Over 100 Karnataka lawmakers of the BJP will return to Bengaluru soon after their three-day stake-out at a luxury resort near Delhi. “Hearty welcome,” sneered the state Congress, which accuses the BJP of a failed attempt to topple its coalition government with the Janata Dal Secular.
“We extend a hearty welcome to all Karnataka BJP MLAs who are returning home after an extended holiday at a luxury resort near Delhi. Now that they are sufficiently rejuvenated let us hope they will attend to the work of their constituencies which they have neglected for long,” tweeted Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao.
Rakesh Asthana, number 2 to former CBI chief Alok Verma, was moved out of the premier investigating agency today, just a week after the removal of his boss. The unprecedented public rivalry between the officers — involving tit-for-tat corruption allegations and a bribery case against Mr Asthana — had engulfed the country’s premier investigating agency in a huge controversy over the last months.
Several other members of Mr Verma’s team, including AK Sharma and Manish Sinha, have also been moved out. Sources said the churn is meant to clear the decks for the appointment of a new chief. A special panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on January 24 to pick Mr Verma’s successor.
The termination of Mr Asthana’s tenure came years ahead of time — the usual stint at CBI is of seven years. Mr Asthana, who was elevated to the CBI amid controversial circumstances after the NDA came to power, has been moved to the high-profile Bureau of Civil Aviation Security despite a criminal case against him.
The special CBI court on Thursday sentenced the Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati.
The CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh, who pronounced the sentence had last week convicted all the four accused including Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Nirmal Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Krishan Lal in the murder case.
The case pertains to the murder of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati in the year 2002 after he published an anonymous letter in his evening newspaper “Poora Sach” by a female Dera follower who accused Gurmeet Ram Rahim of rape. Chhatrapati was shot five times outside his house. He succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
Navy divers on Thursday found a body in an illegal rathole coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills where 15 miners are trapped since December 13, officials said.
“One body detected by naval divers using underwater ROV [remotely operated vehicle] at a depth of approximately 160 feet and 210 feet inside a rathole mine,” a Navy spokesperson said in a statement.
The body has been brought up to the mouth of the mine and will be extracted out of it under the supervision of doctors, the officials said, adding that rescue operations were on.
In a relief to dance bar owners and employees, the Supreme Court on Thursday quashed some of the stringent rules prescribed by the Maharasthra government that led to the virtual shutdown of the establishments in Maximum City.
A Bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri did away with some mandatory conditions imposed by a 2016 State law like the installation of CCTV cameras at the dance area as a violation of privacy.
The court set aside the condition that only persons of good character would be allowed to run dance bars, saying the term “good character” is too vague.
It was at the Kochi airport that they got the first hint, something’s not right. They were a group of 19 then, 18 of them from Anchuthengu and one from Kollam, all going to try their luck in Malaysia, trusting one man’s word. At the airport, they realised the visa they held were visiting visas, not work visas. But they left that day – October 24, 2018 – still hoping life would change for the better. It didn’t. It was a trap, they were cheated – victims of the familiar visa fraud story that Kerala has seen quite a bit of through the decades. After two and a half months, with the help of the Indian embassy in Malaysia, NORKA (The Non Resident Keralites Affairs Department of Kerala government) and some kind hearts on the way, the 19 men have come back home to Kerala.
“We are all fishermen. And when we can’t go fishing, we ride auto rickshaws for an income,” says Justin, one of the 19 men, when they came to the NORKA Roots office in Thiruvananthapuram and told the media their story.