Daily wrap: LS passes NIA amendment bill; K’taka trust vote on July 18

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Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar conducts the session at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI

Lok Sabha strengthens NIA with new amendment bill

Lok Sabha on Monday (July 15) strengthened the National Investigation Agency (NIA) by passing an amendment bill, which will allow the agency to probe terrorist acts against Indians and Indian interests abroad, besides cyber-crimes and cases of human trafficking. The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack that claimed 166 lives. Since 2017, the Union Home Ministry has been pushing for more powers to the NIA to meet fresh challenges.

Karnataka crisis: Trust vote to be taken up on July 18, says Speaker

The confidence motion moved by Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy would be taken up in the Assembly on July 18, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said on Monday (July 15). The date has been fixed after consulting both the opposition and ruling coalition leaders during the Business Advisory Commitee meeting, Kumar announced in the Assembly. The Speaker also adjourned the House till Thursday.

Saravana Bhavan hotel owner moves HC for treatment in pvt hospital

A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking to shift hotelier P Rajagopal, who has been admitted to a government hospital here after he surrendered in a murder case, to a private hospital citing deterioration in his health condition. When a special mention was made by his lawyer before a division bench of Justices MM Sundresh and M Nirmal Kumar, the additional public prosecutor said he would get instructions from the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday.

Govt proposes ₹5 lakh compensation for death in motor vehicle accident case

Compensation of ₹5 lakh for death and ₹2.5 lakh for grievous injury in a motor vehicle accident case have been proposed by the government as it seeks to make the Motor Vehicles Act more stringent. On Monday, the government again introduced a bill to amend the Motor Vehicles Act that also provides for higher penalties for violations and protection of good samaritans, among other provisions.

Centre says no to TN, Puducherry for NEET exemption

The Centre has turned down requests from Puducherry and Tamil Nadu governments to exempt students from appearing in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical admissions, according to the HRD ministry. The information was shared by Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in response to a written question in the Lok Sabha.

HC grants protection to UP MLA’s daughter, her husband

Sakshi Mishra, who claimed that she and her husband Ajitesh Kumar were feeling threatened by her MLA father Rajesh Mishra for marrying outside caste, were granted protection by the Allahabad High Court on Monday (July 15). Justice Siddharth Verma granted protection to Sakshi and Ajitesh who had asked for security contending that there is a threat to their life from Mishra, who is unhappy with the marriage as Shakshi is a Brahmin and Ajitesh a Dalit by caste.

Babri case: Special judge seeks 6 months’ time to conclude trial

A special judge holding trial in Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans L K Advani, MM Joshi and others, on Monday (July 15) moved the Supreme Court seeking six more months to conclude the trial in the case. The special judge, in a letter written in May, has informed the top court that he is due to superannuate on September 30, 2019.

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