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     BJP core group meet held at PM Modi's residence, Kashmir issue, attack on jawans discussed

 

New Delhi, Apr 19: BJP core group meeting held in the national capital on Wednesday discussed situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the attack on jawans as per media reports. The meeting was held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence. BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Jitendra Singh were among those who attended the meet, as per sources. Meanwhile, the Kashmir University and colleges across the Valley remained closed for the second consecutive day today on government orders in the wake of widespread violence by the students on Monday. These educational institutions were closed yesterday on the orders of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, as a precautionary measure to prevent further protests, officials said, as per PTI. However, examinations were held in the Kashmir University as per the schedule. Higher secondary schools in South Kashmir Shopian district also remained closed, the officials said. Students of many of the colleges in the Valley on Monday held protests demonstrations against alleged highhandedness of security forces against students of Degree College, Pulwama, on Saturday. Agencies

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     Cabinet approves leave encashment for soldiers
 

New Delhi, Apr 19: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved leave encashment for soldiers who were killed in action or were invalidated out of service between 1991 and 1999, an official here said.
The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved leave encashment up to 180 days for those defence personnel "who died or were invalidated out of service between 30.12.1991 to 29.11.1999 with less than 15 years of service".
According to an official statement, families of around 9,777 Officers and other ranks were expected to benefit from this decision.
During that decade, the armed forces saw a large number of casualties in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast and during the Kargil war (Operation Vijay) in 1999. Agencies
 

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        HC says Centre taking steps to secure Jadhav's release

 

anew Delhi, Apr 19: The Delhi High Court today refused to direct the government to approach the International Court of Justice for the release of death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav from jail in Pakistan, saying the government was taking necessary steps.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said the government was best placed to take a decision and safeguard the life and liberty of its citizens.
"All steps are being taken by the government. There cannot be any intervention by this court," the bench said, adding that it does not want to interfere in the government's measures to secure the release of 46-year-old Jadhav from the Pakistani prison.
The court accepted the stand of Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain that Union of India was making every possible endeavour to get Jadhav back.
Observing that it would be "inappropriate" to openly discuss the "sensitive issue", the bench said "revelation in open court about steps being taken by the government may jeopardise the sensitive efforts to secure his release."
The high court also rejected the petitioner's prayer for issuance of protocol to release Indians abducted/kidnapped in other countries, saying "there cannot be a straight-jacket formula that may be adopted for different situations." Agencies
 

 

 Advani, Bharti, Joshi to stand trial in Ayodhya case

New Delhi, Apr 19: Top BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case as the Supreme Court today allowed the CBI plea to restore the charge against them.
The court also clubbed the trial in the matter pending against the leaders and 'karsevaks' and ordered day-to-day trial with the proceedings to be completed in two years. "We have allowed the CBI appeal against the Allahabad High Court judgement with certain directions," a bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman said.
The apex court, however, noted that Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh enjoys Constitutional immunity and can be tried only after he ceases to hold the office. Kalyan Singh was the chief minister of UP in 1992. The court said separate trials being conducted in trial courts at Raebareli and Lucknow will be clubbed and conducted in the capital of Uttar Pradesh only.
It also said that the trial judge of Lucknow "shall not be transferred" till conclusion and delivery of judgement in the sensational case. The court further said that no party shall be granted adjournment without the sessions judge being satisfied of the reasons for it. Agencies

 

  Govt approves R 3,000 crores to buy paper trail machines; VVPATs to be used with every EVMs in 2019 polls, says EC

New Delhi, Apr 19: The Election Commission said on Wednesday that it will closely monitor production of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) for timely delivery well before 2019 General Elections.
"Commission will ensure total compliance of orders of SC and its commitment to use VVPATs with every EVM at all poll stations in 2019 polls," the EC was quoted as saying by ANI. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the EC's proposal to buy paper trail machines for electronic voting machines (EVMs), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Jaitley said a total of 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units would be needed for the EVMs as per the Election Commission estimates.
"The Election Commission had been consistently demanding VVPAT machines to hold elections. The Cabinet approved the demand today." This would cost Rs 3,173.47 crore, he said. Agencies

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