R-Day parade to be 3 km shorter
New Delhi (PTI): Heightened militant threat to the capital triggered by the Parliament attack has forced authorities to shorten the route of the country’s main Republic Day parade for the second year in succession.
In view of security concerns, this year’s parade will be shorter by 3 km against the traditional 11 km, as was done last year, police and defence sources said.
Authorities decided to skip some congested old Delhi areas after security agencies voiced apprehension about protection of the marching contingents and various tableaux of the defence forces, ministries and states, they said.
The route of the parade, which starts from Vijay Chowk, down the historic Rajpath and culminates at the Red Fort after criss-crossing many areas of the city, was for the first time in 50 years curtailed last year when the threat perception heightened following the terror attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001.
SC snub in Mayavati case
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked Apna Dal leader and Uttar Pradesh MLA Atiq Ahmed to move Allahabad High Court on his petition alleging “attempt to murder” him, engineered at the behest of chief minister Mayavati, reports our legal correspondent.
A division bench of Justices M.B. Shah and Arun Kumar declined to entertain his plea, saying the first court of jurisdiction in such matters was the high court concerned.
Ahmed alleged that attempts were made on his life after he and his party declined to support the Mayavati-led coalition government in the state.
Nakkeeran editor:The Supreme Court has asked the editor of fortnightly magazine Nakkeeran, who was one of the first to interview forest brigand Veerappan, to amend the prayers in his petition seeking protection against alleged harassment to him by Tamil Nadu police.
Recalling that the editor, Gopal, had filed similar petitions before and was asked to approach Madras High Court each time, a bench of Justices S.S.M. Quadri and Ashok Bhan said the prayers were general in nature and could not be entertained as such.
Bofors enters payoff case
new delhi (PTI): Swedish arms manufacturer A.B. Bofors, which had refused to cooperate in the Bofors gun case and even questioned being summoned, has joined the issue in the Supreme Court.
The company said it has already filed an application impleading itself in the case and praying that it be heard along with the main petition. The case has been adjourned to January 31 for further hearings.
Bharat Shah plea
Mumbai (PTI): Refusing to stay the trial in the case of alleged Bollywood nexus with the underworld, Bombay High Court has deferred till February 4 petitions filed by film financier Bharat Shah and two others challenging provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, under which they have been booked.
Mumbai (PTI): A special court has exempt actor Sunjay Dutt and 88 others, accused in the 1993 bomb blast case, from appearance till February 10 on certain conditions. The actor has been allowed to visit Hyderabad for shooting the film Rudraksha till February 1.
Ara (PTI): Armed miscreants stormed the main branch of Union Bank and looted over Rs 20 lakh after injuring the bank manager and others. Around seven criminals entered the bank at around 10 am, locked customers and guards in a bathroom, beat up employees and robbed the bank.
Nizamabad (PTI): Three Naxalites of the People’s War Group, including a district committee member, were killed in an encounter with the police in Nizamabad. The encounter occurred near Manala village when a police team cornered them during a combing operation.
Yangon (AFP): Ten men from Myanmar, who had spent 10 days adrift on a raft made of empty oil drums, have returned home after being rescued by an Indian vessel in the Bay of Bengal.
India’s first bear sanctuary has been completed at Sur Sarovar in Agra, giving hope to hundreds of bears that are forced to “dance” on streets. The completion of the sanctuary marks the culmination of three years of effort by wildlife organisations.