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13 high courts, including Gujarat, to get new Chief Justices; SC collegium recommends names to Centre

Thirteen high courts across India, including the Gujarat High Court, are going to get new Chief Justices (CJs). Notably, the Supreme Court collegium has eight names to the Union government for elevation, whereas five sitting CJs are likely to be transferred to other high courts. Elevations The names recommended for elevation include acting chief justice...

Centre warns Gujarat, 10 other states to take steps against spread of dengue

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to remain a threat for several states in India, the Union government has issued a fresh warning to 11 states on the emerging challenge of ‘Serotype-II Dengue’ that results in more complications compared to other forms of the disease. Gujarat is among the states that have been...

Supreme Court lashes out at Centre for “cherry-picking” names for Tribunals

The Supreme Court on Wednesday severely criticised the Union government for “cherry-picking” from its recommendations for filling vacant positions in various tribunals across India. The court also warned the Centre that it will have to initiate a contempt case against government officials if appointments from the recommended list are not made soon. The top court...

Pegasus Scandal: Centre refuses to file detailed affidavit before SC

The Union government has refused to file a detailed affidavit in the Supreme Court in the Pegasus spyware scandal citing national security, but has asserted that it has nothing to hide. The government’s stand was in response to multiple pleas seeking a formal probe in the Pegasus row. The Supreme Court has now reserved its...

Single-dose of COVID-19 vaccine 96.6% effective in preventing death: Centre

The Union government on Thursday said that a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is effective 96.6 per cent in preventing death whereas a double dose of the vaccine pushes efficacy to 97.5 per cent. The efficacy figures are based on data between April and August and the government has said that most deaths in...

SC lambasts Centre over delay in framing COVID-19 relief norms

The Supreme Court has lambasted the Union government for the inordinate delay in the framing of guidelines regarding compensation to the kin of those who died due to COVID-19. The top court’s bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Aniruddha Bose criticised the government saying that the third wave of the pandemic would be over...

Priyanka Gandhi targets Centre over rising LPG prices

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Monday targeted the Union government over the surging prices of LPG cylinders, as well as the surge in inflation, that has affected households across the country. Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter on the issue and shared a video of a woman talking about rising cooking gas prices. She said, “Prices...

Pegasus Row: SC asks Centre to file response on snooping allegations

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to file its response in connection with allegations of snooping on individuals using Israeli spyware. The court also said that it will take a call on constituting a committee to investigate the Pegasus controversy only after the Union government files its response in the case. Acting on...

Union Cabinet clears BharatNet project with VGF of Rs 19,041 cr for rollout in 16 states

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the Union cabinet has approved the public-private partnership model with a viability gap funding (VGF) of Rs 19,041 crore for the rollout of the BharatNet project. The project aims to provide high-speed broadband services to villages across 16 states in India. Prasad said that access to broadband...

Centre says can’t provide Rs 4 lakh compensation for COVID deaths

Responding to a public interest litigation seeking compensation for the families of those dying due to COVID-19, the Union government has told the Supreme Court that Rs 4 lakh compensation cannot be provided for COVID deaths as it would put an unbearable financial burden on states. The Centre has said that state governments are already...

Centre taking help from Harish Salve for bringing back Mehul Choksi from Dominica

With the fate of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi depending upon the courts in Dominica, the Indian government is leaving no stone unturned to bring him back to India so that he can be put on trial for the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. In this regard, the government is taking legal advice...

SC slams govt’s vaccination strategy for 18-44 age group

The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Union government for its vaccination policy for the 18-44 age group terming it as “arbitrary and irrational”. The criticism comes days after the apex court said that vaccine prices should be the same across the country. It also observed that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has...