India news on March 30, 2016

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

  • BENGALURU: ‘No roll back of hike of sales taxes on petrol and diesel:: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has ruled out rolling back the increase in sales tax on petrol and diesel which is to come to effect from Friday. The prices of petrol and diesel in Karnataka will increase by Rs.1.89 and 98 paise a litre respectively from Friday.
  • MUMBAI: PIL on Haji Ali dargah entry:: On February 9, the Bombay High Court reserved its verdict on a PIL plea that challenges the ban on the entry of women in the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah, a centuries old Sufi shrine in Mumbai. The PIL was filed by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan that states that women have always been allowed at the dargah but in June 2012, the Dargah Trust restricted the entry of women to the sanctorum. The Maharashtra government in its submission said equality must rule over tradition and customs and that the dargah Trust should only administer not regulate, tradition.
  • FIR against ‘Radhe Maa’ for carrying ‘trishul’ on flight:: The Airport police on Tuesday registered an FIR against self-styled god woman Sukhvinder Kaur alias ‘Radhe Maa’ for allegedly carrying a ‘trishul’ aboard a domestic flight last year. The FIR was filed after a Mumbai court ordered the police to do so. Earlier this year, Asad Patel, an RTI activist had approached the police and subsequently Metropolitan Magistrate’s court in Andheri seeking an FIR against Kaur. Patel had come to know that she had carried a ‘trishul’ on a Jet Airways flight from Aurangabad to Mumbai in violation of rules laid down by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. He sought action against her as well as officials who had failed to prevent her form bringing the ‘trishul’ an article she always carries on board the flight. The court directed the Airport police to take necessary action. The police on Tuesday night filed an FIR against Kaur, officials of the CISF which is in charge of the airport security and officials and staffers concerned of Jet Airways.
  • NEW DLEHI: Sharmila acquitted in suicide bid case::Manipuri Civil Rights Activist Irom Sharmila was acquitted on Wednesday in a case of attempted suicide registered in 2006 when she undertook a fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar. Metropolitan Magistrate Harivnder Singh asked her to furnish a personal bond for Rs.10,000. When she refused, the court extended the bond she furnished when she was granted bail earlier. The magistrate said that since Sharmila was in judicial custody in other cases and her presence could be secure before the appellate court if the present order was challenged, her personal bond was being extended for six months. It may be recalled that she launched indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar on October 4, 2006 demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. She was put on trial on March 4, 2013.
  • Enforcement Directorate attaches Rs.112 crore assets:: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday provisionally attached immovable assets worth Rs.112 crore as part of its money laundering investigations against Century Communication Limited and its promoters in a bank loan fraud case. The firm had been granted Rs.555 crore loan. The attached properties included in Andheri (West), Bandra (West) and Khar of Mumbai, over 2 acres in Chennai and another property in the posh Maharani Bagh in Delhi.

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