Morning briefing: Yakub case judge gets bullet proof car, commandos for security

GN Bureau | August 8, 2015



Heavy security arrangements have been made at the residence of Justice Dipak Misra after he received an anonymous threat letter. A bullet proof vehicle has been provided to him, while commandos from central paramilitary force have been deployed at his residence. Justice Misra headed the bench of the judges of the Supreme Court panel which rejected plea of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon leading to his execution.

President cuts short Odisha visit, returns to Delhi to see ailing wife
President Pranab Mukherjee returned here shortly after midnight tonight cutting short his visit to Odhisa after his wife Suvra fell ill and was hospitalised. Suvra, who has been ill for sometime, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the  the Army's Research and Referral Hospital in Cantonment area. The president was on a two-day visit to Odhisa and he was scheduled to attend a convocation of National Law University at Cuttack.

Govt may review and revise draft IIM Bill
In a bid to assure IIMs their autonomy, the government on Friday hinted at "reviewing" and "correcting any inconsistencies" in the controversial draft IIM Bill as it sought to reach out to the premier B-schools following heavy criticism over the proposed legislation.The softening of the government's stand came on a day when HRD minister Smriti Irani held an hour-long discussion with the chairperson of IIM-Bangalore's board of governors, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. "We will review the Bill. If there is any inconsistency, typographical error, we will correct it," Higher Education secretary VS Oberoi told reporters after the meeting.

Amarnath yatra suspended after landslide blocks highway
The Amarnath yatra was suspended on Friday due to closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in the wake of a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Udhampur district of the state. "Due to heavy rains, a massive landslide closed the 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Kheri in Udhampur district late last night," SSP Traffic National Highway, Sanjay Kotwal said. The authorities have also suspended the Amarnath yatra from Jammu base camp, he said, adding the other traffic was also not allowed on the highway.

Tourists avoid Kashmir due to sudden deterioration in weather
A series of cloudbursts, landslides and flood alerts in Kashmir, which the locals term it as 'weather terror' has caused tourist arrivals to drop 60 per cent so far this year. The fall in visitors has been a cause of worry for more than 100,000 people who directly depend on tourism for their livelihood. The decline has been steep this year. According to tourism directorate, 1 million domestic and foreign tourists visited the region from January to July 2014 and a similar numbers were registered in the previous two years. However, only half a million tourists came in January to July this year.

SC admits plea of Rajesh Khanna’s partner
The supreme court has agreed to examine a petition by Anita Advani, who claimed to have lived-in with late Bollywood icon Rajesh Khanna for 10 years, on the legal status of a woman's live-in relationship with a married man. In her petition, Advani challenged an order of the Bombay high court which had barred her from invoking the Domestic Violence Act against Khanna's widow Dimple Kapadia, daughter Twinkle and son-in-law Akshaya Kumar. The HC had ruled that Advani did not qualify for protection under the DV Act since her partnerwas a married man.

Anita's plea in SC says that Khanna was estranged from Dimple for close to two decades prior to his death in July 2012.

Bill to set time limit for disposal of mercy petitions in Lok Sabha
A Private Member was introduced in Lok Sabha seeking to impose a time limit of one year for disposal of mercy petitions by President in cases of offences concerning terrorism or sedition. The Constitution Amendment Bill was moved by BJP member Kirit P Solanki who said the "power (to grant pardon) needs to be subject to condition that the decision of the President shall be conveyed within one year of the presentation of the receipt of the mercy petition."

Hafiz Saeed's son Talha behind Udhampur terror attack?
Arrested Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Naved alias Usman has revealed during interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed's son Talha played an important role in the attack on BSF convoy in Udhampur district. Talha gave the responsibility of carrying out terror attack to LeT chief for central and south Kashmir, Abu Qasim, who instructed the two Pakistani militants to carry out the terror attack in Udhampur. Saeed's son monitors terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba's activities and is involved in the process of training and recruiting militants.

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