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Why Lakshadweep must choose leap of progress over dark agenda of faith
India

Why Lakshadweep must choose leap of progress over dark agenda of faith

In the cross-currents of development and a dark agenda floats Lakshadweep’s future. Its moment to choose has come

Social acceptance of live-in relations on rise, says Punjab & Haryana HC days after another bench terms it 'unacceptable'
India

Social acceptance of live-in relations on rise, says Punjab & Haryana HC days after another bench terms it 'unacceptable'

Justice Sudhir Mittal observed that an individual has the right to formalise the relationship with the partner through marriage or to adopt the non-formal approach of a live-in relationship

Disagreeing with govt can't be seditious, says SC; dismisses PIL demanding action against Farooq Abdullah
India

Disagreeing with govt can't be seditious, says SC; dismisses PIL demanding action against Farooq Abdullah

The top court was hearing a plea which referred to Abdullah's statement on restoring Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and contended it clearly amounts to a seditious act and therefore he is liable to be punished under Section 124-A of the IPC

Can Donald Trump preemptively pardon himself or his family? Here's what the US constitution says
World

Can Donald Trump preemptively pardon himself or his family? Here's what the US constitution says

The US constitution gives the president clemency powers “to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment”

Constitution Day 2020: Amit Shah, Venkaiah Naidu pay tribute to 'greatest strength of India's unity'
India

Constitution Day 2020: Amit Shah, Venkaiah Naidu pay tribute to 'greatest strength of India's unity'

The Constituent Assembly of India had adopted the Constitution on 26 November, 1949, with the day coming into effect in 1950

Madras HC accepted mistake by questioning validity of special courts for lawmakers, says SC
India

Madras HC accepted mistake by questioning validity of special courts for lawmakers, says SC

A bench comprising justices NV Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose, made the remark while hearing a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking speedy disposal of cases against the lawmakers

Public debate on UCC needed, govt must decide whether to bring bill, says RSS' Dattatreya Hosabale
India

Public debate on UCC needed, govt must decide whether to bring bill, says RSS' Dattatreya Hosabale

Speaking at a virtual interaction organised by think-tank India Foundation on the foundation day of the RSS, Hosabale said UCC is mentioned in the Constitution under the Directive Principles of State Policy

The Queer Take: When a community's lives are bigger than the law, celebrating legal 'victories' can feel like settling for 'enough'
Lifestyle

The Queer Take: When a community's lives are bigger than the law, celebrating legal 'victories' can feel like settling for 'enough'

If the Law must arbitrate on Life, then it must be bigger than it, or roomy enough to make space for it.

Broken Foot, an exhibition featuring 60 artists, records socio-political fallout of India's migrant workers crisis
Arts & Culture

Broken Foot, an exhibition featuring 60 artists, records socio-political fallout of India's migrant workers crisis

In the absence of an official, comprehensive record of the coronavirus lockdown-triggered exodus, an exhibition curated by artists Rumi Samadhan and Prabhakar Kamble foregrounds and responds to the Indian migrant's long journey home.

Who controls Parliament? Instead of building a robust system, we have bled its vitality, dignity and efficacy
Politics

Who controls Parliament? Instead of building a robust system, we have bled its vitality, dignity and efficacy

Seven decades, sixteen Lok Sabha and two hundred and fifty one Rajya Sabha sessions later, we have reached a situation where executive doesn’t just have a link to legislature through Parliament, but there is a near-complete Executive take-over of the Legislature. Bit by bit, over these seven decades, every government has contributed to the undermining of the institution of Parliament.

Kesavananda Bharati passes away: 40 years since he took on Kerala govt, a look back at landmark case
India

Kesavananda Bharati passes away: 40 years since he took on Kerala govt, a look back at landmark case

The idea that Parliament was a creature of the Constitution and draws its powers from it, is now well-established

Kafeel Khan case: UP's refusal to comply with court order grim example of how states can subvert Constitution
India

Kafeel Khan case: UP's refusal to comply with court order grim example of how states can subvert Constitution

Deciding on the punishment is the job of the courts and a state government cannot assume that responsibility.

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference chief Sajad Gani Lone released from year-long detention
India

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference chief Sajad Gani Lone released from year-long detention

Lone was released days ahead of the first anniversary of the Centre's move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution last August, officials said.

Plea in SC seeks to remove words 'socialist', 'secular' from Constitution's preamble
India

Plea in SC seeks to remove words 'socialist', 'secular' from Constitution's preamble

The court is conducting day-to-day hearings in the case to complete the trial by 31 August, as directed by the Supreme Court.

After outcry, BS Yediyurappa govt puts on hold syllabus that dropped Tipu Sultan from Class 7 textbooks
India

After outcry, BS Yediyurappa govt puts on hold syllabus that dropped Tipu Sultan from Class 7 textbooks

Chapters that deal with the advent of Christianity and Islam in India are among the ones have been dropped from the state board's syllabus.

SC's actions in Prashant Bhushan, Twitter case show court as vehicle for administration, not dispenser of justice
India

SC's actions in Prashant Bhushan, Twitter case show court as vehicle for administration, not dispenser of justice

If Twitter has an obligation to unilaterally take down tweets without an order, then the SC must not just state the source of this obligation but also spell out when this obligation is activated

Rajasthan guv says no justification provided to hold urgent Assembly session, 21-day notice needed
Politics

Rajasthan guv says no justification provided to hold urgent Assembly session, 21-day notice needed

The Governor has reportedly also written to Ashok Gehlot asking who is responsible for his security after Gehlot said that people will gherao the Raj Bhawan if an Assembly session is not convened soon

PIL in SC seeks setting up of panel to probe Centre's 'mismanagement' of COVID-19 pandemic
India

PIL in SC seeks setting up of panel to probe Centre's 'mismanagement' of COVID-19 pandemic

The petition said the Centre failed to undertake timely and effective measures for containing the transmission of COVID-19 even after being notified by the WHO in early January

SC says hard for elected govt to have 'political will' to meet with challenges of reservation; strikes down 100% ST quota in scheduled areas
India

SC says hard for elected govt to have 'political will' to meet with challenges of reservation; strikes down 100% ST quota in scheduled areas

It is very hard for an elected government to have the 'political will' to meet the challenges arising out of the reservation scenario wherein neither the lists of those entitled have been reviewed nor the quota provisions have come to an end, the Supreme Court has observed.