Daily Archive: February 10, 2017

SC to hear universities on BCI Rules on lawyers verification

The Supreme Court today said it would hear all the universities in the matter relating to challenge to the Bar Council of India (BCI) Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules 2015, which mandate verification of lawyers. "We will hear all of you and decide it once and for all," a bench of Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman said after senior advocate K K Venugopal, representing BCI, said that the apex court can hear the University Grants Commission (UGC) and all the univeristies in the matter.

UP Elections 2017: First phase of assembly elections tomorrow

Nearly 2.6 crore people in 73 constituencies of western Uttar Pradesh will be eligible to vote on Saturday in the first of the seven phases of high-stake Assembly elections, seen as a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nearly three-year rule. 839 candidates, including from main contenders BJP, BSP, allies Congress and Samajwadi party, RLD as well independents, are in the fray from the seats in 15 districts where 26,823 polling stations have been set up. Among the electorate are 1.17 crore women and 1,508 belonging to third gender category. The largest constituency in terms of electorate is Sahibabad, while Jalesar is the smallest.

Jammu Kashmir Libration Front chief Yasin Malik arrested

JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was today arrested along with five others after he tried to lead a march here to demand mortal remains of party founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru. Malik appeared at a shrine in Sarai Bala and took out a march towards Lal Chowk, nerve centre of the city, shortly after Friday prayers but was stopped by police near the main chowk, officials said.

Rs 18,000 crore Ken-Betwa river linking project cleared

The investment clearance committee, comprising officials from NITI Aayog and Union Water Resources Ministry, for Ken-Betwa river linking today gave the nod for the Rs 18,000-crore national project envisaged to address drinking water and irrigation requirements of the parched Bundelkhand region. Union Water Resources Secretary Amarjeet Singh, who heads the committee, confirmed the investment clearance given to the project. "The investment clearance committee has recommended the investment clearance for the project after detailed deliberations and discussions," he said.

Massive online test to fill up 18000 vacancies in Indian Railways

Aiming at eliminating the scope for malpractices in its recruitment process, Indian Railways is conducting the world’s "largest" online examination to fill up over 18,000 vacancies in various categories. A whopping 92 lakh candidates had applied for the jobs, of whom 2.73 lakh qualified the preliminary exam and were called for written test on January 17-19, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Need of the hour is opposition unity: Nitish Kumar at Chidambaram’s book launch

Making a clarion call for opposition unity, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said it was the need of the hour. Participating in a panel discussion during the launch of former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s book "Fearless in Opposition" as part of the Express Book Series along with Rupa, he said, "It is time the Centre came clear on what has been achieved by demonetisation. There is no use in diverting attention from the issue.