Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged the Centre to amend laws to provide for death penalty even for first-time drug smugglers and peddlers. In his letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Chief Minister pointed out that the existing NDPS Act, 1985, provides for death penalty for certain offences, if these are …

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with over 170 young IAS officers who have recently been appointed Assistant Secretaries in the Central Government. An official release said the Prime Minister encouraged them to share their experiences of field training. He discussed with them, some of the elements of good governance, including Jan Bhagidaari, …

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission has asked the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to explain why there is no provision for reservation in admission for the SC/ST community in the university. Observing that the AMU is not a minority institution, the panel issued the notice to it, seeking a response by August …

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed the Union Cabinet’s decision to give Minimum Support Price (MSP) of 1.5 times on the input cost to farmers as “historic”. He also asserted that his government will continue to take steps for the welfare of the farming community. “I am delighted that the government has fulfilled …

Lucknow: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of playing in the hands of select industrialists even though the middle class, the poor and the small-time traders were facing troubles times due to the policies of his government. On a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Amethi, the Congress leader …

New Delhi: Delhi will suffer if the Lt Governor and the Delhi government do not work together or are in conflict, former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Wednesday. She said the Supreme Court ruling clipping the Lt. Governor’s powers was a mere reiteration of the fact that the Delhi government’s powers cannot be compared with …