From the Pakistan government finally giving its national teams a go-ahead to participate in the World T20 being held in India to the controversial Art of Living festival kicking of on Friday despite rain and traffic disruptions, here a is a quick rundown of the day’s top stories. Click ‘full story’ links for more.
WT20: Pak team to arrive on Saturday
The uncertainty over Pakistan’s participation in the World Twenty20 Championship finally ended on Friday after it’s cricket team got government clearance for travelling to India following assurances of security from the host nation.
Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s executive committee, Najam Sethi, after a long meeting with Interior Minister Chaudary Nisar Ali Khan, said that the government has given the go ahead to send the team to India.
AoL events gets underway despite rain, traffic disruptions
The three-day World Culture Festival being organised by the Art Of Living Foundation commenced in New Delhi on Friday evening after initial disruptions caused by rain and traffic snarls.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the venue shortly after 5.30 pm.
The National Green Tribunal on Friday cleared the decks for the event and gave Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s foundation three more weeks to pay Rs 5 crore in damages for holding the festival on the ecologically fragile Yamuna floodplains in Delhi.
Tharoor’s homosexuality bill defeated in LS again
For the second time in three months, Lok Sabha voted on Friday against the introduction of a private member’s bill brought by Congress MP Shashi Thraoor to decriminalise homosexuality.
Tharoor’s bill aims to decriminalise sexual intercourse in private between consenting adults, irrespective of their sexuality or gender by restricting the applicability of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises homosexuality.
As Tharoor sought to introduce the private member’s bill, BJP members negated the motion and sought division of House, which was granted by speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Girl who challenged Kanhaiya Kumar to a debate, threatened
The 15-year-old schoolgirl, Jhanvi Behal, who had earlier challenged Jawahar Lal University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar for an open debate on ‘the freedom of expression’, has now alleged she has been receiving threats on social networking websites. In her complaint to the police, the teenager alleged most threats were from JNU students and Kanhaiya’s supporters.
After bringing the matter to the notice of Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora, the girl filed a complaint on Wednesday.
Saina Nehwal in All-England Open quarters
Indian ace Saina Nehwal was the only bright spot in an otherwise dismal day for Indian shuttlers as she eased past Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungphan to enter the second round of the All England Open badminton tournament at the Barclaycard Arena on Friday.
The 25-year-old from Hyderabad scripted a 21-16, 21-9 victory in the second round late on Thursday. Sania will meet Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the last eight stage.