Chhattisgarh hit by a series of Maoist attacks, 5 security personnel killed in latest incident

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DantewadaRaipur: Moists carried out their third terrorist attack in as many days on Monday when they blew up a mine sweeping vehicle and killed five security personnel in Dantewada district in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh State in Central India.

In today’s incident, at least seven security personnel have been injured.

Yesterday, in another attack, the Maoists also called naxalites, had killed a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan near Pakhanjur in Kanker district, which is also in the Bastar region.

Two days ago, on saturday, seven security personnel, belonging to the highly motivated Special Task Force (STF), were killed in Sukma district of Bastar. On Snday, the naxalites had also burnt one-and-half dozen vehicles carrying iron ore from a mining site in Kanker.

Chhattisgarh Chief minister Raman Singh, who has come under attack from the main opposition Congress for failing to curb the Maoist menace has condemned the naxalites.

Who are the Maoists? 


Jet Airways khajuraho flight develops snag, all passengers are safe

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jetairwaysBhopal: Jet Airways flight 9W2423 with 59 passengers and 8 crew members on board develops snag in landing gear upon landing at the Khajuraho airport in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh on Monday afternoon.

Jet Airways said in a statement that flight 9W 2423 from Varanasi was involved in an incident on landing at Khajuraho airport earlier today. The aircraft, a B737-800 experienced a technical problem with the landing gear after landing. Safety chutes were deployed, emergency doors were opened and all 59 passengers and 8 crew on board the aircraft disembarked safely and were transferred to the terminal.

Jet Airways made arrangements to transfer outbound guests to Varanasi and Delhi. An additional flight was being operated on the Delhi-Varanasi sector to assist in accommodating the outbound guests.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been informed of the incident. The safety of its passengers is the airlines number one priority and Jet Airways will be working closely with the authorities during the investigation into the cause of this incident.

One critically injured in Qutub area incident, FIR registered against unidentified assailants

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gang violenceNew Delhi: The Vasant Kunj North Police Station in New Delhi South District today registered a complaint of assault and illegal restraint against unidentified assailants. A youth injured in this incident has been admitted in the ICU and his condition is said to be critical.

The Vasant Kunj North Police Station here has registered an FIR against unidentified assailants under Sections 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 34 (When a criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention), and 341 (wrongful restraint).

The complaianant Akhilesh Yadav, resident of Jangpura here, has stated that on April 10, he along with his friends Manik Kapoor and Avinash Som, had gone to Qutub Institutional Area at about 11 pm to have tea at the Ram Babu Dhaba (roadside tea shop). A group of six, including two girls, was occupying the benches at the dhaba. According to Akhilesh, as they were having tea and talking to each other, a boy from the other group already seated there came up to them and after entering into an argument started abusing them. When they objected, his other friends, including the girls, joined him and started abusing. Soon they turned violent and during the scuffle one of them held Avinash and another person from this gang took out a steel rod from his car and hit Manik and Avinash with it. They also hurled stones at Manik.

Akhilesh has stated in his complaint that all of them were badly injured in this incident. Avinash even sustained head injuries and became unconscious. By the time they could reach the PCR near the Dhaba to seek help, all the assailants had fled from the spot.

Avinash was rushed to Holy Angel Hospital and later to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. As the doctor was busy with another patient at the AIIMS Trauma Center, they took Avinash to MAX Hospital for urgent medical attention. His parents were informed and later his family members took him to Kailash Hospital at Meerut, where he is in the I.C.U. and his conditions is said to be critical.

What sparked the violence

Postscript: What needs to be thoroughly investigated by the Police in this case is what had sparked the violence. Question arises whether or not it was eve teasing that led to the violent retaliation by those accused of assault.

Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on re-promulgation of Ordinance on Land Acquisition

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Supreme Court of IndiaNew Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Monday admitted a PIL by a number of farmers’ bodies challenging the re-promulgation of the Ordinance on Land Acquisition by the President earlier this month and issued notice to Government of India in this matter.

The Narendra Modi led Central Government on April 3 repromulgated the ordinance on Land Acquisition with nine official amendments that were earlier approved by the Lok Sabha. The Land Acquisition Ordinance was to expire on April 5.

The Bill to amend the Land Acquistion Act of 2013 was passed by Lok Sabha during the budget session but it could not get the Rajya Sabha clearance as the ruling NDA lacks majority in the UIpepr House

The petition challenging the re-promulgation of the Ordinance on Land Acquisition says that proroguing the Rajya Sabha to repromulgate the Ordinance is “blatant abuse” of the President’s power under Article 123 of the Constitution.

The Centre can extricate itself on this vexed issue by ensuring the Bill to amend the Land Acquisition Act gets passed in Rajya Sabha when it reconvenes later this month

Article 123 in The Constitution Of India

Power of President to promulgate Ordinances during recess of Parliament
(1) If at any time, except when both Houses of Parliament are in session, the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action, he may promulgate such Ordinance as the circumstances appear to him to require
(2) An Ordinance promulgated under this article shall have the same force and effect as an Act of Parliament, but every such Ordinance

(a) shall be laid before both House of Parliament and shall cease to operate at the expiration of six weeks from the reassemble of Parliament, or, if before the expiration of that period resolutions disapproving it are passed by both Houses, upon the passing of the second of those resolutions; and
(b)may be withdrawn at any time by the President Explanation Where the Houses of Parliament are summoned to reassemble on different dates, the period of six weeks shall be reckoned from the later of those dates for the purposes of this clause
(3) If and so far as an Ordinance under this article makes any provision which Parliament would not under this Constitution be competent to enact, it shall be void