Pak trying to hoodwink international community on Hafiz Saeed: MEA
Pakistan is trying to hoodwink the international community with its “cosmetic” steps against terror groups, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday (July 4). The MEA’s response came after Pakistan claimed that it had “booked” Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed and 12 of his close associates for “terrorism financing” in 23 cases, amidst growing global pressure on Islamabad to act against militant groups launching deadly attacks in India.
BJP sends show-cause notice to MLA for assaulting govt official
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday (June 4) issued a show-cause notice to Indore-3 MLA Akash Vijayvargiya a week after he was jailed, and later released on bail, for thrashing a civic body official with a cricket bat. This comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said such misbehaviour was unacceptable. In an apparent reference to the incident, he said “such arrogance and misbehaviour” cannot be tolerated.
Ex-CM Narayan Rane’s son detained after supporters throw mud on engineer
A week after a BJP MLA from Indore was jailed for assaulting a civic body official, a Congress MLA from Maharashtra and his supporters were on Thursday accused of throwing mud on an engineer near the Mumbai-Goa highway in Kankavali. Nitesh was later detained by Maharashtra police. A video of the same was tweeted by news agency ANI. In the video, Maharashtra Congress MLA Nitesh Rane, son of former chief minister Narayan Rane, and his supporters are seen throwing mud on engineer Prakash Shedekar when he was inspecting a pothole-ridden highway.
Rath Yatra begins in Puri; despite Fani millions throng to witness annual sojourn
The Grand Road of Puri on Thursday (July 4) witnessed a sea of people, who congregated to participate in the famous Rath Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra of the Srimandir. The Pahandi (where the idols of the three deities are carried to the chariots) ritual of the holy trinity started in the morning and the deities as per tradition were carried to their decked up chariots by the ‘daitapatis’ (temple servitors who are said to be related to Lord Jagannath).
Vellore Lok Sabha constituency goes to polls on Aug 5
Election Commission of India on Thursday (July 4) announced that Lok Sabha polls for the Vellore constituency in Tamil Nadu would be held on August 5 and that results would be declared on August 9. The notification for the August 5 election will be issued on July 11. The nomination process will begin the same day and the last date for filing papers is July 18. Scrutiny would take place on July 19 and the last date for withdrawing from the electoral battle would be July 22.
CIC nod for disclosure of corruption complaints against Union ministers
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has paved the way for disclosure of corruption complaints against Union ministers by terming objections of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as “not correct” in response to an RTI application filed by bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi. Chaturvedi, a 2002-batch officer of the Indian Forest Service, had in August 2017 filed an RTI application with the PMO seeking details of corruption complaints against Union ministers received from June 2014 till the date of filling of the application.
NPA mess: Urjit Patel admits RBI was slow to take timely measures
A failure on the part of banks, the government and the regulator till 2014 has got us into the current bad loan mess and the resultant low capital buffers, Urjit Patel, the past Reserve Bank Governor, has said, asking all to resist the temptation of going back to the status quo. In his first comments after resigning as RBI governor on December 10 last year amid sharp differences with the government, Patel said banks indulged in over-lending, while the government did not “fully play” its role, and also conceded that the regulator should have acted earlier.