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Kharge Says Rahul Gandhi Would Find ‘Automatic’ Acceptance In Opposition Ranks

New Delhi: Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that party president Rahul Gandhi would find “automatic” acceptance in the opposition ranks sooner than later. This will happen while uniting non-BJP forces in the run-up to the 2019 parliamentary election.

The Congress veteran said the people of India were looking up to Gandhi to dislodge the BJP and his acceptance among the opposition leaders would ultimately materialise, today or tomorrow.

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Government Asks High Courts To Speed Up Recruitment Of Judicial Officers

New Delhi: The central government has asked that high courts must speed up the recruitment of judicial officers for the lower judiciary as one of the reasons for high pendency is lack of judges.

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has written to chief justices of the 24 high courts urging them to hold timely examination and interviews to recruit judges for lower courts.

In his August 14 letter, Prasad pointed out that there are a total of 2,76,74,499 cases pending in the district and subordinate courts of the country.

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LGBTQ Community Says, Next Fight Will Be For Same-Sex Marriage, Inheritance And Sharing Insurance

New Delhi: India’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people say that the next step in the legal fight will be for civil rights such as same-sex marriage, inheritance of property, and sharing insurance, among others. This was decided a day after the Supreme Court read down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

But the Union government, which left it to the court to decide on section 377, has indicated that it is likely to oppose any petition for same-sex marriage.

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Manmohan Singh Accuses The Centre Of Undermining Values Of A Democratic Polity

New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has accused the Centre of ‘slowly but surely’ undermining the values that a democratic polity should fiercely protect. He has called for a meaningful national debate on it as also the failure of ruling dispensation in fulfilling its promises made.

Releasing a book titled “Shades of Truth” by former union minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal, he hoped this is the beginning of the national debate that everyone needs.

In a scathing indictment of the Modi dispensation, Singh said key national institutions vital for good governance are experiencing unprecedented new strains, India’s neighbourhood is far less secured than it was in 2014 and its ties with neighbours deteriorated in the last four years.

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J&K Police Adopts A New Strategy To Nab Stone Pelters By Planting Their Men Among Crowd

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Police adopted a new strategy of nabbing stone pelters by planting its men among them at historic Jama Masjid downtown to arrest the real culprits in action.

After the Friday prayers today, a mob started pelting stones at police and CRPF personnel but there was no retaliation this time and not even a single teargas shell was lobbed or baton charge initiated by the law enforcing force.

As the crowd swelled to over 100 people and two chronic stone pelters started leading the agitation, the first tear gas shell was lobbed at the mob dispersing them.