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  • Home Ministry says no plans to deploy Army to tackle Left Wing Extremism as it is an internal security matter; Home Minister to chair a meeting of naxal-affected states on 8th May to discuss strategy to root out the menace.
  • CBI files FIR against its former Director Ranjit Sinha in coal blocks allocation scam case.
  • Bombay High Court grants bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in 2008 Malegaon blast case; denies bail to lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit.
  • Sensex surges 287 points, Nifty hits a record high of 9,307; Rupee climbs to a nearly 21-month high against the dollar.
  • India and Armenia sign three agreements in the field of culture, youth affairs and peaceful use of space.
  • India win 16 medals, including three gold, at US Open Karate Championship.


Government has no plans to deploy the Army to tackle the  problem of Left Wing Extremism despite  reverses being faced by paramilitary and police forces. Home Ministry officials said, it is an internal security issue and there is no question of deploying the Army in anti-Naxal operations. They said, since it is considered as a law and order problem, paramilitary and police forces will continue to deal with the Maoists.


The Centre will hold a high-level meeting of top officials of several states on the eighth of next month to review its strategy against Left Wing Extremism. Talking to reporters in Raipur, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, he will chair the meeting, which comes in the wake of yesterday's attack on CRPF in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

Rajnath Singh called the attack, in which 25 Jawans lost their lives, as a cold-blooded murder and dubbed Maoists as the biggest enemy of tribals and the poor.

Earlier this morning, the Home minister paid homage to the martyred CRPF personnel. After reaching Raipur, he headed to the headquarters of the 4th battalion of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Mana camp area where the wreath- laying ceremony was held. He also held a meeting with the chief minister and other senior officials of the state.


In the wake of the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, the Madhya Pradesh police has issued a high alert in the Naxal-affected Balaghat district.

The Inspector General said the areas under Balaghat police range are bordering with the Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, so security forces  have been put on high alert.

In Odisha, police has sealed the border with the neighbouring state and sounded a high alert in Malkangiri district.

A similar alert was also sounded along the Andhra-Odisha Border.


The National Human Rights Commission has condemned the killing of  CRPF personnel in Sukma. It said the government should take note of such incidents and suitably compensate the aggrieved families. In a statement, NHRC said acts of violence are an anti-thesis to the struggle for protection of human rights. It said a loss of life of any innocent person, whether in force or a civilian, is a violation of human rights.


CBI today filed an FIR against its former Director Ranjit Sinha  in the coal blocks allocation scam case. There have been allegations that  Mr. Sinha tried to  influence the  probe into the scam during his tenure as the head of the agency. Few months back, the Supreme Court had directed the CBI to  investigate  Mr. Sinha  saying it is prima facie satisfied  that  he abused his position.


Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ made a telephone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The two Prime Ministers discussed recent developments in India-Nepal relations. Prachanda spoke about Nepal holding the first local elections in nearly twenty years and requested for India’s assistance in this connection.  Narendra Modi assured his Neplese counterpart to extend all possible assistance for local elections.


The Centre has cautioned states against disclosing Aadhaar data and other personal details of individuals on their official websites. The Information and Technology Ministry has also asked the states to review website contents and ensure that personal data of individuals, including Aadhaar numbers do not appear on portals. IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan has written  to Chief Secretaries of States for strict compliance with provisions of the Information Technology Act and the Aadhaar Act. The letter said, publishing such information is a clear contravention of the provisions and  is punishable with imprisonment up to three years. The direction came  amid recent instances of data leak on official websites of Jharkhand government.


The Bombay High Court today granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, but rejected a similar bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit. While granting her bail, the court said she should not influence the witnesses. The court also directed her to submit her passport to the National Investigation Agency(NIA).

Earlier, the NIA had informed the High Court that it had no objection if Sadhvi was granted bail as the provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act were not applicable in Sadhvi’s case. NIA also claimed that the ATS probe  was faulty as many witnesses had retracted from their statements.


In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party leader and former minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati has been granted bail in the infamous gang-rape case of a woman and sexual assault of her minor daughter. The bail was given by a special judge of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act court in Lucknow today. Prajapati's two associates were also given bail.


The Delhi High Court has stayed its single-judge order upholding the JNU admission policy for MPhil and PhD courses. The policy put a cap on the number of students per professor or supervisor based on the 2016 UGC regulations.

A two-judge bench comprising acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal, on an appeal filed by students, stayed the effect and operation of the findings on law of the single judge till 28th of this month.

The single judge of the court had held that the JNU admission policy was bound by the UGC regulations and the varsity had to accept them without any deviation.


NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy today called for removal of exemptions on personal income tax and bringing agriculture under the tax net to increase the resources of State. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Debroy said, it would widen the tax base and more funds could be made available for the social sector schemes.

On the threshold of imposing income tax on rural sector, he said it could be decided after taking into account the average income of either three years or five years.


Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said, trade and industry will be assigned a 'compliance rating' based on their credibility with regard to timely deposit of taxes to the exchequer and filing of returns under the Goods and Services Tax regime. He said the compliance rating will be put in place so that every trader or businessman can be rated based on their track record. Addressing a Conclave on GST in New Delhi today, Adhia said, all efforts are being made to roll out GST from 1st of July and the industry too should brace for it. He said, GST will be largely technology-driven and reduce the human interface to a great extent which will lead to speedy decisions.


At the domestic stock markets, the Nifty  closed above the 9,300-mark for the first time ever, today, while the rupee hit a multi-month high against the dollar.

The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange jumped 89 points, or 1 percent, to a record closing high of 9,307, on broad-based buying by investors. The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange surged 287  points, to 29,943. At the forex market, the rupee strengthened 18 paise, to a nearly 21-month high of 64.26 against the dollar. Gold declined 50 rupees, to 29,600 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 8 cents, to 51.68 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.


India has signed three agreements with Armenia for enhancing cooperation in the field of culture, youth affairs and peaceful use of space. Briefing media after Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari’s day-long engagement with top Armenian leadership, Secretary East, Preeti Saran said, the visit in the silver jubilee year of diplomatic relation has given a new vigour to the bilateral relations.

He had meeting with the top leadership of Armenia where he was already welcomed and he was told that his visit has brought many vigour to our bilateral relationship. It takes place at a time when we are celebrating 25 year of our establishment of diplomatic relations.

On behalf of President Pranab Mukherjee, Mr Ansari has invited Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalabandian has also extended an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Ms Saran said, such invitations have opened a new chapter for more frequent high level visits.

When Vice President met the President of Armenia, he handed over an invitation from the President of India to the President of Armenia to visit India which was very warmly accepted by the Hon'ble President of Armenia and look forward to host him at a mutually convenient time.


The result of 270 wards of three Municipal Corporations of Delhi will be declared tomorrow. The counting of votes will begin at 8 AM at all 35 counting centres. Over 2500 candidates are in fray.

 It will be the litmus test for Arvind Kejriwal government after Aam Aadmi Party's  recent debacle in  Rajouri Garden assembly by- polls  as well as Goa and Punjab  assembly polls. The BJP which has been ruling the Civic Bodies for two terms is hopeful of retaining the power for the third term  riding on good governance agenda of  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and  BJP's landslide victories in the recent elections. The Congress is also trying to make a come back in Delhi's politics  by gaining  the lost ground. The civic polls  outcome will have a wider impact on  Delhi's politics. With Diwaker, Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi.


India finished with a rich haul of three gold, two silver and 11 bronze medals at the US Open Karate Championship held in Las Vegas. Shaifali Agarwal and Abhishek Sengupta won a gold medal, a silver in two different individual events. India also won a gold medal in the team event. The Indian team was led by Sensei Yashpal Singh Kalsi.


The IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad which was scheduled to begin at 8.00 p.m. in Bengaluru has been delayed due to rain. This was the 29th match of the tournament.


Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul was provisionally suspended today after failing a dope test. He has vowed to prove himself innocent by going for the confirmatory 'B' sample test. All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das said Paul flunked an out-of-competition test last month. He is faced with the prospect of a four-year ban.



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