The Supreme Court asked the parties involved in the Ayodhya land dispute case to conclude their arguments by October 18, saying it will be miraculous if it is able to deliver judgement in four weeks. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is heading the bench, will retire on November 17.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne called fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi a crook and said he would “be extradited back to India” once he exhausts all his appeals. Choksi is an accused in the over Rs 13,000-crore Punjab National Bank scam.
Three people were arrested in Karnataka’s Mangaluru city on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a man who said India was a “Hindu rashtra” and Muslims should not come here. One of those arrested is a juvenile.
The police in Madhya Pradesh are investigating about 12 top bureaucrats in the state and eight former ministers after they unearthed an extortion racket and found more than 1,000 clips of sex chats, explicit videos and audios of power brokers in the state. Politicians from both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress were allegedly caught on camera by those running the honeytrap ring.
Olympic medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party along with Akali Dal MLA Balkaur Singh. They joined the party in the presence of Haryana President Subhash Barala.
The premises of a sixth-century church in Kerala’s Ernakulam district was the centre of protests on Thursday after the police arrested senior priests and parish members belonging to the Jacobite faction of Malankara Syrian Christian Church in order to force them to evacuate the area following a 2017 Supreme Court order.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday claimed that people were being bribed to allege that some deaths in the state were related to the National Register of Citizens. Eight people have died so far amid growing panic over gathering relevant documents to prove citizenship in the state.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested senior Indian Police Service officer SMH Mirza in connection with the Narada sting case.
The Election Commission on Thursday deferred the bye-elections to 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka until the Supreme Court decides on petitions filed against the disqualification of the previous legislators from those seats.
The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday increased the withdrawal limit for customers of Mumbai-based Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000.
The police in Tripura’s capital Agartala on Thursday arrested six of nine men accused of abducting and raping a 32-year-old woman.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday pitched for simultaneous elections, and said it would help avoid diversion from more important matters such as public work, PTI reported.
Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail in connection with a money laundering case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate, PTI reported. This came a day after a special court in Delhi dismissed the Congress leader’s bail plea.
The police in Tripura’s capital Agartala on Thursday arrested six of nine men accused of abducting and raping a 32-year-old woman, The Indian Express reported.
The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday said that it needed to investigate businessman Robert Vadra in custody in connection with a money laundering case, PTI reported. The agency’s investigation is related to allegations that Vadra, who is Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, used laundered money to buy real estate in the United Kingdom. The agency alleged that the “money chain” was linked to him directly.
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the parties involved in the Ayodhya land dispute case to complete their arguments by October 18, and said they would not get an extra day. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is set to retire on November 17. “Even if we complete the arguments by October 18, we will have only four weeks to write and deliver the judgment,” News18 quoted him as saying. “It will be miraculous if we deliver the judgement in four weeks.”
Bharatiya Janata Party workers protested outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Thursday against his remarks about Manoj Tiwari. Kejriwal had on Wednesday said that if the National Register of Citizens was implemented in Delhi, the saffron party’s Delhi unit chief would be the first person to leave.
The United Nations Security Council 1267 Committee – one of the three security council panels dealing with counter-terrorism – has approved Pakistan government’s request to allow Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed to withdraw money for “necessary basic living expenses”. Saeed is the suspected mastermind of the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
Municipal authorities in Kochi on Thursday severed power connections to all four Maradu apartments as part of the process to demolish the buildings. Policemen arrived at the apartments in large numbers around 4.30 am, with the intention of allowing authorities to snap the power lines before daytime in order to prevent protests and avoid use of force.
Onion prices are likely to stay high in the coming days as a shortage in the market and ineffective government measures fail to check rising prices. Prices of the vegetable have increased rapidly over the past few weeks across the country with retail prices going up to Rs 56 per kg in Mumbai and Delhi, Rs 48 per kg in Kolkata, and Rs 34 per kg in Chennai, according to data from the Consumer Affairs Ministry.
At least 12 people were killed in flooding and wall collapse incidents in Pune district of Maharashtra on Wednesday amid heavy rain. Schools and colleges in various tehsils have declared a holiday on Thursday.
The Centre on Wednesday announced that it has reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister with effect from Thursday, for a period of two years. The government dropped National Institute of Public Finance and Policy member Rathin Roy and Brookings Institution member Shamika Ravi from the council.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that before August 5, Jammu and Kashmir was “a mess”. He added that restrictions were imposed in the state to avoid a repeat of 2016, when the Valley erupted in protests following the killing of militant Burhan Wani.
National Commission for Minorities Vice Chairman George Kurian has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, claiming that Christian girls are “soft targets” for Islamic terror recruiters in Kerala. “Love jihad” is a term frequently used by Hindutva organisations to allege a conspiracy by Muslim men to marry women from other religions solely to convert them to Islam.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Wednesday said that fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi “will be extradited back to India” once he exhausts all his appeals. Choksi is accused of defrauding the Punjab National Bank of more than Rs 13,000 crore along with his nephew Nirav Modi. He had fled to Antigua and Barbuda in January 2018, a few weeks before the scam came to light.
The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday denied rumours of the closure of certain banks after the central bank had placed some curbs on the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank. “Reports appearing in some sections of social media about RBI closing down certain commercial banks are false,” the RBI said on Twitter.
India on Wednesday condemned the United Kingdom’s Opposition Labour Party for passing a resolution demanding international intervention in the Kashmir matter. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar described the Labour Party’s move as “pandering to vote-bank interests”.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday reminded Islamabad of the 1971 war, when East Pakistan broke away from its western wing to form Bangladesh. Singh said something similar could happen to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir if Islamabad did not mend its ways.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday criticised United States President Donald Trump for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi the “father of India” on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session. Owaisi called Trump “jahil”, or illiterate, and said that he was ignorant of India’s history and about Mahatma Gandhi.
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