Indian news on March 14, 2016

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Monday, March 14, 2016

  • CHENNAI: Nuclear capable Agni-I missile tested:: The Strategic Forces Command of the Services on Monday morning launched an Agni-I missile form Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast. The missile carries a nuclear warhead. India has a quiver of five Agni missiles all of which carry nuclear warheads. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization.
  • MEERUT:AMU students launch campaign for Aligarh:: Students and faculty members of Aligarh Muslim University along with the residents of Meerut launched a campaign on Monday saying the local administration should ensure that the critically acclaimed film Aligarh is show in cinemas. The film could not be screened in Aligarh, reportedly due to the anti-film stance taken by some fring groups who believed that the film defamed the city.
  • NEW DELHI: Supreme Court refuses to stop Punjab Bill on SYL canal:: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to intervene in poll-bound Punjab’s push to pass a Bill to return land acquired for the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal which is at the centre of water-sharing dispute with Haryana. A five judge Constitution Bench simply adjourned a Presidential Reference on the validity of a 2004 law-Punjab Termination of Agreements Act – under which Punjab had sought to ease out of its liability to share the waters of Ravi, Beas and Sutlej. The case was adjourned to March, 17, 2016.
  • Court seeks Income Tax details of former Chief Justice of India’s family members:: After a four months of clean chit given to former Chief Justice of India K.G.Balakrishnan in benami property transactions involving his relatives, the Supreme Court on Monday asked Attorney General Mukul Rohtgi to submit a detailed chart of Income Tax assessments and orders concerning the former Supreme Court CJ’s family members. A Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra sought the details of Balakrishnan’s relatives despite Rohatgi’s submissions that they were individual assesses who had already been subjected to IT screening. The case was posted for hearing to July 12, 2016.
  • Sushma Swaraj to meet Sartaj in Nepal:: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet her Pakistani counterpart in Nepal on the sidelines of a SAARC ministerial meeting on March 17 according to officials who confirmed of the same on Monday. The meeting is expected to be preceded by a meeting of Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan in Nepal marks the first time both sides are engaging directly since India and Pakistan restarted the dialogue process in December last.
  • Ethics panel issues notice to Rahul Gandhi:: The Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha chaired by BJP leader L.K.Advani sent notice to AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi seeking his response to allegations related to his citizenship in the U.K. AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh said that a person who is born in India and whose grandmother and father have been Prime Ministers of India, can that person be a citizen of some other country. The Ethics Committee should dismiss it, he said. The issuance of notice came following BJP MP Mahesh Girri had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for appropriate enquiry on the matter which was forwarded to the Ethics Committee.
  • PUNE: Charge sheet filed against FTII students:: The Pune police on Monday filed a charge sheet against 35 students of the Film and Television Institute of India for holding Institute Director Prashant Pathrabe ‘hostage’ in his cabin for several hours in August, 2015. However, all were granted bail while five earlier got bail and the rest today.
  • THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:: SHRC directs to put up multilingual signboards:: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission on Monday ordered the Public Works Department to set aside funds for putting up multilingual direction boards on public roads. KSHRC member K.Mohan Kumar said there seemed to be substance in a PIL that pointed out that travelers were often led astry due to the absence of signboards.

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