Supreme Court undecided about reopening Salman Khan case
Despite the fact that the Maharashtra government called actor Salman Khan's acquittal in the 2002 hit-and-run case "a travesty of justice", a Supreme Court bench said it is still deliberating over whether to reopen the case at all, reports The Indian Express. "We are still making up our minds.
We must remember it is an appeal against an acquittal," said Justices J S Khehar and C Nagappan, after hearing Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi arguing on behalf of the Maharashtra government which believes that the Bombay High Court's decision to acquit the actor in the hit-and-run case was erroneous.
Met Oommen and his family many times: Saritha S Nair
Saritha S Nair, one of the chief accused in Kerala's solar scam case, said on Friday that she met Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy several times and was close to his family, reports The Indian Express. This belies Chandy's deposition to a judicial commission investigating the case that he had met Saritha only three times.
Saritha said: "I was never a stranger to him or his family. I had the freedom to enter his house anytime. the kind of freedom to enter another person's kitchen, I was that close. I was a frequent visitor." In response, Chandy said: "These are all false claims."
Aussie national suspected to be IS sympathiser deported from IGI Airport
An Australian national of Malaysian origin was deported by India on Thursday due to "strong indications" that he was a sympathiser of Islamic State (IS), reports The Indian Express. Ahmad Fahim Bin Hamad Awang arrived at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport from Perth, Australia, on Thursday night, and was detained for questioning after a tip-off.
Officials searching his luggage found jihadi literature and IS propaganda on his laptop, as well as photographs of him posing with firearms. A security official said: "After scouring through the contents of his laptop, a call was taken that it was too dangerous to allow him to enter India, and he was sent back to Perth."
North Korea's long-range rocket upsets Japan, China, US; they approach UN
After North Korea defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket, Japan, China and US approached United Nations seeking an urgent meeting to debate on the 'controversial' issue.
The launch, which South Korean officials confirmed about two hours after an eight-day launch window opened this morning, follows North Korea's widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb. North Korea says its nuclear and missile programs are necessary to defend itself against what it calls decades of US hostility.
Azam Khan's claims of Modi having met Dawood in Pakistan 'rubbish', says govt
After Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan claimed that PM Narendra Modi had met underworld don Dawood Ibrahim during his recent visit to Pakistan to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the government on Sunday rubbished the claims as 'false and baseless'.
"There are certain statements in a section of press that prime accused in serial blasts in Mumbai, Dawood Ibrahim, was also present during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore on December 25, 2015. These statements are baseless, unfounded and totally false," an official spokesman said reacting to Khan's claim.
Top Gear finally gets its international trade launch
In an unprecedented commercial move that has ruffled some of the Church of England's more conservative feathers, Gucci will host it's fashion show in Westminster Abbey. The show, which will display the cruise collection of the Italian label will be held in June this year.
This will be the first time a fashion house of any nationality has been permitted to show there. The venue, with it's 1000 year history will see models strut over graves of monks, perhaps a valid representation of our times.
Potatoes to the rescue!
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consuming a single russet-type potato can add nearly 10 percent of the daily recommended caloric load, providing four grams of fiber, five of protein and only two of sugar.
This data has motivated a group of scientists from NASA to team up with the International Potato Center in Peru to conduct an experiment growing potatoes in conditions similar to Mars, with the hope of generating food for possible future manned missions to the Red Planet.The study began in January and scientists hope to have the first results in three months.
Opposition parties stalling "pro-poor" bills in the Rajya Sabha
Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks that the opposition parties were stalling "pro-poor" bills in Rajya Sabha, CPI(M) on Tuesday demanded that these be brought to the House.
"PM speaking about pro-labour and pro-poor bills. Why so secretive? Where are they, please bring them to the House," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.
He also targeted the Prime Minister on his Dalit welfare comments, and questioned why the NDA government did not act on the Left party's demand for enacting three laws for SC and STs during Parliament's special sitting to commemorate B R Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary recently.
Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in Auckland, New Zealand
The Trans-Pacific Partnership - the world's biggest multinational trade deals - was signed in Auckland, New Zealand, on Thursday by ministers from its 12 signatory countries. The deal is aimed at facilitating investment and eliminating nearly all tariffs among states across the Pacific Rim. These include the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru, which account for 40% of the global economy.
The pact however continues to face opposition. Streets around Auckland's central business district, where the deal was signed, saw protestors blocking roads, while others clashed with police. The opposition stems from the belief that the agreement will lead to job cuts, impact sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific states, and benefit big corporates rather than workers.