Kerala Police file FIR against journalists after sting goes awry

Kerala Police have filed a first information report against the head and eight members of the ‘investigation team’ of a newly launched TV channel for a botched up sting operation targeting a minister. The FIR has been filed under sections of the Information Technology Act, sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with conspiracy and […]

Telecom Commission suggests DoT send back fine proposal on Airtel, Idea & Vodafone to TRAI

The Telecom Comission, a panel set up within the Department of Telecom with external representatives, has suggested that the ministry of communications should send back for ‘reconsideration’ the recommendation by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for it to impose a fine of Rs 3,050 cr on Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India. The […]

Govt to bring 532 welfare schemes under Aadhaar-based direct benefit transfer

The finance ministry has conducted an examination of the existing welfare and subsidy schemes of the central governments and identified 532 of them as being suitable to be migrated to the ‘direct benefit transfer’ or DBT model of disbursing of funds. Under the DBT scheme, the scheme benefit is converted into an equivalent monetary value, which […]

Transport vehicle drivers, staff to get coverage under ‘third party’ insurance policy

The drivers and staff of all vehicles classified as ‘transport’ will be brought under the definition of ‘third party’ in third party insurance policies, the finance ministry said today. This will cover buses, vans and other commercial transport vehicles and will be implemented through the upcoming amendment to theMotor Vehicles Act. At present, only the driver […]

Can’t allow NGOs to impede India’s growth: Center to NHRC

The home ministry has written back to the National Human Rights Commission that non-governmental organizations cannot be allowed to work against India’s strategic or economic interest. In it’s response to the NHRC, the home ministry said it cannot allow organizations that take money from outside India to conduct “activities detrimental to national interest ,including security, strategic, […]

No plans to impose Indian constitution on Jammu & Kashmir judiciary – Govt

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the government of India had no plans to force judiciary in the state of Jammu & Kashmir to take their oath of office on the Indian constitution instead of the state constitution. Prasad was responding to a question on why judges of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court take […]

Nokia files more patent infringement suits against Apple

Nokia has filed further complaints alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents, expanding its litigation originally announced on December 21. Across actions in 11 countries, there are now 40 patents in suit, which cover technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding, the company said. Cases have now […]

Muslim Air Force men cannot grow beards – Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today upheld service rules and provisions that impose ‘clean shaven’ rules for the Indian Air Force. Dismissing a petition by a Muslim person, the court said the Air Force was well within its authority to lay down the rule prohibiting the sporting of a beard for its personnel. Many organizations, including the […]

There can be no Equality without Reservations – Ravi Shankar Prasad

Law and Justice minister said that reservations to Dalits and backward communities was essential to ensuring equality of opportunity in government jobs. Delivering a talk on the concepts of freedom and equality in the Indian constitution, Prasad said it was wrong to think that reservations — based on caste and community — was against the […]

No Income Tax on FCCB proceeds, SC rules on RCom

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the petition filed by the Income-Tax Department against Reliance Communications on taxing of the proceeds of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs), said the telecom operator. The Supreme Court order has quashed contingent tax liability of RCOM for about Rs 4,800 crore. During Financial Year 2006-07, Reliance Communications had issued […]

Finally, Kerala CM takes a stand on Lawyers vs Media fight

Almost three months after the tussle between various lawyers associations and journalists first hit the headlines, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today took a stand on the issue, urging lawyers to let the media do their job. “The lawyers should realize that they do wrong in blocking journalists from accessing the court premises,” Vijayan said […]

WATCH LIVE: Yogendra Yadav speaks on Reservations in India

Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav is all set to speak at the TEDx conference at AIIMs in Delhi on the subject of Reservations in India. The topic has always been the subject of a huge amount of consternation, especially among those sections of society that do not qualify for reservations. Introduce as positive discrimination to […]

Welspun says ‘Egyptian Cotton’ related US lawsuits not yet material

Welspun said it believed that two complaints against the company for allegedly using non-Egyptian cotton may or may not be allowed to proceed as class action lawsuits, and are therefore not yet ‘material’. The company was responding to a question by the stock exchanges of India on media reports that alleged that millions of dollars […]