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India Wants Clarification From UK If Nirav Modi Has Permission To Stay Indefinitely

New Delhi: India asked the UK to clarify whether fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi has permission to stay indefinitely in that country even as the Enforcement Directorate plans to file extradition requests with multiple countries as Modi has changed his location frequently in the past few months.

Sources said India has asked the UK home office if Modi has been granted an ‘ILR’ (indefinite leave to remain). That would be a critical piece of the jigsaw puzzle. An ILR is like a long-term visa that grants a person legal protection against deportation. In simpler terms, Modi’s status in the UK would, with an ILR, be similar to that of Vijay Mallya, and would require India to file for extradition under the bilateral treaty.

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Journalist Shujaat Bukhari Killed In A Terrorist Attack in Srinagar

New Delhi: Terrorists gunned down a senior journalist and chief editor of a popular Kashmiri newspaper on Thursday in a drive-by shooting in Srinagar that put an already tense state on edge and led chief minister Mehbobba Mufti to describe the attack as a “new low for terrorism”.

Shujaat Bukhari, 48, the editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, was targeted by three gunmen on a motorcycle while he was in his car, having just left his Press Colony office just before Iftar. He was accompanied by two security guards, Abdul Hameed and Mumtaz Ahmad, who were also killed as multiple bullets were sprayed at them.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said “there is no doubt that terrorists have killed Shujaat Bhukhari.” He also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti late on Wednesday, and said she was “distraught”.

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AAP Stages Protest From CM’s Office to LG’s Residence

New Delhi:With chief minister ArvindKejriwal continuing his protest at L-G Anil Baijal’s office, AAP leaders staged a protest march from the CM’s residence to the L-G’s office. The AAP leaders collected supporters from across Delhi’’s 70 Assembly constituencies.

Delhi’s administration has come to a grinding halt in the midst of a standoff between the government and the bureaucracy, and the AamAadmi Party (AAP) and the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP), which is playing out at the lieutenant-governor’s office, the state secretariat and on the streets of the national Capital.

The BJP staged a counter-protest by laying siege to Kejriwal’s office at the secretariat, demanding that the chief minister and four Cabinet ministers end his “dharna politics”. At the same time, bureaucrats continued with their own three-month-long protest, in which they are slowing down work and avoiding meetings with ministers after chief secretary AnshuPrakash was allegedly assualted at Kejriwal’s residence in February.

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Rahul Gandhi’s Iftar Becomes Meeting Ground For Several Opposition Leaders

New Delhi:Iftar party hosted by Congress president Rahul Gandhi has become more of a political event. It became a meeting ground of several Opposition leaders, with talks centring on political issues and the need for state-level unity ahead of the upcoming elections. It also saw large-scale participation by representatives of the Muslim community.

Gandhi sat next to Pranab Mukherjee, in an apparent signal that the former President’s controversial visit to the RashtriyaSwayamsevakSangh headquarters was a thing of the past. Former President PratibhaPatil, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, Communist Party of India (Marxist) chief SitaramYechury, senior BahujanSamaj Party leader Satish Mishra, DravidaMunnetraKazhagam’sKanimozhi and Trinamool’s Dinesh Trivedi were also present at the table.

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Government Plans To Change Law To Have Power To Confiscate absconding NRI Husband’s Property

New Delhi:The Centre is mulling changes in the law to enable confiscation of an absconding NRI husband’s share of joint property and prevention of alienation of commonly held land to build pressure on delinquent spouses who refuse to answer court summons.

Spurred by reports of several cases, many from Punjab, of “NRI husbands” who marry women promising an attractive lifestyle but turn deserters soon after, a group of ministers has shortlisted possible measures that will act as a deterrent and also help deliver justice to wives in distress.

These measures include a dedicated website for putting up unanswered summonses which will be set up by the ministry of external affairs. If husbands facing legal action refuse to answer or evade summonses, these will be deemed to have been served once they appear on this website. This is to deal with offenders who move countries and sometimes change identities to evade the legal process.