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2008 Malegaon Blasts: NIA to Inform Name of Witnesses It Wishes to Examine By 22 July
Bombay High Court asked NIA to inform names of witnesses it wishes to examine in sealed cover in 2008 Malegaon Blasts by next Monday.
HC was hearing a plea by Lt Col Purohit, who had demanded for untruncated chargesheet with names of all witnesses being disclosed.
(Source: Bar and Bench)
Saradha Chit Fund Case: ED Summons TMC MP Kunal Ghosh
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh in connection with Saradha chit fund case.
Gunmen Kill 10 in Revenge Attack on Nigerian Village
About 300 gunmen raided a village in northwestern Nigeria in a revenge attack, killing 10 people, burning cars and stealing cattle, police said. The assailants “invaded” Kirtawa village in Katsina state late Saturday, shooting residents and stealing cows.
Justice AK Sikri Appointed as Judge of Singapore International Commercial Court
Justice AK Sikri was appointed as the judge of Singapore International Commercial Court.
(Source: Bar and Bench)
Pick-Up Van Carrying 30 Women Labourers Overturns in Chhattisgarh; 20 Hurt
A pick-up van carrying around 30 women labourers overturned in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari earlier on Monday, 15 July. At least 20 injured persons have been admitted to hospital. Police investigation is underway, reports ANI.
Acharya Devvrat Appointed as Governor of Gujarat
Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Gujarat. Kalraj Mishra has been appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, reports ANI.
NH-305 Blocked for Two Hours Due to Repair Works
National Highway 305 was on Monday, 15 July, blocked for two hours due to repair work of a bridge at Dhaman on Aut-Luhri road in Himachal Pradesh, reports ANI.
Allahabad Bank Stock Drops 14.5% After Reporting Fraud of Rs 1,775 Crore
Allahabad Bank stock dropped 14.5 per cent on Monday after the company reported a fraud of Rs 1,775 crore by Bhushan Power and Steel to the Reserve Bank of India.
The scrip tanked 14.52 percent to Rs 40.30 on the BSE.
At the NSE, the stock plunged 14.42 percent to Rs 40.35.
Allahabad Bank is the second state-owned lender to have reported fraud by Bhushan Power and Steel Ltd to the RBI.
Pakistani Intruder Shot Dead by BSF Personnel in J&K
A suspected Pakistani intruder was shot dead by BSF personnel while he was trying to cross the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district on Monday, officials said.
The incident took place around 3 am when a man in his 60’s was trying to sneak into the Indian territory near the SM Pura border post, they said.
The officials said the intruder was gunned down by the BSF men of 62 battalion near the fence after he ignored repeated warnings to surrender.
50 Crude Bombs Recovered in West Bengal’s Bhatpara
At least 50 crude bombs have been recovered in West Bengal’s Bhatpara area, reports CNN News18. The locals are reportedly protesting against the police. They are also believed to have blocked the railway tracks.
WPI for ‘All Commodities’ Rises by 0.2% in June 2019
The official Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ for the month of June 2019 rose by 0.2 percent to 121.5 (provisional) from 121.2 (provisional) for the previous month.
The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly Wholesale Price Index, stood at 2.02 percent (provisional) for the month of June 2019 (over June 2018) as compared to 2.45 percent (provisional) for the previous month and 5.68 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
Have Sent My Resignation to Punjab CM: Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses media, says “Today, I have sent my resignation to Punjab Chief Minister. It has been delivered at his official residence.”
SC Dismisses BJP MP Soumitra Khan’s Plea on Transfer of Cases Against Him
The Supreme Court on Monday, 15 July, refused to entertain the petition filed by West Bengal BJP MP Soumitra Khan, seeking a direction to transfer the cases registered against him from state police to the CBI or any other agency, reports ANI.
SC Issues Notice to Centre On Plea Seeking Decriminalisation of Abortion
The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on a PIL filed by three women seeking direction to decriminalise abortion, so as to allow women to have choice of reproduction. The PIL says restrictions and exceptions in Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act violate women’s rights.
SC Dismisses Asaram’s Bail Plea in Sexual Assault Case
The SC has dismisses bail plea of self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu in connection with sexual assault case lodge against him in Gujarat, reports PTI.
Saradha Chit Fund Scam: HC to Hear Rajeev Kumar’s Plea on 17 July
The Calcutta High Court has fixed for 17 July the hearing on plea of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar seeking protection from arrest by Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.
Babri Masjid Demolition: Special Judge Holding Trial Seeks 6 Months’ Time to Conclude the Case
A Special judge holding trial in Babri Masjid demolition case has sought six months’ time from the Supreme Court to conclude the case, reports PTI.
The court asked the UP government to devise means for continuation of special judge’s tenure after he informed the top court that he is to retire on 30 September.
The court has asked the UP govt to inform by 19 July about mechanism to extend special judge’s tenure till he delivers verdict in the Babri Masjid case.
AgustaWestland Money Laundering Case: Court Issues Notice to Rajiv Saxena
Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court has issued notice to Rajiv Saxena, accused turned approver in the AgustaWestland money laundering case. The court has sought response of Rajiv Saxena on the Enforcement Directorate’s plea seeking his bail cancellation. The next date of hearing is 18 July.
Couple Abducted from Allahabad High Court Premises
A couple who had gone to seek protection from the Allahabad High Court was abducted from the court premises by some unidentified people on Monday, 15 July. Police investigation is underway, reports ANI.
Air India Pilot Fails Breath Analyser Test, Grounded for 3 Months
An Air India Pilot has been grounded for three months after being tested positive in Breath Analyser test in Delhi on 13 July, reports ANI. The pilot had to fly to Bengaluru, and he had requested to fly in cockpit as Additional Crew Member because the flight was full. He was reportedly deplaned.
One Dies, Hundreds Evacuate After 7.3 Quake in Indonesia
At least one person has been found dead and hundreds were evacuated after a major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, an official said.
The shallow quake struck about 165 kilometres south-southwest of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province at 6:28 pm, according to the US Geological Survey.
In South Halmahera district, the closest area to the epicentre, around 160 houses collapsed when the shallow earthquake struck. A woman was confirmed dead in the disaster.
“The victim was hit by the debris when her house collapsed,” local disaster mitigation agency official Ihksan Subur told AFP on Monday, adding no other casualties have been reported.
Trump Under Fire for ‘Racist’ Attack on US Congresswomen
US President Donald Trump took aim at progressive Democratic congresswomen on Sunday, telling them to “go back” where they came from in remarks that sparked yet another firestorm over his views on race and immigration.
Trump — whose comments were branded “racist” and “xenophobic” by Democratic presidential candidates and senior legislators — last year reportedly referred to countries in Africa as “shithole” nations, and has spoken of an “invasion” of migrants.
He was also a leading proponent of the “birther” conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born on US soil and therefore could not legally be president.
On Sunday, Trump referred on Twitter to “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen” in remarks that appeared to be aimed at a group of outspoken relatively young, liberal women of colour, all first-time members of the House of Representatives.
Fire Breaks out at Factory in Delhi’s Keshavpuram
A fire broke out at a factory in Delhi’s Keshavpuram area on Monday, 15 July; 22 fire tenders are present at the spot, reports the Times of India.
Police Personnel Allegedly Attacked in UP’s Kannauj
Police personnel in UP’s Kannauj were allegedly attacked by one of the two parties involved in a land encroachment case when they were trying to mediate, reports ANI. An injured officer has been admitted to a hospital. The police say “Matter is being investigated”.
NDMC Issues Orders to Change Name of 31 Schools to ‘Atal Adarsh Vidyalaya’
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has issued orders to change the name of 31 NDMC Schools from ‘Nagar Palika Schools’ to ‘Atal Adarsh Vidyalaya,’ from the academic session 2019-2020, reports ANI.
China GDP Growth Slows to 6.2% in Second Quarter
China’s growth slowed to its weakest pace in almost three decades in the second quarter, with the US-China trade war and weakening global demand weighing on the world’s number-two economy, official data showed on Monday.
The slowing economy makes it more difficult for President Xi Jinping to fight back forcefully against the US – which is using tariffs as leverage to try to force Beijing into opening up its economy.
The GDP figures are within the government’s target range of 6.0-6.5 percent for the whole year, down from the 6.6 percent growth China put up in 2018.
Ebola Case Confirmed in Goma in Congo
The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Goma, now the biggest city to have been affected by the disease since its outbreak in eastern DR Congo last August, the health ministry said on Sunday, 15 July.
A sick man had arrived in Goma early Sunday by bus with 18 other passengers and the driver from Butembo, one of the main towns touched by Ebola in Nord-Kivu province.
The man was tested “and the results of the laboratory test confirmed that he was positive for Ebola,” the ministry said in a statement.
It added that his trip began on Friday after “the first symptoms appeared on July 9 (Tuesday)”.