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SC seeks Centre’s response on plea to evacuate students from UK

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New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre to evacuate Indian students stranded in the UK without delay, and until their evacuation provide them accommodation, health and medical support.

The plea, filed by the mother of a student stranded in the UK through advocate Astha Sharma, contended that amidst the global pandemic, the Centre with effect from March 22 has imposed travel ban on all international flights from any foreign airport for any airport in India till April 14. As a result, many Indian students, who had booked tickets and reached various airports in the UK, were stranded and unable to take their onward journey to India.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde has sought a response from the Centre by next week.”There are hundreds of Indian students who have valid student visas and are enrolled as students in the Universities across the United Kingdom and who were required to get letters from the High Commission in order to board flights to India, which could is not possible due to the lockdown,” said the petition.

The petitioner seeks direction from the apex court to Centre to immediately evacuate all the stranded Indian students, through flights scheduled to drop back British nationals from India. Sharma urged the apex court to issue directions to the Centre to evacuate students without any delay.

“Students are exposed to greater risk of contracting COVID-19 due to being crammed into packed hostels with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities during the current lockdown imposed in the UK and are fighting for their survival”, said the petition.

India is probably the only country that has imposed an embargo on the return of its own citizens, and where other countries are making all possible efforts to repatriate their citizens stranded in various countries, India with its travel bans has made it impossible for its own citizens to come back home.

It is also pertinent to note that countries with far greater incidence of mortality like China, Spain, Italy, Iran, South Korea and United States of America too have not imposed any embargo on the return of their nationals from foreign shores.

The petition contended a group of around 380 students from India stranded in the United Kingdom had even started a data chain with their passport details to create a collective voice to lobby the Indian government for action, but, to no avail.

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Document in Vijay Mallya case in Supreme Court missing, next hearing Aug 20

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New Delhi, Aug 6 : In a new twist in the Vijay Mallya case, a certain document connected with the case in the Supreme Court has gone missing from the apex court files.

A bench comprising Justices U.U. Lalit and Ashok Bhushan adjourned the hearing to August 20.

It was hearing the review plea filed by Mallya against a July 14, 2017 judgment wherein he was found guilty of contempt for not paying Rs 9,000 crore dues to banks despite repeated directions, although he had transferred $40 million to his children.

The bench was looking for a reply on an intervention application, which it seemed has gone missing from the case papers.

Parties involved in the case sought more time to file fresh copies.

On June 19, the Supreme Court sought explanation from its registry regarding Mallya’s appeal against the May 2017 conviction in the contempt case for not repaying Rs 9,000 crore dues to banks not listed for the last 3 years.

A bench comprising Justices Lalit and Bhushan had asked the Registry to furnish all the details including names of the officials who had dealt with the file concerning the Review Petition for last three years.

The bench said according to the record, placed before it, the review petition was not listed before the court for last three years. “Before we deal with the submissions raised in the Review Petition, we direct the Registry to explain why the Review Petition was not listed before the concerned Court for last three years,” said the bench.

In May 2017, the apex court held him guilty of contempt of court for transferring $40 million to his children, and ordered him to appear on July 10 to argue on the quantum of punishment.

The bench said let the explanation be furnished within two weeks. “The Review Petition shall, thereafter, be considered on merits,” it added.

In 2017, the apex court passed the order on a contempt petition against Mallya by a consortium of banks led by the SBI. The banks claimed Mallya transferred $40 million from Daigeo to his children’s accounts, and did not use this money to clear his debt. Banks cited this as violation of judicial orders.

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Man arrested in Agra for killing wife, daughter

According to reports, the main accused, Virendra Kumar Tomar married Gunjan in 2015.

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Agra, Aug 6 : A man was arrested in Agra for stabbing his wife and their three-year-old daughter to death allegedly for dowry.

In the incident, which took place on Wednesday morning, the couple’s second 18-month-old daughter also sustained stab injures and was now in critical condition.

According to reports, the main accused, Virendra Kumar Tomar married Gunjan in 2015.

His father Ramveer informed police that Gunjan had been staying at her parents’ house in Firozabad for the last two months and had returned to her husband’s home on Monday.

Agra Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Babloo Kumar rushed to the spot of the double murder and a forensic team was also called to collect samples from the crime scene.

“The main accused, Virendra, has been arrested on the charge of murdering his wife and daughter. One of his daughters, who was also stabbed with a kitchen knife, was admitted in hospital. Her condition is critical.

“During interrogation, the accused admitted that he had differences with his wife, and that he stabbed his wife and both their daughters after a fight,” the SSP said.

Gunjan’s brother Nitin Kumar Sishodiya arrived from Tundla on Wednesday and filed a complaint at Malpura police station, alleging that his sister was frequently harassed for dowry.

He blamed Virendra and his family members for the murders.

Station house officer (SHO) of Malpura, Anurag Sharma, said: “On a complaint by Gunjan’s brother, a FIR has been registered against her husband, Virendra, and six members of his family — his father, mother, three sisters and a brother.

The case has been registered under the Dowry Prohibition Act and sections 498 A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 302 (punishment for murder), 304 B (where the death of a woman is caused by any burns or bodily injury or occurs other than under normal circumstances within seven years of her marriage and it is shown that soon before her death she was subjected to cruelty or harassment by her husband or any relative of her husband) of the IPC.

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RBI leaves repo rate unchanged at 4%, reverse repo rate at 3.35%: Shaktikanta Das

RBI is perhaps the only central bank in the world which has set up a special quarantine facility for continuity of critical operations.

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Repo rate remains unchanged at 4%, and Reverse repo rate also remains unchanged at 3.3%, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said.

Accommodative stance of the monetary policy will continue as long as necessary to revive growth and mitigate the impact of COVID19 pandemic, while ensuring that inflation remains within target going forward.

RBI is perhaps the only central bank in the world which has set up a special quarantine facility for continuity of critical operations.

Taking into consideration all factors, the GDP growth in the first half of the year is estimated to remain in the contraction zone. For the year 2020-21 as a whole, real GDP growth is also estimated to be negative: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das

Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) noted that in India too, economic activity had started to recover, but surges of fresh infections have forced fresh lockdowns, hence several high-frequency indicators have levelled off: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

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