Indian news on March 11, 2016

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Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Delhi: ED issues summons to Vijay Mallya:: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday issued summons to businessman Vijay Mallya in connection with the money laundering case against him while two of his former employees were quizzed by the agency. He has been asked to present himself before the agency team on March 18. Meanwhile, Mallya defended himself on Twitter, ‘I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder, Rubbish’, he said. As an Indian MP, he fully respected and would comply with the law of the land.
  • Pak Cricket team to play in T20 World Cup:: The Pakistan Cricket team got the go-ahead from its government on Friday to travel to India to pay in the World Twenty 20 Championship ending the uncertainty over its participation. The decision came within hours of Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi giving an assurance to Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi that he would personally supervise and coordinate security arrangements for Pakistan.
  • Use of words ‘ Satyameva Jayate’ does not violate law’, says Centre:: The Bombay High Court on Friday sought responses form actor Aamir Khan and Star TV to a PIL filed by an activist that objects to the use of the phrase ‘Satyameva Jayate’, the name of their popular TV programme as it is a part of the emblem of India. The Ministry of Home Affairs responding to the petition in its affidavit said that the use of the phrase was not in violation of the State Emblem of India (Prohibition and Improper Use) Act and State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules. The Division Bench comprising Justices A.S.Oka and G.S.Kulkarni however wanted to know the Union Government’s view would be if someone else uses Emblem of India as a whole and not just a part of it. The Bench directed the Additional Solicitor General to appear before it with regard to the petition on April 20 and also directed the Star TV and Aamir Khar to file their affidavits by the same date.
  • Apex court dismisses plea to name country ‘Bharata’:: The Supreme Court on Friday said that every Indian has the right to choose between calling his country ‘Bharat’ or ‘India’ and the Court has no business to either dictate or decide for a citizen what he should call his country, said Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India T.S.Thakur.
  • ‘Avoid pregnancy for four years’, says Vice Chief of the IAF Air Marshal:: The Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Marshal B.S.Dhano speaking to media on Thursday has advised the women trainees, soon to be commissioned as India’s first women fighter pilots to avoid pregnancy for four years as they would be given the rigorous training schedule. It may be recalled that Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had announced that the India would get its first women fighter pilots on June 18. An official said that an advisory is not legally binding and in this instance it is to ensure their own professional growth otherwise they will achieve an operational fighter pilot status very late.
  • JNU row- Suspension of eight students lifted:: The high-level Enquiry Committee tht was formed to look into the February incident where an even on Afzal Guru was organized on the JNU campus submitted its report to the Vice Chancellor on Friday and resulted in cancelling of the suspension of eight students. Out of the eight debarred students, six who are on the campus will now able to participate in academic activities from Saturday. However, further action on the students would be on the basis of the findings of the report.
  • BENGALURU: Karnataka Transport Department seizes 62 Uber bike-taxis:: The Karnataka Transport Department in a massive undercover operation with check-posts and squads posted in several neighborhoods have seized 62 bike-taxis operated by Uber. This has become as a blow to Uber which had announced bike-taxi services in Bengaluru around 10 days after it had introduced it for the first time in Bangkok. Bike-taxis are being termed illegal because they are private vehicles with white board registration plates being used for commercial purposes.
  • MUMBAI: New bill to ban dance bars in Maharashtra:: The Maharashtra government on Friday announced that a new bill banning dance bars in the State will be presented in the ongoing session. Chief Minister Devandra Fadnavis announced the decision following a call attention motion by the Leader of the Opposition Dhananjay Munde.

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