PANCHAYAT

  • Gujarat: With rebellion in BJP, AAP may come to power in panchayat body February 16, 2015

    Vadodara: Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP may gain control of a taluka (tehsil) panchayat in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as eight rebel BJP members on Monday said they wanted to join it. Savli taluka panchayat, with a total of 17 members, was controlled by BJP, which had 10...
  • Bihar: Panchayat member arrested for rape of 'mahadalit' woman January 31, 2015

    Katihar: A panchayat member was arrested on Friday for allegedly raping a 'mahadalit' (SC) woman in Katihar district, police said. The police also registered FIRs against four other accused. Police officials said that the panchayat was allegedly trying to hush up the case by ordering the accused to pay Rs 41,000...
  • Rajasthan HC turns down plea filed against Panchayat ordinance on education norm January 15, 2015

    Jaipur: Rajasthan High Court on Thursday turned down the petition filed by opposition parties and civil rights groups against panchayat ordinance brought in by state government that enacted minimum educational qualification mandatory for candidates contesting panchayat polls in the state. While rejecting the petition , the court said while it appreciates...
  • Chennai: RTI activist jailed for refusing to stand at hearing January 8, 2015

    Chennai: In a bizarre case, an RTI activist has been jailed for refusing to stand at a hearing. The RTI activist had asked for a chair so that he could sit in front of a 2-member bench hearing an appeal at the headquarters in Chennai. The victim, NGO Satta Panchayat...
  • Panchayat polls: SC refuses to entertain PILs against Rajasthan ordinance January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain petitions challenging an ordinance recently passed by the Rajasthan Government mandating varied educational qualification for candidates to contest elections at different level of panchayats, saying that High Court was the forum for addressing these issues. "Go and challenge the vires...
  • People in no-toilet villages indirectly consuming excreta: Government January 4, 2015

    New Delhi: In a village of 1,200 people not having toilets, each inhabitant has to indirectly consume through contaminated food about three grams of each other's faecal matter every day, says a government report. The 'Elementary Book on Sanitation in Gram Panchayats' brought out by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj...
  • Haryana CM Khattar defends khap panchayats, calls its decisions "sensible" December 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has come out in defence of khap panchayats, saying they keep a check on social evils and there was nothing wrong with their orders. Defending the caste panchayats, which have been known for being against marriages in the same 'gotra' or clan, the...
  • Take Rs 50,000 and abort, Bihar panchayat tells raped girl December 4, 2014

    Patna: A panchayat in Bihar has ordered a girl, who was raped by four brothers and is now seven months pregnant, to take Rs 50,000 and undergo an abortion, police said on Thursday. "The victim along with her mother and informed me that four brothers of her village raped her seven...
  • Mob justice by panchayat in Rajasthan, woman stripped, paraded naked on a donkey November 10, 2014

    Jaipur: In a shocking case of mob justice in Rajasthan, leaders of a panchayat stripped a 45-year-old woman and paraded her naked on a donkey on Saturday evening. Thirty people have been arrested so far in the case out of which nine belong to the victim's family. The woman was...
  • BJP to contest in all 81 seats in Jharkhand October 26, 2014

    Ranchi: The BJP said it would fight in all the 81 Assembly seats in Jharkhand in the coming polls. "We will contest in all the seats," BJP National Vice President and former Deputy Chief Minister Raghuvar Das said, adding that the party's panchayat level booth conferences were being held. The...
  • PM Modi to launch MP model village scheme on Saturday October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: An ambitious village development project under which each MP will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019 will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The goal is to develop three adarsh grams or model villages by March 2019, of which...
  • Freedom must have limits too, girls should dress decently to not lure boys, says BJP's Karnal candidate October 10, 2014

    Karnal: Another politician has blamed girls for rapes. Karnal BJP MLA candidate Manohar Lal Khattar has said that girls must be dressed decently and not 'lure' boys. On a question about Khap panchayats and their rulings, Khattar said that to an extent Khap rulings were justified as they 'tried to abide...
  • Andhra Pradesh government committed to develop villages: Panchayat Raj minister October 9, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu said on Thursday the state government was committed to its develop villages by rendering basic amenities and strengthening the panchayat raj system. Patrudu said that work of construction of black tar roads, metal roads in villages would be taken up by...
  • The Khaps of Haryana: Social or political? October 6, 2014

    Kaithal: Khap Panchayats have existed for hundreds of years and their writ still runs large, especially in Haryana. Ahead of the Assembly elections, CNN-IBN caught up with a Khap in Kaithal to see if things are changing. Some of Haryana's Khap Panchayats have supported honour killings in the past. Not...
  • 'Government WiFi project at panchayats to be more cost effective' September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: A WiFi based broadband project at village panchayat level, involving operational expenditure of Rs 2,472 crore annually by the government, will lead to huge savings compared to market costs, according to a study. "The per annum cost of covering operational expenses for Government Users Network (GUN) is Rs 2,472...
  • Tamil Nadu: Government says it will notify rules on regulation of bore wells September 2, 2014

    Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday disposed off a PIL filed by a law student for a direction to the Central and State Governments to formulate guidelines to regulate the erection and management of bore wells especially abandoned ones. The First Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and...
  • UP: Panchayat orders swapping of wives after man's wife elopes with another woman's husband August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: In yet another bizarre diktat from Uttar Pradesh, a Panchayat has ordered swapping of wives after one of them allegedly eloped with the husband of the other. A married woman had eloped a few days back with another married man of the same village. The husband of the...
  • Over 50 per cent panchayats don't have banking service in the state August 20, 2014

    At a time when the Centre has launched an ambitious scheme to ensure that each family gets a bank account, the expansion of banks in Bihar has moved at snail's pace with over 50 per cent panchayats still to be covered by its service. Out of 8463 panchayats in Bihar, over...
  • 2 killed, 1 injured in clash over political rivalry August 18, 2014

    Two persons were shot dead and another injured in a clash between two parties over political rivalry related to panchayat polls in Rajpura area, police said. Ramveer (40) and Rambabu (32) were shot dead when the two parties opened fire at each other in Shahpur village late on Sunday night, Station...
  • Girls have the right to wear jeans, use mobiles: Khap chief August 12, 2014

    Jind: To use mobile phones and wear jeans is the fundamental right of a girl and no panchayat should put a ban on it, chief of a Khap Panchayat in Haryana has said. Kandela Khap Panchayat chief Tekaram Kandela said to use mobile phones and wear jeans is the fundamental right...
  • Muzaffarnagar: Khap Panchayat bans jeans, mobiles for girls August 10, 2014

    Muzaffarnagar: In yet another bizzare dikat of the Khap Panchayat in Uttar Pradesh's Muzzafarnagar district, it has banned unmarried girls from wearing jeans and using mobile phones. The panchayat claimed that these have a bad influence and were responsible for girls being harassed. The panchayat of Gujjar community was held...
  • To stop sexual harassment, Gujjar panchayat bans jeans, mobiles for girls August 9, 2014

    A community panchayat has banned girls from wearing jeans and keeping mobile phones claiming that they were having a "bad" effect on them and were responsible for eveteasing incidents. The panchayat of Gujjar community was held at Jadwad village on Friday. It passed the diktat banning wearing of jeans and use of...
  • Woman panchayat member thrashed, Governor Aziz Qureshi seeks report August 6, 2014

    UttarakhandGovernor Aziz Qureshi on Wednesday sought a report from state government and police by Thursday over the alleged thrashing of a woman member of district panchayat. Terming the incident "shameful and sad", the governor directed thedirector general of policeand Chief Secretary to submit a detailed report of the incident by tomorrow...
  • Husband's family forces woman to prove 'chastity' by holding redhot iron rods July 24, 2014

    A local court ordered registration of cases against four people, including a woman's husband and motherinlaw, for allegedly forcing her to "prove" her "chastity" in front of a community panchayat by holding redhot iron rods, if she wanted to live with her husband. Allegedly, the complainant was asked to "prove her...
  • Cases to be registered for being asked to prove 'chastity' July 23, 2014

    A local court ordered registration of cases against four people, including a woman's husband and motherinlaw, for allegedly forcing her to "prove" her "chastity" in front of a community panchayat by holding redhot iron rods, if she wanted to live with her husband. Allegedly, the complainant was asked to "prove her...
  • 'Process of redemarcation of panchayats to be completed by Feb 2015' July 18, 2014

    The process of redemarcation of panchayats in the Rajasthan would be completed before its next election by February 2015 based on the latest census of 2011, Rajasthan Assembly was told on Friday. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister GC Kataria, on a query of BJP MLA Randheer Singh Bhinder during Zero...
  • Illegal assets worth Rs 3.1 crore of MP clerk unearthed in Lokayukta raid July 15, 2014

    Lokayukta Police on Tuesday raided various premises of a clerk, posted in a Janpad Panchayat in neighbouring Khargone district, and unearthed properties worth over Rs 3.10 crore which are allegedly disproportionate to his known sources of income, a senior officer said. "The clerk, identified as Babulal Patel (50), posted in Maheshwar...
  • Tripura votes for gram panchayats July 15, 2014

    Agartala: Hundreds of thousands of people voted on Tuesday to elect the threetier gram panchayats in Leftruled Tripura. Inspector General of Police Nepal Das told IANS that voting was peaceful barring clashes among political activists in three places. According to the Election Commission, half of the 13,754 candidates are women. For the first...
  • MP Finance Commission gets new Chairman, two members July 12, 2014

    Former Minister Himmat Kotharihas been appointed Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State FinanceCommission (MPSFC), which has also got two new members. The BJP leader had earlier served as Home Minister ofthe State. The State Government appointed Kothari to the poston July 11, an official in Bhopal release on July12. Retired IAS officers Dileep Raj...
  • BDO, panchayat samiti chief assaulted by MLA supporters July 11, 2014

    A Block Development Officer (BDO) and a chief of a panchayat samiti were allegedly assaulted by the supporters of an Independent MLA on Friday. Lesligung BDO Angarnath Swarnakar and chief of panchayat samiti Sangita Devi were allegedly assaulted by the supporters of Independent MLA Videsh Singh at the BDO's official chamber. An...