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Soldier assaults, kills daughter; wife tries to cover up

A shocking crime has been uncovered in Madurai, where an Armyman and his wife have been arrested for sexually assaulting and killing their 11-year-old adopted daughter. The man, a Subedar in the Indian Army serving in Jammu and Kashmir, allegedly abused the girl during a vacation at home, with the aunt, who is also the girl's mother, attempting to cover up the crime. The couple took the child to a hospital claiming she was unconscious, but a post-mortem revealed sexual abuse. They have been charged with murder and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The girl had been raised by her aunt and uncle since being abandoned by her father, with her mother dying when she was an infant. sources

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Mar 26 2024, 6 pm

Chief Justice Chandrachud's Initial Legal Fee

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud revealed that he charged a fee of Rs 60 for his first case in the Bombay High Court back in 1986, during a hearing on bar council fees. The Supreme Court, including Justice JB Pardiwala, reserved judgment on petitions challenging the high fees charged by bar councils in different states, with questions raised about the legality of fees exceeding the amounts set in the Advocates Act, 1961. There were discrepancies in fees charged by different state bar councils, with some charging as much as Rs 41,000, while others charged significantly less. Chief Justice Chandrachud emphasized the need for uniformity and adherence to the law, stating that only the parliament has the authority to increase enrolment fees. The issue of high fees charged by bar councils remains a contentious one, with the Supreme Court taking a closer look at the matter. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 6 am

Two 19-year-old Telangana students killed in US road accident

Two 19-year-old students from Telangana, Nivesh Mukka and Goutham Kumar Parsi, tragically lost their lives in a road accident in Arizona, USA. The incident occurred when the car they were traveling in collided head-on with another vehicle in Peoria. Both students, studying computer science engineering at Arizona State University, were returning home with friends when the fatal crash took place. While Nivesh was from Huzurabad town in Karimnagar district, Goutham Kumar hailed from Station Ghanpur in Jangaon district. The families of the deceased have requested assistance from the Indian government to repatriate their bodies. Meanwhile, the drivers of both cars sustained injuries in the accident. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 6 am

Sharad Pawar: PM Modi Like Putin, Spreading Fear

Sharad Pawar, leader of the NCP (SP), warned against the rise of autocracy in India during a campaign rally in Amravati, Maharashtra. He criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for focusing on criticism rather than highlighting his government's achievements over the past decade. Pawar claimed that Modi was attempting to instill fear in the country's citizens and compared him to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pawar also apologized to the people of Amravati for supporting a candidate in the 2019 elections and urged them to rectify that mistake. He praised the efforts of former Prime Ministers in building a new India and emphasized the need to prevent autocracy from taking hold in the country. The upcoming election in Amravati features a high-profile contest between BJP's Navneet Rana and Congress' Balwant Wankhede, with Pawar supporting the latter as part of the tripartite Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 5 am

Chandrababu Naidu Party Candidate's Assets Worth Rs 5,785 Crore

Telugu Desam Party's candidate for Guntur Lok Sabha seat, Pemmasani Chandra Sekhar, has declared family assets worth nearly Rs 5,785 crore, making him one of the wealthiest contestants in the current polls in Andhra Pradesh. His individual assets amount to Rs 2,448.72 crore, while his wife and children have assets totaling around Rs 3,343.78 crore. Despite their wealth, the family also has a liability of Rs 1,138 crore to JP Morgan Chase Bank of USA. Dr. Chandrasekhar, a medical doctor with investments in US-based firms, will be facing off against YSR Congress Party's K Venkata Rosaiah in the upcoming elections. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 5 am

Mohan Yadav explains why children don't stay at CM residence

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has made the decision to keep his three children away from the official Chief Minister's bungalow in order to maintain focus on his responsibilities. The 49-year-old first-time Chief Minister believes that having his children stay with him may interfere with their studies and dilute his attention to his duties. His daughter and two sons are all pursuing higher education, with his son currently studying for an MS after completing his MBBS. Mr Yadav explained in an exclusive interview with NDTV that he wants his children to have a conducive environment for their studies, hence the decision for them to stay separately. Despite criticism for being too tough on his family, Mr Yadav emphasized the importance of prioritizing responsibilities over familial distractions as one progresses in their career. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 1 am

Top Tihar Official Involved in Arvind Kejriwal Insulin Controversy

In the midst of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's claim that he is being denied insulin while in Tihar jail, the jail's Director General, Sanjay Beniwal, emphasized that the facility operates with transparency and follows medical advice from reputable institutions like AIIMS and Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. Mr Kejriwal, who has been in custody since March 21 in connection with a liquor policy case, has alleged a conspiracy to harm him. His party, the Aam Aadmi Party, has protested outside the jail, while Mr Beniwal has dismissed the accusations as baseless and stated that all medical decisions are made in accordance with court instructions. The jail houses around 1,000 diabetic prisoners, each receiving appropriate medical care based on the severity of their condition, with referrals to external hospitals for serious cases, regardless of their status. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

AMU appoints first female Vice-Chancellor in a century

Naima Khatoon has made history by becoming the first woman Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in over 100 years, as confirmed by sources on Monday. Her appointment, approved by President Droupadi Murmu, required permission from the Election Commission of India due to the Model Code of Conduct in place. Khatoon, who completed her PhD in psychology from AMU, has been a lecturer and professor at the university before serving as the principal of Women's College since 2014. Established in 1875 and granted university status in 1920, AMU has never had a woman Vice-Chancellor until Khatoon's appointment, marking a significant milestone for the prestigious institution. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

Government worker killed in targeted attack in J&K's Rajouri

A government employee, Mohammad Razaq, was shot dead in a targeted attack by unidentified gunmen in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri, just after leaving a mosque in the Shadra Sharief area. The 40-year-old, who worked in the social welfare department, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Security forces have initiated a cordon and search operation to locate the perpetrators. This incident follows the recent killings of two non-locals in Anantnag and Herpora districts, highlighting the ongoing threat of terrorism in the region. Despite a decrease in such attacks this year due to increased security measures, the timing of this latest incident during the Lok Sabha elections in Anantnag raises concerns about the security situation. The area is set to vote on May 7, adding a layer of tension to the already volatile region. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 10 pm

Singapore allows Everest spices despite recall controversy

Spice brand Everest has denied reports of a ban on its products in Singapore and Hong Kong, following concerns over a cancer-causing ingredient found in certain Indian spice brands. While Hong Kong and Singapore food regulators warned against four products from MDH and Everest due to the presence of ethylene oxide, Everest clarified that only one of its 60 products has been recalled for further inspection in Singapore. The Singapore Food Agency ordered the recall of Everest's Fish Curry Masala, stating that the ethylene oxide levels exceeded permissible limits. The Indian government has also directed food commissioners to collect samples from all spice manufacturing units in India to ensure the safety and quality of spices, with strict action promised if harmful substances are found. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 10 pm

PM's popularity will help Congress win stronghold: Mohan Yadav

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav expressed confidence in the BJP's ability to secure victory in all 29 seats in the state, particularly highlighting the party's prospects in Chhindwara, a long-standing Congress stronghold. Yadav attributed this potential success to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "track record." Chhindwara, the constituency of former Chief Minister Kamal Nath, has consistently voted for the Congress, even during the BJP's previous electoral victories. However, Yadav believes that the "Modi-ki guarantee" will sway voters this time around, emphasizing the PM's popularity and successful track record. The Chief Minister also pointed to the increasing voteshare for the BJP in recent elections as evidence of growing support for the party, citing projects like the interlinking of rivers as key campaign narratives for the upcoming election. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 10 pm

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