CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two rape cases that date back to 2002, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday awarded two consecutive sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in the two rape cases registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation in 2002, apart from a fine of Rs. 15 lakh in each case. The rape victims, on whose testimonies the Dera Sacha Sauda chief has been convicted, will get Rs.14 lakh each from the fine amount for their rehabilitation.
National Sports Day: PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on the birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated sports achievers for their passion and paid tribute to Major Dhyan Chand, whose birth anniversary is celebrated as National Sports Day in the country. Dhyan Chand, who was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award, is one of the greatest field hockey players of all time. Every year on this day, Arjuna and Khel Ratna awards are conferred by the President of India to celebrate the achievements of exceptional athletes in the country.
Indian soldiers withdraw but hold vantage point, ready to step in again, Indian troops are now once again sitting pretty in a militarily advantageous position at their Doka La outpost on the Sikkim border, having almost completed their withdrawal from the Doklam face-off site by Monday evening. From the Doka La post, the Indian soldiers will continue to keep a hawk-eye on the Doklam bowl – which is Bhutanese territory but claimed by China – less than 500 meters away down the ridge slope. “Our soldiers sit on the top, hold the ridge and can swiftly intervene, as they pro-actively did in mid-June if the People’s Liberation Army once again tries to unilaterally change the status quo by constructing a road near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction,” said a source.
The panel recommends notice to DMK MLAs, The Chairman of the Committee of Privileges of Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday recommended issue of show-cause notices to 21 DMK MLAs, including Leader of the Opposition M.K. Stalin, for displaying sachets of banned gutkha in the House last month. The DMK legislators had then said that their attempt was to expose the illegal sale of tobacco products in the State. The notices from Deputy Speaker Pollachi V. Jayaraman, the Chairman of the Committee, were issued after 13 members of the Committee met in the Secretariat to discuss the issue. Besides Mr. Stalin, to whom the notice about the meeting was not sent under Rule 228 of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Rules, three AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran, did not turn up for the meeting.
Hear me before deciding on AIADMK symbol: Dhinakaran to Election Commission, Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran today approached the Election Commission, saying the poll panel should hear him before taking any decision on the party’s election symbol. The nephew of jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala approached the poll watchdog days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanaswami joined hands with rival O Panneerselvam to end the bitter feud between the warring factions of the party. While the two factions joined hands, they made it clear that Sasikala and Dhinakaran, who still maintains he is the party deputy general secretary, will have no role to play in party affairs.
Cinema hall, movie sets – A filmy side of Ram Rahim’s empire, The jazzy side of the Dera chief is on full display at the sect headquarters which houses a cinema hall that exclusively shows Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s movies and a film set where the self-styled godman’s upcoming flick ‘Online Gurukul’ was being shot till some days back. Ram Rahim’s few movies including ‘MSG – Messenger of God’, ‘MSG 2’, ‘Jattu Engineer’ and ‘Hind ka Napak ko Jawab’ – have all been shot at the indoor and outdoor film sets at the sect headquarters.
Kudankulam first reactor synchronized with Southern Grid, Having successfully completed the scheduled second fuel outage recently, KKNPP’s first reactor was synchronized with the Southern Grid at 6.37 am on Tuesday. After achieving 800 MWe power generation capacity within the next 48 hours, the reactor will be stopped for mandatory tests. On getting the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board’s nod, power generation in the reactor will be increased to its maximum capacity of 1,000 MWe. The first reactor was generating 300 MWe when it was synchronized with the grid.
Doklam standoff: Bhutan welcomes troops withdrawal by India, China, Bhutan on Tuesday welcomed the decision by India and China to disengage their troops at the Doklam tri-junction. “We hope this contributes to the maintenance of peace and tranquility and status quo along the borders of Bhutan, China, and India in keeping with the existing agreements between the respective countries,” said a statement from the Bhutanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Doklam standoff had sparked fears for Bhutan that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) might aggressively seize disputed territory along the kingdom’s western borders.
MLAs conspicuous by absence at AIADMK meet, The mystery absentees at the meeting convened by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam at the AIADMK headquarters created quite a flutter, especially when four crucial resolutions were adopted, including the convening of the general council and executive committee. The high-level bodies will decide on expelling Sasikala from the post of general secretary, one of the primary conditions laid down by the now-united OPS camp for the merger.
Pakistan suspends talks with the US after Trump’s foreign policy speech, Last week, Mr. Asif deferred his planned U.S. visit after Mr. Trump’s speech. Pakistan’s Foreign Office also asked the U.S. administration to reschedule the visit of Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells and another delegation led by the advisor to White House on South Asian affairs Lisa Curtis till a mutually convenient time. The Pakistani government is expected to convene a special session of the Parliament later this week or early next week to formulate a joint strategy to cope with the situation arising out of Trump’s speech.
North Korea fires a ballistic missile over Japan: Seoul, Tokyo, Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan today, South Korea’s military and the Japanese government said, in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions. No North Korean missile had overflown Japan for years, and the launch came after a strained period on the peninsula following Pyongyang’s testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) last month that appeared to bring much of the US mainland within reach. It threatened to fire a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam, while US President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning of raining “fire and fury” on the North, saying Washington’s weapons were “locked and loaded”.
Syrian schools grow edible playgrounds to boost diets of hungry children, School playgrounds across Syria are being transformed into vegetable gardens where children whose diets have been devastated by six years of war can learn to grow – and then eat – aubergines, lettuces, peppers, cabbages, and cucumbers. Traditional Syrian cuisine is typical of the region and rich in vegetables. Its mainstays include hummus, minced lamb cooked with pine nuts and spices, beautiful and varied salads, stews made with green beans, okra or courgettes and tomatoes, stuffed cabbage leaves and artichoke hearts.
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