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Rs. 1cr fine, 5-years prison: Centre brings law against pollution

29 Oct 2020

Rs. 1cr fine, 5-years prison: Centre brings law against pollution

Days after it apprised the Supreme Court that it would bring a law to deal with the annual menace of air pollution, the Centre on Wednesday got President Ram Nath Kovind to sign an ordinance, that allows the setting up of a commission to look into the air quality in NCR.

Centre assures law on stubble burning, SC stays one-man panel

26 Oct 2020

Centre assures law on stubble burning, SC stays one-man panel

The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it would bring a legislation on stubble burning, one of the main drivers of the hazardous air pollution in North India.

Punjab government introduces resolution against Centre's farm laws

20 Oct 2020

Punjab government introduces resolution against Centre's farm laws

Punjab became the first opposition-ruled state to introduce a resolution against the Centre's three farm laws, that stirred massive protests in the state.

Violence at Assam-Mizoram border leaves several injured, Centre intervenes

19 Oct 2020

Violence at Assam-Mizoram border leaves several injured, Centre intervenes

The Centre has called a meeting between Assam and Mizoram after a violent clash at the states' border on Saturday evening left at least seven people injured.

Coronavirus: Active cases drop below 8 lakh after 1.5 months

17 Oct 2020

Coronavirus: Active cases drop below 8 lakh after 1.5 months

For the first time in 1.5 months, the number of active coronavirus infections has fallen under eight lakh, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Delhi HC seeks Centre's response on same-sex marriages

14 Oct 2020

Delhi HC seeks Centre's response on same-sex marriages

In what qualifies as a progressive statement, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, while hearing petitions of two same-sex couples regarding the legal recognition of their marriages, said laws are gender-neutral.

Centre announces travel payout, festival advance for government employees

12 Oct 2020

Centre announces travel payout, festival advance for government employees

To aid the economy, bruised by the coronavirus pandemic, the Centre on Monday announced a few measures for government employees.

Netflix partially releases 'Bad Boy Billionaires' amid legal battles

05 Oct 2020

Netflix partially releases 'Bad Boy Billionaires' amid legal battles

Streaming giant Netflix has finally released the controversial documentary Bad Boy Billionaires in India and around the world.

Tejashwi Yadav announced as Opposition's CM candidate for Bihar polls

03 Oct 2020

Tejashwi Yadav announced as Opposition's CM candidate for Bihar polls

Ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections later this month, the Opposition alliance has announced Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav as its Chief Ministerial candidate.

First Air India One for President, PM to arrive today

01 Oct 2020

First Air India One for President, PM to arrive today

The first of the two VVIP custom-made Boeing 777 aircraft, which will be used to fly the President, the Vice President, and the Prime Minister, will arrive on Thursday.

Coronavirus: Doctors of Delhi's hospital not paid for 3+ months

01 Oct 2020

Coronavirus: Doctors of Delhi's hospital not paid for 3+ months

Despite putting in long hours, working hard to save coronavirus patients and risking their own lives, doctors at Delhi's Hindu Rao Hospital have not been paid for more than three months.

Supreme Court refuses to defer UPSC prelims exams

30 Sep 2020

Supreme Court refuses to defer UPSC prelims exams

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to postpone the UPSC Prelims Examinations 2020, scheduled for October 4, amid the raging coronavirus pandemic, adding that aspirants appear for the test to become "civil servants and not students."

What happened inside Rajya Sabha last Sunday? Footage reveals details

27 Sep 2020

What happened inside Rajya Sabha last Sunday? Footage reveals details

The conduct of the government, opposition, and Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh inside the Rajya Sabha last Sunday garnered much attention.

Stubble burning: Kejriwal approaches Centre over IARI's new tech

26 Sep 2020

Stubble burning: Kejriwal approaches Centre over IARI's new tech

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the Centre over the issue of stubble burning, which poses a recurring headache for people in parts of North India, particularly the national capital.

Assam: African swine fever spreads; government orders culling of pigs

26 Sep 2020

Assam: African swine fever spreads; government orders culling of pigs

The Northeastern state of Assam has been hit by African swine fever (ASF), prompting the state government to order the culling of 12,000 pigs.

Punjab farmers launch "rail roko" agitation against controversial agriculture Bills

24 Sep 2020

Punjab farmers launch "rail roko" agitation against controversial agriculture Bills

Farmers in Punjab launched a three-day-long "rail roko" agitation from Thursday, to protest against three contentious farm Bills, behind which the BJP-led Centre has pushed its weight.

Over one crore migrant workers returned home between March-June: Government

22 Sep 2020

Over one crore migrant workers returned home between March-June: Government

Months after grim images of migrant workers walking on foot for days shook the nation, the government revealed that over one crore laborers had returned to their home states between March and June.

Rajya Sabha passes farm bills amid Opposition protests; House adjourned

20 Sep 2020

Rajya Sabha passes farm bills amid Opposition protests; House adjourned

The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed the controversial farm bills amid protests by the Opposition. The Upper House has now been adjourned until 9 am on Monday.

Bills sparked protests; Modi blamed 'misinformation campaign'

Protests

Bills sparked protests; Modi blamed 'misinformation campaign'

Farmers fear the legislation would keep them from availing a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce. Intense protests have been staged, particularly in the states of Punjab and Haryana, in opposition to the bill.

Farm bills reach Rajya Sabha; Centre, Opposition scramble for support

20 Sep 2020

Farm bills reach Rajya Sabha; Centre, Opposition scramble for support

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday moved the controversial farm bills in the Rajya Sabha.

Coronavirus: Delhi schools will remain shut till October 5

18 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: Delhi schools will remain shut till October 5

All schools in Delhi will remain closed till October 5 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Directorate of Education (DoE) said on Friday, adding that online classes shall continue till the aforementioned date.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigns over Centre's farm bills

17 Sep 2020

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigns over Centre's farm bills

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet on Thursday.

Will Harsimrat Badal leave Modi's Cabinet over farm Bills?

17 Sep 2020

Will Harsimrat Badal leave Modi's Cabinet over farm Bills?

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which is at loggerheads with ally BJP over three farm Bills, is pondering over another key matter, pertaining to the resignation of Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

35% kids not receiving mid-day meals, says survey; UP worst

15 Sep 2020

35% kids not receiving mid-day meals, says survey; UP worst

Around 35% of children did not receive mid-day meals during the coronavirus lockdown despite government orders, a survey conducted across five Indian states has found.

Schools can reopen from September-21, Centre releases dos and dont's

09 Sep 2020

Schools can reopen from September-21, Centre releases dos and dont's

Months after they were shut in view of the coronavirus pandemic, schools have been allowed to open from September 21, only on a voluntary basis, by the Centre on Tuesday.

Centre attaches properties of pro-Khalistan designated terrorists under UAPA

08 Sep 2020

Centre attaches properties of pro-Khalistan designated terrorists under UAPA

The central government has ordered the attachment of properties of designated terrorists Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and Hardeep Singh Nijjar under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or UAPA.

Ease of doing business: Andhra Pradesh tops states' rankings

05 Sep 2020

Ease of doing business: Andhra Pradesh tops states' rankings

The Centre on Saturday released the rankings of states and union territories in terms of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB).

Delhi Metro set to start; L-G approves Kejriwal government's proposal

02 Sep 2020

Delhi Metro set to start; L-G approves Kejriwal government's proposal

Five months after the coronavirus outbreak forced Delhi Metro to shut operations, it will restart from Monday, September 7, as L-G Anil Baijal has approved a proposal of the state government, led by AAP's Arvind Kejriwal, reports said on Wednesday.

Unlock 4.0: Metro rail services to resume from September 7

29 Aug 2020

Unlock 4.0: Metro rail services to resume from September 7

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday unveiled the guidelines for the fourth phase of unlocking from the coronavirus lockdown: 'Unlock 4.0'.

Refusal to wear masks will get you on 'no-fly' list

28 Aug 2020

Refusal to wear masks will get you on 'no-fly' list

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that passengers who refuse to wear masks on flights would be put on a no-fly list.

Centre asks states not to stop inter-state movement of persons/goods

22 Aug 2020

Centre asks states not to stop inter-state movement of persons/goods

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Saturday wrote to the governments of all states and union territories, reminding them that there shall be no restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of goods and persons.

10,000 troops to be immediately withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir

20 Aug 2020

10,000 troops to be immediately withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir

More than a year after the abrogation of Article 370, the Centre decided to withdraw 10,000 troops from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, an order released on Wednesday evening said.

Cabinet approves National Recruitment Agency to conduct Common Eligibility Test

19 Aug 2020

Cabinet approves National Recruitment Agency to conduct Common Eligibility Test

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET). This process will help streamline the recruitment process for central government jobs.

A year later, two J&K districts get 4G internet

17 Aug 2020

A year later, two J&K districts get 4G internet

More than a year after internet services were suspended in J&K, 4G speed returned to two districts — Ganderbal and Udhampur — on a trial basis from Sunday, days after the Centre submitted in Supreme Court that it was toying with such an idea.

4G for two J&K districts after I-Day on trial basis

11 Aug 2020

4G for two J&K districts after I-Day on trial basis

More than a year after an internet blackout was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, two districts will get 4G services after Independence Day, albeit on a trial basis, the Centre told Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Rapid testing shows false negatives, says Delhi HC; questions AAP

28 Jul 2020

Rapid testing shows false negatives, says Delhi HC; questions AAP

The Delhi High Court on Monday rapped the Aam Aadmi Party government over Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT), asking why it was being used as a primary test to judge coronavirus infection.

Assam floods: 2.7 million affected in 25 districts; 91 dead

23 Jul 2020

Assam floods: 2.7 million affected in 25 districts; 91 dead

The floods in Assam have claimed the lives of at least 91 people, according to the latest reports. The state has been facing devastating floods the past few weeks which have affected nearly 2.7 million people across 25 districts.

Aggressive testing necessary, says Centre as India's COVID tally surges

21 Jul 2020

Aggressive testing necessary, says Centre as India's COVID tally surges

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that aggressive testing is required to reduce the COVID-19 positivity rate in India.

Coronavirus: Delhi reports lowest surge in 35 days

14 Jul 2020

Coronavirus: Delhi reports lowest surge in 35 days

In June, the coronavirus story of Delhi was frightening, to say the least. The healthcare infrastructure was overwhelmed, patients were denied beds, and the deceased didn't even get a respectful departure.

BJP blocks Parliament panel review of PM-CARES Fund

11 Jul 2020

BJP blocks Parliament panel review of PM-CARES Fund

The Centre's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the PM-CARES Fund will most likely not be scrutinized by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blocked a move regarding the same on Friday.