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CCTV proof of Chandigarh stalking, Rajya Sabha polls, Hafiz Saeed’s political party: Top stories

The Chandigarh Police retrieved CCTV footage that supported a disc jockey’s charge that the Haryana BJP chief’s son followed the women, The Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat is today, Kerala High Court revoked BCCI decision to impose a life ban on S. Sreesanth,Jose Mourinho has expressed an interest in bringing Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2017 07:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Chandigarh Stalking,Gujarat,Rajya Sabha Polls
Senior Congress leaders Bharatsinh Solanki, Arjun Modhwadia, Ahmed Patel at Ahmedabad airport during arrival of the party's MLAs from Karnataka on Monday, ahead of Rajya Sabha elections. (PTI Photo)

Chandigarh stalking: Police find key CCTV proof against Haryana BJP chief’s son, Centre asks for report

The Chandigarh Police late on Monday night said it retrieved CCTV footage that supported a disc jockey’s charge that the Haryana BJP chief’s son and his friend followed her car in a midnight chase. The police had faced criticism earlier in the day after they said the CCTVs along the route were not working. “The Chandigarh Police have retrieved footage of five CCTV cameras on the route, capturing the chase of victim’s vehicle by the alleged vehicle of the accused,” a Chandigarh Police officer told HT. The footage showed the victim’s car being followed by a white SUV, he said. The footage is vital to proving the charge that BJP leader Subhash Barala’s son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar followed 29-year-old Varnika Kundu as she was driving home on August 4 at around 12.30am. Read the story here.

Rajya Sabha poll today: BJP eyes all 3 seats in Gujarat, Ahmed Patel’s fate hangs in balance

The Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat on Tuesday, which will end the fortnight-long political drama around senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s candidature, seemed to be going down to the wire. Patel remained confident of victory, saying on Monday that the “numbers will be surprising” when the results are declared. Gujarat has three vacancies and the ruling BJP has fielded party chief Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and Congress turncoat Balwantsinh Rajput. Patel needs the support of 45 MLAs after six Congress lawmakers resigned amid horse-trading charges against the BJP. The party is banking on the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Janata Dal (United) lawmakers to support Patel, who is seeking re-election to the Upper House of Parliament. Read the story here.

J-K: Five militants killed as army foils major infiltration bid in Machil sector

Five militants were gunned down by the army as they were trying to cross the line of control in Kashmir on Monday, a defence spokesperson said. “Major infiltration bid foiled in Machil Sector. Five terrorists eliminated, five weapons recovered,” an army spokesperson said, adding the gun fight was still on. The Machil gun battle is the latest in a series of such exchanges with the government hardening its stand against militants after a recent spurt in violent street protests and attacks on security forces. A Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Umer was killed in an overnight encounter in Pampore’s Sambora, police said on Monday. Read the story here.

SUVs, luxury cars to cost more as GST Council okays proposal to hike cess to 25%

SUVs, mid-sized, large and luxury cars that had become cheaper after GST rollout on July 1 will cost more as the GST Council has approved a proposal to hike cess on them to 25 per cent, from 15 per cent now. Under the new GST regime, cars attract the top tax rate of 28 per cent. On top of this, a cess of 1-15 per cent is levied on them to create a corpus to compensate states for loss of revenue from GST implementation. Read the story here.

Hafiz Saeed’s JuD launches political party in Pakistan

The Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which the United States accuses of being a front for the anti-India Lashkar-e-Taiba that staged the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has entered politics by forming a new party, its members said on Monday. The new Milli Muslim League party will follow the ideology of the JuD, which the US says is a front for the banned LeT and is run by Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people. “We have decided to make a new political party, so that Pakistan is made a real Islamic and welfare state,” said Milli Muslim League president Saifullah Khalid. Read the story here.

New Pak foreign minister blames India for worsening ties

Pakistan’s newly appointed foreign minister has said India was not responding positively to improve ties despite various overtures from Islamabad, and alleged New Delhi was conspiring with Washington to sabotage the Indus Water Treaty. “Pakistan has always wanted to have good relations with its neighbours, especially India and Afghanistan, but both countries were not giving any positive response to Pakistan’s initiatives for durable peace in the region,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif told reporters at the PML-N House in Islamabad in his maiden press conference after taking charge. India was also supporting the conspiracies being hatched by Afghanistan against Pakistan in a bid to destabilise this country economically and politically, he alleged. Read the story here.

Chicago sues Trump administration over withholding money from sanctuary cities

Chicago on Monday sued to prevent the Trump administration from enforcing new policies that would withhold money from so-called sanctuary cities that deny US immigration officials access to local jails. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court, said the federal policies force the nation’s third largest city to choose between its constitutional rights and funding for law enforcement. Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Sunday that the city would sue, escalating a pushback against a federal immigration crackdown launched by Republican President Donald Trump’s administration. Read the story here.

S. Sreesanth eyes cricket return after Kerala High Court lifts life ban, BCCI guarded

The Kerala High Court on Monday revoked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decision to impose a life ban on former Indian cricket team speedster S. Sreesanth. Last year a special court in Delhi had acquitted him in the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. After the verdict, S. Sreesanth had approached the BCCI to remove the 2013 ban but his plea was turned down. “He was acquitted in the case. Then how can the BCCI impose a ban on him? It is denial of natural justice,” the High Court observed while revoking Sreesanth’s ban. Talking to newsmen, Sreesanth (34) said his first priority was to get into the Kerala team. The BCCI chose not to react to the court order. Read the story here.

Moeen Ali stars as England beat South Africa by 177 runs in final Test, clinch series 3-1

Moeen Ali proved South Africa’s primary scourge once again as England wrapped up a 3-1 series success with a 177-run win in the fourth Test at Old Trafford. Having taken a hat-trick to seal victory at The Oval last before his counter-attacking half-century effectively took the game away from the Proteas on Sunday, Moeen claimed 5-69 to roll the visitors out for 202 while they were chasing 380 to win. Ali broke the back of South Africa’s resistance by removing Amla, Quinton de Kock and Theunis de Bruyn in the space of two overs. Read the story here.

Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United’s interest in Gareth Bale

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has expressed an interest in bringing Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale to Old Trafford. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Mourinho said he would wait to see what Bale’s role in Tuesday’s match between United and Madrid would be before deciding whether the Welshman was worth pursuing. “If he plays tomorrow it is because he is in the plans of the coach and the club, and it is in his own plans and ambitions to stay there. Then I won’t even think about it,” said Mourinho. “If he is not in the club’s plans and it is true that a player like Bale is at the departure gate, I will try to be there waiting for him at the other side.” Read the story here.

First Published: Aug 08, 2017 07:24 IST