QWrap: Bihar Poll Dates; Maria Refuses to Head Sheena Case
Here’s a wrap of today’s top headlines in 90 seconds.
1. Bihar Poll Dates Announced, Political Parties Say They Are Ready for Battle
The Election Commission has announced that the Bihar polls will be held over five phases from October 12 to November 5, 2015. Counting of votes will take place on November 8, 2015. Dr Nasir Zaidi, the Chief Election Commissioner has said that paramilitary forces will be present at each booth to ensure a peaceful election.
2. Maria Not Interested in Taking Charge of Sheena Case
Mumbai police claims the Sheena Bora investigation team will not be changed after Rakesh Maria’s ouster. However, top sources in the Mumbai police have confirmed to The Quint that Rakesh Maria is no longer interested in leading the investigation. Sources have also indicated that Maria’s ‘promotion’ was not political, but motivated by the IPS lobby in Maharashtra. While Maria and his team were shunted out of the probe, the SP of Raigad despite a botched investigation continues to hold his position.
3. Saudi Diplomat Booked for Allegedly Abusing House Helps, MEA Seeks Report
Two women who had alleged that they had been tortured, sexually assaulted and kept in bondage for months, were rescued from the Gurgaon home of a diplomat from Saudi Arabia who employed them as house helps.
4. MEA Says 13 Crew Members Alive, 7 Reported Missing in Yemen
Disputing reports that 20 Indian nationals were killed in air strikes by Saudi-led coalition forces at Yemen’s Hodeidah port, the MEA said 13 Indians crew members “are alive and seven are reported missing”, read more here.
5. Serena Two Wins Away from Completing a Calendar Slam
Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 to go through to the semi-finals of the US Open. Serena is just two wins away from completing a calendar slam.
6. Birthday Boy Akshay Kumar gets and ‘Unreal’ Tribute
Jo maine bolta hoon woh main karta hoon, Joh maine nahi bolta woh toh main definitely karta hoon
The Quint spoke to someone who will blow your mind with his Akshay Kumar act. Tap here to watch.
7. Apple All Set to Launch New Generation of iPhones and More
Apple Inc. is all set to launch the next generation of iPhones in an event that will be held at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on September 9, 2015. The Quint will go live with all the updates at 9.30 PM tonight.
8. Here’s Why You Need to say #YesToWeed
It’s been 30 years since marijuana was declared illegal in India, and we at The Quint believe it should be decriminalised. It’s time to go green!
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