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[India], August 14 (ANI): The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests held on May 22. 13 people lost their lives during the firing.
Madras High Court judges CT Selvam and Basheer Ahamed quashed the detention of six members of Makkal Adhikaram. These members were detained under the National Security Act (NSA).
The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has transferred all the cases pertaining to violence and police firing to CBI.
Speaking on the High Court's order, Tamil Nadu minister D. Jayakumar said, "The Court has given its order for the CBI probe. The Tamil Nadu government will definitely meet to decide upon this."
On May 22, people of the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu protested against the construction of a copper plant, claiming that it was polluting groundwater, and was hazardous for the environment.
The protests took a violent turn when 13 people were killed and more than 60 were injured in the police firing during the protest. The police fired at a crowd of 20,000 protesters. (ANI)
The Indian Army gunned down two Pakistani soldiers in Kupwara district on Monday night.
In retaliation to unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the Indian Army carried out a calibrated action in Kupwara district in the Tangdhar sector along the Line of Control. There have been several attempts by the Pakistani Army to facilitate infiltration leading to exchange of fires.
On Monday, an Indian Army soldier, Pushpendra Singh, laid down his life while foiling infiltration bid in the same sector. (ANI)
[India], Aug 14 (ANI): Several media persons were allegedly assaulted by a group of private security guards at the Bishop House in Punjab's Jalandhar city.
The incident happened at Bishop Franco Mulakkal's residence in Jalandhar yesterday.
The journalists were in the city to report on the police investigation and questioning of Bishop Mulakkal, who had allegedly abused his position to repeatedly rape a nun from Kerala. (ANI)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is not mentally stable, following the latter's decision to attend Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan's swearing-in.
He said, "I don't think Sidhu is of a stable mind. If he had some basic sense, he would not go to Pakistan to attend the swearing in of Imran Khan. If he goes, people will see this as an act of betrayal, nobody will forgive him."
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu is scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan on August 18.
The decision came shortly after Khan extended a personal invite to the Punjab Cabinet Minister over phone, to attend his swearing-in ceremony.
According to Punjab's Information and Public Relations Department, Khan also thanked Sidhu for praising him in a press conference on August 2. (ANI)
[India], August 14 (ANI): Addressing the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (DMK) executive meet at Chennai on Tuesday, party working president MK Stalin remembered his father and DMK Chief M.Karunanidhi and said that the party has lost a leader but he has also lost a father.
Speaking on the controversy around the burial of the DMK chief, despite pleading with Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami for a burial spot at Marina beach as wished by Karunanidhi himself, Stalin accused the opposition All India Anna Dravida Munnetra (AIADMK) of denying place at Marina Beach for the burial. He said, "When Kalaignar was in his last stage I held Chief Minister's hands and pleaded to fulfill his (Karunanidhi) last wish to be buried in Marina Beach but govt didn't agree."
Thanking the lawyers, he added, "I give the entire credit of the victory (burial of Karunanidhi at Marina Beach) to lawyers. If this wouldn't have happened then surely I would have been the person to be buried along with our leader."
He appealed to all party workers to work towards Karunanidhi's will.
A massive controversy had erupted over the final resting place of Karunanidhi after the Tamil Nadu government, citing legal hurdles, dismissed DMK's request and offered a two-acre site at the Gandhi Mandapam.
Karunanidhi fondly referred as 'Kalaignar' and also a five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu, breathed his last in Chennai's Kauvery hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 94. (ANI)
[India], Aug 14 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested nine more persons in connection with the vandalisation of a vehicle by a group of 'Kanwariyas' in Moti Nagar on August 7.
In total, 11 people have been arrested so far in connection with the case.
Violence broke out in South Moti Nagar area on August 7 when a group of 'Kanwariyas' or devotees of Lord Shiva vandalised a vehicle and broke its windshield and windows.
Armed with iron rods and sticks, the group smashed the car after the driver had allegedly tried to brush past one of them while moving on a busy road.
The first arrest took place on August 9 in connection with the case.
Taking cognisance of the matter, the Supreme Court directed the police to take strict action against those responsible for erupting violence and breaching laws.
A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, reiterated an earlier verdict, which stated that videography of every procession should be made.
The top court, while citing the 2009 judgement, also said that the organisers were responsible for any violence reported during the procession. (ANI)
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[India], Aug 14 (ANI): A government officer of Under Secretary level, who was shot at in his house by unidentified people this morning, died in the hospital. Rajiv, 58, posted at the Patna Secretariat, was about to retire.
The incident took place after unidentified people barged into his house this morning and shot at him. The officer was rushed to the hospital under critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries. Further details are awaited.
A day before, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Manish Sahani was shot dead inside his office premises in the Jandaha area in Vaishali district, triggering violent protests by his supporters outside the Jandaha police station. (ANI)
Senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, E P Jayarajan was sworn in as a minister in the Kerala cabinet on Tuesday. Kerala Governor Palanisamy Sathasivam administered the oath of office and secrecy in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Jayarajan will be taking charge as the industries minister.
He was previously appointed as Minister of Sports and Industries in Pinarayi Government in May 2016, but had to resign in October 2016 following nepotism charges.
He resigned over a controversy that erupted on the appointment of one of his alleged close relative as managing director of a public sector company. The said appointment of managing director was revoked citing reasons unrelated to the controversy. (ANI)
[India], Aug 14 (ANI): District Probation Officer (DPO) of Hajipur Manmohan Prasad Singh was arrested on Monday in connection with sexual abuse of girls at a short stay home in the city.
According to the allegations leveled by the inmates, Singh used to often visit the shelter home and force the girls to indulge in obscene activities. He allegedly threatened to beat them up if they tried to speak up about it.
One of the girls at the shelter home revealed that she was beaten up for refusing to comply with Singh once. Another girl alleged that her clothes were torn off; she substantiated her claims apparently with photographic evidence.
The girls alleged that Singh used to enter their rooms alone on the pretext of investigation, and ask them to massage his arms and legs, which would eventually end up turning into sexual favours. Also, all the other members of the staff were instructed to stay away from the girl's rooms while Singh was with them.
The girls finally decided to reveal the dark secrets following orders to transfer the shelter home to the city of Samastipur.
District Magistrate Sarv Narayan Yadav had earlier described it as being very serious and said that the allegations would be fully investigated, and strict action would be taken against the accused officer if found guilty.
Earlier today, two girls from the Aasra shelter home were admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital, days after two girls were brought dead from the same safe haven.
The Bihar Police had detained the shelter home's secretary and treasurer in connection with the two deaths and sent them to three-day police custody. The police had earlier detained five others in connection with the same case.
This comes in continuation of the recent cases of atrocities at shelter homes across the country, with cases of alleged sexual abuse and ill-treatment coming out of Muzzafarpur in Bihar, Deoria in Uttar Pradesh and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce pilot projects of Ayushman Bharat in select district hospitals on the occasion of Independence Day on Wednesday. The full roll-out of the scheme is expected to be announced from September 25 onwards.
Ayushman Bharat, also refered to as 'Modicare', is the national healthcare policy launched by the Government of India in February this year. The ambitious healthcare policy promises to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.
Benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.
The scheme is entitlement based, with the entitlement decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) database. The beneficiaries can avail the facilities in both public as well as empanelled private healthcare centres. (ANI)
“FIR number 45/2018 u/s (under section) 506 RPC filed by J&K Police against Ravi Poojary on my complaint,” Shehla said on Twitter.
She said Poojari had warned her, Khalid and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to shut up.
“Meanwhile, got this death threat from right-wing Hindutvawadi fundamentalist Ravi Poojary. He warns Umar Khalid, Jignesh Mevani and me to shut up! Threat by SMS #DigitalIndia,” she said.
Meanwhile, got this death threat from right-wing Hindutvawadi fundamentalist Ravi Poojary. He warns Umar Khalid, Jignesh Mevani and me to shut up!— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) August 13, 2018
Threat by SMS #DigitalIndia pic.twitter.com/NaC0m3nb5M
In a message to the student leader -- the screenshot of which the student activist put up on Twitter -- Poojary said, “Just shut your mouth or we will shut your mouth forever. Tell Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani also. Mafia don Ravi Poojary.”
A gunshot rang out at Constitution Club in the high security area near Parliament in Delhi on Monday when an unidentified man targeted Khalid, who escaped unhurt, witnesses said.
[India], Aug. 14 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday will hear appeals by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's acquittal in connection with 1984 Anti-Sikh killings case.
The court will also hear the appeals by five accused convicted by the trial court.
According to media reports, victims of the anti-Sikh riots had last week expected relief from the court, hoping for a decision on the plea filed in 2013 in the Delhi High Court. The bench, hearing the matter, asked for appeals and revision petitions.
In March, the Delhi High Court had received a letter petition containing a CD, which is stated to be Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's confession about accepting his role in instigating the connecting case. The court issued a notice to the Kumar, asking him to file a reply to the same.
According to official records, about 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India, including 2,100 in Delhi, during the pogrom that broke out after the then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. (ANI)
[India], Aug. 14 (ANI): Madrasa manager and five other people have been booked for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh's Ghosi area.
According to the victim's mother, "The incident took place on August 4 when the Madrasa manager's brother and four others locked up the minor and raped her. The main accused has been arrested and search operations are on for the others who are absconding."
"The accused had threatened the girl to not to go to the police. They had also clicked obscene pictures of the girl and blackmailed her," the victim's mother added.
Meanwhile, the state minority department chairman took cognizance of the matter and sought a report from District Magistrate in the same.
Speaking to ANI, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shailendra Shrivastav said, "The minor had filed a complaint against Madrasa manager and five other who had raped her in a room. The minor is under medical care and attention and reports are yet to come."
A case has been registered and further investigation is going on in the matter. (ANI)
[India], Aug. 14 (ANI): Days after two girls were brought dead from Aasra shelter home to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), another two girls from the same safe haven have been admitted to the specified hospital.
Superintendent of Police, Rajeev Ranjan confirmed the news stating that two more girls have been admitted in PMCH.
Yesterday, the Bihar Police detained shelter home secretary and treasurer in connection with the death of two women at Patna's 'Aasra Home' and sent them to three-day police custody. The police had earlier also detained five others in connection with the same case.
The incident came to light on August 12, following the death of two women from a shelter home in Patna's Rajiv Nagar during treatment at PMCH, but neither the police nor the Social Welfare Department was informed of the same. Later, a medical board was also constituted to investigate the death of the two women at the state-run 'Aasra Home'.
Patna District Magistrate, Kumar Ravi had said that the prima facie of the incident revealed that the women had 'fever and diarrhea', but were brought dead to the hospital.
In the wake of the incident, pictures of Janata Dal-United (JDU) leader Shyam Rajak and the owner of 'Aasra Home' surfaced on the internet, which raised speculations of Rajak's involvement in the case. However, the JD(U) leader clarified that the picture was clicked during an event he attended at the venue. (ANI)
[India], Aug. 14 (ANI): An arrest warrant has been issued against suspended Child Protection Officer (CPO) Ravi Roshan's wife Shibha Kumari Singh in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
The warrant came after Shibha had reportedly revealed the name and pictures of one of the minor victims on social media.
Yesterday, three police officials posted at the Shaheed Khudiram Bose Central Jail were suspended after documents were recovered from the case's prime accused Brajesh Thakur that contained over 40 phone numbers, including that of a Bihar Minister.
After police conducted a surprise check at the prison in which Thakur is lodged, they recovered the documents.
Brajesh Thakur is the main accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, where more than 30 minor girls were sexually assaulted over a period of time. Eleven employees of the shelter home were arrested for harassing a number of girls residing at the facility.
Meanwhile, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on August 11, detained Thakur's son after questioning him in connection with the matter. Not only this, the investigative agency had also frozen Brajesh's bank accounts and also investigated his properties and bank balance. However, he has rubbished all charges levelled against him by claiming that he was being falsely implicated. (ANI)