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Bad news: iTunes will not be available in the Microsoft Store this year, as promised 16.12.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
In May this year, Microsoft stated that it is working with Apple, to bring iTunes to the Windows Store by the end of 2017. However, it doesn’t seem like this is happening after all. In conversation with ZDNet , an Apple spokesperson stated, “We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right." At the moment, the company did not disclose what was causing the delay. In an effort to lure in more users, it is important for Microsoft to get in more apps to its store. The report added that while the addition of iTunes to the Microsoft Store might appear to affect few people in light of iTunes’ long-term availability as a Windows app that runs on many Windows 10 machines, the Windows 10 version won’t run on Windows 10 S devices. Recently, the Supreme Court asked the Union of India's nodal agency to convene a meeting with all the stakeholders, including Internet companies Microsoft within six weeks to remove objectionable ...
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NCW chief welcomes cabinet's approval of triple talaq bill 16.12.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
National Commission of Women’s (NCW) acting president Rekha Sharma on Saturday welcomed the Cabinet's approval of a Bill to make instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence. “We fought because we were getting complaints regarding this. We welcome this move by the Cabinet. I also would like to add that any welfare scheme or policy should not be based on religion. The law should be common for everyone. This move is for the betterment of our society. I want triple talaq to be abolished all together,” she told ANI. The bill termed as the 'Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017' seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce in Islam. Cleared earlier yesterday, it will now be introduced in the winter session of Parliament. The Supreme Court, in August, had passed the order terming the practice of instant triple talaq (divorce) as "unconstitutional." Despite the order, there have been sporadic incidents of husbands calling off their marriages through phones or messages ...
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Cabinet approves bill making instant triple talaq criminal act 16.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, outlawing instant triple talaq by making it a cognisable and non-bailable offence, which will now attract a jail term of three years. The Bill was prepared by an inter-ministerial committee comprising of chairperson home minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, finance minister Arun Jaitley, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and minister of state in the law ministry PP Chaudhary. The Supreme Court had in August, declared the practice of instant triple talaq as unconstitutional. In a five member-bench, while three judges termed the practice illegal and unconstitutional, two judges wanted to ban the practice for a period of six months till the time the government came up with a new legislation. AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi said that the government should explain how the law proposes to enforce imprisonment and provide maintenance at the same time. In a letter of protest, Owaisi said, "It is ...
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SC suggests series of measures to remove hurdles for disabled at public places 15.12.2017 DNA: Top News
 The Supreme Court today suggested a series of measures required to be taken by the state authorities for removing obstacles which prevent differently- abled persons from accessing public places in the country. A bench comprising justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan referred to the provisions of the Disability Act, 1995 and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and noted the measures which were needed for its effective implementation. The apex court said that gates to public places should be made by incorporating necessary accessible standards and they must be made wide enough to allow wheelchairs to pass or turn around easily. "At places like airports, railway stations etc passengers must be clearly informed about the details of their flight/train such as the gate number for boarding etc via public announcement systems (this practice is, surprisingly, gradually declining)," the bench noted in its verdict. It said that a minimum of three to five parking spaces near the entrance of a public ...
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NHAI incentivises its officials for timely implementation of Bharatmala 15.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
In order to expedite implementation of the Bharatmala Pariyojna, the project launched by the Government of India with prime focus on optimizing efficiency of the movement of goods and people across the country, NHAI has decided to start an incentive scheme for its officials
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Year End Review: Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) 15.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Following are the major highlights of the activities of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) during the year 2017:
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MHA drafts new norms for cash vans 15.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Increased cash van loots have prompted the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to give a legal sanction to its guidelines for securing vehicles transporting cash across the country. The 2016 Standard Operating Procedures that included GPS tracking of cash vans installed with CCTV cameras and trained armed staff among other measures has now been sent to the Law Ministry seeking an approval for making it part of rules under the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005. Officials said if these guidelines are incorporated as rules under the law that governs the functioning of private security agencies it will be more potent and effective. "There are no rules till now and all banks go in for the lowest bidder without going looking into the security measures," said a home ministry official. "If they are made part of the act as rules there will be standardisation of security measures for all security vans that will be mandatory for security agencies to implement," the official added. Currently there are ...
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Government holds All Party Meet ahead of Winter Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow 14.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha here today, ahead of Winter Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow,
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Government Panel invites suggestions/comments from stakeholders about the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and the Rules and Regulations notified there under 14.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
In the First Meeting of the Insolvency Law Committee, held on 08th December, 2017, under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Shri Injeti Sriniwas, it was decided to invite suggestions/comments from stakeholders about the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and the Rules and Regulations notified thereunder.
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Winter Session to mull over 25 bills 14.12.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
The government and Opposition are warming up to face each other in Parliament Winter Session to be held from December 15, a day after the end of Gujarat polls. While Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has called a meeting of the leaders of various parties on Thursday evening, Rajya Sabha Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has also convened a meeting of Opposition leaders to evolve a joint strategy. With 14 sittings, a heavy agenda awaits the session — there are 25 bills to be tabled for discussion. 14 bills are scheduled to be introduced, one is listed for withdrawal. To ensure a smooth session, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also convened a meeting of party leaders in the Lok Sabha. The first actual working day of the Winter Session will be Monday as the Houses will adjourn on Friday as a mark of respect to the members who died since monsoon session. The working day coinciding with Gujarat and Himachal poll results is expected to be heated as the ruling BJP and the Congress-led ...
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Will leave Modi govt with no choice but to pass Women's Reservation Bill: Rahul Gandhi 13.12.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi said today that the party would leave the Centre with no choice but to ensure the passage of a Bill which provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, and hinted at major changes within the party organisation in favour of them. Addressing the All India Mahila Congress-organised "I am Courage" event, he said that the Congress would build pressure on the ruling party for an early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill in Parliament. Gandhi, who will formally take over as the Congress president later this week, said as the party "don't have a woman president anymore, we have to compensate for that". He said that the party had exerted pressure on the government for bringing pro-people changes in the Goods and Services Tax, which he had earlier described as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'. "The same way we will give a clear message to the government that it will have to bring women reservation. The ...
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Achievements and Initiatives of the Department of Sports during 2017 13.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Sports Minister laid the Foundation Stone at Gandhinagar, Gujarat for the first ever training center dedicated for Para Athletes on 5th February, 2017. The center is proposed at an estimated cost of over Rs. 50 crores.
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Supreme Court to refer to constitutional bench pleas against allowing Jallikattu 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Supreme Court today said it would refer to a five-judge constitution bench a batch of pleas challenging Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra laws allowing bull-taming sport 'Jallikattu' and bullock cart races. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R F Nariman, while reserving its order, said the larger bench would decide whether states have the "legislative competence" to make such laws on grounds, including that 'Jallikattu' and bullock cart racing fell under the cultural rights enshrined under Article 29(1) and can be protected constitutionally. Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have amended the central law, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and allowed Jallikattu and bullock cart racing respectively in their states. The state laws have been challenged in the apex court. The apex court also said that it would hear separately the pleas challenging the Karnataka Ordinance allowing Kambala (buffalo races) in the state and issued notice on the petitions filed by parties including PETA and fixed ...
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Wrong perceptions about Parliament’s functioning not good; It works 24 X 7, asserts Vice- President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu 11.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Vice-President of India and Chairman, Rajya Sabha Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today suggested a 10 point charter to ensure effective functioning of legislatures in the country, so that peoples respect for the democratic institution can be sustained.
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Dri Strikes Against Black Money - Recovers about Rs.50 Crores of Demonetized Currency 10.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), a pioneer Intelligence Agency of the Government of India, zeroed in on an office premises at Bharuch in Gujarat State and recovered about Rs. 48.91 crores of demonetised currency in Rs. 500 and Rs.1,000 denomination currency notes.
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Centre may amend act to give seat to judiciary 9.12.2017 DNA: Top News
The Centre on Friday submitted that it might look into the possibility of amending the Finance Act to include a nominee for the Chief Justice of India on the selection and disciplinary committee for administrative members in the tribunals. According to the provisions of the Finance Act, 2017 that was passed earlier this year, the judiciary will no longer play a role in the selection of chairpersons on tribunals that are largely made up of retired judges from the higher judiciary. The act, which the Lok Sabha passed as a money bill, scrapped eight of the 19 tribunals and merged the rest with existing ones. Attorney General KK Venugopal made this submission when the Supreme Court expressed its concern over the rising vacancies in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC). Venugopal added that the Centre was also willing to look into suggestions made by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on fixing the tenure of judicial members of a tribunal ...
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FRDI Bill may go back to drawing table 7.12.2017 DNA: Money
The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill (FRDI) 2017, which will be tabled in the winter session of the parliament, may get redrafted following concerns raised by the stakeholders. The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) which is considering the Bill has met 60 stakeholders, including the regulators -- Reserve Bank of India, Sebi and Irda-- apart from the nationalised and private banks, to get feedback on FRDI 2017. JPC is looking at all aspects of the Bill to build a consensus. Major concern in the Bill is on the bail-in clause, which enables the resolution commission that will be formed under the law to utilise the money of the depositors to bail out the banks if there is a need. A member of the JPC told DNA Money, "The bail-in clause is only an enabling clause. Even now, depositors get a protection only up to Rs 1 lakh of their deposits. Now, in this case if his deposits are utilised, then he will get bonds or security papers in exchange for his money. He is getting more of a protection. ...
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Delhi High Court sets aside CIC order holding ministers answerable under RTI 7.12.2017 DNA: India
The Delhi High Court has struck down an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) which declared ministers as "public authorities" under the transparency law. Justice Vibhu Bhakru set aside the order passed on March 12 last year, which had declared that "ministers in the Union Government and all State Governments as public authorities" fall under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. "There was no occasion for the CIC to enter upon the question as to whether a Minister is a public authority under Section 2(h) of the Act. Further, directions issued by the CIC are also wholly outside the scope of the matter before CIC. In view of the above, the order dated March 12, 2016 cannot be sustained and is, accordingly, set aside," the court said. The court order comes after the Centre had appealed against the CIC order. The CIC directive that ministers were answerable as per the RTI Act would mean that people can directly send questions to a minister by filing an RTI application, which will be ...
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US to immediately start process to move embassy to Jerusalem, says Tillerson; Netanyahu hails Trump 7.12.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
The US will immediately begin the process to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said, after President Donald Trump recognised the holy city as Israel's capital. In a major announcement, Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital yesterday despite warnings from the Arab leaders, reversing decades of US and international policy on the holy city. "The State Department will immediately begin the process to implement this decision by starting the preparations to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Tillerson said. The President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital aligns the US presence with the reality that Jerusalem is home to Israel's legislature, Supreme Court, president's office, and prime minister's office, Tillerson said in a statement. "We have consulted with many friends, partners, and allies in advance of the President making his decision. We firmly believe there is an opportunity for a lasting peace," he said. ...
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Vision of the Government is ‘24x7 Power for All’ – All the States on board to achieve Target by March 2019: Shri R. K. Singh 7.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, chaired a Conference of Power and Energy Ministers of States/ Union Territories (UTs), held here today
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