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New Delhi: The Chief Justice of India (CJI) is the "first among equals" and has the constitutional authority to decide allocation of cases and setting up of benches to hear them, the Supreme Court ruled today.

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NEW DELHI: Finance ministers of three southern Indian states and one Union Territory highlighted loopholes in the Terms of Reference (ToR) prescribed by the 15th Finance Commission for allocation of funds to states.

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CHANDIGARH : Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has donated 3,500 books from his personal library to his alma mater Panjab University (PU) here, a university official said on Wednesday.

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MOTIHARI: Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised the leadership of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar for the success of the weeklong Swachhagraha Campaign in the state.

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NEW DELHI: Stressing on the need to bring more transparency in the appointment process of Supreme Court judges, Justice J Chelameswar on Monday said the elevation of the High Court judge to the apex court is done on their impression rather than on their performance.

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CHENNAI : In a significant reflection of the US designating India as its Major Defence Partner, a large and diverse delegation from the US led by the country's Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster will participate in India's premier defence trade event to be held in Chennai later this month, it was announced on Monday.

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NEW DELHI: Prohibitory orders have been imposed in various parts of the country in view of another Bharat Bandh, which has been called by some groups to protest against caste-based reservation.

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PALAMU: Three infants died while six others fell critically ill in Loyenga village of Jharkhand's Palamu district, hours after they were vaccinated. A day after they were administered vaccines under a routine immunization programme being run by district health officers in Loinga village.

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NEW DELHI: Fight for Andhra Pradesh's special category status continued as the indefinite hunger strike by the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) members entered its fourth day.

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SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur recently inaugurated the first grid-connected solar power plant in Shimla having a capacity of 35 KW, installed on the rooftop of the Department of Environment, Science and Technology.

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TRICHY: Famers in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, partially buried themselves in the sand on the banks of the Cauvery River on Friday, demanding that the Central Government create the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) at the earliest.

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NEW DELHI: Fight for Special Status to Andhra Pradesh on Friday continued in New Delhi and in the southern state. In the national capital, the members of parliament (MPs) from Telugu Desam Party (TDP) staged a 'dharna' (sit in protest) at the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's chamber at Parliament. Mahajan is not present in her office.

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli on Friday arrived in India on a three-day State visit. The visiting dignitary was received by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State (MoS) Finance SP Shukla.

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JODHPUR: A Jodhpur court on Thursday sentenced Bollywood star Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks in October 1998 but acquitted his colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre giving benefit of doubt, a prosecution lawyer said.

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JODHPUR: A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while others - Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam - were acquitted.

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JODHPUR: The verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case involving actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu is set to be pronounced by a court here today.

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BHOPAL: On the economic development front, inequality and increasing unemployment is the biggest challenge for the fast emerging India. Self-employment opportunities are declining in the country and jobs are continuously decreasing.

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JASHPUR: In yet another shocking incident of medical apathy, a body was kept inside the toilet of a primary health centre here on Wednesday as it did not have a mortuary room.

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NEW DELHI: In wake of the regular adjournment of Rajya Sabha sessions, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the speaker of the Upper House, on Wednesday criticised the members for murdering democracy by relentlessly protesting and not allowing the transaction of any bills.

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu here at Andhra Bhavan on Wednesday. Naidu, who is on a two-day visit to the national capital arrived on Monday night.

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HYDERABAD: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) has said entire country should stand by Dalits. He also condemned the attack on Dalits during Bharat Bandh on Monday, which was called by Dalit outfits against the apex court's ruling that allegedly diluted the act.

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NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who is on a two-day visit to Delhi, met leaders from different parties in the Parliament towards securing Special Category Status (SCS) for the state.

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NEW DELHI: Its being noted that seventy five tribal groups in India are still living with pre- agricultural level of technology. India has a diverse tribal culture. Tribes across India vary in their cultures, attributes and levels of development. Since they have different levels of development, one single parameter to measure the development does not suffice.

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NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister's Office today advised the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to withdraw its press release on fake news and said the decision on what amounts to fake news should be left to bodies such the Press Council of India, official sources said.

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NEW DELHI: To crack down on fake news, the Centre has come up with a few guidelines for the journalists, according to which, upon publishing such news might lead to a possible suspension or cancellation of the press accreditation given to them.

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NEW DELHI: The body of one Indian will be brought back from Iraq as soon as DNA testing is completed, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs General (retired) VK Singh said on Tuesday.

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BHOPAL: The death toll in Madhya Pradesh due to violent protests during the nationwide bandh called by several Dalit organisations against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has reached seven after one more person succumbed to its injuries.

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NEW DELHI: As violence continued unabated in Asansol-Raniganj area of West Bengal, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued a notice to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government.

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NEW DELHI: A number of dalit organisations today staged a protest in the national capital today as part of the countrywide agitation called by them against the Supreme Court order on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act banning automatic arrest and registration of cases.

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NEW DELHI: AS the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) stays adamant on its demand for 'Special category Status' to Andhra Pradesh, one of its MPs, Naramalli Sivaprasad took to a unique way of protesting by dressing up as the Vedic sage, Narad Muni on Tuesday.

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NEW DELHI: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Wednesday supported Opposition's proposal to move an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. "The Samajwadi Party stands with the impeachment motion, which is about bringing independence and unquestionable integrity to the judiciary," SP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari told ANI.

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ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor B D Mishra has launched a mission to recruit 2000 Arunchalee youth in 2018 for securing Indian border with Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Efforts are on to select youth as home grown soldiers, said Brigadier (Retired) Mishra, a 1962 war veteran in a DDK-AIR interview here.

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New DELHI: In a bid to improve the livelihood of widows and destitute women in Mathura and Vrindavan, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed temples in the two cities to donate all flowers offered to them to shelter homes.

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BHOPAL: Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh government on Monday announced to regularise illegal colonies in the state. "We will remove this tag of 'Illegal Colonies' and regularise them.

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CHENNAI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) will hold an executive council meeting over the Cauvery issue on March 30 in Chennai. The DMK has been pressing the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

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NEW DELHI : In a major relief to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the High Court on Friday set aside the Election Commission recommendation disqualifying 20 ruling party MLAs in an office-of-profit case.

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