The state cabinet has approved the 'Mumbai 24 hours' policy, allowing malls, multiplexes and shops in non-residential areas and inside gated mill compounds to remain open 24x7 from January 27 onwards. But no such relief has come for bars serving liquor, which will continue to close at 1.30am.
Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said questions pertaining to date and place of birth of parents in the National Population Register (NPR) could remain while furnishing such details — as made clear previously — will be optional. He said if a person doesn’t share details the questions will be “considered as dropped”
In an open house organised by the student body at IIT-Bombay, director Subhasis Chaudhuri said the institute must be free of any kind of political endorsement and students could express their “individual” views on political issues outside the campus. These opinions should be made in their individual capacity and not be attributed to the institute.
Pakistan has “limited options” to respond to India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 on Jammu & Kashmir, US Congress’s research arm, the Congressional Research Service, has said. "It can only hope to gain from self-inflicted damage caused by New Delhi’s policies in Kashmir and on the citizenship law," in a report, the CRS said.
The government is expected to allow direct listing of Indian companies abroad as part of a plan to allow them access a larger pool of capital and enable the move towards fuller capital account convertibility. An assessment suggests that 12-15 companies may opt for it over the next 3-4 years. Currently, Indian companies go for the depository receipts route to tap investors globally.
India has slipped 10 places to 51st position among 167 countries on the Democracy Index, a global ranking of the “most and least” democratic countries prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The report attributed India’s downtrend to the abrogation of J&K’s special status, suspension of internet in the newly formed UT and protests over CAA and NRC.
Claiming to have unearthed a major land scam in Amaravati, the Andhra Pradesh police has revealed that some of the poorest people in the state have been shown as owners of lands running into crores. According to an investigation by CID, 797 white ration card-holders, each with a monthly income of less than Rs 5,000, bought lands worth Rs 220 crore in Amaravati in 2014 and 2015.
The SC has reinstated a woman employee, who, after being dismissed for insubordination, had levelled unprecedented sexual harassment charges against former CJI Ranjan Gogoi. A 3-judge SC inquiry panel had concluded that the charges were “without substance”. Gogoi had faced an inquiry by the three-judge panel headed the current CJI that gave him a clean chit in May last year.
Responding to public resentment at condemned prisoners in the Nirbhaya case exploiting Supreme Court-mandated guidelines to delay their hanging, the home ministry on Wednesday moved the apex court seeking a modification of execution guidelines which have been seen by many as privileging rights of death row convicts over the interests of victims and society’s cry for justice.
Legislation enabling Britain to leave the European Union at the end of this month cleared parliament on Wednesday. In a series of votes the elected lower House of Commons rejected five amendments and sent the bill back to the Lords, who agreed to back down. The royal assent by Queen Elizabeth II could be given as early as Thursday.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, declining to take note of protests and anti-CAA resolutions by the Kerala and Punjab assemblies, and brushed aside repeated pleas for deferment of processes relating to the National Population Register (NPR) as a corollary of CAA. The court granted the Centre four weeks to file a comprehensive response.
The youth of J&K are “nationalists” and those misleading them are the actual culprits, said defence minister Rajnath Singh, while also stressing that India could never become a theocratic state like Pak. The remarks come after chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat last week expressed concern at the way boys and girls, were being radicalised in Kashmir.
India is not likely to react strongly to US President Donald Trump’s remarks on Kashmir to Pakistani PM Imran Khan during their conversation in Davos even as Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Trump had assured Khan that he would visit Islamabad soon. Trump is scheduled to visit India for the first time on February 24.
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday targeted the women-led protests against the amended Citizenship Act, alleging that while the men are sleeping under the quilt at the comfort of their homes, they have pushed their women and children forward to stage sit-ins.
Aazad reached Shaheen Bagh a day after his bail conditions were relaxed. Addressing a massive gathering, the Dalit leader said the CAA is a 'black law' that is dividing people on religious lines.
Khan also said Pakistan has decided to partner any other country only for peace and named the partnership with the US as the one.