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  • Mumbai-Delhi IndiGo flight catches fire after landing at Delhi

    Mumbai-Delhi IndiGo flight catches fire after landing at Delhi

    IndiGo flight from Mumbai to Delhi with 147 passengers and 6 crew members on board caught fire after it landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport Wedne

  • Voting begins in Karnataka by-polls; tough test for Congress, BJP

    Voting begins in Karnataka by-polls; tough test for Congress, BJP

    Voting began in the by-elections for the three Assembly seats in Karnataka on Thursday.

  • Supreme Court to hear Uttarakhand Governor’s plea against Modi govt

    Supreme Court to hear Uttarakhand Governor’s plea against Modi govt

    The Supreme Court on Thursday will take up a first-of-its kind petition by Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi challenging the Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s push to make him quit the post. Governor Aziz ...The petition, which may put to test the Centre’s decision to nudge gubernatorial authorities to either resign or to remove them at will, is coming up before a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha. Since the Modi government took charge at Centre, seven Governors were nudged to quit while two were sacked. Questioning the union home secretary’s “audacity” in calling him up and asking him to put in his papers, Qureshi wondered how a Constitutional office of a Governor can be undermined by a Secretary-level officer in this manner. The petition quoted Articles 155 and 156(1) of the Constitution, to state that the governor shall hold office during the pleasure of the President and hence he would hold office for five years if he continued to enjoy the confidence of the President. Aziz said if at all someone should ask him to quit, it could only be the President and no one else. The governor, as has been consistently ruled by the Supreme Court, was not an employee of the Union government, the petition said. The petition cited the celebrated 2010 decision by the Supreme Court in BP Singhal’s case where strict curbs were imposed on the executive power of Centre to remove Governors at whims. BJP MP Singhal had challenged the UPA government’s 2004 decision to remove Vishnu Kant Shastri (UP), Babu Parmanand (Haryana), Kailashpati Mishra (Gujarat) and Kidarnath Sahni (Goa). The SC had then ruled that governors were not employees of the Union government to warrant removal on the ground of loss of “confidence” in them. The Constitution bench had said: “While the President need not disclose or inform the cause for his removal to the governor, it is imperative that a cause must exist. If we do not proceed on that premise, it would mean that the President, on the advice of the council of ministers, may make any order which may be manifestly arbitrary or whimsical or mala fide. “Therefore, while no cause or reason be disclosed or assigned for removal by exercise of such prerogative power, some valid cause should exist for the removal. Therefore, while we do not accept the contention that an order under Article 156 is not justiciable, we accept the contention that no reason need be assigned and no cause need be shown and no notice need be issued to the governor before removing a governor.” The apex court had said if a governor’s removal was challenged, it would always presume there was a compelling reason for such action. It had said the onus was on the aggrieved person to show that the removal was arbitrary. Only after he established arbitrariness of removal would a court seek records from the government, it had said. Those who quit after the Modi government took over include B V Wanchoo of Goa, B L Joshi of UP, M K Narayanan of West Bengal and Shekhar Dutt of Chhattisgarh. The President had withdrawn pleasure and sacked Kamala Beniwal after her transfer from Gujarat to Mizoram. Qureshi had recently heaped praises on the Modi government after he got the additional charge of Governorship of Uttar Pradesh in June this year. Former Union Minister Ram Naik was appointed the UP Governor thereafter.

  • India Calls Off Talks With Pakistan

    India Calls Off Talks With Pakistan

    India today called off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan with just a week to go, sending out a "clear and unambiguous message" that its envoy’s engag

  •  Uttar Pradesh floods toll rises to 49

    Uttar Pradesh floods toll rises to 49

    The deaths in the Uttar Pradesh floods rose to 49, officials said Tuesday. The situation in nine districts of the state continued to be grim as rivers flooded m

  • Delhi Driver Runs Over 13 Sleeping on Road Divider, One Killed

    Delhi Driver Runs Over 13 Sleeping on Road Divider, One Killed

    13 people sleeping on the divider of a road in Delhi were run over by a driver who was allegedly drunk and has been arrested. One of the victims has died.

  • Life in Telangana comes to a halt as govt kicks off massive survey

    Life in Telangana comes to a halt as govt kicks off massive survey

    Bringing the normal life to a halt, the Telangana government on Tuesday kicked off a massive door-to-door survey across the newly-formed state to identify real

  • Reddy’s Rs 37.86 cr worth assets attached - ED

    Reddy’s Rs 37.86 cr worth assets attached - ED

    A special anti-money laundering court here has attached assets worth over Rs 37.86 crore belonging to former Karnataka minister and mining baron Gali Janardhana

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