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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.

Pak raking up Kashmir issue  to hide internal problems, alleges BJP

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Pak raking up Kashmir issue to hide internal problems, alleges BJP

New Delhi: The BJP today said Pakistan indulged in ceasefire violations along the border and raked up the Kashmir issue to hide its internal problems.The ruling party said Pakistan should understand t...


Five people in India found to have contact history with Ebola affected patients

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Five people in India found to have contact history with Ebola affected patients

New Delhi: Five persons out of a total of 145 passengers who arrived at various airports in India from Ebola virus-affected countries in the last 24 hours were found to have contact history with posit...

Assam sees another day of violence, army called in, protests against Gogoi grows

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Assam sees another day of violence, army called in, protests against Gogoi grows

After failing to end violence in the state's Golaghat district, the Assam government has today finally sought army assistance to quell the growing turmoil and wanted the armed forces to stage flag mar...

Racist barb: Goa home ministry refers to African as 'Nigro'

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Racist barb: Goa home ministry refers to African as 'Nigro'

Panaji: After two Goa lawmakers called Nigerians "cancer" and "wild animals", the state home ministry has referred to an African as "Negro", spelt wrongly as "Nigro&...

Ignore and be happy: Upcoming template in India's policy on Pakistan

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Ignore and be happy: Upcoming template in India's policy on Pakistan

The Narendra Modi government is going to toughen its stand on Pakistan in the coming days and weeks. However, the modus operandi of doing so will be novel and non-offensive.Though an important trigger...

Saradha scam: CBI arrests East Bengal club official Debobrata Sarkar

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Saradha scam: CBI arrests East Bengal club official Debobrata Sarkar

New Delhi: CBI on Wednesday arrested an official of East Bengal football club Debabrata Sarkar in connection with Saradha chit fund scam in which deposits of thousands of investors were allegedly swin...

Assam: 3 killed in police firing in Golaghat; indefinite curfew imposed

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Assam: 3 killed in police firing in Golaghat; indefinite curfew imposed

Golaghat/Jorhat: Three people were killed and six injured in police firing in Assam's Golaghat town today when a mob tried to set ablaze the deputy commissioner's office and a police station and targe...