The Central Bureau of investigation on Thursday conducted raids at the homes and offices of senior advocates Anand Grover and Indira Jaising in connection with an alleged violation of rules in receiving foreign aid.
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Thursday claimed things “appeared murky” after 10 rebel legislators of the ruling coalition approached the Supreme Court. His statement came hours before the MLAs were set to meet him to re-submit their resignations. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had asked Kumar to decide on the resignations on Thursday itself. When Kumar petitioned the court seeking more time, the court refused an urgent hearing and said it will consider his plea on Friday.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that any discussion on the Kartarpur corridor will be taken up with Pakistan in a meeting on July 14. Kumar added that India was committed to complete the project and expected two structural aspects of the corridor to be completed on time.
United States-based non-governmental organisation Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday urged Indian authorities to “stop harassing” employees of Greater Kashmir, a newspaper in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The statement came amid reports that the National Investigation Agency questioned the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief Fayaz Ahmed Kaloo in New Delhi for six days.
Six candidates from Tamil Nadu were on Thursday elected unopposed in the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha. This includes Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam General Secretary Vaiko and Pattali Makkal Katchi’s Anbumani Ramadoss. The other four candidates who were elected unopposed are – General Secretary of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Labour Progressive Front M Shanmugam, senior advocate P Wilson, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s former minister A Mohammedjan and the party’s Mettur secretary N Chandrasekaran.
Over 150 citizens on Thursday condemned the raids on the homes and offices of senior advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover earlier in the day. The signatories said the raids, which were carried out on their properties in both Delhi and Mumbai, were “nothing short of a brute show of intimidation as well as gross abuse of power”.
Madhya Pradesh forest officials used pellet guns against Adivasi farmers who were resisting an eviction drive in Siwal village in Burhanpur district on July 9. Four Adivasi men were injured, and one had to be taken to a hospital in Indore, said an activist working with the community.
National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan needs to be resolved through dialogue and not military might. “Kashmir is a dispute between two countries [India and Pakistan],” said the Srinagar parliamentarian. “The issue is still in the United Nations. The UN observers are still here and in Pakistan-held Kashmir. The issue should be resolved and it will be resolved only when they talk to each other and when India will talk to people here in Kashmir and Pakistan with the people in Azad Kashmir [Pakistan-occupied Kashmir].”
A Border Security Force jawan lost his right hand and sustained serious injuries early on Thursday in an alleged attack by Bangladeshi cattle smugglers along the international border in West Bengal, officials said. The jawan also suffered pellet injuries to his lungs, liver, and stomach due to the impact of the country-made bombs that were thrown at him.
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking more time to decide on the resignations of rebel MLAs of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). He moved the court hours after it had directed him to make a decision by Thursday itself and permitted the MLAs who have quit to meet Kumar at 6 pm to tender their resignations.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday criticised the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party government over the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka and Goa. Chidambaram said the recent developments had “gravely damaged” democracy, and that they were likely to have an impact on the economy.
Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal Parrikar appeared to oppose the induction of 10 Congress MLAs into the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday. “The words like trust and commitment which were at the core of the BJP during Manohar Parrikar’s time ceased to exist on March 17 [the day on which Parrikar died],” Utpal Parrikar told PTI. “The party has taken a different direction after March 17 and only time will tell whether it is the right one.”
The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Union minister Harsh Vardhan to respond to a petition challenging his election to the Lok Sabha. The plea sought that his election from the Chandni Chowk constituency of Delhi be declared void. Justice Navin Chawla sent a notice to Vardhan asking for his reply to the petition, which was filed by a man claiming to be a voter from the constituency. The court listed the matter for further hearing on September 24.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday rejected calls for him to quit as his 13-month-old government struggles to stay afloat after the mass resignations of his ruling coalition MLAs. “Why should I resign? What is the necessity for me to resign now?” Kumaraswamy said in response to a media query. He said that in 2009-’10, then Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party had not resigned when 18 MLAs had turned against him.
Researchers have claimed that a broken skull found from a cave in Greece is the oldest modern human fossil ever found outside Africa. The partial skull was discovered in the Apidima cave on the Mani peninsula in southern Greece and is estimated to be at least 2,10,000 years old, becoming the oldest known modern human fossil in Europe.
At least 14 people were killed and 79 were injured after an express train collided with a freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Pakistan’s Sadiqabad tehsil on Thursday. Rahim Yar Khan district’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Jamil Ahmed Jamil said all the passengers aboard Akbar Express were evacuated and track clearance operations were under way. Heavy machinery was used to remove passengers stuck in the train. They were also offered food and water, he added.
On Wednesday, Mishra’s 23-year-old daughter Sakshi Mishra appeared in a video on social media, claiming that she and her husband were being chased and hounded by her father’s goons. The couple had married on July 4.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday took up discussions on various questions, including farmer suicides. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said bank notices issued to farmers for non-payment of loans had worsened the agrarian distress. He also claimed that no concrete steps were taken by the government in the Union Budget to relieve farmers’ debts.
A special Central Bureau of Investigation court in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Thursday sentenced former Bharatiya Janata Party MP Dinu Solanki and six people to life imprisonment for the murder of Right to Information activist Amit Jethwa. Jethwa was shot dead outside the Gujarat High Court on July 20, 2010.
A portion of a bridge was washed away in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Thursday following heavy rains. No casualties were reported, said District Disaster Management Cell chief Vivekananda Kadam. Kadam said the bridge was located over a river at Morchundi village in Mokhada taluk. Morchundi connects Nashik and Palghar districts.
The family of a Dalit man who was allegedly killed by his upper-caste wife’s relatives in Gujarat claimed they were constantly threatened by the woman’s family since the couple got married six months ago.
However, Sawant refused to speculate if any minister from his government will be dropped to make way for the new legislators. “I will not be able to say anything till I meet the leaders,” he added. The BJP-led government has the support of three Goa Forward Party MLAs and three Independents.
The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) legislators had sought the hearing of an urgent plea against Kumar for not accepting their resignations. They are currently holed up in a hotel in Mumbai.
The three-member panel is led by retired Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla, and also comprises spiritual leader Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it would hear the matter on a day-to-day basis from July 25 in case the dispute does not get resolved by mediation.
The 10 MLAs, from the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), are Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkhiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, ST Somasekhar, AS Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, HD Vishwanath and Narayan Gowda. They are holed up in a hotel in Mumbai at present.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday started searching the homes and offices of senior advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover in Delhi and Mumbai in a case related to alleged violation of rules under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of indulging in horse-trading in Karnataka, and claimed that the ruling alliance’s rebel legislators were locked up in Mumbai, PTI reported.
A court in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district on Wednesday granted bail to three people accused of killing a youth, whose death triggered riots in 2013. District Sessions Judge Sanjay Kumar Pachori gave bail to Prahlad, Bishan Singh and Tendu. He said the accused would be released from jail after they furnish two sureties of Rs 1.5 lakh each.
The automobile industry continued to experience a downturn during the first quarter of 2019-’20, producing 7,215,513 vehicles compared to 8,064,744 in April-June 2018, a decline of 10.53%, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said on Wednesday.
At least three people were killed in rain and flood-related incidents in Assam’s Golaghat, Dhemaji and Kamrup metropolitan districts on Wednesday. The State Disaster Management Authority said 2,07,100 people in 11 districts had been affected in the floods till Wednesday. The other districts facing the floods are Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Majuli, Jorhat and Dibrugarh.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has constituted a 10-member committee to assess the aspects of enacting a central law against attacks on doctors and medical establishments. The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday registered two fresh cases in connection with the Uttar Pradesh mining scam after raids across the state. The case pertains to the renewal of sand mining lease licences allegedly in violation of the e-tendering process introduced by the state government in 2012.
The Supreme Court will on Thursday will take up a plea for early hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, is likely to decide on the mediation in the matter.
A court in Maharashtra on Wednesday granted bail to Congress MLA Nitesh Rane and 18 of his supporters on a surety of Rs 20,000 each. They were arrested last week and sent to judicial custody on Tuesday for pouring mud on a civic engineer and tying him to a bridge near Kankavli in Sindhudurg district.