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Balwant Singh Rajoana (centre) was sentenced to death in 2007 for the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995.(HT file photo)

Beant Singh assassination: SC asks Centre to decide on Rajoana’s plea to commute death penalty by January 26

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:29 PM IST
Balwant Singh Rajoana was sentenced to death in 2007 for the former Punjab CM’s assassination on August 31, 1995.
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The perimeter of a construction site, part of the Central Vista project, is blocked by large metal sheets, at Rafi Marg in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The perimeter of a construction site, part of the Central Vista project, is blocked by large metal sheets, at Rafi Marg in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Pollution control measures key in big development projects: Experts

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:18 AM IST
The court also directed the Union environment ministry to consider issuing general directions on installation of smog towers while granting approval in cities with high pollution.
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The top court said it must be borne in mind that public participation is not to supplant the discretion of the government or to retard the development work(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The top court said it must be borne in mind that public participation is not to supplant the discretion of the government or to retard the development work(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

SC says it is govt’s ‘bounden obligation’ to keep citizens well-informed about its actions

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:58 PM IST
Granting open access to information also secures the goal of transparency to which “all public institutions are wedded”, the apex court said.
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Supreme Court(PTI)
Supreme Court(PTI)

Supreme Court will take up an open letter on farmers as PIL

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:23 AM IST
The 35 signatories, comprising human rights students, research scholars, and former students of the university demanded an enquiry into the illegitimate use of force by Haryana Police and withdrawal of all criminal cases registered against the protesting farmers by both Haryana Police and Delhi Police.
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The students wrote an open letter to the CJI and urged that Haryana and Delhi police withdraw all the cases against farmers which were registered under alleged political vendetta.(PTI)
The students wrote an open letter to the CJI and urged that Haryana and Delhi police withdraw all the cases against farmers which were registered under alleged political vendetta.(PTI)

SC accepts petition sent to CJI seeking inquiry against Haryana Police for using water cannons on farmers

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 04:48 PM IST
The letter, written by former and current human rights students of the Centre for Human Rights and Duties, Punjab University, also asked that the cases of illegal detention of protesters be looked into.
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One of the most striking images at the beginning of 2020 was that of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), protesters reading aloud the Preamble to the Constitution.(HTPHOTO)
One of the most striking images at the beginning of 2020 was that of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), protesters reading aloud the Preamble to the Constitution.(HTPHOTO)

Key constitutional values invoked last year must be built on

By Ritwika Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:09 AM IST
There were assertions of federalism by some states on CAA; the Election Commission smoothly conducted its first post-Covid assembly election; and, most significantly, citizens came into their own and truly realised the import of the Constitution — for themselves and their fellow country people. Let us hope to build on this spirit this year.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI file)

PM Modi increases budget to increase enrollment of children of SC: BJP’s Dushyant Gautam

By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:35 AM IST
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dushyant Gautam said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government is working for the welfare of the poor and dalits.
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Kolkata, India - Feb. 4, 2019: Rajeev Kumar, Kolkata Police Commissioner during West Bengal and Kolkata Police award ceremony beside the dharna stage of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee against BJP led Central government at Esplanade in Kolkata, India, on Monday, February 4, 2019. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times)(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Kolkata, India - Feb. 4, 2019: Rajeev Kumar, Kolkata Police Commissioner during West Bengal and Kolkata Police award ceremony beside the dharna stage of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee against BJP led Central government at Esplanade in Kolkata, India, on Monday, February 4, 2019. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times)(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Saradha scam: CBI moves SC to quiz ex-police commissioner Rajeev Kumar

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:55 PM IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said Kumar’s further questioning is necessary in order to unearth the larger nexus in the scam.
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A view of the Supreme Court.(HT file photo)
A view of the Supreme Court.(HT file photo)

SC seeks response from Centre, states on Twitter India’s plea against multiple FIRs

By Asian News International| Posted by Mallika Soni | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 01:52 PM IST
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde had on December 17 sought responses from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, governments of Karnataka, Assam, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and the Police Commissioner of Delhi.
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For this year’s Class 11 admissions, 72,820 students are eligible for the first round of admission in 304 colleges(HT PHOTO)
For this year’s Class 11 admissions, 72,820 students are eligible for the first round of admission in 304 colleges(HT PHOTO)

FYJC admission third round completes, 61,359 seats vacant in Pune region

By Dheeraj Bengrut | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:46 PM IST
From December 20, the special round of FYJC admissions will start
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Security personnel stand guard as farmers block Delhi-Noida border at Chilla point, in Noida on Wednesday.(PTI)
Security personnel stand guard as farmers block Delhi-Noida border at Chilla point, in Noida on Wednesday.(PTI)

Farmers’ protest: SC notices to Centre, Delhi on pleas seeking reopening of borders

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 01:58 PM IST
The court allowed the petitioners to include the farmer organisations which are striking to also be included as parties in the petition while posting the matter for hearing tomorrow
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Supreme Court in New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo))
Supreme Court in New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo))

SC directs state govts to provide infrastructure, books to child care institutions for online classes

By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 02:02 PM IST
A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao ordered that States should ensure that the required number of teachers are also made available to teach children in the child care institutions.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represents India at the 15th East Asia Summit.(PTI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represents India at the 15th East Asia Summit.(PTI)

No rule flouted in election to RS from Gujarat: Jaishankar to SC

By Utkarsh Anand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:32 AM IST
Submitting his affidavit in response to a petition by defeated Congress party candidate Gaurav Hemantbhai Pandya, the minister accused Pandya of “misusing the process of law” by filing several election petitions before the top court.
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A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Sanjay K Kaul termed it “unacceptable” that the top court was repeatedly finding itself constrained to investigate how, when and where a judgment was delivered and then released on the websites.(HT Archive)
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Sanjay K Kaul termed it “unacceptable” that the top court was repeatedly finding itself constrained to investigate how, when and where a judgment was delivered and then released on the websites.(HT Archive)

SC irked at delays in releasing orders

By Utkarsh Anand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:24 AM IST
Apex Court calls it unacceptable, asserting that judicial discipline requires promptness in delivery of judgments.
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Meals being prepared at a community kitchen for farmers camped at Singhu Border against the new farm laws, near New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna /HT PHOTO)
Meals being prepared at a community kitchen for farmers camped at Singhu Border against the new farm laws, near New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna /HT PHOTO)

Farm union moves SC seeking repeal of laws

By Abraham Thomas and Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 02:41 AM IST
The recent laws allow businesses to freely trade farm produce outside the government-controlled mandi system, permit private traders to stockpile large quantities of essential commodities for future sales and lay down new rules for contract farming.
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The Supreme Court asked the high court to decide pleas seeking a review of the October 9 verdict that scrapped the Act that conferred proprietary rights on the occupants of the state land.(HT Archive)
The Supreme Court asked the high court to decide pleas seeking a review of the October 9 verdict that scrapped the Act that conferred proprietary rights on the occupants of the state land.(HT Archive)

Roshni Act: Punish illegal land grabbers, top court tells HC

By Utkarsh Anand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 06:32 AM IST
The SC asked the HC to decide pleas seeking a review of Oct 9 verdict that scrapped the Act that conferred rights on the occupants of the state land.
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Supreme Court of India.(HT file)
Supreme Court of India.(HT file)

Universities can fix enhanced norms and standards for affiliation: SC

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 08:31 PM IST
The top court observed that in present times, no university can afford to have a laid-back attitude, when their own performance is being measured by international standards and therefore, the power of the universities to prescribe enhanced norms and standards, cannot be doubted.
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The Supreme Court Wednesday sought “detailed” response from the Centre as well as states on issues ranging from adhering to Covid-19 guidelines on wearing of face masks and social distancing norms to implementation of fire safety guidelines in hospitals and nursing homes across India.(File photo)
The Supreme Court Wednesday sought “detailed” response from the Centre as well as states on issues ranging from adhering to Covid-19 guidelines on wearing of face masks and social distancing norms to implementation of fire safety guidelines in hospitals and nursing homes across India.(File photo)

SC seeks reply from Centre, states on Covid-19 guidelines, fire safety in hospitals

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 01:41 PM IST
The top court was hearing a suo motu case registered by it to ensure proper treatment of Covid-19 patients in hospitals and dignified handling of dead bodies there.
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On Tuesday, the air pollution levels in Delhi and National Capital Region was between very poor to severe with Ghaziabad being the most polluted city with Air Quality Index (AQI) of 415.(PTI file photo)
On Tuesday, the air pollution levels in Delhi and National Capital Region was between very poor to severe with Ghaziabad being the most polluted city with Air Quality Index (AQI) of 415.(PTI file photo)

Bad-air law drafted, cleared in less than a week

By Chetan Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:30 AM IST
On October 16, the Supreme Court said it was setting up a committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Madan Lokur for monitoring stubble burning and air pollution in the NCR and nearby areas, considered to be some of the most polluted in India, particularly in the winter months when post-harvest crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana causes the capital to be shrouded by smoky haze.
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The order also, once again rightly, takes a position against hate speech, defined in terms of context, content, and impact(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The order also, once again rightly, takes a position against hate speech, defined in terms of context, content, and impact(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Free speech vs hate speech | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:26 PM IST
The Supreme Court’s defence of freedom, and disavowal of hatred, is welcome
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A health worker collects a swab sample to test for coronavirus infection, at Tilak Nagar in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A health worker collects a swab sample to test for coronavirus infection, at Tilak Nagar in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Delhi records 1,674 new coronavirus cases, daily positivity rate drops 3.15% and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 09:16 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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“We had to cancel the construction of 9.5 km long bypass near Champawat, while we are changing the alignment of two other bypasses, one 9.9km long bypass near Mohabbat region and another 17km long bypass in Pithoragarh,” said Mathela, who is overseeing the construction of the Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
“We had to cancel the construction of 9.5 km long bypass near Champawat, while we are changing the alignment of two other bypasses, one 9.9km long bypass near Mohabbat region and another 17km long bypass in Pithoragarh,” said Mathela, who is overseeing the construction of the Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

After SC order on Char Dham road, alignment of key bypasses to be changed

By BD Kasniyal | Hindustan Times, Pithoragarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2020 02:27 AM IST
Confirming the development, LD Mathela, executive engineer from National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd, said that one bypass has been cancelled while the alignment of two others is being changed.
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Since the videoconferencing proceedings started in March this year, lawyers across high courts too have been caught eating food and appearing casual dressed, lying on the bed, and even chewing(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Since the videoconferencing proceedings started in March this year, lawyers across high courts too have been caught eating food and appearing casual dressed, lying on the bed, and even chewing(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

SC angered after man appears shirtless during online hearing

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 05:33 AM IST
The incident happened in the Supreme Court virtual courtroom presided over by justice LN Rao. The judge was hearing a suo moto {of its own accord} petition on the condition of Child Care Homes during the pandemic.
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The Supreme Court, New Delhi.(HT file photo)
The Supreme Court, New Delhi.(HT file photo)

SC refuses plea seeking action against Andhra CM for his comments against judge

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 05:20 PM IST
It also refused to allow the prayer for an inquiry by a retired judge or CBI into the allegations against Justice NV Ramana
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The ED also sought directions for HSIIDC to confirm the exact area of land released after the Section 6 notification since the corporation mentions 70.49 acres of released land in its affidavit.(HT Photo)
The ED also sought directions for HSIIDC to confirm the exact area of land released after the Section 6 notification since the corporation mentions 70.49 acres of released land in its affidavit.(HT Photo)

Manesar land scam:ED questions Haryana government silence on 268 acres

By Hitender Rao | Hindustan Times/Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 01:01 AM IST
The agency said that under the garb of ‘change of beneficial ownership’, transferees had accrued undue benefits
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Viswam, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, has sought a direction to the RBI and the NPCI to ensure that data collected on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platforms is not shared with their parent company or any other third party under any circumstances.(HT Archive)
Viswam, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, has sought a direction to the RBI and the NPCI to ensure that data collected on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platforms is not shared with their parent company or any other third party under any circumstances.(HT Archive)

SC to hear plea on framing of rules to ensure data security on UPI platforms

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 04:01 PM IST
The matter came up for hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian which listed it for hearing next week.
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Shiksha Mitras protest at Laxman mela park in Lucknow, UP, in 2018.(HT archive)
Shiksha Mitras protest at Laxman mela park in Lucknow, UP, in 2018.(HT archive)

Setback to UP’s Shiksha Mitras as SC allows state government to fill 69,000 assistant teacher posts

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 11:58 AM IST
The Shiksha Mitras had challenged a state government order that raised the minimum qualifying marks for Assistant Teachers Recruitment Examination to 60-65% from 40-45%
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External affairs minister S Jaishankar’s has been elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.(ANI Photo)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar’s has been elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.(ANI Photo)

SC takes note of petitions challenging foreign minister S Jaishankar’s election to Rajya Sabha

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 03:32 PM IST
A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian took note of the submissions of senior advocate Kapil Sibal that a date be fixed for hearing these matters.
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During the hearing, the SC observed that directions cannot be issued to each state. Instead, the Centre could consider issuing a common circular to all states and union territories.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
During the hearing, the SC observed that directions cannot be issued to each state. Instead, the Centre could consider issuing a common circular to all states and union territories.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

On posters outside Covid-hit patients’ homes, SC seeks Centre’s reply

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 10:20 PM IST
The bench asked the petitioner’s lawyer Chinmoy Pradip Sharma to supply a copy of the petition to the Solicitor General and asked Centre to consider this demand and file response in two weeks.
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Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami(PTI photo)
Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami(PTI photo)

SC asks Republic TV to file affidavit on ‘vindictive, vendetta driven action’ of Maha govt

By Asian News International | Posted by Mallika Soni | Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 09:19 PM IST
Republic Network said that it will reveal “the coercive and illegal methods of the Mumbai Police, the incessant harassment of our journalists and the seemingly tainted routes being used to try and fix and frame Republic.”
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