Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the spirit of the 1985 Assam Accord would not be allowed to get diluted and the central government will do everything to protect the state’s indigenous people by completely sealing the Indo-Bangla border. The assurance was given at a tripartite meeting among the Centre, the state government and the All Assam Students’ Union. The Assam Accord was signed in 1985 in the presence of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi between the central government and the AASU to end a six-year agitation in the state demanding detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
A FORTNIGHT after Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan, New Delhi on Wednesday handed over to Islamabad an appeal by his mother to the appelate court. As per Pakistan’s laws, Jadhav has the right to appeal at an appellate court within 40 days of the pronouncement of the verdict. Along with the appeal, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale, at a meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Wednesday, also gave a petition by Jadhav’s mother, expressing her desire to meet him. India has asked Pakistan to facilitate issuing of visas to Jadhav’s parents. India on Wednesday also reiterated its request for “consular access” for the “16th time”.
The Shiv Sena seems to be facing infighting in Navi Mumbai, reportedly over the issue of nominating corporators to the Standing Committee. Stating that ‘new faces’ should be given a chance to be part of the all-important panel that oversees expenditure proposals by the NMMC, around 20 corporators have threatened to resign.
The special CBI court is likely to give its verdict in the 2G scam case on July 15. “I should be able to pronounce the order on July 15,” said Special CBI Judge O P Saini after concluding the hearing of arguments that lasted six years. The judge expressed displeasure at lawyers repeating the same old arguments at the “final argument” stage.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to inform whether it wanted to implement the court’s orders on removing encroachments along the city’s water pipelines.
Militants today attacked an army camp in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, killing a captain and two soldiers.
Dos and don'ts have been issued for the UP Police on anti-Romeo squads, with the new police chief making it clear that those indulging in rowdy behaviour need not be arrested and instead their guardians be called and briefed.
India today demanded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying. This was conveyed by Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale to Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua during a meeting sought by him. On April 19, a meeting between Bambawale and Janjua was rescheduled. Pakistan has denied India's request for consular access to 46-year-old Jadhav over a dozen times in the last one year.
The Congress today appointed former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot as its general secretary in-charge for Gujarat, ahead of assembly polls later this year.
Government agency CAPART has recommended registration of 159 FIRs against various NGOs for alleged misappropriation or misuse of funds disbursed to them, it told the Supreme Court today.