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Suspended Andaman Labour Commissioner R L Rishi, one of the accused in the sexual assault and gangrape case filed by a 21-year-old woman last month, was arrested in Port Blair. On October 1, Rishi, along with former Chief Secretary of A&N Islands Jitendra Narain, was named in an FIR filed at the Aberdeen police station in Port Blair, based on the woman’s complaint where she alleged that they had lured her with the promise of a government job. Narain was arrested earlier this month after a Sessions Court in Port Blair rejected his anticipatory bail plea.
The Congress will file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging the decision to release six convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, party sources said. The petition will be filed this week, they said. “A fresh review application challenging the Supreme Court decision to release the convicts on the grounds set out in the order will be filed on behalf of the party in the next few days,” a party insider said. Facing criticism from the Congress, the government last week moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its order for premature release of the convicts in the case.
The Karnataka Police confirmed the identity of the accused behind the Mangaluru autorickshaw blast as Mohammed Sharik, 24, and said that his actions were “inspired by terror outfits with a global presence”. Four others have also been nabbed by the police for questioning in connection with the case, with more arrests likely in the coming days, they added. Alok Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), told a news conference Sharik had evaded police scrutiny since August 20 this year and travelled to parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala before returning to Mysuru in Karnataka on September 20.
“Addressing a public rally in Surendranagar, which votes on December 1 in the two-phase Gujarat Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lashed out at the Congress again over Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar joining Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Maharashtra and asked voters to punish “Narmada protesters”. The ruling BJP has been critical of Patkar’s campaign against the Sardar Sarovar Dam, which was inaugurated in 2017 even as she spearheaded the Narmada Bachao Aandolan.
Modi accused the Congress of calling him names instead of talking about development.”
Retired Punjab cadre IAS officer Arun Goel assumed the office of Election Commissioner (EC), two days after President Droupadi Murmu appointed him to the post. Goel was secretary, Union Ministry of Heavy Industries, till he took voluntary retirement on November 18, a day before being appointed as EC. In a statement on Monday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said Goel had “catalyzed e-vehicle movement in India to a tipping point” as heavy industries secretary. Prior to that, he had served as secretary in the Union Ministry of Culture, vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority and in various capacities in the Union finance, urban development and labour & employment ministries.
In international news, An earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing at least 46 people, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents into the capital’s streets for safety. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.6 quake was centered in the Cianjur region in West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). “There are 46 dead people at the Cianjur regional hospital and around 700 injured people. Many were hurt because they were hit by collapsed buildings,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency chief Suharyanto said. Several landslides were reported around Cianjur. Dozens of buildings were damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities, the agency said.
As bullets tore through a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and wounding many more, one patron who’d been partying moments before rushed into action, grabbing a handgun from the suspect, hitting him with it and pinning him down until police arrived just minutes later. He was one of at least two customers who police and city officials credit with stopping the gunman and limiting the bloodshed in Saturday night’s shooting at Club Q. The violence pierced the cozy confines of an entertainment venue that has long been a cherished safe spot for the LGBTQ community in the conservative-leaning city.
Lastly, The southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou locked down its largest district as it tries to tamp down a major COVID-19 outbreak, suspending public transit and requiring residents to present a negative test if they want to leave their homes. The outbreak is testing China’s attempt to bring a more targeted approach to its zero-COVID policies while facing multiple outbreaks driven by fast-spreading omicron variants. China is the only major country in the world still trying to curb virus transmissions through strict lockdown measures and mass testing.
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Suspended Andaman Labour Commissioner R L Rishi, one of the accused in the sexual assault and gangrape case filed by a 21-year-old woman last month, was arrested in Port Blair. On October 1, Rishi, along with former Chief Secretary of A&N Islands Jitendra Narain, was named in an FIR filed at the Aberdeen police station in Port Blair, based on the woman’s complaint where she alleged that they had lured her with the promise of a government job. Narain was arrested earlier this month after a Sessions Court in Port Blair rejected his anticipatory bail plea.
The Congress will file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging the decision to release six convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, party sources said. The petition will be filed this week, they said. “A fresh review application challenging the Supreme Court decision to release the convicts on the grounds set out in the order will be filed on behalf of the party in the next few days,” a party insider said. Facing criticism from the Congress, the government last week moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its order for premature release of the convicts in the case.
The Karnataka Police confirmed the identity of the accused behind the Mangaluru autorickshaw blast as Mohammed Sharik, 24, and said that his actions were “inspired by terror outfits with a global presence”. Four others have also been nabbed by the police for questioning in connection with the case, with more arrests likely in the coming days, they added. Alok Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), told a news conference Sharik had evaded police scrutiny since August 20 this year and travelled to parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala before returning to Mysuru in Karnataka on September 20.
“Addressing a public rally in Surendranagar, which votes on December 1 in the two-phase Gujarat Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lashed out at the Congress again over Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar joining Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Maharashtra and asked voters to punish “Narmada protesters”. The ruling BJP has been critical of Patkar’s campaign against the Sardar Sarovar Dam, which was inaugurated in 2017 even as she spearheaded the Narmada Bachao Aandolan.
Modi accused the Congress of calling him names instead of talking about development.”
Retired Punjab cadre IAS officer Arun Goel assumed the office of Election Commissioner (EC), two days after President Droupadi Murmu appointed him to the post. Goel was secretary, Union Ministry of Heavy Industries, till he took voluntary retirement on November 18, a day before being appointed as EC. In a statement on Monday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said Goel had “catalyzed e-vehicle movement in India to a tipping point” as heavy industries secretary. Prior to that, he had served as secretary in the Union Ministry of Culture, vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority and in various capacities in the Union finance, urban development and labour & employment ministries.
In international news, An earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing at least 46 people, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents into the capital’s streets for safety. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.6 quake was centered in the Cianjur region in West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). “There are 46 dead people at the Cianjur regional hospital and around 700 injured people. Many were hurt because they were hit by collapsed buildings,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency chief Suharyanto said. Several landslides were reported around Cianjur. Dozens of buildings were damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities, the agency said.
As bullets tore through a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and wounding many more, one patron who’d been partying moments before rushed into action, grabbing a handgun from the suspect, hitting him with it and pinning him down until police arrived just minutes later. He was one of at least two customers who police and city officials credit with stopping the gunman and limiting the bloodshed in Saturday night’s shooting at Club Q. The violence pierced the cozy confines of an entertainment venue that has long been a cherished safe spot for the LGBTQ community in the conservative-leaning city.
Lastly, The southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou locked down its largest district as it tries to tamp down a major COVID-19 outbreak, suspending public transit and requiring residents to present a negative test if they want to leave their homes. The outbreak is testing China’s attempt to bring a more targeted approach to its zero-COVID policies while facing multiple outbreaks driven by fast-spreading omicron variants. China is the only major country in the world still trying to curb virus transmissions through strict lockdown measures and mass testing.
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