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Ashutosh, Shazia Ilmi taken by police for questioning
Aam Aadmi Party leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi were on Thursday taken by police for questioning after they were named in an FIR and accused of instigating violence outside BJP headquarters on Wednesday. The police released them after a round of questioning later in the day. The leaders had led a protest that turned violent outside the BJP’s office New Delhi hours after AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal was briefly detained in North Gujarat.
UP drops sedition charges against Kashmir students after political storm
The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday withdrew sedition charges it slapped on 67 students from Kashmir for cheering Pakistan's victory over arch-rivals India in an Asia Cup cricket match held on Sunday. The UP administration informed the home ministry it dropped the charges after conducting a review.
Sensex hits all-time high of 21,524 points
The BSE Sensex hit an all-time high of 21,524.15 in intra-day trade on Thursday before closing at a record high of 21,502.62, 225 points above Wednesday’s close. The Sensex had hit its previous intra-day high of 21,483.74 points on December 9, 2013. The Nifty gained 73.40 points up 1.16 per cent at 6,402.05 points.
Andhra Pradesh ex-CM Kiran Reddy floats new party
Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy floated a new political party after resigning from the Congress party last month to protest bifurcation of the state. A day after the Election Commission announced the poll schedule, Reddy met his supporters in Hyderabad to take a final call on his plans.
UP: doctors call off strike
Doctors in Uttar Pradesh called off their strike early on Thursday after Essential Services Maintenance Act (Esma) was invoked against them on Wednesday. The act includes "essential services" in its charter and prohibits key employees in these services from striking. The doctors of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College (GSVM) in Kanpur resumed their duties at LLR hospital and six affiliated hospitals after six days of strike, which claimed 27 lives and crippled medical services across the city and state.
Sushma Swaraj opposes BSR Cong's merger with BJP
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Thursday opposed the party's proposed merger or alliance with BSR Congress of which the 'tainted' mining barons, the Reddy brothers of Bellary, are a part and has written to the party president in this regard. In a letter to Rajnath Singh, she said such 'tainted' leaders should not be allowed to be associated with the party and vehemently opposed the entry of B Sreeramalu and Reddy brothers of Bellary into BJP.
Ukraine crisis accelerates as Crimea votes to join Russia
Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum on the decision in 10 days' time in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow's rule came as European Union leaders held an emergency summit groping for ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation.
Delhi HC clears release of Madhuri-starrer Gulaab Gang
The Delhi high court on Thursday cleared the release of Hindi movie Gulaab Gang, reportedly based on the life of activist Sampat Pal, who formed the Gulabi Gang, a group of pink sari clad women vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh. A division bench of acting chief justice BD Ahmed and justice Siddharth Mridul vacated the suspension granted by a single judge bench of the high court Wednesday on the movie's release.
Sri Lanka warm-up for Asia Cup final with win
Sri Lanka warmed up for Saturday's Asia Cup cricket final against Pakistan with a three-wicket win over hosts Bangladesh in the last league match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday. Chasing a small target of 205, Sri Lanka faltered badly and were reduced to 75/5 but skipper Angelo Matthews struck a fine unbeaten 74 to take the team home safely to 208 for seven with six balls to spare and maintained their unbeaten run in the tournament.