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HP tunnel collapse: Two of the three labourers rescued

The rescuers finally succeeded in saving the life of two out of the three labourers trapped in a tunnel after ten days of operation in Himachal Pradesh. These labourers were trapped in this under construction tunnel in Tihra area of Bilaspur District on last 12th September.

Since then the rescue operation was going on day and night with the help of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Border Road Organization (BRO), Rohtang Tunnel experts, Home Guards and labourers of the construction company.

Bombay HC refuses to stay ban on bull slaughter for Eid


Bombay HCThe Bombay High Court today refused to grant interim stay on ban on slaughter of bulls and sale of their meat during the Muslim festival of Bakri Eid. A division bench of justices A S Oka and V L Achliya, hearing a batch of petitions seeking relaxation on the ban on slaughter and sale of meat of bulls from September 25 to 27 on the occasion of Bakri Eid. The Court declined to grant any interim relief to the Maharashtra Act by which the ban was imposed.

The court said we are not inclined to grant any drastic interim relief at this stage which would amount to a stay on section 5 of the Maharashtra Preservation of Animals (Amendment) Act. The court asked whether interim relief could be granted on the state government’s statutory power.

The Court said, if there was power of relaxation under the Act, it would have asked the state government to consider it. The court refused to accept the petitioners’ contention that slaughter of animals and their sacrifice forms an essential part of the Muslim community’s religious practice.

Early March this year, after President Pranab Mukherjee granted assent to Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the beef ban was enforced in the state, including on sale or possession of beef, with stringent penalties.

PM confident of deepening bond with US during upcoming visit


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed confidence that his upcoming visit to the US will help further deepen the bond between the two countries.

In his facebook post, Mr Modi said, this visit seeks to build on the substantial ground covered during his last visit to USA and President Obama’s visit to India early this year.

Mr Modi will be undertaking a seven-day trip to Ireland and the US from Wednesday.

In the first leg of the two-nation tour, he will visit Ireland, marking first Prime Ministerial visit from India in almost 60 years.

He expressed hope to further develop strong people-to-people and economic ties with Ireland in the years to come.

On 24th of this month, Prime Minister will commence his visit to USA. Mr Modi said, he is going to USA at a historic moment when the United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

In New York City, Prime Minister will address the UN Sustainable Development Summit for formal adoption of post-2015 new sustainable development agenda.

Prime Minister will also visit Facebook headquarters at the invitation of its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Mr Modi said, he will discuss some global issues and issues relating to India, particularly on the economy and society.

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Malegaon blasts: Centre denies allegation of pressure on SPP Rohini Salian


The Centre today rubbished in the Supreme Court allegation that sacked Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian was asked to go soft on the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), told the court that there is no truth in it.

Rohatgi sought a week’s time to file a counter affidavit on behalf of the government and the agency on the PIL which has alleged that Government was exerting pressure on Rohini Salian.

Earlier on September 11, the apex court had sought a response from the Centre and the agency on the PIL filed by a social activist.

SC refuses to entertain PIL seeking direction to declassify documents on Netaji


SCSupreme Court today refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a direction to the Centre to declassify confidential documents on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

The apex court said let the Ministry of Home Affairs and Principal Secretary in Prime Minister’s Office reply to the representations on the issue.

The court told the petitioner either go to the High Court or wait for the response of the government.

The petitioner has accused various past governments of not disclosing the facts in the case and said that non-diclosure of such an information amounted to denial of fundamental right.

Sixty four secret files on Netaji were made public by West Bengal government on Friday.

Following this, Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee and Congress on Saturday demanded that Central government declassify all files relating to Netaji.

India wants good relations with neighbours: Rajnath


Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reiterated India’s committment for better relations with Pakistan and China. Addressing jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Samba in Jammu and Kashmir today, the Home Minister said India has always been a peaceful neighbour willing to maintain good relations with all its neighbouring countries.

Mr. Singh said India have always extended a hand of friendship and Pakistan should reciprocate and take steps to improve the relationship.

He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has clearly conveyed to China that resolving all outstanding issues, including border disputes, is key to bilateral ties.

Mr. Singh said that ITBP has been guarding 3,488 km-long Indo-China border which is one of the most inhospitable and difficult borders.

He said that the Home Ministry is working on issues of road and telecom connectivity on Indo-China border.

Applauding the ITBP jawans, for carrying out rescue operations during natural calamities in Himalyan region, he said that they are not only the Himveers (the warriors of snow) but also Himalyaputras (sons of the Himalaya).

Mr. Singh inaugurated the newly-constructed building of the camp of the 47th battalion of ITBP at Samba.

Home Minister also lauded the ITBP jawans in defending the Indian consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, during the terrorist attack last year.

HC directs Delhi govt to give details of funds released for dengue, malaria control

Delhi High Court today directed Aam Aadmi Party government to give details regarding funds released to civic bodies for dengue and malaria control programmes.

The direction came days after the court asked the city government and the Centre to explain the steps taken to contain dengue. Cases of dengue in the national capital are rising with several people having died of the vector-borne disease.

Charges framed against Sadhvi Pragya, 7 others in Sunil Joshi murder case


A local court in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh has framed charges against eight people, including 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, in connection with the murder of former RSS ‘pracharak’ Sunil Joshi.
Second Additional Sessions Judge Rajendra Kumar Verma on Saturday framed the charges under Section 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Vasudev Parmar and Anand Raj Kataria.

The court also framed charges under Sections 120 (B) and 302 (murder) of the IPC against other accused — Harshad Solanki, Lokesh Sharma, Rajendra Chaudhary, Ram Chandra Patel and Jitendra Sharma.

Joshi had been charge-sheeted by the National Investigation Agency in connection with the 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast case. He was shot dead on December 29, 2007 when he was walking back to his hideout at Chuna Khadan locality in Dewas town of Madhya Pradesh.

The M.P. Police, after having closed the Joshi murder case, reopened it and filed a charge-sheet in Dewas, alleging Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, arrested in the Malegaon blasts case, and four others had murdered him, fearing he might expose the entire conspiracy from Samjhauta to Ajmer blasts.

This is Modi’s ‘take in India’, not ‘make in India’ : Rahul Gandhi


Rahul_GandhiCongress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on sunday said that PM Modi only listens to “people in suit-boot” and Modi’s ‘Make in India’ does not have “place for labourers, farmers but for only those whom he meets and talks”.

“We don’t want such India. This is not ‘Make in India’. This is Modi’s ‘take in India’,” he said.

At the “Kisan Samman Rally” rally to mark the party’s “victory” on the land bill, in New Delhi Rahul said: “On the one hand, they want to snatch your land, on the other your rights. In the end, you will get nothing. His two-three chosen friends will get it in the end.”

He also said the battle on land bill has shifted to state assemblies and Congress will fight it. He said fight over land bill was about not just about land but also heart, prestige and future of farmers.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh accused the NDA government of trying to weaken the welfare programmes of the previous UPA government.

He said the Congress was able to stop the “conspiracy” of the Modi government on the land bill under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

The issue will need “more struggle”, he said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also mounted a strong attack on Modi, saying he was forced to “bow” on the land bill issue before the power of the “plough and hand”.