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Bihar minister disputes Centre data, flags higher number in state scheme

August 19, 2021
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BIHAR WATER Resources Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha on Wednesday disputed figures reported by the Centre on the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) dashboard, saying only 8.44 lakh tap water connections have been provided in Bihar under the central scheme for rural households, and not 1.46 crore as shown. The rest of the tap water co | Read more|

Memory of migrant crisis haunts Europe as first Afghan refugees land

August 19, 2021
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Even before the first group of 19 Afghan refugees landed in Germany on Wednesday, the line was making the rounds in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party: “2015 mustn’t be repeated.” Armin Laschet, who wants to succeed Merkel as chancellor after next month’s elections, said it Monday. A top party offi | Read more|

Pegasus Row: P Chidambaram Calls Centre's Statement A "Confession" In Court

August 19, 2021
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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the solicitor general telling the Supreme Court that the government has information which he cannot divulge in public by way of an affidavit is a "confession" that software-spyware was used, and sought to know if it was Pegasus and for what purpose it was used. | Read more|

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Shashi Tharoor discharged by Delhi Court

August 18, 2021
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A Delhi court has discharged Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who was booked under sections of subjecting a woman to cruelty and abetment to suicide in connection with the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Special Judge Geetanjali Goel pronounced the order in a virtual hearing in which Tharoor was present. As Goel discharg | Read more|

‘Release caged parrot’: Madras HC asks Centre to make CBI autonomous

August 18, 2021
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Issuing a slew of directions to improve the functioning of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday observed that the agency should be made an independent statutory body like the Election Commission or Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Bar & Bench reported | Read more|

CBI lodges sexual abuse cases against Oomen Chandy, 4 other Congress leaders

August 18, 2021
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The CBI has registered cases against former Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy, AICC general secretary K C Venugopal and three other Congress leaders in connection with allegations of sexual exploitation made by a woman accused in the 2013 solar scam. In January this year, the LDF government had handed over the cases t | Read more|

Supreme Court Refuses Maharashtra Plea Against CBI's Anil Deshmukh Probe

August 18, 2021
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he Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a Maharashtra government plea against a CBI probe into Anil Deshmukh, the ex-Home Minister who faces corruption allegations. The top court underlined its displeasure, saying the state's filing of the petition made it seem like it is trying to protect Mr Deshmukh. The state should | Read more|

One-Person-One-Post Policy: Trinamool Replaces Many Civic Body Heads

August 18, 2021
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Keeping in line with the party's "one-person-one- post" policy, the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal on Tuesday initiated changes in about 100 municipalities and brought in new faces replacing old leaders who have been holding several other posts, a senior minister said. | Read more|

Afghanistan crisis: Indian Embassy in Kabul to be evacuated

August 17, 2021
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Amid escalating tensions in Afghanistan, India Tuesday said that it has decided to evacuate its embassy staff in Kabul. “In view of the prevailing circumstances, it has been decided that our Ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will move to India immediately,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a statement | Read more|

Have nothing to hide: Centre tells Supreme Court on Pegasus row

August 17, 2021
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The Centre Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it has “nothing to hide” in the Pegasus row and that the matter concerns “national security.” A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana issued a notice to the Centre and said that the government must reply within ten days on allegations that the Isr | Read more|