Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Monday said the country will revoke fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi’s citizenship, and extradite him to India. Choksi is accused of defrauding India’s Punjab National Bank of Rs 13,000 crore along with his nephew Nirav Modi.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition filed by the Congress challenging the Election Commission’s decision to hold separate bye-elections to two two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat.
The Jharkhand Police have arrested 11 people in connection with a mob attack in Seraikela Kharsawan district last week. A Muslim man was allegedly tied to a pole and beaten up for 12 hours for allegedly trying to steal a motorcycle. According to the FIR, the mob had forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.
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At least six people were killed and 43 injured on Tuesday when a bus skidded off the road and fell into a gorge at Anuraj Ghati in Garhwa district of Jharkhand. The accident took place around 3.30 am. Central Reserve Police Force personnel recovered the bodies of six people and rescued 43 passengers by entering into the bus through its windows, Superintendent of Police Shivani Tiwari said.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a petition seeking an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the murder of the president of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council. Darvesh Yadav, the first woman president of the council, was shot dead on June 12 by a fellow lawyer on the premises of the Agra civil court.
The shop, called Mukesh Kachori, is located near Seema Talkies and attracts many customers. The shop sells popular snacks kachoris and samosas.
Convict Nalini Sriharan petitioned the court saying a life convict can get a month’s “ordinary leave” every two years, but she had not availed this even once in 27 years. On February 27, she had petitioned the prison authorities for six months’ “ordinary leave” to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.
The High Court said that the Centre’s claim cannot be upheld, and that the screening is permissible even according to the guidelines framed by the ministry itself. However, Justice Shaji P Chaly, who passed the order, added that the documentary cannot be screened elsewhere.
Diwakar Raote claimed that farmers were keen to hand over their land for the project, given the appropriate remuneration. “The proposed land acquisition for the bullet train project is 1,379 hectares of which 724.13 hectares are private land in Gujarat while 270.65 hectares are in Maharashtra,” he said.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted bail to Manoj Kumar on a bail bond of Rs 10,000. Kumar will be able to challenge the order in a higher court.
Minister of State for Relief and Rehabilitation Madan Yerawar had said that 3,267 applications for pensions had been approved so far. He was responding to queries by Nationalist Congress Party member Ajit Pawar.
“Within the next 48 hours, the southwest monsoon onset is likely over Mumbai, provided rain-bearing criteria are fulfilled,” the weather department’s scientist said on Monday. “The criteria include consecutive rainfall for two days amounting to 2.5 mm per day and supporting wind direction being westerly.”
“LC has played a sterling role for several decades in educating the wider public about their legal rights and has not hesitated to provide support for such legitimate struggles,” the statement said. “This has ranged from seeking to bring to book culprits involved in the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat to defence and promotion of the rights of sexual minorities and in creating wider space for positive legal activism in society at large.”
Two other members of the family were injured in the hit-and-run incident. The family alleged that a 30-year-old upper-caste man had run over the women, who were Dalits. They alleged that the man had attempted to molest a 22-year-old family member.
“Every convict has the right to seek parole after an year, he made a request which we forwarded to the Sirsa district administration,” ANI quoted state Jail Minister KL Panwar as saying. “Further action will be taken based on the report.”
“His citizenship was processed; he got through but the reality is his citizenship will be revoked and he will be repatriated to India; so there is recourse,” Browne said. “It’s not a case that we are trying to provide any safe harbour for criminals, for those who are involved in financial crimes.”
The consent was predicated on environmental and forest clearances secured on the basis of the alleged fake letter submitted by the local administration, which showed that a gram sabha of 106 villagers had met and approved the project on July 4, 2014. Under the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, the approval of the gram sabha or village council is mandatory for any industrial or developmental project in Adivasi-dominated areas.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea filed by the Congress challenging the Election Commission’s decision to hold separate bye-elections to two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat. The bye-elections are scheduled for July 5. The two Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the elections of Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar and Amethi.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the declaration of the Emergency on June 25, 1975 and the incidents that followed were “one of the darkest chapters in India’s history”. “On this day, we the people of India should always remember the importance of upholding the integrity of our institutions and the Constitution,” he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested the editor and owner of an Urdu daily in a midnight raid at his home in Srinagar in a 27-year-old case. Police said Ghulam Jeelani Qadri, the editor of Aafaq, was summoned by a Terrorist and Disruptive Activities court.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered the demolition of Praja Vedika, a conference hall adjacent to former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s house, at Undavalli near Amaravati.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said his government will ensure all homes in the national Capital get round-the clock piped drinking water in the next five years. Kejriwal made the statement on Monday after inaugurating a water treatment plant at Chandrawal, which is expected to be completed by 2022.
A video of policemen in the Wazirganj area of Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district frisking people at gunpoint has emerged on social media with senior police officials saying that it was done “as a drill”. Senior Superintendent of Police Ashok Tripathi said it was a precautionary measure taken by the police as miscreants often fire at the police.
The Trinamool Congress on Monday lost control of the South Dinajpur district council after a majority of its leaders switched sides to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Ten Trinamool Congress members of the council defected to the BJP, giving the party a majority in 18-seat council.
The Jharkhand Police recorded a “confession statement” of a Muslim man who was beaten by a mob in Seraikela Kharsawan district on June 18 but did not mention the assault in the statement. Tabrej Ansari was caught in Dhaktidih village while allegedly attempting to steal a motorcycle. According to the FIR, the mob had forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.
A homeguard jawan on Monday was dragged for about 200 metres on the bonnet of a vehicle belonging to a Bharatiya Janata Party leader after he tried to stop the car for driving on the wrong side of a road in Haryana’s Rewari city.
A 26-year-old madrasa teacher in West Bengal on Monday alleged that he was assaulted and pushed off a train last week in Kolkata for not chanting “Jai Shri Ram”. The railway police said the man was assaulted due to “boarding and de-boarding issues”.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in India on Tuesday for a three-day visit. He is scheduled to attend meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to discuss ways to strengthen strategic and trade ties between the two countries.
Pratap Chandra Sarangi, who is the Minister of State for MSME and Animal Husbandry and a first-time MP from Balasore in Odisha, on Monday asked if those who do not say “Vande Mataram” have a right to live in the country. This was Sarangi’s first speech in Parliament.
President of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajasthan unit Madan Lal Saini died on Monday while undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. Saini, who was also a Rajya Sabha MP, was 75. He was diagnosed with infection in lungs and admitted to a private hospital in Jaipur.