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1. 1993 Mumbai Blasts: Tahir, Firoz Get Death, Life for Abu Salem
A special TADA court pronounced the quantum of sentence for the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case on 7 September. Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan were given life imprisonment, while Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan were sentenced to death. Riaz Siddiqui was handed ten years in prison.
A series of blasts in Mumbai in March 1993 had killed 257 and injured around 700 others. Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Shaikh, Tahir Merchant, Riaz Siddiqui and Firoz Khan were convicted in the case. However, Dossa passed away two weeks after the verdict.
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2. Gauri Spoke of Strangers Near Her House: Mother
Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh had noticed strangers hanging around near her house days before she was shot dead by unknown assailants, but did not see it as a threat.
Gauri visited her sister Kavitha's place on 2 September and talked about strangers loitering near her residence, her mother Indira revealed.
“None of us, including Gauri, took it seriously. I'm not sure whether it were the same persons who killed her," she said.
Highly-placed Bengaluru police sources said Gauri was shot with a 7.65 mm pistol. A similar weapon had been used in the killings of writer MM Kalburgi, rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and left leader Govind Pansare. The ballistic reports are expected in a week, the sources added.
Two 7.65mm pistols were used in the three killings, the Criminal Investigation Department of Karnataka and the Maharashtra police had confirmed.
3. India Refuses to Join Declaration Against Myanmar at International Meet
In a show of solidarity with Myanmar, India on 7 September refused to be a part of a declaration adopted at an international conference as it carried “inappropriate” reference to violence in Rakhine state from where 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.
An Indian parliamentary delegation, led by Speaker Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, dissociated itself from the 'Bali Declaration' adopted at the 'World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development' held here in Indonesia.
"This was in view of the fact that the declaration, which was to be adopted at the conclusion of the Forum, was not in line with the agreed global principles of 'sustainable development'," said a press release issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.
India reiterated its stance that the purpose of convening the Parliamentary forum was to arrive at mutual consensus for implementation of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) which requires inclusive and broad-based development processes, it said.
4. Srinagar: One Killed, 15 Injured as Militants Hurl Grenade at Jahangir Chowk
One person was killed while 15 others, including three policemen were seriously injured in a grenade attack by militants at Jahangir Chowk in Srinagar on 7 September. According to SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Parray, some miscreant tried to throw a grenade on the deployment but reportedly it exploded close to him.
The miscreant himself was injured in the attack which took place around 5.40 pm today. “According to eyewitnesses, the person who hurled the grenade was also among the injured. We are trying to verify this,” news agency PTI quoted Parray as saying.
The deceased, identified as Maqsood Shah, was a resident of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir.
5. Bipin Rawat's Remarks Contrary to Views Expressed by Xi, Modi: China
A day after Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that ‘warfare lies within the realm of reality,’ China said that his remarks were contrary to the views expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping during their meeting in Xiamen earlier this week.
Rawat, while speaking at a seminar organised by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies in New Delhi, had said India should be prepared for a two-front war, insisting that China had started “flexing its muscles”, while there seems to be no scope for reconciliation with Pakistan whose military and polity saw an adversary in India.
Reacting to his comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “We have noted the statement by relevant people in India, also we noticed some Indian press remarked that the reports are shocking. As reported by Indian press… we don’t know whether he was authorised to speak those words or it was just his spontaneous words or whether his words represented the position of the Indian government.”
6. Yasin Malik Arrested, Mirwaiz Put Under House Arrest Before Planned-Sit in Outside NIA Headquarter
JKLF chief Yasin Malik was on 7 September arrested while Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest, a day ahead of the planned sit-in by the separatists outside the NIA headquarter in Delhi. Malik was taken into custody from here and shifted to Central Jail till 11 September, officials said.
They said the Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest to prevent the separatist leaders from going to Delhi on 1 September. Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani is under house arrest for the past several years now.
Malik, Geelani and Mirwaiz on Wednesday announced that they will hold a dharna outside the NIA office in Delhi and court arrest against the alleged harassment by the NIA. The NIA has recently been conducting raids and arresting people associated with the separatist leaders in connection with alleged money laundering and some other cases.
7. Skeletons Buried Inside Sirsa Dera Premises but They Are Donations: Mouthpiece
Hours before authorities and security agencies are likely to start a search and sanitisation operation inside the sprawling Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters campus near Sirsa town in Haryana, the sect’s mouthpiece “Sach Kahoon” on 7 September admitted that human remains were buried inside the premises.
The Dera newspaper, while defending the action of the management in burying the human remains, said this was done as sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh encouraged followers to donate the remains to the sect for burial and prevent these from being immersed in rivers etc, causing pollution.
The newspaper claimed that the human remains were buried within the campus and trees were planted on these.
Some persons, who were earlier associated with the sect but left it later, have alleged that the sect chief got killed those who opposed his activities and got them buried inside the 70-acre campus of the sect.
Source: Hindustan Times
8. BJP I-T Cell Springs to Modi's Defence
The BJP’s Information Technology cell chief Amit Malaviya on 7 September sprang to the defence of Narendra Modi in the wake of a controversy revolving around whether the Prime Minister on Twitter followed individuals who trolled or abused people on the social media.
Asserting that Modi was the only leader who freely interacted with people on the social media, he said the Prime Minister following people was not a character certificate for them.
News reports said Modi followed on Twitter a person called Nikhil Dadhich, who used abusive words in a tweet while referring to veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh who was shot dead on 5 September.
The hashtag #BlockNarendraModi trended on Twitter, with many people tweeting that they had blocked the Prime Minister for following persons like Mr. Dadhich.
9. Three Derailments in a Span of Nine Hours
Three trains jumped off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra within a span of nine hours on 7 September, the latest in a string of such incidents in the recent past.
Another derailment was averted in Uttar Pradesh after locals spotted a fracture on a track between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to arrive, officials said.
Luckily, barring injuries to a passenger in the incident in the national capital, no casualties have been reported.
The first accident occurred at 6:25 am when seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express went off the tracks near the Obra Dam station in UP’s Sonbhadra district. Within hours, at around 11:45 am, the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto bridge in the national capital, leaving one person injured. These two incidents were followed by the derailment of a goods train in Maharashtra’s Khandala at 3:55 pm, railway officials said.
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