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News Highlights: SC says passive euthanasia permissible, Karti sent to CBI custody for 3 more days

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  • Mar 09, 10:04 PM (IST)

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  • Mar 09, 09:51 PM (IST)

    Situation on LoC, working boundary with India rapidly deteriorating: Pakistan FM

    Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif today said that the situation on the Line of Control and Working Boundary with India has been rapidly deteriorating since 2017.

    Responding to a query in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, he alleged India has committed more than 400 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary since January in which 18 civilians have been killed.

    "Heavy weapons, including moderates are frequently being used by the Indian forces on the civilian population on the Pakistani side of the LoC and the Working Boundary," he said.

    Asif said the LoC violations were an attempt to divert the attention from the "deteriorating" humanitarian situation in the Valley.

    He said that the role of the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was crucial to ensure peace at the LoC. (PTI)

  • Mar 09, 09:22 PM (IST)

     Karti Chidambaram alleges 'inhuman treatment' in CBI custody

    Karti Chidambaram today told a Delhi court that the CBI was meting out inhuman treatment" to him in its custody which caused his blood pressure to shoot up.

    The accusations were made by Karti when he was produced before special judge Sunil Rana who directed the CBI sleuths to "do the needful, as per rules".

    Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Karti, told the court that "during the police custody remand of accused Karti, from February 28 to March 6, he was kept in a separate room. However, in the intervening night of March 6-7, he was shifted to a cell where guards were also present who kept on chatting and playing cards continuously while the light was kept switched on."

    "On that day, he was interrogated till 2.30 am and was again woken up at 6 am, and was asked the same questions. Due to this kind of inhuman treatment on the part of the CBI, the accused's blood pressure shot up and he faced certain medical problems," Singhvi said. (PTI)

  • Mar 09, 09:03 PM (IST)

    CISF to provide security consultancy to 5-star hotels

    After refusing to provide its commandos to guard five-star hotels, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has now decided to offer security consultancy to these luxury facilities across the country in order to prepare them against 26/11-like terror strikes.

    Sources in the paramilitary force said a blueprint was prepared, keeping in mind two specific terror incidents where luxury hotels and their guests were targeted in the past that led to the loss of numerous lives.

    One was the 2008 Mumbai attack, where the Taj Mahal and Trident hotels were targeted by heavily armed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists. The other incident also took place in the same year, when an explosives-laden dump truck was detonated in front of the Marriott hotel in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, killing over 54 people, the sources told PTI.

  • Mar 09, 08:45 PM (IST)

     Over 500 Canadian doctors protest raises, say they're being paid too much

    More than 500 doctors and residents, as well as over 150 medical students in Canada, have signed a public letter protesting their own pay raises, according to a report by CNBC.

    "We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations," the letter says.

    The group say they are offended that they would receive raises when nurses and patients are struggling.

  • Mar 09, 08:34 PM (IST)

     100% FDI in coal mining may attract global miners: ICRA report

    Opening up commercial coal mining for the private sector and allowing 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) are likely to attract global miners to invest in India, a report said today.

    Private sector participation would result in faster ramp up of coal production, helping gradually reduce India's import dependence, especially for thermal coal, ICRA said in its report. (PTI)

  • Mar 09, 08:06 PM (IST)

     Will try to unite all anti-BJP forces for 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Mamata Banerjee

    Alleging that the country was facing a "super emergency" under the BJP-led central government, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee today said she would try to unite all the anti-BJP forces to defeat the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

    The West Bengal chief minister also met senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel today to discuss national politics.

    After the meeting with Banerjee, Patel told reporters that the idea of having a federal front in the future was discussed between them.

    "A beginning has to be made. She (Banerjee) was very happy. She said the leadership should not be discussed, the idea is to have a formidable alternative to bring in a change in the government at the Centre. There will be a series of meetings," he added. (PTI)

  • Mar 09, 08:03 PM (IST)
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     Convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal travelled to India on valid visa: MEA

    Convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal had travelled to India on a valid visa, the external affairs ministry said today.

    Though Atwal's presence at an event for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his India visit created a furore, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the government has a conscious policy of reaching out to the Indian Diaspora, including misguided elements, who in the past may have harboured anti-India sentiments which they have since renounced. (PTI)

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