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India’s crackdown on ‘nameless’ properties can help clean up sector, experts say

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vow to take on benami, or nameless properties, can bring greater transparency to a notoriously opaque sector and help check prices if a new law is implemented properly, experts said on Monday. The practice of buying a property in the name of someone other than the buyer has ...

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National Herald case: Relief for Congress as Delhi court dismisses Subramanian Swamy’s plea

Granting major relief to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul in the National Herald case, Patiala House Court has dismissed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking certain documents from the Congress party and Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the holding company of the Congress party mouthpiece. During the hearing on Monday, the counsel appearing for the accused told the court that Swamy was ...

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India test-fires n-capable Agni-V missile off Odisha coast

India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast in Balasore district. This is the fourth and final test of the missile, developed and successfully tested by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, according to defence sources. It ...

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814 kg ganja meant for New Year parties in Hyderabad, Mumbai seized

In a major haul, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths have seized 814 kilos of marijuana brought to the city by inter-state peddlers from Andhra-Odisha border to supply it to New Year revellers in Mumbai and Hyderabad. On Friday night, DRI sleuths who were keeping a watch on the activities of narcotic peddlers had received a specific alert about huge ...

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Ten years after Sachar Report

There’s been no major change in the condition of India’s Muslims. Here are the numbers: On November 30, 2006, the 403-page report of the Sachar Committee, on the social, economic and educational condition of Muslims in India, was tabled in Parliament. The Committee, headed by former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar, was set up soon after the ...

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‘CBI said charges false, I thought there would be an outcry… But we won’t get even a sorry’

Out of jail, Ali says, they lead a life ostracised by neighbours, relatives, friends. Will that ever change, he wonders.  He lost his parents as well as an infant daughter while behind bars. “All because of this case,” says Ali. “My mother died within a year of my arrest. She kept knocking doors, visiting police stations, only to get humiliated. ...

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Vajpayee no more, but his memories remain: Aligarh mayor’s remark leaves BJP red-faced

AGRA: Call it ignorance or sheer slip of the tongue, but BJP’s controversial Aligarh mayor Shakuntala Bharti landed herself in an embarrassing situation on Saturday when she referred to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as “deceased” while delivering a speech on the eve of celebrations of the veteran politician’s birthday. Addressing students at Dharam Jyoti Mahavidyalya School at Iglas ...

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31 hurt in Sabarimala stampede

An iron railing collapsed as a crowd of pilgrims, waiting for over seven hours, surged forward : As many as 31 persons were injured, 12 of them seriously, in a minor stampede at Malikappuram at Sabarimala Sannidhanam on the eve of the annual Mandalam festival on Sunday. The stampede occurred immediately after the deeparadhana at the hill shrine around 6.40 ...

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Tata-Mistry tangle: 140 cases filed in multiple courts

Legal eagles including P Chidambaram, Ravi Kadam pad up for long-drawn battle MUMBAI, DECEMBER 25:   The Tata-Mistry boardroom battle is a noodle soup of legal suits, with a whopping 140 cases, caveats and injunctions filed in various courts in Mumbai and New Delhi. The cases have been filed in the Bombay High Court, city civil courts, Delhi High Court and ...

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