SC STAYS KATHUA CASE
The Supreme Court on Friday stayed till May 7 the trial in the case of the rape and murder of a minor in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.
During the hearing, the court witnessed heated exchanges between senior advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared for the victim’s family and advocate Harvinder Chaudhary, who was representing the accused.
On Thursday the Supreme Court had said that the Kathua gang-rape and murder case will be shifted out of JK at the ‘slightest possibility of lack of a fair trial’ .
The Bar Council of India (BCI) Committee had given a clean chit to the lawyers who are charged with blocking the filing of Challan in the Kathua rape and murder case.
YEDDY BRINGS IN REAL REDDY
Gali Janardhan Reddy, the scam tainted politician who has spent three years in jail over corruption charges, will campaign for the BJP in the Karnataka assembly elections, the party’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has told NDTV. This assertion comes days after BJP president Amit Shah’s emphatic denial that the party had nothing to do with the mining baron often called the ‘King of Ballari’.
Janardhan Reddy was made a minister in the Yeddyurappa government after the BJP won the assembly elections in 2008. Three years later, the CBI arrested Janardhan Reddy on charges of illegal mining. Mr Yeddyurappa too had to quit after a Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicted him and his family.
ADITYA GHOSH, PRESIDENT INDIGO RESIGNS
Aditya Ghosh on Friday resigned as the President and whole-time director of IndiGo and will leave the company by July 31, 2018. While Interglobe Chairman Rahul Bhatia has been appointed as the interim CEO of the company, Greg Taylor will be appointed as president and CEO of the company, sources said.
“Firstly, and with mixed emotions, I wish to inform you that Aditya Ghosh is resigning and will leave the Company on July 31. Aditya wishes to start a new business venture and we respect his decision to do so,” Bhatia said in an e-mail to its employees.
AROUND THE GLOBE
MAN WITH KNIFE KILLS 7 SCHOOL CHILDREN IN CHINA
A knife-wielding man with a grudge killed seven middle school children and injured 12 others as they returned home in northern China on Friday, authorities said, in one of the deadliest such rampages in the country in recent years. The 28-year-old suspect was detained and the injured children were receiving hospital treatment, the Mizhi County public security bureau in Shaanxi province said on its official social media account.
Five girls and two boys were killed, the bureau said. Another nine girls and three boys were wounded. The ages of the children were not given, but middle schoolers are usually between 12 and 15 years old in China.
CHILDREN SACRIFICE SITE IN PERU
Archaeologists in Peru have found evidence of the biggest-ever sacrifice of children, uncovering the remains of more than 140 youngsters who were slain alongside 200 llamas as part of a ritual offering some 550 years ago, National Geographic announced on Thursday.
The site was located on top of a cliff facing the Pacific Ocean in La Libertad, a northern region where the Chimu civilization arose, an ancient pre-Columbian people who worshipped the moon.
Posting a statement on the official ABBA Instagram account, the band wrote: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.
“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”