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The Lok Sabha on Wednesday cleared the coal and insurance bills introduced by the government as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform measures to jump-start the economy, but the legislations must now be passed by the Rajya Sabha where the Opposition is in a majority.
Separatist-turned-mainstream politician Sajjad Lone on Wednesday flew to Srinagar from Jammu in a huff, a day after he was given the portfolios of science and technology and animal husbandry from the BJP quota.
Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, who is set to undertake a footmarch protesting the land acquistion bill, has received life threats on Facebook, police said on Wednesday.
The CBI searched Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul’s home in a posh south Kolkata neighbourhood on Wednesday as part of its nationwide raids on the Rose Valley Group, a deposit fund conglomerate bigger than the scam-mired Saradha group.
Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve on Wednesday said he will resign as Union minister of state for consumer affairs, food and public distribution on Thursday and focus on boosting the party apparatus in the state.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the government has taken necessary action to stop the telecast of a documentary based on the interview with a convict in the December 16 gang-rape case.
In a written reply to a query by AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam, state parliamentary affairs minister Rockybul Hussain said 161 people have been killed in attacks by Naga miscreants in four districts since 1972.
Women MPs from Opposition parties stormed into the well of the upper house of Parliament on Wednesday and forced a brief adjournment, demanding action over the December 16 gangrape convict being allowed to give what they termed an objectionable interview from Tihar jail.
The home ministry on an average approves 5,000 call interception requests a month based on "justified grounds" made by law enforcement agencies, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
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Nearly two-third of those who took part in an Hindustan Times web poll on Tuesday felt that the government should allow BBC to air the interview of the December 16 gangrapist.
The maker of a documentary film about the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a woman in the Capital has said it will be released as planned even after a Delhi court banned anyone from broadcasting the documentary on grounds of 'objectionable content'.
Maharashtra has extended a ban on killing cows to bulls and bullocks, a state government source said, in a blow to meat traders who are now considering legal action. President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday give his assent to the long-pending Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill, making it a law and drawing cheers from the state government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to work together on narrowing their differences and finding common ground on mutual concerns, the first tentative step towards resuming dialogue after a six-month freeze in ties following the cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks last year.