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  • "Milestone In Relations," Says China On PM Modi, Xi Jinping Meet: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping have agreed to improve communication between the militaries of the two countries to maintain peace at the border, a top government official said today at the end of an ice-breaking trip to China by PM Modi. On a "Chai pe Charcha" or discussion over tea today, the leaders of the two Asian giants stressed on the importance to maintain peace in all areas of the India-China border region and that the two countries have the "maturity and wisdom to handle all their differences peacefully through talks".
  • Next "Informal" Meet In India, PM Invites China's Xi Jinping: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to China, has met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei. On the first day of his visit, PM Modi was welcomed by President Xi with an impressive cultural performance at the Hubei provincial museum. Only two interpreters were present at the first informal meeting between the two leaders. President Xi took PM Modi on a tour of the museum, after which delegation level talks were held with six representatives from each side.
  • Ok For Centre To Reject Justice Joseph, Says Chief Justice: 10 Points
    As the government on Thursday sent back one of the two names recommended for the Supreme Court by the collegium or a group of five most-senior judges - justifying the fear of many of his colleagues - Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said there was "nothing wrong" in it. The government, rejecting Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph's elevation, has asked the top judges to be "objective and fair" and reconsider their choice. The second candidate, Indu Malhotra, was approved on Wednesday, three months after the collegium sent both names to the centre. If the judges decide to send Justice Joseph's name back, the government can only delay, not stop his appointment.
  • Asaram Guilty Of Raping Schoolgirl, Gets Life Term In Jail: 10 Facts
    Nearly five years after he was arrested, Asaram, a self-styled godman with a following that runs into lakhs, was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year-old girl whose family brought her to visit his ashram in Jodhpur. The verdict today was delivered inside a Jodhpur jail; authorities decided days ago that taking Asaram to court would risk the 77-year-old's followers from turning violent on the streets. Four states - Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat - were put on high alert.
  • 10 Fascinating Facts On Asaram, Billionaire Preacher Convicted of Rape
    A trial court in Jodhpur, has pronounced life term for Asaram who was convicted of raping a teenager from Shahajahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The 16-year-old was studying at his ashram in Chhindwara. Asaram was arrested and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013 and has been in custody since September 2. Security has been stepped up around the teenager's house in Shahajahanpur and as per the directions of the union home ministry, security has been stepped up in Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh where he has a thousands of followers.
  • Asaram, Accused Of Rape, To Get Verdict In Jail, Judge Has Arrived: 10 Facts
    A court in Rajasthan will decide today if self-styled godman Asaram -- who runs 400 ashrams across India -- was guilty of raping a 16-year-old five years ago. Asaram has thousands of followers across India with extensive money and muscle power. The trial in the two cases against him has been marked by a string of attacks against witnesses who dared to testify against him. Even the police and media men said they have been targetted. Jodhpur, where Asaram has been jailed since 2013, has been converted to a fortress to prevent any reprisals from his followers. Similar precautions have been taken in Shahjahanpur of Uttar Pradesh, where the young woman and her family now stay. Besides Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, extensive security arrangements have been made in Delhi and Haryana too.
  • Jodhpur Turns Fortress Ahead Of Verdict In Asaram Rape Case: 10 Points
    Rajasthan's Jodhpur has been placed under a tight security blanket as a local court is expected to decide on Wednesday if self-styled godman Asaram, who runs 400 ashrams across India, was guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl five years ago. In view of possible reprisals from Asaram's followers, the administration has imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings. If convicted, Asaram faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in jail. The trial in the case has been marked by a string of deaths and attacks on witnesses. Even police officers who investigated the case say they faced constant threats.
  • 10 Reasons Why Venkaiah Naidu Felt The Impeachment Move Didn't Deserve Action
    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu cited various reasons for blocking a move by the opposition parties, led by the Congress to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. One of the points raised by Mr Naidu as the Rajya Sabha Chiarman is the lack of substantial merit in the impeachment notice. "We cannot allow any of our pillars of governance to be weakened by any thought, word or action," the vice president said in his 10-page order. Sources said Mr Naidu consulted several top legal and constitutional experts, before he took the decision. Seven opposition parties led by the Congress had last Friday moved a notice before him for impeachment of the Chief Justice of India on five grounds of "misbehaviour".
  • Congress-Led Impeachment Move Against Chief Justice Rejected: 10 Facts
    A move led by the Congress to impeach the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, has been blocked by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. As Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Mr Naidu decided this morning to reject a motion signed by over 60 parliamentarians, which called for Justice Misra's impeachment six months before he retires on five charges. The motion "doesn't deserve to be admitted", Mr Naidu said in his 10-page order. The Congress's attempt has been criticised by top jurists including Fali Nariman, who says that it would set a dangerous precedent -- for example, the ruling party could attempt to remove a Chief Justice if it doesn't agree with his decisions.
  • Quicker Trials, Probe In Centre's Death For Child Rapists Ordinance: 10 Facts
    The centre on Saturday responded to the barrage of attacks over the government's inability to curb sexual crimes against girls with an executive order to introduce death penalty for child rapists, longer jail term for all rapists and set an ambitious four-month deadline to complete investigation and trial in all rape cases. The changes were cleared by the government on Saturday at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid nationwide anger triggered by gory details of the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.
  • Chief Justice Dipak Misra Faces Impeachment Motion, 71 Have Signed: 10 Facts
    After months of will-they, won't-they, seven opposition parties including the Congress on Friday took the unprecedented first step towards Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra's impeachment, submitting a petition with 71 signatures to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who is the chairman of the Rajya Sabha in parliament. "We wish this day had never come," the opposition said in a statement explaining the move and listing five allegations of misbehaviour against the Chief Justice. No Chief Justice has ever been impeached in the country. Sources say the Vice President will seek legal advice on the motion.
  • Karnataka Election: 10 Things You Need To Know About The Upcoming Assembly Polls
    The Karnataka Assembly election 2018 is just three weeks away and both BJP and Congress have been campaigning aggressively across the state. The Congress is being led by chief minister Siddaramaiah, while the BJP is being led by former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in the state. Their campaigns are being spearheaded by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP chief Amit Shah, who have been campaigning in the state in multiple phases over the last month. While the incumbent Congress government is looking to win a second term, the BJP, which was in power till May 2013, is looking to make a comeback.
  • No Probe Into Judge Loya Death, Supreme Court Says Petitions "Scandalous"
    The death of judge BH Loya in 2014 while deciding on murder charges against BJP president Amit Shah will not be investigated, the Supreme Court said today, calling petitions for an independent probe "scandalous" and a "frontal attack on the judiciary". A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said the petitions were in criminal contempt, based on the statement of four Mumbai judges who were with Judge Loya at the time and had asserted that he died of natural causes. 48-year-old Judge Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, in which Amit Shah was an accused, when he died of a heart attack in Maharashtra's Nagpur, where he was attending a wedding. The judge who replaced him ruled there was not enough evidence against Amit Shah to merit a trial and discharged the BJP chief. The top court, without naming anyone, said it "takes strong exception to Insinuation that one individual controls judiciary".
  • "I Want This Government To Be Criticised": PM To UK Indians - Top 10 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian diaspora at an event titled 'Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath'.The mega Q&A session lasted for a little over two hours. The event was broadcast live from the iconic Central Hall Westminster in London. The diaspora event, billed as the centrepiece of the 'Living Bridge' theme of the India-UK bilateral visit, involved Prime Minister Modi addressing questions which have already been received via social media.
  • Independent Probe Into Judge Loya's Death? Supreme Court To Decide Today
    A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is expected to decide today whether an independent investigation should be held into the death of judge BH Loya. The 48-year-old judge was handling a murder case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was among the accused, when he died of a heart attack in 2014. The judge who replaced him ruled there was not enough evidence against Mr Shah to merit a trial. Five petitions calling for an inquiry were filed after questions were raised about the death. The court said it would order an investigation if there was ground for suspicion.

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