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Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has indicated that it is contemplating a blanket ban on dance bars. Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil has told the state assembly that the discrimination in the amendment to the Bombay Police Act (which allows for dance performances in 3 star hotels and above) will be addressed by the state. One of the options being considered by the state Home Ministry is an ordinance, say sources. This comes after the Supreme Court scrapped an earlier ban on dance bars last week. The Supreme Court had ruled that dance bars can be reopened in Maharashtra. Dance performances in Maharashtra bars were banned in 2005. The dance bar owners will now have to apply for a licence to the government before reopening. The ban invoked in 2005 was immediately contested by bar owners and dancers' unions. In April, 2006, the Bombay High Court had struck it down on grounds that the ban prohibited one's right to profession. In May, 2006, the Maharashtra government had obtained a stay against the HC judgement. The Supreme Court has now upheld the Maharashtra HC order though there is no timeline set.

BJP pulls up Giriraj Singh for comments on Modi critics

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BJP pulls up Giriraj Singh for comments on Modi critics

New Delhi: BJP today distanced itself fromits Bihar leader Giriraj Singh's 'back Narendra Modi or go toPakistan' remark with the party saying that he has beenconveyed the "displeasure" of th...


41 killed in Pakistan bus accident

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41 killed in Pakistan bus accident

Islamabad: At least 41 people were killed and many others were injured when a passenger bus hit a truck-trailer in Pakistan's south Sukkur district.The accident took place near Pano Akil town of the S...

Eight months after murder, police fail to arrest Dabholkar's killers

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Eight months after murder, police fail to arrest Dabholkar's killers

Pune (Maharashtra): The sensational murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar is yet to be solved eight months after he was was gunned down while on a morning walk here, creating a nationwide furore.Tw...

Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts

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Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts

JINDO/MOKPO South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship's captain and two other crew by 10 days a...

Syria frees abducted French journalists after 10 months

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Syria frees abducted French journalists after 10 months

London: Four French journalists kidnapped in Syria almost a year ago have been freed, French President Francois Hollande said Saturday.Edouard Elias, Didier Franois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres we...

17 people detained in UP for illegal entry into India

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17 people detained in UP for illegal entry into India

Maharajganj, UP: Seventeen persons, including three women and 10 children, from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) were detained for illegally crossing into India from Nepal through Sonouli border, SSB s...

Three teens gunned down in Ranchi

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Three teens gunned down in Ranchi

Ranchi: Suspected Maoist guerrillas have shot dead three teenagers on the outskirts of Ranchi, police said Saturday.According to police, the guerrillas killed the three, aged between 15 and 17, at Mas...