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  • Devotees climb sacred Pathinettam Padi to enter Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers: See Pics

    Sabarimala: The famed Lord Ayyappa temple here opened Wednesday for the five-day-long monthly poojas, and a group of women climbed the sacred Pathinettam Padi to enter the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers in a surcharged atmosphere of protest over the Supreme Court verdict permitting entry of women of all age groups. Amid chanting of ‘swamiye saranam Ayyappa’ mantras, the ‘melshanti’ (chief priest), Unnikrishnan Namboothiri and ‘tantri’ (head priest), Kandaru Rajeevaru opened the portals of santum sanctorum

  • Kerala on edge

    Pathanamthitta: The Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple will open for a five-day monthly pooja on Wednesday amid fears of a showdown over the Supreme Court verdict, which has lifted the centuries old ban on menstruating women from entering the temple.
    An indication of the trouble came on the eve of the pooja on Tuesday when devotees resorted to violence to prevent women from going to the temple.
    A woman, who came from Tamil Nadu for

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    Cops in 6 cities to conduct crime scene videography

    New Delhi: In a giant leap towards digitisation of criminal investigation, police in six major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, will mandatorily conduct videography of a crime scene, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. Besides Delhi and Mumbai, the other cities where videography of crime scenes would be mandatory are Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chandigarh.

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    Special benches in Supreme Court, High Courts to clear old cases

    New Delhi: New Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who took over on October 3, has ordered constitution of the Special Benches in both the Supreme Court and the High Courts for early disposal of the old criminal cases pending for five years or more. A special Bench in the Supreme Court will hold hearing of 10 such old cases every day while handling other cases. The High Court chief justices have

  • Congress demands probe into ONGC turning debt-ridden

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into allegations of the state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) turning debt-ridden due to government decisions. The party accused the Modi government of “systematically attempting to destroy the public sector”. Citing a letter written by the ONGC trade union body to Prime Minister Narendra Modi detailing how government interference has broken the “economic backbone of the company”, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said

  • Sabarimala temple row: Devaswam Board calls emergency meeting; here are 5 development so far

    Ever since the Supreme Court, in its landmark judgement allowed women of all ages to enter at Kerala’s famous Sabarimala temple, it has created a state-wide havoc. Today, the Devaswom board has called emergency meeting of all stakeholders of temple of Lord Ayappa. The meeting is currently underway with its members trying to reach at a conclusion on the issue, amid reports that women devotees are being

  • Sabarimala temple opening: BJP is set for showdown

    Thiruvananthapuram: Chanting mantras of Lord Ayyappa and waving party flags, thousands of BJP workers on Monday trooped into the Kerala capital demanding that the Left Front government file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict allowing female devotees of menstrual age to offer prayers at the shrine.

  • New affidavit form: Candidates need to detail pending criminal cases

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Law and Justice has notified a new affidavit form to be signed by the candidates giving details of the pending criminal cases in deference to a recent Supreme Court directive. The candidate has to also declare in the affidavit that he has given full and up-to-date information to his political party about the pending criminal cases and all cases of conviction. The affidavit shall also mention total

  • Power rate hikes: Plea in Supreme Court to review its verdict

    New Delhi: Citing the consumer interests in jeopardy of the power plants shut-down, the Gujarat Government has moved the Supreme Court for review of its verdict last year, refusing increase in the power rates by the power companies to compensate them for the hike in the prices of the imported coal.

  • Bhopal: Publish criminal record in 12-point bold format

    After Supreme Court’s guidelines Election Commission (EC) has come down tough on the contestants with criminal antecedents. ECI has changed the format of affidavit that mentions the criminal record of the contestant. Candidates and political parties giving tickets to persons with criminal past would have to publicise their records in widely circulated newspaper and TV channels at least three times seperately.

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    Mumbai: Dahisar housing society’s case back in Bombay High Court

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday remanded back the case of the Dahisar Saraswati Cooperative Housing Society to the Bombay High Court for criminal prosecution of the builders and promoters for not registering flats in the name of its members.  Directing the High Court to hear the society’s appeal expeditiously because the case is quite old (23-year-old), the Bench of Justices Abhay Manohar Sapre and Indu Malhotra dismissed its verdict on

  • Will soon arrive at Sabarimala: Gender activist Trupti Desai

    Thiruvananthapuram: Amidst strong sentiments against the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women in the 10-50 age group into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, gender equality activist Trupti Desai said on Saturday that she was still determined to visit it.

  • Fake voters’ list to be made election issue: BJP

    Supreme Court quashing the petition filed by Congress state president Kamal Nath and Rajasthan state president Sachin Pilot on fake voters, has enthused the BJP so much so that now BJP leaders maintain that they would raise this issue in the elections. Cooperatives minister Vishwas Sarang, in a press conference, said Congress had insulted the voters of the state by terming them fake. He said they would demand election commission to seize

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    Supreme Court quashes flats sold to 3 Mumbai societies in 2003

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday quashed the sale of flats to three housing societies in Powai, Mumbai, in 2003 by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Board, ignoring the offer of another society wanting to buy 10 flats for Rs 17 crores.  The societies whose allocation has been quashed are Shree Amey Coop Housing Society, Shri Guru Krupa Coop Housing Society and Shri Sai Shraddha Coop Housing Society.

  • Kerala: Women entering Sabarimala temple should be ripped into half, says Actor Kollam Thulasi

    Kollam (Kerala): Actor Kollam Thulasi on Friday made a shocking statement saying that women entering Sabarimala temple should be ripped into half. He was addressing a public gathering here. Thulasi, a Malayali actor, made the controversial remark while taking a dig at the central and state governments while threatening women from entering inside the Sabarimala temple.

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    Supreme Court refuses to block funding of Durga puja committees in Bengal

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday refused to stay the West Bengal government’s decision to grant Rs 28 crore to 28,000 ‘Durga puja’ committees in the state.A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta agreed however to examine the issue whether a state, by exercising its discretionary powers, can grant money to ‘puja’ committees or clubs for religious activities. It issued a notice to the Mamta Banerjee government and sought

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    Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea seeking minimum wages for unorganised sector workers

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL filed by social activist Swami Agnivesh seeking minimum wages for around 50 crore workers in the unorganised sector. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and S K Kaul asked the activist to approach the authorities concerned for the relief. “We are not inclined to hear this (petition). You can go to the authorities with your grievances,” the bench said.

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