Rajesh and Nupur Talwar break down after being acquitted, Arvind Kejriwal’s car stolen: Top storiesindia Updated: Oct 13, 2017 07:53 IST
File photo of destist-couple Nupur Talwar and Rajesh Talwar, who were on Thursday acquitted by the Allahabad high court in the twin murder case of her daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. (PTI Photo)
‘He hugged me, burst into tears’: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar break down in jail after acquittal in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case
Rajesh Talwar did not hold back his tears. Nor did his wife, Nupur. As the Allahabad High Court pronounced its verdict in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case at 2:45pm on Thursday, the dentist couple broke down in their cells at the Dasna Jail, officials told Hindustan Times. “When we went to Dr Rajesh (Talwar), he hugged me and burst into tears. He said that justice has been delivered,” said DR Maurya, superintendent of Dasna Jail, who broke the news to the couple. “Dr Nupur remained silent but she was also in tears,” he added. The couple are likely to be released on Friday after the judgment documents are delivered to the jail administration. Read the story here.
Who killed Aarushi Talwar? Parents’ acquittal brings question back in spotlight
Nearly a decade after one of the most sensational murders in India, no one knows for sure who killed Aarushi Talwar. Neither does there is clarity on the death of Hemraj, the domestic help employed in the Noida residence of Aarushi’s dentist parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. Conspiracy theories have swirled around the twin murders – the bodies recovered a day apart from the same house. It was a big embarrassment for the police when their “main suspect” turned up dead. Police were accused of shoddy investigation as they reportedly failed to collect crucial evidence and did not even seal the crime scene, the Talwars’ home. Such was the chaos that then inspector general of police Gurdarshan Singh even got Aarushi’s name wrong and referred to her as Shruti during a press conference. Read the story here.
Arvind Kejriwal’s Wagon R stolen from outside Delhi Secretariat
An iconic blue Maruti WagonR car that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal drove around in his political career was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat on Thursday, police said. The car was being used by Vandana Singh, the Aam Aadmi Party’s in-charge of youth wing and the party’s media coordinator, and was often seen parked at the party office at Central Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhya Marg. Anto Alphonse, additional DCP (central), said the theft occurred around 1 pm and was captured by a CCTV camera installed outside the secretariat. “But the footage is blurred,” said Alphonse, adding the vehicle remains untraced. Read the story here.
Jolt to Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh as close relatives switch over to BJP
At a time when he was readying his strategists for Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, chief minister Virbhadra Singh received a jolt – his close relatives switched over to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Just before election dates were announced for Himachal Pradesh, Singh’s wife’s brother Veer Vikram Sen and sister –in- law Vijay Jyoti Sen joined BJP in presence of party in charge and Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey. Vir Vikram Sen resigned from Congress in 2012 when ticket was denied to his wife. Vijay Jyoti was the chairperson of Mashobra block samiti earlier. Vir Vikram Sen’s younger brother Prithvi Vikram Sen had earlier joined the BJP and is among the ticket aspirants from Kasumpati assembly segment, where the saffron party does not have a strong candidate to face first-time MLA Anirudh Singh. Read the story here.
Fathers, sons, veterans, rising stars: Key names in Himachal Pradesh elections
Himachal Pradesh will vote in assembly elections on November 9. The Congress will fight the elections to retain one of the six states it’s in power while the BJP looks to snatch it and prove that its policies are popular. Here are personalities who will matter in the elections. The personalities that matter include chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his son Vikramaditya Singh, BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur, Union health minister JP Nadda. For a snapshot of their political careers, read the story here.
Principal suspended after Jyotiraditya Scindia’s event at MP govt college
A day after Guna MP and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia attended a programme and addressed a gathering of students at a government degree college in his parliamentary constituency, the state government suspended the college principal. In its order dated October 11, 2017, the higher education department attributed the suspension of BL Ahirwar, principal of the Government Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Degree College, Mungawali, to “holding of NSS programme under a banner bearing ‘politics party’, assembly of ‘politics party’ workers, putting up banner of ‘politics party’ on the degree college premises, giving advice to lure students with money to vote for any ‘politics party’ and conducting activities to vitiate educational atmosphere while getting involved in party politics”. Read the story here.
RSS leaders pay tributes to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh
Journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead last month, figured among those who were today offered tributes by the RSS for their work for the society. A gathering of RSS leaders drawn from across the country, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat, paid homage to Lankesh, former ISRO Chairperson U R Rao and other eminent personalities from various walks of life at the Sangh’s annual ‘Diwali Baithak’. “There is a long list of people from various walks of life who were paid tributes at the RSS meeting. It also includes the name of Gauri Lankesh,” RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told PTI. He did not elaborate. Read the story here.
Pakistan briefs UNSC permanent members on ceasefire violations by India on LoC
Pakistan raised on Thursday its concerns on India’s ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and international border with UN Security Councils five permanent members. The heads of P5 states were briefed by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua as well as the DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza in Islamabad on the surge in violations from the Indian side, particularly in the past two months, a Foreign Office statement said. Janjua said that the ceasefire violations in populated areas has led to the killing of 45 civilians as well serious injuries to 155 in this year alone. The victims include a large number of women and children, she added. Indian regime’s actions, Janjua said, “were a serious threat to the maintenance of regional peace”. Read the story here.
Israel to withdraw from UN cultural body UNESCO along with US: Netanyahu
Israel will withdraw from the UN’s cultural and education body after a United States decision to do the same on accusations of bias against the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. “The prime minister instructed the foreign ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from the organisation alongside the United States,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. Netanyahu “welcomes the decision by President (Donald) Trump to withdraw from UNESCO. This is a courageous and moral decision because UNESCO has become the theatre of the absurd and because instead of preserving history it distorts it.” Netanyahu’s decision came hours after the US State Department said the United States would pull out from the UN body, in part due to “continuing anti-Israel bias”. Israel has long been at loggerheads with UNESCO, particularly over its decision to admit the Palestinians as members in 2011. Read the story here.
Gautam Bambawale India’s next ambassador to China
Seasoned diplomat Gautam Bambawale, India’s high commissioner to Pakistan, was today appointed as the country’s next envoy to China. A 1984 India Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Bambawale is expected to take up the assignment shortly, the ministry said. He will replace Vijay Gokhale. A deft hand in Sino-India relations, Bambawale opted to learn Mandarin Chinese as his foreign language and served in Hong Kong and Beijing between 1985 and 1991. He was first the desk officer for China in the Ministry of External Affairs and served as director in the Americas Division of the ministry, responsible for relations with the US and Canada (1993-94). He has also been the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy in Beijing. Read the story here.
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ghana thrash India 4-0, end their journey
The atmosphere at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday was no less vibrant than the last two India matches in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The 52,000-strong crowd was behind the hosts for the entire game and every move was met with thunderous cheers. However, the only thing missing was the fighting spirit that had become the trademark of the Indian football team in the FIFA U-17 World Cup as the hosts were brushed aside 4-0 by Group A toppers Ghana. Amarjit Singh and Co had no answer to Ghana’s pacy attacks and the big defeat meant the hosts’ run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup ended with a whimper. Read the story here.