Deeptiman Tiwary

Articles By Deeptiman Tiwary

How PSA Board has become a rubber stamp — OKs almost all detention orders

The PSA Advisory Board is meant to act as a check and balance on the government’s use of this stringent law and that’s why the judiciary was made part of its appointment exercise. Ironically, it was PDP-BJP govt that cut judiciary out of the process.

After plea seeks presence of Farooq Abdullah, Govt slaps PSA, prolongs his detention

Police sources said before the PSA charge was slapped, two NC leaders met Abdullah who told them he was in no mood to relent.

312 Sikhs taken off MHA’s ‘adverse list’, only two remain

The government’s move will help them visit India and meet their family members, according to sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

312 Sikhs who fled during militancy dropped from ‘adverse list’, can travel to India now

Sources said the government has reviewed the adverse list and brought it down to just two who are still suspected of being linked with forces inimical to India. The review is a dynamic process which is carried out periodically, sources said.

IPS-CAPF tussle: MHA considers service rule relaxation for pay upgrade for CAPF officers

The ministry hopes this will break the impasse over implementation of Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU) of CAPF officers and save the government from facing contempt proceedings in Supreme Court.

ED’s journey from a small enforcement agency to becoming the ‘new CBI’

The Enforcement Directorate is now investigating several high-profile cases, including the INX Media case against former Union minister P Chidambaram. The Indian Express on ED’s transformation from a small enforcement agency prosecuting civil offences to becoming “the new CBI”

Assam NRC’s 120-day appeal deadline may be revised

As many as 300 Foreigners’ Tribunals have already been made operational to handle the barrage of appeals that are likely to pour in after certified copies are given to the excluded.

Kartarpur Corridor: India-Pakistan agree on visa-free travel but hurdles remain

The discussions were held between an Indian delegation led by an MHA Joint Secretary and a Pakistan delegation led by Director General (South Asia and SAARC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jaish, Lashkar chiefs, Dawood, Lakhvi now ‘individual terrorists’

A gazette notification on proscribing the four individuals was issued on Wednesday.

Kartarpur: Final deal stalled over service fee from pilgrims, access to Indian officials

While Pakistan agreed to visa-free year-round travel of pilgrims, irrespective of faith, to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara, it continues to insist on charging a service fee

In private, J&K sarpanchs admit: we are hiding from our voters

While most representatives made feeble complaints while speaking on record, a majority admitted privately that they were living in fear, uncertain about the future.

Bid to malign image through bribery complaint to CVC, says ED ex-chief Karnal Singh

Denying all charges, he said in a statement that the complaint of an officer chargesheeted for corruption is being relied upon to tarnish his “spotless career” of 34 years.

Amit Shah to visit Guwahati for NEC meet, likely to discuss NRC

As part of the meeting, Amit Shah is scheduled to hold discussions with Governors and Chief Ministers of the eight states in the Northeast on a range of issues.

New Governors for five states, Arif Mohammed Khan will head to Kerala

The surprise appointment was that of former Congress leader Arif Mohammed Khan, who famously resigned from the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1986 over its stand in the Shah Bano case.

Hasten issuance of Red Notices against fugitives, Amit Shah tells Interpol

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who met visiting Interpol Secretary-General Jurgen Stock at his office in North Block on Saturday, expressed concern over delay by the international agency in issuing Red Notices against fugitives from India.

NIA ‘misreads’ blood test as hawala, summons top cardiologist

Incidentally, Prof Kaul, who was summoned Friday as a witness by the NIA as part of its 2017 terror funding probe, has been critical of the Centre’s decision to scrap the special status of J&K and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.

FEMA violation: Rs 62 lakh penalty slapped on Watali

Watali is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly funneling funds from Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed into Kashmir to fuel unrest in the Valley.

Foreigners visiting India can get treatment for pre-existing diseases without medical visa

Earlier, anyone seeking medical treatment in India after arrival on a primary visa would have to get their visa converted to a medical one. This was liberalised last year, but pre-existing diseases were excluded.

ED slaps Rs 62 lakh notice against Zahoor Watali for foreign exchange rule violation

According to ED, it began the investigation in the case after receiving information about certain suspicious foreign exchange transactions.

Union ministers set to visit J&K, talk to public

The government has formed a group of secretaries from all key ministries to plan long-term and short developmental goals for the state.