A T E S T N E W S
moves SC to stop release of Rajiv assassination convicts
The Central Government today moved the Supreme Court to stop the release
of four convicts involved in the May-1991 assassination of former Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The apex court agreed to hear the petition and
fixed Thursday as next date of hearing.
The apex court had last week stayed the decision of the Tamil Nadu
government to release three convicts in the case.
Acting on a petition filed by the Centre, the court issued a notice to
the Tamil Nadu government restraining the release of the convicts and
directed it to maintain status quo till further orders.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had earlier said the state
cabinet would apply powers vested in it under the Constitution to
release the three convicts -- Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan -- if the
Central Government failed to act on the same within the next three
activist immolates self in Assam; Protests erupt
A member of a farmers' body set himself ablaze here today to demand land
deeds for people living on hills. Being first such incident in Assam, it
triggered protests and road and rail blockades.
45-year-old Pranab Boro doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire
during an agitation organised by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)
before the state secretariat .
Boro was admitted to the Gauhat Medical College Hospital with 100 per
cent burn injuries.
As soon as the news of Boro's bid spread, protests erupted at various
places across the state.
"Road blockades at some places in Golaghat and Sivasagar and rail
blockade in Jorhat are going on. We are taking action and clearing the
blockades," Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order)
AP Rout said. The National Highway-37 was blocked at numerous places,
including Koliapani in Jorhat district and Gaurisagar in Sivasagar
The police detained 10 protesters. It also detained 50 KMSS activists
from Jorhat, Golaghat and Guwahati.
Protests were also reported from Morigaon and Sonitpur districts, where
railway tracks were blocked.
Thousands of protesters gathered before DC offices in Jorhat, Tinsukia
and Sivasagar districts and shouted slogans against the state
chief Rao meets Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi: TRS
chief K Chandrasekhar Rao today met Rahul Gandhi, a day after he held
consultations with Congress president Sonia Gandhi following the passage
of the Telangana Bill in the Parliament.
Rao's meetings with the top Congress leaders have come amid speculations
over possible merger of his party with the Congress or an alliance
between the two parties.
He also met President Pranab Mukherjee today to thank him for the
Congress leaders from Telangana had met Sonia Gandhi, following which
Union minister Sarvey Satyanarayana had said the Congress had been
expecting the TRS would merge with it.-- PTI
Kejriwal writes to Rahul on gas pricing
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over the gas pricing issue. In the
letter, the former Delhi Chief Minister has questioned Rahul Gandhi if
he approves of the government paying eight dollars per unit to Mukesh
Ambani for procuring gas.
Kejriwal earlier wrote a letter to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime
ministerial candidate Narendra Modi asking him to "clear his
stand" on the gas price hike that he alleged was in favour to
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.-- ANI
refutes Modi's 'expansionist mindset' remark
China today said it had never waged a war to occupy "an inch of
land of other countries", days after BJP's prime ministerial
candidate Narendra Modi slammed the Communist giant for its
"You mentioned expansionism by the Chinese side. I believe all of
you can see that China has never waged a war of aggression to occupy an
inch of land of other countries," Chinese foreign ministry
spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters. she added, "There has
never been any armed clashes in border areas over the years. So there is
very strong evidence that we have the capability to maintain peace
there. This is very good for the future development of the bilateral
relations," highlighting that there was no major confrontation on
Sino-Indian borders after the 1962 war.
Modi, at a rally in Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, had asked
China to shed its "expansionist mindset".-- PTI
snoops German key figures: Report
Interior minister also on radar
The US intelligence has been snooping on hundreds of key figures in
Germany, a media report in the state has claimed. Germany's Bild am
Sonntag newspaper has claimed that the US intelligence stepped up
eavesdropping on prominent figures, including a minister after
Chancellor Angela Merkel was dropped as a direct target.
According to the Huffington Post, the newspaper revealed that the US
National Security Agency (NSA) was monitoring 320 political and business
leaders in Germany, including interior minister Thomas de Maiziere.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed high-ranking US intelligence employee in
Germany saying they had the order not to allow any loss of information
after the communication of the Chancellor not being directly monitored.
The claims are latest in the series of revelations that trickled after
the mega exposť by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about the alleged
mass surveillance operations.-- ANI