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Did you carry out any study that death penalty is deterrent to rape, Delhi HC asks Centre

Zee News 5 hours 13 minutes ago

Union Cabinet on Saturday cleared Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance stipulating stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape, particularly of girls below 16 and 12 years.
Stringent anti-rape ordinance promulgated
NEW DELHI, April 22 - President Ram Nath Kovind today promulgated the criminal law amendment ordinance, paving the way for providing stringent punishment, including deathpenalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years.
Just like we teach values to girls, boys too must be brought up responsibly: Kamal Haasan
Actor politician Kamal Haasan today wondered why the ordinance promulgated today provided for death penalty for rape of girls under 12 years alone and not for those aged between 14 and 16 and said families should bring up boys to act responsibly.
President okays ordinance for death to child rapists
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday approved an ordinance to provide death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below age 12 years besides clearing another ordinance to confiscate property of fugitive economic offenders.
DNA, Business Standard,
  

Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 52

Sify 19 hours 13 minutes ago

[Afghanistan], Apr. 23 (ANI): The death toll in Sunday's deadly suicide bombing in Kabul has risen to 52. More than 100 others were injured in the blast that hit a crowd waiting at a voter and ID...
Death toll in Kabul suicide attack rises to 48
An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 48 people including women and children and wounded 112 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul today, officials said.
Blast at election centre in Afghan capital kills more than 50
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 57 people and injuring more than 100, in the most serious attack yet on preparations for elections scheduled for October.
Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 52
The death toll in Sunday's deadly suicide bombing in Kabul has risen to 52. More than 100 others were injured in the blast that hit a crowd waiting at a voter and ID registration centre, according to the Afghan officials.Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health confirmed the death toll and the number of wounded, TOLO News reported.The Interior Ministry said that the bomber was on foot and blew himself up after approaching the centre, which is in the Dashte Barchi area of western Kabul.The explosion happened at about 10 a.m. on Sunday morning in PD6.President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement condemning the attack and said it couldn't divert them from their aims or weaken this national democratic process.According to a report, Kabul's acting police chief, Mohammad Daoud Amin, stated that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the doorway of the offices.The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 31: Ministry
The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20, which are seen as a test-run for next year's presidential poll.
Business Standard, Zee News,
  

TCS breaches $100 bn mark in m-cap; first Indian IT firm to do so

State Times 11 hours 13 minutes ago

New Delhi: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) today breached the USD 100 billion mark in market valuation, but slipped below the coveted milestone at close of session. In the morning trade, the...
TCS first Indian company to achieve $100 billion m-cap
IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday emerged as the first Indian listed company to cross the $100-billion mark in terms of market capitalisation (m-cap).
TCS hits $100 billion in market cap
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) on Monday became the first Indian technology company to hit the $100 billion market capitalisation mark, riding on the back of record quarterly profit and a weaker rupee.
TCS becomes first Indian IT company to cross $100 bn in market-cap
In terms of market capitalisation, TCS has the largest market-cap and is ahead of companies like Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, ITC, Hindustan Unilever
6 of top 10 most-valued Indian cos together add Rs 91,153 cr in m-cap
While Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HDFC Bank, ITC, HUL, Infosys and Kotak Mahindra Bank were on the biggest gainers, Reliance Industries (RIL), HDFC, Maruti Suzuki India and ONGC suffered losses in their market capitalisation (m-cap).
Business Standard, Money Control,
  

Xi, Modi to discuss US' 'protectionist' trade policy, 'unprecedented' developments

SME Times 11 hours 13 minutes ago

China on Monday said the "protectionist" trade policy of the US and the "unprecedented" changes in the world order in the past 100 years will be discussed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian...
Modi to visit China this week as rapprochement gathers pace
BEIJING (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in ties between the two giant neighbours.
Modi-Xi informal summit on April 27, 28
BEIJING, April 22 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit in China's Wuhan city on April 27 and 28 to exchange views on bilateral and international issues and to enhance mutual understanding between them, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced here today.
Sushma Swaraj meets Chinese counterpart, discusses Indo-China ties
PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit in China's Wuhan city from April 27 to 28.
No more Doklam? Modi's China visit to deal with border dispute: Top updates
India-China summit: Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping to have candid talks on contentious issues like Belt and Road Initiative
Zee News, Business Standard,
  

Naidu rejects impeachment motion against Chief Justice Misra

The Assam Tribune 6 hours 54 minutes ago

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS): Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the Congress-led Opposition's notice for impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
VP Naidu rejects impeachment notice against CJI Misra, Congress to move Supreme Court
The vice president in his order today held that that the allegations emerging from the present case have a serious tendency of "undermining" the independence of the judiciary
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu rejects opposition bid to impeach Chief Justice Dipak Misra
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's vice president on Monday rejected an unprecedented petition by seven opposition parties to impeach the top judge for "misbehaviour", saying that the allegations were "neither tenable nor admissible".
Venkaiah Naidu rejects Oppositions` `impeachment` notice against Chief Justice of India
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu rejects Oppositions' 'impeachment' notice against CJI
Naidu scraps CJI impeachment motion; BJP thanks him, Congress cries foul
Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has begun the consultation process for the Opposition parties' impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Here are the top 10 updates
Zee News, Business Standard,
  

Shiv Sena leader Sachin Sawant shot dead in Mumbai: Reports

Zee News 9 hours 16 minutes ago

Shiv Sena leaderSachin Sawant was shot dead in Mumbai on Sunday.
Shiv Sena's Sachin Sawant shot dead
[India], Apr 23 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sachin Sawant was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Kandivali's Gokul Nagar area here on Sunday. Sawant, who was a local leader from Kurar in Maharashtra, was shot in the chest and was declared brought dead, according to doctors at Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali. He was a former deputy branch head of the Shiv Sena from Kurar. A police investigation is underway. This is the third incident of this month where a Shiv Sena leader was targeted. On April 7, two Shiv Sena leaders were shot dead by two men on a motorcycle in Ahmednagar's Kedgaon area after the result of a civic bypoll was announced. The deceased were identified as Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Anand Thube. (ANI)
Shiv Sena's Sachin Sawant shot dead
Shiv Sena leader Sachin Sawant was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Kandivali's Gokul Nagar area here on Sunday.Sawant, who was a local leader from Kurar in Maharashtra, was shot in the chest and was declared brought dead, according to doctors at Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali.He was a former deputy branch head of the Shiv Sena from Kurar.A police investigation is underway.This is the third incident of this month where a Shiv Sena leader was targeted.On April 7, two Shiv Sena leaders were shot dead by two men on a motorcycle in Ahmednagar's Kedgaon area after the result of a civic bypoll was announced.The deceased were identified as Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Anand Thube.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sachin Sawant shot dead at Kandivali
Two bike-borne persons approached Sachin Sawant and fired four rounds of bullets.
DNA,
  

China agrees to share data on Brahmaputra

The Assam Tribune 14 hours 13 minutes ago

BEIJING, April 22 - China has agreed to resume sharing of hydrological data of the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said here today, months after Beijing...
China, India agree to resume Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Nathu La route in Sikkim in 2018
Ministry of External Affairs organises Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from June to September each year through two different routes - Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim).
India, China agree to resume Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Natha Lu route in Sikkim
India and China today agreed to resume the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Natha Lu route in Sikkim, Ministry of External Affairs today said, 10 months after the pilgrimage was stopped following the Doklam standoff.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to Resume Via Nathu La Route Sikkim This Year: Sushma Swaraj
Beijing, 22 April (PTI) : India and China have agreed to resume the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Natha Lu route in Sikkim, Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday, 10 months after the pilgrimage was stopped following the Doklam standoff. The decision was made during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj talks with her Chinese […]
Voice of Sikkim,
  

CJI impeachment: Congress to file petition in SC

Business Standard 9 hours 13 minutes ago

Hours after Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu rejected the impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, the Congress on Monday decided to file a...
CJI impeachment: Congress to seek help of legal experts
Reacting on the rejection of Impeachment Motion notice against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu , Congress leader PL Punia said that the party will talk to legal experts to take the next step. "This is a really important matter. We don't know what was the reason for the rejection. Congress and other opposition parties will talk to some legal experts and take the next step," Punia told ANI. Earlier in the day, the Vice President rejected the Impeachment Motion against CJI Misra. On April 20, the opposition parties led by Congress moved the impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha, seeking the removal of CJI Misra under Article 217 read with article 124 (4) of the Constitution of India. The motion was signed by 64 sitting members of the House. As per Article 124 (4), "A Judge of the Supreme Court shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed after an address by each House of Parliament supported by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting has been presented to the President in the same session for such removal on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity." (ANI)
Notice to impeach CJI should've been considered null and void from beginning: Swamy
[India], Apr 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday extended his support to the decision taken Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu to scrap the impeachment motion moved against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. Speaking to the media, Swamy said that the Congress has committed 'suicide' by moving notice to impeach CJI Misra He said that the vice president took the decision after due consideration. "It should have been considered null and void and thrown out from the beginning. The Congress committed suicide by doing this," Swamy said. Earlier in the day, Vice President Naidu on Monday rejected the Impeachment Motion against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. On April 20, the opposition parties led by Congress moved the impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha, seeking the removal of CJI Misra under Article 217 read with article 124 (4) of the Constitution of India. The motion was signed by 64 sitting members of the House. As per Article 124 (4), "A Judge of the Supreme Court shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed after an address by each House of Parliament supported by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting has been presented to the President in the same session for such removal on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity." (ANI)
Will move Supreme Court: Congress on rejection of CJI`s impeachment notice
Calling the impeachment notice a crucial issue, Congress leader PL Punia said that they will move Supreme Court regarding the removal motion of the CJI.
Zee News,
  

Petrol price at Rs 74.50 a litre in Delhi, highest since September 2013

Business Standard 9 hours 13 minutes ago

Petrol prices rose for the fifth consecutive day on Monday to Rs 74.50 per litre in New Delhi, even as global crude oil cost dipped somewhat due to international factors.
Petrol price touches Rs 74.40, diesel at record high of Rs 65.65
Petrol price has hit 74 rupees 40 paise a litre, while diesel rates touched a record high of 65 rupees 65 paise.
Petrol and diesel touch record-high under Modi govt
Petrol price today hit Rs 74.40 a litre - the highest level under the BJP-led government, while diesel rates touched a record high of Rs 65.65, renewing calls for cut in excise duty to ease burden on consumers.
DNA,
  

AFSPA completely removed from Meghalaya, restricted in Arunachal Pradesh

Zee News 5 hours 13 minutes ago

AFSPA was totally withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya from April 1. In Arunachal, it is down from 16 police stations to eight, the MHA said.
AFSPA removed from Meghalaya, restricted in Arunachal
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS): The Union Home Ministry has removed Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and reduced it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, an official said on Monday.
AFSPA removed from Meghalaya completely, partly in Arunachal
The AFSPA has been removed completely from Meghalaya and its area of operation in Arunachal Pradesh has been restricted to three police stations bordering Assam and three districts neighbouring Myanmar, officials said today.The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act,which empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice, has been removed from all areas of Meghalaya from March 31.The decision has been taken due to a significant improvement of security situation in the state,a Home Ministry official said.In Arunachal Pradesh, areas under the controversial act have been reduced from 16 police stations areas bordering Assam to eight police stations besides Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, the official said.There have been demands from various organisations in the north-east as well as in Jammu and Kashmir for repealing the act, which, they say, gives sweeping powers to the security forces to act against civilians.The AFSPA has been in ...
MHA completely lifts dreaded AFSPA from Meghalaya, dilutes it in Arunachal Pradesh
On Monday, the Union Home Ministry on Monday completely revoked the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers (AFSPA) from Meghalaya while diluting it in other regions of Arunachal Pradesh. Till September 2017, 40% of the geographic territory of Meghalaya was under AFSPA.
DNA,
  

Rajan named by FT as possible candidate for Bank of England top job

The Assam Tribune 6 hours 54 minutes ago

London, April 23 (IANS): Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, has been named as one of the possible contenders for the top job at the Bank of England (BoE), according to a...
FT names Raghuram Rajan as possible candidate for Bank of England's top job
Rajan also served as the Vice-Chairman at the Bank for International Settlements
After RBI, Raghuram Rajan to work for Bank of England?
Former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan as been named as one of the contenders for the top job of the UK's central bank.
UK financial daily names Raghuram Rajan as a possible contender for Bank of England top job
The article stated that attracting Raghuram Rajan, the highly respected Chicago-based economist and former Reserve Bank of India governor, would be a coup.
Money Control,
  

Meru starts rolling out EVs in Hyderabad; status of EVs in India

Medianama 6 hours 35 minutes ago

Mumbai-based cab service provider Meru Cabs has partnered withMahindra & Mahindra Ltd to roll out electric vehicles (EVs) in India, starting with a pilot Hyderabad, reports PTI. The agency...
Mahindra, Meru to deploy electric cabs in Hyderabad
Hyderabad : Mahindra Electric and cab service Meru on Sunday announced a joint electric vehicle (EV) pilot project in Hyderabad, to be replicated in other cities soon. Their joint statement here on Earth Day said that under the pilot project, Meru will deploy Mahindra's eVeritos all-electric sedans. Speaking on the occasion, Mahindra Electric Chief Executive Mahesh Babu said: "This is definitely going to make it easier for the city to adopt EV technology and will also be in line with our constant endeavour to make EVs more accessible to a larger urban population." "We are now looking forward to working with Meru to get this project rolled out to more cities," he added. Meru Chief Executive Nilesh Sangoi said: "Based on the experience from this pilot, we will expand this initiative to induct more EVs in our network in other cities that we operate in. Over the next four years, we intend to move major parts of our fleet to EVs." The Mahindra eVerito will be available for booking in Hyderabad through Meru's mobile apps, and can be boarded from the Meru Zone at Hyderabad airport, the statement said. The services will be available at the same fare as governed by the Telangana government's radio taxi fares for sedans," it added.
Mahindra Electric ties up with Meru for e-vehicle project
The services will be available at the same fare as governed by the Telangana government#39;s radio taxi fares for sedans.
Mahindra Electric ties up with Meru for e-vehicle project
Mahindra Electric, part of the diversified USD 19 billion Mahindra Group and Meru, technology-enabled cab services company, today announced a collaboration for a pilot Electric Vehicle project here.According to a press release issued by the auto maker, the pilot project will see Meru deploy a fleet of eVeritos, the all-electric sedan by Mahindra and the model will be replicated in other cities soon.Mahindra Electric CEO, Mahesh Babu"said, "As pioneers of electric mobility, we at Mahindra Electric are happy to lead electric fleet adoption in India and are glad to partner with Meru for pilot deployment of eVeritos in Hyderabad.""This is definitely going to make it easier for the city to adopt EV technology and will also be in line with our constant endeavour to make EVs more accessible to a larger urban population.We are now looking forward to working with Meru to have this project rolled out to more cities." "Meru"CEO, Nilesh Sangoi said, "We are launching a pilot ..
Business Standard,
  

TDP MLA writes to Andhra CM, clarifies she's Hindu

Business Standard 9 hours 13 minutes ago

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA Vangalapudi Anitha on Sunday evening wrote a letter to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over her nomination to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams board.She...
TDP MLA writes to Andhra CM, clarifies she's Hindu
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA Vangalapudi Anitha on Sunday evening wrote a letter to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over her nomination to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams board. She sent the letter after the opposition parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party , began circulating a video on the internet, claiming that she was Christian. Anitha requested Chief Minister Naidu to withdraw her appointment as a member of the board, writing, "I do not want this controversy to cause embarrassment to you and the government." Anitha, however, clarified that she has always been a Hindu and had never converted to any other religion as being alleged by some people. "I am extremely grateful to you for nominating me to the board of TTD. I, being a Hindu felt blessed to have been given an opportunity to serve my Ishta Daivam Lord Venkateshwara," stated the letter. "I do not want this unsavoury controversy to cause any embarrassment to you and the Government. Therefore, I request you to withdraw my appointment as a member of the board of TTD," concluded the MLA. (ANI)
TDP MLA writes to Andhra CM, clarifies she's Hindu
[India] Apr 23(ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA Vangalapudi Anitha on Sunday evening wrote a letter to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over her nomination to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams board. She sent the letter after the opposition parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party, began circulating a video on the internet, claiming that she was Christian. Anitha requested Chief Minister Naidu to withdraw her appointment as a member of the board, writing, "I do not want this controversy to cause embarrassment to you and the government." Anitha, however, clarified that she has always been a Hindu and had never converted to any other religion as being alleged by some people. "I am extremely grateful to you for nominating me to the board of TTD. I, being a Hindu felt blessed to have been given an opportunity to serve my Ishta Daivam Lord Venkateshwara," stated the letter. "I do not want this unsavoury controversy to cause any embarrassment to you and the Government. Therefore, I request you to withdraw my appointment as a member of the board of TTD," concluded the MLA. (ANI)
Oppn slams Andhra Pradesh govt over appointments to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board
Opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh today stepped up pressure on the state government over the alleged controversial appointments to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board and demanded an apology and explanation from the Chief Minister.
DNA,