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SC bats for anti-torture law

SC bats for anti-torture law

Says in absence of legislation, India facing problems in criminals’ extradition25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: Having a law against torture in terms of UN Convention was in “our own national interest,” the Supreme Court said on Monday.

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Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24

Having a law against torture in terms of UN Convention was in “our own national interest,” the Supreme Court said on Monday.

“India faces problems in extradition of criminals from foreign countries because of this (having no law against torture). It’s in our own national interest to have such a law,” a Bench of Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said. “It’s also an issue of international reputation of the country,” it added.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by former Law Minister Ashwini Kumar seeking a direction to the government to put in place a proper legal framework in terms of International Convention against Torture which India signed in 1997. The top court had in September 2016 issued a notice to the Centre on the PIL that demanded proper guidelines to prevent torture, cruelty, inhuman or degrading treatment of jail inmates. It also sought rehabilitation, relief and compensation for victims of custodial violence and torture.

The former Law Minister gave the example of Purulia Arms Drop Case accused Kim Davy who could not be extradited from Sweden to face trial in India. “India is berated for it,” he added.

Terming it as a matter of “sublime importance”, he said of the 161 countries which were signatories to the 1997 United Nation Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, only nine, including India, had not ratified it. Kumar was supported by Amicus Curiae Colin Gonsalves who submitted that even the NHRC has said India needed a standalone law on the subject.

The court gave 10 days to the government to firm up the government’s response after the Solicitor General told the Bench that Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi would be away to Geneva between May 2 and 9 for a conference on the subject. He said he would take up the issue with the Home Ministry and Law Ministry.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar explained to the Bench the steps taken by the government and submitted that the bill on the issue had lapsed. Kumar said the government has referred the issue to the Law Commission which was examining it. “So many matters are pending before the Law Commission. It should be taken up as a matter which requires extreme urgency,” the Bench said.

Value investments by Indian companies: US on H-1B visa issue

25 Apr 2017 | 9:34 AM

WASHINGTON: Days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised the issue of restrictions on H-1B visa with his American counterpart Steven Mnuchin, the US has said that it greatly values investments by Indian companies and wants strong economic ties between the two nations.

Rejects plea on Gurus’ preachings in syllabus

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking directions to the government to incorporate biographies of all the 10 Sikh Gurus in school syllabi, saying “public interest litigation has its own limitations”.

Apex court finds wife guilty of cruelty; husband gets divorce

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today granted divorce to a man after holding his wife guilty of cruelty for filing false cases against him but asked the man to give her a Rs 1-crore-flat and Rs 50 lakh as one-time permanent alimony.

SC: Can’t enforce fundamental duties

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday declined a plea for the enforcement of the fundamental duties as enshrined in the Constitution and the implementation of two separate reports by former Chief Justices of the apex court on the issue.

Adityanath gets nod to recruit 1.5 lakh cops

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday approved the Yogi Adityanath government’s roadmap to fill over 1.5 lakh vacant posts in police department of Uttar Pradesh in four years, saying it would help improve law and order situation.

Centre on notice for Secrets Act’s ‘misuse’

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on a petition filed by journalist Poonam Agrawal alleging misuse of The Official Secrets Act by the authorities and abuse of ‘sahayaks’ in the armed forces that reportedly led to suicide of Lance Naik Roy Mathew in Nashik.

Come May, PM all set to visit 7 nations

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The coming few months will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi indulging in some hectic diplomatic activity.

Double-decker AC chair car from July

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways will launch in July a special double decker air-conditioned train service for overnight journeys on high-demand routes such as New Delhi-Lucknow, a senior Railway Ministry officer has said.

Rajnath looks for possible K-strategy

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today chaired a high-level security review meeting, where a ground report on the prevailing situation in Kashmir valley prepared by the Special Secretary Internal Security (SSIS) was discussed.

PFA denies role as ‘member’ held

PFA denies role as ‘member’ held

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The police today arrested a 32-year-old animal activist in connection with the Kalkaji “vigilante attack” in which three men transporting buffaloes were allegedly assaulted by a mob.

No stamping of handbags at six more airports in week-long trial

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

New Delhi: Six more airports in the country could soon do away with the practice of stamping passengers’ hand baggage tags, after a few prominent ones ushered in the new system from April 1.

Dadasaheb Phalke award for Kasinadhuni Viswanath

Dadasaheb Phalke award for Kasinadhuni Viswanath

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

New Delhi: Renowned filmmaker-actor Kasinadhuni Viswanath, best known for his award-winning movies in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, has been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.

Cabinet Secretary Sinha gets one-year extension

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

New Delhi: The Appointments Committee of Cabinet on Monday approved Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha’s extension by one year, till mid-June next year, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

You can now withdraw 90% EPF to buy home, pay EMIs

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

New Delhi: Over four crore Employees Provident Fund Organisation subscribers can now make down payment and pay EMIs from their EPF accounts to buy homes.

Chhota Rajan guilty in fake passport case

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: Gangster Chhota Rajan and three retired public servants were today held guilty by a special court here in a fake passport case.

Naroda: Plea to cancel summons to Shah

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

Ahmedabad: A victim-witness of the Naroda Gaam 2002 massacre case has requested the Gujarat Chief Justice to quash the special court’s orders to summon BJP national president Amit Shah and 13 others to appear as defence witness.

CRPF takes charge of OPS’ security

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

Chennai: A team of CRPF commandos on Monday took charge of providing security to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

‘Muslims against mosque in Ayodhya’

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

New Delhi: Senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar on Monday said Muslims themselves did not want a mosque to be built on the land where the Babri Masjid stood before its demolition in 1992, as it will be “unholy” and “against Islam”.

ISRO invites proposals for Venus mission

25 Apr 2017 | 1:40 AM

Bengaluru: The Indian Space Research Organisation has moved a step closer to its maiden mission to Venus by announcing that proposals have been sought for space-based experiments to study the planet.

Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha gets one year extension

24 Apr 2017 | 10:13 PM

NEW DELHI: Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha was on Monday given one year extension, till mid-June next year. The administrative head of the secretariat is the Cabinet secretary who is also the ex-officio chairman of the civil services board.

SC holds wife guilty of cruelty, grants divorce to husband

SC holds wife guilty of cruelty, grants divorce to husband

24 Apr 2017 | 10:17 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday granted divorce to a man after holding his wife guilty of cruelty for filing false cases against him but asked the man to give her a Rs 1 crore-flat and Rs 50 lakh as one-time permanent alimony.

IAF enhances capabilities of Halwara base near Indo-Pak border

IAF enhances capabilities of Halwara base near Indo-Pak border

24 Apr 2017 | 9:48 PM

NEW DELHI: The IAF has enhanced capability of its frontline base in Punjab's Halwara, which is close to the Indo-Pak border, by deploying additional Sukhoi fighter jets.

3-lakh-strong CRPF without regular chief for nearly two months

3-lakh-strong CRPF without regular chief for nearly two months

24 Apr 2017 | 9:33 PM

NEW DELHI: The CRPF remains headless for almost two months now with the government yet to appoint its regular Director General (DG), even as the country's largest paramilitary force lost 38 personnel in line of duty in two major ambushes during the period.

You can withdraw 90% EPF to buy home, pay EMI from account

You can withdraw 90% EPF to buy home, pay EMI from account

24 Apr 2017 | 9:18 PM

NEW DELHI: Over four crore subscribers of the retirement fund body EPFO can now make down payment and pay EMIs from their EPF accounts to buy homes.

SIT opposes Maya Kodnani's plea to summon Amit Shah

24 Apr 2017 | 8:33 PM

AHMEDABAD: The Special Investigation Team on Monday opposed former state minister Maya Kodnani's plea to the Gujarat High Court to summon BJP president Amit Shah to prove her alibi in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case, in which she has been sentenced.

Centre suggests UID numbers for cows to curb cattle trafficking

Centre suggests UID numbers for cows to curb cattle trafficking

24 Apr 2017 | 8:25 PM

NEW DELHI: A unique identification number for animals has been suggested by an expert panel to evolve a mechanism to stop trafficking of cattle across the Indo-Bangla border, the Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court.

Prepare for 'movement' if exit poll results come true: Kejriwal

Prepare for 'movement' if exit poll results come true: Kejriwal

24 Apr 2017 | 10:26 PM

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today warned of launching a "movement" if the MCD exit poll results, which have predicted a BJP sweep, come true.

It’s in our own national interest to have law against torture: SC

24 Apr 2017 | 7:55 PM

NEW DELHI: Having a law against torture in terms of UN Convention was in “our own national interest,” the Supreme Court said on Monday.

SC notice to Centre on alleged misuse of Official Secrets Act, Sahayak system

SC notice to Centre on alleged misuse of Official Secrets Act, Sahayak system

24 Apr 2017 | 7:43 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on a petition filed by a journalist alleging misuse of The Official Secrets Act (OSA) by the authorities and abuse of ‘Sahayaks’ in the armed forces that reportedly led to suicide of a ‘Sahayak’.

Sacrifices of martyrs will not go in vain, says PM Modi

Sacrifices of martyrs will not go in vain, says PM Modi

24 Apr 2017 | 7:56 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described the killing of CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh by Maoists as "cowardly and deplorable". "We are proud of the valour of our CRPF personnel. The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain," Modi tweeted.

No breach of pact by not giving access to Jadhav: Pak envoy

No breach of pact by not giving access to Jadhav: Pak envoy

24 Apr 2017 | 7:00 PM

NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Monday rejected India's assertion that it is violating a bilateral pact by not giving access to retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court there.

Vice President Hamid Ansari leaves for Armenia, Poland

Vice President Hamid Ansari leaves for Armenia, Poland

24 Apr 2017 | 5:24 PM

NEW DELHI: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday embarked on a five-day visit to Armenia and Poland, during which he is expected to discuss with Polish leaders India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

25 CRPF MEN KILLED IN NAXAL ENCOUNTER IN CHHATTISGARH

25 CRPF MEN KILLED IN NAXAL ENCOUNTER IN CHHATTISGARH

24 Apr 2017 | 9:43 PM

RAIPUR: At least 25 CRPF personnel were killed and six wounded in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday, the deadliest attack by naxalites targeting security forces this year. The jawans from the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force, including an Inspector-rank officer, were out for road opening task and came under heavy fire.

One held for assaulting men transporting buffaloes in Delhi

One held for assaulting men transporting buffaloes in Delhi

24 Apr 2017 | 4:49 PM

NEW DELHI: A man was arrested on Monday in connection with the alleged assault of three persons transporting buffaloes in a truck by members of an animal rights group in southeast Delhi's Kalkaji area on Saturday night.

Navy war room leak: Court allows ex-naval officer to go abroad

24 Apr 2017 | 4:46 PM

NEW DELHI: A special court has allowed a former navy officer, facing trial in the 2006 Naval War Room leak case, to go abroad for 25 days but asked him not to travel to London where prime accused Ravi Shankaran, who has been absconding, is learnt to be living.

Centre circulates model law for single agriculture market

24 Apr 2017 | 4:37 PM

NEW DELHI: The central government on Monday circulated a model law for the Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2017 among states.

Panchayati Raj workers vital for transforming rural India: PM

Panchayati Raj workers vital for transforming rural India: PM

24 Apr 2017 | 4:33 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised individuals serving people through Panchayati Raj institutions, saying they played a vital role in India’s transformation.

Chhota Rajan held guilty in fake passport case

24 Apr 2017 | 3:46 PM

NEW DELHI: A court on Monday convicted underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and others in a fake passport case.

Cyprus wants India’s help in its reunification

Cyprus wants India’s help in its reunification

24 Apr 2017 | 2:59 PM

NICOSIA: India can help Cyprus in its quest for reunification as it has close ties with Turkey, President Nicos Anastasiades has said ahead of his maiden visit to the country during which he will reaffirm the island nation’s close and time-tested ties with New Delhi.

Pre-monsoon showers trigger landslides in Arunachal Pradesh

24 Apr 2017 | 2:47 PM

ITANAGAR: Incessant pre-monsoon rain over the past few days has triggered landslides and flood-like situation in many parts of Arunachal Pradesh throwing normal life out of gear.

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