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7 must reads: Lashker's top man held; top jurists want to scrap collegium system

Monday, 28 July 2014 - 11:05pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

1. Lashker's top man nabbed in New Delhi : Delhi Police have arrested a top operative of Lashker-e-Taiba who was allegedly involved in indoctrination and recruitment of youths and planning and execution of terror strikes across the country. Abdul Subhan was arrested from Sarai Kale Khan bus stand earlier last week and was subjected to interrogation during which he spoke about "brain washing" of youths from Rajasthan, Haryana and Bihar, official sources said today.

His name had surfaced during the probe and questioning of two accused persons Mohammad Shahid and Qari Rashid, both residents of Mewat district in Haryana. Read more


2. Top jurists want change in collegium system to appoint judges: Several top jurists on Monday pushed for scrapping the existing collegium system where judges appoint judges but government's plans to bring a bill to make the process of appointments more transparent may take some more time.

At a meeting to discuss judicial reforms, the "predominant" view was that collegium system needs to be "changed", Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said after three-and-a-half hour long deliberations.
The Attorney General said those present in the meeting gave their point-of-view as to whether the collegium system should remain or not, but the debate has not ended. Read more

3. Ian Bell returns to form as England extend advantage, take lead towards 500 against India: Ian Bell returned to form in spectacular fashion as he hit a superb unbeaten 133 against India to help England strengthen their dominant position on the second day of the third test on Monday.

Bell recovered from a tentative start to exhibit trademark elegance, bringing up his first hundred in 26 innings by thumping Ravindra Jadeja down the ground for six before hitting the spinner for two more boundaries and another maximum in the same over.

England, 1-0 down in the series, reached 452 for five in their first innings at tea after losing Joe Root and Mooen Ali in the afternoon session. Read more

4. Decision to make Sania Mirza ambassador rushed, says Telanagana BJP leader G Kishan Reddy: Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader G Kishan Reddy on Monday said that the decision to make Tennis star Sania Mirza the ambassador of Telangana was rushed.

"I am not against Sania Mirza. However, I think we must not have hurried in making Sania Mirza the brand ambassador of Telangana. The decision to make her the ambassador was rushed," said Reddy.

On Friday, Mirza had criticised Telangana BJP leader K Laxman for raising the brand ambassador controversy and had said that the issue should end soon. Read more

5. Calcutta High Court orders filing of FIR against TMC MP Tapas Pal, CID to probe: The Calcutta High Court on Monday ordered filing of an FIR against Trinamool Congress MP-cum-actor Tapas Pal for his controversial comments against women and directed that the CID investigate the matter.

Justice Dipankar Dutta, passing his verdict on a petition seeking CID investigation into Pal's comments against women and other opposition party supporters at election rallies, directed that the high court would monitor the probe in view of West Bengal government's stand that the complaint did not disclose any cognisable offence and that the state tried to back the MP.

Justice Dutta directed Inspector in-charge of Nakashipara police station in Nadia district to treat the July one complaint by petitioner Biplab Chowdhury, a resident of Pal's constituency Krishnagar in Nadia district, as an FIR.

The court also directed the state DGP to transfer the case to the DIG, CID, within 72 hours of the order being uploaded in the high court's website. Read more

6. Rajnath Singh refuses to be dragged into Nitin Gadkari controversy: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today refused to be dragged into the controversy over the alleged bugging of Nitin Gadkari's residence, saying the Union Minister himself has clarified that no snooping devices were found.

"Since Gadkari himself has denied, we have nothing to say on it," Singh told reporters here when asked whether the Home Ministry would initiate any probe into it.

Media reports had said that high powered listening devices were found in the bedroom of the Road Transport and Highways Minister's Teen Murti Lane residence here.

Gadkari sought to dispel the reports yesterday by terming them as "highly speculative". Read more


7. Congress and Left strongly oppose BJP's proposal for online voting process for NRIs: Congress and Left parties have vehemently opposed a suggestion by BJP for the easing of the voting process for NRIs to ensure their participation in elections in India. A meeting of representatives of various political parties was convened by Election Commission (EC) here on Saturday to elicit their views regarding the easing of the voting process for NRIs.

Although BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who represented his party at the EC meeting, favoured an easier voting mechanism for NRIs, Congress, CPI-M, CPI and NCP opposed any move to allow internet or proxy voting for Indians living abroad. Senior leaders Vayalar Ravi and Ajay Maken represented Congress while NCP registered its opposition to the move in writing. Read more 



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