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News of the day: BRS leader K Kavitha sent to CBI custody, Case booked against BJP Tamil Nadu president Annamalai

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 12.04.24, 05:22 PM
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Hitting out at the BJP for alleging that West Bengal has become a safe haven for terrorists, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the accused in the Bengaluru blast case were arrested because of the state police's prompt action. "Heard one BJP leader saying that Bengal is not safe. The accused were arrested within two hours following a prompt response by police. What about the states where you are in power?" she said at a rally in Cooch Behar.

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Delhi Cabinet minister Atishi alleged that a big political conspiracy is being hatched by the BJP-led central government to impose President's Rule in the national capital. Reacting to the AAP leader's charge, Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva said it was surprising that the 'fear of President's Rule' was haunting the Aam Aadmi Party, which has 62 MLAs in the Assembly.

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Tihar jail officials, Delhi Police and Punjab Police discussed the security arrangement for Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann's meeting with AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal lodged in the prison, officials said. Mann had sought time from the Tihar administration to meet the Delhi chief minister who is lodged in Tihar's jail number 2 in a money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy and will be in judicial custody till April 15.

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A Delhi court sent Bharat Rasthra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha to CBI custody till April 15 in the alleged Delhi excise policy scam. Kavitha, 46, was arrested by the CBI in Tihar jail, where she was lodged after her arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case linked to the alleged scam.

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Delhi court issued notice to the ED and the CBI on AAP leader Manish Sisodia's plea seeking interim bail in excise cases for campaigning in general elections. The CBI as well as the ED have alleged that irregularities were committed while modifying the Delhi excise policy, undue favours were extended to licence holders, licence fee was waived or reduced and licences were extended without the competent authority's approval.

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Maldives is currently discussing with India if the island nation can make payments for its imports from the country in Maldivian Rufiyaa, a senior minister has said. In July 2023, Government of India had declared that Maldives was among the 22 countries that had been permitted by the Reserve Bank to open Special Rupee Vostro Accounts (SRVAs) as part of efforts to promote bilateral trade in local currencies.

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A case has been booked against BJP state President and Coimbatore candidate K Annamalai and a few members of his party over an alleged poll campaign time violation, police said. Following a complaint lodged by a DMK member, Peelamedu police booked cases against four BJP functionaries under various sections of the IPC.

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United States dispatched its top military commander for the Middle East to Israel on Thursday, after President Joe Biden stated that, despite recent friction, American support for Israel 'is ironclad' in the event of an attack by Iran. Gen. Michael E. Kurilla, the American commander, will coordinate with Israel on what is widely expected to be imminent retaliatory action by Iran and will also discuss the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and humanitarian aid operations there, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

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Pet parents can now report missing pets on the Swiggy app for harnessing the network of its delivery partners in the search efforts, under an initiative called 'Swiggy Pawlice' unveiled by the on-demand convenience platform. The company also said it will support employees on pet care and adoption with the introduction of a 'Paw-ternity' policy.

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Six-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom on Friday stepped down as India's chef-de-mission for the upcoming Paris Olympics, saying she is "left with no choice" due to some personal reasons. The IOA had announced her appointment on March 21.

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