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Electoral reforms not your job, govt tells Supreme Court -Dhananjay Mahapatra

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Stung by the recent spate of judgments ushering in a series of electoral reforms, the Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that judiciary should keep off a plea to bar persons, against whom charges have been framed in serious offences, from contesting polls as the issue fell squarely within the domain of legislature and government's policy arena. "The issue agitated through this petition are policy...

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Attorney General: Can ban opinion polls -Maneesh Chhibber

-The Indian Express Even as the Election Commission of India (EC) pushes the central government to bring in a law to ban opinion polls during elections, the Union Ministry of Law and Justice is facing a peculiar problem. Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati has assured the government that any ban on opinion polls as sought by the EC would be "constitutionally permissible". But the law ministry's problem is that there is...

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SC seeks Centre’s response on barring criminals from contesting elections -Dhananjay Mahapatra

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday gave a last opportunity to the Centre to break its long silence over Election Commission's suggestion to ban those facing trial for heinous offences from contesting elections. Almost eight months after it directed the Centre and the EC to "positively" file its response to a PIL seeking a series of directions to ensure that those with criminal track records do not...

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Reverse gear on electoral reforms -Jagdeep S Chhokar

-Live Mint Electoral reforms are not the forte of law ministers. But they can avoid damaging a battered system The resignation of Ashwani Kumar as law minister has brought cheer to a group of people who do not have much to do, at least directly, with the coal block allocation controversy. These are people working on electoral reforms. This is because ever since becoming law minister, Kumar had been consistent in his...

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UPA committed to passage of Food Security Bill: PM

-ANI The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said the UPA Government is committed to the passage of Food Security Bill. "The Food Security Bill is a very important legislation for the government. The UPA is committed to make this law after considering all opinions," he said. Meanwhile, Food Minister K.V. Thomas said he has to look into various angles before taking a call. "I am neither ruling in or ruling out. I have...

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