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Constitutionality of judges appointment panel challenged

New Delhi : A plea was moved in the Supreme Court Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the amendment paving the way for the judicial appointment panel in place of existing collegium system for the appointment of judges to the apex court and the high courts.

The petitioner, senior counsel Bishwajit Bhattacharyya, in his PIL said that both the National Judicial Appointment Commission and the constitutional amendment paving way for it (NJAC) were in violation of basic structure of the constitution which was absolute and unalterable and thus were unconstitutional.

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India, Singapore to boost defence ties

New Delhi : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday met his Singapore counterpart Ng Eng Hen and discussed boosting defence ties between the two countries.

An official statement said both ministers, during the meeting, agreed that the enhancement of defence relationship between the two countries was "in the mutual interest".

The two ministers also expressed satisfaction over the wide ranging and comprehensive defence exchanges between the two countries and exchanged views on the global and regional security scenario.

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Taiwan-based AOU keen to set up operations in Andhra

Hyderabad : AU Optronics (AOU), a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer, has evinced keen interest in setting up their operations in Andhra Pradesh.

A team of company representatives led by its vice president James C.P. Chen Tuesday met state Information Technology Minister P. Raghunath Reddy here.

One of the top three companies in the world for LCD and LED Technology, AOU also manufactures high efficiency solar products.

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Centre wants Delhi to re-look at regularising colonies

New Delhi : The Centre has asked the Delhi government to have a fresh look at regularising the unauthorised colonies, questioning the decision of the previous government led by Sheila Dikshit to regularise 895 such settlements in the capital.

Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday asked the government officials to work on the details within 15 days following which the ministry will prepare an action plan.

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Surprise checks in 984 Punjab government schools

Chandigarh : To ensure punctuality and discipline among teachers, surprise checks were carried out in 984 government schools in various parts of Punjab Tuesday.

An education department spokesperson said that during the special checking, a total of 35 teachers were found absent, 51 teachers were late and 23 teachers were found to be long time absentees.

The checks, in three education circles of Jalandhar, Faridkot and Nabha (Patiala district), were conducted following directions from state Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema.

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Katara murder case: HC to hear Vikas Yadav's parole plea Aug 22

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court would Aug 22 hear the parole plea of Vikas Yadav, who is serving life imprisonment in the Nitish Katara murder case.

Justice Pratibha Rani Tuesday transferred the plea of Yadav, son of politician D.P. Yadav to a division bench which has been hearing the appeals in the case against the sentencing order.

A division bench of Justice Gita Mittal and Justice J.R. Midha would hear the plea on Friday.

Moving the high court, Yadav sought three months' parole on the ground that he has to visit his 93-year-old ailing grandfather.

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Justify Ramasundaram's appointment to CBI post, government told

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday said the central government has yet to rebut the impression that prima facie the appointment of IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram as the additional director of the CBI was flawed and illegal.

A bench of Chief Justice R.M.Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said: "We are concerned that the appointment (of Ramasundaram) suffers from serious legal flaws."

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Will not spare cheaters, looters: Telangana CM

Hyderabad : Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao Tuesday said that he will not spare looters and cheaters and will not hesitate to send his son or daughter to jail if they are the culprits.

"We will discriminate the cheaters and looters. We will not spare the culprits. If they are my son or daughter, they will be sent to jail," Rao said at a news conference after state-wide household survey. He was replying to a query about the apprehensions in some quarters that there may be discrimination against people from Andhra Pradesh settled in Hyderabad.

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Bihar seeks Army help to de-waterlog Patna

Patna : Having failed to clear the water-logging that has hit normal life in the state capital for the past seven days, the Bihar government Tuesday sought the help of the Indian Army to drain out the flood water, an official said.

"We have approached the defence ministry and sought help of the Indian Army to drain out the flood water," principal secretary of state disaster management department Vayasji said.

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North corporation launches 100-day cleanliness drive

New Delhi : The North Delhi Municipal Corporation Tuesday launched a 100-day "sanitation-cum-cleanliness drive" after successful completion of a similar week-long drive launched ahead of Independence Day celebrations.

The drive will continue till Nov 15.

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