- 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
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
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
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
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
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.