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  • Centre Defying Supreme Court, It Will Lead To Anarchy: Arvind Kejriwal
    Two days after a Supreme Court verdict that was meant to resolve a long-running turf battle in Delhi, a meeting between the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal established a new flashpoint. Mr Kejriwal has accused the BJP-led Central government of openly violating the court verdict that said the Lt Governor controls only land, police and public order. Lt Governor Anil Baijal today said he still has the power to appoint and transfer bureaucrats as the court is yet to decide on a 2015 home ministry order that handed the role to the Lieutenant Governor. Mr Kejriwal said the centre's stance will "lead to anarchy".
  • Legalise Gambling, Betting On Sports, Says Law Commission: 10 Points
    Gambling and betting on sports including cricket should be legalised, the Law Commission told the centre on Thursday, pitching for stronger laws to curb match fixing and incidents of cheating. Conceding that a complete ban on activities like betting is not working, the panel has called for overturning India's historically stringent laws that heavily restrict such activities with narrow exceptions. The Law Commission says gambling and betting should be made taxable under the direct and indirect tax regimes and could be used to attract foreign direct investment or FDI.
  • AAP Government's First Order After Top Court Victory Rejected: 10 Points
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appeared headed for another confrontation with the bureaucracy after the city government's top official rejected his order to give back the power to transfer officers. Officers should implement the top court's order, Mr Kejriwal said, warning that "open defiance" would lead to "serious" consequences. Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party had hoped the Supreme Court's ruling that "real power" in a democracy lies with the elected government would be enough to persuade officials to fall in line.
  • Delhi Lt Governor Can't Be Obstructionist: Top 5 Quotes Of Supreme Court
    In a landmark judgment today, the Supreme Court upheld the elected government of Delhi and said the real power must be vested with it and not with the Lieutenant Governor. The observations of the three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra came as a huge boost for the government of Arvind Kejriwal, which had challenged a Delhi High Court ruling that upheld the Lieutenant Governor as the last word in administrative issues. The top court differed today, saying the people's will "can't be allowed lose its purpose".
  • AAP <i>Ki Dilli</i>, Says Top Court, Emphasis On Elected Government: 10 Facts
    The Lieutenant Governor does not have independent decision-making powers and the real power must lie with the elected government, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a big win for Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the fight for control of Delhi. "A balanced federal structure mandates that the union does not usurp all powers and the states enjoy freedom without any unsolicited interference from the centre," said the court, asserting that the Lt Governor must not be obstructionist. "A big victory for people of Delhi", said Mr Kejriwal, whose three-year rule in Delhi has been marked by protests and dharnas, most recently on sofas at Lt Governor Anil Baijal's home last month. "There is no room for absolutism and there is no room for anarchism also," the court said.
  • Who Is Delhi's Boss? Top Court Verdict Today In AAP vs Centre: 10 Facts
    Is Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's government a toothless body with all the powers to veto its decisions with the Lieutenant Governor? Mr Kejriwal will know the answer this morning when five Supreme Court judges decide on the Delhi government's challenge to a court ruling that the Lieutenant Governor is the administrative boss of Delhi. In the middle of a full-blown power tussle with Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party or AAP has already launched a signature campaign for full statehood, which would give the state government greater control over the capital.
  • Mumbai Bridge That Collapsed Had Design Flaw, Says Minister: 10 Points
    Rain in Mumbai today slowed down traffic, hit trains and led to a bridge collapsing at Andheri station in the morning. At least five people were injured, two critically, as a section of the Gokhale bridge connecting two busy train stops and used by thousands of commuters each day, crashed following incessant rain. The bridge collapse was held up as an example of the annual civic nightmare in India's financial capital during rain.
  • 10 People Shared 5 Stools In Delhi Family Hangings, Say Police: 10 Facts
    All 11 found mysteriously dead in their home in Delhi on Sunday hanged themselves and it was one man in the family who possibly talked them into what turned into a "mass suicide", the police suspect. There is evidence that the family members didn't believe they would die, that they thought god would save them. Piecing together details of the autopsy and writings found in the house in Burari, the police said Lalit Chundawa, the son of 77-year-old Narayani Devi, was the "brain" behind the deaths. The police suggest the suicides were the result of a "shared psychotic episode".
  • In Delhi Family Deaths, Investigators Uncover Macabre Details: 10 Points
    A day after 11 of a family were found mysteriously dead in their home in Delhi, an autopsy has confirmed that all of them died because of hanging, without struggle. Earlier, the oldest member, 77-year-old Narayan Devi, was believed to have been strangled. The bodies of three generations of the Bhatia family were discovered in their home in north Delhi's Burari by a neighbour who found their grocery shop shut on Sunday morning. The police are yet to establish the sequence of the deaths. A case of murder has been filed after handwritten notes pointed at a spiritual or mystical link to the deaths; the notes include what appears to be a guide to attaining salvation.
  • How Villagers In Maharashtra Turned Into Crazed Mob, Killed 5: 10 Points
    Twenty-three people have been arrested after five men were locked in a room and beaten to death in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, over rumours that they were kidnappers out to get children. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called the incident "unfortunate". The Rainpada village where the killings took place, was mostly deserted today as the police hunted for those who participated in the mob attack. The killing in Maharashtra follows a disturbing pattern of attacks triggered by rumours in many states.
  • Delhi Family Deaths Just Days After Daughter's Engagement: 10 Points
    A day after 11 of a family were found mysteriously dead in their home in Delhi, an autopsy has confirmed that at least six died because of hanging, not strangling. The bodies of three generations of the Bhatia family were discovered in their home in north Delhi's Burari by a neighbour who found their grocery shop shut on Sunday morning. The police have yet to establish what really happened on the night before. A case of murder has been filed after handwritten notes pointed at a spiritual or mystical link to the deaths; the notes include what appears to be instructions.
  • Officer In Aircel-Maxis Probe Hits Out At Boss Hasmukh Adhia: 10 Facts
    In a huge embarrassment for the government, an officer of the central probe agency Enforcement Directorate (ED), made a scathing attack on his boss in the finance ministry, Hasmukh Adhia, after the Supreme Court agreed to move him out of the team probing the sensitive Aircel-Maxis case. The top court had accepted the centre's secret report that cast aspersions on the officer's integrity. The letter that leaked soon after snowballed into a huge embarrassment for the NDA government. By evening, the Enforcement Directorate also walked into the row, issuing a formal statement that described Rajeshwar Singh as a "responsible officer with outstanding career record".
  • Setback For AIADMK Rebels As Top Court Turns Down Transfer Appeal
    The disqualified lawmakers of Tamil Nadu will have to wait for a verdict on their appeal of reinstatement. The Supreme Court today turned down their appeal to transfer the case out of the Madras High Court, which gave a split verdict earlier this month and then referred it to a third judge. The top court has named a judge in the Madras High Court to hear the case. Reinstatement of the lawmakers, who are loyal to TTV Dhinakaran, is likely to jeopardise the government of E Palaniswami.
  • "From Dehradun To Dublin, Yoga Is Everywhere": Top 5 PM Modi Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi led over 50,000 volunteers in Dehradun today morning to mark the fourth International Yoga Day celebrations. In his address at Forest Research Institute, the Prime Minister said, "people across the country are welcoming the sun today. From Dehradun to Dublin, there's only Yoga." Indians should be proud of their traditions and only then will the world be proud of them, the Prime Minister said before performing yoga asanas along with thousands of volunteers at the venue.
  • On Yoga Day, PM Calls It "One Of Most Powerful Unifying Forces": 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi led close to 50,000 people today in Dehradun to mark the fourth International Yoga Day celebrations while many union ministers are participating in similar events across the country. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said, "Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world." The Prime Minister reached the venue a little after 6:30 am, addressed the gathering and performed yoga along with those assembled there. PM Modi, who arrived in Dehradun late last evening, was welcomed at the airport by Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul, Chief Minister TS Rawat and a host of other leaders and officials.

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