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Centre extends validity of driving licence, permit & registration certificate till March 31

The Union government’s transport ministry on Sunday extended the validity of motor vehicle documents like driving licence (DL), registration certificate (RC) and permits till March 31, 2021. The extension was granted due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic in the country that has infected over 1.01 crore people. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)...

PM Modi justifies farm laws, attacks Opposition for misleading farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday once again tried to justify the new farm laws brought by his government. The move comes at a time when thousands of farmers have hit the streets against the farm laws and the Centre’s negotiation attempts failed to end the stalemate. PM Modi said that the farm laws were...

Govt-farmers talks remain inconclusive, to continue on December 5

Like the first round, the second round of discussion between the Centre and the representatives of the protesting farmers remained inconclusive on Thursday. The next meeting with the farmers for a resolution will take place on Saturday, informed Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Notably, the farmer leaders continued their demand for the repeal of...

Meeting between Centre and protesting farmers remain inconclusive, next meeting on Dec 3

The meeting between the government and the protesting farmers remained inconclusive on Tuesday. Further discussion between the protesting farmers’ unions and the government will resume on December 3. Notably, the Union government, during the meeting on Tuesday, proposed to form a committee to delve into the various issues raised by the farmers against the newly...

SC asks Centre to decide uniform COVID-19 testing charges for states

The Supreme Court on Friday took note of the differences in COVID-19 testing charges in various states and asked the Centre to decide on the issue. It also directed all states should set up panel of experts to inspect hospitals to ensure proper care the patients. A bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul...

SC seeks reply from Centre, IRDA on inclusion of mental health in insurance schemes

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from the Centre and the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) on a plea on inclusion of mental illness in insurance policies. The plea had said that not including the same in policies was a violation of provisions of mental health law, which deals with right to equality and...

Three member special team from Centre to visit Guj, chalk out area specific plans for COVID-19 hotspots

The Centre will be sending a three-member multi-disciplinary team to three districts of Gujarat that are recording a high number of COVID-19 cases. The team will do a direct monitoring of the situation and assist Gujarat in management of the pandemic. The three-member team includes two public health experts—an epidemiologist and a clinician— and a...

Send migrant workers home within a fortnight, SC tells Centre

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and state governments to ensure that all migrants are sent home within a fortnight. It has also asked that a skill mapping of such migrants be done so that the government can formulate employment schemes for them to ensure their rehabilitation. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan,...

SC plans to give 15 days to Centre, states for transporting stranded migrants

The states will get 15 more days to transport migrants home from the cities amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Supreme Court said on Friday, adding it will pass an order on the issue of stranded migrants on Tuesday. Friday’s hearing came days after the Supreme Court took up the issue on its own and passed...

No coercive steps against employers for not paying full wages during lockdown: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on pleas challenging Centre’s order asking employers to pay full wages to employees for lockdown period. The apex court directed that no coercive action should be taken against employers for violation of Centre’s March 29 order on full wages to employees. The Centre has justified its direction...

HC seeks report from Centre, Gujarat after PIL questions constitutional validity of lockdown

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday sought a report from the Centre and the state governments after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) questioning the constitutional validity of the lockdown imposed by the authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19 came up for hearing. Entertaining the PIL filed by petitioner Vishwas Bhamburkar through his counsel KR...

Cash-strapped Delhi govt seeks Rs 5,000 cr assistance from Centre for paying salaries

The Delhi government has sought financial assistance from the Centre to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore to pay salaries to its employees. In a tweet, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “I request the Central government to help the people of Delhi in this time of trouble”. केंद्र सरकार से निवेदन है कि आपदा की...