Aircel-Maxis case: Delhi court extends protection from arrest to P Chidambaram, Karti till Aug 1
New Delhi: A Delhi court Thursday extended till August 1 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis cases by the CBI and the ED.
Special Judge O P Saini extended the protection after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought three-weeks’ time to argue on their anticipatory bail plea, at which the lawyers appearing for Chidambarams requested for extension of interim protection granted to them earlier.
The agency said that its Special Director has gone to Singapore and it is to be seen if there would be any further development. The ED said they have details of the bank accounts which they are probing. The case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal.
Dehradun: 55 notices issued to buildings lacking fire safety arrangements
Dehradun: Dehradun fire department has issued show cause notices to 55 coaching centres and other buildings in the city for lacking in necessary fire safety arrangements.
The action was taken days after Surat fire tragedy, which claimed 20 lives, mostly students and many others injured. Speaking to ANI, Chief Fire Official, Sandeep Kumar Rana, “After Surat fire tragedy, 55 notices have been issued which includes coaching centres, hotels and commercial complexes. One week time has been given to all for the reply.
If we don’t get a reply on time, then the buildings are likely to be seized by the concerned officials.” “During the inspection, it was found that no precautions in terms of sufficient quantity of fire extinguishers and fire alarms have been taken. There is no proper evacuation facility at the time of need,” he said.
Several students were seen jumping off the building to escape the inferno on May 24 in Surat. Some people were unable to escape and died on the spot. As the rescue operations were carried out, charred bodies were found. The fire was reportedly triggered by a short circuit.
Surat: Jeweller makes gold, silver mementos for PM Modi
Rajkot: A jeweller in Rajkot has made three unique mementos from precious metals for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sweeping recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. Harish Saholiya, the jeweller told ANI that they have made three mementos from pure gold and silver on three different themes.
“Our first frame shows India as ‘sone ki chidiya.’ It is Modi ji’s dream of making India again sone ki chidiya. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari we have made the country with gold and in the middle of the map have placed the image of Prime Minister Modi saluting. The slogan Bharat Mata ki Jai is also inscribed on the frame.”
“My second frame has all the images of world leaders whom the Prime Minister have met. I chose this theme as the world got attracted to India after PM Modi came to power. My third frame is based on Swach Bharat Abhiyan and the soldiers who lost their lives in the terror attack,” he added.
Saholiya further told ANI that before the elections were declared they were confident that Prime Minister Modi will again come back to power and thus, started making these frames. “Now that the results have been announced, we will try to get an appointment from PMO so that we can present these mementos to the Prime Minister,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony for the second consecutive term will be held today at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy at the function. Top leaders and guests have also been invited from around the world and across the nation to attend Modi’s swearing-in.
2013 Mazaffarnagar riots case: Court acquits 12 people due to lack of evidence
Muzaffarnagar (UP): A local court here has acquitted 12 people due to lack of evidence in connection with the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case. Additional District Sessions Judge Sanjive Kumar Tiwari acquitted them under sections 395 (dacoity) and 436 (arson) of the IPC on Tuesday in the riots case.
According to prosecution, an SIT had filed charge sheet against 13 people under sections 495 and 436 of the IPC. One person died during the pendency of the case. During hearing, three witnesses, including complainant Mohammed Suleman, turned hostile and did not support the prosecution. It was alleged that a mob set houses on fire and looted property during riots at Iisadh village in the district on September 7, 2013.
16-year-old punished by hanging brick from private part; video shared on social media
Uttar Pradesh: In a shocking incident from Shahjahanpur a 16-year-old mentally challenged boy was punished by hanging a brick from his private part as a punishment by his own relatives. The boy’s sister and other family members were also attacked when they tried to complain about the incident which took place on May 26.
“My son Sandeep (name changed) who is specially-abled and also mentally challenged was playing with some boys from the village when an altercation broke out. They beat him and also tied a brick to his private part, they made a video of it and shared it freely. When we got to know of the incident and went to complain they beat us too,” Hari Ram told ANI here.
Dhwani, the sister of the victim said that the spiteful relatives showed no remorse when her mother went to complain about the incident to them. She also accused her relatives of attacking her and her mother with sticks.
“My mother went to complain about the treatment meted out to my mentally challenged brother. I accompanied her to my relative’s place where an altercation broke out. I was trying to save my mother from the relatives when suddenly I was attacked with a stick from behind,” Dhwani told ANI.
Praveen Kumar Yadav, Circle Officer (CO) said that the police has taken cognizance of the issue and is conducting investigations to find out the truth and added that strictest action will be taken against the culprits.
“We have just seen the video, the police has taken cognizance of the video and investigations are going on. We will take the strictest action possible if the incidents in the video are found out to be true, actions under the provisions of human rights violation will also be taken,” Yadav said.
Amrit Tripathi, District Magistrate (DM) Shahjahanpur said that the administration is leaving no stone unturned to nab the culprits and ensure justice is delivered.
“An FIR has been registered regarding the incident which took place on May 26 in a village in the Banda police station area.
The FIR was registered late because the case came to our notice only when its video became viral. Further procedures will be carried out at the earliest,” Tripathi said.
The video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
India removed from US currency monitoring list of major trading partners, China stays
Washington: The US Treasury Department has removed India from its currency monitoring list of major trading partners. In its semi-annual report to US Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, the department on Tuesday removed India and Switzerland from the previous currency watch list of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies.
India, along with China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea, was placed in the bi-annual currency watch list in October last year. The US, however, continued to keep China on its watch list, while urging the Asian nation to take necessary steps to avoid a “persistently weak currency”.
“Treasury continues to urge China to take the necessary steps to avoid a persistently weak currency,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement. Mnuchin stated that China’s renminbi had fallen against the dollar by eight per cent over the last year. He also noted that China’s trade surplus with the US has also widened.
“China’s goods trade surplus with US stands at $419 billion over the four quarters through December 2018,” the report said. Besides China, the currency watch list also included Japan, South Korea, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore, according to the department’s latest report.
“Treasury found that nine major trading partners continue to warrant placement on Treasury’s ‘Monitoring List’ of major trading partners that merit close attention to their currency practices,” Mnuchin said. However, the department, in its report, has declined to designate China or any other major trading partner as a currency manipulator. “No trading partner was found to have met the 1988 legislative standards during the current reporting period,” the report concluded.
Rajasthan’s six BSP to meet Mayawati on June 1
Jaipur: Rajasthan’s six BSP MLAs will meet party chief Mayawati in Delhi on June 1 during which the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha polls in the state will be reviewed, a legislator said Tuesday. BSP MLA Wajib Ali told PTI that the party’s support to the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government would continue.
“There is no agenda of withdrawing support from the government, rather we will discuss how efficiently we can work with the government here,” he said. We will discuss the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections in the state. Future strategy will also be discussed in the meeting,” the MLA added.
The six BSP MLAs were scheduled to meet Governor Kalyan Singh here on Monday but the meeting was cancelled at the last moment. Ali said that based on the discussions with the party chief, a decision would be taken regarding the meeting with the governor.
In the house of 200 MLAs, the Congress has 100 and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has one. Besides the BSP, which has 6 MLAs, the Congress has the support of 12 out of total 13 independent MLAs.
Supreme Court issues notice to Rajasthan Government, Central jail on bail plea in fake currency case
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Rajasthan government and jail superintendent of Jaipur Central Jail on a petition seeking bail for a person lodged in jail in connection with allegedly possessing counterfeit currency notes.
A vacation bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose, issued the notice, seeking a detailed response from the parties (Rajasthan and Central Jail in Rajasthan) within two weeks.
The lawyer for the petitioner submitted to the apex court that his client is in the last stage of oral cancer and thereby he should be given bail. According to the prosecution, the accused, A. Jaif, is lodged in Central Jail in Rajasthan and is on the verge of his death as he is suffering from the last stage of oral cancer. “My lord have mercy on my client. Please grant him bail,” the lawyer told the court.
Rahul Gandhi should continue to lead Congress: Lalu Prasad
Patna: Hours ahead of a review meeting to discuss the RJD-led Grand Alliance’s routed in the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday advised Congress President Rahul Gandhi to not resign from the post calling his offer “suicidal”.
“Rahul’s offer to resign is suicidal. Opposition parties had the common goal to dislodge BJP but failed to build a national narrative. The result in a particular election can never alter the reality in as diverse and plural a country like India,” said Lalu Prasad in a tweet.
The RJD President, who is undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Ranchi after being convicted in fodder scam cases, was reportedly disturbed for last few days after his party’s poll rout in Bihar and Jharkhand. However, he asked Rahul Gandhi to “continue to lead the Congress”.
Lalu Prasad said that if the Congress appointed a non-Gandhi as its president, it would be accused of being a Gandhi family “puppet”. “Why should Rahul give such an opportunity to his political rivals?” he said. Referring to humiliating defeat of the Opposition parties in the elections, the RJD leader said the opposition should admit that the resounding victory of the Modi government was its collective failure and should introspect on what went wrong.
He said the opposition parties failed to synchronise their strategies and actions leading to the absence of a national narrative for the public. No clear prime ministerial candidate emerged from the opposition against Narendra Modi. The opposition could not choose one ‘dulha’ (groom) for its ‘baraat’ (wedding procession),” he pointed out.
Lalu Yadav said that the opposition should have collectively projected Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate. “There was nothing wrong in regional parties bargaining for more seats, but they should not have made the strategic blunder of not projecting someone without a national perspective as their prime ministerial candidate,” he said.
Laluji understands the importance of Rahul Gandhi and his family in leading the Congress. It was he who defended and backed Sonia Gandhi, when the issue of her foreign origin was raked up by the RSS and the BJP. Congress minus Rahul Gandhi will be party without the glue to hold it together,” RJD spokesperson Shakti Yadav said.
Senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwary said Lalu has rightly advised Rahul Gandhi. “If the opposition is keen to counter the BJP and defeat it, Rahul Gandhi should continue to lead the Congress and the Opposition,” he said.
Ranil Wickremesinghe vows to stop Islamic State terrorism raising its head again in Sri Lankan
Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has vowed to take security measures to prevent Islamic State (IS) terrorism raising its head again in the country as he appealed people not to support extremism or religious fanaticism.
The premier after meeting with a group of representatives of civil societies and trade union collective at Temple Trees on Saturday said the security forces and police have been able to apprehend everyone involved in the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people, the Colombo Page reported. “But this doesn’t mean that this is the end of this type of terrorism. We now have to take certain measures of counterterrorism to ensure that the country will not face terrorism again,” he cautioned.
He said the government is discussing the counterterrorism measures that are being taken, with the country still on edge after the attacks on three hotels and three churches that were blamed on a local jihadi group, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ). The Islamic State group has also claimed a role in the attacks.
“We have also had the help of the Muslim community in bringing about many changes and suggestions – Madrasa education bill not allowing sharia universities, ensuring name boards in only the three national languages,” the premier said. Civil societies and trade union representatives inquired the prime minister on the political and institutional responsibilities which have failed to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks and also on the security situation in the country after the attacks.
The premier responded, saying the parliamentary select committee (PSC) has been appointed to investigate the issue. He pointed out that the attacks in Sri Lanka is one instance that the ISIS did not have the support of the local Muslim community for their actions and that should be maintained.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe requested not to drive people to extremism by supporting religious fanaticism and racism.
“We must maintain it that way and not allow extremism to come in, racial and religious hatred to come in, whereby driving some people to the other side,” he said.
Christians make up 7.6 per cent and Muslims 10 per cent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka. The prime minister said the government will appoint a resident committee of parliament to look into all the incidents and circumstances surrounding the Easter bomb blasts.
Wickremesinghe said a methodology will be devised preventing Islamic State (IS) terrorism to raise its head again in the country by safeguarding the law and order of the country. He also said that the Speaker has agreed to open the proceedings through the media in order for people to gain access to the activities of the PSC.
“Today we have taken all the measure to restore law and order. We’ve been able to observe Ramadan, We’ve been able hold prayers, Sunday Mass, and Vesak Poya has been observed very, very successfully,” he said. He said schools have started and life is getting back to normal. the security forces and police have been able to apprehend everyone involved in the attacks and detained while legal proceedings are yet to be decided by the Attorney General.
“But this doesn’t mean that this is the end of this type of terrorism. We now have to take certain measures of counterterrorism to ensure that the country will not face terrorism again,” the Premier cautioned adding that the government is discussing the counterterrorism measures that are being taken and being presented.
“We have also had the help of the Muslim community in bringing about many changes and suggestions – Madrasa education bill not allowing sharia universities, ensuring name boards in only the three national languages,” the Premier said. He pointed out that the attacks in Sri Lanka is one instance that the ISIS did not have the support of the local Muslim community for their actions and that should be maintained.