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Centre not changing 2G judgment, non-auction allocation only for defence, satellite use: Sources

NEW DELHI, APRIL 24: The Government is not seeking to change the 2012 Supreme Court judgment that backed auction as the preferred mode of allocating telecom spectrum except for narrowly defined sectors such as satellite communication and defence where the auction is not feasible, a top source said on Wednesday. The source said the Government filed a miscellaneous application in the Supreme Court on December 15 last year seeking clarification on assigning spectrum for specific purposes such as satellite communication, for use by defence forces and public sector units and...
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Centre sets up panel of administrators to make recommendations to ensure LGBTQ persons do not face any threat

NEW DELHI, APRIL 18: The Centre has set up a panel of administrators to make recommendations to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) persons do not face any threat of coercion, harassment, violence or discrimination in access to goods, services and social welfare entitlements. A gazette notification from the Union Law Ministry announcing the 6-member committee to be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary said the panel would also submit recommendations to ensure that LGBTQ persons are not subjected to involuntary medical treatment or surgery. Members of the LGBTQ...
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Centre planning its own democracy index amid global rankings downgrade

NEW DELHI, MARCH 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Government has approached a major Indian think tank to develop its own democracy ratings index that could help it counter recent downgrades in rankings issued by international groups that New Delhi fears could affect the country's credit rating, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday. On June 2023, The Guardian reported that the Indian Government has been secretly working to keep its reputation as the "world's largest democracy" alive after being called out by researchers for serious democratic backsliding under the nationalist rule of...
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No need to bring slaughterhouses, meat processing units under EIA: Centre

NEW DELHI, MARCH 18: There is no requirement to bring slaughterhouses and meat processing units under the ambit of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006, as guidelines and safeguards are already in place to regulate them from an environmental perspective, the Centre has told the National Green Tribunal. Animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi approached the green tribunal last year demanding that slaughterhouses and meat processing units be brought within the ambit of EIA, 2006. She raised concerns regarding over consumption of water at slaughterhouses, contamination of water bodies due...
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Centre directs more intelligence boots on China front, eye on Ladakh & Arunachal

NEW DELHI, MARCH 12: The Centre has instructed Central intelligence agencies to increase personnel deployment along the China frontier spanning from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. The directive aims to monitor the aggressive activities of the Chinese People's Liberation Army amidst frequent border skirmishes and transgressions, sources in the Home Ministry said on Monday. "During a recent security review meeting, the Central security agencies have been asked to deploy more intelligence officials to help the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) keep a close watch on the PLA's activities along the Line of...
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Congress leader files petition in SC to restrain Centre from appointing poll officials

NEW DELHI, MARCXH 11: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to restrain the Centre from appointing new Election Commissioners as per a 2023 law, the provisions of which have been challenged in the apex Court. Two vacancies of Eelection Commissioners have arisen following the resignation of Election Commissioner Arun Goel and Anup Chandra Pandey's retirement. The plea has been filed by Congress leader Jaya Thakur, who has challenged the provisions of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and terms of...
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