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LIVE News Updates: It's a shame that BJP wrecking law for Rajya Sabha polls: P Chidambaram

It's a shame that BJP wrecking law for Rajya Sabha polls: P Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday accused the BJP of "manufacturing crisis" in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, alleging that it was a shame that the ruling party was "wrecking the law" for ensuring victory for its candidates in Rajya Sabha elections.

He said Rajya Sabha elections are as per the respective strength of political parties through open voting, but the BJP was not doing so.

"Elections to the Rajya Sabha are intended to be held according to respective party strengths through open voting. BJP is wrecking the law. Shame," he said on Twitter.

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh was facing a crucial trust vote after 22 party MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who quit the party and joined the BJP, tendered their resignation from the House.

In Gujarat, another Congress MLA has resigned ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in the state, taking the tally of legislators who have quit the party to five.

Mobile internet shut, prohibitory orders imposed in Manipur after clashes

Mobile internet services were suspended for three days on Monday across Manipur and prohibitory orders imposed in parts of Kamjong district after violent clashes between residents of two villages over a suspected land dispute, officials said.

The measures were taken after villagers of Kamjong in the homonymous district allegedly attacked the residents and torched houses in Chassad village.

Some residents of Chassad village have been sheltered at a government camp, they said, without eleborating on whether anybody was injured in the attack.

Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor's ED custody extended till March 20 by special court in Mumbai

Centre approaches SC for annual installments of telecom service providers remaining AGR dues

Central government approaches the Supreme Court for approval of a formula to allow telecom service providers to make annual instalments of unpaid or remaining Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues in the next 20 years or more.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das: The new Board will assume its position and the office of the administrator will cease to exist on 26th of March.

your money is completely safe and there is nothing to worry, says RBI Governor to depositors of Yes Bank

RBI Govenor Shaktikanta Das: I would like to convey to the depositors of Yes Bank, through you, that their money is completely safe and there is nothing to worry. There is no reason for any undue worry.

NIA court in Jammu sends all the accused to 15 days in judicial remand

Pulwama attack case: A NIA court in Jammu sends all the accused - Shakir Bashir, Peer Tariq & his daughter Insha Jahan, Abbas Rather, Waiz-ul-Islam to 15 days in judicial remand.

Swift action has been taken by the RBI and Govt of India, says RBI Governor on Yes Bank crisis

Swift action has been taken by the RBI and Govt of India. The lifting of moratorium will be on Wednesday, 18th March at 6 pm., says RBI Governor on Yes Bank.

Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain sent to 4-day police custody

Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain sent to 4-day police custody in connection with the murder of IB officer Ankit Sharma during, reported NDTV

Delhi government calls Budget session of the Assembly from March 23 to March 27

Delhi: Delhi government calls Budget session of the Assembly from March 23 to March 27. Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia to present the Budget on March 25.

Gujarat Congress suspends five party MLAs, who resigned as legislators, from the primary membership of the party

Telangana Assembly passes a resolution against CAA-NRC-NPR on the representation of AIMIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, reported News18.

Rajasthan government moves Supreme Court against CAA

Rajasthan government moves Supreme Court against CAA; seeks law to be declared unconstitutional, reported News18

SC dismissed one of the Nirbhaya convict Mukesh's petition seeking action against his former lawyer

2012 Delhi gang rape case: Supreme Court orders dismissed as withdrawn, the petition filed by one of the death row convicts Mukesh, seeking action against his former lawyer Vrinda Grover. "The petition is not mainatainble," Justice Mishra said and dismissed the petition.

Delhi court acquits AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya in a 2016 case of alleged molestation

Sensex plunges 2,700 points to end at 31,390; Nifty tanks 757.80 points to 9,197

Blood bath on Dalal street ended after Sensex plunged 2,713.41 points at 31,390.07; Nifty tanks 757.80 points to 9,197.40

Wholesale inflation down to 2.26% in February

Government of India: Wholesale inflation down to 2.26% in February as compared to 3.1% in the previous month

A Kerala court ousted discharge petition by Bishop Franco, accused of rape of a nun

A trial court here on Monday dismissed a discharge petition filed by Bishop Franco Mulakkal, in connection with the case of alleged rape of a nun in which he is the prime accused.

In his plea filed before the Additional District and Sessions Court I, Mulakkal had claimed that prima facie there was no case to frame charges against him.

Dismissing the plea, the trial court said the bishop should stand for trial in the rape case.

The bishop's lawyer said an appeal would be filed in the High Court against the trial court order.

The prosecution had filed its objection to the plea filed by the bishop, accused of raping and sexually assaulting a nun of the same diocese.

The bishop had filed the plea just ahead of commencement of the preliminary hearing on charges against him in January this year.

I had asked a question about names of wilful defaulters, But I was not given a clear answer

I had asked a simple question about the names of wilful defaulters. But I was not given a clear answer. What hurt me was that the Speaker did not allow me to ask a secondary question which is my right as a member of Parliament, says Congress MP Rahul Gandhi at Parliament

who are the 50 top loan defaulters: Rahul in Lok Sabha

As soon as the Parliament began on Monday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of loan defaulters in the Lok Sabha.

Rahul Gandhi demanded to know the names of 50 defaulters who have taken the loans from the banks and have not yet paid.

"Prime Minister says that those who have taken loans from the banks and have fled from the country will be brought back to India. I asked for the names of those who have defaulted, but I did not get any reply. My question is who are the 50 top defaulters," Rahul said in the Lok Sabha.

Madhya Pradesh Assembly adjourned till 26th March

Delhi Police constable, home guard injured in attack by unidentified men

A Delhi Police constable and a home guard were injured when some unidentified men attacked them in the Dwarka area here Monday morning, police said.

Constable Rajiv and Home Guard Ajay Kumar, posted at Dwarka Sector 23 police station, were patrolling the area around 4 am when they found three-four suspicious men inside a scrap shop, they said.

When the duo tried to enquire about them, the men opened fire at Rajiv and he was hit in the face, police said.

The assailants also attacked Kumar on his head with some blunt object, they added.

Constable Rajiv fired back at the men but the criminals managed to escape, police said.

The injured personnel have been admitted to Venkateshwar Hospital, they said.

Rupee plunges 45 paise to 74.20 against US dollar in early trade

The Indian rupee plunged 45 paise to 74.20 against US dollar in early trade on Monday tracking weak opening in domestic equities and sustained foreign fund outflows.

Forex traders said investors are on tenterhooks amid mounting fears of a coronavirus-led economic slowdown, even after the Reserve Bank stepped in to maintain sufficient liquidity in the panick-stricken currency market.

The rupee opened weak at 74.10 at the interbank forex market and then fell further to 74.20, down 45 paise over its last close.

The local unit had settled at 73.75 against the US dollar on Friday.

Sensex plunges 1609.52 points, at 32,262.50, Nifty sinks 450 points, at 9476.15

Samajwadi Party MLC, brothers held for double murder in Uttar Pradesh

Samajwadi Party (SP) MLC Kamlesh Pathak and his brothers have been arrested for allegedly killing a man and his sister in a shootout.

According to police sources, the incident took place on Sunday when Kamlesh Pathak had gone to a temple in Narainpur locality of Sadar Kotwali police area.

Kamlesh and his two brothers, Santosh and Ramu, allegedly entered into a scuffle with the victims, Manjul Chaubey and his sister Sudha, over the ownership of the temple.

The scuffle soon turned violent and the SP MLC's brother opened fire which fatally wounded the victims.

Sudha, 28, died on the spot while Manjul, 35, succumbed to his injuries on way to a hospital.

Senior district and police officials, along with heavy police force, rushed to the spot on being informed.

The cops detained six persons including Kamlesh Pathak and his brothers.

The family of the deceased alleged that Kamlesh's brother Santosh allegedly opened fire with his licensed gun on Manjul.

A passerby was injured in the incident and has been admitted to a district hospital where his condition is stable.

SP Auraiyya Suniti said: "It is being alleged that Santosh Pathak, Kamlesh's brother, shot Manjul and his sister with his licensed rifle. A forensic team reached the spot and collected evidences. Bodies have been sent to mortuary and investigations are continuing."

Meanwhile, a senior police official said: "As per the locals, the murder was fallout of a past rivalry between the two sides. A heavy police force has been deployed in the Narainpur locality particularly at the house of the deceased. Entry of outsiders has been banned in the locality."

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