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Why Hasina government drove out Hindu chief justice

Why Hasina government drove out Hindu chief justice

Rediff.com5 days ago

In 2017 the Bangladesh supreme court on his watch annulled the 16th amendment to the constitution which empowered parliament to impeach SC judges for misconduct or incapacity. As it upheld the independence of the judiciary, it miffed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who accused Justice Sinha of 'humiliating' the country. He was accused of corruption and misuse of power, allegations that he denied. Prakash Bhandari reports.

Maha govt may have helped Param Bir to escape: BJP

Maha govt may have helped Param Bir to escape: BJP

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

Shelar also claimed that the MVA govt was obstructing the Centre's strong actions to tackle the drug menace in the country.

UNGA: EAM Jaishankar talks Af, Indo-pacific with counterparts

UNGA: EAM Jaishankar talks Af, Indo-pacific with counterparts

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday discussed issues relating to Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific during his bilateral meetings with global counterparts on the sidelines of the annual high-level UN General Assembly session.

World seeing 'explosion' in power seizures by force: UN chief to world leaders

World seeing 'explosion' in power seizures by force: UN chief to world leaders

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

The world is seeing an "explosion" in seizures of power by force and military coups are back, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told world leaders on Tuesday, lamenting that geopolitical divisions are undermining international cooperation as he called for strengthening global governance and re-igniting multilateralism.

'If the Taliban see my father, they could harm him'

'If the Taliban see my father, they could harm him'

Rediff.com17 Sep 2021

For Afghans in India, including medical tourists from the war-torn country as well as migrants and refugees staying here much longer, the safety of friends and families is the biggest concern - particularly for those linked to the now collapsed government or who have had work ties with the US.

Afghan female soccer players reach Pakistan; will seek asylum

Afghan female soccer players reach Pakistan; will seek asylum

Rediff.com15 Sep 2021

Players from Afghanistan's female youth soccer teams have arrived in Pakistan and will seek political asylum in third countries amid concern over the status of female athletes under the new Taliban government in Kabul.

736 Afghans seek registration in India from Aug 1 to Sep 11

736 Afghans seek registration in India from Aug 1 to Sep 11

Rediff.com15 Sep 2021

According to the data, the total number of persons of concern to UNHCR in India stands at 43,157. Among them, 15,559 refugees and asylum seekers are from Afghanistan.

More than 1,800 Myanmar nationals take shelter in Mizoram

More than 1,800 Myanmar nationals take shelter in Mizoram

Rediff.com14 Sep 2021

In a fresh influx from trouble-torn Myanmar, more than 1,800 people have reportedly crossed over to Mizoram in the past few days, state Home Minister Lalchamliana said.

US presses Pak to fight Al Qaeda, ISIS in Afghanistan, reveal leaked documents

US presses Pak to fight Al Qaeda, ISIS in Afghanistan, reveal leaked documents

Rediff.com4 Sep 2021

The Biden administration is quietly pressing Pakistan to cooperate on combating dreaded terrorist groups such as the ISIS-K and Al Qaeda following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, according to a set of leaked documents and diplomatic cables to a prominent US media outlet.

HC tells Delhi govt, police to reduce Afghan refugees at protest site

HC tells Delhi govt, police to reduce Afghan refugees at protest site

Rediff.com3 Sep 2021

The Delhi high court on Friday directed the Delhi government and the police to ensure that the number of Afghan nationals, protesting outside the UNHCR office in New Delhi and seeking refugee status, is suitably reduced and they strictly follow Covid-19 appropriate protocol.

Afghan protestors outside UNHCR office can be Covid super spreaders: HC

Afghan protestors outside UNHCR office can be Covid super spreaders: HC

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

The Delhi high court on Wednesday expressed concern over a large gathering of Afghan nationals protesting outside the UNHCR office and seeking refugee status, saying it could act as a super spreader of coronavirus as there is lack of adherence to Covid-19 appropriate norms.

China wants 'all parties to guide Taliban actively'

China wants 'all parties to guide Taliban actively'

Rediff.com30 Aug 2021

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during his telephonic conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday, discussed the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan amidst chaotic airlifts of Afghan civilians and diplomats by the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries before the August 31 deadline.

'Taliban said they will kill me'

'Taliban said they will kill me'

Rediff.com30 Aug 2021

'My family goes to the airport every day so that they can find a way out.'

Intel agencies issue alert after Taliban-Jaish meeting

Intel agencies issue alert after Taliban-Jaish meeting

Rediff.com28 Aug 2021

The meeting was attended by a group of Taliban leaders where JeM sought their support in 'India-Centric' operations. All states have been alerted to conduct security drills and keep anti-terror units on high alert.

What's the Aashiqui star's Afghan link?

What's the Aashiqui star's Afghan link?

Rediff.com27 Aug 2021

'They didn't speak Hindi or English, but love is a universal language.'

'I was not asking for asylum in India, came for medical treatment'

'I was not asking for asylum in India, came for medical treatment'

Rediff.com26 Aug 2021

'India's treatment to a member of parliament of Afghanistan was not good and I am very upset about this action.'

'Can't even think of returning to Afghanistan'

'Can't even think of returning to Afghanistan'

Rediff.com23 Aug 2021

'It's hell right now'

Is Modi's political capital depleting?

Is Modi's political capital depleting?

Rediff.com17 Aug 2021

It is hard to escape the feeling that solving the problems of 2020 and 2021 will require something special which at the moment is not on view, observes Aakar Patel.

Tokyo Games: DRAMATIC Moments

Tokyo Games: DRAMATIC Moments

Rediff.com9 Aug 2021

From sharing medals to defections to gestures on the medals podium to punching horses, the Tokyo Olympics had it all.

IOC removes two Belarus coaches from Olympic Village

IOC removes two Belarus coaches from Olympic Village

Rediff.com6 Aug 2021

'We are not the ones who made the decision, we are only executing it,' Tsimanouskaya said the two officials told her. The two officials had told her the order to send her home came from "high up" in Belarus.

Vijay Mallya declared bankrupt by UK court

Vijay Mallya declared bankrupt by UK court

Rediff.com26 Jul 2021

A British court on Monday granted a bankruptcy order against Vijay Mallya, paving the way for a consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) to pursue a worldwide freezing order to seek repayment of debt owed by the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. "As at 15.42 [UK time], I shall adjudicate Dr Mallya bankrupt," Chief Insolvencies and Companies Court (ICC) Judge Michael Briggs said in his ruling during a virtual hearing of the Chancery Division of the high court. "I have to decide if there is a real prospect of payment of petition debt in full within a reasonable period of time... there is insufficient evidence that [Mallya's asset realisations in India] will pay the debt in full within a reasonable period of time," Judge Briggs noted, in reference to defence arguments pointing to a restoration process in India following a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court order for the attachment of Mallya's assets.

Ensure people in mental health homes are vaccinated: SC to govt

Ensure people in mental health homes are vaccinated: SC to govt

Rediff.com6 Jul 2021

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah took serious note of Maharashtra government's shifting patients lodged in mental health institutes to homes for beggars and asked it to discontinue the practice immediately saying it is counter-productive and runs against the provisions of Mental Health Act.

Nirav Modi's extradition plea rejected by UK high court, has 5 days to appeal

Nirav Modi's extradition plea rejected by UK high court, has 5 days to appeal

Rediff.com23 Jun 2021

Wanted diamond merchant Nirav Modi, whose extradition to India was ordered in April by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel in the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, has lost the first stage of his extradition appeal in the high court in London.

'Dada was like an older brother'

'Dada was like an older brother'

Rediff.com11 Jun 2021

'Buddhada became such a confidante, friend, philosopher and guide in my life.'

Banks can sell Mallya's properties, shares worth Rs 5,646 cr

Banks can sell Mallya's properties, shares worth Rs 5,646 cr

Rediff.com3 Jun 2021

Armed with court order, a consortium of lenders led by SBI can now sell certain real estate properties and securities belonging to fugitive Vijay Mallya to recover loans turned bad with failure of Kingfisher Airlines. A consortium of 11 banks that gave Mallya loans, led by State Bank of India (SBI), had approached a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court seeking restoration of his properties seized by the Enforcement Directorate. The special PMLA court in Mumbai on Tuesday allowed the restoration of properties worth Rs 5,646.54 crore to banks.

Vijay Mallya denied access to court-held funds

Vijay Mallya denied access to court-held funds

Rediff.com26 May 2021

Vijay Mallya on Wednesday lost an appeal to gain further access to court-held funds to cover his costs for legal proceedings in India, as a high court judge in London concluded that the 65-year-old businessman had failed to provide sufficient evidence in support of the over 750,000 pounds being sought. During a remote hearing of the Chancery Division, Justice Robert Miles handed down his judgment in favour of a consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI). He also directed Mallya to cover 95 per cent of the costs of the appeal as the banks had been "very substantially successful" and the "overall winners" in fighting the case to prevent further sanctions from the court-held funds.

Dalai Lama's heir has to be approved by Beijing: China

Dalai Lama's heir has to be approved by Beijing: China

Rediff.com21 May 2021

China on Friday said that any successor to the present Dalai Lama should be approved by it, ruling out recognition to any heir nominated by him or by his followers.

Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy case in UK high court

Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy case in UK high court

Rediff.com18 May 2021

A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday moved a step closer in their attempt to recover debt from loans paid out to Vijay Mallya's now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the high court in London upheld an application to amend their bankruptcy petition, in favour of waiving their security over the embattled businessman's assets in India. Chief Insolvencies and Companies Court (ICC) Judge Michael Briggs handed down his judgment in favour of the banks to declare there is no public policy that prevents a waiver of security rights, as argued by Mallya's lawyers. At a virtual hearing, July 26 was set as the date for final arguments for and against granting a bankruptcy order against the 65-year-old Mallya after the banks accused him of trying to "kick matters into the long grass" and called on the "bankruptcy petition to be brought to its inevitable end".

Mallya, Nirav Modi extradition figure in India-UK summit

Mallya, Nirav Modi extradition figure in India-UK summit

Rediff.com5 May 2021

The issue of extradition of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi figured in a virtual summit between India and the UK on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that economic offenders should be sent back to the country at the earliest for trial. India has been pressing the United Kingdom to extradite Mallya and Modi to face trial in India for their alleged involvement in cases relating to financial fraud. At a media briefing, joint secretary in the Europe West division in the ministry of external affairs (MEA) Sandeep Chakravorty said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned that the authorities in the UK will do whatever possible to make sure that the economic offenders are extradited.

Extradition of Mallya, Nirav figures in Modi-Boris talks

Extradition of Mallya, Nirav figures in Modi-Boris talks

Rediff.com5 May 2021

The issue of extradition of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi figured in a virtual summit between India and the United Kingdom on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that economic offenders should be sent back to the country at the earliest for trial.

UK okays Nirav Modi's extradition, he has 14 days to appeal

UK okays Nirav Modi's extradition, he has 14 days to appeal

Rediff.com16 Apr 2021

The United Kingdom's home department has cleared the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is wanted in an over Rs 13,000-crore bank fraud case, officials said on Friday.

Manipur withdraws 'no refuge for Myanmarese' order

Manipur withdraws 'no refuge for Myanmarese' order

Rediff.com30 Mar 2021

The officer issued an advisory, saying the contents of the previous letter had been "misconstrued".

India on asylum to Myanmar refugees: 'Not signatory to 1951 UN convention'

India on asylum to Myanmar refugees: 'Not signatory to 1951 UN convention'

Rediff.com16 Mar 2021

The ministry of home affairs on Tuesday clarified India's stand of giving Asylum to Myanmar refugees, saying that the country is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol thereon.

Legal process has to be followed, can't shortcut that: UK on Mallya extradition

Legal process has to be followed, can't shortcut that: UK on Mallya extradition

Rediff.com5 Mar 2021

Noting the urgency and desire on the part of India to extradite people accused of corruption, the UK on Friday said a "legal process" is on in Vijay Mallya's matter and it has to be followed through as there cannot be any shortcut. In May last year, the fugitive businessman lost his appeals in the British Supreme Court against his extradition to India to face money laundering and fraud charges. Asked when can Mallya be extradited to India and if some kind of legal issue is still pending in the matter, new British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, without pointing to any particular case, said he recognises the urgency, importance and the desire to get back people who are accused of corruption to India.

Nirav Modi: Indian mission to liaise with UK authorities for early extradition

Nirav Modi: Indian mission to liaise with UK authorities for early extradition

Rediff.com25 Feb 2021

The Indian High Commission in London on Thursday welcomed the Westminster Magistrates' Court ruling in the extradition case of diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India to stand trial on charges of fraud and money laundering related to the Punjab National Bank (PNB) letters of undertaking (LoUs) scam case. A senior diplomat at India House said the judgment, which found a prima facie case against the accused, paves the way for the government of India and the high commission officials to liaise with the UK authorities on the next stages of the procedural matters for his early extradition to India. "The judgment paves the way for the government of India, including the High Commission of India in London, to liaise with the UK authorities on the procedural matters," said the diplomat at the High Commission. "As with previous extradition cases, we will press on with the next steps," he said.

5 roles that define Waheeda Rehman

5 roles that define Waheeda Rehman

Rediff.com3 Feb 2021

Subhash K Jha gives us the very best of Waheeda Rehman.

Has Mallya sought asylum in UK?

Has Mallya sought asylum in UK?

Rediff.com22 Jan 2021

Vijay Mallya has applied to Home Secretary Priti Patel for "another route" to be able to stay in the UK, the liquor tycoon's barrister representing him in bankruptcy proceedings in the High Court of London confirmed during a remote hearing on Friday. The 65-year-old businessman, whose legal challenge to the Indian government's extradition request was turned down at the Supreme Court level in the UK last year, remains in Britain on bail until Patel signs off on the order for him to be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering related to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The UK Home Office has so far only confirmed on background that a confidential legal process remains ongoing before the extradition order can be executed.

Chinese village in Arunachal: India must speak up!

Chinese village in Arunachal: India must speak up!

Rediff.com21 Jan 2021

'China wants to change the status quo of India's Northern Border and proves that it can do whatever it wants in what it perceives as its own territory,' states Claude Arpi.

The mystery death of Pakistan's 'holy warrior'

The mystery death of Pakistan's 'holy warrior'

Rediff.com5 Dec 2020

Khadim Hussain Rizvi is now gone. But the mass appeal of fundamentalism among Pakistan's burgeoning, young, illiterate, unemployed and angry population isn't, observes Shekhar Gupta.

Baba Amte's granddaughter dies allegedly by suicide

Baba Amte's granddaughter dies allegedly by suicide

Rediff.com30 Nov 2020

Sheetal, 39, took the extreme step following a recent public spat with other members of the Amte family over the management of Maharogi Seva Samiti, a social service organisation founded by Baba Amte, a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award and Padma Vibhushan, who died in 2008.

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