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HindustanTimes Wed,23 Jul 2014

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Woman journalist dies after a fall from high rise

A 32-year-old woman journalist working with Rajya Sabha TV was found dead under mysterious circumstances at the basement parking lot of her apartment at Vaishali on Monday night.

Govt for national commission to appoint judges

The NDA government is keen to set up the National Judicial Commission that seeks to replace the present system of judges appointing judges, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday.

SC puts curbs on fresh law grads, can’t argue cases

The Supreme Court has barred fresh law graduates from arguing before it and restricted their presence for the limited purpose of asking time, date, adjournment and similar orders in cases.

‘CJI should have resisted govt influence’

More than five years before justice Markandey Katju accused three successive chief justices of India for making improper compromises to save a corrupt judge of the Madras High Court, the Supreme Court had disapproved of “surrender of judiciary’s primacy” in the matter by the then CJI RC Lahoti.

Enemy within: Army grapples with suicide cases

The army is finding it hard to prevent suicides, despite taking a host of measures to ensure that soldiers do not kill themselves on active duty. Suicide rates may not have hit astronomical levels in recent years, but it hasn’t dropped either.

Wary of infighting, BJP not to name CM candidates

Wary of infighting, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unlikely to name chief ministerial candidates in three states heading for assembly elections and will instead seek votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

‘Infiltration’ from Bangladesh up 5 times in TMC rule

No wonder Prime Minister Narendra Modi was harping before the Lok Sabha polls on the problem on infiltration from Bangladesh into India through West Bengal.

Class 2 student a witch, says Bengal kangaroo court

In another shocking case of superstition and stigma, a ‘morol’ (head of village and kangaroo court) of tribals allegedly labelled Sumitra Hansda, a class 2 student, and her mother as a witch.

IAF unaffected by Rolls-Royce scandal

Despite the defence ministry having frozen all contracts with Rolls-Royce (RR) following a bribery scandal in March, orders continue to flow  in from the Indian Air Force and navy that operate aircrafts powered by RR engines.

Accused spoke to Badaun girl before murder, says CBI sleuth

The CBI that is probing the alleged rape and murder of two Dalit girls in Badaun has found that one of the victims had 'telephonic contact' with one of the accused hours before she and her cousin were found hanging from a tree in May.

Drunk jawans held for harassing woman on train

Khagaria government railway police (GRP) on Tuesday arrested three army personnel who sexually harassed a girl on the New Delhi-Sikkim Mahananada express train on Monday night.

No new bills lined up, Modi govt may decide to curtail ongoing session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to take a call on the government’s agenda for the rest of Parliament session after the Budget has been passed.

Major reforms on anvil to put railways on track

Making the chairman of the railway board — the Chief Executive Officer — and providing for a unified cadre for railway are among the major reforms the Modi government is in the process of finalising.

Nearly one-third Indians drink purified water

Less than one-third of households in India drink purified water, even though barely 39% of them get piped water, making them prone to several water-borne infections such as diarrhoea, jaundice, cholera and gastroenteritis.

Juvenile law to get tough, changes ready

The women and child development (WCD) ministry will be sending an amended draft juvenile justice bill to the law ministry this week, moving the government a step closer to treating minors accused of heinous crimes —  such as rape — at par with adults.
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