Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC orders CBI to produce latest report on inquiry into conspiracy angle

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to submit within four weeks the latest status report on its inquiry into an allegedly larger conspiracy behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, PTI reported. The court said the latest report of the CBI’s Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency is a year old, and at that time, response was awaited on several Letters Rogatory sent to foreign countries.

PMC Bank crisis: RBI raises depositors’ withdrawal limit from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000

The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday increased the withdrawal limit for account holders of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000. The central bank said the relaxation will allow more than 78% of the customers of PMC Bank to withdraw their entire account balance.

Bhima Koregaon case: Activist Gautam Navlakha moves Pune sessions court for anticipatory bail

Activist Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, on Tuesday moved the Pune sessions court for anticipatory bail, PTI reported. The court said it will hear his plea on November 7. The Bombay High Court had on Monday asked Navlakha to approach the Pune sessions court for anticipatory bail.

‘Nitin Gadkari can end Maharashtra impasse in two hours,’ Shiv Sena leader tells Mohan Bhagwat

Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari has urged the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to depute Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to resolve the power-sharing tussle with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, PTI reported on Tuesday. The Sangh is the ideological parent of the saffron party.

Chhattisgarh: Two suspected Maoists gunned down in encounter in Dantewada, say police

Two suspected Maoists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday, PTI reported, citing the police. The gunfight took place in a forest near Munga village around 11.30 am when a team of the District Reserve Guard was out on a counter-insurgency operation.

CBI searches 169 locations across 17 states in connection with 35 bank fraud cases: Reports

The Central Bureau of Investigation is conducting searches at 169 locations across India on Tuesday, reports said. The searches are connected to 35 bank fraud cases worth more than Rs 7,000 crore, according to PTI.

Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan elected president of Lok Janshakti Party

Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan was on Tuesday appointed the national president of Lok Janshakti Party. His father, Union minister and party founder Ram Vilas Paswan, said the election by the party’s national executive was unanimous. Chirag Paswan is a Lok Sabha MP from Jamui in Bihar. He was also the chairperson of the party’s central parliamentary board.

Andhra: Jaganmohan Reddy scraps order to put his father’s initials in award named after Kalam

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday revoked an order to drop former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s name from a students’ award and instead name it after his father, former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy. He reinstated Kalam’s name following severe criticism from the Opposition.

‘Shift my mother to a place equipped for winter,’ Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter tells J&K administration

Iltija Mufti, the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday said she has requested the administration to shift her mother to a place equipped to deal with the winter in the Valley. Mufti has been detained at a government guest house in Srinagar since the Centre scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August.

Madhya Pradesh: ‘We don’t roam empty-handed,’ BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya threatens Congress

Madhya Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Akash Vijayvargiya on Monday kicked up a row over his thinly veiled threatening comment during a protest against the Kamal Nath-led government over crop losses and inflated power bills. “We demand that all ministers, MLAs and other leaders of the Congress should ensure that farmers are compensated at the earliest for the crop loss caused by unseasonal rains,” the Indore legislator said. “Despite erratic electric supply in the state, people are getting inflated bills worth lakhs. This problem should be solved immediately or else you [government] know that we don’t roam around empty-handed.”

Press Council chairman has blocked efforts to send fact-finding team to J&K, allege members: Report

Press Council of India Chairperson Justice (retired) CK Prasad has allegedly blocked the council’s efforts to send a fact-finding team to Jammu and Kashmir even two months after deciding to do so, The Wire reported on Tuesday. The council’s four-member fact-finding team was last scheduled to visit the Valley for five days in October, but the state administration reportedly advised them to come after November 4 due to the security situation, and because government offices were being moved from Srinagar to Jammu ahead of winter.

Delhi Police protest against assault by lawyers; police chief urges them to return to duty

Delhi Police personnel on Tuesday held a massive protest outside their headquarters near Income Tax Office over inaction against lawyers who attacked them at Tis Hazari court complex and at Saket court. At least 15 people were injured and 17 vehicles were set on fire during a clash between lawyers and policemen outside the Tis Hazari court on Saturday allegedly over parking. This was followed by an assault of another policeman on Monday.

EPF scam: Former Uttar Pradesh power corporation official arrested, current MD transferred

Former Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited Managing Director AP Mishra was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the investment of over Rs 2,600 crore of the state power employees’ provident fund in the crisis-hit Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited. “Mishra has been arrested...Economic Offence Wing of the state police is probing the matter and strict action will be taken against those involved in this case,” Uttar Pradesh Deputy General of Police OP Singh said.

Karnataka: SC agrees to consider Yediyurappa’s audio clip in MLAs disqualification case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider the Congress’ petition about a statement allegedly made by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in connection with the 17 rebel Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs’ disqualification case. A three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana told Congress leader and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal that they would look into it the matter. “Please allow us to deliver our judgment,” the court added.

J&K: Report on detention of children does not indicate application of mind, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the four-member Juvenile Justice Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to file a fresh report on the alleged detention of children by addressing the matter independently. Tuesday marked the third month since prohibitory orders were placed in the region.

Intellectuals should eat dog meat also, West Bengal BJP chief says in Burdwan

Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh on Monday said that “intellectuals who eat beef should eat dog meat” as well since it was going to have the same effect on their health. “There are people who belong to the educated society and eat beef on roadside,” he said at an event in Burdwan district. “Why cow? I would like to ask them to eat dog meat also. It is good for health. Eat other animals’ meat also. Who is stopping you?”

Telangana transport strike: Workers to continue protests even as deadline to resume duty ends today

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation Joint Action Committee on Tuesday said the transport workers’ union will ignore Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s November 5 deadline to resume duties and continue their strikes. “We are going to protest in front of all RTC depot’s and later on the family members of RTC employees will also participate in the protest,” TSRTC President Ashwathama Reddy said.

Maoists are not ‘holy souls’ or ‘lambs’, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday accused the Opposition United Democratic Front of glorifying Maoists and said they were not holy souls or lambs. Vijayan was defending the police action against alleged Maoists in the forests near Attappady in Palakkad district last week.

Manipur: Four policemen, one civilian injured in bomb blast in Imphal

Four policemen and one civilian were injured on Tuesday in a bomb blast in Manipur’s capital Imphal. The incident took place in Thangal Bazar area at 9.20 am.

Jammu and Kashmir: At least 1,300 people still under detention, says police report

At least 1,300 people continue to be detained in Jammu and Kashmir since Centre’s August 5 order to scrap the region’s special status, a police report showed. The data showed that around 6,300 people, including politicians, had been rounded up in the last three months. Tuesday marked the third month since prohibitory restrictions were placed in the region.

Maharashtra: ‘Next CM will be from Shiv Sena,’ says Sanjay Raut even as deadlock continues

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday reiterated that the next chief minister of Maharashtra would be from his party, even as the political stalemate in the state entered the 11th day after the Assembly election results were announced.

Pollution: Air quality in Delhi improves marginally as wind speed picks up

The air quality in Delhi and its surrounding areas improved marginally on Tuesday, after several days of severe pollution. Scientists from the India Meteorological Department attributed the better air to an increase in wind speed on Monday.

EC Ashok Lavasa, who dissented with poll code decisions on Modi & Shah, under Power Ministry scanner

The Indian government wrote to 11 public sector undertakings asking them to verify their records to check if Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa had exercised “undue influence” during his tenure as special secretary in the Ministry of Power between 2009 and 2013.

India among ‘most vulnerable’ to rising sea levels due to climate change, says UN chief

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed concerns over the rising level of oceans, and said India was among the countries that were most vulnerable. The United Nations chief made the remarks on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jammu and Kashmir: Migrant workers from West Bengal return home, Kolkata mayor promises jobs

The West Bengal government brought back over 130 labourers from Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. This is reportedly the largest group to arrive since last week when six migrant workers from Murshidabad district were killed by terrorists.

Congress takes credit for opposing RCEP trade deal, claims it forced Centre’s hand; BJP praises PM

The Congress on Monday took credit for the government’s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, trade bloc. The RCEP is a free-trade agreement between 16 countries across the Asia-Pacific region that aims to reduce tariffs and duties between member countries so that goods and services can flow freely between them. It will become the world’s largest trade bloc when created.

Two Bangladesh players vomited while batting in Delhi T20I due to poor playing conditions: Report

Top-order Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar and one other player vomited during the first Twenty20 International in New Delhi.

Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi, says they did not discuss government formation

Former Union minister and Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Monday met interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, but claimed he did not discuss the prospect of government formation in Maharashtra. Pawar said he briefed Gandhi about the political situation in Maharashtra.

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