CONSTITUTION

  • Akal Takht supports 'Sikhs are not Hindus' petition 6 days ago

    Amritsar: Akal Takht, the top temporal seat of the Sikhs, on Monday asked the members of the community to continue signing a petition 'Sikhs are not Hindus' till December 31. All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and the US-based Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) have initiated the process to file the online...
  • States oppose Centre's revised Goods and Service Tax draft December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: In a huge blow to Centre's plans to build a consensus on the Goods and Services Tax, states have opposed the Centre's revised GST draft. The government was hoping to get the legislation passed in the winter session of Parliament. The government was maintaining that broad agreement had...
  • Demand for Bhagwat Gita to be made national scripture a deliberate provocation by BJP, says Congress December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has come under fire from opposition parties for saying that she has tabled a proposal in Parliament to declare Bhagwad Gita as India's national scripture. Swaraj was speaking at 'Gita Prerna Mahotsav', organised "to celebrate 5,151 years of religious book Gita" at the...
  • No Nepal constitution without consensus, says CPN-Maoist leader Prachanda December 6, 2014

    Kathmandu: CPN-Maoist leader Prachanda on Saturday warned that it would not be possible to draft the new Nepal Constitution without consensus from all the political parties. "It would not be possible to promulgate the new constitution by the January 22, 2015 deadline, as promised by the political parties, if consensus...
  • No politics in Tripura CM inviting Modi to address the state Cabinet: CPM December 1, 2014

    Defending Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said that there was no politics in inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the state Cabinet. "This is the constitution of our country. Wherever the PM goes the CM of that state receives him," Sitaram Yechury said. ...
  • It is unfair to keep German as the third language: HRD Minister November 21, 2014

    Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani said that she is not aware of any Supreme Court notice. She further justified government's order on German and said, "it's unfair to keep German as a third language. German is a foreign language and it is being taught as a foreign language." ...
  • Subramanian Swamy seeks central law to ban cow slaughter November 9, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Seeking a complete ban on cow slaughter in the country, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said he would urge the Union government to bring a central legislation for the purpose so that all states can follow it. "I am surprised to find that a large number of cattle...
  • Judges should not accept constitutional posts upon retirement: CJI RM Lodha September 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha on Friday said that Supreme Court and High Court judges should not accept constitutional positions after retirement. In his last speech, the outgoing CJI made an oblique reference to former CJI P Sathasivam who accepted the post of Kerala Governor by...
  • Bureaucrat can't be victimized for crtiticising government: SC September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: A bureaucrat cannot be victimized for criticising government before a judicial forum, as it does not amount to service misconduct, the Supreme Court has said while slapping a fine of Rs 5 lakh on Centre and UP government for harassing an IAS officer who approached it on the...
  • We do not support extraconstitutional changes in Pakistan: US August 21, 2014

    Washington: The US has said that it does not support any extraconstitutional changes in Pakistan, where deadlock continues between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and two key opposition figures seeking his resignation over allegations of corruption and election rigging. "We support the constitutional and electoral process in Pakistan, which elected Nawaz Sharif...
  • Parliament passes Constitutional Amendment Bill August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution (121st Amendment) Bill, 2014 on Thursday and is set to pass the National Judicial Appointments Bill. While 176 members voted in favour of the Constitution Amendment Bill, no votes were registered against it. The Lok Sabha had on Wednesday already passed the Judicial...
  • Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014, Constitution Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 and Constitutional Amendment Bill. The Bills will now be taken up in the Rajya Sabha and the government may face hurdles in the Upper House as it does not have the required numbers to pass...
  • Voting on Judicial Appointments Bill, Constitutional Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha today August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Voting on the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 and Constitutional Amendment Bill will take place in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Sources said that the government was hopeful of getting the Bill passed in Lok Sabha. Sources adding that the session could be extended if the Judicial Appointment...
  • No intention to interfere in judiciary's authority: Government August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to overturn the present collegium system of appointment of judges through a Constitution amendment, government today said it has no intention to interfere in the authority of the Judiciary. Responding to a daylong debate on the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 in Lok Sabha, Law Minister...
  • Centre may consider extending Parliament session to pass pending Bills: sources August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government may consider extending Parliament session in order to pass pending Bills, said sources on Tuesday. Some of the pending Bills include the Insurance Laws Amendment Bill, which seeks to raise the cap on FDI in the insurance sector from the current 26 percent to 49...
  • President approves Constitution Amendment Bill for creation of National Judicial Commission August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre has fasttracked the process to set up a judicial commission to replace the collegium system for the selection of judges. The President has cleared the Constitution Amendment Bill for the creation of a judicial commission. Sources say the Constitution Amendment Bill is likely to come up...
  • Process of judges' appointment should be transparent: Justice Katju July 29, 2014

    In an interview to CNNIBN, Press Council of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju on said the present collegium a total failure as there was no mention of collegium system in the Constitution of India. "This system was artificially created by some judges. The process of...
  • Sports federations in India put an agelimit cap on officebearers July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: As many as 47 out of 54 sports federations in the country have amended their constitution setting 70 years as the age limit for all office bearers, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said during Question Hour, "Out of the 54 National Sports Federations...
  • 41 years of Kesavananda Bharati, the day the SC saved the Constitution April 24, 2014

    24th April, 1973. The day when Indian Judiciary managed to save the Constitution by a whisker. The day when Supreme Court of India passed its judgment in Kesavananda Bharati vs. State of Kerala holding that amending power of the Parliament cannot be used to alter the basic structure or the essential features...
  • Ambedkar's birth place devoid of fervour amid poll code April 15, 2014

    The 123rd birth anniversary of the architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was observed on Monday at his birth place in Mhow near Indore. However, because of the enforcement of the model code of conduct in view of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, no major function was organized...
  • Rolling Stone flubs Constitution tattoo on cover April 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one. The cover image of next month's Rolling Stone magazine featuring the "Veep" star depicts a nude Louis-Dreyfus with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration...
  • Committed to work within framework of Constitution, says Kejriwal March 14, 2014

    Labelled as an "anarchist" by his critics, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has stated that his party is committed to function within the framework of Indian Constitution. Responding to the charge of being an anarchist leading elements with diverse ideologies lacking cohesiveness, Kejriwal said, "We can have people amongst us wedded to...
  • Include Sambalpuri, Ho languages in Constitution: Patnaik to Centre March 2, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urged Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to take steps for inclusion of Sambalpuri/Kosali and Ho languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. "Sambalpuri/Kosali is the mother tongue of about 75 lakh people spread over 10 contiguous districts of Western Odisha. It...
  • SC refers issue of legalising Euthanasia to Constitution bench February 25, 2014

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred the issue of legalising euthanasia in the country to a five- judge Constitution bench, saying there has been "inconsistent" opinion in its previous verdicts on withdrawing medical support to terminally ill patients. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that it is...
  • Arvind Kejriwal broke law by 'engineering' dharna: BJP January 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Stepping up its attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP on Saturday accused him and his government of breaking the law by "engineering" a dharna at a prohibited place and said their action was not in any way in accordance with the Constitution. Leader of Opposition in Rajya...
  • Cabinet approves constitution amendment bill for judicial appointments December 26, 2013

    The cabinet on Thursday approved a constitution amendment bill to make the appointment of judges more transparent, official sources said. A cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the bill to make the process of appointing judges more participatory between the executive and the judiciary. This will be done...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai December 10, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Will our VIPs ever give up the Lal Batti culture? December 10, 2013

    The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the red beacon lights used by politicians on their vehicles and on Tuesday ruled that only constitutional authorities can use them. The court also said that blue beacons can be used by ambulances, police and other emergency services. ...
  • SC puts an end to red beacon culture, loss of authority for many December 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the red beacon lights used by politicians on their vehicles and on Tuesday ruled that only constitutional authorities can use them. The court also said that blue beacons can be used by ambulances, police and other emergency services. Red beacon lights,...
  • News 360: Captain James' wife asks PM to bring him back December 10, 2013

    It has been eight days since the body of her 11yearold son has been kept in the morgue in the hope that her husband Captain Sunil James gets back to see him for one last time and perform his last rites. ...