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Nipun Saxena (The Leaflet) 27 July 2021
In the second part of a series analysing the legal questions surrounding the Pegasus Project revelations, NIPUN SAXENA examines the Indian legal framework governing lawful interception of phones and data provided by the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Information Technology Act, 2000, and the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 July 2021
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached movable assets worth Rs7.47 crore of Noida-based Shri Lal Mahal Ltd under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the case of smuggling or diversion of 586 kgs of duty-free gold in the domestic market.   A provisional order for...

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Quaid Najmi (IANS) 26 July 2021
The Centre's national health authority (NHA) has allocated the maximum funds to Gujarat as grant-in-aid for various government schemes under the ‘Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, as per the latest details provided in RTI (Right to Information) replies.   The RTI query...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 July 2021
The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) founded by Dr Verghese Kurien in 1965, has been mired in controversy after controversy, mostly related with its subsidiaries, funding and management affairs. On Friday, the union government told the Rajya Sabha that it had given previous approval to...

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Prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi has often promised that he is determined to double farmer incomes.  He was supposed to do this by this year.    But then, like most promises made, even this is likely to be remembered in the breach than in its...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 July 2021
UK's Cairn Energy and Devas Multimedia Ltd have filed lawsuits in the US to seize overseas assets of Air India to recover dues from the Indian government, minister of state for civil aviation Gen (retd) VK Singh informed the Lok Sabha.   In a written reply, the minister says, "Cairn...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 July 2021
Welcoming a report presented by a four-member committee headed by former additional chief secretary Vijay Kumar, the Maharashtra Congress on Thursday says the findings of the committee prove allegations of corruption made by the party.    Sachin Sawant, general secretary and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 July 2021
Alleging tax evasion, the income-tax (I-T) department on Thursday conducted raids on offices of Dainik Bhaskar in multiple cities as well as the home of its promoter at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Separately, the I-T department also reportedly conducting raids in Uttar Pradesh on Bharat...

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Central Railway (CR) services were badly hit owing to boulders falling on rail lines and tracks getting breached due to heavy slush on the Nashik and Pune sections, following torrential rains since the past 24 hours, officials said here on Thursday.   The services were affected after...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 21 July 2021
The story goes that Dhirubhai Ambani had a vision of a phone service that could connect people all over India at a cost lower than that of a postcard.   Not only has this vision come true, but has become even bigger than what Mr Ambani could have even imagined – pan-India phone calls...

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Nipun Saxena (The Leaflet) 21 July 2021
In the first part of a series analysing the legal questions surrounding the Pegasus Project revelations, Nipun Saxena examines Pegasus developer NSO Group’s contractual policy regarding the spyware to uncover some complex constitutional questions, and asks: can the right to carry out...

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a 2013 Gujarat High Court judgement, which struck down certain provisions of the 97th constitutional amendment while holding that Parliament cannot enact laws with regard to cooperative societies as it is a state subject.   A three-judge bench of...

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Q. How did the Pegasus revelations happen? A. Forbidden Stories, a website and Amnesty International had access to a leak of 50,000 phone numbers of NSO clients selected for surveillance. NSO makes the Pegasus software.   Q. Was the investigation targeted against India? A. The...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 July 2021
While consumers are reeling under the ever-increasing prices of petrol, diesel and domestic liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders, the Union government and State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) are earning higher revenues and profits, shows data submitted in the Lok Sabha. As on Monday,...

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The Indians in the snooping database include over 40 journalists, three major Opposition figures, one constitutional authority, two serving ministers in the Narendra Modi government, current and former heads and officials of security organisations and scores of business-persons, The Wire...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 July 2021
Two days ahead of monsoon session, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The meeting lasted for about 50 minutes. In a series of tweets after the meeting, Mr Pawar says, he met the PM to discuss issues and conflicts in the wake of...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 July 2021
In a major jolt, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached assets worth around Rs 4.21 crore belonging to former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and his family, officials said here on Friday.   The ED action came a day after the Maharashtra government ordered...

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Heavy overnight rains lashed Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) hitting road and rail traffic, though flight operation at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport was normal.   Water-logging was reported from chronic spots of Dadar, Parel, Wadala, Sion,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 July 2021
Cases cannot be registered under the defunct Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, the union home ministry (MHA) told states and union territories (UTs) in an advisory. Police should be asked to stop filing such cases and any case under the scrapped law should be immediately...

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The Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Thursday criticised the existence of a law on sedition even after 75 years of the country’s independence. The sedition law is a colonial law, he said, while pointing out that it was used against freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi and Tilak.  “Is this law...

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