We had no hand in escape of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi: CBI

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The CBI Saturday said its officers had no hand in the escape of diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in connection with the over Rs 12,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. Under attack from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who has accused the agency of deliberately weakening the lookout circular against fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya, allowing him to flee …

NH 5 in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur blocked due to landslides

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Landslides near Purbani Jhulla in Himachal Pradeshs tribal Kinnaur district blocked the National Highway five on Monday, an official said. Efforts to open the blocked highway by clearing the debris will be made on Tuesday, the district official said. He hoped that the highway would be opened for traffic by Tuesday evening.

Who is Justice Indira Banerjee? All you need to know about India’s 8th woman SC judge

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Ending the deadlock, Centre on Friday cleared the names of three high court judges to be elevated to the Supreme Court of India. Those who were elevated to the apex court included Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph, Madras HC Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa HC Chief Justice Vineet Saran. The elevation of Indira Banerjee takes the number …

Local court transfers Amit Shah’s case of violation of model of conduct to Allahabad special court

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A local court has transferred a case against BJP president Amit Shah for allegedly violating the model of conduct by making objectionable speeches in 2014 here to a Allahabad special court. Police had already given a clean chit to Shah, but the court has not yet accepted the report as there was no reply from the complainant, the then assistant …

Shimla road accident: Three couples among 13 dead

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Thirteen people, including three couples, died after a vehicle veered off a road in Himachal Pradeshs Shimla district Saturday, a police official said. The accident happened at Sanail, three kilometres from Kuddu on Tiyuni Road. The ill-fated Trex vehicle (bearing registration number HP 02 0695) was on its way to Tiyuni from Swara. All the thirteen occupants were killed in …

Sukhpal Singh Khaira removed from post of LoP; Harpal Singh Cheema to lead AAP in Punjab Assembly

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today removed Sukhpal Singh Khaira as the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly and announced Dirba MLA Harpal Singh Cheema would take his place. No specific reason for replacing Khaira was given by the party. AAP has decided to change its leader of opposition in Punjab. Harpal Singh Cheema, MLA Dirba constituency shall be the …

Gujarat government moves to douse fears as migrants flee state amid backlash; Nitish Kumar speaks to Vijay Rupani

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Taking cognizance of the recent attacks on non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Gujarat government on Monday said that it was the responsibility of the government to protect people from other states. Speaking to the media, Gujarat Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja said the police was interrogating people who have been arrested for the attacks and 34 …

Sabarimala Temple case: Hats off to K. Parasaran’s profound knowledge of Constitution and Dharma, says N Venkataraman, Senior Advocate

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By N Venkataraman Religious philosophy is neither caste specific nor gender biased. It only imparts the transformative process to every human being, from the path of Adharma to the path of Dharma. Like Adharma which has universal belonging, the opposite of it namely Dharma has universal application and is relevant in law. The core of Dharma is free from both …

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman poll: Support was for JD(U) not BJP, says BJD

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Under fire from the Opposition for backing the NDA candidate in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairmans election, the BJD today said that it had supported the JD(U) due to ideological similarities and continues to maintain equal distance from the BJP and the Congress. The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha had voted in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party …

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar to fly to US for medical treatment on August 10

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will leave for the United States of America on August 10 for a medical check-up and return on August 17, a senior official said today. Parrikar (62) is suffering from a pancreatic ailment and had, earlier, flown to the US on March 7 for treatment. He returned to the country on June 14. A statement …

‘Real August Kranti’: Why BJP, Congress are at war over passage of SC/ST Act, NCBC Bill

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The passage of two crucial bills in Parliament in the past week has pitted the Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party like never before. The last week has seen the Parliament pass two crucial bills pertaining to the safety of the rights of Dalit and OBC community in the past one week. For OBC rights, the Parliament has passed …

Use of agricultural residues in power plants can cut Delhi pollution by 8 percent by 2025: Study

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The use of agricultural residues in power plants can help reduce pollution in the Delhi-NCR region by 8 per cent by 2025, a new study has suggested. The study, conducted jointly by The Energy and Resources Institute and Automotive Research Association of India, suggests several measures that could help in reducing pollution by 2025. It indicated that up to 26 …

VVIP chopper scam: Extradition order of Christian Michel good development, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday termed the order of a Dubai court to extradite British national Christian Michel, who is an alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal case, as a positive development and said the news has created a sense of unease in some leaders here. Official sources Tuesday said that the court pronounced the …

PM has asked states to deal sternly against cow vigilantes indulging in violence, says government

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked state governments to take strong action against cow vigilantes who indulge in violence, Rajya Sabha was informed today. The written reply of Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir came in response to Samajwadi Party MP Javed Ali Khans question on whether the government has taken cognisance of the statements made by …

Mumbai Crystal Tower fire: Parel high-rise where 4 died had no Occupancy Certificate, faulty fire-fighting equipment; developer held

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The Mumbai Police has arrested the developer of Crystal Tower after four persons were killed and 21 persons were seriously injured in a massive fire that broke out on the 12th floor of the building on Wednesday. Abdul Razak Ismail Supariwala, the developer, has been charged with culpable homicide and has taken into custody till August 27. Crystal Tower is …

Mentally unsound man kills 3 in Jharkhand, lynched by villagers in Gumla district

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A mentally unsound man today hacked three persons, including a minor and an infant, to death before he was lynched by the enraged villagers in Gumla district, police sources said. The man also injured two persons. The accused, identified as Chotu Munda, who was stated to be mentally unsound, hacked to death 45-year-old woman Bhandain Mundain, her three-year-old son Bipin …

‘Don’t tinker with Article 370, India’s flag will have no presence in J&K’, National Conference MLA Javed Rana warns BJP

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Senior National Conference leader and MLA Javed Rana today stoked a controversy when he said that Indias flag wont be unfurled in Jammu and Kashmir if the BJP government decides to do away with Article 370 that gives autonomous status to the militancy-hit state. A video that has been doing the rounds on the internet, shows the Mendhar MLA addressing …

Jammu and Kashmir local body polls: BJP get majority in Shopian as 13 candidates get elected unopposed

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BJP will control the municipal corporation in militancy-infested Shopian district of south Kashmir after 13 of its candidates won the civic body polls unopposed with most people preferring to maintain a distance from the electoral exercise following threats by terror groups. The Shopian district, which has been the battleground of numerous encounters between militants and the security forces, has a …

Building collapses in Ahmedabad’s Odhav, 10 feared trapped

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10 people are feared trapped after a four-storey building collapsed in Ahmedabads Odhav area. Four fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. Rescue works are on. A number of building collapse cases have taken place recently. Buildings collapses have occurred in the cities of Greater Noida, Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Lucknow, Kolkata, Ghaziabad and Mumbai. Heavy loss of life and …

Bill to amend law for recognising homebuyers as financial creditors tabled in Lok Sabha

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Finance minister Piyush Goyal on Monday introduced a Bill to amend the insolvency law that would recognise homebuyers as financial creditors and allow genuine promoters of micro, small and medium enterprises to bid for their stressed firms. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, allows withdrawal of a case after admission by the adjudicating authority, but not without the …