India roundup Jan 7
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1.AgustaWestland scam: Non-bailable warrant issued against middleman Christian Michel.The Patiala House Court in Delhi on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant against British national Christian Michel James and re-issued summons against a company and two other accused in the Rs. 3,600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal scam.
2.Narendra Modi to hold bilateral talks with Portuguese PM Antonio Costa.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today hold talks with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa, who is on a seven-day visit to India, here in the national capital.
3.Rape accused Meghalaya MLA Julius Dorphang arrested.The crime branch of Assam Police arrested Meghalaya’s elusive rape accused and insurgent leader-turned-MLA, Julius Dorphang, from Gorchuk area of Guwahati late Friday night.
4.Semi-automatic rifles, Rs 6 lakh recovered from BSP’s candidate in Aligarh.The Aligarh Police has seized Rs. 6 lakhs and two semi-automatic licensed rifles from the vehicle of Bahujan Samaj Party’s Chharra, Aligarh candidate Mohd Sageer.
5.Mumbai: Fire breaks out in Kurla's Kapadia Bazar.A fire broke out near Kapadia Bazar Mumbai's Kurla on Saturday morning.As per the latest reports, four fire tenders, and water tankers, have been rushed to the spot to douse off the flame.
6.Mamata has become a comical figure, losing her political credibility: BJP. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has become a comic figure after her recent comment where she remarked that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should go and a new national government should be formed at the Centre.
7.From laying web on nakas in Punjab to deploying NCB officials and dogs, EC determined to check flow of drugs.Ahead of the Assembly elections slated for February 4, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is fully determined to check and stop the flow of drugs, liquor and money in the State. ECI has issued instructions that issued that every district should have 500 Nakas (checking points) besides 200 at the State level and 60 at the State borders.
8.Five passengers killed, 30 injured in mishap.Five passengers were killed and 30 injured when a bus returning from Puri hit a trailer at Kashyappur in Howrah district on NH 6 today.While four passengers died on the spot, a 40-year-old woman succumbed to injuries at Uluberia Subdivisional Hospital, the police said.
9.218 fishermen freed from Pakistan prison arrive in India. Pakistan government today repatriated 218 Indian fishermen through the border here, two days after their release from jails as a goodwill gesture.
10.BJP distances itself from Sakshi Maharaj’s controversial remarks on Muslims. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday distanced itself from the controversial comments made by party leader Sakshi Maharaj on Muslims, saying his statement doesn’t represent the views of the party and should only be seen as his personal comments.
11.TN govt seeks Krishna water from Andhra Pradesh.With a deficient North East monsoon failing to fill up the city reservoirs, Tamil Nadu government today urged Andhra Pradesh to ensure the immediate release of Krishna water to meet the drinking water needs of the city.