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Episode 779 August 17, 2022

Today’s Top News Headlines and Latest News at 8:30 pm on 17th August 2022

Today’s Latest News Transcript at 8:30 pm on 17th August 2022

You are listening to the Expresso News Update. Here is the latest news from The Indian Express.
Beginning today’s evening bulletin with the top national news: Hours after Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri said that all Rohingya refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that it had not given any such directions. Puri had tweeted today morning that all Rohingya refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi and will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs and round-the-clock Delhi Police protection. Rohingya refugees have been living in Madanpur Khadar and Kalindi Kunj for the past decade. Their dwellings were gutted in fire twice – in 2018 and 2021 – and they have since been living in tents provided by the Delhi government. The MHA said that it had directed the Delhi government to declare the present location of the refugees as a detention centre.
Next up: In a major organisational reshuffle, the Bharatiya Janata Party dropped Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from its parliamentary board, the party’s highest decision-making body. Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa, Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal, former IPS officer Iqbal Singh Lalpura, former Lok Sabha MP Satyanarayan Jatiya, BJP National OBC Morcha president K Lakshman, and national secretary Sudha Yadav have been included in the party’s parliamentary board. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J P Nadda and Union Ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh are also part of the board.
Moving on: The Delhi High Court questioned yoga guru Baba Ramdev over his recent statement that US President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 despite being vaccinated and it was a “failure” of medical science, saying people should not be misled by stating what is more than official. Justice Anup Jairam Bhambani made the remarks during the hearing of a suit filed by various doctors’ associations against Ramdev for his statements against allopathy. The bench also took exception to Ramdev’s counsel for “denigrating the plaintiffs” and terming the suit a motivated case. On Ramdev’s counsel’s submission that the case was being made Congress vs BJP, the court said that “there is no room for politics in the courtroom”.
The Supreme Court has asserted that it cannot prevent political parties from making promises and that it was essential to define what is a “freebie”. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana asked if universal healthcare, access to drinking water, and access to consumer electronics can be treated as freebies. The apex court was hearing a petition by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay seeking to prevent political parties from promising freebies to the electorate before elections. The CJI noted that one of the suggestions from the respondents stated that political parties cannot be prevented from making promises to the electorate.
In other news: The Calcutta High Court has granted interim bail to three Jharkhand congress MLAs arrested by the Bengal Police after they were found with Rs 49 lakh in cash in their vehicle last week. According to Superintendent of Police, Howrah (Rural), Swati Bhangalia, the SUV, with a nameplate saying “MLA Jamtara Jharkhand”, was intercepted on NH-16, in Ranihati area of Howrah district, following a tip-off. Meanwhile, the nabbed MLAs — Jamtara MLA Irfan Ansari, Kolebira legislator Naman Bixal Kongari, and Khijri MLA Rajesh Kacchap — were suspended by the Congress on Sunday. The party, however, 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.
The Enforcement Directorate has decided to name Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez as an accused in a multi-crore money laundering case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others. The federal probe agency is expected to file a fresh (supplementary) charge sheet or prosecution complaint in this case before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Delhi and the actor has been arraigned in it as an accused, they said. The 36-year-old actor has been questioned multiple times by the agency in this case, the last being in June. The actor, a Sri Lanka national, debuted in the Hindi film industry in 2009.
In news from South: 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 be attracted when 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. According to the prosecution, the alleged sexual harassment took place on February 8 this year, at a camp convened by Chandran and others near Koyilandy in Kozhikode district.
Shifting focus to international news: The 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. North Korea last month became one of the few nations in the world to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, another Russian-backed separatist region in eastern Ukraine, prompting Kyiv to cut off diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.

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Today’s Top News Headlines and Latest News at 8:30 pm on 17th August 2022Today’s Latest News Transcript at 8:30 pm on 17th August 2022 You are listening to the Expresso News Update. Here is the latest news from The Indian Express. Beginning today's evening bulletin with the top national news: Hours after Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri said that all Rohingya refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that it had not given any such directions. Puri had tweeted today morning that all Rohingya refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi and will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs and round-the-clock Delhi Police protection. Rohingya refugees have been living in Madanpur Khadar and Kalindi Kunj for the past decade. Their dwellings were gutted in fire twice – in 2018 and 2021 – and they have since been living in tents provided by the Delhi government. The MHA said that it had directed the Delhi government to declare the present location of the refugees as a detention centre. Next up: In a major organisational reshuffle, the Bharatiya Janata Party dropped Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from its parliamentary board, the party’s highest decision-making body. Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa, Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal, former IPS officer Iqbal Singh Lalpura, former Lok Sabha MP Satyanarayan Jatiya, BJP National OBC Morcha president K Lakshman, and national secretary Sudha Yadav have been included in the party’s parliamentary board. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J P Nadda and Union Ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh are also part of the board. Moving on: The Delhi High Court questioned yoga guru Baba Ramdev over his recent statement that US President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 despite being vaccinated and it was a “failure” of medical science, saying people should not be misled by stating what is more than official. Justice Anup Jairam Bhambani made the remarks during the hearing of a suit filed by various doctors’ associations against Ramdev for his statements against allopathy. The bench also took exception to Ramdev’s counsel for “denigrating the plaintiffs” and terming the suit a motivated case. On Ramdev’s counsel’s submission that the case was being made Congress vs BJP, the court said that "there is no room for politics in the courtroom”. The Supreme Court has asserted that it cannot prevent political parties from making promises and that it was essential to define what is a “freebie”. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana asked if universal healthcare, access to drinking water, and access to consumer electronics can be treated as freebies. The apex court was hearing a petition by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay seeking to prevent political parties from promising freebies to the electorate before elections. The CJI noted that one of the suggestions from the respondents stated that political parties cannot be prevented from making promises to the electorate. In other news: The Calcutta High Court has granted interim bail to three Jharkhand congress MLAs arrested by the Bengal Police after they were found with Rs 49 lakh in cash in their vehicle last week. According to Superintendent of Police, Howrah (Rural), Swati Bhangalia, the SUV, with a nameplate saying “MLA Jamtara Jharkhand”, was intercepted on NH-16, in Ranihati area of Howrah district, following a tip-off. Meanwhile, the nabbed MLAs -- Jamtara MLA Irfan Ansari, Kolebira legislator Naman Bixal Kongari, and Khijri MLA Rajesh Kacchap -- were suspended by the Congress on Sunday. The party, however, 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. The Enforcement Directorate has decided to name Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez as an accused in a multi-crore money laundering case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others. The federal probe agency is expected to file a fresh (supplementary) charge sheet or prosecution complaint in this case before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Delhi and the actor has been arraigned in it as an accused, they said. The 36-year-old actor has been questioned multiple times by the agency in this case, the last being in June. The actor, a Sri Lanka national, debuted in the Hindi film industry in 2009. In news from South: 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 be attracted when 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. According to the prosecution, the alleged sexual harassment took place on February 8 this year, at a camp convened by Chandran and others near Koyilandy in Kozhikode district. Shifting focus to international news: The 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. North Korea last month became one of the few nations in the world to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, another Russian-backed separatist region in eastern Ukraine, prompting Kyiv to cut off diplomatic ties with Pyongyang. "You were listening to the Expresso News Update by The Indian Express. Ask your digital assistant device to play the latest news from the Indian Express to stay up to date with the most accurate and reliable updates." Click here to listen to today morning's bulletin
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