Bharatiya Janata Party over who should be the
next chief minister.
While many legislators came out in support of
former party president Nitin Gadkari, reports suggested that the BJP’s state chief Devendra
Fadnavis remained the front runner. Gadkari
claimed he was not in the race. Life sentence for five in 2010 Delhi gang-rape case
Five men, convicted for the 2010 Dhaula Kuan
Delhi gang-rape of a call center executive, were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court
October 20. The court called the criminals ‘
psychopaths’ who should be kept away from society as
long as possible. Hyderabad kid becomes police commissioner
Hyderabad Police Commissioner Mahender
Reddy fulfilled the wish of a 10-year-old terminally
ill boy, Sadiq, by making him chief of police for a
day last week. The wish was fulfilled with the efforts
of the nonprofit Make A Wish Foundation. Election Commission holds discussions on J&K poll
The Election Commission last week discussed
with political parties in Jammu and Kashmir the
forthcoming state assembly election.
While the ruling National Conference party said
the time was not conducive - in view of the large-
scale destruction caused by last month’s floods –
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first
Indian prime minister to address Australian mem-
bers of parliamentarians at a special session of the
federal parliament after he attends the G-20
Summit in Brisbane next month. Preparations are
in full swing in Sydney where Modi will address a
gathering of the Indian Diaspora November 17,
which may recreate the Madison Square moment.
Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years. Hyderabad boy sodomized before being set ablaze: Report
The case of a Hyderabad boy who died after being set ablaze in Hyderabad’s military area took a new turn with a fact-finding team terming it as a case of sexual
assault and murder.
The team’s reports said two Indian Army troopers called the boy inside the garrison
area, and later set him ablaze. Earlier, the boy’s parents had alleged that army personnel
were involved. The army denied the allegations. Youth on way to Afghanistan for terror training held
Two young men were arrested from Secunderabad, Telangana, with the police saying they were planning to go to Afghanistan to train with Al Qaeda to conduct terror
activities in India. India grounds Sukhoi fleet
The Indian Air Force has grounded its entire Sukhoi-30 fighter plane fleet and is
undertaking thorough technical checks after both the pilot seats on a Sukhoi aircraft
ejected without command during landing, leading to a crash near Pune, Maharashtra,
October 14. India re-elected to UN Human Rights Council
India has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2015-2017,
receiving the highest number of votes in the Asia-Pacific group. Its first term is due to
end December 31. Modi government clears forest land for Adani power project
India has ordered 148.59 hectares (370-acre) of forest land in Gondia district,
Maharashtra, to be ‘diverted’ for the construction of a 1,980 megawatt coal-based thermal power plant run by the Adani Group.
Election Commission proposes to make ‘paid news’ an electoral offence
The Election Commission has proposed making ‘paid news’ an electoral offence. ‘Paid
news’ relates to the phenomenon whereby politicians pay newspapers and magazines to
publish favorable content before an election. 26/11 mastermind: India, US planning to carry out strikes
Muhammad Saeed, the 26/11 mastermind and head of the Jaamat-ud-Dawah, claims
India, with the connivance of the United States, is planning strikes against Islamists in
About three months after the shocking rape of a six-year-old girl at a school in
Bengaluru, a three-year-old girl was raped at another city school October 21. Photographer accuses Modi’s social team of stealing photo
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official Facebook account allegedly used a photograph
shot by Boston-based photographer Bimal Nepal to wish people on Dhanteras without
attributing it to him, the Indian Express reported. Nepal, who has worked for National
Geographic and Harvard Media among others, shared the original photograph and his
concerns on his Facebook page. Triple murder of Dalit family
‘In what appears to be a case of caste violence, a Dalit family of three was savagely murdered and their mutilated body parts dispersed on a farm in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar
district,’ The Hindu reported.
The newspaper quoted sources as saying that it could be a case of ‘honor killing’ following ‘rumors of an illicit affair between a married lady in an upper-caste household, who
lived adjacent to the victims’ farm and a member of the victims’ family.
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Only in India: Jayalalithaa offers relief for kin of supporters who died after verdict
The Indian Express reported that a day after her release on bail in a disproportionate assets case, former Tamil Nadu
chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced a relief of Rs 300,000 ($5,000) for the families of sympathizers who lost their
lives after her conviction September 27.
According to party members, as many as 193 people lost their lives, many of them due to cardiac arrest and some
due to suicide.
Police officers say the number may be a matter of dispute and they are verifying the reasons for the deaths.