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BJP in Kerala on Monday alleged there was a connection between terror outfit ISIS and the recent ‘hoax’ hartal call in the state over the Kathua rape and sought an NIA probe. The party would lodge a complaint with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) seeking a probe in this regard, BJP state general secretary M T Ramesh told reporters here. He claimed posters demanding justice for the Kathua rape victim, allegedly prepared by a pro-ISIS social media group based in Sri Lanka, had been widely circulated on social media in the state along with the hartal call.

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Describing Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s rejection of the Opposition notice seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra as “illegal”, “unconstitutional” and “hasty”, the Congress Monday said MPs who had signed the notice would challenge the order in the Supreme Court. The party said it hoped the CJI would not decide the bench to hear the challenge. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, addressing a party function in New Delhi, alleged that institutions were being filled by “RSS people”.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday accused the Congress government in poll-bound Karnataka of adopting “the model of political violence” from Kerala, but assured people that BJP will end the violent targeting of political workers if it comes to power in the state. Addressing a series of campaign meetings for BJP, Singh also claimed that there have been 3,781 cases of suicide by farmers during the five-year Congress rule led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

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Police on Monday foiled four bids to smuggle bovines and rescued 44 bovines in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. A police team, on routine patrol on the Thanamandi-Shahdara Sharif road, rescued 20 bovine animals from smuggler Mohd Din, while another police team on patrol rescued 10 bovines from Mohd Akber at Behrote, a police official said. “Rajouri police foiled four separate bovine smuggling bids in the district and rescued 44 bovines from smugglers,” he said.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived in China on Monday to attend a preparatory meeting related to upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). During her visit, Sitharaman is likely to meet a number of Chinese leaders. She will attend the SCO defence ministers’ meeting on Tuesday.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will lead a high-level delegation to United Kingdom (UK) next month to discuss various issues of mutual interest, including urban development, global city, aviation hub, infrastructure and agriculture. He would also address the Indian diaspora there.

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Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the unprecedented notice submitted by seven Opposition parties on a motion for impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, citing “absence of credible and verifiable information” on proved “misbehaviour or incapacity” and use of phrases that suggest MPs themselves were “unsure of their own case” and were acting on “mere suspicion”, “conjecture” or “assumptions”.

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RIDICULING THE Congress’s “Save Constitution” campaign, BJP president Amit Shah hit out at the main Opposition party for launching an “impeachment” bid against the Chief Justice of India, describing it as “part of a larger trend to demonise and weaken every institution that seeks to maintain its individual identity and not kowtow to the dynasty.”

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The Election Commission (EC) received 1,127 nominations for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly polls till Monday, the penultimate day before the deadline ends, the poll panel said. Of these, 174 were filed by ruling Congress’ candidates, 178 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 141 from the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), 457 independents and the remaining from other parties and regional outfits. These also include more than one nomination by certain candidates.

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Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra’s impeachment has become the latest flash point between the BJP and Congress, with the Grand Old Party deciding to take the matter to the Supreme Court after Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the notice submitted by seven opposition parties for a motion to remove the CJI citing “absence of credible and verifiable information”.

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The BJP on Monday alleged the state administration was not allowing it to campaign freely and was applying rules selectively to create “favourable conditions” for the ruling Congress in the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections. Party president Amit Shah was disallowed from garlanding a statue of B R Ambedkar during poll campaign and its workers were not even allowed to hoist party flags atop their houses, BJP General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Muralidhar Rao told reporters at Bengaluru.

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The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to respond to a plea seeking to declare the provisions of Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) validating the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ as unconstitutional. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, while issuing notice to the Centre and the National Commission for Women, also ordered tagging of the petition with other similar pleas which have already been referred to a five-judge constitution bench for further hearing.

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Not just child right activists, even parents of minor victims on Monday came out against the Union government’s ordinance providing the death penalty to child rapists, saying it could lead to victims being killed by perpetrators. At a programme in New Delhi, three parents, whose children were raped, urged the central government to instead strengthen the judicial mechanism to support the children, who have to deal with the crimes and struggle in their aftermath.

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Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu must be feeling restless in his cell at Jodhpur Central jail as April 25 approaches. Why? A special SC/ST court in Jodhpur is all set to pronounce the verdict in a 2012 rape case against him. He has been in jail since August 31, 2013. Quite famous among his followers all over the country, he was charged under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday launched a counter-attack on Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress party is responsible if Dalits are still facing atrocities even after 70 years of independence. Countering Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s charge of rising incidents of anti-Dalit attacks under the present BJP regime, the LJP chief said the Narendra Modi government has strengthened the legal framework to prevent atrocities against SCs and STs.

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Heat conditions intensified in parts of Rajasthan where Phalodi in Jodhpur recorded maximum of 41 degrees Celsius, followed by Barmer which recorded 40.3 degrees Celsius. Kota registered a maximum of 39.2 degrees Celsius while Bikaner and Churu registered 39 degrees Celsius on Monday, according to the Meteorological (MeT) Department. Jodhpur, Dabok, Ajmer and Jaipur also recorded day temperatures of 38.8, 37.5, 37.4 and 36.9 degrees Celsius respectively.

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A 29-year-old woman, wife of an Income Tax officer, on Monday allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the 12th floor of a building with her three-year-old son, police said. Both the woman, Chanchal Nain, and her son Aniket died on the spot, police said. She was married to Ram Mahesh Nain, an Income Tax inspector, they added.

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The BJP on Monday alleged the state administration was not allowing it to campaign freely and was applying rules selectively to create “favourable conditions” for the ruling Congress in the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections. “Party president Amit Shah was disallowed from garlanding a statue of B R Ambedkar during poll campaign and its workers were not even allowed to hoist party flags atop their houses,” BJP general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Muralidhar Rao said.

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A BJP MP’s son and his friend, arrested for consuming alcohol here in the dry state, were produced in a city court and sent to the Gaya Central Jail under judicial custody on Monday. Gaya MP Hari Manjhi’s son Rahul Kumar Manjhi was caught having alcohol last night along with his friend at Nama village under Gaya Medical College police station area, the medical college police station SHO Lal Bihari Paswan said.

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BJP leader Lal Singh, who resigned from the state cabinet after raising questions about the police action in Kathua rape and murder case, on Monday reiterated his demand for a CBI probe in the matter. Singh has launched a campaign in Jammu region to bat for a CBI probe and has taken out rallies in Jammu, Kathua, Samba areas drawing huge crowds in support of his demand.

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The twin burning issues of Dalit rights and women’s safety were at the centre of Gandhi’s all-out attack on Modi at the launch of the Congress party’s “Save the Constitution” campaign, as he asserted that constitutional values had been endangered under the Modi government and assured the people that his party would not let that happen.

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Former media executive Indrani Mukerjea, arrested for allegedly killing her daughter Sheena Bora, told a special CBI court on Monday that she feared for her life in jail and there might be an attempt to poison her. Mukerjea, who has been lodged in Mumbai’s Byculla jail, told the court, which is conducting trial in the Sheena Bora murder case, that she had only consumed dal and taken her medicines the day she was hospitalised.

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Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur has directed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to disclose the number of files on Subhas Chandra Bose that are still being held by it. The directive came on a plea by Shobhit Goel who had in January 2017 asked the PMO about the number of files available with it related to Subhas Chandra Bose from 1947 to 2016, the number of files which are in public domain and the number of files that have been destroyed or misplaced.

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India and the UAE have agreed to work together for harmonisation of skills that aims to match India’s programmes for upskilling workers with the requirements of job market in the Gulf nation, a top official said on Monday. Addressing a conference in Dubai, KP Krishnan, Secretary in the ministry of skill development, expressed India’s commitment to engage with the UAE on harmonisation of skills.

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The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to grant an interim stay on a recent amendment that allowed chiefs of civic bodies in Maharashtra to decide applications seeking felling of trees below 25 in number, but said the powers should not be “misused” and must not be used in a routine manner.

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The Congress has decided to challenge Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to reject the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Addressing a press conference after Naidu rejected the notice for lacking merit, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, “We’ll certainly file a petition (in Supreme Court) against this and would want the CJI to not take any decision with respect to it, be it the listing or anything else, we;ll accept whatever SC decides.”

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The Congress will challenge in the Supreme Court Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to reject the impeachment notice served against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that the charges against the CJI are very grave and it appears the government is not keen on an inquiry. “We’ll certainly file a petition (in Supreme Court) against this and would want the CJI to not take any decision with respect to it, be it the listing or anything else, we’ll accept whatever SC decides,” he said.

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Two senior leaders of the ruling AIADMK on Monday sought to make light of an article published in the party’s mouthpiece suggesting that working with BJP would be like a “double-barrelled gun” in the political arena, with one of them saying a “columnist” cannot determine electoral pacts. State Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and AIADMK lawmaker and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, M Thambidurai, maintained the decision on forging an alliance is taken by the party high command at the time of elections.

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The Odisha Assembly on Monday witnessed repeated adjournments amid a ruckus by the Congress and BJP members over the rising incidents of minors’ rape across the state. As soon as the members assembled for the Question Hour, the opposition MLAs rushed to the well of the House, demanding a statement on the issue from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who also holds the Home department folio. The members raised slogans against the government and refused to get back to their seats despite repeated pleas by Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat.

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The Union Home Ministry on Monday completely revoked the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Meghalaya while diluting it in other regions of Arunachal Pradesh. Till September 2017, 40 per cent of Meghalaya was under AFSPA. However, after recent review in consultations with the state government, AFSPA was removed completly from Meghalaya, a MHA statement said.

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Sabrina Lal on Monday said she had forgiven her sister Jessica Lal’s killer Manu Sharma and wouldn’t object to his release from Tihar jail, where he has been serving his life term since 2006.  In a letter to the welfare office of Tihar jail, Sabrina mentioned that she had no objection to the release of Siddharth Vashishta alias Manu Sharma as he had spent 15 years in prison. “In this period, he has been doing good work for charity and helping inmates in jail, which I feel is a reflection of reform,” she reportedly stated in the letter.

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One person was killed and several others were injured in a clash between TMC and BJP workers in Birbhum district’s Suri on Monday, when fresh nomination process began for state panchayat polls. The BJP claimed that the deceased, Sheikh Dildar, was a state BJP minority morcha general secretary who was allegedly shot dead by TMC workers. TMC, however, claimed that Dildar was their supporter and was killed at the hands of outsiders from Jharkhand. The Birbhum district police has confirmed the death but is yet to identify the victim.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Monday, took on the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over ”atrocities on Dalits” and assured he will not let BJP and RSS destroy the Constitution. Gandhi,  launching a nationwide ‘Save the Constitution’ campaign in support of Dalits and weaker sections of society, said, “This government has no place for Dalits and backward classes among their ranks. While the atrocities against Dalits continue to rise, the PM does not speak a word.”

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Amreli Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagdish Patel has been detained by the Gujarat CID-Crime for questioning for his alleged role in extorting bitcoins and cash from a builder, an official said on Monday.

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Eminent jurist Fali S Nariman Monday said the issues raised in the impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra were not of “sufficient gravity and rightly rejected” by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. Nariman said Naidu, the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, was the only statutory authority to take the decision on the notice. The notice was moved by the Congress and seven other opposition parties against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) last week.

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Hindu religious idols were allegedly desecrated and pictures set ablaze at a village in Uttar Pradesh, following which four persons were arrested, police said on Monday. The incident took place a few days ago and a case was registered on Saturday evening after a video was shared on a messaging application, they said.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today asked Indian and Chinese to learn each other’s language as it will help them overcome communication barriers, resulting in further strengthening the relationship between the two nations. Swaraj, who is on a visit here, made the remarks during a programme, titled ‘Contribution of Hindi in India-China Friendship’, organised by the India Embassy.

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Senior Congress leader Jitendra Singh has claimed that the party will bounce back to power in Odisha in the next Assembly polls, due in 2019. The party will select candidates well in advance in the next two months, Singh told a press conference here.

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu rejected the notice submitted by seven opposition parties for a motion for the impeachment of Chief Justice of India citing “absence of credible and verifiable information”. The decision was arrived at after extensive consultations with legal luminaries, government law officers and former Rajya Sabha secretaries general.

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Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday hit out at Rajya Sabha chairperson and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu for rejecting the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and said he was not surprised by the latter’s decision. Taking to Twitter, Singhvi said, “Expectedly, Sh Naidu rejected imp’ment motion. Unexpectedly, he did so within one day of returning from outstn. Hopefully, the alacrity was not intended to render infructuous calls for CJI to stop Admn work. “The reaction came minutes after Naidu rejected the notice saying it lacked ‘substantial merit’.

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A member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), has said that 1,449 cases relating to atrocities against Scheduled Castes people in Bihar and Jharkhand are pending before the Commission till date. Speaking to reporters, the NCSC member, Yogendra Paswan, said the number of pending cases was 2,206 on June 1, 2017, he said. The NCSC is a constitutional body established to provide safeguards against the exploitation of Scheduled Castes.

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Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde on Sunday allegedly received a late-night phone call threatening to kill him. The minister’s personal assistant has lodged a complaint at Sirsi New Market Police Station. Police has registered a case under sections 504 and 507 of the Indian Penal Code. Taking to Twitter, the minister said he received the threat call around 2:30 am and that the caller was speaking in Kannada. “I am used to receiving threat calls for a long time now. Last night around 2.30am, on my landline, I received a couple of blank calls before the third call started abusing and threatening to chop me to pieces, before I disconnected the call. The caller was speaking in Kannada,” he posted on the micro-blogging site.

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Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu Monday rejected a notice by seven Opposition parties led by the Congress seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Naidu, also the Rajya Sabha Chairman, had consulted legal experts over the weekend following the notice issued by the Opposition members. Naidu rejected the notice saying it lacked ‘substantial merit’. The order comes minutes before the Supreme Court convenes for the day.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Monday, launched a nationwide campaign to safeguard the Constitution and protect the rights of Dalits and backward classes. The ‘Save the Constitution’ national campaign will run at the village level till April 14, 2019. Addressing Congress workers, Gandhi speaking at the Talkatora Stadium said, “the party will work for the people of India to protect them, their ideas and build their future. No matter how much effort BJP puts in we will not allow them to toxicate the Constitution.” He added that for the first time a government shut down the Parliament, when “occasionally its the opposition.”

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As Surat police try to establish the identity of a girl and a woman whose bodies was found from Pandesara earlier this month, they have started probing the case related to human trafficking, and as such relevant sections of the penal law have been added to the case. Meanwhile, a magisterial court sent Harsh Gujjar, the prime accused in the rape and murder of the minor girl whose brutalised body was found on April 6, to police remand till May 3. Harsh (27) was arrested from Gangapur city in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan.

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TWO CHINESE sailors were killed and at least one more was taken ill in an incident of gas leakage on board a cargo vessel off Navlakhi port in Morbi on Sunday. Police said the incident took place in a cargo vessel loaded with coal. The ship flying the Indonesian flag had loaded coal from Indonesia and was bound for Navlakhi port on Morbi coast.

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Laying the foundation stones for two infrastructural projects at Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) on Sunday, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that Dholera will be showcased as an investment destination to the world community during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January next year. He added that Dholera will be Gujarat’s “most smart city” that will be “bigger in size than Singapore” with world-class facilities, including a water transport system alike Venice.

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AN ATTENDANT winds up the garage shutter. Inside is a blue-coloured bus, which cost the (previous) Punjab government Rs 4.5 crore but is now literally gathering dust after Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu put the brakes on former deputy chief minister and SAD leader Sukhbir Badal’s dream project of running an amphibious bus in the Harike wetland.

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With just one day allocated to filing of nominations, the Opposition is gearing up to get their candidates in the four-hour window starting 11 am on Monday under “ruling party’s terror”. According to the BJP, about 7,000 to 8,000 of its candidates will be filing their nominations.  “If our candidates are not prevented by ruling party workers, then about seven to eight thousands of BJP candidates will file their nominations tomorrow,” state BJP vice-president Joy Prakash Majumdar told The Indian Express.

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With over 20 MLAs miffed after the Cabinet expansion in Punjab, state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar on Sunday had an over five-hour long meeting with general secretary incharge Asha Kumari and AICC secretary Harish Choudhary to devise a strategy to placate the MLAs.

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The Maharashtra government has decided to speed up the two phases of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) along with the completion of the first integrated industrial greenfield city, Aurangabad Industrial City or AURIC, by 2022. “Indian’s first smart industrial city with the concept of ‘walk to work’ is expected to bring investments worth Rs 70,000 crore and jobs to three lakh people,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The bhumi pujan of AURIC was performed late on Saturday night and was attended by the CM.

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The heat wave conditions experienced over Vidarbha and some parts of Marathwada this year seem to be lasting longer than usual. For yet another day, the maximum temperatures in some areas hovered around 45 degrees on Sunday. At 44.3 degrees, Chandrapur and Bramhapuri in this region remained the hottest cities in the country on the day. Heatwave conditions have been prevailing over Vidarbha since April 18 and is expected to continue till April 24.

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A Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to probe the January 27 communal violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj, will file its first chargesheet in the case on Monday. The violence was triggered a day after 22-year-old Abhishek Gupta was killed during a ‘Tiranga Yatra’ to mark the Republic Day.

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The WHO says that 3 million people die each year due to ambient air pollution, and in India, an estimated 1.5 million people died from the effects of air pollution in 2012. But the Centre’s draft for the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) states that linking air pollution to mortality needs more “indigenous studies”, challenging global research.

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Senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal Sunday said he will not appear in the court of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, whose removal he and 63 others have sought, for the remainder of the judge’s term. Sibal, who has a roaring practice in the Supreme Court and many important matters in the CJI’s court, told The Indian Express, “I will not appear in the Chief Justice’s court from tomorrow onwards… till he retires, because that is consistent with the highest standards of my profession.”

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In the last five years, the tax department has saved a whopping Rs 977.54 crore on postage cost, following a rise in its online communication (e-mails) with taxpayers, which has more than doubled since 2013-14. According to Finance Ministry data, the tax department saved Rs 212.27 crore on postage cost in 2017-18 (till December 31), more than double the Rs 98.45 crore it saved in 2013-14, and about 20 per cent higher than the previous financial year (see box).The same period saw a steady rise in online communication, with 14.15 crore e-mails being sent to taxpayers in 2017-18, as compared to 11.82 crore in 2016-17, and 6.56 crore in 2013-14. Online communication saw a spurt in 2015-16, when the tax department rolled out paperless assessment across the country.

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With crucial state polls around the corner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday cautioned BJP MPs and MLAs against making needless remarks, which he said gave the media “masala”, damaged the party’s image and the nation. In an interaction through the Narendra Modi mobile app, he asked party MPs, MLAs and leaders to let those “responsible for comments” do their work. “It may sound bitter, but it is important for me to say this to you. Sometimes our workers criticise media, but we have to think if we committed mistakes and gave masala to the media,” Modi was heard saying in a video.

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A VHP activist’s tweet bragging about cancelling a cab booking because the driver was Muslim offered has provoked outrage. “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi People,’’ Abhishek Mishra posted on Twitter.

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A lawyer in Madras High Court, who contested the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in 2006 on a BJP ticket , was arrested on Sunday on charges of sexually abusing a nine-year-old child onboard a Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai train.  According to the FIR based on a complaint filed by the girl’s mother, the incident occurred at 1.15 am on Sunday when the child was travelling from Thiruvananthapuram to Chennai with her family. Accused K P Prem Ananth, says the FIR, boarded the train from Coimbatore and the incident took place between Coimbatore and Erode.

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A day after the Union cabinet cleared the Ordinance for death penalty for those convicted of raping children below 12 years of age, President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated the criminal law amendment ordinance, paving the way for the stringent punishment. The Union Cabinet’s approval to the Ordinance followed public outcry over cases of sexual assault and murder of minors in Kathua and Surat.

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Sitaram Yechury was on Sunday re-elected as CPM general secretary for another three years. And at the end of the crucial five-day national conclave of the party, he has emerged more strengthened, having not just managed to get his line on understanding with the Congress accepted, but in bringing down the overwhelming dominance of his detractors in Politburo and Central Committee.

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THE JAMMU and Kashmir government has ordered shutting down of coaching and tuition centres in the Valley for three months. The decision was taken in an attempt to thwart student protests that have marred the academic session for more than a fortnight now, sources said.

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The Chairman of the Law Commission of India, former judge of the Supreme Court, Justice (retd.) B S Chauhan believes that the biggest legal challenge in holding simultaneous elections is the need for major constitutional amendments. He said he was still grappling with the vexed issue of the Tenth Schedule, containing the anti-defection law, which can’t be made redundant to give assemblies or Parliament a fixed full-term.

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The CPM’s Tamil Nadu state secretary K Balakrishnan Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his immediate intervention to recall Governor Banwarilal Purohit after his name cropped up in the case of a woman teacher allegedly asking students to become sexually intimate with a senior official of Madurai Kamaraj University.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said India would not be the first to open fire at a neighbouring country, but if the opponent opens fire, it won’t be able to count bullets fired back by India. Singh was speaking here at the 160th anniversary of the struggle led by Babu Bir Kuwar Singh during the 1857 rebellion against the British.

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A man from Amritsar district who went with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Jatha for a pilgrimage to Pakistan failed to return with the Jatha (delegation) which returned on Saturday.

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The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) is set to write to the government, seeking Constitutional status so that it can do its job of protecting the rights of minorities better. “We are going to write to the government to give us Constitutional status to deal with the problems. Officers don’t attend hearings and we are not able to safeguard minorities the way we want. The panel should get rights like commissions dealing with issues relating to SCs and STs,” NCM chairman Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi said. He said the decision to request the government to take steps in this direction was taken during the panel’s meeting last week.

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The CBI, which investigated the Mecca Masjid blast case before the NIA took over in April 2011, failed to produce even basic evidence to prove its case against Swami Aseemanand. It failed to show that Aseemanand and Shaik Abdul Kaleem, to whom he allegedly confessed in prison, were in the same jail at the same time. Also, it failed to give the date on which Aseemanand expressed his desire to confess before a magistrate.

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The trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case will be presided over by additional sessions judge V S Padalkar. A Union Home Ministry notification issued last week announced his appointment on the recommendation of the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.

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Aspirants to the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) need to learn management lessons from the Bhagawad Gita for the exam in 2018. The revised syllabus includes the epic conversation of Lord Krishna with Arjun before the Battle of Kurukshetra. The curriculum also includes sketches of national icons and social reformers, and specific incidents from Mahatma Gandhi’s life. According to an article in an English daily, this change at the RPSC has happened after the syllabus of Rajasthan University was tweaked to include management techniques from the Gita, the Ramayana and the Arthashastra in its commerce courses.

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Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday said he was ready to contest against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Badami, if the party’s national president Amit Shah asked him to do so. “Our party’s national president will decide whether I should contest or someone else. If I’m asked to contest, I’m ready. If he asks someone else to contest, they will contest,” Yeddyurappa told reporters in Chikkamagaluru.

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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose has raked up a controversy after the Bengal BJP leader compared German dictator Adolf Hitler to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Bose, a vocal critic of Nehru, said while Hitler’s intention was to capture Europe, the dictator never betrayed his nation. However, Nehru wanted to sit on the throne by “su***** up to the British leaders” and betrayed India, Chandra Kumar Bose tweeted on Saturday.

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Actor-politician Kamal Haasan today wondered why the ordinance promulgated today provided death penalty for rape of girls under 12 years alone and not for those aged between 14 and 16 and said families should bring up boys to act responsibly.

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A total of 1,308 women from the country will, for the first time, perform Haj without the company of a ‘mahram’ or male guardian, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday. The minister was in the city to participate in a training programme organised for Haj pilgrims.

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The BJP, the junior ally in the PDP-led government in Jammu and Kashmir government, on Sunday accused opposition parties of playing “dirty politics” for their demand of a CBI probe into the alleged rape-and-murder of a minor girl in Kathua, saying only higher courts can transfer the case to the central agency as charge sheet has already been filed.

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A recent tweet by a Vishwa Hindu Parishad member from Lucknow about cancelling his Ola cab ride because the driver was a Muslim snowballed into a controversy on Sunday as the person came under attack from twitteratis and politicians. The post stirred up a debate on Sunday and the cab aggregator issued a strongly-worded statement, saying Ola was a secular platform and it doesn’t discriminate driver partners or customers based on their caste or religion.

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Security forces busted a militant hideout today in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, a police spokesman said. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of security forces launched a search operation in Watsar forest area in Handwara, he said.

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Rahul Gandhi keeps asking what the Modi government has done in the past four years when the country wants to know what the Congress did for the masses in its 50 years, BJP chief Amit Shah said on day. Shah said the top priority of the government, which is led by his party, was to ensure security on borders and handling terrorism strictly by adopting a zero tolerance policy.

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A group of 50 alumni from the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country have quit their jobs to form a political party to fight for the rights of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. The group, which is waiting for an approval from the Election Commission, has named their outfit “Bahujan Azad Party”.

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Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Sunday there was nothing wrong in Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah contesting from two constituencies in the May 12 assembly polls, and expressed confidence he will win both the seats. To build Siddaramaiah’s case, Kharge recalled even Prime Minister Narendra Modi contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from two seats – Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Vadodara in Gujarat. He termed the reported fears about Siddaramaiah losing from Chamundeshwari seat in Mysuru as BJP’s “false propaganda.”

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As the Congress awaits the decision of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on an impeachment notice moved by it and other parties against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, it is considering moving the Supreme Court if the petition is rejected, party leaders said. They said if the Upper House chairman did not find merit in the notice for the impeachment, the decision could call for a judicial review. “The chairman’s decision is open to being challenged. It is bound to go for a judicial review,” said a Congress leader.

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In a strongly worded statement to BJP lawmakers who resort to shoot their mouth off, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked them to avoid making controversial statements before the media, which, in turn, boomerangs to hurt the party as well as one’s image. While interacting with BJP MPs and MLAs through the NaMo App, Modi said party members should not always blame the media for blowing things out of proportion since it was them who provide “masala” to the press.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China for an informal summit with President Xi Jinping from April 27 to 28 in Wuhan, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. “We will make sure that the informal summit (between PM Modi and President Jinping) will be a complete success and a milestone in China-India relations,” Wang Yi said while addressing a joint presser with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Beijing.

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The CBI has filed a chargesheet against Commissioner, Goods and Service Tax, Sansar Chand in a corruption case, a first against a senior officer of the department, officials said here. Besides Sansar Chand, the agency has also arrested his wife Avinash Kaur in the case last month and she has also been chargesheeted in the corruption case of receiving an alleged bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from a Kanpur-based businessman, they said.

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On the last day of the CPI(M)’s 22nd party Congress, Sitaram Yechury was re-elected as general secretary for another three years. His election to the post for the second time was approved by the Left party’s newly elected 95-member central committee. Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, Manik Sarkar, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CPI(M) leader S Ramachandran Pillai and West Bengal leader Biman Basu are among the members of the central committee. A 17-member new Politburo was also elected at the party Congress.

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Claiming that Christian missionaries are a threat to the unity and integrity of the country, BJP MP Bharat Singh has accused the Congress party of working on their directives. “Christian missionaries control the Congress. Sonia Gandhi, the mother of Congress president Rahul Gandhi works on the directions of these missionaries. These missionaries are a threat for the unity of the country,” Singh said while talking to reporters here on Saturday.

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Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily has dismissed talk of infighting within the party over the selection of candidates in Karnataka saying the state leadership is “totally united” in the battle against the BJP in the upcoming Assembly polls. Moily, a former Union minister and an MP from the state, also hailed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and said he had brought political, social and economic stability to the state.

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The victory of Rabri Devi along with two other RJD members and son of former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi in the biennial elections to the Bihar Legislative Council has brightened her chance of getting the status of Leader of Opposition in the upper house. After announcement of results for 11 seats of Council on April 19 last, the RJD now has 9 members in the 75-member upper house. Santosh Manjhi, son of former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, also won the council poll with the help of Lalu Prasad’s party.

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The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) on Sunday re-elected senior party leader Sitaram Yechury for his second term as general secretary during the last day of its national conference in Hyderabad. The party’s constitution allows an individual to be elected for a maximum of three terms, each consisting of three years.

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Three passengers suffered minor injuries after a Delhi-bound Air India aircraft suffered heavy turbulence for around 12 minutes on Thursday. The turbulence caused panic among passengers as an interior panel covering a window fell off mid-flight. A few oxygen masks also dropped from the overhead panel as the flight experienced turbulence soon after taking off from Amritsar. In a video released by news agency ANI, an air hostess onboard Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VTANI) was seen fixing the window panel which fell on a woman passenger. The crew member was also seen trying to pacify the elderly passenger.

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Petrol prices on Sunday touched Rs 74.40 per litre, the highest under the BJP led government since 2014. Meanwhile, diesel rates soared to a record high of Rs 65.65 in the national capital. Under the daily price revision by oil companies, prices of both petrol and diesel were hiked by 19 paise each on the intervening midnight of April 21-22.

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A 24-year-old Indian man has gone missing in Pakistan during Baisakhi festival celebrations, according to a report in The Express Tribune. The man has been identified as Amarjit Singh, a resident of Amritsar. He had arrived in Pakistan along with other Sikh pilgrims to celebrate Baisakhi festival on April 12, the report added.

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On the day President Ram Nath Kovind approved an Ordinance allowing courts to award death penalty for child rape, Union Minister Santosh Gangwar said in a country as big as India people should not make an issue out of one or two rape incidents. The statement came in response to the intense outrage across the country over the gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua and the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Unnao allegedly by a BJP MLA.

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to the Criminal Law Ordinance, 2018, which allows courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children below 12 years of age. The Ordinance was approved by the Cabinet on Saturday. The Ordinance will now have to be ratified by both Houses of Parliament within six weeks, once they reconvene.

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The state government has decided to push three core sectors — digitalisation, road construction and water conservation — with a definite timeline to bridge the divide between rural and urban Maharashtra. The aim is to push the process of digitalisation and road connectivity across 40,500 villages by 2019.

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Warning passengers against unauthorised entities, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has said it is the only authorised agency to take and deliver orders through e-Catering in trains. “Attention Travellers: @IRCTCofficial is the only authorized agency to take & deliver order through e-Catering in Trains,” IRCTC said.

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Acting on the directions of the Calcutta High Court, the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) has extended the deadline for submission of nominations in the panchayat polls to April 23. According to the latest notification by the poll panel, the scrutiny of the nominations submitted will be held on April 25 while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 28.

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The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered an enquiry into the use of sub-standard material into the construction of a high school building near the Line of Control in Poonch district. Pointing out that a four member enquiry team led by Additional District Development Commissioner Sheikh Hamid will submit his report to him within a week, Poonch Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz said that the school is located at Dharana village. As it falls within the firing range of Pakistan, the newly constructed building was supposed to withstand small arms fire from across the border, he added.

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J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday welcomed the decision of the Union Cabinet to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years and reiterated her resolve to bring similar laws in the state to put an end to crimes against women. The move, Mufti said, would go a long way in curbing the level of harassment against women and girl child in the country. Mufti welcomed other stringent amendments brought in relevant laws by the Union Cabinet to ensure speedy investigation and trial of rape cases and administering deterrent punishments to the convicted. The Chief Minister called for social mobilization to ensure deterrence to those who indulge in heinous crimes against women besides undertaking general awareness about respecting women and their rights and ensuring girls an environment free from harassment, coercion and crimes against them.

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Abu Salem, a 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case convict, has been denied parole for 45 days to get married for a second time. “The prison authorities said he is not eligible for parole. We have rejected his application,” said Jagdish Patil, Konkan Divisional Commissioner. Salem had applied for a parole of 45 days to marry a Mumbra resident. This is the same woman whom Salem had allegedly married while he was being escorted to Uttar Pradesh for a hearing in 2014. After an inquiry was ordered into the incident by prison authorities and the Thane police, the woman had sought the court’s nod to marry Salem, claiming to having been defamed after news of the incident became public. Salem had also filed an application before the trial court seeking permission to marry her. Senior police officers said that Salem, who is serving a life sentence at Taloja Jail, had made the application for parole to prison authorities a month ago. The application was forwarded to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner.

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STATING THAT constitutional guarantee of free speech does not “confer a right” to defame persons and harm their reputation by “false and unsubstantiated allegations”, a Delhi Court on Saturday “restrained” the media from reporting on the FIR filed against former Orissa High Court Judge I M Quddusi, an accused in the medical college bribery case. Quddusi, who was arrested by the CBI in the corruption case related to Prasad Education Trust in September last year, is out on bail. In their notice for impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Friday, Opposition parties had listed the case as one of the five grounds of alleged misconduct against him.

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A day after seven Opposition parties, led by the Congress, moved a notice for impeachment of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, highly placed sources aware about the scrutiny process in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said they had violated the provisions of the ‘Handbook for Members of Rajya Sabha’, which says any notice submitted to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha should not be given advance “publicity”. However, RS Secretariat sources said this violation alone cannot be sufficient reason for rejecting the impeachment notice.

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The Opposition move to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is “a horribly black day in the history of the Supreme Court” and will not only diminish the public’s faith in the judiciary, but will open the door for the ruling party to move against a judge if it doesn’t like a particular judgment, senior jurist Fali Nariman has said. “This is a horribly black day… The blackest possible day. I’ve never seen a day like this. In my 67 years, I’ve never seen a day like this,” Nariman said in an exclusive interview to The Sunday Express.

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Two telling sets of figures from the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) put a question mark on the effectiveness of death as a deterrence for child rape. In 2016, of the 64,138 child rape cases that came up before the courts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act read with IPC Section 376, 1,869 cases — or less than three per cent — ended in convictions. Moreover, of the total cases of rape of women and children before the police that year, in over 94 per cent of the cases (34,650 out of 36,657 cases), the offender was known to the victim — he was either a close family member, a neighbour, or an acquaintance. Given this reality, experts point to the need for more debate before any amendment of the criminal law is carried out to award death penalty for cases of child rape, as sought by the proposed ordinance cleared by the Union Cabinet on Saturday.

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A former RSS worker along with four others were arrested on Saturday in connection with a hoax hartal call that led to a string of violence in Kerala on April 16, the police said. Kerala had shutdown on Monday after messages were circulated on the social media and instant messaging applications calling people to stay away from work to protest against the Kathua rape-and-murder case. Several incidents of violence were reported from Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kannur, Kasaragode and Wayanad during the strike, following which the police arrested over 1,000 persons since Monday.

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Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who has been openly critical of the current party leadership, on Saturday quit the party. “Four years ago, I had quit electoral politics. Now I am taking ‘sanyas’ from party politics,” he said at a meeting in Patna attended by Opposition leaders from the Congress and the RJD, besides rebel BJP leader and Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha.

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On April 18, when a CBI team probing the Unnao rape case visited the Maakhi police station, they were delighted to see a CCTV camera. The officers asked station-in-charge Rajesh Singh to provide them with the footage. Singh instead came back with a file full of “communication” with the district police headquarters about getting the CCTV camera fixed — it hasn’t been running for four months now.

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In the wake of the outrage over the kidnapping, rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua, the Union Cabinet on Saturday approved the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, which allowed courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children below 12 years of age.

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Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Bukhari on Saturday called the ongoing students’ protest, seeking justice for the Kathua rape-and-murder victim, an “emotional outburst” and advised them to “limit their agitation” within the premises of school, college or university. Bukhari also warned that students would be treated as “rowdies” if they come out on the roads.

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A day after the Ahmedabad Crime Branch arrested the main accused from Sawai Madhopur district in neighbouring Rajasthan in connection with the rape and murder of a minor girl, the Surat police on Saturday got his custody for further interrogation.

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The national president of a federation of state government employees’ organisations and his wife have been booked under Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act after cow meat was allegedly recovered from a gaushala the couple run on city outskirts. While Surendra Singh Kaurav is on the run, his wife Gayatri has been remanded in police custody for two days by a local court.

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A 15-year-old Dalit girl has filed a police complaint, alleging that she was raped by her father and four other men in Kanpur. In the complaint filed on Friday, the girl alleged that the incident took place in November last year. Police said the girl could not explain why she took so long to lodge the complaint. The girl, a native of Unnao, has alleged that the four men – Virendra, a property dealer, Ravi, Rakesh Kumar and her neighbour – had confined and then gangraped her.

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Parents of a 12-year-old alleged rape victim Saturday climbed atop a water tank seeking justice for their daughter. The couple claimed that even a month after the alleged rape of their minor daughter, no arrest had been made. To make their voice heard, the couple climbed atop the water tank, inside the office complex of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) of Abohar. Their protest continued for about three hours, till SSP Fazilka Ketan Baliram Patil assured them of justice. SAD as well as BJP leaders also reached the spot after hearing the incident.

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The Allahabad High Court has directed the UP government to file a reply to allegations of a fake encounter by the family of a man killed last year in Muzaffarnagar. Justice J J Munir’s order delivered on Wednesday, but published Saturday, directed the UP government to issue notices to 15 policemen allegedly involved in the October 22 “encounter” in which Budhana resident Furqan was killed.

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In a U-turn, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Jammu, told a visiting team of Bar Council of India that its April 11 call for bandh in Jammu had nothing to do with the demand for a CBI enquiry into the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua. “A motivated and malicious campaign by some national media channels created an erroneous impression about the motives of the bandh call in Jammu,’’ the association said in a written memorandum signed by its general secretary Prem N Sadotra.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday asking to meet “personally at the earliest” to discuss the scheme to be formulated over the management of the Cauvery waters. “I wish to meet you personally at the earliest and apprise you of the merits of adopting the draft scheme proposed by our Government,” he wrote. Karnataka had last month sent the Centre a two-layered draft scheme which it recommended that it adopt to resolve the issue.

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The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has busted a diesel smuggling racket, seizing 14 containers of diesel and arresting 4 persons. The DRI, Hyderabad, on the basis of inputs provided by Andhra Pradesh state intelligence department, found that diesel was being smuggled into India in guise of mineral spirit by certain operators based at Kakinada and Chennai, the finance ministry said on Saturday.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will file nomination for the upcoming Assembly election from a second seat, Badami in Bagalkot district, on April 24, the chief minister’s office stated on Saturday. “The chief minister will file his nomination from the Badami constituency between 2 pm and 3 pm on Tuesday,’’ the chief minister’s press secretary K V Prabhakar said Saturday evening.

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After his Rae Bareli rally, BJP chief Amit Shah and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met at the state party headquarters in Lucknow for a presentation from the Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) and the Varanasi district magistrate. Confirming this, Principal Secretary (Information) Avaneesh Awasthi said the presentation looked into the beautification work at various places in the district.

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In its over 3,500-page judgment on Naroda Patiya massacre case, the Gujarat High Court has observed that the trial court first “presumed” that former BJP minister Maya Kodnani was guilty and then sought to find reasons to support such belief to conclude that she was the “kingpin” of the riots. The High Court has held that Kodnani’s conviction was based on “inferences, conjectures and surmises, and not on substantive evidence led by the witnesses”.

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It’s 11 am and the morning hasn’t begun well at the Anwar Memorial Pain and Palliative Care Society. “Oru marippu undu innu (There has been a death today),” whispers C M Salim, the secretary of the society that runs this palliative clinic in Aluva, 20 km outside Kochi.

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Of course I wasn’t afraid. I have lived 70 years, most of those in the forest. What is there to be afraid of?” Ratli Bai laughs. It’s two days since she shared the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and he bent down and slipped her feet into a pair of sandals. The small and frail Ratli Bai now sits on a cot in her hut in Bhairamgarh village in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, her feet dangling off the kuchcha floor. The skin around her right big toe is peeling, her feet scarred by marks of thorns and as creased as her wrinkled face; the new footwear with its string of beads and shiny metal buckles already caked with dust.

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When S K Mendiratta’s association with the Election Commission ended on April 1, the 79-year-old had been with the poll panel for 53 years, having served under all chief election commissioners except the first. While Mendiratta retired in 1997, he was retained by the EC on contractual basis for another two decades because of his vast knowledge in electoral law. Advisor to the EC on almost all matters of legal importance, he has been part of almost all of its biggest decisions.

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Hours after Yashwant Sinha announced quitting the BJP, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha dared the ruling party to take action against him if it wants to but made it clear he won’t resign from its membership on his own.

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Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal ended her indefinite hunger strike on Sunday. Maliwal, who has been sitting on a hunger strike for past ten days at Rajghat in New Delhi, broke her fast at 2:00 pm today. “I was fighting alone but then I was supported by people across the country. I think this is a historical victory in independent India. I congratulate everyone on this victory,” she said. On Saturday, she made the decision to end her hunger strike hours after the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance to give stringent punishment, including the death penalty, to those convicted of raping girls below 12 years.

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The crime branch which is investigating the alleged rape and killing of a minor girl in Kathua district, is in the process of submitting a supplementary chargesheet in the case, a spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir Police said today. However, the spokesperson did not mention the date when the supplementary charge sheet would be filed.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday insisted that he doesn’t work keeping elections in mind. “Main chunaav ke liya kaam nahin karta” (I don’t work keeping elections in mind),” PM Modi said while addressing bureaucrats at the conclusion of the two-day Civil Services Day function in the national capital.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday hit out at BJP General Secretary P Murlidhar Rao for his Hindi tweet about his plans to contest the May 12 assembly polls from two constituencies, by asking him to tweet in Kannada or English. Rao, who is in-charge of Karnataka, asked whether” Siddaramaiah was scared about winning Chamundeshwari seat in” Mysuru. “@Siddaramaiah ji are you scared? After much effort”you chose Chamundeshwari seat, now after seeing that you will be defeated there you are searching for a second place.” “To end”your doubt let me clarify that not only your two seats, but”entire Karnataka will be Congress Mukt (Congress free),” he”said in a tweet in Hindi. Replying to Rao in Kannada, Siddaramaiah tweeted, “Sir, tweet in Kannada or English. Don’t understand”Hindi.”

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A substation operator was shot dead by unidentified persons in Dhoom Manikpur village at Greater Noida, the police said on Saturday. Another substation officer alleged that he was threatened by unidentified men over phone for switching on the power supply and stopping outages in the area. Satveer Tomar, working at the Dhoom Manikpur substation, had shut off the power supply due to strong winds last night to prevent electrocution. Some persons reached the substation and ordered him to switch on the power supply, the police said.

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A man arrested for allegedly raping and killing a four-month-old infant was today assaulted by people when he was being taken to a magisterial court here, officials said. Superintendent of Police (SP) BPS Parihar said the accused did not sustain any injury in the attack.

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A man’s body was found on Saturday hanging from a tree in the Sector Beta-1 Park at Greater Noida, police said. The deceased was identified as Ramanand Tiwari, a resident of Kanpur. He was staying at an rented accommodation and used to work in a company at Greater Noida, the said. His body has been sent for post mortem. Police said whether it was suicide or murder would be known once the post mortem is completed.

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The Union Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given approval to the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 for effective deterrence against the commission of rape. It has also been decided to put in place a number of measures for speedy investigation and trial of rape cases.

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Two persons, including a child, were killed and four others injured when the jeep they were travelling in collided with a truck near here in the early hours of on Saturday, a police official said. The mishap took place on Meghnagar-Jhabua road near Antarvelia village in the district. The jeep occupants belonged to two families and were returning to their village Madrani after taking part in a marriage function at Ranapur in Jhabua district, Antarvelia police post in-charge Rajendra Sharma said.

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A seven-year old girl was allegedly raped by a middle aged man at Lajong village in Tinsukia district, police said on Saturday. They also arrested the accused a 55-year-old man. As per the FIR lodged by the girl’s father last evening their neighbour Ainul Haq had a few days ago called out the girl from the house and raped her. The girl’s mother informed him only last evening about the incident and he immediately informed his neighbours about it, the father said.

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The Union Cabinet Saturday gave its nod for a proposal to promulgate Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018 that would empower authorities to attach and confiscate properties and assets of economic offenders like loan defaulters who flee the country.The ordinance, which aims to deter economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi from evading the process of Indian law, was approved at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will come into effect after the assent of the President.

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Buoyed by its success with senior citizens, the Indian Railways is set to extend its ‘Give it up’ scheme to include other concession holders to offset its nearly Rs 33,000-crore subsidy burden in annual passenger fares. The decision was taken after figures showed that following the introduction of the scheme last year – by which senior citizens can opt to give up 50 per cent of their fare subsidy, more than 19 lakh people gave up the concession, resulting in a saving of more than Rs 32 crore between July 22, 2017, and March 31, 2018 for the railways.

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Two more Congress MLAs expressed disappointment on Saturday for being ignored in the expansion of the Punjab Cabinet, hours before the scheduled swearing-in of the new ministers. Navtej Singh Cheema and Gurkirat Singh Kotli voiced their unhappiness a day after another Congress legislator Sangat Singh Gilzian resigned from All India Congress Committee (AICC) and as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee vice president over the issue.

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Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the available information about the Indian Railways’ operating ratio, the direct indicator of working of the national transporter, has indicated a “comprehensive failure” of its management. In a series of tweets, Chidambaram asked what was the operating ratio of the Railways in 2017-18 and would it be the worst ratio in recent years.

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Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Saturday charged Lt Governor Kiran Bedi with putting several obstacles in the implementation of vital schemes aimed at promoting well-being of people in the Union Territory. The Lt Governor had said instead of supplying rice to card-holders the government could credit the cash equivalent under direct benefit transfer scheme to the bank accounts of beneficiaries, he told reporters at Puducherry.

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The notice for impeachment of the CJI given by the Congress is an “attack on the judiciary” and is “politically motivated”, Union Minister Vijay Goel said on Saturday. Seven opposition parties led by the Congress had on Friday initiated an unprecedented step to impeach Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, moving a notice accusing him of “misbehaviour” and “misuse” of authority. Goel said the Congress was in a haste after the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Justice Loya case, which was not as per its “wishes”. The opposition gave a notice under a provision of the Constitution, which only talks about removal of judges of the apex court and not impeachment, he claimed.

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The Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age, according to official sources in the government. The criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes punishment of death.

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CB-CID officials conducted searches in the offices of top officials of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) in connection with the allegation that a woman college teacher allegedly attempted to lure students to extend sexual favours in return for higher marks.

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In a sharp yet veiled attack on Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India has always maintained good relations with its neighbours, except with the “one who doesn’t listen”. While stressing on the Centre’s intentions to bring an end to terrorism, the minister said Pakistan will “have to listen someday” in the wake of mounting global pressure.

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Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday announced his decision to quit the BJP during an event with opposition leaders in Patna on Saturday. “Today I am taking ‘sanyas’ from any kind of party politics, I am ending all ties with the BJP,” the minister was quoted by news agency PTI.

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In a bid to prevent any untoward incident before the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s rape case verdict on April 25, Jodhpur Police on Saturday said they will impose Section 144 till April 30, reported news agency ANI. As per the order, more than four people cannot assemble at one place in public, said police. Meanwhile, arrangements for pronouncing the verdict is being done within the jail premises.