Malegaon blast case: Another witness turns hostile
Dr RP Singh, another witness in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, recorded a statement before a magistrate on 6 April in which he said that since he had walked out of the alleged terror meeting in Bhopal where the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad believed the conspiracy to carry out the blasts was planned, he had not heard any mention of a plot.
Singh retracted his earlier statement that Aseemanand had propounded the `Bomb ka badla bomb theory' during the Bhopal meeting, according to The Economic Times.
Scenes of rash driving in movies, ads, may soon have warning clause
State transport secretaries have recommended that movies and advertising commercials with scenes of rash driving and over-speeding come with a warning clause similar to that used when tobacco products are shown on-screen.
This was discussed at a meeting in Delhi on Friday, which included officials of the Union home ministry and the Delhi police, according to the Hindustan Times.
"Such ads influence the audience, especially the youth," said a source who had attended the meeting. The officials at the meeting cited a kitchenware ad that showed the model speeding on a motorbike. "Many commercials of tyres also tend to glamorise speeding," added the source.
Media publishes excerpts of alleged Kangana-Hrithik emails, row gets weirder
The Kangana Ranaut-Hrithik Roshan row got even weirder on Friday when the media published excerpts of some 3,000 emails purportedly sent between the two actors over six months, accompanied by revealing images.
The mail trail showed that on some days, the actress sent a mail every six minutes.
After the emails were published, Ranaut's lawyer, Rizwan Siddiquee, accused Roshan of hacking into two of Ranaut's email accounts, according to the Hindustan Times.
However, the email address to and from which the mail trail emerged, [email protected], is allegedly fake.
Akhara of transgenders makes its Kumbh debut
At the Ujjain Kumbh mela, the debut of the Kinnar Akhara, a band of transgender sadhus, drew the most attention on Friday when they arrived at Gandharv Ghat, as devotees keen to seek their blessings touched their feet and gave them currency notes.
The Kinnar Akhara, which was reportedly opposed by established akharas, was established a few years ago, but this is their first public appearance at any Kumbh, saysThe Indian Express.
"We thought we won't be accepted here because we are generally discriminated against, but people not only welcomed us, they showered money and devotion on us," said Pavitra Nimbolkar, administrator of the akhara.
Evening courts will be revived to help clear 3 crore pending cases
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said on Friday that evening courts will be revived across India to deal with the more than three crore pending cases that have built up because of more than 4,000 vacancies in district courts.
The evening courts will help clear the backlog by hearing and disposing of petty cases such as those involving traffic challans and violations, said Justice Thakur, according to the Hindustan Times.
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.