Amit Shah’s son to sue website, Kejriwal’s latest salvo over metro fare hike: Top stories
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal asks Centre to share half of Rs 3,000 crore to put off metro fare hike, soldiers’ bodies being transferred in cardboard boxes, and BJP chief Amit Shah’s son to file defamation suit against website. Here are the top stories to keep you up to date.india Updated: Oct 09, 2017 08:08 IST
Will pay 50% of funds needed to run Delhi Metro if Centre pays other half: CM Kejriwal
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday offered to take over Delhi Metro and promised to make the capital’s most popular mode of mass transport more efficient, his latest salvo in a face-off with the Centre over a proposed fare hike. In a letter to Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Kejriwal also said his government was willing to provide half of the funds required by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to meet the gap in operating finances but only if a matching grant is provided by the Centre. The chief minister’s offer came a day after Puri said the Delhi government will have to pay Rs 3,000 crore annually for five years to put off the metro fare hike, set to be implemented from Tuesday. Read the story here.
Arunachal chopper crash: Soldiers’ bodies sent in cardboard boxes, Army calls it an aberration
Two days after seven military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash in Tawang, purported images of their bodies being transferred in cardboard boxes surfaced on Sunday, triggering an outrage. This prompted the Army to come out with a tweet saying the wrapping of the bodies with local resources was an “aberration” and that the fallen soldiers are always given full military honour. “Seven young men stepped out into the sunshine yesterday to serve their motherland, India. This is how they came home,” tweeted former Northern Army commander Lt Gen (Retd) HS Panag, along with the images of the bodies. Read the story here.
Amit Shah’s son Jay to sue news website for Rs 100 crore for defamation
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah will file a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against a website, the party said on Sunday after a news report said a company owned by the latter had seen a sharp spike in revenues since May 2014. The report, published in thewire.in, said Shah’s company Temple Enterprises Pvt Limited was “engaged in negligible activity” in the financial years ending March 2013 and 2014 but “jumped to a turnover of Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-16”. The company had taken an unsecured loan during the year for Rs 15.78 crore, the news report said, adding that it finally wound up in October 2016 after posting a loss. Jay Shah issued a statement saying the article “makes false, derogatory and defamatory imputation against me by creating in the minds of right thinking people an impression that my business owes its ‘success’ to my father Sri Amit Bhai Shah’s political position.” Read the story here.
Send your child to school or be locked up in jail with no food, water: UP minister
Uttar Pradesh minister Om Prakash Rajbhar has warned that parents who fail to send their wards to schools will be locked up in police stations without food and water. In a video that has gone viral on social media, the ‘Divyangjan’ empowerment minister is reportedly seen addressing a party gathering and speaking vociferously against those who failed to send their kids to schools. “I am going to enact a law of my choice. If wards of poor do not got to school, their parents will be forced to sit in police stations for five days. They will neither be given food nor water,” Rajbhar said. Read the story here.
Railways crack down on VIP culture: No gifts, no cosy travel benefits, and more
The railway ministry has asked its senior staff to slug it out – at home and at work – as part of steps to end the VIP culture in India’s national transporter. In an unprecedented move, the ministry has brought to an end a 36-year-old protocol where it was mandatory for general managers to present themselves on arrival and departure of the Railway Board chairman and other board members during zonal visits. As part of a massive overhaul of the culture of privilege prevalent in the ministry, the Railway Board has decided to do away with the instructions of a 1981 circular that mandated such protocol. Read the story here.
China to India: Face the facts and abide by historic treaty to maintain peace in border areas
China on Sunday referred to the 1890 UK-China treaty which it claims demarcated the Sikkim sector of the Sino-Indian border as it urged New Delhi to abide by its provisions, a day after defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to the Nathu La post. Reacting to Sitharaman’s visit to the area, the Chinese foreign ministry on Sunday said “the Sikkim section of the China- India border has been demarcated by the historical boundary”. “It is the best testimony to this fact. We urge the Indian side to face the facts, abide by the provisions of the historic boundary treaty and the relevant agreement of the parties, and work together with the Chinese side to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” it said in a written response to a query from PTI on Sitharaman’s visit. Read the story here.
India makes fresh pitch to fast track regional road connectivity plan with Nepal, Bangladesh
Worried that the ambitious sub regional road connectivity plan pushed by PM Narendra Modi might not take off with Bhutan backing out last year and more recently Bangladesh also expressing its reluctance, India has made a fresh pitch to fast track the BBIN (Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal) motor vehicle agreement. Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has written to his counterpart in Ministry of External Affairs last month to take “necessary diplomatic interventions” to secure the commitment of Bangladesh at the top political level to implement the important agreement for regional connectivity in a “phased manner.” Read the story here.
Turkish prosecutor seeks 15 year in jail for local head of Amnesty International
A Turkish prosecutor has called for jail sentences of up to 15 years on terrorism charges for a group of rights activists including the local head of Amnesty International, Dogan news agency said on Sunday. The detention in July of the activists, who also include a German and Swedish national, deepened tensions between Ankara and European Union leaders who fear that Turkey is sliding towards greater authoritarianism under President Tayyip Erdogan. They were held after attending a workshop on digital security on an island off Istanbul. Eight of them have been held since then, accused of being members of and aiding an “armed terrorist organization”. Read the story here.
Theresa May stays in charge as challenge to premiership collapses
A nagging cough and a failing voice added to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s political woes this week, but the weekend saw her staying on in 10, Downing Street, as a new challenge to her leadership collapsed and her ambitious foreign secretary Boris Johnson fell in line. May and leading lights in the Conservative Party took to the print media on Sunday to warn of unrest paving the way for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street. May appeared to have survived another threat to her leadership after a bid to oust her by former party chairman Grant Shapps collapsed when it did not find much support among party MPs. Read the story here.
We want to emulate win record of Australian cricket team of old: Shikhar Dhawan
Indian cricket team’s winning juggernaut has rolled on into the T20I series against Australia as well. After the win in Ranchi in the first T20 of the three-match series, Virat Kohli-led side can very well hope for another series triumph against the team from Down Under. The dominance of the Virat Kohli-led side in the past few months has shown its potential to be one of the greatest Indian sides ever. It very well reminds of the MS Dhoni-led Indian team that dominated world cricket a little while back. Even reaching the heights of Steve Smith or Ricky Ponting-led Australian cricket teams is no longer a distant dream, it seems. “In the current era there are many teams who are almost at par. So, it would be great if we achieve the same results now, what Australia did in old days,” Dhawan, who remained unbeaten on 15 in India’s nine-wicket win in the first T20I, said. Read the story here.