Concerned that opinion polls have the potential to influence voters, the attorney general (AG) has backed an Election Commission (EC) proposal to impose restrictions on the telecast and publication of such surveys once election dates are announced. Nagendar Sharma and Chetan Chauhan report. What the EC wants
Having expressed reservation over the draft of the proposed anti-fixing bill prepared by the law ministry, the sports ministry will now set-up its own committee to draw a fresh draft. Chetan Chauhan and Nagendar Sharma report.
With the spot-fixing scandal growing by the day, the sports ministry wants a thorough clean-up of sports in the country and as a first step, it wants betting to be legalised. Chetan Chauhan
and Nagendar Sharma
report. The betman of T20 League
| Cashing in
Though some key ministers were in favour of promulgating an ordinance for its immediate implementation, considering its populist tone and with general elections just a year away, the law ministry was against it. Nagendar Sharma
and Chetan Chauhan
report. Why not ordinance?
A timely intervention by the Prime Minister’s Office has prevented two arms of the central government, the environment ministry and National Highway Authority of India, from fighting it out in the Supreme Court over the issue of environmental clearance for road projects.
About 45 lakh voters in Himachal Pradesh will give their verdict on Sunday on whether the ruling BJP got it right by making corruption its poll plank or whether the opposition Congress made the correct call by focusing on local issues, including lapses in governance.
A series of letters exchanged between the Centre and Chief Justice of India (CJI) SH Kapadia over a period of five months regarding appointment of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) head has led to a miffed retiring Supreme Court judge withdraw his consent to be appointed to the post.
MP writes to speaker, says facts were not placed in LS when bill was passed; youth affairs ministry denies charge.
The UPA government is set to drop a clause on mandatory setting up of lokayuktas through the Lokpal Bill, bowing to demands put forth by its allies — Trinamool Congress and Nationalist Congress Party — as well as opposition parties such as the BJP.
The UPA government is set to accept a major demand of its allies Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other opposition parties including BJP to drop the clause on mandatory setting up of Lokayuktas through the Lokpal Bill. Chetan Chauhan and Nagendar Sharma report.
The government wants changes in the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 and Special Marriage Act of 1954 to provide ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ as a new ground for parting ways. Chetan Chauhan
& Nagendar Sharma
report. How the law is changing
In a move that will impact future management and engineering hopefuls, students who opt for these subjects under the management quota in India and abroad will no longer be given education loans. Chetan Chauhan
and Nagendar Sharma
The fight for the control of legal education courses being run in 913 colleges, 260 universities and 14 national law schools across the country has turned into a turf war between the ministries of Law and Human Resources Development (HRD). Nagendar Sharma and Chetan Chauhan report.
Cricket fans will have the right to access financial and administrative details of the BCCI, which earns revenues of around Rs 1,500 crore a year, if the draft of the new sports bill, cleared by the law ministry as legal and constitutionally valid, becomes law. Nagendar Sharma
& Chetan Chauhan
report. What it means
Putting aside their earlier differences, the teams of social activists Anna Hazare and Aruna Roy have broadly agreed to come together on the anti-graft lokpal bill ahead of Parliament’s winter session, which begins next week.
Unhappy over development projects being stalled during elections as it happened early this year in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the Centre proposes to take a fresh look at the Election Commission's code of conduct by making it a part of the law governing polls in the country.
Lodging a complaint against mighty in the government will not be easy even though the government has proposed to increase the jail term for corruption to 10 years, from seven, in the lokpal bill, 2011 introduced for the ninth time, in two decades, in Lok Sabha on Thursday.
India’s top most planning body, the Planning Commission, is in a spot over appointment of consultants and for giving each of its member the discretion to spend Rs 1 crore every year. Chetan Chauhan and Nagendar Sharma report.
India's topmost planning body, the Planning Commission, is in a spot over appointment of consultants and allowing discretion to each of its members to spend Rs one crore every year.
The Election Commission has rejected a key proposal to check corruption in electoral politics — state funding of elections — saying it will not prohibit use of black money and has instead sought powers to debar candidates found falsifying expenditure reports. Chetan Chauhan and Nagendar Sharma report.