According to CMS-Indian Corruption Study (CMS-ICS) 2017, around one-third of the households experienced corruption in public services at least once during the last one year, while in 2005, 53 percent households had reported so.
Only 43 percent of the households surveyed in 2017 opined that the level of corruption in public services has risen during the last one year, while 73 percent of respondents had perceived increase in corruption level in public services in 2005.The study said that the decline in corruption is significant in case of some public services such as police and judicial services, when compared to 2005 levels.
Total amount paid by households across 20 states and 10 public services as bribe, is estimated to be Rs 6,350 crore in 2017 as against Rs 20,500 crore in 2005.
There is no justification to keep the enforcement of Lokpal Act suspended till the proposed amendments, including on the issue of the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, are cleared by Parliament, the Supreme Court said today.
The apex court said the Act was an eminently workable piece of legislation and it "does not create any bar to the enforcement of the provisions".
Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi, founder and leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Nation), was arrested on Wednesday night, news agency PTI has confirmed, citing sources. She has been arrested under the Public Safety Act. Andrabi has been seen as an Islamic extremist. She was earlier arrested in 2015 for hoisting the Pakistan national flag and singing the country’s national anthem on August 14, its independence day.
She was married to Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, one of the founders of Hizbul Mujahideen, in 1990.
At least two terrorists have been killed when terrorists entered an Army camp in Pulwama and opened fire on the armed forces. The Kupwara army camp is located close to the Line of Control. With winters receding and summer setting in, the terrorists could well have infiltrated from across the border.
As the attack took place at dawn, security personnel are concerned that there may be more than two terrorists that infiltrated. Reports say the Indian Army is preparing against any further attacks in the region. The search operation is still underway.
Fourteen state legislatures will approve their respective State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) laws by mid-May, according to Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.
Addressing a GST Conclave here on Tuesday, he said all states were expected to pass their SGST laws by May-end to ensure that the GST regime was rolled out by July.
Banners of VK Sasikala, the chief of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK, were removed from the party’s main office in Chennai hours after her nephew and deputy TTV Dinakaran was arrested in Delhi close to midnight on Tuesday.
Mr Dinakaran is accused of attempting to bribe Election Commission officials to allot his faction of the AIADMK the party's “two-leaf” symbol, frozen after a dispute with a rival faction led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam or OPS. The 53-year-old was appointed the party’s number two by Ms Sasikala before she went to jail for corruption.
The BJP took an early lead in the MCD election results on Wednesday, while rivals Congress and Aam Aadmi Party were fighting for the second place, initial trends showed.
The BJP was leading in all the three - North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations.
In an unexpected turn of events Shaimaa Selim, sister of Eman Ahmed, world's heaviest woman, weighing around 500 kg, has shot a video saying that her sister is very sick and she is not getting good treatment in Saifee Hospital in Mumbai where she was admitted to undergo bariatric surgery.
The video was shot on April 14 inside the facility at Saifee Hospital. Shaimaa has called Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who brought Eman to Mumbai, a liar.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has organised an all party protest against the Centre and the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) today for allegedly failing to take care of the farmers' needs. DMK's MK Stalin has warned that 'the non-violent' protest may be used by 'anti-social elements' to instigate large scale violence.
"Knowing that our protest for the cause of farmers' welfare will be a success, certain anti-social elements are trying to instigate violence. Do not fall for it and always follow the path of non-violence shown by Anna (CN Annadurai) and Kalaignar (Karunanidhi)," pleaded Stalin.
A security guard was found dead at the estate of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in the Nilgiris district. The man, found murdered on Sunday night at the Kodanad estate which Jayalalithaa owned, was reportedly hacked to death by unidentified persons.
A senior police officer said they were questioning some people but there was no key information on the case as of yet.