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  • Minister resigns over Spain's failed abortion reform 1 week ago

    Madrid: Spain's justice minister resigned over a failed bid to restrict women's right to abortion, which had sparked mass protests and international condemnation. The reform claimed the first scalp in Spain's conservative government since it took power in 2011, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, 55, a top member of the ruling Popular Party...
  • Indian Super League clubs to pick from domestic player draft July 19, 2014

    Mumbai: The best of Indian footballing talent will be up for grabs when the franchises of the Hero Indian Super League vie among themselves to pick the players from the Domestic Player Draft in a threeday event which begins on Monday. The 84player strong list will feature senior national team players...
  • 'Like a rolling stone' could bring 2 million USD at auction June 24, 2014

    New York: One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," could bring between $1 million and $2 million at auction. A working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand is being offered by Sotheby's on Tuesday. The draft is written in pencil on...
  • BCCI may lose the right to represent 'India' July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The BCCI could be again set on collision course with the Sports Ministry as a contentious clause in the Draft National Sports Development Bill states that only those federations who come under the Right to Information Act (RTI) ambit will have the right to use 'India' as the...
  • Mudgal Committee submits Draft Sports Bill to government July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Setting up of an Appellate Sports Tribunal and a Sports Election Commission and provisions to bar chargesheeted persons from contesting elections are some of the salient features included in the Draft National Sports Development Bill 2013 which was presented to the government Wednesday. The Draft Bill, prepared by the...
  • Obama expresses deep concern, doesn't condemn Egyptian military intervention July 4, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama expressed deep concern about the Egyptian military's removal of President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday but stopped short of condemning a move that could lead to a cutoff in US aid. Obama issued a written statement responding to dramatic events in Cairo after huddling with his...
  • Maharashtra: Committee formed to finalise women's policy May 8, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Tuesday set up an 11member committee headed by Women and Child Welfare Minister Varsha Gaikwad to finalise the women's policy draft which was unveiled on March 8, 2013, celebrated as International Women's Day. The twomonth period for seeking objections and suggestions for the draft policy ends...
  • Good laws, institutions do change incentives if they are designed well: Dr Jayaprakash Narayan on Lokpal February 4, 2013

    Dr Jayaprakash Narayan is a physician by training who went into the Indian Administrative Service in the aftermath of the Emergency and failure of the Janata Experiment. He was a topper in the IAS exam. During the 16 years of distinguished public service in various capacities, he acquired a formidable...
  • The Last Word: Is criticism of revised Lokpal Bill justified or unfair? February 1, 2013

    The new draft of Lokpal Bill cleared by the Cabinet on Thursday saw mixed reactions with those who led demonstrations for a strong Lokpal speaking in different languages. While former IPS officer Kiran Bedi came out in support of the new draft, Aam Aadmi Party member Prashant Bhushan said the...
  • Egypt: Draft charter gets 'yes' majority in vote December 23, 2012

    Cairo: Egypt's Islamistbacked constitution received a "yes" majority in a final round of voting on a referendum that saw a low voter turnout, but the deep divisions it has opened up threaten to fuel continued turmoil. Passage is a victory for Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, but a costly one. The bruising...
  • Gunmen attack Egyptian opposition protesters December 11, 2012

    Cairo: Masked gunmen attacked opposition protesters camped out at Cairo's Tahrir Square early on Tuesday, firing birdshot at them and wounding nine people, security officials said. The attack stoked tensions just hours ahead of rival mass rallies in the Egyptian capital by supporters and opponents of the country's Islamist president...
  • Fresh changes in Land Acquisition Bill draft October 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Fresh changes have been made in the draft Land Acquisition Bill under which the level of consent of landowners for acquiring land for private purpose has been made stiffer following a suggestion from UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The percentage of land owners, whose consent is a must for...
  • Zardari graft cases: Pak SC approves Swiss draft letter October 10, 2012

    Islamabad: After weeks of wrangling, Pakistan Supreme Court on Wednesday approved a third draft of a letter that will ask Swiss authorities to revive graft cases against Asif Ali Zardari, with the government making it clear that any proceedings in that country would be conditional to the immunity available to...
  • Surrogacy: Draft law to protect child, mother rights July 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Government is moving fast to regulate the booming business of surrogacy in the country and planning to make any violation of the rights of the child and the mother a cognisable offence. A draft legislation to protect social, medical and ethical rights of infertile couples...
  • TRAI issues guidelines on mobile data services July 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The telecom regulator has released draft regulations on minimum quality benchmark for mobile internet service under which it will be mandatory for an operator to activate such service within three hours of request from a customer. "It is necessary to benchmark and monitor the quality of service offered by...
  • Draft cabinet note on FDI in retail soon July 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The commerce and industry ministry will soon circulate a draft cabinet note to bring out further clarifications on the mandatory 30 per cent sourcing from small industries in the wake of IKEA seeking further relaxation of the norms. The ministry, however, is unlikely to give away too much to...
  • Man sends 'bribe' by DD; stuns municipal authorities June 17, 2012

    Virudhunagar: Vexed over the delay in getting a birth certificate, a man in Virudhunagar hit upon a bizarre idea of sending a demand draft for Rs 100 as bribe to a local body, stunning the municipality authorities who made amends for the lapse and home delivered the document. Rattled on...
  • Mullaiperiyar dam draft report by monthend April 24, 2012

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Courtempowered Committee on Mullaiperiyar dam that met here on Sunday will meet again on Monday to finalise the draft report that will be submitted to the SC by the month end. The committees tenure ends by the month end, and it has decided not to seek...
  • Now, cheques and drafts to be valid for 3 months March 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Come April 1 and cheques and bank drafts will be valid only for three months, a development that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) thinks will help mitigate frauds related to such instruments. The RBI has directed that with effect from April 1, 2012, banks should not make payments...
  • Lokpal: BJP meets Prez, asks for special session January 5, 2012

    New Delhi: A high level BJP delegation on Thursday submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil demanding reconvening of Parliament session so that voting is conducted on the Lokpal Bill. The delegation, led by senior BJP Leader LK Advani and BJP President Nitin Gadkari, also registered an official protest over the...
  • BJP delegation to meet President over Lokpal January 3, 2012

    New Delhi: A BJP delegation is expected to call on President Prathiba Patil on Tuesday to register an official protest over the Lokpal Bill fiasco that took place in the Rajya Sabha on December 29. The highlevel delegation will be led by senior BJP leader LK Advani and party President Nitin...
  • Will the Lokpal Bill ever become a reality? December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: After an abrupt midnight end to the Rajya Sabha session and embarrassing allegation of an orchestrated chaos, the Government said it will ensure that the Lokpall Bill is passed in the Budget Session. It now seems ready to remove the 'Lokayukta' clause from the Bill, but after the scenes...
  • UPA finds Mamata tougher than expected December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: After UPA constituent Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday joined hands with the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha to go against the Government over the Lokpal Bill, the question raised is has Mamata Banerjee just proved to be a difficult ally or has the Congress just failed to...
  • Somnath defends UPA's Lokpal stand in RS December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has defended the Government's decision to avoid voting on the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha where the Opposition and the Trinamool Congress joined hands to stall the Bill. "Those who did not allow Parliament to function for days in and days out...
  • UPA, Cong committed a fraud on democracy: BJP December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad has severely criticised the Congress and the ruling UPA Government for orchestrating the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha so that no voting on the Lokpal Bill could take place. "The UPA Government and the Congress has committed a fraud on the democracy," said Prasad. The...
  • Govt has no authority to continue: Jaitley December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: After the upper House was adjourned on Thursday midnight without voting on the Lokpal Bill, the Leader of Oppositon in Rajya Sabha and BJP leader Arun Jaitley criticised the Government for staging the drama and asked for immediate resignation of the UPA Government. "It (the Government) has no right...
  • Lokpal: Narayanasamy defends Govt, attacks Oppn December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Replying to the Lokpal debate in the Rajya Sabha on behalf of the ruling Congress, Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy on Thursday defended the Government over the Lokpal Bill and attacked the former NDA over the issue. "Confiscation of property before conviction is a path breaking provision....
  • Lokpal Bill could be deferred to next RS session December 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Voting on the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha is looking increasingly unlikely. The government is believed to have raised the point of a midnight limit on proceedings. With 18 speakers yet to deliver their speeches as of 9.40 PM, and a staggering 205 amendments awaiting discussion, the...
  • Bring media under the Lokpal: Samajwadi Party December 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Taking part in the Lokpal debate in the Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party MP Ram Gopal Yadav on Thursday opposed the Lokpal Bill in the present form and objected on the issue of bringing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the purview of the Lokpal. "We oppose the Bill...
  • Govt should resign on moral ground: BJP December 28, 2011

    New Delhi: With the Constitution Amendment Bill on Lokpal failing in Lok Sabha, the BJP on Tuesday night demanded resignation of the UPA Government on moral grounds. "Government should resign on moral grounds. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has no moral right to continue in office," BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters...