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President signs ordinance on death penalty for rape

MSN India 12 hours 35 minutes ago

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India will join 8 countries having sex offenders database; information to be shared with states, UTs
The Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance to provide stringent punishment, includingdeathpenalty, for those convicted of rape of girls below 12 years.
Union Cabinet clears ordinance on death penalty to child rapists; Mehbooba welcomes decision
STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI/JAMMU: The Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance to provide stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of rape of girls below 12 years, amid a nation-wide outrage over cases of sexual assault and murder of minors in Kathua and Surat and the rape of a girl in Unnao. […]
India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.
Death for child rape: Cabinet approves death for rape of kids under 12
Probe, trial in 4 mths; fast-track courts for cases
Cabinet approves ordinance: Death for raping children below 12
NEW DELHI, April 21 - The Union Cabinet today approved an ordinance that provides for death penalty to those convicted of raping a child below the age of 12 and life term for raping a girl below age of 16.
Kathua fallout: Convicted to be awarded death for raping children below 12
The Union Cabinet has cleared an ordinance to award death sentence to those convicted of raping children below the age of 12. Read all the updates around the ordinance
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China hails North Korea's decision to abandon nuclear missile tests

Sify 25 hours 16 minutes ago

[China], Apr. 21 (ANI): China on Saturday hailed North Korea's decision to abandon its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests. China said North Korea's recent move would help in...
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North Korea's Kim Jong-un suspends nuclear, missile test
Nuclear diplomacy: Donald Trump is not Nixon and North Korea is not China
The key difference from Beijing in 1972: After any summit, North Korea will remain a weak client state
US, China, Japan welcome N.Korea's decision to suspend N-tests
Washington/Beijing/Tokyo, April 21 (IANS): The US, China and Japan have welcomed North Korea's decision to suspended nuclear tests and inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests.
North Korea halts nuclear tests
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday, and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.
Kim Jong-un says North Korea will stop nuclear tests, abolish test site
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un said his country no longer needed to conduct nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it has completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons, state media said.
The Assam Tribune, MSN India, DNA,
  

Concerned over admn delays, PM asks babus to make use of technology

State Times 20 hours 53 minutes ago

Agency New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed concern over procedural delays in processing files and asked bureaucrats to make the best of technology to bring change in the...
PM asks bureaucrats to make the best of technology
New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked civil servants to make the best of innovation and technology in implementing government policies. He also said that participatory democracy is a must for the development of the nation. Addressing bureaucrats at the conclusion of the two-day Civil Services Day function, the prime minister said the administrations aim in the pre-Independence era was to keep the Englishman safe, but today it has to ensure that a common man is provided relief. He stressed the need for strategic thinking in implementing government policies, and also asked bureaucrats to put to use innovation and technology which can become additional strength. He said "Janbhagidari" (peoples participation) is a cornerstone of the success of a country such as India. The prime minister said priority should be given to peoples interests during formulation of policies or new laws.Earlier, he released two books -- "New Pathways", a compilation of success stories on implementation of identified Priority Programmes and Innovations and "Aspirational Districts: Unlocking Potentials" -- an account of strategies for transforming aspirational districts. He also conferred "Awards for Excellence in Public Administration" for effective implementation of identified Priority Programs and Innovation to districts and implementing units, and other central and state organisations at the function. The awards have been instituted to acknowledge, recognize and reward the exemplary work for peoples welfare by districts and organisations of the central and state governments. "Motivation is always essential for better performance," the prime minister said after giving away the awards to civil servants. PTI
Make best of technology to implement govt policies: PM Modi to bureaucrats
PM Modi stressed the need for strategic thinking in implementing government policies
Participatory democracy is must for development of nation: PM Modi on Civil Services Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked civil servants to make the best of innovation and technology in implementing government policies.
Only people-centric policies can bring change: PM Modi
[India], Apr. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked bureaucrats to bring change in the lives of people Addressing civil servants at an event here, Prime Minister Modi said, "Lives of people will change when we keep them at the centre of all decisions. If we keep the common man at the centre while framing the country's laws, rules and regulations, then there will be a change in the lives of people." The Prime Minister also added: "It is also time to think how successful we have been in fulfilling the resolutions that we took in the past and how much change we have brought in the lives of common man." He maintained that people's participation is a basis of India's success. Prime Minister Modi asked the civil servants to adopt innovation and technology as they "can become our additional strength in governance". Prime Minister Modi also conferred awards for excellence in public administration for effective implementation of identified priority programmes and innovation to districts/implementing units and other central/state organisations. (ANI)
Participatory democracy is must for development of the nation: PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed bureaucrats at the conclusion of the two-day Civil Services Day function.
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With the assent of the President of India, the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 gets promulgated; New Law lays down the measures to empower Indian authorities to attach and confiscate the proceeds of crime associated with economic offenders and the properties of the economic offenders.

PIB 1 hour 16 minutes ago

Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 has come into force as the President of India has given his assent to the Union Cabinet’s decision to promulgate the said Ordinance. Earlier, the...
Cabinet approves Ordinance to confiscate properties of fugitive economic offenders
New Delhi:In a bid to bring back defaulters of huge bank loans who escape to refuges abroad, the Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance that would provide for attachment and confiscation of the properties of the economic offenders. The decision to issue The Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which comes in the wake of the recent multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, in which the main accused diamond trader Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi fled the country after duping the bank to the tune of over Rs. 30,000 crore. Some other similar offenders, including businessman Vijay Mallya, who headed the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, also escaped to London a few years after running up huge debts to consortiums of banks. Sources said the Ordinance aims at deterring economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts. Under the ordinance, a special forum would be created for expeditious confiscation of the proceeds of crime, in India or abroad, that would coerce the fugitive to return to India to submit to the jurisdiction of Courts in India to face the law in respect of scheduled offences. The Ordinance makes provisions for a Special Court under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 to declare a person as a Fugitive Economic Offender. A Fugitive Economic Offender is described as a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution. A scheduled offence refers to a list of economic offences contained in the Schedule to this Ordinance. Further, in order to ensure that Courts are not over-burdened with such cases, only those cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs 100 crore or more, is within the purview of this Ordinance. According to the sources, the Ordinance is expected to re-establish the rule of law with respect to the fugitive economic offenders as they would be forced to return to India to face trial for scheduled offences. This would also help the banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery from financial defaults committed by such fugitive economic offenders, improving the financial health of such institutions. However, if at any point of time in the course of the proceeding prior to the declaration, the alleged fugitive economic offender returns to India and submits to the appropriate jurisdictional court, proceedings under the proposed Act would cease by law. "All necessary constitutional safeguards in terms of providing hearing to the person through counsel, allowing him time to file a reply, serving notice of summons to him, whether in India or abroad and appeal to the High Court have been provided for," the sources said. The proposed ordinance, among other things, provides for making an application before the Special Court for a declaration that an individual is a fugitive economic offender; attachment of the property of a fugitive economic offender and proceeds of crime and issue of a notice by the Special Court to the individual alleged to be a fugitive economic offender. It also provides for confiscation of the property of an individual declared as a fugitive economic offender or even the proceeds of crime; disentitlement of the fugitive economic offender from defending any civil claim and appointment of an Administrator to manage and dispose of the confiscated property under the Act. Sources said since the approved law would utilise the existing infrastructure of the Special Courts constituted under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 and the threshold of scheduled offence is high at Rs 100 crore or more, no additional expenditure is expected on the enactment of the Ordinance. IANS
Government brings ordinance to rein in 'eco' fugitives
ED, CBI will be empowered to confiscate properties
Tougher rules to curb frauds
The Fugitive Economic Offenders ordinance 2018 provides for confiscating properties of corporate escapes.
Cabinet approves Ordinance to confiscate properties of fugitive economic offenders
New Delhi : In a bid to bring back defaulters of huge bank loans who escape to refuges abroad, the Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance that would provide for attachment and confiscation of the properties of the economic offenders. The decision to issue The Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which comes in the wake of the recent multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, in which the main accused diamond trader Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi fled the country after duping the bank to the tune of over Rs. 30,000 crore. Some other similar offenders, including businessman Vijay Mallya, who headed the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, also escaped to London a few years after running up huge debts to consortiums of banks. Sources said the Ordinance aims at deterring economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts. Under the ordinance, a special forum would be created for expeditious confiscation of the proceeds of crime, in India or abroad, that would coerce the fugitive to return to India to submit to the jurisdiction of Courts in India to face the law in respect of scheduled offences. The Ordinance makes provisions for a 'Special Court' under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 to declare a person as a Fugitive Economic Offender. A Fugitive Economic Offender is described as a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution. A scheduled offence refers to a list of economic offences contained in the Schedule to this Ordinance. Further, in order to ensure that Courts are not over-burdened with such cases, only those cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs 100 crore or more, is within the purview of this Ordinance. According to the sources, the Ordinance is expected to re-establish the rule of law with respect to the fugitive economic offenders as they would be forced to return to India to face trial for scheduled offences. This would also help the banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery from financial defaults committed by such fugitive economic offenders, improving the financial health of such institutions. However, if at any point of time in the course of the proceeding prior to the declaration, the alleged fugitive economic offender returns to India and submits to the appropriate jurisdictional court, proceedings under the proposed Act would cease by law. "All necessary constitutional safeguards in terms of providing hearing to the person through counsel, allowing him time to file a reply, serving notice of summons to him, whether in India or abroad and appeal to the High Court have been provided for," the sources said. The proposed ordinance, among other things, provides for making an application before the Special Court for a declaration that an individual is a fugitive economic offender; attachment of the property of a fugitive economic offender and proceeds of crime and issue of a notice by the Special Court to the individual alleged to be a fugitive economic offender. It also provides for confiscation of the property of an individual declared as a fugitive economic offender or even the proceeds of crime; disentitlement of the fugitive economic offender from defending any civil claim and appointment of an Administrator to manage and dispose of the confiscated property under the Act. Sources said since the approved law would utilise the existing infrastructure of the Special Courts constituted under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 and the threshold of scheduled offence is high at Rs 100 crore or more, no additional expenditure is expected on the enactment of the Ordinance.
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RR vs MI, IPL 2018 match highlights: Gowtham 33* (11) takes Rajasthan to victory over Mumbai with a blistering knock

Money Control 1 hour 35 minutes ago

Catch all the highlights here from the 21st game of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.
IPL 2018: RR beat MI by 3 wickets
Rajasthan Royals' two big uncapped signings turned it on at critical moments to swing an exceedingly tight game.
IPL: Rajasthan overcome Mumbai by 3 wickets, jump to 5th spot
K. Gowthams quickfire 33 not out off 11 deliveries helped Rajasthan Royals overcome Mumbai Indians by three wickets here on Sunday as they ended their two-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians
Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians
IPL 2018: Mumbai look to continue momentum against Rajasthan
Having finally found the winning touch, Mumbai Indians will look to continue in a similar vein when they lock horns with beleaguered hosts Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League game on Sunday.
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No bilateral meeting with Pak on sidelines of SCO

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[India], Apr. 22 (ANI): There will be no bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and their Pakistani counterparts on the sidelines of...
No bilateral meeting with Pakistan on sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
There will be no bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and their Pakistani counterparts on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in China.
SCO meet: No bilaterals between foreign, defence ministers of India and Pakistan
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) comprises of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
SCO meet: No bilaterals between foreign, defence ministers of India, Pak
Agency Beijing: There will be no bilateral meetings between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with their Pakistan counterparts at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministerial meets to be held here, official sources said. “There will be no meetings with their Pakistan counterparts,” official sources here told PTI, ruling out any planned […]
No bilateral meeting with Pak on sidelines of SCO
There will be no bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and their Pakistani counterparts on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in China.Swaraj, who departed for a two-nation visit to China and Mongolia on Saturday, will participate in a ministerial-level meeting of the SCO on April 24, where India became a full member in 2017.Meanwhile, on the same day, Sitharaman will take part in the SCO defence ministers' meeting.Both events will be attended by the respective ministers from Pakistan.On a related note, no meeting between India and Pakistan on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which concluded recently, was held.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was also present to lead the Pakistani delegation.
State Times, Business Standard,
  

Nirav Modi fraud: PNB moves Hong Kong court; plans legal action in others countries

Money Control 1 hour 16 minutes ago

The bank plans to approach other jurisdictions where Nirav Modi and his associates have assets and properties as part of recovery process, a senior PNB official said.
Nirav Modi fraud: PNB move Hong Kong court; plans legal action in others countries
New Delhi: After moving the insolvency authority in the US, Punjab National Bank (PNB) has raised heat by approaching Hong Kong Court against billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, who is accused of a Rs 13,000-crore fraud. The bank plans to approach other jurisdictions where Nirav Modi and his associates have assets and properties as part of […]
PNB moves Hong Kong High Court seeking action against Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi
The PNB is seeking the seizure of Nirav Modi's bank accounts and attaching his assets and businesses in Hong Kong.
Rs 139-billion loan scam: PNB moves Hong Kong HC against Nirav Modi
Hong Kong authorities are obliged to surrender a fugitive wanted by India
Zee News, Business Standard,
  

IPL 2018: AB de Villiers masterclass for Bangalore blows Delhi away

Zee News 20 hours 52 minutes ago

AB de Villiers was due a big innings ahead of the RCB-DD encounter and he lived up to expectations by scoring 90* off 39 balls and leading Bangaloreto their second win in five matches in IPL 2018...
The Times of India shared a link.
Kathua girl’s sedation, rape confirmed by medical experts: J&K police timesofindia.indiatimes.com
IPL 2018 RCB vs DD LIVE: de Villiers destroys Daredevils as his unbeaten 90 (39) takes RCB to victory with 12 balls to spare
Live updates of Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore.
IPL 2018: Virat undone by Boult's blinder, ABD hits 50; RCB 108-3 in 12
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, having lost their matches against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, respectively, go into a crucial tie today. Read for latest news and scores
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Full text: The Criminal law (Amendment) ordinance, 2018 signed by President which allows death for child rapists

Zee News 10 hours 35 minutes ago

The Ordinance amends the Indian Penal Code, the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
Mehbooba welcomes death penalty for rapists
[India], Apr. 21 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday welcomed the decision of the Union cabinet to award death sentence to the rapists of children below the age of 12. She said this would go a long way in curbing the harassment against women and girl child in the country. The chief minister also welcomed other stringent amendments brought in by the Union cabinet in various relevant laws to ensure speedy investigation, trial and administering deterrent punishments to the convicted. The chief minister also reiterated that her government intends to bring similar laws in the state to put an end to crimes against women. The Centre today approved the criminal law amendment ordinance which seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The ordinance, which will be sent to President for his assent, has come after a spate of rape incidents in various parts of the country have led to national outrage during the past few days. (ANI)
Cabinet approves death penalty for raping children up to 12 years of age
The move comes against the backdrop of the alleged rape and murder of girls in Kathua, Unnao and Surat
Union cabinet approves ordinance for death penalty for rape of children
The move comes against the backdrop of the alleged rape and murder of girls in Jammu and Kashmir#39;s Kathua and Gujarat#39;s Surat district recently.
Ordinance likely for death penalty for raping children
An ordinance to award death penalty to those convicted of raping a child up to 12 years of age is likely to come up before the Union Cabinet tomorrow. Against the backdrop of outrage over the incidents of rape of minors in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, the government plans to bring the ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act by bringing an ordinance, sources aware of the development said today. According to the proposal, those convicted of committing rape on children up to 12 years can also be awarded death penalty. As the POCSO law stands today, the maximum punishment for “aggravated assault” is life in jail. The minimum sentence prescribed is seven years in jail. After the Nirbhaya case in December 2012, when the criminal laws were amended, a provision of death penalty in case the woman either dies or is left in a “vegetative state” after rape was introduced through an ordinance which later became the Criminal Law Amendment Act. The government informed the Supreme Court today that it is actively considering amending the penal law to introduce death penalty to those convicted of sexually abusing children up to 12 years of age. The assertion of the Centre assumes significance following the public outcry for award of death penalty to such sexual offenders, including the assaulters of an eight-year-old girl who was gangraped and killed at Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir recently. “An ordinance today is the best way to deal with the issue. An amendment bill will have to wait (till July) when the Monsoon session commences,” said a law ministry official.
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Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 31: Ministry

Zee News 7 hours 35 minutes ago

The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20, which are seen as a test-run for next year's presidential poll.
Kabul blast kills 10, injures 56
At least 10 people were killed and 56 others injured when a suicide bombing blast took place through an election-related registering site in the Afghan capital on Sunday, officials said.
Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills four
Kabul: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 15. “It happened at the entrance gate of the centre. It was a suicide attack. There are casualties,” Dawood Amin, city police chief, told AFP. Health ministry spokesman […]
Blast at election centre in Afghan capital, at least four dead
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 20, officials said.
Reuters,
  

PM Modi to visit China on Apr 27-28 for summit talks with Prez Xi

The Financial Chronicle 8 hours 13 minutes ago

PTI City: Beijing Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will hold a summit meeting in China's Wuhan city from April 27 to 28 to improve bilateral relations, China's...
Modi to visit China on Apr 27-28 to discuss bilateral ties with Xi Jinping
The Modi-Xi summit meeting is taking place in the backdrop of series of high level interactions between both the two countries
PM Narendra Modi to visit China on April 27-28, to hold summit talks with President Xi Jinping
Sushma Swaraj and he Chinese counterpart on Sunday discussed a host of bilateral issues and ways to step up the pace of high-level interactions to improve the relationship.
China's Xi to meet Modi in China this week
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 27-28 in central China's Wuhan, Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.
Reuters,
  

Daredevils seek to change fortunes at home

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Having played away all season so far, Delhi Daredevils will get two consecutive home games. But they face a formidable Kings XI Punjab first
IPL 2018: DD v/s KXIP- Daredevils look for home comfort against table toppers Punjab
Delhi Daredevils seek home comfort against Kings XI Punjab.
IPL: Bottom placed Delhi face confident Punjab at home (Preview)
Following a string of defeats, Delhi Daredevils (DD) will be desperate for a win against table-toppers Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) when they meet in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Monday.
RCB, DD seek revival after ordinary IPL beginnings
BENGALURU, April 20: Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils are desperate for a win and both will be trying to outdo each other in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow.
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Kathua rape case: Police to submit supplementary charge sheet

Business Standard 17 hours 35 minutes ago

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have informed that they are in the process of submitting a supplementary charge sheet in the Kathua rape case."After completion of all legal formalities of the...
Kathua rape victim was sedated and sexually assaulted: J&K Police
The J&K Police on Saturday confirmed that the Kathua case victim was indeed sedated, sexually assaulted and subsequently murdered.
Kathua rape-murder: J&K Police refutes reports, says victim was sexually assaulted
Shutting-down the rumour mills, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said investigating agency is in the process of submitting supplementary charge sheet in the rape and murder case of eight-year-old tribal nomad girl of Kathua.
Kathua girl's sedation, rape confirmed by medical experts: J&K Police
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch on Saturday said reports in a section of media regarding the Kathua rape-murder case were false and that medical experts had confirmed the sedation, sexual assault and subsequent murder of the eight-year-old girl. The Crime Branch statement on the case comes in the wake of reports in print and electronic media as well as social media regarding the case registered at the Hiranagar police station in Kathua district. "However, for the last couple of days, a section of print/electronic media has published/broadcast information/reports shared on the social media sites as well, which are far from truth," the Crime Branch said. "Constrained by the reports, it is to place on record that on the basis of opinion furnished by medical experts, it was confirmed that the victim was found subjected to sexual assault by the accused. "Accordingly, on the basis of medical opinion, Section 376 (D) of the Ranbir Penal Code was added in the case. The medical opinion also established beyond doubt that the victim was held in captivity and administered sedatives and the cause of her death was asphyxia leading to cardiopulmonary arrest," it added. The Crime Branch had presented a chargesheet in the court of law after completion of all legal formalities of investigation. The investigating agency is also in the process of submitting a supplementary chargesheet. Section 376 (D) deals with gang Rape followed by death or persistent vegetative state of the victim and prescribes punishment with imprisonment for life. The girl, belonging to a Bakarwal Muslim family, was kidnapped on January 10 and her body found on January 17 near Rasana village in Hiranagar tehsil in Kathua district. Police investigations revealed she was held captive inside a temple, sedated and repeatedly raped before her murder. Police has filed chargesheet against eight persons in the case.
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Death for child rape: President Kovind promulgates ordinance to strengthen POCSO Act

DNA 13 hours 35 minutes ago

President Ramnath Kovind on Sunday promulgated the ordinance to strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Cabinet clears death penalty ordinance for raping girls below 12 yrs of age
The punishment for gang rape of a girl below 16 years will invariably be imprisonment for the rest of life, officials said
Cabinet approves ordinance to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age
In case of rape of a girl aged under 16 years, the minimum punishment to be awarded has been increased from 10 years to 20 years, which is extendable to life imprisonment.
Cabinet okays ordinance to award death for raping girls below 12 years
New Delhi : The Union cabinet has approved an Ordinance to be promulgated to provide for stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years age and below 12 years of age. Death penalty has been provided for rapists of girls below 12 years of age. The Union cabinet also decides to put in place measures for speedy investigation and trial of rape cases. In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, minimum punishment increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment; minimum 20 years' imprisonment or life imprisonment for rape of a girl under 12 years has been provided in the Ordinance. Minimum punishment in case of rape of women has been increased from rigorous imprisonment of seven years to 10 years, extendable to life imprisonment; in case of gang rape of a girl below 12 years, punishment will be life imprisonment or death sentence.
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Court cancels arrest warrant against Salman in hit-and-run case

State Times 20 hours 53 minutes ago

Agency Mumbai: A Mumbai court today cancelled a bailable arrest warrant against Bollywood star Salman Khan in the 2002 hit and run case, in which the Maharashtra government’s appeal against...
Court cancels arrest warrant against Salman khan in hit-and-run case
Earlier this month, the court had issued the warrant against the actor for not furnishing the surety as per the directions of the apex court.
2002 hit and run case: Mumbai court cancels bailable warrant against Salman Khan
[India], Apr. 21 (ANI): A Mumbai court on Saturday cancelled the bailable warrant against Bollywood actor Salman Khan in connection with 2002 hit and run case. The bailable warrant was cancelled after Salman's bodyguard Shera stood as his surety. Last week, the court issued a bailable warrant against Salman as he did not complete the procedure of providing surety on the past two dates. However, the bailable warrant was stayed later after the lawyer had assured that the actor would complete the procedure. On October last year, the Supreme Court heard the plea filed by the Maharashtra government, challenging the acquittal of Salman in regard to the case. In December 2015, the Bombay High Court acquitted Khan of all criminal charges on account of lack of substantial evidence in the case. The Bollywood actor is accused of running his Toyota Land Cruiser over people sleeping on a sidewalk outside a bakery in Mumbai's Bandra on September 28, 2002. One labourer died, while four others were injured in the accident. (ANI)
Salman Khan hit and run case: Mumbai sessions court cancels bailable warrant against the actor
A bailable warrant was issued against Salman Khan in the 2002 hit and run case in April first week...
DNA,