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‘Democracy, parliamentary scrutiny, being undermined‘

‘Democracy, parliamentary scrutiny, being undermined‘

“What the RTI Act did was to make available to citizens any information that could be provided, that the government was obliged to provide, to a member of Parliament. In theory, that channel remains open to us,” says prominent economist and RTI activist Reetika Khera. Despite the recent amendment to the RTI Act, giving powers to the Union government to […]

Kejriwal chairs meeting on rising Yamuna levels

Kejriwal chairs meeting on rising Yamuna levels

Water level in the Yamuna is expected to cross the danger mark on Monday evening, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, urging people in low-lying areas to move to temporary shelters set up by the administration. Kejriwal asserted his government is ready to deal with the situation that may arise. Haryana has released a record 8.28 lakh cusecs water in […]

Woman killed for ‘refusing to accept triple talaq‘

Woman killed for ‘refusing to accept triple talaq‘

A 22-year-old woman was allegedly beaten to death and the body set on fire by her husband and in-laws in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh, police said on Monday, claiming it was a case of dowry death but her family insisted she was killed because she had refused to accept triple talaq given to her on phone. According to Superintendent of Police […]

Guj ATS seeks details of Afghans after terror input

Guj ATS seeks details of Afghans after terror input

Image used only for representational purposes. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad has asked all Special Operations Group (SOG) units to collect information about Afghan nationals who have been staying in the state since July 15. The directive comes on the back of inputs by security agencies that four persons holding Afghanistan passports had entered the country to carry out terror attacks, officials said.   […]

Heavy rains kill 22 in Himachal; flood alert in Delhi

Heavy rains kill 22 in Himachal; flood alert in Delhi

IMAGE: A portion of the bridge over Beas river in Akhara Bazaar area of Kullu town collapses after the water level in the river increases due to heavy rainfall in the region. Photograph: ANI Heavy rains lashed northern parts, leaving at least 22 people dead in Himachal Pradesh and eight missing after cloudburst in Uttarakhand, while a flood alert was sounded […]