Landslide in Arunachal Pradesh. 17 feared dead in Tawang district
In a tragic incident, 17 labourers are feared dead after a landslide struck Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang district on 22 April, ANI reported. The deceased are reported to be migrant labourers who were working at the construction site of a five-star hotel.
Authorities fear that more people are trapped in the landslide and a rescue operation is underway. According to various reports, landslides - triggered by rain - in different parts of Tawang have damaged electric poles and have disrupted the power supply.
Malegaon blasts: Witnesses retract statements made against Lt Col Prasad Purohit
The latest development in the Malegaon blasts case has suggested that accused army Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit was reportedly not involved in the 2008 bomb blast in Maharashtra. An NDTV report said that two witnesses in the case have alleged in court that they were forced to falsely testify against former military intelligence officer Purohit and the other accused.
The report states that Yashpal Bhadana and Dr RP Singh have retracted their statements made before the Anti Terrorism Squad in Mumbai in 2008. Dr Singh had earlier said that Lt Col Purohit along with Sadhvi Pragya and Swami Aseemanand had discussed the Malegaon blasts at meeting in Bhopal in April 2008.
Shiv Sena slams Centre for imposing President's Rule in Uttarakhand
Following the Uttarakhand High Court's decision to set aside the Centre's decision to impose the President's Rule in the state, the Shiv Sena on 22 April slammed the Modi government and said that while the Centre proclaimed itself a 'legal pundit', their law was thrown away by the HC.
In an editorial in the party mouthpiece, Saamana, the Shiv Sena said that the Modi government had imposed President's rule for its own benefit but its attempts were quashed by the court. The Sena also said that by doing this the BJP government has lowered the prestige of the government's office.
The Shiv Sena also claimed that the court's decision was not only a blow to the BJP but also to President Pranab Mukherjee.
BJP may fill RS nominated category vacancies with party supporters
Six of seven nominated member category vacancies in the Rajya Sabha are likely to be filled by people close to the BJP, say media reports.
According to a report in The Hindustan Times, the Centre may nominate BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, former journalist and BJP ideologue Swapan Dasgupta, Malayalam actor and BJP star campaigner in Kerala Suresh Gopi, economist and former member of National Advisory Council Narendra Jadhav and boxer Mary Kom for the seats.
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu may be another candidate, and for the seventh seat, the government will decide between actor actor Anupam Kher and journalist Rajat Sharma, according to the Hindustan Times.
Asaram's pandal vandalised at Ujjain Simhastha
sadhus at Ujjain's Simhastha grounds tore down a pandal erected by followers of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu on Thursday, calling him "a black spot on religion".
The attackers were from the Nirmohi Akhara on whose allotted land rape-tainted Asaram's followers had set up the pandal.
Mahesh Das, a senior sadhu from the Nimohi Akhara said: "Asaram is a black spot on religion. His presence would have spoiled the religious fervour. No one wants to be associated with such a disgraceful character."
The Simhastha begins on 22 April. Five crore pilgrims will take holy baths over a month, according to The Telegraph.
Govt plans 'India, Land of Yoga' campaign with Julia Roberts
The tourism ministry is planning a global campaign to project India as the land of yoga, with Hollywood actor Julia Roberts as the campaign's face.
Roberts has been associated with yoga since she shot for the film Eat Pray Love at an ashram near Gurugram in 2009.
"The plan has to be approved by tourism minister Mahesh Sharma and the Prime Minister's Office before we approach the actress, but having an international face recognised for practicing yoga is crucial for the success of the campaign," said a tourism ministry official, according to The Telegraph.
'Unknown sources' constitute 54% of 5 national parties' income
India's election watchdog Association of Democratic Rights has found that 54 per cent of the total income of national level political parties in 2014-15 was from unknown sources.
The ADR analysed the income and expenditure of the BJP, CPM, CPI, BSP and the NCP, based on their income tax returns submitted to the Election Commission of India. It found that among the five parties, the NCP was the only one to make the details of all voluntary donations public, according to The Telegraph, while the sources of about 50 per cent of the voluntary contributions to the BJP are unknown.