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In today’s top evening stories, suspected militants shot dead a Kashmiri Pandit and injured his brother in an apple orchard in the Chotipora area of South Kashmir’s Shopian Tuesday, said the police. The deceased was identified as Sunil Kumar and his injured brother as Pintu Kumar, the police said. Pintu Kumar was shifted to a hospital, the police added. Soon after the attack, a joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Indian Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off the area to trace the militants behind the attack. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and several political leaders condemned the attack on the Kashmiri Pandits.
Moving on, as the 11 convicted for life in the gangrape of Bilkis Bano, and the murder of seven members of her family, during the 2002 Gujarat riots, walked out of jail on Tuesday, the Congress lashed out at the BJP government. Pointing out that PM Narendra Modi had spoken of women power in his Independence Day speech just hours before the state’s remission order came for the 11, Congress leader Pawan Khera asked whether the PM meant what he said. With Tuesday marking the death anniversary of A B Vajpayee, Khera said he wanted to remind Modi again of the Raj Dharma that the former PM had talked about during his visit to Gujarat after the 2002 riots.
Now, some news from Bihar. The swearing-in of 31 ministers in the state on Tuesday reflected the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s attempt at implementing its “Muslim-Yadav-plus” strategy while the Janata Dal (United) has stuck to its reliable OBC-EBC-Dalit-Upper caste combination. Of the 31 ministers in the new Nitish Kumar-led Cabinet, 16 are from the RJD, 11 are from the JD(U) — all from the previous administration retained — two belong to the Congress, one is from the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and one is an Independent MLA. The Bihar Cabinet can have a maximum of 36 ministers, including the chief minister and the deputy CM, but now has 33.
A controversy has erupted in Karnataka following the emergence of an audio recording linked to Law Minister J C Madhuswamy, who allegedly said the government in the state is not functioning and that the BJP is just managing things until the 2023 Assembly polls. The purported conversation between Madhuswamy and a social worker, Bhaskar from Channapatna, also indicates differences between senior ministers in running the affairs of the government. The audio clip was posted on social media by the Karnataka unit of the Congress party. Minister of cooperation S T Somashekhar, who is accused of not working in the interest of farmers during the alleged conversation, told reporters it was wrong of the law minister to talk about his department.
Meanwhile, not forewarned by the Met department of heavy rainfall, Mumbai citizens were caught unaware as the city witnessed sudden heavy showers since Tuesday morning. The IMD has forecast heavy rain to continue throughout Tuesday, with a gradual decrease in rain intensity from Wednesday. Motorists in some parts of Mumbai experienced heavy traffic jams due to waterlogging caused by rain Tuesday morning. By afternoon as the rain slowed down, the traffic jams got cleared as the Mumbai traffic police kept providing traffic updates through their Twitter handle. The sudden heavy showers in Mumbai on Tuesday hit train services, affecting both local and long-distance trains.
In a veiled attack on his former deputy Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said some leaders are instigating the party workers by telling them they are not being treated with respect. The senior Congress leader made the remark while addressing an Independence Day program at Shaheed Memorial. “Some of our people, leaders instigate workers by telling them that they should be respected and honoured. It has become a ‘jumla’. Have you ever honoured and respected the workers? Do you even know what honour and respect is?” Gehlot asked without taking any names. “We have become a leader from a worker by getting honour and respect,” he added.
The Madras high court Tuesday ordered an interim stay on an Income Tax department order that imposed a fine on Tamil actor Vijay for his “admittedly undisclosed earnings of Rs 15 crore in financial year 2015-16”. The fine, Rs 1.5 crore, was imposed after searches were conducted at his premises in September 2015. During the searches, the I-T order had said Vijay had acknowledged receiving Rs 5 crore in cash and Rs 16 crore in cheque payments for his work in the Tamil film ‘Puli’. He reportedly admitted receiving an additional Rs 10 crore in cash during the same financial year, although it was not disclosed in his I-T return submitted to the department.
Finally, the Kerala cabinet Tuesday gave its consent to a Bill aimed at giving an upper hand to the government in the selection of vice chancellors of state universities. The Bill will be introduced in the next Assembly session. The move came in the wake of recurring incidents of tussle between the CPI(M)-led government and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who is the chancellor of all the Universities, over appointment of VCs in various Universities. Recently, Khan had openly said that he was under political pressure to re-appoint Professor Gopinath Ravindran as the VC of Kannur University even after the Raj Bhavan had notified a search committee to look for a new VC.
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