A closed petrol pump station at Ring road at IP Estate in New Delhi. Around 400 fuel stations in the national capital began a 24-hour shutdown to press the Delhi government to slash value-added tax (VAT) on the key transport fuels to cut their losses.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun, has been released from Kottayam jail in Kerala. Mulakkal was released from jail on Tuesday after he was granted unconditional bail on Monday by the Kerala High Court. The court, while announcing the bail, directed him to surrender his passport and asked him not to enter Kerala. The prelate, who was in charge of the Jalandhar diocese, was arrested on September 21 after three days of questioning in Kerala on charges of raping a nun of his congregation, Missionaries of Jesus, repeatedly between 2014 and 2016. He became the first Indian Catholic bishop to be arrested in a case of the alleged sex crime against a nun. He, however, refuted the allegations, terming them “baseless and concocted.” The Bishop was temporarily relieved of his pastoral duties by Pope Francis on September 20, after he expressed his desire to ‘temporarily step aside’, allowing him time to fight his case.read more
Bishop Mulakkal was arrested on September 21 after three days of questioning and on September 24, he was sent to two weeks of judicial custody by judge M Lekshmi of Pala Judicial Magisterial Court. read more
The complainant said bishop Franco Mulakkal’s brothers have filed fake complaints against her, while one relative threatened her son and brother and another took a photo of her protesting and later threatened her. read more
Heavy rains lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh killing six people and blocking roads, officials said on Monday. Many roads including several national highways have been blocked due to landslides across the state. The tourist town of Manali has been cut off after an overflowing Beas river submerged roads after torrential rain during the last 24 hours.