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DGP appointment: 'Action of some states contrary to SC judgment'
The SC had also stipulated a fixed tenure of two years for the DGP irrespective of his date of retirement.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:14:39 GMT)

Amid row, govt clears revised names for SC
The Centre has accepted the Supreme Court collegium's controversial decision and appointed Karnataka HC Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Delhi HC judge Sanjiv Khanna as SC judges. The collegium headed by CJI Gogoi had caused an uproar by recalling its December 12 decision recommending Rajasthan HC CJ Pradeep Nandrajog and Delhi HC CJ Rajendra Menon.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:07:32 GMT)

From 2020, pre-filled I-T returns, refunds in a day
The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared an ambitious Rs 4,242-crore project for integrated e-filing and centralised processing. The project will reduce the return processing and refund time from the current average of 63 days, railway minister Piyush Goyal said. The project, which will be implemented by Infosys, will take around 18 months.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:49:46 GMT)

Arunachal ex-CM Apang quits BJP
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:40:04 GMT)

4 Kerala nuns who stood up for rape survivor 'punished'
The nuns, who participated in the September 2018 protest demanding the arrest of Bishop Mulakkal, are now staying with the survivor nun.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:27:22 GMT)

Amit Shah asked me twice to induct Prashant Kishor into JD(U): Nitish
Replying to questions on Kishor during a media event, Nitish said, "He was not a newcomer for us.He had worked with us in the 2015 assembly polls.For a brief period, he was busy elsewhere.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:19:00 GMT)

Amrapali sold flats at Re 1/sq ft on paper, rest in black, SC told
The SC-appointed forensic auditors informed the court that they have so far unearthed 655 cases in which flats were sold at a price much lower than the prevailing market price and the Group received around Rs 159 crore of unaccounted money from buyers in cash. The report said homebuyers' money was used by top officials of the group for personal purposes.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:27:24 GMT)

Fissures within Assam BJP over Citizenship Bill widen
Two more BJP legislators from Assam on Wednesday joined the ranks of those within the party who have spoken out against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. BJP MLA from Bihpuria Debananda Hazarika said, no migrant, irrespective of religion, should be granted citizenship.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:48:49 GMT)

Citizenship Bill: Galaxy of Assam stars rises in protest
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:47:20 GMT)

BJP’s Operation Lotus withers as rebel Karnataka MLAs back out
BJP had corralled its MLAs in a hotel near Gurugram for the last few days besides shifting four Congress MLAs to Mumbai and other places. After realising that the required number of Congress MLAs would not resign, state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa is said to have told party MLAs at the hotel that Operation Lotus had been dropped.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:24:58 GMT)

No Pak presence at Vibrant Gujarat as delegation denied visas
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had also said no delegation from from the neighbouring country would be attending the summit, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A controversy had erupted when the GCCI, while inviting several global trade bodies for the meet, also extended invitation to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce (KCC)
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:00:07 GMT)

Sitharaman approves proposal to provide legal aid & support to veterans and war widows
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:44:15 GMT)

US sounds alarm about China’s military and economic inroads in Indo-Pacific
Sounding this warning in its latest report on “China’s global expansion by military and non-military means”, the US Pentagon says Beijing also “completed” over $20 billion of military sales and transfers as a component of its foreign policy just between 2012 and 2016 to become the world’s fifth largest arms supplier
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:42:11 GMT)

Sabarimala row: PM speaking like RSS pracharak, says CPM
Stating that the PM was speaking like a ‘pracharak’ of the RSS, Yechury said, “Modi’s statement has dangerous implications. This means that any Supreme Court judgment which does not suit the interests of BJP and RSS will be defied and a government seeking to implement it will be attacked by them. This is unprecedented.”
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:22:52 GMT)

Host of opposition leaders to take part in Mamata Banerjee's Kolkata rally
A host of opposition leaders will participate in West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's mega opposition rally in Kolkata on January 19, which will not be attended by the Left parties.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:17:52 GMT)

Plea in SC demanding reservation for 'Limboo' and 'Tamang' tribes in Sikkim Legislative Assembly
It has also sought a direction to the Delimitation Commission of India, which is responsible for re-drawing boundaries of Assemblies and Lok Sabha constituencies based on recent census, to issue a final notification giving effect to reservation for these two tribes based on the 2011 census data.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:00:28 GMT)

National awards for children revamped as Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019
The justification given for the revamp and inclusion of the bravery category is that the “financial integrity” of NGO Indian Council for Child Welfare which organised the national bravery awards till last year was questioned by the High Court and hence the government decided to dissociate itself from all activities of ICCW.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:57:31 GMT)

BJP’s Operation Lotus withers, BS Yeddyurappa admits to not getting 16 MLAs
This is the BJP’s second failed attempt in the last seven months to form a government in Karnataka. The BJP had planned to make around 12-15 Congress MLAs resign and form the government. Accordingly, it had hoarded its MLAs in a resort in Gurgaon besides shifting four Congress MLAs to Mumbai.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:55:42 GMT)

Tejashwi targets Nitish over remarks that Amit Shah suggested Prashant Kishor's induction in JD(U)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday targeted Nitish Kumar for his statement that BJP president Amit Shah had suggested induction of former poll strategist Prashant Kishor into JD(U), saying the Bihar chief minister has finally admitted that his party was an advanced version of the saffron outfit.
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:46:50 GMT)

Cong justifies MISA pension verification in MP, BJP says insult to defenders of democracy
The circular said that there was “overspending” of MISA fund than its actual budget allotments. Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union minister Thavar Chand Gehlot are also MISA detainees during Emergency. Chouhan was just 17 years old when he was imprisoned under MISA
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:27:15 GMT)

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