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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 22 April 2022
I have spent the past few days on the road. After being locked indoors and with nowhere to go, people are out on the streets, in force. Traffic is heavy. Trains, buses, hotels, malls, cabs, cinemas are doing business like their busiest season is on. In a tier-2 town, the Ola cab is back to...

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Seven electoral trusts, which have declared receiving contributions during FY20-21, have got a total amount of Rs258.49 crore from corporates and individuals and distributed Rs258.43 crore (99.97%) to various political parties, an analysis released on Thursday said.   Top 10 donors...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 April 2022
In what appears to be a new method to dupe gullible people, a 26-year-old lost Rs3 lakh when he fell for a video call made by a fake officer from the Delhi crime branch, says a report.   In the report, the Times of India, says the scamster told the person that he faced a case...

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Ibad Mushtaq (The Leaflet) 21 April 2022
While we may have gathered a somewhat limited understanding of who is an Indian citizen, do we, as a people, understand what citizenship means and entails; more particularly, do the State and the so-called mass leaders understand the Indian idea of citizenship, its importance as also of the...

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Lemons are now being offered free with mobile accessories.   A shopkeeper in Varanasi is offering free lemons on the purchase of mobile accessories.   The shopkeeper is also claiming to offer free petrol to consumers buying mobile accessories worth Rs 10,000.   The...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 April 2022
Only 23 political parties have so far opened current accounts with the State Bank of India (SBI) and are, thus, eligible for redemption of electoral bonds (EB), reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.    Information obtained by Commodore (Cmde) Lokesh Batra...

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The Supreme Court has observed that all matters connected with a crime and whether something is a "conclusive piece of evidence" must be dealt with by a court of law, and not through a TV channel.   A bench of Justices U.U. Lalit and P.S. Narasimha said: "All matters relating to the...

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The Supreme Court has criticised the practice of courts pronouncing the final orders without a reasoned judgment, saying it has to be "stopped and discouraged".   A bench of Justices M.R. Shah and B.V. Nagarathna said: "Despite the strong observations made by this court as far as back...

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As Covid cases are rising in many states, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday made the mask wearing compulsory at public places in 6 NCR districts and capital Lucknow.   Use of masks is now mandatory in public places in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Meerut, Bulandshahr, and...

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Jayant Pankaj (The Leaflet) 18 April 2022
Muscle and money decide the fate of elections in India, as is evident from an analysis of the recent Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly elections.   On 16th February, T Raja Singh made a controversial remark that, “Yogi Adityanath will demolish with bulldozers the houses of those who...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 16 April 2022
A few weeks ago, the movie Kashmir Files was released to an unprecedented blaze of publicity. State governments controlled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) competed to give it tax-free status; the prime minister (PM) and top political leaders spoke about it and special shows were organised...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 16 April 2022
On 1st April, IFB Agro Industries Ltd notified stock exchanges that its board of directors had approved a contribution of up to Rs40 crore to electoral bonds for 2022-23 when its last reported annual profit was Rs47 crore in 2020-21. Why was it giving away so much money? It appears that, to...

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 A court is considered as relatively safe place but thieves broke into one in Andhra Pradesh and took away documents including those related to a high-profile case allegedly involving a minister.   The theft took place in the fourth additional judicial magistrate court on Wednesday....

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Bharat Dogra (The Leaflet) 14 April 2022
Is the government miserly, has the COVID-19 crisis squeezed budgets, or is it sheer neglect of the rights of the weakest? Some numbers speak for themselves.   For centuries, India’s oppressive socio-economic scenario prevented the weakest sections of its society from quitting their...

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Several states in India are likely to see a power shortage in the coming weeks as power plants struggle to find optimum amounts of thermal coal amid rising summer demand, higher import costs and the resultant supply tightness, sources told S&P Global Commodity Insights.   Global...

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday restrained the Andhra Pradesh government from transferring funds from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to a personal deposit account, saying "it is a very serious issue".   A plea filed by state resident Palla Srinivasa Rao said when the top court...

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Preet Jain  and   Vivek Yadav 13 April 2022
Trains seem to be a magnet for many people suffering from deep depression and intent on ending it all by suicide. At other times a little carelessness in getting or off a train leads to crippling accidents or fatalities. For the railway police, however, keeping track of what happens and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 April 2022
Ruling in favour of the appellant who had created a power of attorney (PoA) in 1971, the Supreme Court says the possession of an agent under a deed of PoA is also the possession of the principal and that any unauthorised sale made by the agent will not tantamount to the principal parting with...

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The Indian Evidence Act, 1872 deals with, among other things, the admissibility and inadmissibility of evidence before court in a trial, including the examination of witnesses and the evidentiary value of documents produced before the trial court.   One such provision which forms part...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 09 April 2022
That industry is forced to pay protection money to militant groups in India to ensure the safety of their business and employees is not news. Neither are political pay-offs in return for business concessions or payments to investigation agencies to avoid harassment or suppress wrongdoing. But...

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