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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case : Killers can’t be freed, Centre tells Supreme Court

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New Delhi, Aug 10 : The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that the seven people convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi cannot be released as the “they don’t deserve leniency” for “gruesome” killing.

“The releasing of killers of former PM Rajiv Gandhi will set a very dangerous precedent. The case has been decided by various forum of judiciary and executive and the prisoners do not deserve to be set free,” said the Centre to the Supreme Court.

“Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was the most heinous and gruesome crime, the brutal Act brought the Indian democratic process to a grinding halt  and the convicts do not deserve any leniency,” said the Centre.

The top court recorded the affidavit filed by the Central government and adjourned the matter for a later date.

The Central government stated that the President of India has already rejected a proposal to release the convicts.

The government asserted that the CBI, which investigated the case, has opposed the release of the seven convicts and Tamil Nadu had been informed of the decision on April 18, the centre told the court.

The Centre’s affidavit came in response to the Supreme Court asking the government to explain its stand on Tamil Nadu’s 2016 decision to release the seven convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

In June, President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s request to release the seven prisoners. The seven convicts are V Sriharan alias Murugan, AG Perarivalan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini.

The Tamil Nadu government’s decision was challenged in the Supreme Court, following which the court asked for the Centre’s opinion.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991, around seven years after his mother Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her bodyguards in New Delhi.

 

 

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Happy Dussehra: Time, Significance, and History of Vijayadashmi

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New Delhi, Oct 19: Dussehra also known as Vijayadashami is being celebrated across the country today. The festival which falls on the 10th day of Navratri is celebrated to commemorate Lord Rama’s victory over demon Ravana. 

Effigies of the latter are burnt as a symbol of the victory of good over evil across the country.

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Dussehra 2018: Puja Timings and Tithi:

Vijay Muhurat = 1:58 pm to 14:43 pm
Aparahna Puja Time = 1:13 pm to 15:28 pm
Dashami Tithi Begins = 15:28 on 18/Oct/2018
Dashami Tithi Ends = 17:57 on 19/Oct/2018 (Source Drikpanchang.com)

Dussehra Significance, or How Vijayadashmi is Celebrated:

Dussehra is one of the most widely celebrated festivals across the nation.

As part of Dussehra celebrations, huge and colourful effigies of Ravana, most times along with that of his brothers Meghanada and Kumbakaran, are burnt in large huge open grounds.

Dussehra in a way also marks the onset of preparations for the festival of lights – Diwali, which falls twenty days after the festival.

Celebrations also include organising the famed and popular Ramlila performances which involve people enacting the life and glory of the righteous Lord Ram through short plays, songs, and dance drama.

History Of Vijayadashmi: 

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While Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman were living their exile for 14 years in jungles, one day Ravana disguised himself and came to ask for Bhiksha from Sita who was home alone at that time. His intention was to take Sita along as he wanted to marry her. Before leaving, Lakshman had drawn a line which he advised Sita to not cross in even an adverse situation. But Ravana, using his clever tricks managed to pull Sita out of that line and kidnapped her to his kingdom. Hanuman helped Lord Ram to reach Sita and after an elaborate war, they rescued Sita and Ram killed Ravana.

Here’s wishing you all a very ”Happy Dussehra” !!

READ MORE: Dussehra 2018: Ever wondered why Ravan had 10 heads? Here’s some unknown facts about Dashanan

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Sabarimala Temple: Two women return midway as protesters block entry

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Sabarimala (Kerala), Oct 19: Amidst protests, two women, a journalist and a devotee, have decided to return midway from the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Friday.

Journalist Kavitha Jakkal of Hyderabad based Mojo TV and woman activist Rehana Fatima are now returning from Sabarimala.

“We have told the female devotees about the situation, they will now be going back. So we are pulling pack. They have decided to return”, Kerala IG “told media.

Kavita, the Hyderabad-based journalist and her four member crew along with the other woman devotee from Kochi were surrounded by 80 policemen while the rest 20 were walking ahead of them.

The trek from Pamba to the temple located at a hillock generally takes around two hours. Led by Inspector General of Police S.Sreejith, they started their climb around 6.45 a.m.

According to the police, the two ladies have another 1.5 km to reach the hallowed sanctum santorum of the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

Along the route, a protesting devotee jumped in front of the police cordon but he was removed.

An angry group of devotees are however, grouped at the entrance of the pathway that leads to the temple.

Meanwhile, the temple Tantri family and members of the Pandalam royal family are considering closing down of the temple in order to stop the women from entering, according to informed sources.

The temple opened its doors on Wednesday for the first time since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women from the 10-50 age group to enter the famed shrine.

On Thursday, there was a dawn-to-dusk shutdown across Kerala called by outfits owing loyalty to Hindu groups and the BJP.

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4 terrorists killed in Baramulla near LoC

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Srinagar, Oct 19: Four militants were killed by the Army near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, military sources said on Friday.

Although the police has not confirmed the incident unless the bodies of the slain militants were recovered, the Army sources confirmed it saying that the encounter took place in the Boniyar forests of Uri sector on Thursday evening.

“Four unidentified militants have been killed in this operation. Searches are now going on in the area,” the sources said.

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