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Republicans block subpoenas for new proof as US Senate debates norms of trial on Day One; moderates force last-minute reversal in pro-Trump rules
World

Republicans block subpoenas for new proof as US Senate debates norms of trial on Day One; moderates force last-minute reversal in pro-Trump rules

A divided Senate began the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Tuesday in utter acrimony, as Republicans blocked Democrats’ efforts to subpoena witnesses and documents related to Ukraine

In move aimed at gender equality, Goa Assembly passes bill allowing women to work in night shift in industries
India

In move aimed at gender equality, Goa Assembly passes bill allowing women to work in night shift in industries

Deputy chief minister of Goa Chandrakant Kavlekar, who moved an amendment to the Factories and Boilers Act, made it clear that women employees would not be forced to work at night

Explainer: Difference between a Bill and an Act; how a draft legislation becomes a law after multiple readings in Parliament
Politics

Explainer: Difference between a Bill and an Act; how a draft legislation becomes a law after multiple readings in Parliament

When a bill has been passed, it is sent to the President for his approval per Article 111. The President can assent or withhold his assent to a bill or he can return a bill.

Union Cabinet to take a call on introducing bill in Parliament to allow proxy voting for NRIs
India

Union Cabinet to take a call on introducing bill in Parliament to allow proxy voting for NRIs

The Union Cabinet will take a call on Monday to introduce a fresh bill in Parliament to extend the facility of proxy voting to overseas Indians.

Narendra Modi hails passage of Bill in Lok Sabha for 10% quota to economically-backward upper castes as 'landmark moment'
India

Narendra Modi hails passage of Bill in Lok Sabha for 10% quota to economically-backward upper castes as 'landmark moment'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday described the passage of a bill, which provides 10 percent quota for the general category poor in jobs and education, as a "landmark moment in our nation's history".

Budget Session updates: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day; Rajya Sabha to reconvene at 3.30 pm
India

Budget Session updates: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day; Rajya Sabha to reconvene at 3.30 pm

Both Houses of Parliament saw adjournments on the first day of the second-half of budget session, with opposition members seeking to corner the government on a range of issues, including the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh and demand for increasing quota beyond 50 percent in Telangana.

Winter Session of Parliament: 25 pending, 14 new bills including maintenance in triple talaq likely to be placed
India

Winter Session of Parliament: 25 pending, 14 new bills including maintenance in triple talaq likely to be placed

As many as 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including a bill providing Muslim women with the right to seek maintenance in case of triple talaq, are expected to be placed in the Winter Session of Parliament.

Bill empowering Centre to fix minimum wage for employees of unorganised sector introduced in Lok Sabha
India

Bill empowering Centre to fix minimum wage for employees of unorganised sector introduced in Lok Sabha

The Government Thursday introduced in the Lok Sabha 'The Code on Wages' bill which seeks to empower the Centre to fix a "universal minimum wage" aimed to benefit over 40 crore unorganised sector workers

Cambodia passes law barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals
World

Cambodia passes law barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals

The Cambodia's National Assembly has passed a law barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals

House passes bill to ban nude photo sharing in the military
News & Analysis

House passes bill to ban nude photo sharing in the military

The House has unanimously approved legislation that makes it a crime for U.S. service members to distribute intimate photos without getting their consent.

Users filed the maximum number of billing complaints against Airtel, Vodafone and Idea in Q4 2016
News & Analysis

Users filed the maximum number of billing complaints against Airtel, Vodafone and Idea in Q4 2016

Users of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea mobile services filed maximum billing complaints in October-December of 2016, as per the latest report of Trai.

Donald Trump is supporting the bill that calls for salary hike and other H1-B visa reforms
News & Analysis

Donald Trump is supporting the bill that calls for salary hike and other H1-B visa reforms

President Donald Trump supports a bill that proposes a massive hike in the minimum salary for those employed on H-1B visas, an influential American lawmaker has said.

Watch: Doctor Who trailer has some familiar elements but leaves questions unanswered
Entertainment

Watch: Doctor Who trailer has some familiar elements but leaves questions unanswered

The trailer of the latest season of Doctor Who has suspense, humour and a glimpse of the places the Doctor will explore

Israel approves
News & Analysis

Israel approves "Facebook bill" for banning terrorist posts

Ministers in Israel have approved a bill - dubbed the "Facebook bill" - that seeks to compel social media providers such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to immediately remove contents from their platforms.

A bill to avert WhatsApp shutdowns in Brazil
News & Analysis

A bill to avert WhatsApp shutdowns in Brazil

The Brazilian government plans to draft a bill regulating judicial access to digital data in criminal investigations, following the third nationwide court-mandated shutdown of the popular WhatsApp messaging service since December, newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported on Wednesday.

Obama signs first major overhaul of toxic chemicals rules into law
World

Obama signs first major overhaul of toxic chemicals rules into law

On Wednesday President Barack Obama signed the first major overhaul of toxic chemicals rules in 40 years into law, calling it proof that Washington can function despite intense polarisation.

US House of Representatives approves bill blocking monetary aid to Pakistan
World

US House of Representatives approves bill blocking monetary aid to Pakistan

Ignoring objections of the White House, the Republican majority House of Representatives has approved the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) which blocks $450 million aid to Pakistan for failing to take action against the dreaded Haqqani network.

Gujarat terror bill is ripe for misuse: Three presidents have rejected the controversial bill and rightly so
India

Gujarat terror bill is ripe for misuse: Three presidents have rejected the controversial bill and rightly so

Pranab Mukherjee became the third President to reject the provisions in the Gujarat Terror Bill or Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Act (GCTOC) and ask for a clarification seeking additional information on provisions that are not in sync with the special provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2004.

Bill Clinton: 'Hillary's the most qualified White House candidate'
World

Bill Clinton: 'Hillary's the most qualified White House candidate'

Bill Clinton on Monday called his wife Hillary the most qualified US presidential candidate in more than half a century, at his first solo campaign event for her 2016 election bid.