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Centre announces rules to regulate social media, OTT platforms

The Centre on Thursday released new rules to regulate the content on social media, online streaming and digital content platforms. The government has said that social media giants are welcome to do business in India, but warned them that their double-standard policies will not be acceptable in India. The government has notified the Information Technology...

SC refuses to entertain petitions related to violence during farmers’ tractor rally on R-Day

The Supreme Court on Wednesday clarified that it will not entertain a batch of petitions demanding a probe into the violence that erupted in the national capital during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day. The court meanwhile gave the liberty to the petitioners to approach the Union government with a representation. The bench headed...

Centre asks states to stay alert as bird flu cases surge

With seven states confirming cases of bird flu so far, the Union government has directed local authorities to stay alert and strictly monitor the situation. Notably, so far bird flu cases have been reported in Gujarat, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has written...

8th round of talks between protesting farmers and Centre remains inconclusive

Discussion held on Friday between the protesting farmers and the Centre remained inconclusive. It was the eighth round of discussion between the two parties ever since the farmers started protests against the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre. Sources said that the Union government clarified to the farmers’ representatives that the farm laws are...

Farmers’ Protest: Talks with Centre again fails, next meeting on January 8

The latest round of discussion between the Centre and the farmers protesting against the contentious farm laws remained inconclusive. While the farmers stuck to their demand for repealing the farm laws, the Centre enumerated its benefits.  The Centre also ruled out the chances of repealing the laws.  With the seventh round of talks failing, further...

Centre keen to implement CAA from January, says Kailash Vijayvargiya

With the West Bengal Assembly elections likely to be held in April-May next year, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has said that the Union government might start the process of granting citizenship to refugees under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) from January 2021. He said the Centre is keen to grant citizenship to several refugees in...

State govt’s consent mandatory for CBI probe: SC

The Supreme Court has said that the consent of the state government is mandatory for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe. It added that the Union government cannot extend the jurisdiction of the central agency without approval from the state government. The Supreme Court verdict assumes importance, especially when eight non-BJP ruled states have...

Harsh Vardhan says 25 cr Indians to be vaccinated by July 2021

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that the government aims to administer 400-500 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to approximately 25 crore people by July 2021. Harsh Vardhan said that there is an expert body that is looking into all aspects related to the coronavirus vaccines. He added that the Union government...

Supreme Court restrains telecast of “UPSC Jihad” show

The Supreme Court on Tuesday put a brake on the telecast of a programme on a television news channel that equated Muslims entering the civil services to infiltration and “jihad”. Remarking the programme as “rabid”, the Supreme Court prohibited the channel from telecasting the programme today and tomorrow. The apex court kept the matter for...

Ensure timely payment to healthcare workers: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to ensure that salaries of doctors and frontline healthcare workers combating the COVID-19 pandemic are released on time. The apex court’s direction came after the Centre submitted that four states are yet to follow the directives on timely payment of salaries to healthcare workers. Notably, the four...

Committee formed to look into restoration of 4G internet in J&K, Centre tells SC

The Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday told the Supreme Court that a special committee has been constituted to consider the issue of restoration of 4G Internet services in the Union Territory. High-speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir has been suspended since August 5, 2019, when the Centre announced the revocation of its...

Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at govt over handling of COVID-19 crisis

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned the government’s claims on battling COVID-19, asking is India at a “good position” in the battle against the virus. His remarks came a day after Union home minister Amit Shah said India is in a “good position” in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic and the country will...