No need for census data, will protect reservation: Govt

Government of India on Wednesday said lack of economic and social data about intermediate castes will not impact their inclusion in OBC reservations for government services and higher education. Nityanand Rai, Minister of State for Home Affairs, was replying to a question by MP TR Baalu on why the government is not collecting socio-economic data […]

Delhi Police says we only want info from Twitter

Delhi Police today said it only wanted to ask Twitter for any information the company had about the so-called manipulation of a ‘toolkit’ that was allegedly prepared by the main opposition party, Indian National Congress. It also accused Twitter of refusing to hand over “material evidence” about manipulation of the photographs contained in some BJP […]

BJP blames state govt for SC verdict on Maratha Reservation

The Maharashtra state unit of BJP has put the blame for the adverse judgment by the Supreme Court in the Maratha Reservation case squarely at the feet of the state government. Earlier today, a Supreme Court bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat today stuck […]

How Congress, BJP underestimated Pinarayi Vijayan

Keralites overwhelmingly voted to retain the government of Pinarayi Vijayan in Kerala, breaking from a nearly half-a-century-old tradition of swapping the party in power every five years. Several factors have helped ensure a second term for Vijayan, but perhaps the most crucial has been the decisive and efficacious leadership shown by the politician during the […]

LIVE TABLE: TMC SET TO RETAIN WEST BENGAL – EXIT POLL RESULTS

Initial trends from exit polls suggest that the Trinamool Congress will retain West Bengal with around 165-170 seats, while the BJP will be just over the 100 seat mark. The first two results are from P-MARQ and ETG Research. Other results are expected to come out in the next few minutes for state assembly elections […]

Pinarayi Vijayan most popular among Hindus, Chandy leads among minorities

Even as one survey after another predict a win for the incumbent Left Front alliance in Kerala, an opinion poll conducted by the Media One news channel has thrown up some interesting figures on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s support levels among various religious communities. Pinarayi Vijayan, an atheist and a communist, is four times as […]

FOREIGN AID: 2,742 NGOs lose FCRA clearance in 3 years

Government of India has canceled or suspended the eligibility of thousands of non-government organizations to receive foreign aid in recent years, according to data from the ministry of home affairs, Government of India. The biggest cull came in 2019, when it removed 2,171 NGOs from the list of organizations eligible to receive funds from abroad. […]

SC to examine OTT regulations tomorrow

A Supreme Court bench of Ashok Bhushan and Subhash Reddy has asked to see the new regulations brought out by the central government on content apps. In an appeal for anticipatory bail for Amazon Prime creative head Aparna Purohit in a case of outraging Hindu sentiments, the bench asked the government what it plans to […]

Prashant Kishor to quit if BJP wins Bengal, hints at larger plans

Prashant Kishor, the political branding and communications consultant credited with crafting several highly successful election campaigns, said he will leave his profession if the BJP manages to win 100 seats (29.4%) in the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections. “I will quit the work I’m doing.. I will cease to exist as a political aide, what […]

Why Kerala’s anti-fake news law is urgently needed

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has withdrawn the controversial Sec 118A of the Kerala Police Act, also known as the anti Fake News law, pending fine-tuning and further consultations. “Whoever makes, expresses, publishes or disseminates through any kind of mode of communication, any matter or subject for threatening, abusing, humiliating or defaming a person or […]

Tejaswi Yadav raises questions on Bihar vote counting

Tejaswi Yadav, leader of opposition in the Bihar legislative assembly, today raised questions about the way the votes were counted two days ago. In particular, Yadav raised questions about the way postal votes were treated by returning officers in several constituencies. “Our vote share was 37.2% and NDA’s vote share was 37.3%,” Yadav said in […]

Kerala Gold Smuggling: Swapna Suresh says Consulate General asked her to contact customs

Swapna Suresh, one of the persons named by the media in the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case, has claimed innocence in her anticipatory bail plea, and said she acted upon the instructions of UAE’s consulate general in trying to get the bag released from the customs department. Earlier this week, sealed diplomatic cargo sent by […]

Asianet News Opinion Poll predicts LDF win in Kerala assembly polls

The first opinion poll ahead of Kerala’s assembly elections in April next year has predicted a narrow win for the ruling Left Democratic Front, while also forecasting a 20% increase in vote share for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The opinion poll, conducted between June 18 and 29 among 10,409 persons, predicts that the Left […]

Kerala Govt gets 84% approval rating for COVID-19 fight: Asianet PrePoll Survey

The only survey conducted on the government response to the COVID-19 in Kerala has thrown up encouraging insights for the Left Front, while giving the BJP and the central government reasons for introspection. According to the survey of 10,409 persons conducted by C fore for Asianet News between June 18 and 29, a whopping 84% […]