Ryan International School case: Haryana government orders CBI probe, takes over school management
The Haryana government on Friday recommended a CBI probe into the murder of a seven- year-old boy in a school in Gurgaon and took over its management for three months. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar made the announcement after a half-an-hour meeting with the family members of class 2 student Pradyuman Thakur who was found with his throat slit in the school washroom last Friday. On any action against the school, he said the government has decided to take over the management of the school for three months.
Haryana government puts on hold Rs 51 lakh for Dera Sacha Sauda, cops hope to gather vital clues
The Haryana government on Friday said it has put on hold Rs 51 lakh announced for the Dera Sacha Sauda in the wake of the conviction of sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in rape cases while the police hoped it would gather vital leads after questioning an arrested Dera functionary. In a statement, Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said Rs 51 lakh out of his discretionary funds quota to ‘Khel Gaon’ of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, stood withdrawn, keeping in view the verdict delivered by a CBI court convicting Ram Rahim Singh on August 25 in the rape cases.
India pushing Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has expressed solidarity with Bangladesh over the Rohingya crisis and said India was pressuring Myanmar to take back refugees who have fled the Buddhist-majority nation, a top aide of the Bangladeshi Prime Minister said on Friday. More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh since the latest flare-up in violence on August 25, adding to around 300,000 refugees already living in Bangladesh, close to the border with Myanmar.
Beyond visual range missile Astra completes development phase
The indigenously developed beyond visual range air-to-air missile — Astra — underwent a series of successful trials for four days over the Bay of Bengal, marking completion of its development phase. “The final development flight trials of Astra BVRAAM were successfully conducted over the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha during September 11-14. A total of seven trials were conducted against pilotless target aircraft successfully,” the defence ministry said in a statement on Friday. The successful trial of the Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) paves way for its induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF).
In a historic first for India, forex reserves cross $400 bn mark
For the first time ever, forex exchange reserves crossed the $400-billion mark as on September 8 to reach $400.727 billion, data from the Reserve Bank of India show. The central bank took almost a decade to shore up its forex kitty by $100 billion to cross $400 billion from $300 billion. Compared with this, the RBI took just 11 months to reach the $300-billion mark in February 2008 from $200 billion of reserves it had in April 2007.
Reserves rose by a whopping $2.6 billion as on September 8 from the week before. Foreign currency assets, which form a key component of reserves, rose by $2.57 billion from the previous week to $376.209 billion.
After Income-Tax dept raids 7 traders, India’s biggest onion market shuts down
The woes of Maharashtra’s onion sector do not seem to end. Almost all the 14 agriculture produce market committees (APMCs) in Nashik, including Lasalgaon — the country’s largest wholesale market for the bulb—, Pimpalgaon, Yeola and Chandwad have been shut since Thursday after the income tax department carried out searches in the godowns and homes of seven onion traders of the area. Onion prices, which were trending at Rs 1,400 per quintal, suddenly crashed to Rs 900 per quintal, leading to a stop in auctions at Lasalgaon on Thursday.