The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered political parties to
publish the entire criminal history of their candidates for the Assembly and
LokSabha elections along with the reasons that goaded them to field
suspected criminals over decent people.
The information should be published in a local and a national
newspaper as well as the parties’ social media handles. It should mandatorily be
published either within 48 hours of the selection of candidates or less than two
weeks before the first date for filing of nominations, whichever is earlier.
The published information on the criminal antecedents of a
candidate should be detailed and include the nature of the offences, charges
framed against him, the court concerned and the case number.
A political party should explain to the public through its
published material how the “qualifications or achievements or merit” of a
candidate, charged with a crime, impressed it enough to cast aside the smear of
his criminal background.
A party would have to give reasons to the voter that it was not
the candidate’s “mere winnability at the polls” which guided its decision to
give him the ticket.
The four-page judgment was based on a contempt petition filed by
advocate AshwiniUpadhyay about the general disregard shown by political parties
to a 2018 Constitution Bench judgment (Public Interest Foundation v. Union of
India) to publish the criminal details of candidates in their respective
websites and print as well as electronic media for public awareness.
A plan to restore and preserve the nearly 800-year-old
Konark Sun temple in Odisha would be drawn up soon, after a two-day
conference of experts at the end of the month, Union Culture Minister
Prahlad Singh Patel said.
The 13th century temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, had been
filled with sand and sealed by the British authorities in 1903 to stabilise the
structure, an Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official said.
A scientific study was carried out by the Roorkee-based Central
Building Research Institute from 2013 till 2018 to ascertain the temple’s
structural stability as well as the status of the filled-in sand, the official
The official said the study found that the sand filled in more
than 100 years ago had settled, leading to a gap of about 17 feet.
The ASI was in the process of removing the scaffolding erected
around the temple for the study, the official said, adding that it would be
taken down by the end of the month.
Among the potential choices before the government would be to
fill in more sand or to remove all the sand and put in place alternate support
for the structure, sources in the Ministry of Culture said.
The Fifteenth Finance Commission will soon set up a panel to
address issues related to fiscal policy for both the Centre and the States,
and present a road map for the same, Commission’s Chairman N.K. Singh said.
The panel will be headed by Mr. Singh and have representation
from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the Reserve Bank of India,
the Ministry of Finance, the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM)
panel and some of the States.
Mr. Singh added the Commission had also constituted a group on
defence and internal security, whose mandate will be ‘to examine whether a
separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security ought to be set
up, and if so, how such a mechanism could be operationalised.’
On the fiscal committee, the Chairman said, “I proposed to
constitute a broad-based committee which will address some of the issues on
fiscal policy, particularly in relation to the debt and the deficit of the
States as well as the Central government,there is a need to have a fiscal road
map that covers the Centre and the State government.”
He said the principal terms of reference (ToR) of the fiscal
committee will enhance the ability of the Finance Commission to address its ToR
relating to giving a consolidated fiscal debt road map for the general
On Thursday, the Advisory Council to the 15th Finance Commission
held its sixth meeting, at which many suggestions were given concerning the GST,
he said, adding that generally, it was felt the room for improvement in GST was
Prime Minister NarendraModi will hold delegation-level talks
with President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in New Delhi today. The
visiting dignitary will meet President Ram NathKovind at RashtrapatiBhavan
who will host a banquet in his honour.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will also call on the Portuguese
President. The visiting dignitary will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at
RashtrapatiBhavan this morning. He will also visit Mahatma Gandhi's
Mr de Sousa arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a four-day visit
to India. Minister for Shipping MansukhMandaviya received him at the airport.
The President of Portugal is accompanied by Minister of State and Foreign
Affairs Professor Augusto Santos Silva, Secretary of State for
Internationalization Professor EuricoBrilhante Dias and Secretary of State for
National Defense Jorge SeguroSanches. This is President Marcelo’s first visit to
India. The last visit by a President of Portugal to India was in 2007.
During his visit, Portuguese President will also travel to
Maharashtra and Goa. India’s relations with Portugal are marked by warmth and
friendship and have assumed dynamism in recent years. Recent high-level
political exchanges include the visit of Prime Minister Antonio Costa to India
in December last year and Prime Minister NarendraModi to Portugal in June 2017.
The two countries have active and growing cooperation in the
field of economy and business, science, culture and education.They share
considerable convergences on international issues.
The visit will provide an opportunity for the two sides to
review progress in various sectors of bilateral relations and pursue new avenues
of cooperation and exchange view on international issues of common interest.
On February 13, 2020, the Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and
Medium Enterprises) launched “Apiary on Wheels”. It is a unique concept
framed by KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission). The main aim of
“Apiary on Wheels” is to make migration easy.
Apiary on wheels is an approach to make beekeeping simpler. It
is a platform to carry 20 Bee Boxes. The vehicle has 2 large wheels on either
sides and 4 separate compartments to place the boxes. It also has a solar panel
that automatically powers a fan when the temperature inside the boxes reaches 35
Also, it is designed in such a way that it can easily be
connected with tractors or trolleys. As a beginning, they are to be placed in
It addresses the challenges faced by the beekeepers. Bee keeping
involves laborious and mental challenges such a placing the bee boxes in
strategic positions,migrating the bee boxes and fulfil the nourishment needs of
the bees. The Apiary on Wheels addresses all the above issues.
The Apiary on Wheels addresses all the above issues. The concept
was launched as a part of National Honey Mission launched in 2017.
The mission since its launch has been training beekeepers,
educating unemployed youths, distributing bee boxes. Under the mission, KVIC
provides training and awareness to bee farmers.