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This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I’m Damini Jaiman
It’s the 17th of August and here are the headlines.
Today, hours after Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri that all Rohingya refugees would be shifted to EWS flats in Delhi’s Bakkarwala, the office of Union Home Minister Amit Shah issued a statement denying any such move by the Centre. Shah’s office said in a tweet “With respect to news reports in certain sections of media regarding Rohingya illegal foreigners, it is clarified that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has not given any directions to provide EWS flats to Rohingya illegal migrants at Bakkarwala in New Delhi,”.
Today the Calcutta High Court granted interim bail to three Jharkhand Congress MLAs who were arrested by the West Bengal Police after they were found with Rs 49 lakh in cash in their vehicle last week. While the nabbed MLAswere suspended by the Congress on Sunday, the party linked the recovery of cash to attempts to destabilise the JMM-Congress government in Jharkhand and claimed that the chief minister of a state had been directly contacting some of the MLAs.
Chocolate worth Rs 17 lakh was allegedly stolen from a godown in Lucknow’s Chinhat area on Monday night. Though an FIR was lodged against unidentified persons at Chinhat police station, the police, suspecting something amiss, have sought more details from the complainant, a distributor of a multinational chocolate brand.
Granting anticipatory bail to writer and social activist Civic Chandran in a sexual harassment case, the Kozhikode district sessions court in Kerala has observed that the offence under Section 354 (A) (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code would prima facie not stand as the woman was wearing ‘sexually provocative dresses’. Chandran, who had furnished photographs of the complainant along with the bail plea, was granted anticipatory bail on August 12. Earlier, on August 2, he had obtained anticipatory bail in another sexual harassment case filed against him.
Meanwhile, trhe head of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling for cooperation amid signs the North is considering sending labourers for restoration projects in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine.
This was the Catch-up on 3 Things by The Indian Express.