GOVERNMENT REMOVES AFSPA IN MEGHALAYA
Since 1997, the intensity of insurgency in the north-east has been on the wane, and civilian and security forces’ casualties were the lowest in 2017, government data shows. Taking a cue from data , Government of India removed the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from all areas in Meghalaya and parts of Arunachal Pradesh, people familiar with the matter in the Home Ministry said today.
It is effective in the whole of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (excluding seven Assembly constituencies of Imphal). The state governments of Assam and Manipur now have the powers to keep or revoke the Act.
The AFSPA was not withdrawn from Nagaland even after a framework agreement on peace was signed in August 2015 by the Naga armed group NSCN-IM and the government.
What is AFSPA?
AFSPA gives powers to the Army and central forces deployed in “disturbed areas” to kill anyone acting in contravention of law, arrest and search any premises without a warrant and provide cover to forces from prosecution and legal suits without the Central government’s sanction.
DELHI HIGH COURT QUESTIONS RAPE DEATH LAW ORDINANCE
“Did you carry out any study, any scientific assessment that death penalty is a deterrent to rape? Have you thought of the consequences to the victim? How many offenders would allow their victims to survive now that rape and murder have the same punishment,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the government.
The Delhi High Court today sought to know from the Centre as whether it has conducted any scientific study before approving an ordinance mandating death penalty for child rapists. The Union Cabinet, two days ago, cleared the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, which proposes stringent punishments, ranging from a minimum of 20 years to life term or death, for rape of girls under the age of 12 years.
The bench issued notice to Centre to file reply by September 9, 2018.
UNNAO WALKS FOR RAPE ACCUSED
The residents of Unnao have done a repeat of Kathua by taking out a rally in support of a rape accused. On Monday, hundreds from Bangarmau, Safipur, Bighapur and adjoining areas took out a rally in favour of the rape accused local BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The protestors claim that the entire incident is part of a political conspiracy.
The participants of the rally held placards which said “Humare vidhayak nirdosh hai (Our legislator is innocent). Speaking to News18, the Nagar Panchayat president Anuj Kumar Dixit said, “It is a political conspiracy to defame our MLA. He is innocent and being framed in false charges. We demand a neutral and independent enquiry into the matter.”
DIESEL HITS ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH
Delhi has never been this expensive in Delhi before. Petrol price on Monday hit a 55-month high of Rs 74.50 a litre, while diesel rates touched a record Rs 65.75, renewing calls for a cut in excise duty to ease the burden on consumers.
Petrol and diesel prices today were hiked by 10 paise per litre across Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
While diesel prices have already hit an all-time high, increasing global crude oil prices may push petrol beyond its all-time high of Rs 83.63, witnessed during September 2013.
Currently, petrol is retailing in Mumbai at Rs 82.35; in Kolkata at Rs 77.20; in Delhi at Rs 74.5 and Chennai at 77.29. In terms of diesel prices, it is retailing in Delhi at Rs 65.75; in Kolkata at Rs 68.45; in Mumbai at Rs 70.1 and Rs 69.37 in Chennai.
CHURAN LABLE NOTES IN ATMs
The residents of Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh were in for a rude shock when the ATM machine of United Bank of India installed at Subhashnagar started dispensing fake Rs 500 notes, with ‘Children Bank of India’, ‘Bhartiya Manoranjan Bank’ and ‘Churan Lable’ written over it.
#WATCH – ATM machine of United Bank of India installed at Subhashnagar, Bareilly started dispensing fake 500 rupees notes, with ‘Children Banks of India’, ‘Bhartiya Manoranjan Bank’ and ‘Churan Lable’ written over it.
Posted by News18 on Monday, 23 April 2018