Governance

Justice Ranjan Gogoi

Guwahati advocate asks CJI Misra why Justice Gogoi, an Assamese, is hearing NRC case

The advocate has written to the CJI, saying Gogoi’s on the bench would "create doubts in the minds of other ethnicities".
Supreme Court of India

Govt: Adultery is a crime. Supreme Court: What public good will adultery law serve?

Adultery is a crime because it damages marriage as an institution and family, govt tells the court.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, and why it is contentious

The question is whether it violates Article 14 of the Constitution, which says “the state will not deny any person equality… on the grounds of religion”.
File photo of Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi | Facebook

Govt orders social audit of more than 9,000 child care homes by next two months

Maneka Gandhi urges states to have a single, large facility for children to prevent their ‘abuse and misuse’ by NGOs.
e-cigarette

Modi govt takes U-turn on e-cigarettes, says no plan to ban import

But minister tells Lok Sabha that e-cigarettes are harmful for both active and passive users.
CBI officials

CBI officers on agency’s radar in bribery case

An FIR filed by CBI revealed the main accused in a bribery case was in contact with officers working in AC-III branch of the CBI.
Journalists on duty outside AIIMS in Delhi

Editors Guild of India decries political pressures on journalists, blocking of TV signals

Official statement by The Editors Guild of India, dated 8 August 2018:
Nandurbar

Tribal students in Maharashtra attack IAS officer, climb on her car, smash windows

C. Vanmathi was attacked during a protest against a govt move to transfer money for meals to student accounts instead of giving them food in hostel.
IIT Delhi | Commons

Will IITs become post-graduate-only? IIT Council to discuss on 21 August

The idea came up as a way to curb the billion-dollar private coaching industry that has grown up around the IIT entrance exam, JEE.
National Register of Citizen

‘Assam is not a dustbin’: Assam Agitation veterans want illegal migrants out

Former CM and AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta says Assam is not a dumping ground for illegal migrants.

On Camera

Xi Jinping addressing the conference in Beijing

A shorter Belt & Road by China will be even more dangerous

A leaner Belt & Road will allow China to better deploy its infrastructure firms, subsidies, technology & finance non-bankable strategic projects.
congress

3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.