Aadhaar can’t be made mandatory for welfare schemes: Supreme Court

TIA NEWS / New Delhi The Supreme Court today directed that the Aadhaar card could not be made mandatory by the government for extending the benefits of its welfare schemes to the people. The apex court, however, said the government cannot be stopped from using Aadhaar in other schemes like the opening of bank accounts. … Continue reading Aadhaar can’t be made mandatory for welfare schemes: Supreme Court

China defends CPEC project saying not to affect Beijing’s stand on Kashmir

China today defended its ambitious 46 billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor CPEC project, saying the initiative was aimed at improving livelihood of people in the area and will not affect Beijing’s stand on the Kashmir issue. Reacting to a motion tabled in the UK parliament condemning Pakistan’s arbitrary move to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region … Continue reading China defends CPEC project saying not to affect Beijing’s stand on Kashmir

Kremlin accuses opposition of provoking violence

The Kremlin has responded to yesterday’s mass protests by accusing the opposition of encouraging lawbreaking and provoking violence. A Presidential spokesman said, some young people were paid to attend. But defiant opposition leader Alexei Navalny, one of hundreds of people held, was fined 350 dollars and was not detained when he appeared in court today. … Continue reading Kremlin accuses opposition of provoking violence

Indian Parliament passes Mental Healthcare Bill

AMN Parliament has passed the Mental Healthcare Bill,2016 with the Lok Sabha approving it today. The bill seeks to provide for mental healthcare and services for persons with mental illness and to protect, promote and fullfil the rights of such persons during delivery of healthcare services. The bill also states that a person who attempts … Continue reading Indian Parliament passes Mental Healthcare Bill

Bhubaneswar to host Hockey World Cup

HARPAL SINGH BEDI / New Delhi Bhubaneswar will host the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 while it is also the venue for this year’s Men’s Hockey World League Final .International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Government of Odisha today officially confirmed that the venue for these two prestigious events. It was also announced that the state … Continue reading Bhubaneswar to host Hockey World Cup

Indian Muslims hail passage of Anti Islamophobia motion in Canada

AMN / NEW DELHI All India Muslim Majlis e Mushawarat (AIMMM), a prominent organisation of Indian Muslims today congratulated the citizens of Canada, Canadian Parliament and Government of Canada for their ‘unprecedented actions’ to deal with hate crimes against Muslims in Canada. The motion calls for the government to condemn Islamophobia and systemic racism. It … Continue reading Indian Muslims hail passage of Anti Islamophobia motion in Canada

Indian students showing less interest in US Universities

WEB DESK US universities have registered a sharp decline in the number of applications from Indian students after a spate of hate crimes and fear and anxiety about potential changes to visa policies by the new US Administration. According to the preliminary results of a survey of more than 250 American colleges and universities conducted … Continue reading Indian students showing less interest in US Universities

SC asks Centre, J&K govt to decide Muslim minority status in state

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to sit together and decide contentious issues including the question whether Muslims can be treated as minority in the state. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul asked both the governments to … Continue reading SC asks Centre, J&K govt to decide Muslim minority status in state

Arun Jaitley tables GST Bills in Lok Sabha

Andalib Akhter / New Delhi Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today tabled CGST, IGST, UT GST and GST Compensation Bills in Lok Sabha. The integrated GST deals in taxation of inter-state movement of goods and services while the Union Territory GST Bill covers taxation in Union Territories. The compensation law has been prepared to give … Continue reading Arun Jaitley tables GST Bills in Lok Sabha

SC asks Centre to consider alternates to pellet guns to disperse mobs in J&K

AMN / Supreme Court today asked the Centre to consider alternates to pellet guns to disperse mobs in Jammu and Kashmir. The suggestion comes in the wake of reports over eye damage caused by pellet guns to youths and others during protests in the Kashmir Valley. The apex court was hearing a plea filed by … Continue reading SC asks Centre to consider alternates to pellet guns to disperse mobs in J&K