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Life term for Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

The special CBI court on Thursday sentenced the Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh and three other to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati.

Seats in 40,000 colleges to be increased by 10% to implement EWS quota: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 17 said the Constitutional amendment to provide 10% reservation to the poor in the general category was achieved due to the political will of his government and would be implemented from this academic year.

SC modifies law imposing restrictions on dance bars in Maharashtra

In a relief to dance bar owners and employees, the Supreme Court on Thursday quashed some of the stringent rules prescribed by the Maharasthra government that led to the virtual shutdown of the establishments in Maximum City.

Naval divers find body in Meghalaya rathole coal mine where 15 are trapped

Navy divers on Thursday found a body in an illegal rathole coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills where 15 miners are trapped since December 13, officials said.

Two women who entered Sabarimala temple move SC for protection

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has agreed to urgently hear on Friday a plea by the two women who managed to enter the Sabarimala temple in the thick of violent protests, for protection of their lives.

Rohith Vemula’s death anniversary held amidst tight security

The third death anniversary of Rohith Vemula was organised at the University of Hyderabad amidst high security, with State police deploying personnel, including paramilitary forces.

NIA carries out searches in U.P., Punjab in connection with ISIS module case

The NIA (National Investigation Agency) on Thursday carried out searches at eight places in western Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in connection with its probe against a group with alleged inspiration from terror outfit ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

Amid Pandya-Rahul remarks row, CoA urges SC to appoint ombudsman to sort out problems within BCCI

The controversy over the sexist remarks made by cricketers Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul on a Karan Johar chat showbecame a rallying point for former CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators (CoA) to urge the Supreme Court on Thursday to appoint an ombudsman to sort out problems within the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).

Emissions scandal: NGT directs Volkswagen to deposit ₹100 crore by Friday

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed Volkswagen India to deposit an interim sum of ₹100 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) by Friday.

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