Tuesday, April 7

India

Don’t let your gold be dead money.

Don’t let your gold be dead money.

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A programme to attract gold owned by households into a bank deposit scheme to monetise the precious metal could be ready in weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, a step aimed at cutting expensive imports. The scheme would allow people to put their gold into banks in return for interest payments in an attempt to mobilise thousands of tonnes of the metal sitting idle in Indian households. In his monthly radio address, Modi said the programme should be ready before Dhanteras next month, a festival when it is considered an auspicious period to buy gold.Indians prize gold as gifts and as a way of storing wealth. The country consumes nearly 1,000 tonnes of gold every year, most of it imported, and gold is the second-biggest expense on the import bill after oil. "Please, do...
NJAC striked down by Supreme Court.

NJAC striked down by Supreme Court.

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In a historic ruling that the primacy of the judiciary in judges’ appointments was embedded in the basic structure of the Constitution, the Supreme Court today declared unconstitutional an amendment to validate the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act, which had contemplated a significant role for the executive in appointing judges in the higher judiciary. Effectively sealing the fate of the proposed system, which was unanimously passed by both Houses of parliament, a five-judge Constitution Bench ruled with a 4:1 majority that judges’ appointments shall continue to be made by the Collegium system in which the Chief Justice of India will have “the last word”. The 20-year-old collegium system prescribes appointment of judges by a panel comprising five seniormost judges
Final hearing in Bombay HC on Wednesday for Beef ban petitions

Final hearing in Bombay HC on Wednesday for Beef ban petitions

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The Bombay High Court has posted for final hearing on Wednesday a bunch of petitions challenging the beef ban legislation in Maharashtra. The petitions would be heard by a bench of Justices Abhay Oka and VL Achilya for three days from 14 October. In February 2015, the President had granted sanction to Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act. While the Act had banned slaughter of cows way back in 1976, the recent amendments prohibited slaughter of bulls and bullocks. According to the amended Act, the sale of bulls and bullocks in the state is an offence punishable with five-year jail term and Rs 10,000 fine. Besides, possession of meat of a cow, bull or bullock is also an offence for which the punishment prescribed is one-year jail and Rs 2,000 fine. While hearing the pe...
Bihar Elections:57% voter turnout in first round

Bihar Elections:57% voter turnout in first round

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Around 57 percent of 13.5 million electorate voted on Monday in 49 of the 243 constituencies in the first round of battle for political power in Bihar. The two main fronts soon claimed victory. It marked the start of an intense five-phase contest that will end on 5 November and whose outcome -- to be known three days later -- will prove whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi still retains his charisma or not. The second round of polling will be held on 16 October. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA is determined to oust the ruling JD(U) and its allies, the RJD and Congress who had formed a Grand Alliance. Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshaman said the election passed off peacefully, with 57 percent voting. It was nearly 51 percent in 2010. Defying Maoist calls ...
The only minority worth protecting is the “minority of one”.

The only minority worth protecting is the “minority of one”.

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India's march towards illiberalism continues unabated. A diverse society is currently unable to live with diversity and difference except on the basis of a mutual acquiescence in one another's illiberalism. We are no longer open to new ideas, criticism or even satire and mockery of our beliefs. We have become so thin-skinned that we see every voice expressing a different opinion as an existential threat to ourselves, our in-groups, our communities. Pick up any day's newspapers or switch on any TV news channel and this march towards illiberalism will be clear to anybody. Some government wants to ban beef or meat-eating on some days to propitiate a pressure group. Vile sects seem to be keen to bump off rationalists, claiming they have been offended by their critiques. Others want to ban b...
The Indian James Bond

The Indian James Bond

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Ajit Kumar Doval, the current national security adviser to PM Narendra Modi. Doval did not just cruise to the top. He worked hard for it and his fascinating story is worth a read. Here are 11 things you have to know about our very own agent 007, one of the best spies that India has produced: 1. He lived in Pakistan as a spy for 7 years and passed on vital information. 2. After he stopped being undercover, he worked in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for 6 years. 3. Remember the infamous hijacking of IC-814 at Kandahar? His negotiation skills led to the hostages' freedom. 4. In fact, he has successfully terminated 15 hijackings between 1971-1999. 5. As a field agent in 1986, he infiltrated the underground Mizo National Front, who were waging an insurgency against the Indian sta
Are you also supporting Digital India filter on facebook..?

Are you also supporting Digital India filter on facebook..?

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When politicians and millionaires agree with each other it usually means that you got to get out of your couch, crouch low, and sniff around, because there is definitely something fishy shoved under the carpet, that is starting to rot. Following the Indian Prime Minister's aggressively documented visit to Silicon Valley the poster-boy of Palo Alto and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in a seemingly slick move changed his profile picture to sport the filter that has been customised in support of Digital India. Modi's agenda has been veiled with infuriating doublespeak, and coupled with their mutual appreciation club antics, it is difficult to see beyond their BFF-grade Facebook camaraderie. The Digital India Initiative will further Zuckerberg's agenda of internet.org, which is counter-
Marathi mandatory for an autorickshaw permit in Maharashtra.

Marathi mandatory for an autorickshaw permit in Maharashtra.

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Amid raging controversy over banning sale of meat in Mumbai for four days during a Jain fasting season, the Maharashtra government's new order could ruffle a few more feathers. The state government on Tuesday issued an order making Marathi mandatory for those seeking permit to ride an autorickshaw in Maharashtra. State transport minister Diwakar Raote said that one lakh new auto permits for Mumbai Metropolitan Region have been announced but added that these permits would be given only to Marathi-speaking applicants. The Hindustan Times report quoted Raote as saying, "New permits will be issued by November and applicants must submit domicile certificate and should know Marathi language. Those who don't know Marathi language will not get the permits." Raote added that the applicant sho
Phase wise election details

Phase wise election details

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[the_ad id="3627"] The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the dates for the much-awaited Assembly elections for 243 seats in Bihar. Voting will take place in 49 seats in phase 1st 32 seats in phase 2nd 50 seats in phase 3rd 55 seats in phase 4th 57 seats in phase 5th. [the_ad id="3627"] The results will be announced on November 8, and the election process will be completed by November 12. The second, third, fourth and fifth phases of polling will be held on October 16, October 28, November 1 and November 5.
Bihar elections to begin on 12th October.

Bihar elections to begin on 12th October.

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[the_ad id="3627"] Bihar elections will have five-phase Assembly elections between October 12 and November 5 and the counting of votes will take place on November 8. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said on Wednesday that polls to the 243-seat Assembly would be held on October 12, 16, 28, November 1 and 5. [the_ad id="3627"] The term of the current Assembly expires on November 29. Here are the highlights of the announcement: We have devoted a lot of preparations to Bihar elections. The Commission has made more than adequate arrangements of central paramilitary forces. The Commission has ensured assessment of all vulnerable points where anti-social elements have been recognised. Out of 243 Assembly constituencies, 47 are affected by left-wing extremis...