Summary

High Court demolishes CBI: witness was tutored and evidence tampered

Ordering the release of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, sentenced to life imprisonment four years ago by a special CBI court for the murder of their teenaged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in May 2008, the Allahabad High Court has meticulously detailed instances of falsification of evidence by investigating agencies- ranging from 'subjective findings' by medical and forensic exprts to tutoring of a witness and planting of another, evidence tampering to 'deliberate concealment' of evidence.

SC on Rohingya: Need to balance national interest, human rights

Underlining that both the executive and the judiciary 'cannot be totally olivious' to the condition of women and children among the Rohingya refugees, the Supreme Court Friday said the crisis has thrown up an 'extraordinary' situation and there is need to strike 'a balance' between national interests and human rights while dealing with it.

CBI judge made mockery of law, acted like fanciful film director: Allahabad HC

In its 273 page judgement, the Allahabad High Court came down heavily on the CBI trial court sessions judge, Shyam Lal, who had, in 2013, pronounced Rajesh and nupur Talwar guilty in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case.

Supreme Court refuses to lift ban on firecracker sale

The Supreme Court Friday refused to modify its order suspending the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the national Capital regionn (NCR) ahead of Diwali. A bench of justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan, however, indicated that it had nnot stopped anyone from bursting crackers.

Stubble burning mostly on NH-I, says Haryana pollution control board

Most cases of stubble burning in Haryana have been reported from areas which fall on National Highway I- connecting New Delhi to Chandigarh- over the past 19 days, according to highly- places official sources.

SC: Disagree with order diluting Section 498A

The Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it would revisit its earlier verdict that put an end to autommatic arrests under Section 498A of the IPC, which is often invoked in dowry-related cases.

China border: Army brass prioritises infrastructure

Following the Doklam standoff between India and China, the Army has decided to enhance infrastructure along the India-China border, particularly in Uttarakhand. The decision was taken at the Army's commanders' conference in New Delhi this week, Director General, Staff Duties, Lt General Vijay Singh said.

Editorial

Clearing the Air

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently pulled up the Punjab government over its inability to do anything in controlling stubble burning. Stubble burning has been a major cause of pollution in Delhi and the neighbouring areas and has been an issue since years. Presently, with the farming season nearing the farmers are starting to ready the fields for sowing. In such a time, the government should take feasible efforts to handle the stubble burning issue and bear costs to provide the farmers with advanced and environment friendly technologies like paddy straw management. This would reduce the pollution caused by stubble burning. Mere enforcing penalties and rules for the farmers isn't a feasible method- it needs tactful handling with financial incentives which would actually lure the farmers to adopt the technologies and employ those to manage the stubble.

The Same Introspection

India and Pakistan are witnessing new issues within the respective economies rather than as hostile neighbours. Recently, the ex-head of Pakistan's ISI, General Ehsan-Ul-Haq stated that Pakistan has many problems within to tackle at the earliest. He said that Pakistan now doesn't require hating America as the Cold War between US and China has driven Pakistan out of the league and Pakistan needed to adjust itself to the new geopolitics. This was followed by Sir Marchan (retd) Riazuddin Sheikh who stated that Pakistan should well facilitate a passage for India to Central Asia through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. India, for its part, is being pointed out by the ex-finance minister Yashwant Sinha who stated that India has lost the connection with Kashmir and its people emotionally and the people there now have entirely lost faith in the country. India and Pakistan should now look into their own geopolitical issues and build their image for the country in a defined way.

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