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delhi not a state; can't claim powers, privileges, centre tells sc

the centre on tuesday told the supreme court that delhi is not a state and its government cannot claim to have powers and privileges like other state governments.it cannot enjoy statehood on a mere fact that there is a legislative assembly here. even the constitution makers rejected a demand for full statehood for delhi.in its arguments before a five-judge constitution bench presided over by chief justice dipak misra, additional solicitor general maninder singh submitted that aap government in delhi has tried to gain false sympathy by claiming that it has not been allowed to take executive actions.of 650 files sent to the lieutenant governor for approval, only three have been sent to the president in view of difference of opinion with the d...




india says support at icj reflective of 'respect for constitutional integrity'

india on tuesday said the extraordinary support its candidate received from the members of the united nations was reflective of "the respect for strong constitutional integrity" of its polity and the independence of its judiciary.the ministry of external affairs issued a press release in new delhi after india's candidate dalveer bhandari won the election to fill up the last vacancy in the panel of the judges of the icj.new delhi welcomed the election of bhandari, who received all 15 votes in the un security council and 183 out of the 193 votes...




cong confident of patidar support; rahul to hit campaign trail on nov 24

the congress is confident of the support of the powerful patidar community - traditional bjp supporters - in the upcoming gujarat assembly election and dismissed the tough negotiations with hardik patel as a minor blip.aicc general secretary ashok gehlot said that despite the hiccups in reaching a pre-poll arrangement with the hardik-led patidar anamat andolan samiti (paas), both share a common goal of defeating the bjp."be it hardik patel or jignesh mevani, they will work as per their plans. but, we expect them to support us. they are also working to defeat the bjp," gehlot told reporters here.the congress is also not shutting the doors on the rebel group of jd(u) and ncp for a pre-poll alliance. "our doors are open till november 27 - t...




paas, cong struggle to cross one more hurdle to truce

the congress may have convinced the patidar anamat andolan samiti (paas) of its sincerity on the quota issue. late on monday night, the party even bowed down to paas pressure to change four of its candidates for gujarat assembly polls. this has further delayed the official announcement of a truck between the parties.the congress, which released its second list of 13 candidates on monday night, after having released 77 names on sunday night, changed candidates for junagadh, bharuch, kamrej and varachha road constituency to placate paas. the patel quota stir leaders had created a ruckus on sunday night and indulged in violence to get their demands met. it didn't end there; there was more trouble over the candidacy for botad constituency.the c...




hardik fails to declare direct support to cong

patidar anamat andolan samiti (paas) leader hardik patel finally broke his silence at a rally in tragad, an hour's drive from ahmedabad.hardik, however, fell short of saying direct "support" that would have come as music to the congress's ears.hardik, who has been quiet for the last 48 hours, was expected to announce his support for the congress as it had relented to paas's pressure and changed as many as five of the 89 candidates who would try their luck at the hustings in the first phase of assembly polls in gujarat on december 9.the only saving grace for the congress was that hardik continued with his tirade against prime minister narendra modi, bjp president amit shah and the ruling party."i say it openly that we are fighting again...




mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over zimbabwe

robert mugabe resigned as zimbabwe's president on tuesday, swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover.the move looks set to end zimbabwe's worst political crisis since it won independence from britain in 1980.the bombshell announcement was made by the speaker at a special joint session of parliament which had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who has dominated every aspect of zimbabwean public life for decades.on the streets, the news sparked an explosion of wild celebration. car horns honked and people erupted into ecstatic cheers and frenzied dancing."i, robert gabriel mugabe, in terms of section 96 of the constitution of zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resi...




let cbfc do its job, says i&b ministry

amid a raging controversy over sanjay leela bhansali's padmavati, the ministry of information and broadcasting on tuesday said the central board of film certification (cbfc) should be allowed to do its job."the cbfc has been tasked with certain works. let it do its job," minister of state for information and broadcasting rajyavardhan singh rathore told reporters here.many rajput groups have been protesting against the movie, alleging that it distorts history. there are rumours of a romantic dream sequence between rajput queen padmavati and alauddin khilji's characters in the film.historians, however, are divided...




govt may bring in law against triple talaq

the union government proposes to bring during the winter session of parliament a suitable legislation for amending the existing penal provisions to criminalise instantaneous triple talaq. the matter has assumed urgency following reports of several divorces taking place by way of talaq-e-bid'at even after the apex court's judgement last august. the government's view is that this could be because of the lack of knowledge about the supreme court ruling. it could also be because of lack of deterrent punishment for the talaq-e-bid'at, officials said.in spite of a number of advisories to muslims, there seems to be no decline in the practice of talaq-e-bid'at, th...




aadhaar likely to be linked to properties

the ministry of housing and urban affairs and department of land resources are discussing the proposal and working on modalities to implement this through state governments. "though the issue is being discussed at the highest level of the government, it is at the preliminary level," said the official in the urban development ministry.earlier in the day, speaking to a news channel, housing and urban affairs minister hardeep puri said, "it's a great idea to link aadhaar to property purchases but i am not going to make an announcement on that. it is being linked to banks accounts etc. we can take some additional steps also. it is headed there in any case."when asked whether linking aadhaar with properties was logical, the minister said "ab...




padmavati will not be released in r'sthan until govt considers changes suggested: raje

reception in the honour of justice dalveer bhandariartists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the iffi...brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 muslim couples at mazgaon...artists perform dance on the occasion of haryana state day...a farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....mohd shami celebrats after afte...




telangana's grand plans go awry as ivanka prefers a simple welcome

the adviser and daughter of us president donald trump, ivanka, prefers a simple welcome when she arrives at the shamshabad airport.while the government was gearing up to accord her a grand welcome, she prefers the welcome that would be accorded to any delegate.ivanka, who will be participating in the three-day global entrepreneurship summit (ges)-2017 on november 28 reportedly informed the indian and telangana governments her decision through the us consulate.from the airport, ivanka will reach the hyderabad international convention centre (hicc) - the venue of ges-2017 - by road, where she will address the ges along with prime minister narendra modi and chief minister k chandrasekhar rao.telangana it minister k taraka rama rao is also exp...




oppn ups pressure over winter session delay

the opposition parties on tuesday stepped up pressure on government over the delay in convening the winter session of parliament, accusing the bjp of running away from accountability to people.a day after congress president sonia gandhi hit out at the modi government for sabotaging democracy, senior party leaders ghulam nabi azad, mallikarjun kharge, anand sharma and young leader deepender hooda addressed a joint press conference to highlight that parliament had met for 38 days in 2017 against the decadal average of 72.cpm general secretary sitaram yechury said opposition parties must consider discussing issues such as agrarian crises, gst mess, corruption allegations and questions on rafale deal in 'people's parliament'.counter-attackl...




youth congress twitter meme mocks modi; congress firefights

a tweet referring to prime minister narendra modi's 'tea seller' days by the youth congress on tuesday threatened to derail party vice president rahul gandhi's carefully crafted campaign for the gujarat assembly election.yuva desh, the online magazine of the youth congress, put up a picture of modi engaged in discussion with us president donald trump and british prime minister theresa may on its twitter handle.in the picture modi is shown asking them whether they were aware of various 'memes' put out by the opposition targeting him. trump is shown in the picture correcting the pronunciation of 'meme', while may is seen asking modi to "sell tea".gujarat chief minister vijay rupani was quick to highlight the tweet by the youth congres...




padmavati will not be released in r'sthan until govt considers changes suggested: raje

artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the iffi...brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 muslim couples at mazgaon...artists perform dance on the occasion of haryana state day...a farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....mohd shami celebrats after after dismissing sri lankan captain dinesh chandimal...four lakhs ...




don't delay installing cctv cameras in courts: sc to centre

the supreme court on tuesday asked the centre to spell out steps taken for installing cctv cameras inside courtrooms across the country, saying there is no issue of privacy involved in it.a bench of justices adarsh kumar goel and u u lalit told additional solicitor general pinky anand not to "prolong" it as installing cameras in trial courts and tribunals would result in "discipline and security".appearing for the centre, anand submitted that the sanction of funds in terms of the apex court's judicial directions were under way. she said the department of justice was working on its modalities. she sought time to file a status report by thursday.dealing with a plea by pradyuman bisht, the bench said, "this is not a case of privacy. we do...




pumps at pattiseema work non-stop for record 148 days

the pattiseema lift irrigation scheme (pls) on the godavari in andhra pradesh has set a record by pumping 100 tmc of water into the krishna basin by working non-stop for 148 days, entering the limca book of records.the 24 pumps worked for a record 1,20,000 hours, consuming 25,36, 06,000 kilowatts of electricity.the andhra pradesh government took up the project as an interim measure until polavaram project is completed.executive engineer (pli) j subramanyeswara rao said the project, for which the foundation was laid on march 13, 2015, started working by march 20, 2016.while the project could pump only 4 tmc of water through one pump initially, it could deliver 55.6 tmc of godavari water into the krishna during 2016."during the three seaso...




five killed as muv collides with oil tanker near kalaburagi

five persons, including a father-son duo, of a marriage party were killed in a head-on collision between a multi-utility vehicle (cruiser) and an oil tanker near avarada (b) village in kalaburagi taluk on tuesday morning. four people were severely injured.the deceased are gangadhar sheelavant, 60, bhimashankar sheelavant, 42, bhimashankar's son ujjwal, 12, anand sheelavant, 32, and prajwal 15.while gangadhar, bhimashankar and ujjwal died on the spot, anand and prajwal died in a hospital.the injured are prakash, 65, rohit, 41, nagaraj 15, and mahantesh sheelavant, 30. they have been admitted to a private hospital in the city. the ...




ivanka prefers a simple welcome in india

the adviser and daughter of us president donald trump, ivanka, prefers a simple welcome when she arrives at the shamshabad airport.while the government was gearing up to accord her a grand welcome, she prefers the welcome that would be accorded to any delegate.ivanka, who will be participating in the three-day global entrepreneurship summit (ges)-2017 on november 28 reportedly informed the indian and telangana governments her decision through the us consulate.from the airport, ivanka will reach the hyderabad international convention centre (hicc) - the venue of ges-2017 - by road, where she will address the ges along with prime minister narendra modi and chief minister k chandrasekhar rao.telangana it minister k taraka rama rao is also exp...




'abandoned' dera kids have no claimants

many children who were rescued from inside the controversial dera sacha sauda in sirsa in haryana have not been claimed by parents or guardians even months after the "fall" of the sect. authorities are in a fix in the absence of records that were required to be with the sect to establish if these children were surrendered by parents or kept there as orphans. some of these kids are only five years. ever since they were rescued from the dera in september, none of their known ones have visited them. the children are under the care of the child protection unit which is now desperately looking for clues to unite them with parents. the officials aren't sure whether they were brought up as orphans at the dera. five-year-old karamleen and six-yea...




mou with chhattisgarh govt for power generation stays:dks

mou with chhattisgarh govt for power generation staysbelagavi: energy minister d k shivakumar denied that chhattisgarh chief minister raman singh's charges that the congress-led siddaramaiah government has cancelled the memorandum of understanding (mou) with his state for power generation. replying to bjp's sunil subramani in the legislative council, he said the government will take measures to set up a thermal power station after the centre allocates coal blocks.about 1,000 acres of land that the energy department has acquired in chhattisgarh for this purpose was...