New Delhi, July 23: In a major embarrassment for Pakistan, a Pakistani boy who was arrested last year in Jammu & Kashmir has refused to go back home, calling India a "good country". He was taken to Attari-Wagah border for being sent to Pakistan after being released from jail. "I crossed border by mistake when I was caught. I was here for 14 months. I don't want to go back. India is good. I can get a job. I wish Indian govt would let me stay," 16-year-old Ashfaq Ali.
The Bihar Assembly on Monday passed amendments to the prohibition law to curb its misuse, amid a walkout by the opposition. Speaking on the need for the Bihar Prohibition and Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said: "The main objective is to save innocent people from punishment." According to the bill, the amendments would "...stop misuse of provisions of the law against the innocent and bring the punishment in proportion to the crime". The Bill contains 16 amendments that offer relief to people found violating the various draconian provisions of the law. However, Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav is not pleased. He has termed the amendments as "discount for the rich" to drink in dry Bihar.
At least 29 cases of malaria have been reported in the first three weeks of July in Delhi, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease in the national capital this season to 75, according to a municipal report released today.
The alleged rape-murders of inmates of a girls' home in Muzaffarpur has triggered a major storm in Bihar with former Chief Minister and RJD leader Rabri Devi on Monday demanding a CBI probe and alleging that the accused had links with the ruling JD-S and government officials.
The government today set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) under Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a panel headed by the Home Secretary to deal with the growing number of lynching incidents. The move came days after the Supreme Court asked the government to enact a law to deal with such incidents, terming them as "horrendous acts of mobocracy". In an impromptu intervention at the end of the day's sitting, Home Minister Singh told the Lok Sabha that the panel will give its report in 15 days. The panel headed by Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba will suggest measures and legal framework to effectively deal with incidents of mob violence and lynching. The panel will submit its recommendations to the GoM, which will submit them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a hilarious move to avoid arrest, Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the multi-crore PNB scam, moved a special court here seeking cancellation of non-bailable warrants issued against him, claiming that he apprehends mob lynching if he is brought to India. A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court had in March and July this year issued non-bailable warrants against Choksi after it took cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the case. Choksi, in his application moved before the special PMLA court, claimed he faces a threat to his life not only from his former employees and debtors but also from jail staff and inmates (where he would be launched if he returns).
The Supreme Court on Monday said there cannot be any "blanket ban" on holding protests at Delhi's historic Jantar Mantar located at the periphery of Parliament Street and the Boat Club on Rajpath.
A special court here on Monday granted interim protection from arrest to former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram till August 7 in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
A bill that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of misleading the Lok Sabha by not revealing the price of the Rafale fighter jets bought from France and indicated it could move a motion of breach of privilege against them.