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Centre may bring ordinance on death for rape of minors Times of India
In the wake of public outrage over the Kathua rape-and-murder case where the victim was a minor, the Cabinet is likely to consider an ordinance on Saturday to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to provide for the death penalty for the rape of children below the age of 12.
North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site Economic Times
North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North's state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.
Impeachment of CJI Misra: AAP, DMK, TMC oppose; 64 MPs sign motion Business Standard
In an unprecedented move, Opposition parties led by the Congress took the first step towards proposing an impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by submitting the petition with over 64 signatures to Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. The petition listed five allegations of “misbehaviour” against the Chief Justice.
2007 Mecca Masjid blasts: All accused, including Aseemanand, acquitted Srinath Vudali, Times of India
Eleven years after powerful bombs ripped through Hyderabad’s historic Mecca Masjid, killing nine people and wounding 58, a special NIA court on Monday acquitted all five accused, including Swami Aseemanand due to lack of clinching evidence.
Justice will be done to Kathua, Unnao victims: Modi Business Standard
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday broke his silence over the rape and murder of a minor in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of a teenager in Uttar Pradesh, saying justice will be done to the victims and no culprit will be allowed to escape.
Unnao, Kathua rape cases: CBI arrests BJP MLA; two ministers quit in J&K Business Standard
Amid a nationwide outrage, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA accused of raping a minor in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, while two ministers from the party in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) who attended a rally supporting the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case had to resign, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted no criminal will be spared.
PM Modi greets nation on Ambedkar Jayanti, says Babasaheb gave hope to poorest, marginalised sections Indian Express
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday extended greetings to the nation on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti. In a message on twitter, the PM said, “Greetings on Ambedkar Jayanti. Pujya Babasaheb gave hope to lakhs of people belonging to the poorest and marginalised sections of society. We remain indebted to him for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution.” He also shared a video of himself talking about the leader on multiple occasions.
US, Allies launch strikes in Syria in response to chemical attack NDTV
President Donald Trump ordered a military attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, joining allies Britain and France in launching missile strikes in retaliation for what Western nations said was the deliberate gassing of Syrian civilians.
Will take all steps to protect people, territory: Modi Business Standard
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India is ready to take all steps to equip the armed forces to protect her people and territory. He said his government has streamlined defence manufacturing and procurement processes.
Isro successfully launches IRNSS-1I navigation satellite Mint
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Thursday launched the IRNSS-1I navigation satellite from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This the eighth such satellite to be a part of a constellation. The PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I mission blasted off at 4.04am from the first launchpad at the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre. It was a normal lift-off, Isro officials said.
Congress does yatras only with mortal remains of its leaders: Amit Shah Prashant Pandey, Indian Express
Attacking the Congress for what he called was its focus only on one family, BJP national president Amit Shah Friday said that the party, founded by a British, had undertaken only four national tours, three of which were with the mortal remains of its leaders.
  National
Impeachment move against CJI bid to denigrate judiciary: BJP Business Standard
The BJP on Friday hit out at the Congress and other opposition parties for submitting an impeachment notice for removal of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, saying it aims to cover up their repeated failures in judicial battles.
Congress using impeachment as political tool: Jaitley Business Standard
Accusing the Congress of using impeachment as a political tool, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said it was a revenge petition to intimidate the judiciary following the Supreme Court's verdict on Judge B.H. Loya's death.
CJI Dipak Misra impeachment: TMC, DMK don’t join in, ask where’s the evidence? Abantika Ghosh & Sowmiya Ashok, Indian Express
The move by the Congress and six parties Friday to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has split the Opposition with the Trinamool Congress and the DMK not joining in. Sources in the Trinamool Congress said “political and practical compulsions” forced it to stay away. While the DMK did not sign, its leader Kanimozhi told The Indian Express that “we will support it when it comes to Parliament.”
Sushma Swaraj to set stage for PM Modi's visit in China Economic Times
Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to China from Saturday is expected to prepare the ground for a possible trip by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China next month, people familiar with the development said.
2002 Gujarat riots: Delay in naming Maya Kodnani as Naroda Patiya accused helped in her acquittal Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times
The Gujarat high court on Friday reversed a special SIT court order and acquitted former state minister Maya Kodnani, described by the latter as “one of the principal conspirators and a kingpin” of the Naroda Patiya communal riots.
Congress tried to erase Ambedkar's legacy: Modi Business Standard
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of obliterating the work done by B.R. Ambedkar in nation-building and for not considering him for 'Bharat Ratna' while he was alive. Speaking at the inauguration of Ambedkar National Memorial here, Modi charged the Congress with limiting the nation's history to one family and keeping out all those who refused to bow down to them.
Cauvery issue: Vaiko’s nephew sets himself on fire Devanathan Veerappan, Times of India
MDMK leader Vaiko’s nephew, Saravana Suresh, set himself on fire in Virudhunagar on Friday morning demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board. Suresh is the son of Ramanujam, brother of Vaiko’s wife Renuka Devi.
Not only F-16 fighters, Lockheed ready to make Javelin missiles in India Economic Times
With the Indian Air Force beginning the process of buying 110 fighter jets, in a deal that could be worth more than $15 billion, Lockheed Martin has expressed its readiness to shift its F-16 fighter aircraft manufacturing unit to India -- and the US government, according to the manufacturer, will allow it to do that.
PM Modi puts inflation goals at risk in a bid to meet farm pledges Vrishti Beniwal & Bibhudatta Pradhan, Business Standard
Inflation may be easing in India, as data on Thursday is set to show, but there are mounting risks. At the top of the list is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to raise the prices of food crops to help distressed farmers, a key voter base.
Allocation of cases is CJI’s prerogative, rules Supreme Court Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
A Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Wednesday declared the Chief Justice of India an “institution in himself” with “exclusive prerogative” to constitute Benches and allocate cases. The three-judge Bench, in a 16-page judgment, held there is no room for any “presumption of mistrust” against the high constitutional functionary, who helms the country's most powerful court.
  The Courts
SC says MPs' public statements on impeachment unfortunate Business Standard
The Supreme Court on Friday dubbed as "unfortunate" the public statements by politicians on the issue of the impeachment of members of the higher judiciary. "It is unfortunate. We are all disturbed over what is happening," Justice A.K. Sikri, who was on the Division Bench, said.
Bengal Panchayat polls: HC asks poll panel to announce fresh schedule Business Standard
The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) to make a fresh announcement extending the deadline for filing of nominations, and finalise a new election schedule for the Panchayat polls.
Supreme Court refuses to interfere in West Bengal panchayat polls Times of India
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday refused to interfere in the upcoming West Bengal's panchayat polls, saying parties should approach the state election commission with their grievances.
SC says record all Govt job interviews Abraham Thomas, Pioneer
Concerned over serious irregularities in selection to public posts, the Supreme Court has suggested the Centre to videograph all selection proceedings by the Public Service Commission and State Selection Boards.
Supreme Court to hear plea seeking SIT probe in PNB scam case DNA
Supreme Court on Monday will hear the plea filed by a lawyer seeking SIT probe into the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case. Yesterday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) issued Non-Bailable Warrants (NBW) against celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle and business partner, Mehul Choksi, in connection with Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.
Aadhaar cannot stop bank frauds, Supreme Court tells Centre Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
The Supreme Court stopped the Centre on Thursday from projecting Aadhaar as panacea for all systemic ills, including bank frauds worth billions of rupees, and said the unique number as a tool for authentication of identity could not stop bank scams even if it might be useful in uplifting the poor.
Seal big shops in Delhi's residential areas: SC Amit Anand Choudhary, Times of India
In a bid to control Delhi's urban chaos, the Supreme Court asked the Centre on Wednesday to seal large shops, showrooms and restaurants being run illegally in residential colonies even as it spared slums and unauthorised colonies for the present. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta decided to defer action against the poor people living in slums and jhuggi-jhopri clusters on the grounds that they do not have any alternative place to stay.
No affront to Dalit rights, says SC Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court said its March 20 judgment, banning immediate arrest of a person accused of insulting or injuring a Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe member, is meant to protect innocents from arbitrary arrest and not an affront to Dalit rights.
Article 370 has acquired permanent status: Supreme Court Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said Article 370 of the Constitution, conferring special status on Jammu and Kashmir and limiting the Central government's power to make laws for the state, had acquired permanent status through years of existence, making its abrogation impossible.
Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar takes on CJI Dipak Misra, again DNA
The troubles that dog the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra show no signs of abating. Justice Jasti Chelameswar's letter to the CJI Misra, highlighting State interference in the independence of the judiciary is the latest controversy spilling from the apex court's corridors.
  Business
ATM cash crunch on wane, normalcy likely today: SBI Pioneer
As the Government has started working overtime to print new currency notes, cash crunch situation in many parts of the country reportedly showed signs of easing on Thursday. It is understood that more than 86 per cent of ATMs are functioning normally as required cash are being transported to deficit areas, according to official sources.
Government now pushes for One Nation-One Road Tax: National Permit for taxis, boost to EVs Ronak Shah, Financial Express
The government of India led by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed a road tax structure that is expected to make the current road tax system more organised and uniform across the country. If implemented, this will promote the use of public transport, ease the transfer of vehicles within the states across India and promote the use of electric vehicles.
Petrol price rises to Rs 74.08/ltr in Delhi, Rs 81.9 in Mumbai; highlights Business Standard
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday slammed the Modi government over the high petrol prices, saying it has become clueless and floundering and is living off an "oil bonanza." In a series of tweets, the former Finance Minister said the BJP boasts that it is ruling 22 states but why does the NDA government refuse to bring petroleum and petroleum products under GST.
Cash crunch: ATMs are running dry across India; government says needs three days to fix problem First Post
ATMs in several cities across the country, operated by both state-run and private banks, are reportedly running dry. The problem seems to have affected ATMs in cities and towns across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, according to media reports.
Wholesale inflation eases marginally at 2.47% in March Money Control
India's wholesale inflation eased marginally hitting nine-month low of 2.47 percent growth in March, as prices of vegetables and other food items softened, latest price data released by the commerce and industry ministry showed.
India's Forex reserve rises by over $500 mn Business Standard
India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves increased by $503.6 million as on April 6, official data showed on Friday. According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the overall Forex reserves rose to $424.86 billion from $424.36 billion reported for the week ended March 30.
Binani case back in NCLT as SC rejects out-of-court deal Times of India
Binani Industries on Friday withdrew its appeal against an National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) order in the Supreme Court after the apex court refused to allow an out-of-court settlement for the debt-ridden subsidiary Binani Cement. The case will now go back to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).
Reliance Jio raises Rs 32.5 bn as samurai term loan from Japanese banks Business Standard
Telecom operator Reliance Jio has signed an agreement to raise about Rs 32.5 billion (Rs 3,250 crore) as samurai term loan from Japan-based banks. "Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has signed an approximately JPY 53.5 billion samurai term loan with 7 year bullet maturity. The facility is guaranteed by Reliance Industries Limited and will be used for funding RJIL's ongoing capital expenditure," RJIL said in a late night statement on Friday.
Govt may defer oil price hike for now Pioneer
Confusion prevailed over a reported directive by the Centre to State-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) not to increase retail petrol and diesel prices by absorbing a part of the losses due to the recent hike in global crude oil prices.
Government mulls taking GSTN control from private entities Economic Times
India could soon unveil a plan to turn Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), the information technology backbone of the indirect tax regime, into a fully or majority state-owned agency by buying out the stakes of private entities that currently hold a 51% stake.
  States Scan
BJP wins all 5 municipal corporations in Jharkhand Business Standard
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jharkhand won all the five municipal corporations and registered thumping victories in Nagar Parishad and Nagar Panchayat polls, officials said. The counting of votes took place on Friday. The polling had taken place on April 16. The BJP also retained the Ranchi Mayor and Deputy Mayor post.
Parole application of Abu Salem rejected by Navi Mumbai Commissioner Times of India
Navi Mumbai Commissioner has rejected the 45-days parole application of 1993 Mumbai blasts case convict Abu Salem on Saturday. Terror convict Abu Salem had appealed to the prison department from his Taloja jail cell for parole of 45 days for his wedding with his new lady love, Kausar Bahar.
Yogi plans to include 17 OBCs in SC list Pioneer
The Yogi Adityanath Government is contemplating to include 17 Other Backward Castes in the Scheduled Caste list and send its recommendation to the Centre for approval. The power to declare any caste as Scheduled Caste rests with the Centre.
Bihar council polls: Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi file nomination papers Business Standard
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi filed nomination papers on Monday for the April 26 Bihar Legislative Council polls. Health Minister Mangal Pandey, along with three ruling and one opposition candidate, also filed his nomination on the last day of the filing.
Shutdown in Kerala over SC/ST Act dilution, dalit leader Geethanandan held Times of India
Dalit leader M Geethanandan and some of his supporters were arrested on Monday for attempting to block traffic here as part of a dawn-to-dusk hartal called by various Dalit outfits to protest the "dilution" of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Karnataka assembly polls: BJP announces first list of candidates Times of India
The BJP on Sunday announced the first list of 72 candidates who will contest the high stakes Karnataka assembly polls. The list of names was made public following a meeting of the BJP's Central Election Committee at the party headquarters in Delhi. The meeting was chaired by party president Amit Shah, and the attendees included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, among others.
Television journalist shot at by gunmen at Ghaziabad residence, condition critical Financial Express
A television journalist employed with a Hindi news channel was shot at thrice by unidentified gunmen at his Ghaziabad residence on Sunday night, agency reports said. The journalist, who has been identified as Anuj Chaudhary employed with Sahara Samay, sustained gunshot injuries on his right hand and abdomen after unidentified gunmen barged into his house and fired at him Sunday evening, police said.
Bengal BJP has full backing of party's central leadership: Smriti Irani Business Standard
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Friday accused the West Bengal government of "completely failing" to maintain law and order situation in the state and said the state BJP has the full backing of the party's central leadership.
Goa issues alert after intel on terrorists using sea route to arrive in India Times of India
Goa today issued an alert to all the vessels and casinos operating off the state's coast following an intelligence input about possible arrival of terrorists on board a fishing trawler, the state's ports minister said.
Five YSRCP MPs submit resignations to Lok Sabha Speaker NewIndianExpress
Five YSR Congress Party Lok Sabha MPs today submitted their resignation letters to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan over their demand for Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. The five MPs are Vara Prasad Rao V, Y V Subba Reddy, P V Midhun Reddy, Y S Avinash Reddy and the party floor leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy.
  International News
China counters Modi’s ‘terror factory’ tag on Pakistan Saibal Dasgupta, Times of India
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently described Pakistan as a “terror export factory”, China on Friday sprung up to back its all-weather ally and called on the international community to support its counter terrorism efforts.
India presses for legal action after tricolour torn down in London Naomi Canton, Times of India
The Indian government is pressing for legal action against Sikh and Kashmiri separatists who tore down an Indian flag during a protest in the UK against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, cut it into shreds with a kirpan and burnt it.
The protesters, chanting anti-Indian slogans, provocatively replaced it with a “Khalistan” and an “Azad Kashmir” flag.
Donald Trump is morally unfit to be President, says ex-FBI Director Comey Business Standard
Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be president, former FBI Director James Comey said in a highly anticipated prime-time interview Sunday, adding that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that the Russian government has incriminating information about the president.
Pakistan SC disqualifies ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from politics for life Omer Farooq Khan, Times of India
In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday ruled that any person declared dishonest and not righteous by it is disqualified from politics or holding public office for life. The ruling ended doubts about the duration of last year’s disqualification of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office for failing to disclose his assets and wealth before contesting the 2013 general elections.
Trump’s threat to Russia has raised the stakes for a new world war, experts warn Gavin Fernando, News.com
Donald Trump’s tweet about Russia and Syria could spark a third World War. Says who? Well, the US President himself less than two years ago. In the days before the November 2016 election, the then-presidential candidate said Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to World War III”, criticising his Democratic rival for being too tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump can fire Russia prosecutor Mueller, says White House Business Standard
The White House has insisted that Donald Trump has the power to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller, stoking fears that the president may try to kill an investigation inching ever-closer to the Oval Office. After months of denying Mueller's removal is under consideration, the change in tone came as Trump reacted furiously to an FBI raid of his private lawyer's offices on Monday.
South China Sea dispute: After China’s massive drill, US Roosevelt aircraft carrier sails through SCS Financial Express
In a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, in a powerful display of military precision and efficiency. The nuclear-powered warship, leading a carrier strike group, was conducting what the U.S. military called routine training in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, headed for a port call in the Philippines, a defence treaty ally.
Missile attack on Syrian airbase, US blamed Greater Kashmir
An airbase in Syria's Homs province was hit by "several missiles" in a "likely attack by the US" on Monday, according to state media reports. The Tayfur airbase, also known as T4, is located in a strategic position between the cities of Homs and Palmyra, reports CNN.
Russia says Britain is ‘playing with fire’ in spy case Indian Express
The international furor over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter intensified, with Russia warning Britain that it was “playing with fire.” At a U.N. Security Council meeting on Thursday, Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia claimed that Russia that was the victim of a hasty, sloppy and ill-intentioned defamation campaign by London and its allies.
Pakistan court asks government not to harass Hafiz Saeed Omer Farooq Khan, Times of India
The Lahore high court on Thursday warned the government against "harassment" of LeT founder and alleged Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed and ordered authorities to not disrupt his "social" activities till the next hearing.

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