Center waives need for prior approval in Essential Commodities Act

The central government has temporarily waived the need for states to seek its agreement for issuing orders under the Essential Commodities Act. With this, state governments can issue orders and directions under the act without first seeking the approval of the center till June 30. The Essential Commodities Act, passed in 1955, seeks to ensure […]

Delhi Police asks for video footage to identify rioters

Delhi Police Commissioner designate SN Shrivastava today asked the public and the media to provide any video footage that can help identify the rioters, and promised that those who are identified as have participated in the riots will be brought before the law. “It is our endeavor that anyone who is a culprit or has […]

Bhopal Disaster: NGOs allege cover-up by Govt

Four organizations campaigning for justice on the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal accused the central and the state governments of suppressing a study that could have been used by the victims to bolster their case in courts. In a press conference, the organizations said they were able to obtain a copy of a study conducted […]

18-year-old girl booked under POCSO for sexual assault on 16-year-old girl

An 18-year-old woman from Kerala has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act or POCSO, based on the complaint of a 16-year-old. The police complaint by the family of the 16-year-old says that the girl confided in them, and accused the 18-year-old woman of putting pressure on her to have sex […]

Chetan Bhagat says ‘enough is enough’ on fresh MeToo allegations

Chetan Bhagat, India’s most popular pulp fiction writer, today sought to put his foot down on allegations that he sexually harassed people on WhatsApp. His response comes in the wake of yet a new allegation, four days after a woman leaked a conversation with him in which he confessed to ‘trying to woo’ her. In […]

Tharoor reacts: Sunanda Pushkar would never have committed suicide

Politician Shashi Tharoor said his wife would never commit suicide, and termed the charges of abeting her suicide “unbelievable”. “I have taken note of the filing of this preposterous charge sheet & intend to contest it vigorously,” Tharoor said. “No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on […]

Delhi Police drops murder charges against Shashi Tharoor; Swamy says will pursue murder angle

Delhi Police has dropped its initial charge of murder against politician Shashi Tharoor in its final chargesheet in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case. Instead, the police has gone with ‘abetment to suicide’ and ‘cruelty’ towards spouse. Initially, the police had started investigations on the basis of an FIR mentioning murder and section 302, but the […]

No FIR against Tribune reporter over Aadhaar leakage story – Govt

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said no case has been registered against reporter Rachna Khaira or The Tribune newspaper in relation to the January 3 story on how Aadhaar details were available for sale at Rs 500. The report had claimed that ‘agents’ were providing Aadhaar verification solutions for as little as Rs […]

NSE seeks data on Nirav Modi case from PNB

National Stock Exchange of India, India’s largest securities trading platform, has sought details from Punjab National Bank on media reports regarding raids by enforcement agencies on the bank’s premises in the Nirav Modi case. “The exchange has advised the company to provide clarification or confirmation on the news item (on the raids) in detail,” the […]

PADMAAVAT PROTESTS: Haryana DGP warns of ‘strict action’ against miscreants, 31 arrested

Haryana Police denied rumors of widespread violence in the state associated with the exhibition of the film Padmaavat and reassured cinema-goers of ‘full protection’. The assurances come a day after malls and vehicles in Gurgaon, the commercial capital of Haryana, came under attack, allegedly from activists of Shri Rajput Karni Sena. “I want to assure […]