illustration: Anil Shakya

Wanted: A Guardian Angel

Imposing a tax on startups is unfair as most don’t make it to the second stage of financing and angel investors bear the brunt...
Self-censorship: The Unkindest Cut

Self-censorship: The Unkindest Cut

The recent trend of self-censorship by streaming platforms is quite alarming and could potentially derail the substance and form of online entertainment By Vrinda Agarwal On...
Indian students who enrolled in fake US varsity at risk of facing a trial

Indian students who enrolled in fake US varsity at risk of facing a trial

Above: Indian students in a foreign country (representative image) The 129 Indian students arrested in the US for enrolling in a fake university are at risk...
Punit gupta

Back to Life

The new Congress government in Chhattisgarh resurrects the Antagarh tape scandal that rocked the state five years ago The Antagarh tape scandal of 2015 seemed...
P. Chidambaram

Chidambaram Quizzed By ED In INX Media Money Laundering Case

After Karti Chidambaram on Thursday, on Friday it was the turn of his father and former union minister P Chidambaram to turn up at...
Muslim League members protest charging of separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat under J&K Public Safety Act at Habba Kadal in Srinagar (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Draconian, Lawless Law or Key Tool Against Terrorism

Above: Muslim League members protest charging of separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat under J&K Public Safety Act at Habba Kadal in Srinagar (file pic)/Photo:...
Justice SA Bobde

Accident on Harley Davidson trial-run leaves Justice Bobde indisposed

Of late, Supreme Court judge Justice SA Bobde, who is in line to become the next chief justice of India after CJI Ranjan Gogoi...
DURBAR

DURBAR

YET ANOTHER BOMBSHELL? If the buzz in the corridors of 24, Akbar Road is anything to go by, Varun Gandhi may quit the BJP in...
Muggers, covered by Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, are being removed from their habitat (Representative image)/Photo: UNI

Seaplane project: At Sea over Crocodiles

Above: Muggers, covered by Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, are being removed from their habitat (Representative image)/Photo: UNI In a highly criticised...
Reservation in promotions is a sensitive issue in Karnataka, like the dilution of the SC/ST Atrocities Act against which protests were held in Bengaluru/Photo: UNI

Reservations in Karnataka: Caste Conundrum

Above: Reservation in promotions is a sensitive issue in Karnataka, like the dilution of the SC/ST Atrocities Act against which protests were held in...
Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI

A Change of Heart?

Above: Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI Despite all that Tamil Nadu has done for Transgenders, the Madras High...
There is no social security cover for lawyers and the legal profession is unfavourable to many who struggle to make both ends meet/Photo: Anil Shakya

BCI Letter to PM: Outrageous Demands?

Above: There is no social security cover for lawyers and the legal profession is unfavourable to many who struggle to make both ends meet/Photo:...
People at a “Dharma Sabha” organised by the VHP in Ayodhya for the Ram temple/Photo: UNI

Ayodhya Dispute: Poll Vault

Above: People at a “Dharma Sabha” organised by the VHP in Ayodhya for the Ram temple/Photo: UNI As the centre moves a plea seeking transfer...
Photo: UNI

GST Dispute Resolution: Let the Dust Settle

With the creation of a national bench of the GST Appellate Tribunal, indirect tax disputes are likely to be resolved and these will predominantly...
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi

Of Continuity and Change… And a Controversy in Between

Above: CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya CJI Ranjan Gogoi opts for continuity in the working of the Collegium but is slowly changing how the Court’s...
Kanaka Durga (left) and Bindu Ammini being escorted by police/Photo: UNI

Homeless and Alone

Above: Kanaka Durga (left) and Bindu Ammini being escorted by police/Photo: UNI Kanaka Durga created history by being among the first two women to enter...
Central Prison , Bangalore

VK Sasikala: Dancing to the jailhouse rock

Above: Parappana Agrahara Central prison, Bengaluru, where Sasikala is jailed VK Sasikala received special treatment in Bengaluru jail says the one-man commission constituted to probe...
American President Donald Trump

US shutdown: How Trump was defeated

By Kenneth Tiven American President Donald Trump held his country hostage for 36 days, but failed to force congress to supply $5.7 billion dollars...
Photo Courtesy Oxfam

The Oxfam Sham

Above: Photo Courtesy Oxfam There is a world of difference between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal By Sanjiv Bhatia Oxfam, a UK-based charity,...
A still from the film Chandni Bar

Bar Girls and Constitutionalism

Above: A still from the film Chandni Bar The elegant judgment of the apex court showed how impoverished and hapless women can be helped constitutionally...
Madan B Lokur

“I Am Disappointed”

Above: Justice Madan B Lokur The former SC judge Justice Madan B Lokur said he was not happy over the Collegium’s flip-flop on recent appointments...
senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai (file pic)/Photo Courtesy: UNI

Reservation: Quota Comes Full Circle

Above: senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai (file pic)/Photo Courtesy: UNI Reservation in education and jobs has been the bedrock of Dravidian movement and politics for...
The Rajaji National Park with the Chilla forest range on the east bank of the Ganga, and Motichur on the west bank/Photo: AJT Johnsingh/commons.wikimedia.org

Uttarakhand Elephant Corridor: Tuskers’ Troubles

Above: The Rajaji National Park with the Chilla forest range on the east bank of the Ganga, and Motichur on the west bank/Photo: AJT...
Students of NLIU, Bhopal, protesting against malpractices, including the allotment of fake degrees/Photo: @nliuspeaks/facebook.com

Bhopal’s NLIU Scam: Shocking Loss of Face

Above: Students of NLIU, Bhopal, protesting against malpractices, including the allotment of fake degrees/Photo: @nliuspeaks/facebook.com With the credibility of Bhopal’s National Law Institute University taking...
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley

Post surgery in US, Jaitley advised rest; Piyush Goyal to present Union Budget

Jaitley, reportedly undergoing treatment for soft tissue cancer in New York, is unlikely to be back in India before the mid-February Union finance minister Arun...
EX ICICI Boss Chanda Kochhar

CBI Registers FIR In Case Involving EX ICICI Boss Chanda Kochhar

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered an FIR against Chanda Kochhar and his husband Deepak Kochhar in connection with the Rs 3,250 crore...
manual scavengers

Manual scavenging: Lies, Damned Lies And Numbers

Over 25 years after it was banned by an Act, the practice continues and many states have taken the easy way out by outrightly...
Delhi Smog

National Clean Air Programme: No Goal in Sight

Above: Smoggy skies over Delhi The lack of a legal mandate and clear fiscal strategy coupled with a meagre Rs 300 crore allocation means...
Forensic officials inspect  restaurant premises in Bengaluru after a fire killed five people/Photo: UNI

DNA: Gold Standard in Probes

Above: Forensic officials inspect  restaurant premises in Bengaluru after a fire killed five people/Photo: UNI The passing of DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill...

India’s ‘walking god’ passes away aged 111

Above: PM Modi with the 111-year-old Lingayat pontiff Dr Shivakumara Swami in Karnataka (file picture) By Stephen David India’s oldest pontiff Dr Shivakumara Swami, who...

Astrologer KN Rao: Future Perfect

Astrology as a science is growing in India and one of its foremost proponents is the former director-general of the Indian Audit and Accounts...
Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah

Media Watch

Selective Tears? On January 16, online portal The Wire ran a story claiming that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had left for New York to receive...

Model Code Should be Extended to New Media

Above: The EC had sent Rahul Gandhi a notice after he gave an interview a day prior to the final phase of voting in...
Le Meridien-NDMC Tussle

Le Meridien-NDMC Tussle: Murky Matters

A longstanding financial dispute between Le Meridian and NDMC threatens to change the fate of Le Meridian hotel known for its impeccable service  By...
Ashwini Upadhyay

The Litigant Strikes Again

The lawyer and spokesperson for the Delhi BJP, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, has taken up numerous issues affecting the public at large, and his fight...
Kerala Admits Plea Over Misuse Of Flood Relief Funds

Kerala Admits Plea Over Misuse Of Flood Relief Funds

The Kerala Lokayukta has sent notice to the chief minister and other ministers in response to a complaint that the government has been misusing...
Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Woman Who Entered Sabarimala Returns Home, Is Beaten Up By Mother In Law

Kanakadurga, among the first women to enter the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala earlier this month was attacked by her mother-in-law as she returned home...
A representative pic depicting sexual harassment at workplace/Photo: Anil Shakya

Time Limit For Filing Sexual Harassment Complaints May Be Waived

Above: A representative pic depicting sexual harassment at workplace/Photo: Anil Shakya A government committee headed by a special secretary in the Union Home ministry is...
Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri

Alok Verma’s sacking: After political uproar, Justice Sikri withdraws consent for post-retirement job

Justice Sikri had given his consent in December to be nominated by the Centre as member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal Amid a...

Lankesh Killing: Linking Four “Murders”

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Journalist Gauri Lankesh, writer MM Kalburgi and activists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar The apex court has asked the CBI...

GST Revenues: Where’s the Money, Honey?

Above: Akhil Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal activists protesting against GST in Lucknow/Photo: UNI In a seemingly worrying development, there has been a drop in...
Delhi Durbar

DELHI DURBAR

THE RUMBLINGS WITHIN BJP President Amit Shah recently overhauled the party organisation and constituted several committees for different tasks related to the Lok Sabha polls...

Reservation Ruckus

Above: Demonstrators at a Jat Aarakshan Adhikar rally demanding reservation for the community The centre’s move to have 10 percent quota for the econo­mically poor...
Attorney General KK Venugopal/Photo: Anil Shakya

Constitutional Morality: Eight Burning Questions

Above: Attorney General KK Venugopal/Photo: Anil Shakya One of India’s top legal scholars sparks off a new debate by pondering the issue of the basic...
Rahul Gandhi

NCW Notice To Rahul Gandhi for “Misogynistic” and “Unethical” Remarks Against Defence Minister

The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his “misogynistic and unethical” remarks against Defence Minister Nirmala...

A quiz on Constitution Law to mark Nani Palkhivala Birth Centenary Celebrations

A quiz on Constitution Law will be held in New Delhi on February 3 to commemorate Nani Palkhivala Birth Centenary Celebrations. The quiz will see...

Right Wing Women Activists Arrested While Trying To Enter Vavar Mosque In Sabarimala

In what is clearly a tit for tat move, right wing activists who tried to send a team of women to the Vavar mosque...

“The Use of Religion is a Potent Threat to Secular Democracy”

Above: Photo Credit UNI In the book “Politics, Religion and Judiciary in India”, which has been published by Har-Anand Publications Pvt Ltd, DR HANS RAJ...

Handle with Kid Gloves

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya In today’s wired world, children are most vulnerable to online exploitation and sexual predators. Sadly, India has the highest rates...

Concurrent List: The Nation Comes First

Above: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairing the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council in New Delhi/Photo: UNI  The Telangana CM has...

MEDIA WATCH

Prime Time ANI Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent interview with ANI editor Smita Prakash drew immediate flak from opposition parties, particularly the Congress. Spokesman Randeep...
In Defence of Animal Rights

In Defence of Animal Rights

Above: Youth trying to tame a bull during a Jallikattu event at Alanganallur village near Madura/Photo: UNI Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of...
Shashi Tharoor

Bill that seeks to remove outdated provisions in anti-blasphemy, obscenity laws introduced in Parliament

By Naved Ahmed Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor has brought forward a private bill named “Freedom of Literature Bill” in the Lok Sabha. The private...

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016: New amendments proposed keeping in mind illegal influx of Rohingyas...

~By Sankalan Pal Recent amendments have been suggested in The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to amend The Citizenship Act, 1955 keeping in mind the recent...

Legislation regulating use of DNA Technology beckons speedy delivery of justice

~By Sankalan Pal The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, which is pending before the Government, if passed, shall be introduced as a new...
Madras High Court

Tamil Nadu To Ban Non-reusable Plastic From New Year’s Day

Tamil Nadu  will implement a state-wide plastic ban in the coming year after the Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition challenging the order. The...

Justice P S Teji To Head Police Complaints Authority

Justice P S Teji is being appointed the Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority of Delhi. Justice Teji retired as Delhi High Court judge in August this...

Do Diagnostics Qualify as Drugs?

Above: A diagnostic centre in Mohali, Punjab/Photo: justdial.com The ICMR floating a National List of Essential Diagnostics could pave the way for more Indians to...

Kartarpur Sahib: Give and Take Policy

Above: Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan/Courtesy: YouTube After the Kartarpur shrine in Pakistan was opened to Indian pilgrims, the Punjab government has proposed a land...

Reservation in Gujarat: A State on the Edge

Above: Patidar and OBC groups clash in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI Even as Maharashtra handed out reservation sops to Marathas, Gujarat came out with a list of...