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Centre issues fresh guidelines to contain spread of COVID-19 in India

With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly since the fast few weeks, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued fresh guidelines for the effective control of the viral infection. The guidelines will come into force on April 1 and will remain valid till April 30. Under the new guidelines, the states and Union Territories have been asked...

Unlock 5 guidelines to remain in effect till Nov 30: Centre

The Union government on Tuesday said that the current guidelines enshrined under ‘Unlock 5’ allowing various activities like opening of cinemas and multiplexes will continue to remain applicable till November 30 in areas outside containment zones. Notably, the Unlock 5 guidelines were issued in September-end and were meant to remain applicable till the end of...

Centre clarifies stand on Amnesty International issue

The Union government has strongly rebutted the claims made by human rights NGO Amnesty International. Notably, the NGO on Tuesday halted its India operations after its bank accounts were seized by the Enforcement Directorate and alleged that the government is indulging in a “witch hunt”. Amnesty International also equated the freezing of its bank accounts...

Unlock 4: Metro rail, gatherings with 100 people allowed

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday issued guidelines for Unlock 4, which will come into effect from September 1 onwards. Under Unlock 4, several additional relaxations have been provided for areas outside containment zones. Metro Rail allowed from Sep 7 The MHA has allowed the operation of metro rail will from September 7...

Supreme Court reserves verdict on conduct of varsity exams

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on the pleas seeking cancellation of the final year university exams due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country. The Supreme Court reserved its verdict after a thorough hearing on the issue and asked the counsels to submit notes containing their submissions within three days. The...

Permitted UGC to conduct exams: Centre

The Centre on Thursday submitted to the Supreme Court that it has permitted the University Grants Commission (UGC) to conduct examinations. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said permission has been granted keeping in mind the academic interest of students. Pursuant to the requests made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), directions have...

SC seeks MHA’s response over petitions seeking cancellation of exams

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday sought a reply from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over a batch of petitions seeking cancellation of exams in September due to the coronavirus pandemic. SC, however, refused to pass any interim order on the batch of petitions. Exams will be conducted, says UGC The University Grants Commission...

Centre seeks report from Gehlot govt on allegations of phone tapping

The Union government has sought a report from the Rajasthan chief secretary on allegations of phone tapping after two audio clips of conversations purportedly regarding a “conspiracy” to topple the state’s Congress government emerged amidst the ongoing political crisis in the state. In a communication, the Ministry of Home Affairs told the Rajasthan chief...

Centre to probe alleged financial wrongdoings of three trusts linked to Gandhi family

The Union government on Wednesday announced that three trusts linked to the Gandhi family will be investigated for alleged wrongdoing in financial dealings. The Ministry of Home Affairs has formed an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into alleged income tax and foreign donation rules violation by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust,...

Home ministry allows final year exams to be conducted subject to COVID-19 safety guidelines

The Home Ministry on Monday said that universities and institutes can hold end of term exams but will have to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. “The Home Ministry in a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary, today permitted the conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions,” a Home Ministry statement said. “The final term examinations...

Good decision: Centre to induct transgender officers in paramilitary forces

The Indian government has decided to induct members of the transgender community in the country’s elite paramilitary forces ending discrimination against the marginalised section. Working upon the modalities in that direction, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sought suggestions and comments from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on the matter. The ministry is...

After ban, TikTok says it does not share data with Chinese govt

TikTok, one of the 59 mobile applications ordered to be blocked by the central government, on Tuesday insisted that it did not pass on any information about its users to any foreign government including the Chinese government and would not do so in the future too. In a statement that came hours after the government...