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Emergency not applicable to law-abiding citizens, visitors: Maldives

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Maldives President Abdula Yameen's office announced on Tuesday that the state of emergency that was extended earlier in the day by a month is not applicable to law-abiding citizens and visitors. According to one of two statements issued late on Tuesday by Yameen's office, the South Asian archipelago nation's parliament has approved to extend the state of emergenc...

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Celebs keep off political controversies for a reason: SRK

Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Tuesday said celebrities are not scared of expressing their opinion, but if sometimes they choose to remain silent, it is not without a valid reason. Khan was taking part in a panel discussion on Media - Shaping the Future and Entertainment at Magnetic Maharashtra Convergence 2018 here. Asked if the government should ta...

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India against Maldives emergency extension

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Maldives Parliament on Tuesday extended the ongoing state of emergency by another month even as India said that it expected that the emergency in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation will not be extended. The state of emergency declared in Maldives on February 5, 2018, comes to an end this evening, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. It ...

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Parliament extends Maldives Emergency by 30 days

Male, Feb 20 (IANS) Following a request by Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Parliament on Tuesday approved extending the ongoing state of Emergency by 30 days, despite a lack of quorum. Only 38 MPs from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives were present for the vote despite the requirement of 43 lawmakers as per the Constitution, the Maldives Independent reported. The oppos...

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Ensure the Dalit voice is not stifled: Amnesty tells Indian states

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Day after a Dalit activist immolated himself in Gujarat, Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the state governments to ensure Dalit protestors are not denied their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. Gujarat authorities have a duty to maintain public order, but they must ensure that peaceful Dalit protestors can have their voices heard, Asmit...

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Maldives Emergency extended by 30 days

Male, Feb 20 (IANS) The Maldives' Parliament on Tuesday approved extending the state of Emergency by 30 days following a request by President Abdulla Yameen. Only 38 MPs were present for the vote despite the requirement of 43 lawmakers as per the Constitution. All 38 MPs were from the ruling party, the Maldives Independent reported. The opposition had boycotted the vote to ensure...

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SAARC parliamentary body expresses concern, wants rule of law restored in Maldives

Colombo, Feb 20 (IANS) The Chairman of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians has written to Maldives Speaker raising concerns over the current political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation urging it to immediately take steps to restore normalcy and respect for the rule of law in the country. Karu Jayasuriya, who is also the Sri Lankan Speaker, in his letter to Maldives Maj...

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Spell out stand on MPs' salaries, allowances: SC to Centre

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a last opportunity to the Central government to spell out its stand on setting up a permanent mechanism for determining sitting parliamentarians' salaries and allowances. Giving a week's time to the Central government, a bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said the affidavit filed on September 1, 2017 h...

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Assault on Delhi Chief Secretary: BJP demands Kejriwal's resignation

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The BJP on Tuesday condemned the assault on Delhi's Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash allegedly by AAP legislators and demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation. As far as situation in Delhi is concerned, it is a situation of great worry. The Constitutional crisis that has come to the fore today in Delhi is because of the lawlessness created by Arvind Kej...

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Hope Maldives emergency is not extended: India

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Even as the Maldives' parliamentary committee on national security passed a resolution on Monday to extend the ongoing state of emergency by an additional 15 days, India on Tuesday said that it expected that the emergency in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation will not be extended. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen earlier on Monday requested the Parliament to ex...

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Digital economy cannot be forced on people: Former minister Pallam Raju

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has twisted some of the things in the digital revolution, such as forcing digital transactions on people and insisting on linking Aadhaar with everything, says M.M. Pallam Raju, a minister in the earlier Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He contends that the genesis of India's electronics and in...

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Sri Lankan President's party to stay in unity government

Colombo, Feb 19 (IANS) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday ended days of political uncertainty in the country, saying it would continue to be a part of the unity government to push for major changes within the government. SLFP parliamentarian and Minister of Social Empowerment S.B. Dissanayake said the SLFP decided to remain in the governmen...

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Maldives Parliament committee approves extension of Emergency

Male, Feb 19 (IANS) Maldives' parliamentary committee on national security passed a resolution on Monday to extend the ongoing state of Emergency by an additional 15 days. The development came after President Abdulla Yameen earlier in the day requested the Parliament to extend the Emergency, which was first declared on February 5 for 15 days. Parliament was convened for a specia...

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Nepal to hold first Parliament session on March 5

Kathmandu, Feb 19 (IANS) Nepal's new bicameral Parliament will begin work in March for the first time since its approval in the 2015 Constitution, ending a transition that began 10 years ago, President Bidya Devi Bhandari said on Monday. The first session of the federal Parliament, made up of the House of Representatives (lower house) and National Assembly (upper house), will take place ...

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Judiciary needs more women to ensure justice for women: Top British lawyer

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) With crimes against women a feature in the developed as well as developing world, there is a pressing need for more female presence in the bench and bar than just a token few faces to ensure proper consideration and justice to the victims, says a prominent British woman jurist. Courts hear matters of rape, domestic violence, harassment from (the perspective of) m...

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Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Israel

Tel Aviv, Feb 19 (IANS) Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland's embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv, a day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Jews were among perpetrators of the Holocaust, the media reported. The Tel Aviv police have launched an inquiry after profanities and the word murderer were also discovered on Sunday, reports the BBC. Morawiecki's...

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Successful NDA alliance due to roots of democracy in BJP: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Amid strains in the ruling NDA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he had succeeded in taking the coalition along in the best possible way, emphasising that it could happen because democracy is in the roots and veins of the BJP. The Prime Minister's remarks came during an address on the occasion of the inauguration of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) n...

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Successful NDA alliance due to roots of democracy in BJP: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Amid strains in the NDA alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was successful in taking the coalition along in the best possible way and emphasised that it could happen because democracy is in the roots, values and veins of the BJP. The Prime Minister's remarks came during an address on the occasion of the inauguration of the Bharatiya Janata Pa...

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US urges Ethiopia to 'rethink' martial law

Addis Ababa, Feb 18 (IANS) The US embassy in Ethiopia on Saturday urged Addis Ababa to reconsider its decision to institute martial law. The US embassy said the decision to impose martial law in Ethiopia on Friday reverses positive steps taken to create a more inclusive political space, including the release of thousands of prisoners, Xinhua reported. We strongly disagree with th...

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All pillars of democracy accountable to people: LS Speaker

Patna, Feb 17 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday said every pillar of democracy is accountable to the people. The executive is accountable to people through legislature. Judiciary is also accountable to the people as custodian of the rights of people. It is important responsibility of the judiciary to protect the Constitution. The system of checks and balances is thus v...

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