Mukerjea’s condition serious, say doctors

Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was admitted to a Mumbai hospital at 2pm on Friday and was unconscious for the rest of the day. She is suspected to have overdosed on epilepsy medication in Arthur Road Jail, where she is being held in judicial custody. Doctors at JJ hospital said her condition was serious and that she has been admitted to the intensive care unit. Mukerjea had been informed of the death of her 83-year-old mother on Thursday.

Backlash against BJP mounts over Dadri killing

More opposition leaders on Friday condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular for their reaction to the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday night. Akhlaq was murdered by a mob incensed by rumours that he and his family had eaten beef. Alleging that the BJP was trying to undermine the secular fabric of the constitution, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that the party should gather support to ban the export of beef if it wanted to “rake up such issues”. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi asked why Modi had remained silent on the killing and said he should at least have sent out condolences to the family through a tweet.

India is violating human rights in Kashmir, says Pakistan

Pakistan on Friday accused India of violating human rights in Kashmir and supporting and sponsoring terrorism on its territory as the two countries continued to exchange accusations at the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Pakistan was exercising its Right of Reply to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech, in which she had rejected Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “four-point peace proposal”. Pakistan claimed that more than 1 lakh Kashmiris had been killed in Indian “state terrorism”.

Mayawati questioned by CBI in health scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation questioned former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati about her alleged involvement in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scam, which was unearthed during her 2007-2012 tenure. While her name was not in any of the original First Information Reports registered by the agency, CBI officials claimed they had uncovered new evidence that might suggest her involvement, including the bifurcation of the health department against health mission norms.

India pledges 33-35% cut in carbon emissions by 2030

In a “climate action plan” submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on Friday, India said it would increase its share of renewable energy by 40% and reduce carbon emissions by 33%-35% by 2030. India claimed its development plans would balance growth and the environment. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called for a comprehensive and equitable climate change agreement at the Paris summit scheduled for later this year.