Separatist Leaders Call For Bandh Ahead of SC Hearing On The Issue of Article 35A

New Delhi: Separatist leaders of Jammu and Kashmir organized Kashmir Bandh on August 5 ahead of Monday’s hearing in the Supreme Court of India on a batch of petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution. Article 35A guarantees special privileges to Jammu and Kashmir.

Srinagar woke up to deserted roads and markets as businesses and shops were closed and public transport remained off the roads amid heavy deployment of security forces in several areas.


UIDAI Condemns ‘Vested Interests’ Spreading Rumours On Helpline No

New Delhi: The UIDAI on Sunday condemned the “vested interests” who tried to spread rumours and create fear among people over the matter. It came under fire after its old helpline number “inadvertently” surfaced in many Android phones automatically.

Noting that the technology giant Google had claimed responsibility for the act and had promised to fix it, the biometric ID provider appealed to people not to panic and assured that no harm will be caused because of the old and outdated helpline number.

The Aadhaar body had earlier clarified and emphasised that it had not asked any agency to include its helpline number in the mobile phones.


NIA Arrests Two West Bengal Residents In Connection With Planting IEDs at Mahabodhi Temple

New Delhi: Two arrests have been made from Kerala in connection with allegedly planting three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya this January when the Dalai Lama was visiting the Buddhist shrine. The arrest of two West Bengal residents was made by National Investigation Agency (NIA).

NIA officials said the initial interrogation of the two suggested that they belonged to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a terrorist outfit active in the border areas of India and Bangladesh. Investigators said the IEDs had been planted as revenge for alleged atrocities committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar. The role of few Bangladeshi nationals is also suspected in the case and the agency is looking for them, the NIA officials added.


Prime Minister Reviews Progress Of Modicare Scheme

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the progress on preparations for the launch of the Ayushman Bharat scheme. The scheme, which is commonly called Modicare, will give health assurance to over ten crore poor and vulnerable families. It will provide coverage upto five lakh rupees per family. Top officials of the Health Ministry, NITI Aayog and Prime Minister's Office,briefed Mr Modi on various aspects, including the preparations in States and development of the technological infrastructure associated with the scheme.

The Prime Minister had inaugurated the first Health and Wellness Centre under Ayushman Bharat, in the as pirational district of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti this April.


Justice Gita Mittal Goes To Jammu & Kashmir As Chief Justice

New Delhi: Justice Geeta Mittal was on Saturday was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. She was the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. According to a separate Law Ministry notification, Justice Rajendra Menon, the chief justice of the Patna High Court, has been posted as the new chief justice of the Delhi High Court. Justice MK Shah of the Gujarat High Court has been elevated as chief justice of the Patna High Court.

 In a series of other appointments, Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri, a judge of the Rajasthan High Court, has been elevated as the chief justice of the Orissa High Court. He replaces Justice Vineet Saran, who has been elevated to the Supreme Court. Justice Annirudha Bose, a judge of the Calcutta High Court, has been elevated as the chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court.