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  • Indian Mujahideen commander Yasin Bhatkal will soon be questioned by the UP Anti-Terror squad before August 10. After the interrogation, he is certain to be taken on remand by other states. Formalities for his remand are underway, officials said. Additional Director General Mukul Goyal said Bhatkal had a role in the Sheetla Ghat blasts that occurred in Varanasi on December 7, 2010. The blast was carried out by IM operative Tehseen Akhtar.
  • The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved lowering of age of juveniles from current 18 years to 16 years. The move is aimed at arresting the growing instances of juveniles committing heinous crimes such as rape, etc., and to empower Juvenile Justice Board to decide whether a juvenile aged above 16 is to be tried as a major or be sent to an observation home. The bill, however, makes it clear that in no case the juvenile will be awarded death penalty or life imprisonment.
  • The government today justified the sacking of the Governor of Mizoram Kamla Beniwal yesterday. She was just two months short of completing her tenure as the Governor of the state. The ruling government confronted the opposition allegations of “vendetta politics”. According to sources, Beniwal had differences with Narendra Modi while he was the CM of Gujarat. Exactly a month ago, she was shifted from Gujarat to Mizoram. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “There is no politics involved in this, there were serious allegations against her and action has been taken. Everything has happened according to law and the Constitution”.
  • PM Narendra Modi has initiated the process of developing Varanasi as a national hub for culture and heritage. As per reports, Google along with technicians, consultants, professionals, etc. are working on the project to identify the tourism hotspots and improve security and movement in the city. Many companies have shown interest to assist the government after Modi announced his interest in developing Varanasi. However, Google declined to comment on this and said, “As part of our ongoing initiative with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to bring India's national monuments online, we continue to explore opportunities to collaborate further. We have nothing more to share at this point”.
  • US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, ahead of his first visit to India, has said that the US is looking for new partners in Asia Pacific region. During his visit, defense deals worth Rs. 20,000 crore, strengthening of military ties and intelligence sharing on counter-terrorist activities will be discussed. At a meeting in Germany, he said, “In India, I'm going to follow John Kerry's visit and our Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's visit - they were there about a week ago and attempt to try to continue to build, not just a stronger military-to-military relationship with the Indians”. He added, “India represents the largest democracy in the world. They just had an election. They have a new government. The new prime minister is coming to Washington to see President Obama next month. So I'll be there, working, yes, our specific issues, but it's larger than that. When we look at Asia-Pacific, area of operation too represents tremendous new opportunities, but challenges as well. We need partners. We need relationships. That's the kind of world we live in, and that's the kind of world that we're going to be living in”.
  • On a good show by the industrial sector, domestic rating agency India Ratings increased its FY 15 GDP growth estimate from 5.6 percent to 5.7 percent. The agency said industrial growth will improve from earlier estimate of 4.1 percent to 5.1 percent. In reference to agriculture sector, it said the delayed monsoon will result in subdued growth in the sector, coming down from 4.7 percent achieved last fiscal to 1.3 percent in FY 15.
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Last Updated on August 7, 2014, 6:04 pm