Violent protests against Padmaavat to prison for Lalu again: Top stories of the day
Protesters attacked malls and torched vehicles in Ahmedabad to protest the release of controversial movie Padmaavat. Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison in the third fodder scam case against him. These stories, and more, made news on Wednesday.india Updated: Jan 25, 2018 08:05 IST
Protesters attacked malls and torched vehicles in Ahmedabad to protest the release of controversial movie Padmaavat. Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison in the third fodder scam case against him. These stories made news on Wednesday. Here is more about them.
Violent protests against Padmaavat in Ahmedabad, other cities
Hundreds of protesters went on a rampage vandalising malls and torching vehicles in Ahmedabad in a bid to stop the release of controversial movie Padmaavat scheduled for Thursday. Protesters attacked shops in malls, set alight 50 motorbikes and damaged more than 150 cars across the city, police said. Protests were reported in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana and Mumbai city.
Lalu Prasad, Jagannath Mishra convicted in fodder scam case
Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad was sentenced to five years in prison after a special CBI court in Ranchi ruled against him for the third time in the fodder scam. Jagannath Mishra, another former Bihar chief minister, was handed down a five-year jail sentence too. Both leaders have to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each. The third fodder scam case relates to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.13 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.
Delhi high court refuses to stay AAP MLAs’ disqualification
The Delhi high court on Wednesday refused to stay the Centre’s notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit, but restrained the Election Commission (EC) from announcing dates for by-polls till January 29. The court sought the response of the EC and the Centre on the AAP legislators’ pleas challenging their disqualification for holding office of profit.
Govt to infuse over Rs 88,100 crore in 20 public banks
The government announced Rs 88,139 crore capital infusion in 20 state-owned banks in the current fiscal, with IDBI getting the most – Rs 10,610 crore. “We inherited a very major problem. The problem is of the past. Our objective was to find solution and create an institution so that the mistakes are not repeated,” said finance minister Arun Jaitley about the recapitalisation.
China welcomes Modi’s Davos speech warning against protectionism
China welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at Davos where he described protectionism as being “as dangerous as terrorism” and cautioned against the “shrinking” of globalisation. China said it would like to work with India and other countries to strengthen globalisation.
More than 30 dead in car bombings at Benghazi mosque
More than 30 people were dead and dozens wounded after two car bombings outside a mosque frequented by jihadist opponents in Libya’s second city Benghazi. The attack after evening prayers on Tuesday underlined the continued chaos in Libya, which has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising.
4 police officials killed in gunfight with Maoists in Chhattisgarh
Four police officials were killed and seven others injured in a gunfight with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district. The shootout took place in the forests of Irpanar village in Abhujmad area when a police team was out on anti- Maoist operation.
Army soldier injured in Pakistan shelling dies
An Indian Army soldier, who was injured in “unprovoked firing” by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Poonch district on January 20, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital on Wednesday. As may 13 people, including seven civilians and six soldiers, have died and over 65 others injured in Pakistan shelling and firing since January 17.
Karnataka shutdown over river water dispute
A call for 12-hour shutdown on Thursday in Karnataka has been given by several Kannada organisations and regional outfits for the Mahadayi river water from the neighbouring Goa state in the northwest. Hotels, restaurants, bars, malls, theatres and multiplexes may remain shut as a precautionary measure to prevent an untoward incident.
BJD sacks Baijayant Panda
Odisha’s Biju Janata Dal sacked Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, its media savvy leader in Delhi, for weakening the party and praising the opposition. Panda, an MP, has been a source of discomfort for the BJD as he would praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi while questioning BJD chief Naveen Patnaik’s work.
First Published: Jan 25, 2018 07:59 IST