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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.

CRPF creates special skill centre for injured troops

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CRPF creates special skill centre for injured troops

New Delhi: CRPF has opened a new skill development centre for hundreds of its troopers injured while encountering Naxals and insurgents, as part of its initiative to rehabilitate its men and their fam...


Centre calls meeting with states on diesel price

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Centre calls meeting with states on diesel price

New Delhi: With state specific levies adding up to Rs 7 a litre in price of diesel, the Centre has called a meeting with 12 states with the highest incidence of taxes like octroi and entry tax, to imp...

UPSC issue will be resolved within a week: Rajnath Singh

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UPSC issue will be resolved within a week: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Amid protests by civil services aspirants against the new UPSC syllabus, the government on Monday said the issue will be resolved within a week."The UPSC issue will be resolved within ...

Disinvestmnent department seeks OFS route to divest in PSUs

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Disinvestmnent department seeks OFS route to divest in PSUs

New Delhi: Gearing up to meet the Rs 43,000 crore disinvestment target, the finance ministry has decided to go in for Offer For Sale (OFS) route to sell its stake in the state-owned companies starting...

Ex-CJI tried his best to elevate corrupt judge, says Katju in blog post

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Ex-CJI tried his best to elevate corrupt judge, says Katju in blog post

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju Monday again complained of interference in the appointment of judges, saying former chief justice of India KG Balakrishnan tried his best to eleva...

Saharanpur violence under control, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

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Saharanpur violence under control, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday said the situation in violence-hit Saharanpur is fully under control and it is keeping a close eye on it."Saharanpur situation is fully under control. We are keepi...

Libya asks for intl help after oil depot catches fire amid clashes

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Libya asks for intl help after oil depot catches fire amid clashes

Cairo:The Libyan government on Monday appealed for international help after a huge oil depot caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.The interim gover...