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Rajnath in Pakistan
Home minister Rajnath Singh used a meeting in Pakistan on Thursday to seek the “strongest” action against countries that back terrorism and pilloried those who eulogise terrorists, delivering a terse message that was not covered by the Pakistani media. Singh did not name any countries or individuals in his speech at the meeting of Saarc interior ministers but there was little doubt he was referring to Pakistan.
Who’s the boss in Delhi? Court says Jung
The Delhi government suffered a series of blows on Thursday as the high court ruled in favour of the lieutenant governor in a tussle for the reins of the Capital and quashed two high-profile probes set up by the Aam Aadmi Party administration. An HC bench headed by chief justice G Rohini said L-G Najeeb Jung is Delhi’s administrative head and isn’t bound by the advice of the city council of ministers.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who first announced plans in his 2006-07 budget speech to shift to a new indirect tax regime, has said there is a still a long way to go before the unified goods and service tax becomes reality.
Gujarat HC cancels 10% upper-caste quota
The Gujarat high court cancelled on Thursday 10% reservation for the poor among upper castes, adding to mounting pressure on the ruling BJP battling a leadership crisis and plummeting popularity among key vote banks ahead of assembly polls next year. The decision is likely to spark renewed protests by the influential Patel community whose violent demonstrations seeking jobs and college seats shook the state government last year.
42 washed away in Mahad collapse?
As many as 42 people might have been washed way in the Mahad bridge collapse, complaints received by the control room suggested. Two buses and about 10 private vehicles fell into a swollen Savitri river after a British-era bridge was washed away near Mahad on the Mumbai-Goa national highway on Tuesday night.
Farooqui gets 7-year jail term
‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on Thursday by a Delhi court for raping a US researcher in Delhi last year. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the 44-year-old filmmaker and said the amount be given to the victim, failing which he would have to undergo an additional imprisonment of three months.
Nita Ambani in Olympic panel
Nita Ambani, founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation and owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team franchise has been elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee, becoming the first Indian woman to join the prestigious body which governs Olympic sports in the world.
Kishore Kumar facts
Thursday marks the 87th birthday of legendary singer Kishore Kumar. Kishore, who made people laugh and cry with equal ease; he was the one voice that gave musical meaning to every human emotion. Think of love, longing, happiness, suffering, longing, friendship or betrayal, a Kishore song will definitely echo in your mind. We pay a tribute to Kishore Kumar by presenting you the most fascinating facts about the late singer.
Pakistani copter crashes in Afghanistan
A Pakistani government helicopter crash-landed in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, their embassy in Kabul said, with local authorities saying all six people on board were taken hostage by the Taliban. The insurgents have not so far commented on the incident in Azra district in the restive province of Logar.
Prachanda takes charge
Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” was on Thursday sworn in as Nepal’s new Prime Minister, a day after being elected by lawmakers for the top post for the second time. Prachanda formed a six-member cabinet that includes two deputy prime ministers.
India vs West Indies Test ends in draw
Rookie batsman Roston Chase conjured up a heroic maiden Test century to lead a remarkable West Indies fightback as the hosts forced a frustrating draw on India on the final day of the second match on Wednesday. Chase, playing only his second Test match, came up with a resolute 137 off 269 balls and in the process raised three match-saving partnerships with his teammates.