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Jyotiraditya scindia, Sonowal, Rane, Yadav tipped to join Narendra Modi government




Ministerial probables are assembling at Lok Kalyan Marg as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address them before the oath taking ceremony in the evening today.

Twenty four new faces are set to be inducted in the Modi government, the first big reshuffle of Modi 2.0.

The reshuffle is being synchronised with exits of some minister including Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Sadanand Gowda and Santosh Gangwar.

The new faces set to join the Modi Cabinet include former Congress heavyweight from Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia who is now in the BJP.

Also on the list are former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane.

Senior BJP organisational heavyweights party general secretary, Bhupender Yadav from Rajasthan is on the list. The reshuffle is being necessitated by some vacancies caused due to deaths like Ram Vilas Paswan and exits of Akali Dal and Shiv Sena. Upcoming elections in UP are a factor in the reshuffle and also the need to add some heft to government with the entry of Bhupender Yadav, a strong organisational face.

From Uttar Pradesh which is headed for make or break elections for the BJP next year, Pankaj Chaudhary, MP from Maharajganj, alliance Anupriya Patel are among the probables as is Vinod Sonkar, Kaushambhi MP and national secretary, BJP and Uttar Pradesh BJP Vice President and Rajya Sabha MP, B L Verma and Rajya Sabha member representing UP, Ajay Mishra, MP from Kheri

From Maharashtra, Bhiwandi MP, Kapil Patil, Nandurbar MP Heena Gavit and Beed MP, Pritam Munde are among the new faces.

The JDU is likely to get 3-4 berths from Bihar as the BJP has accepted Nitish Kumar’s demand. The JDU will be represented by RCP Singh, Ramnath Thakur, Chandreshwar Prasad Chandrawanshi and Dileshwar Kamait and Santosh Kushwaha. Amidst the significant churn in Bihar, Pasupati Paras who rebelled against Chirag Paswan is getting a central berth.

Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, MP from Manipur, New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP Vice President and Udupi Chikmagalur MP Shobha Karandlaje, will be among the fresh faces.

Uttarakhand will be represented by Ajay Bhatt, Odisha MP Ashwini Vaishnaw, Bengal MP Shantanu Thakur, Churu MP Rahul Kaswan and Sirsa MP Sunita Duggal are also among the probables.

Ministers of State Anurag Thakur and G. Kishan Reddy are set to get a promotion as Cabinet Ministers.


Bihar: 7-yr-old boy dies after brutal assault by teacher




A seven-year-old boy died in Bihar’s Saharsa district on Friday after an alleged brutal assault by his teacher.

The victim, Aditya Kumar, was an LKG student at a private school in a village under the Sadar police station. He had been living in a hostel since the last 10 days.

His parents are residents of the adjoining Madhepura district.

According to the police, the school administration informed Aditya’s parents that he became unconscious and was admitted to a private hospital.

By the time his parents arrived, the victim died.

“We sent our child to the school cum hostel in Saharsa district on March 14. We received a phone call on Friday that Aditya became unconscious and was admitted to a private hospital. When we reached the hospital, he was already dead,” said Prakash Yadav, Aditya’s father.

“We have sent the body for post-mortem to ascertain the actual cause of death. The family members alleged that he died due to the physical assault. We are also trying to arrest the owner of the school. He is absconding. We have lodged an FIR and efforts are on to nab him,” said Brajesh Chauhan, Sub-inspector of Sadar police station.

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Maharashtra: 4 killed as truck rams into tempo on Ahmednagar-Pune highway




The accident, in which the truck driver also suffered injuries, took place near Kamargaon on the Ahmednagar-Pune highway in western Maharashtra.Four people were killed and seven others injured after a truck collided with their tempo on a highway in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra in the early hours of Thursday, said police.

The accident, in which the truck driver also suffered injuries, took place near Kamargaon on the Ahmednagar-Pune highway in western Maharashtra.

According to the police, approximately 15 people were returning to their native place in Shirur tehsil of Pune district in a vehicle after visiting some religious sites in Ahmednagar district.

A truck coming from Pune suddenly veered off from its path, jumped the divider and collided with their vehicle. Three people died on the spot, while another person succumbed to his injuries in hospital,” said an officer from the Ahmednagar police.

He said seven other passengers in the ill-fated vehicle were injured and were being treated at a hospital.

According to the police officer, a case has been filed against the truck driver under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

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Supreme Court: Being a member of unlawful association is an offence under UAPA.




The Supreme Court on Friday held that mere membership of unlawful association is sufficient to constitute an offence under UAPA. The apex court upheld the Section 10 (a) (i) of the Unlawful Activities Prevent Act.The apex court, according to Bar and Bench report, also said all High Court decisions to the contrary are overruled. A bench of Justices MR Shah, CT Ravikumar and Sanjay Karol pronounced the verdict.

While allowing petitions of the Union government and the Assam government seeking review of the apex court’s 2011 verdicts on membership of banned outfits, the court said the Union government was required to be heard when a provision enacted by Parliament is read down.

The top court said the 2011 verdicts were passed while relying on American court decisions which cannot be done without considering the condition prevailing in India.In India right to freedom of speech and expressions is not absolute and is subject to reasonable restriction. However, decisions of the American court can be guiding light”, the bench said.

On February 9, the top court while reserving its verdict on batch of review pleas had noted that the Union of India was not heard by its two-judge benches when the 2011 verdict was passed reading down section 3 (5) of Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987 (now repealed).

The top court on February 3, 2011, had acquitted suspected ULFA member Arup Bhuyan, who was held guilty by a TADA court on the basis of his alleged confessional statement before the Superintendent of Police, and said mere membership of a banned organisation will not make a person a criminal unless he resorts to violence or incites people to violence or creates public disorder by violence or incitement to violence.

Similar views were taken by the apex court in two other verdicts of 2011 in Indra Das versus State of Assam and state of Kerala versus Raneef, where the bench relied upon the three US Supreme Court decisions which have rejected the doctrine of ‘guilt by association’.

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