LIVE news updates:Punjab & Haryana HC to hear victim’s father in Kathua rape-murder case

The Punjab and Haryana High Court will Thursday hear the plea of the father of the girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua last year

Vishal’s father Sanji Ram, the main accused in Kathua rape and murder case being taken to the court (file photo).
Vishal’s father Sanji Ram, the main accused in Kathua rape and murder case being taken to the court (file photo).

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17 Jul 2019, 7:57 PM

Punjab & Haryana HC to hear victim's father in Kathua rape-murder case

The Punjab and Haryana High Court will Thursday hear the plea of the father of the girl who was raped and murdered in J&K's Kathua last year, seeking enhancement of the sentence pronounced by a trial court and challenging the acquittal of one of the accused.

In his petition filed on July 10, the eight-year-old girl's father had sought enhancement of the punishment for the six men convicted in the case that triggered outrage nationwide.

“The bench headed by Justice Rajiv Sharma will hear the matter on Thursday,” petitioner's counsel Utsav Bains said.

The girl's father had pleaded that the sentence pronounced on three of the convicts should be increased from life imprisonment to capital punishment.

17 Jul 2019, 8:22 PM

Over 80 militant attacks on armed forces in less than 2 years

More than 80 terrorist attacks against Indian armed forces have taken place in less than two years despite strict security guidelines having been issued for defence installations across the country in the wake of the 2016 Pathankot attack.

In order to counter incidents like the Pathankot attack, the Defence Ministry had in March 2017 issued a set of concrete measures to ensure safety of armed forces vide the guidelines for security of defence installations. These guidelines are based on recommendations of a panel headed by former Army Vice Chief Lieutenant General Philip Campose (Retired), formed to examine the Pathankot attack.

As per a written reply in Parliament by the Defence Ministry on Wednesday, militants have carried out 83 attacks against the armed forces from 2018 till July 2019.

17 Jul 2019, 8:17 PM

Why no appeal filed against acquittals in Samjauta blasts case?, asks Singhvi In RS

Senior Advocate and Congress leader Dr Abhishek Manu Singvi raised the issue of Centre not filing appeal against the acquittal of all accused by a Special NIA Court in the Samjauta blasts case in Rajya Sabha

17 Jul 2019, 8:13 PM

Donald Trump: Great pressure exerted over the last two years to find Hafiz Saeed

17 Jul 2019, 8:06 PM

Adityanath likely to expand his cabinet

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is likely to expand his council of ministers soon, sources said on Wednesday.

BJP sources said talks on ministerial expansion have gained momentum after the appointment of Swatantra Dev Singh as the new chief of party's Uttar Pradesh unit.

Adityanath was in Delhi two days ago and during his stay in the national capital, he took part in a meeting held at Home Minister Amit Shah's residence.

17 Jul 2019, 8:06 PM

Never heard of allegations of sexual misconduct by M J Akbar, witnesses tell court

A Delhi court on July 17 examined two more witnesses in connection with the defamation complaint filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against journalist PriyaRamani after she levelled sexual harassment charges against him

17 Jul 2019, 8:04 PM

Court asks woman to furnish bail bond of Rs 7000 with two sureties of like amount

17 Jul 2019, 8:04 PM

Jharkhand court modifies order asking college student to donate Quran as bail condition for her offensive Facebook post

17 Jul 2019, 8:03 PM

4 criminals held after encounter on Dwarka Expressway

The Gurugram Police have arrested four criminals wanted in several cases after an encounter near Tek Chand Nagar on the Dwarka Expressway.

Three of the four criminals were injured in the exchange of fire that took place around 11 pm on Tuesday, the police said on Wednesday. They have been identified as Lokesh, Pradeep, Neeraj and Jagbeer.

"The crime branch had received a tip-off about them coming to the DLF area to commit a crime. A trap was laid. When spotted, the criminals travelling in Mahindra XUV 500, were asked to stop. But they tried to escape," said a senior police officer.

17 Jul 2019, 7:57 PM

College student raped by teacher in Odisha

A college student has allegedly been raped by a school teacher in a forest in Odisha's Sambalpur district, the police said on Wednesday

The girl lodged a complaint at the Kuchinda police station, accusing the teacher of raping her in a forest in the area.

The incident occurred on July 11 when the girl was going to her college. However, the matter came to light on Wednesday after the girl lodged a complaint after finding out that a video of the alleged incident was doing the rounds on social media.

17 Jul 2019, 7:51 PM

Congress slams government for farmer suicides

Congress slams government for farmer suicides and the failure of PM-KISAN Scheme

17 Jul 2019, 7:37 PM

NDRF issues correction Death toll in Dongri building collapse is 13

17 Jul 2019, 7:29 PM

IAF on spares buying spree

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been on a spares buying spree for almost its entire fleet, from fighters, transporters to helicopters.

Several bids have been invited from the vendors for spares which will go into the maintenance of ageing Mig-21s, newer Mirage-2000s and Su-30s apart from An-32 and IL-76 transporters and Mi-17 helicopters. The spare supply lines of some of these platforms had faced problems.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently admitted in the Parliament that one of the reasons for slow upgrade of An-32 fleet has been the procurement of spares which was hampered because of strained relations between Russia and Ukraine, the two sources. The spares are being procured after the easing of tension with Pakistan.

17 Jul 2019, 7:05 PM

Pakistan breached Vienna Convention on Consular Relations says ICJ

17 Jul 2019, 7:04 PM

Kins of Kulbhushan Jadhav celebrate after ICJ rules in favour of India

17 Jul 2019, 7:01 PM

Rain turns Delhi weather pleasant, causes traffic jams

Delhi woke up to a cool and pleasant morning on Wednesday as overnight rain brought the mercury levels down, providing much-needed relief to the people even as it threw the traffic out of gear due to water-logging.

Delhi received 21.6 mm rainfall since Tuesday evening, which led to water-logging in several parts of the city. It also led to traffic congestion on major arteries during busy office hours on Wednesday morning.

According to the traffic police, water-logging occurred in Ashok Vihar, Sangam Vihar, Mahipalpur, Mehrauli, Karol Baug and Munirka, among other areas.

17 Jul 2019, 6:45 PM

ICJ's verdict in India's favour, affirms Jadhav's right to counsular access

ICJ rules in favour of #India on merits, affirming Jadhav’s right to consular access and notification. The Court has directed Pakistan to provide effective review and reconsideration of conviction and sentences

17 Jul 2019, 7:28 PM

Drunk couple held for misbehaving with traffic cops

Delhi Police arrested an inebriated couple for creating a ruckus and misbehaving with traffic police personnel here after they were stopped for violating traffic rules, a police officer said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when a PCR call was made about a woman at Lajwanti Garden crossing who was misbehaving with traffic police personnel.

"Additional SHO of Mayapuri along with his team reached the spot and found a woman, Madhuri, who was a pillion rider on a scooty was creating a ruckus and misbehaving with traffic staff," Additional PRO of Delhi Police Anil Mittal said.

17 Jul 2019, 6:36 PM

Sonbhadra violence shows incapability of Yogi govt to curb crime says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress General Secretary UP east Priyanka Gandhi expressed concern over the rising crime in UP.

She said in a tweet: “the criminals have become so bold that the a phase of broad day light murders continues unabated in the state.

The murder of 9 Gond tribals including 3 women in Umbha village of Sonbhadra has shocked people.

Administration, the state CM all are sleeping. Is this how UP will become a crime free state?”

17 Jul 2019, 6:38 PM

Law Minister proposes All India Judicial Service to recruit judges

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said that the time has come to bring an All India Judicial Service to recruit judges in the subordinate courts on the basis of merit and preferably from the backward classes, enabling them to access their due share in the judiciary.

Prasad was speaking at the inauguration of the new Additional Building Complex of the Supreme Court.

Prasad said that the Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to repeal 58 more archaic laws. More than 1500 such laws have been repealed under the NDA government, he added.

17 Jul 2019, 6:36 PM

Friends and kins of KulbhushanJadhav pray ahead of the International Court of Justice verdict

17 Jul 2019, 6:26 PM

"Threats to RSS leaders of the state" says JS Gangwar, ADG (Special Branch) in Bihar

17 Jul 2019, 6:17 PM

3 Turkish diplomats shot dead in Iraq

At least three Turkish diplomats were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday in the Iraqi city of Erbil, media reports said.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a restaurant where the diplomats were dinning, sources said.

Authorities have locked down the area of the crime scene, the Daily Sabah reporte

17 Jul 2019, 6:13 PM

Dongri rescue operation called off, death toll 14

17 Jul 2019, 6:11 PM

1 held guilty in 2008 Scarlett murder case

Samson D'Souza, a beach shack worker, accused in the case of sexual assault and subsequent death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in 2008, was held guilty of all charges including her homicide by the Bombay High Court in Goa on Wednesday.

The other accused Placido Carvalho has been acquitted of all charges.

17 Jul 2019, 6:05 PM

Police identifies LeT terrorist behind Sopore encounter

17 Jul 2019, 5:36 PM

Three people, incl Turkish Deputy Consul-General, killed in Erbil shooting

17 Jul 2019, 5:12 PM

9 killed and 25 injured as violence breaks out over land dispute in UP

Casualties reported after firing between two groups over a land dispute in Ghorawal today; District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal says, "We can't tell exact numbers as of now. 9 persons brought to District Hospital

CM Yogi Adityanath took cognisance of the inciden and expressed condolences to family of deceased; directed DM to provide immediate medical attention to injured. He also directed DGP to personally monitor the case & ensure effective action

17 Jul 2019, 5:12 PM

New responsibilities allocated to Congress leader Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav & Rajesh Lilothia

17 Jul 2019, 4:56 PM

3-storey house collapses due to flooding Bihar, no casualties reported

17 Jul 2019, 4:56 PM

Residents of flood-affected Nargadda & Sanjhli villages are yet to receive aid from the govt

Residents of flood-affected Nargadda and Sanjhli villages in Bihar are yet to receive aid from the government

17 Jul 2019, 4:15 PM

CBI searches Ex-SP lawmaker Ateeq Ahmed's home

17 Jul 2019, 4:14 PM

Cabinet approves Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019

17 Jul 2019, 4:14 PM

NIA Amendment Bill, 2019, introduced in Rajya Sabha

17 Jul 2019, 4:11 PM

BJP expels Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion for 6 years

BJP has expelled Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion for 6 years, he was already suspended from the party. He was seen brandishing guns in a recent viral video.

17 Jul 2019, 4:10 PM

2 killed in J&K as potato laden truck rams into ATM booth

Two persons were killed and another injured on Wednesday when a truck loaded with potatoes rammed into an ATM booth in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu city.

Police said that the incident happened in the Channi Himmat area in Jammu city on Wednesday.

"The driver and the helper of the truck were killed while an ATM guard was injured in this accident", police said.

17 Jul 2019, 3:44 PM

5 held for slaughtering stray cows in Shamli

Five people have been arrested for allegedly slaughtering stray cows and 60 kg meat has been seized from their possession in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, officials said Wednesday.

The men, Imran, Irshad, Asif, Aleem and Momin, were arrested after police raided a forested area near Burtada village following a tip off, they said.

Police also seized 60 kg meat which they suspect is beef.

17 Jul 2019, 3:42 PM

Harish Salve makes arguments for India before the ICJ

17 Jul 2019, 3:40 PM

Girl kills self after fight with family in UP: Police Muzaffarnagar

A 12-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide after a fight with her family members in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, police said Wednesday.

The girl hanged herself from a ceiling fan at her home in Janakpuri area of the city on Tuesday evening, they said.

The body has been sent for the postmortem and an investigation is underway, police said.

17 Jul 2019, 3:22 PM

Congress members slam govt over handling of flood situation in Assam

Congress members from Assam and Bihar criticised the Union government in Lok Sabha on Wednesday over its handling of floods in Assam and Bihar, a charge refuted by the ruling BJP.

Gourav Gogoi of the Congress asked the Centre to declare floods in Assam a national disaster and said 15 persons have been killed and over 43 lakh displaced by the natural calamity.

Mohammad Jawed of the Congress said the Centre had extended no help to flood victims in Bihar. People have been forced to eat rats, he said

17 Jul 2019, 3:22 PM

2 arrested for raping 14-year-old in J-K's Kathua: Police

Two persons have been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl at her house in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, police said Wednesday.

Mohammad Iqbal and Babu Din, both from Sadrota-Lohai Malhar village, were arrested on Tuesday after the girl's father lodged a complaint alleging that the duo had raped his daughter last week while she was alone at home, a police official said.

17 Jul 2019, 3:20 PM

Centre to identify illegal immigrants, deport them, HM Amit Shah

The Centre will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in other states as well.

Currently, the NRC is being updated under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court in Assam and July 31 has been set as a deadline for final publication of the registered data.

17 Jul 2019, 3:15 PM

Veteran Bengali actor Swarup Dutta passes away

Veteran Bengali actor Swarup Dutta, who appeared in films such as 'Sagina Mahato' and 'Apanjan' directed by Tapan Sinha, died at a city hospital on Wednesday, hospital official said.

Dutta, who was admitted to the hospital with symptomns of stroke on Saturday, died at 6.10 am, a spokesman of the hospital said.

Dutta was 78 and survived by wife and son. His son, Sharan Dutta, is also an actor.

17 Jul 2019, 3:00 PM

15 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD-S MLAs refuse to attend House on trust vote day

17 Jul 2019, 2:57 PM

Pakistan has breached VCCR by multiple denials of consular access, Harish Salve argueS for India

17 Jul 2019, 2:52 PM

Bihar Police Intelligence Wing Seeks Info On RSS, 19 Affiliates; BJP Upset

The information was sought by a senior police officer of the Special Branch, which is the intelligence wing of the Bihar police and which briefs CM Nitish Kumar on sensitive issues

17 Jul 2019, 2:36 PM

Fire breaks out Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) in Himachal Pradesh

17 Jul 2019, 2:20 PM

1 arrested, 2 cops suspended in UP madrasa wall demolition incident

Two policemen have been suspended and a person arrested in connection with the demolition of a madrasa's boundary wall in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur district, officials said Wednesday.

Following rumours that beef has been recovered in Behta village under Bindki police station area of the district, a madrasa was attacked and its boundary wall demolished on Tuesday, according to police.

Superintendent of Police Ramesh said prima facie police negligence has been found in the incident.

Station House Officer of Bindki Kotwali, Tej Bahadur Singh, and police outpost in-charge, Sub Inspector Umesh Patel have been suspended, he said.

17 Jul 2019, 2:20 PM

A fire broke out at a mobile tower warehouse in Meerut

17 Jul 2019, 2:17 PM

Sensex rises 0.19% , Nifty is 0.11% up at 2:14 pm

17 Jul 2019, 2:14 PM

PDP founding member resigns from party, says it has 'upended' after Mufti's death Srinagar

Founding PDP member Mohammed Khalil Bandh on Wednesday resigned from the primary membership of the party, saying it had "unpended" after the death of former chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

In a setback to the PDP, the former Jammu and Kashmir minister said in his letter that it was not worth continuing when the basic and founding principles of the party had been compromised.

The letter, a copy of which is with PTI, is addressed to party president Mehbooba Mufti.

17 Jul 2019, 2:13 PM

Student activists try to breach Kerala Secretariat

Four Kerala Students Union (KSU) activists on Wednesday breached the fencing of the state Secretariat even as a Cabinet meeting was underway in a bid to mark their protest against the killing of a fellow student at the University College here.

The KSU activists were protesting in front of the Secretariat, demanding a judicial probe into developments that have taken place after the incident, when the four jumped the fence of the Secretariat building and tried to reach the ground floor of the Assembly building.

Three of them were taken into custody before they reached the entrance, while a woman activist managed to reach the entrance and shouted slogans demanding Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to announce a judicial probe.

17 Jul 2019, 1:50 PM

One terrorist killed during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore

One terrorist killed in an encounter in Gund Brath village in Sopore

17 Jul 2019, 12:49 PM

Jamatud Dawa's Hafiz Saeed arrested and sent to judicial custody: Pakistan media

17 Jul 2019, 12:38 PM

Will act in accordance with Constitution: K'taka speaker after SC decision

Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision, giving him the freedom to decide on the resignations of rebel MLAs, and said he would conduct himself responsibly in accordance with the principles of the Constitution.

17 Jul 2019, 12:38 PM

Former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh appears before the Enforcement Directorate, in connection with Saradha chit fund case

17 Jul 2019, 11:15 AM

Karnataka Speaker: I will take a decision that in no way will go contrary to the Constitution

I will take a decision that in no way will go contrary to the Constitution, the Court and the Lokpal, says Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar

17 Jul 2019, 11:01 AM

Discretion of K'taka Assembly speaker in deciding resignation should not be fettered by direction or observations of court, says SC

17 Jul 2019, 10:57 AM

Supreme Court says, "Karnataka MLAs not compelled to participate in the trust vote tomorrow."

17 Jul 2019, 10:44 AM

Karnataka Speaker cannot be forced to take a decision within a time frame, says SC

Supreme Court in its order says, "the Karnataka Speaker cannot be forced to take a decision within a time frame."

17 Jul 2019, 10:44 AM

SC asks Speaker to decide on resignation of 15 MLAs within appropriate time frame

Imperative to maintain Constitutional balance, Supreme Court passes interim order. Speaker to decide on resignation of 15 MLAs within appropriate time frame. 15 MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in proceedings of Assembly till Speaker decides, says Supreme Court

17 Jul 2019, 10:44 AM

Hearing in Kathua rape and murder case at Punjab and Haryana High Court adjourned for tomorrow

17 Jul 2019, 10:34 AM

Congress party has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over "tension at Indo-China border."

17 Jul 2019, 10:32 AM

Five pilgrims injured as glacier collapses in Kullu

Five pilgrims were injured as a glacier broke off and collapsed on way to the Shrikhand Mahadev shrine in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, the police said Wednesday.

The 'yatra' to the shrine has been temporarily stopped.Considered tougher than the Amarnath pilgrimage, the ten-day Shrikhand Mahadev yatra had begun on July 15.

17 Jul 2019, 10:12 AM

CBI raids former Samajwadi Party's MP Atiq Ahmad's residence

“At 7:30 am, security force arrived at his residence. A team of CBI is also present. The premises has been sealed, no one from outside is being allowed to go in. We don't have detailed information yet,” said Lawyer of former Samajwadi Party MP Atiq Ahmed.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already registered a case against the former Samajwadi Party MP from Uttar Pradesh on charges of abduction and assault of real estate dealer Mohit Jaiswal in December 2018.

17 Jul 2019, 10:12 AM

Pakistani team headed by Attorney General has reached The Hague, in Netherlands to hear verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case

Pakistani team headed by the Attorney General has reached The Hague, in Netherlands to hear the verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case. The team also includes Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal. (Pakistan Media)

17 Jul 2019, 9:12 AM

Police & RAF conduct a raid at residence & office of Samajwadi Party MP, Atiq Ahmed

Police & Rapid Action Force (RAF) conduct a raid at the residence & official premises of former Samajwadi Party MP, Atiq Ahmed.

17 Jul 2019, 9:07 AM

District Commissioner announces yellow alert in Kodagu

District Commissioner announces yellow alert (heavy rain) in Kodagu, Karnataka, for the next 5 days (18-22 July).

17 Jul 2019, 8:58 AM

Fire breaks out in SBI building on Sansad Marg in New Delhi

Fire broke out in SBI building on Sansad Marg, on Wednesday. Total 12 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and fire was brought under control by 8.30 am.

17 Jul 2019, 8:47 AM

Bodies of two minors recovered from under debris at Kesarbhai building

Bodies of two minors recovered from under debris at Kesarbhai building collapse site in Mumbai

17 Jul 2019, 8:27 AM

Exchange of fire underway between security forces & terrorists in J&K's Sopore

Exchange of fire between security forces & terrorists in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir. Area under cordon.

17 Jul 2019, 8:01 AM

Death toll rises to 14 in the Kesarbhai building collapse

Death toll rises to 14 in the Kesarbhai building collapse incident, says National Disaster Response Force

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