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Aarushi Talwar case verdict today, teachers get 7th Pay Commission benefits, Hafiz Saeed’s group cannot contest polls: Top stories

The Allahabad high court is likely to pronounce its judgment on Thursday in the murder case of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar in Noida, four years after her parents were convicted for the sensational killing that shook the country.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2017 07:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
On May 16, 2008, Aarushi was found murdered inside her bedroom in the Talwar’s flat in Noida’s posh Jal Vayu Vihar — her throat slit with surgical precision.
On May 16, 2008, Aarushi was found murdered inside her bedroom in the Talwar’s flat in Noida’s posh Jal Vayu Vihar — her throat slit with surgical precision. (HT File Photo)

Aarushi Talwar murder case: Allahabad high court likely to deliver verdict today

The Allahabad high court is likely to pronounce its judgment on Thursday in the murder case of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar in Noida, four years after her parents were convicted for the sensational killing that shook the country. A high court bench comprising justice BK Narayana and justice AK Mishra reserved its verdict in September in the appeal filed by Aarushi’s parents, Rajesh and Nupur, who were sentenced to life in jail by a CBI court in Ghaziabad. They were convicted for the double murder of Aarushi and their house help, Hemraj. Read the story here.

About 8 lakh teachers of central, state universities to get 7th Pay Commission benefits

Ahead of the festive season, there is some good news for the nearly 8,00,000 teachers and staff working in colleges, universities and institutions run by the Centre and state governments. The Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a pay hike, which will result in a 22%-28% in their salaries. The pay revision is based on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. HT had on July 10 reported that the hike will be in this range. The approved pay scales would be applicable from January 1, 2016. The annual central financial liability on account of this measure would be about Rs 9,800 crore. Read the story here.

Sex with minor wife is rape, says Supreme Court

A man can be charged with rape if he has sex with his underage wife, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, a landmark order that removed discrepancies in various statutory laws to fix the age of consent at 18. The court was hearing a petition that sought scrapping of a provision in the rape law that allowed a man to have sex with his underage wife without her consent. A bench of justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta said a girl child “cannot be treated as a commodity having no say over her body or someone who has no right to deny sexual intercourse to her husband”. It ruled that a man can be prosecuted if his underage wife registers a complaint within a year of the offence. Read the story here.

‘It takes two to tango’: Pakistan Army chief says his country wants normal ties with India

Pakistan wants normal and peaceful ties with a “belligerent” India but it “takes two to tango”, army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday against the backdrop of strained relations between the two countries. Bajwa made the remarks at a seminar in the port city of Karachi while referring to Pakistan’s “external front”, which he said “continues to remain in a flux”. “We have also expressed and demonstrated our genuine desire to have normal and peaceful relations with India, however, it takes two to tango,” Bajwa said in his speech at the seminar on “interplay of economy and security”. “With a belligerent India on our east and an unstable Afghanistan on our west, the region remains captive due to historical baggage and negative competition,” he added. Read the story here.

Ex-TMC leader Mukul Roy quits Rajya Sabha, suspense over next move

Suspended Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy, once a confidant of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, today quit the party and the Rajya Sabha, intensifying speculation about his possible induction into the BJP. Parting ways with the TMC that he helped build with Banerjee, Roy, 63, fired a stinging salvo at Banerjee accusing her of running a one-man show and propagating dynastic politics. “I feel in a party everybody is a comrade and not a servant. And this kind of behaviour is common in every one-man political outfit. “One-man politics is bad for every political party in the country,” Roy told reporters in Delhi. His exit from the TMC marked the end of his 20-year-long ties with West Bengal’s ruling party. Read the story here.

Honeypreet conspired to build up crowd for Panchkula arson, gave money: Police

Honeypreet, the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was responsible for the violence that swept four states and killed 38 people in August after the controversial sect leader’s rape conviction, police claimed on Wednesday. Haryana police say Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, headed a crucial meeting of top Dera functionaries at the Sirsa headquarters of the sect on August 17 when it was decided to send hordes of people to Haryana’s Panchkula, where a CBI court convicted Singh for raping two women disciples. A careful plan to spread arson and violence in case of an adverse verdict was also laid out at the meeting, police claimed. Read the story here.

For first time, IAF commandos killed in Kashmir combat; two militants shot dead

For the first time in Kashmir’s nearly three-decades-long insurgency, two Indian Air Force (IAF) commandos were killed in a fierce gunfight with militants in the region’s Bandipora district on Wednesday. Air force personnel have been attacked and killed by insurgents in the troubled region but they were not participating in ground combat. “They were training with the army for operational experience,” army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said, referring to Wednesday’s shootout in which two militants were also killed. The IAF commandos belonged to its elite special forces unit, Garud. Read the story here.

Don’t deviate from fiscal consolidation exercise: PM’s Economic Advisory Council

An advisory group of economic experts constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday warned against breaching the fiscal deficit, potentially ruling out the possibility of a stimulus package to revive the sputtering economy. “The fiscal consolidation exercise should not be deviated from,” economist Bibek Debroy who leads the EAC said on Wednesday after the first meeting of the body. The EAC’s stance contradicts NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar’s views who said last Wednesday that the economy will do well with a fiscal stimulus and there will be no harm if the deficit target is missed. Though the government aims to keep the fiscal deficit — the gap between the revenue earnings and expenditure — at 3.2% of the GDP, it is facing renewed calls from the industry for a booster dose to encourage investments, crucial for creating jobs. Read the story here.

Pro-Pak separatist Asiya Andrabi in ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ poster in J-K

Kashmir’s hardline separatist woman leader is a role model on a poster for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, a social campaign for girls to arrest the skewed child sex ratio in the country. The government poster has the image of a burka-clad Asiya Andrabi, founding leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-woman outfit, who is behind bars since May this year. It also features chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Mother Teresa and former prime minister Indira Gandhi, among others. The poster was unveiled at an event organised by the state tourism department at Kokernag in south Kashmir on Wednesday, which senior ministers and bureaucrats attended. Read the story here.

Pakistan poll panel bars Hafiz Saeed-linked group from contesting elections

Pakistan’s electoral commission on Wednesday barred from contesting elections a new political party that is backed by Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed who has a $10 million US bounty on his head, a government official said. Haroon Khan, a spokesman for the commission, said a four-man panel rejected the registration of Milli Muslim League (MML) as an official political party. Khan said Muhammad Raza Khan, chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), told MML’s lawyer at the final hearing of the registration that the new party has links with militant groups and as such “We can’t enlist you.” Read the story here.

Spanish PM gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence stand

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave Catalonia’s separatist leader five days to clarify his position on whether or not he was declaring independence. Speaking in parliament Rajoy said Carles Puigdemont has until Monday at 10 am (1200 GMT) “to say if he declared independence” before suspending Catalan autonomy. “It is very important that Mr Puigdemont clarify for the rest of Spaniards if he declared independence yesterday or not,” he added. If Puigdemont confirms his region had split from Spain, the central government would give him an additional five days, to October 19 at 10 am, to reconsider before suspending Catalan autonomy, Rajoy added. Read the story here.

First Published: Oct 12, 2017 07:43 IST