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SC orders Probe into brutality against AAP

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered an NHRC probe into alleged police brutality against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers who were protesting here against non- registration of an FIR in a rape case in June this year. A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi allowed the plea of an AAP activist who in a PIL had questioned the police investigation and had pleaded for an independent probe in the case.


Website for visually challenged unveiled

New Delhi: Ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, a new and user friendly website of the Parliament Affairs Ministry with special features for visually challenged and colour blind people was launched today.  The website is a repository of vast information and can be accessed

on URL http://mpa.Gov.In.   “Users can dynamically increase or decrease the font size of the content which is also visible in standard contrast and high contrast which is very helpful to colour blind people. Visually challenged people can access the website with the help of Screen Reader facility,” a ministry statement said.


Govt to tighten process of CDR

New Delhi: Tightening the process of obtaining telephone call data records (CDRs), the Centre has decided that an officer no less than the rank of Superintendent of Police or above will be authorised to seek such details from telecom operators. The move comes days after three Delhi Police personnel and as many private detectives were arrested for allegedly obtaining call

detail records of several prominent persons, including BJP leader Arun Jaitley.    A fresh set of guidelines detailing the process of accessing the CDRs by security agencies will be issued soon, official sources said on Tuesday.


Churu election schedule changed

New Delhi: Election Commission has revised the election schedule for Churu assembly constituency in Rajasthan where polling will now be held on December 13 following the death of a candidate.    Rajasthan goes to polls on December 1 to elect its 200- member state assembly and results will be out on December 8.   BSP nominee for Churu seat, Jagdish, died on November 16 forcing the EC to alter the poll schedule there.


Mangalore varsity gets indira award

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday presented  Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Best University Award, 2012-13 to Mangalore University, Karnataka at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan. On the occasion of Indira Gandhi’s 96th birth anniversary, Mukherjee also gave NSS Best Plus 2 Council Award for 2012-13 to Directorate of Higher Secondary Education, Thiruvananthpuram while Upcoming University Award

was presneted to Kumaun University, Nainital.


Cong irks over BJP poll hoardings

New Delhi: Dubbing it as a “deliberate mischief” to malign it, Congress on Tuesday approached the Election Commission against BJP over hoardings in poll-bound Delhi showing prices of onions and tomatoes at Rs 100 and Rs 80 a kg respectively.




In a complaint to the EC, Congress Legal Department Secretary K C Mittal wanted a direction to BJP for immediate removal of the hoardings which, it said, were “totally misleading”. (CARRY IT IF CITY NOT TAKING)













New Delhi: Taking cue from the Sarada chit fund scam in West Bengal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to examine the regulatory mechanism to keep the activities of chit fund companies under check. Issuing notice to SEBI and RBI, besides Union Government, the bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said, “We have to examine this issue. The problem is spread all over India.” The issue was brought before the Court in a PIL filed by NGO Humanity Salt Lake which alleged that the companies operated in violation of guidelines issued by the RBI and the SEBI and even breached provisions under Company Deposit Rules 1975.

New Delhi: Slain sandalwood smuggler Veerapan’s associates on Tuesday sought commutation of their death sentence to life imprisonment by telling the Supreme Court that there has been an inordinate delay in deciding their mercy plea.  A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam was hearing arguments on 13 petitions filed by convicts whose execution was stayed by it. Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Veerappan’s brother and three aides, argued even though another bench of the apex court has decided the issue that death sentence cannot be commuted to life imprisonment on the ground of delay in deciding mercy plea, the larger bench has still the power to commute the capital punishment.

New Delhi: NHRC on Tuesday directed Rajasthan government to arrest the District Magistrate of Bikaner for “wilful disobedience of its directions” after he allegedly failed to submit reports to it in connection of death of an undertrial prisoner.              According to NHRC statement, it has asked the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan to arrest and bring the DM of Bikaner before the Commission on January 28, 2014 at 03:00 PM, taking serious view of his “casual and mechanical” approach.

New Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) Meeting for the first time after the sinking of the INS Sindhurakashak, top officials of the Navy are expected to discuss ways to deal with the falling force levels of

its under water fleet.   In the three-day naval commanders conference beginning here tomorrow, the senior officials including Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi are also expected to discuss ways of strengthening coastal security.




New Delhi: Minister of State, MHRD Shashi Tharoor felicitated President of Apeejay Education Society and Chancellor of Apeejay Stya University Sushma Berlia at the 9th ‘FICCI Higher Education Summit 2013’ for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Education’. Berlia was honoured for her continued support and guidance in making FICCI a leading voice in the higher education space. (PIX in BUREAU.TAKE IT IN SHORT ON p4 ALONG WITH THIS ITEM)





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