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SDPI dismayed at no reprieve to Yakub Memon

By TCN News

Bhopal: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) on Wednesday expressed dismay, disdain and displeasure at the way President of India has referred the 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon’s latest fresh mercy petition to commute his death penalty to life sentence to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Death, even by hanging, does not deter those bent on suicide

By John Dayal

I am deeply saddened at the court ruling, and within minutes of it, the dismissal of mercy petitions on behalf of Yaqub by the Governor of Maharashtra and the President of India going by media flash news-reports. I am happy I signed the petition, and will do so again and again if I feel the due process of law has been short circuited.

Not against BRT, but needs to be implemented properly: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Days after scrapping the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said his government was not against it, but it needs to be properly implemented.

"We scrapped the BRT because it was not implemented properly. We are not against the BRT system but it has to be implemented properly. It has been successfully implemented in various parts of the world. We will do it in Delhi as well," Kejriwal said during a conference on Delhi Transport Vision at the Delhi Secretariat.

Clear proposal for more police in Delhi, court to Centre

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the union finance ministry to examine and clear, within four weeks, the proposal for inducting over 16,000 personnel in Delhi Police.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also slammed the central government for "dragging its feet" on inducting more personnel in the Delhi Police for security of women.

Meghalaya to observe Kalam's death anniversary every year

Shillong : Paying rich tributes to 'Missile Man' A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said his state plans to annually commemorate the death anniversary of the great scientist to promote his ideals.

The students of the northeastern state, where Kalam died, on Wednesday took a pledge to carry forward his ideals and values at a public condolence meet at the Soso Tham auditorium.

Political parties largely hail SC nod to Yakub's hanging

New Delhi : Political parties on Wednesday largely welcomed the Supreme Court's go-ahead for hanging Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, saying justice has been delivered to the victims.

"Dismissal of the petition by the Supreme Court is a culmination of judicial process in the country. Full justice would be done to 1993 Mumbai blast victims when Modi government will ensure extradition of Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the media.

'Death penalty no answer to terror'

New Delhi : As the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for the hanging of Mumbai bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon, a majority of voices opined that death penalty was not the answer to terrorism, and underlined that he was not the main accused.

"You have to differentiate between this person, who has surrendered before the court and the other people who are in Pakistan," CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat told IANS.

Kalam endorsed nuclear deal: Manmohan Singh

New Delhi : A.P.J. Abdul Kalam backed the nuclear deal India inked with the United States in 2005 and it is a "total canard" that the then president (Kalam) was reluctant to appoint Sonia Gandhi as the prime minister, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said.

"This is a canard being spread (about Kalam's reluctance); there is no truth in that," said Manmohan Singh in his first interview since demitting office to Karan Thapar on India Today TV.

Verdict against UP ex-legislator in murder case August 5

New Delhi : A special court here on Wednesday fixed August 5 for delivering its verdict in a murder case against former Uttar Pradesh legislator Udai Bhan Singh.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Praveen Singh reserved judgement in the case while asking the accused to file a written submission before the date fixed for the order.

The former legislator is facing trial with five others on charges of criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder and intimidation.

Reconsider Memon's plea: Former Bengal governor to president

New Delhi : Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Wednesday urged President Pranab Mukherjee to "reconsider" the rejection of 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Yakub Memon's mercy plea.

"When the nation is paying solemn tribute to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, whose conscientious opposition to the death penalty is widely known, I urge you to reconsider the rejection of Yakub Memon's mercy plea," Gandhi said in a letter to the president.