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Five Dead in Fire at Residential Building in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Five people were killed when a fire broke out in a residential building at Ner Chowk in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh late last night, ANI reported. Many more are feared trapped inside. Three fire tenders are at the spot and rescue operations are underway.
One Body Recovered, Two People Rescued From Ghaziabad Building Collapse Site
One more body was recovered and two persons rescued from the site of a building collapse in Ghaziabad's Missal Gadi on 22 July, ANI reported.
The news agency added that rescue operations are still underway.
Kunal Kamra's Stand-up Comedy Show Cancelled by University
Comedian Kunal Kamra’s stand-up comedy show scheduled for M S University of Baroda was reportedly cancelled after the University received messages from a group calling the comedian “anti-national”, the Times of India reported.
The comedian also tweeted out about the incident after it took place.
Dibrugarh Police Arrest DSP Kavita Das in APSC Job-For-Cash Scam
Dibrugarh Police has arrested DSP Kavita Das from Duliajan, ANI reported.
She is an accused in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) job-for-cash scam, Surajeet Singh Panesar, Superintendent of Police, Dibrugarh said to ANI.
Multiple People Shot at in Toronto
At least 10 people, including a child, were shot in Toronto on Sunday and the gunman was dead, Canadian news agencies reported.
Reports of gunfire in the city's Greektown neighborhood began at 10 pm local time (0200 GMT Monday), CityNews.com reported.
Witnesses said they heard 25 gunshots, the news website reported.
Two Killed, Three Injured in Building Collapse in New Delhi's Dwarka
Two people were killed and three injured when a building collapsed in Harsh Vihar near New Delhi’s Dwarka around 1 am on the night of 22 July, ANI reported.
TDP MP Gives Notice in RS to Discuss AP Re-Organisation Act
TDP MP YS Chowdary gives notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 to discuss the AP Re-organisation Act, ANI reported.
SC to Hear Plea on Alwar Lynching on 28 August
The Supreme Court will hear a plea on the lynching in Alwar, Rajasthan of Rakbar alias Akbar Khan on 28 August PTI reported.
ANI added that plea seeks action for contempt against Rajasthan, Haryana, and UP.
Air Hostess Anissia Batra Death: Delhi HC Provides Protection to Husband's Parents
In the case of air hostess Anissia Batra’s death, the Delhi High Court granted interim protection to Sushma Singhvi and RS Singhvi, parents of Mayank Singhvi, ANI reported.
The court will hear their anticipatory bail plea matter on 2nd August. The court also sought a status report from the police, ANI reported.
TN Police Force Personnel Takes Own Life
A member of the Tamil Nadu Police force’s 4th Battalion allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree inside the Battalion’s campus in Kovaipudur, late on 23 July. The body has been sent for postmortem.
P Chidambaram Moves Anticipatory Bail Plea in Aircel-Maxis and INX Media Case
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram moved an anticipatory bail plea in Delhi's Patiala House Court in the Aircel-Maxis and INX media cases, ANI reported. The cases will come up for hearing at 2 pm today.
Two Killed in Building Collapse in Sealdah, West Bengal
Two people were killed when a 100-year-old building collapsed in West Bengal’s Sealdah, ANI reported.
Supreme Court Allows Karti Chidambaram to travel to USA, France, and UK
The Supreme Court on Monday, 23 July, granted Karti Chidambaram permission to travel to USA, France, and UK from 23 to 31 July for business purposes, ANI reported. He is an accused in the INX media case.
British Sikhs to Get Ethnicity Status in 2021 Census: Report
Britain's strong Sikh community is all set to be listed in the 2021 census as a distinct ethnicity rather than only as a religion, the UK Statistics Authority has said, a major step that will give the community a fair access to all public services in the country.
Last year, over 100 British MPs, including Indian-origin lawmakers, had asked the authority to include Sikh as a separate ethnic box for the 2021 census.
Interim Protection to P Chidambaram Extended Till 7 August: Patiala House Court
Delhi’s Patiala House Court extends interim protection granted to P Chidambaram till 7 August, ANI reported.
AgustaWestland Case: Patiala House Court to Pass Order Tomorrow
Delhi's Patiala House Court on Monday, 23 July, reserved order on whether it will take cognizance of supplementary chargesheet in the AgustaWestland deal case.
Court to pass order on Tuesday, 24 July.
Madras HC Sets Asode Look Out Circulars Against Karti Chidambaram
Madras High Court on Monday, 23 July, set aside Look Out Circulars issued by the CBI against Karti Chidambaram in June 2017. However court made it clear that the order would not affect any proceedings initiated against him in the case under the registered FIR.
Alleged Criminal Govind Rana Shot Dead
An alleged criminal Govind Rana was killed in an encounter with Vasai Crime Branch in Maharashtra’s Palghar earlier on Monday, 23 July. Two police personnel were injured during the encounter.
Ambedkar's Statue Desecrated in MP
A statue of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar was allegedly desecrated by unidentified persons in Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur district, a police official said on Monday, 23 July.
The statue, installed on outskirts of Kalisindh village, located about 28 kms from the district headquarters, was desecrated by some persons last night, Bercha police station in-charge Rakesh Nain said.
Some locals informed the police after they found an arm and spectacles of the statue broken.
Shajapur district's Superintendent of Police Anurag Sharma and other officials reached the spot to look into the matter.
SHO Seen Getting Godwoman's Blessings, Transferred
An SHO was sent to district lines after a photograph of him in uniform seeking blessings from a self-styled godwoman went viral,
The photograph shows Indrapal Singh, SHO of Janakpuri police station, sitting on a chair and godwoman Namita Acharya placing her hand on his head, they said.
While a few reports claimed the police official was getting his head massaged from the godwoman, the police said Singh was seeking blessings from her.
Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (west), said Singh has been sent to the district lines, adding that it was not proper for him to go there in uniform.
A vigilance enquiry under additional deputy commissioner of police (West) has been ordered into the incident, an official said.
Choksi Seeks Cancellation of NBWs, Cites Fear of Mob lynching
Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the multi-crore PNB scam, on Monday, 23 July, moved a special court here seeking cancellation of non-bailable warrants issued against him, claiming that he apprehends mob lynching if he is brought to India.
Choksi, in his application moved before the special PMLA court, claimed he faces a threat to his life not only from his former employees and debtors but also from jail staff and inmates (where he would be launched if he returns).
"As it became impossible for the applicant's company to function and the employees were not paid their salaries and debtors did not get their money back, all these persons have become agitated against the applicant and he is now facing threat to his life," the application said.
Bihar Liqour Ban to Have No Effect on Rich: Tejashwi
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday, 24 July, commented that that the liqour ban in Bihar would have no effect on the affluent class.
“Such an amendment in the liquor law is a discount for the rich. Instead of a fine of Rs 50,000, the affluent class will give just Rs 5000 and get alcohol,” Tejashwi Yadav to ANI.
Goods Train Derails Near Gorakhpur
A goods train derailed near Chauri Chaura railway station near Gorakhpur on Monday, 23 July. No injuries or casualties have been reported.
Sheena Bora Murder Case: Mikhail Bora Testifies
Sheena Bora’s brother Mikhail Bora testified in Special CBI Court against Indrani Mukerjea in the murder case. In his testimony, he has narrated a chain of events leading to the death of Sheena Bora.
Major Mishap Averted On Chennai-Singapore Air India Flight
A major mishap was averted earlier on 23 Juky, when Singapore to Chennai Air India flight suffered a bird hit at the height of 400 feet during landing at Chennai Airport. All passengers are safe but a portion of the aircraft was badly damaged. Aircraft has been grounded for inspection.
Govt Forms Panel to Suggest Laws Against Mob Lynching
The government set up a high-level committee to suggest laws against mob lynching and violence on Monday, 23 July. The government has also decided to constitute a Group of Ministers, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to consider the recommendation of the high level committee.
Look Into Panel Formed to Prevent Animal Misuse: Maneka Gandhi
A welfare committee formed to prevent misuse of animals in films and events has committed "serious irregularities", Union minister Maneka Gandhi has said in a letter to Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, and urged him to look into the matter.
A nine-member Performing Animal Sub-Committee (PASC) was formed by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to evaluate applications for use of animal performances. A filmmaker planning to use animal performances need clearance from them.
"I have been informed that serious irregularities are routinely taking place at the meetings of PASC which amount to violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and more," Gandhi wrote in the letter.
Author Rakesh Sinha Joins BJP
Author and columnist Rakesh Sinha, who was recently nominated to Rajya Sabha by the President, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, 23 July..
Centre's Move to Regulate Foreign Scribes' Visit to Valley 'Oppressive': Hurriyat
Moderate Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said the Centre's decision, asking foreign journalists to seek prior permission for visiting Kashmir, as an "oppressive" step aimed at hiding the ground realities of the Valley.
"The Government of India's decision of barring the entry of foreign journalists to Kashmir is another oppressive step aimed at hiding the exact ground realities and the ultimate oppression unleashed by lakhs of Indian forces, before the world community," a spokesperson for the Hurriyat said in a statement.
AIADMK Functionary Hacked to Death in TN
A 42-year old AIADMK local level functionary was hacked to death by a gang of around ten people on a road in broad daylight at Sirkazhi in the district today, police said.
Rames Babu, a contractor and AIADMK's Kollidam block students wing deputy secretary, died on the spot after being attacked with sickles by the unidentified gang members, who later fled the scene, they said.
He was involved in executing public works department contracts and a staunch loyalist of Tamil Nadu Handlooms Minister O S Manian, who hails from the district, party sources said.
A Lawmaker Stands Disqualified if Conviction Not Stayed: SC
The Supreme Court on Monday, 23 July, said that a lawmaker, whose conviction in a criminal case has not been stayed by an appellate court, would stand disqualified from the membership of the House.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also reserved its verdict on a plea filed by NGO 'Lok Prahari' which alleged that the 2013 verdict of the apex court in the Lilly Thomas case was being flouted by the Members of Parliament, MLAs and MLCs, who continue to hold their memberships even after their convictions in criminal cases.
The apex court, on July 10, 2013, had struck down section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act (RPA) that gave a convicted lawmaker the power to remain in office on the ground that appeals have been filed within three months of conviction.
Two Held in Mumbai for killing of RTI Activist in Telangana
Two men wanted in connection with the killing of an RTI activist in Telangana in May were arrested in Mumbai.
The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police arrested Rajeshwar Goud Elimati (46) and Rajayya Kasarppu (51) from their homes in suburban Bandra and Jogeshwari, respectively, yesterday an official said.
He said the duo, who owned toddy shops in Mumbai, were wanted for the killing of Right to Information (RTI) activist Podeti Satyanarayan Narsa Goud.
The 51-year-old was shot dead by unidentified persons in Dharmapuri town in Jagtial district of Telangana on 9 May.
Naxal Gunned Down in Chhattisgarh, Two Firearms Recovered
A Naxal was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said.
The gun battle took place in the forest of Chhote Usri village under Bayanar police station limits when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallav told PTI over the phone.
When the patrolling team was advancing through Chhote Usri, located around 250 km from the state capital Raipur, an exchange of fire broke out between the two sides, he said
Centre Supports in SC Plea Against Female Genital Mutilation
The Centre told the Supreme Court that it supported the petition opposing the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear on July 30 the plea filed by Delhi-based lawyer Sunita Tiwari and asked the parties to file their written submissions.
The bench also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked the parties to advance arguments on the plea and on the aspect as to whether it can also be referred to a Constitution bench.
"I am supporting the petitioner. They can begin their arguments on Monday," Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the court.
Suspected Militant Arrested in Kashmir
Security forces have arrested a suspected militant from Handwara area of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Monday, 23 July.
A joint team of army, police and CRPF conducted search operations in the orchards of Humpora in Handwara area last evening following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.
PM Modi Arrives in Rwanda
PM Narendra Modi arrived in Rwanda on Monday, 23 July. He has been received by President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, who is scheduled to hold a meeting with him later in the day.
The PM is on a five-day visit to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa.
'Our Relationship Has Stood the Test of Time': PM Modi in Rwanda
After his arrival in Rwanda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with the country's President Paul Kagame and the two issued a joint statement asserting cooperation and goodwill between the two countries.
Praising President Kagame's "special gesture" of coming to receive him at the airport, Modi said it is "a sign of respect for the entire India".
India and Rwanda’s relationship has stood the test of time. It is a matter of honour for us that India has stood with Rwanda in their economic development journey... We are going to open a High Commission in Rwanda. This will not only establish communication between our respective governments, but also enable facilities for passport and visa.PM Modi in Rwanda
The two leaders held delegation-level talks and witnessed the signing of several agreements between the two countries.
Later, PM Modi also addressed the Indian community at an event in Rwanda's capital Kigali, where he said: