|MCA lifts 3yr old entry ban on Shah Rukh Khan|
|MUMBAI, Aug 2 (Agencies): The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) today decided to lift the more than three-year-old entry ban on Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan but decided not to challenge the BCCI-imposed life ban on tainted player Ankeet Chavan despite a Delhi Court dropping criminal charges against him.
Both the decisions were taken at a MCA meeting here with vice-president Ashish Shelar being the proposer.
"Today, in the MCA meeting, it was decided that the ban imposed on IPL's Kolkata franchise owner Shah Rukh Khan should be lifted. With the prior approval of our President Sharad Pawar, it was proposed by me that the ban on him be lifted and the managing committee approved it unanimously. Therefore, the ban on his entry in the Wankhede Stadium has been revoked," Shelar told reporters ...|
|After enclaves exchange between India and Bangladesh, security prime concern|
|KOLKATA, Aug 2 (Agencies): With the long-awaited swapping of enclaves between India and Bangladesh now complete, ensuring security so that these areas do not become a hub of anti- national activities seems to be of prime concern of security agencies.
"Security in those enclaves which are now part of India is of topmost priority to check illegal entrants from Bangladesh or JMB modules operating in Bengal...," Pradip Bhattacharya, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, told PTI.
"I have already written to the Union Home Ministry that security in coordination with IB, BSF and state police should be strengthened so that anti-national elements can't use this as an opportunity. I have serious apprehensions regrading this issue," he said.
Bhattacharya's concern was ...|
|Asaram shown as 'Saint' in school book|
|JODHAPUR, Aug 2 (Agencies): Rape accused self-styled godman Asaram features in a chapter on saints in a Class III textbook in the district, sharing space with Vivekananda, Mother Teresa and Ramakrishna Paramhans.
Yoga guru Ramdev is also included in the list of saints in the moral education and GK textbook 'Naya Ujala' which is taught in many schools of the district.
The chapter also has pictures of Guru Nanak, Kabir, Meerabai and Shankaracharya and the children have been asked to identify them including Asaram, who is in a Jodhpur jail after being arrested in a rape case.
The book has been supplied by a Delhi-based publisher Gurukul Education Books.
Asked about the inclusion of Asaram's name, a representative of the publishing house said when the book was published, there was no case...|
|Mortal remains of Kalam flown to Rameswaram from Delhi|
|NEW DELHI, July 29 (Agencies): The mortal remains of former President A P J Abdul Kalam were today brought to his hometown here as a large number of people converged to get a last glimpse of the departed leader.
The helicopter carrying Kalam's body touched down at the specially laid helipad at nearby Mandapam, some 10 kms from here, around 4 pm.
Earlier, the body of the former president, who passed away on Monday, was brought to Madurai from New Delhi by a special aircraft.
Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accompanied the body and were joined by their ministerial colleague Pon Radhakrishnan here.
Draped in the tri-colour, Kalam's body was taken by road in an army vehicle with people lining up on both sides of the 10-km stretch to take a g...|
|President refers Yakub's mercy petition to MHA|
|NEW DELHI, July 29 (Agencies): President Pranab Mukherjee today sent the fresh mercy petition of 1993 Mumbai-blast accused Yakub Memon--filed today as a last ditch attempt to escape the gallows--to the Home Ministry.
Memon, who is scheduled to be hanged to death in Nagpur Jail tomorrow at 7 AM, sent a fresh clemency plea to the President today.
Sources said the Ministry is likely to advise the President about the legal position as the Supreme Court today refused to stay the execution and Maharashtra Governor also rejected his mercy petition.
President had rejected Yakub's mercy petition on April 11, 2014 which was communicated to him on May 26, 2014.
A three-judge apex court bench headed by Chief Justice had on July 21 rejected Memon's curative petition contending that the grounds rai...|
|Law will take its own course: Maha CM on Yakub execution|
|MUMBAI, July 29 (Agencies): Law will take its own course on the issue of execution of Yakub Memon, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here today.
"Law will take its own course. I appeal to everyone to maintain restraint," Fadnavis told reporters at Vidhan Bhawan.
Meanwhile, a top government functionary said, "So far, we have not received any instructions not to go ahead with it (Yakub's execution)."
"In absence of any specific directives not to go ahead with the execution, if Yakub is not hanged tomorrow, the state government will be in trouble for not implementing the death warrant," he said.
The Supreme Court today refused to stay the execution slated for tomorrow of Memon, the lone death row convict in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, rejecting his last ditch plea to escape ...|
|SC's Yakub verdict 'partial justice' to blasts victims: Cong|
|NEW DELHI, July 29 (Agencies): The Congress today termed the Supreme Court's refusal to stay the execution of Yakub Memon as "partial justice to the 1993 Mumbai blasts victims" and said that justice would be complete when the government brings back his brother Tiger Memon from Pakistan.
"Indian National Congress looks at it as shape of conclusion of a judicial process as also partial justice to the 1993 Bombay blasts victims.
"Full justice would be done when the government of the day brings back Tiger Memon from Pakistan where he has been given shelter," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government should now proceed to deliver on his rhetoric by ensuring that Tiger Memon, Dawood Ibrahim, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Hafiz Sayeed and oth...|
|Those who oppose death sentence to Yakub 'mentally challenged': BJP|
|NEW DELHI, July 29 (Agencies): BJP today welcomed the Supreme Court verdict rejecting the plea of Yakub Memon, the lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, to escape the gallows, and said justice has been finally delivered to the victims.
Branding those who opposed the death sentence to Memon as "mentally challenged" in need of treatment, BJP said it was wrong for "some people to have politicised the whole issue or for giving it a communal colour".
"We welcome the SC judgement. Ultimately justice has been delivered to all the victims of the 1993 Mumbai blasts. People of the country have faith in the judiciary and with this verdict, their faith has been strengthened further," BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
He slammed those opposing the death sentence to Memon...|
|Disappointed with functioning of PMO: Chaturvedi|
|NEW DELHI, July 29 (Agencies): Whistleblower bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who has been selected for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award, today expressed disappoinment over functioning of the PMO and said he was able to "survive" only because of an "independent judiciary".
"There should be a zero tolerance against corruption not against honest officers. I am disappointed with the functioning of PMO as I worked with policy of zero tolerance as espoused by the Prime Minister. I took this message to heart and took considerable personal risks to break corruption in AIIMS," he said.
He was reacting to his selection for the Ramon Magsaysay award. Chaturvedi and founder of NGO Goonj Anshu Gupta are the two Indians selected for the coveted award for this year.
Chaturvedi said he had taken ac...|
|6 killed, 10 injured in building collapse in Thane|
|THANE, July 29 (Agencies): At least six persons were killed and 10 others injured after a four-storey building housing 20 families collapsed in Thakurli in the district.
The building 'Matruchaya', built 35 years ago, collapsed last night at Cholve village, following which rescue operations were launched by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), fire brigade officials and civic authorities said today.
However, the operations have been hampered due to continuous rains, District Disaster Management Control Room in-charge Jaideep Visave told PTI.
At the time of collapse, 20 families were inside the building.
Santosh Kadam of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) said that some more occupants could be still trapped beneath the debris.
The deceased have been identified as P V Easw...|
|Govt to go by Patna High Court order on Badh Chala Bihar Campaign: Nitish|
|PATNA, July 29 (Agencies):Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the state government would abide by the Patna High Court order putting an interim ban on use of pictures of chief minister and ministers in the state government's 'Badh Chala Bihar' campaign and when required it would put its view in the court.
"We'll abide by the Patna High Court order. Whenever the state government would feel the need it would present its view in the court on the issue," Kumar told reporters when asked to comment on the High Court verdict on the campaign.
A two-member bench of Chief Justice L Narasimha Reddy and Anjana Mishra yesterday had passed the order prohibiting display of pictures of chief minister and his ministers in the state government's ambitious 'Badh Chala Bihar' (BCB) campaign.
|Afghan Prez writes to Modi to condole Kalam's death|
|NEW DELHI, July 29 (Agencies): Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has described former President A P J Abdul Kalam as a "renowned scientist of the world" in a condolence message sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"I am profoundly saddened to receive the news of the death of A.P.J Abdul Kalam, former President of India and renowned scientist of the world," Ghani wrote.
"I partake of the tremendous grief of the Indian people and hereby offer my deepest condolences and sympathies to Your Excellency and the bereaved family of late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam," he added.
Ghani mentioned that Kalam had "served his nation exemplarily as a pioneer scientist and 11th President of India. I am confident that the great nation of India will always remember the services and achievements of this great ...|