Latest News: NGT Notice to AAP; No Takers for Air India

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Gauri Lankesh Murder: 4 Remanded in Police Custody

Four persons suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh were remanded in police custody for 10 days by a city court on Thursday, 31 May.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) produced Manohar Gundappa Edve (30), Sujith Kumar alias Praveen (37), Amol Kale alias Bhaisab (40) and Amit Degwekar alias Pradeep before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Court and sought their custody for interrogation.

The four persons were arrested recently for allegedly hatching a plot to kill Kannada writer K S Bhagawan, known for his anti-Hindutva stance, according to SIT sources.

(With inputs from PTI)

No Bids Received for Air India Stake Sale: Govt

The government on Thursday, 31 May said no bids have been received for the strategic disinvestment of Air India.

The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest ended on Thursday.

“As informed by the Transaction Adviser, no response has been received for the Expression of Interest floated for the strategic disinvestment of Air India,” the Civil Aviation Ministry said in a tweet.

“Further course of action will be decided appropriately,” it added.

(With inputs from PTI)

NGT Notice to AAP Govt on Plea for Action Against Jhuggi Dwellers

A former legislator has moved the National Green Tribunal alleging that “illegal” residents of a slum were causing air pollution and seeking action against them.

The plea prompted the green panel to seek responses from the Delhi government and others on the matter.

A bench, headed by acting NGT Chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim, issued notices to the AAP government, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, District Magistrate (East) and unnamed persons living in slums of Dallupura village in east Delhi, asking them to file reply by 13 July.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by former AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny alleging that persons living in the jhuggi cluster were burning wires to extract copper during the midnight hours leading to air pollution.

(With inputs from PTI)

Karnataka CM Pitches for US Consulate in Bengaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday, 31 May pitched for a US consulate in Bengaluru during his conversation with the US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster.

The chief minister spoke about having consulates of all countries in Bengaluru, especially the US Consulate.

Kumaraswamy also spoke about the strong ties Karnataka had with the US and said the setting up of consulate at the earliest would facilitate visa requirements of the citizens visiting the US, an official release said.

He also assured Juster that the government would provide all infrastructure and other requirements such as land and building for the purpose.

(With inputs from PTI)

UIDAI extends deadline to deploy Virtual ID system to July 1

UIDAI has extended by one month to July 1 the deadline for service providers and agencies like banks and telecom companies to fully deploy Virtual ID system and accept these IDs in lieu of Aadhaar number.

UIDAI earlier stated that it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept VID from their users from June 1, 2018 – has decided to give one more month after the user agencies said they needed more time to switch to the new system.

(With inputs from PTI)

BJP Lose Noorpur, Trail in 9 out of 10 Assembly Seats

Samajwadi Party candidate Naeemul Hasan has won Uttar Pradesh’s Noorpur Assembly seat by a margin of 6,211 votes.

Meanwhile, the counting of votes for the by-election to the crucial Kairana parliamentary constituency is still underway. Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan’s lead has fallen down to 45,311 votes after 16 rounds of counting, but still ahead of BJP candidate Mriganka Singh.

PM Modi Arrives in Singapore on the Last Leg of His 3 Nation Visit

After a brief halt in Malaysia on Thursady, 31 May, PM Modi has arrived in Singapore on the last leg of his three-nation tour during which he will hold talks with the country’s top leadership and deliver a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

(With inputs from PTI)

Karnataka Portfolios: JD(S) to Get Finance, Congress Home

After days of hectic negotiations, the JD(S) will get the Finance portfolio in Karnataka and the Congress the Home department, highly placed sources in the parties said in Bengaluru on Thursday, 31 May.

The power-sharing arrangement between the two alliance partners is being finalised and is in the final stages, the sources added.

(With inputs from PTI)

Vote Counting in Kairana, Palghar, Bhandara-Gondiya and Aonglenden Constituency Underway

Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan is at a comfortable lead of 69,776 votes, leaving BJP candidate Mriganka Singh far behind. Catch the live updates for Kairana By Election results on our live blog.

BJP leads by 19,056 votes after the 14th round of counting in Palghar constituency, while Shiv Sena’s Srinivas Vanga trails behind. The National Congress Party leads by 3,959 votes in Bhandara-Gondiya in the fourth round, followed by the BJP. NDPP takes lead over NPF by over 14,000 votes in Nagaland.

Get all the live updates from Palghar, Bhandara-Gondiya and Nagaland by-election results here.

Assembly By-Election Results: Congress Wins Meghalaya’s Ampati

Congress wins at Ampati as counting is underway in Palus Kadegaon, Maharashtra; Noorpur, Uttar Pradesh; Jokihat, Bihar; Gomia and Silli, Jharkhand; Chengannur, Kerala; Shahkot, Punjab; Tharali, Uttarakhand; Maheshtala, West Bengal; RR Nagar, Karnataka. Catch the live updates for assembly by-election results on our live blog.

Harvey Weinstein Indicted on Multiple Rape and Sex Crime Charges

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on charges of rape in the first and third degrees and first-degree criminal sexual act, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said.

Weinstein was arraigned last week on the same charges, seven months after women began to come forward with stories alleging sexual harassment, molestation and rape.


PM Modi Leaves for Singapore After Brief Stopover in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

For the penultimate stop in his 3-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for Singapore after a brief halt in Malaysia where he met his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties.

The two leaders had an exchange of views on strengthening the strategic partnership.

Also Read: PM Modi Reaches Jakarta, Holds Delegation Talks

10:48 AM, 31 MAY

P Chidambaram Gets Interim Protection

Delhi HC grants P Chidambaram interim protection from arrest by CBI till July 3 in the INX Media Case.

Chidambaram on Wednesday filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Delhi High Court for protection from arrest in the INX Media case, hours after a Delhi court extended to him interim protection from arrest in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

10:23 AM, 31 MAY

China Invites UN Members to Utilise Its Upcoming Space Station

China has invited all the member states of the United Nations to jointly utilise its future space station expected to be ready by 2022.

It will be the world’s first space station open for cooperation with all UN member states, official media reported on Thursday, 31 May.

The space station is expected to be launched by 2019.

10:07 AM, 31 MAY

2 Militants Killed in Encounter in Handwara, Jammu & Kashmir

Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Handwara area of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, 31 May.

An army official said the militants were killed in an operation in Qaziabad forests in Kupwara district.

He added that searches were going on in the area.

(With inputs from PTI)

9:38 AM, 31 MAY

Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar Dead

At the age of 67, after a brief illness, Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fudnkar passed away on Thursday, 31 May.

The senior state BJP leader was inducted into the Devendra Fadnavis’ Cabinet in July 2016.

(With inputs from PTI)

9:38 AM, 31 MAY

India Takes Part in RIMPAC Military Exercise

India, among 26 other countries, is going to take part in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest military exercise military exercise, from 27 June to 2 August, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, the Pentagon announced on Thursday, 31 May.

Petrol Price Cut by 7 Paise, Diesel by 5 Paise per Litre New Delhi

Petrol price was on Thursday, 31 May, reduced by 7 paise a litre and diesel by 5 paise, This comes a day after fuel prices were reduced by a meagre 1 paisa, and 16 days after continuos surge in the prices.

Petrol in Delhi now costs Rs 78.35 a litre, down from Rs 78.42, while diesel has been cut to Rs 69.25 per litre from Rs 69.30.

(With inputs from PTI)

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