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Rajiv Gandhi killing: Centre opposes accused plea for clemency

Strongly opposing the petitions by three Rajiv Gandhi assassins challenging their death sentences, the Centre on Friday said the delay in the disposal of the clemency pleas was not a valid ground for commutation of capital punishment. “However long it may be, is not a mitigating circumstance or can be construed as a valid ground for commutation of death sentence and in any event does not reduce the gravity of the crime,” the Centre said in its counter-affidavit in response to the petitions filed by Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition UNP endorses suspension of two members.

The Working Committee of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP), has appointed a Disciplinary Committee to inquire into the two allegations against the suspended members of the party, Matara District Parliamentarian Mr.Buddhika Pathirana and Western provincial Councilor Mr. Shiral Lakthilleka. The Working Committee which met under the chairmanship of the party leader Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday endorsed the decision to suspend the party memberships of the two members.

SC seeks response to charges of DMK plots’ allotment to ex-CJI

The Supreme Court has sought the Tamil Nadu Government's response over allegations that former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan was allotted two prime plots of land in Chennai under a benami transaction by then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

Arafat Day on Nov. 5

The Arafat Day, when pilgrims stand in prayer in the plain of Arafat during Haj, will be on Saturday, Nov. 5, while Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated in the Kingdom on Sunday the 6th November, the Supreme Court announced.

Cracks in Anna Hazare team: Medha Patkar to keep off panel meeting

Team Anna member Medha Patkar on Friday said there was a need for “overhauling” the group as it was facing a number of allegations and many members of the Core Committee were being targeted, but denied any rift within. At the same time, Ms. Patkar said she will not be attending Saturday’s Core Committee meeting, which Hazare and Justice Santosh Hegde have also decided to skip.

Wanted: Better, safer, cheaper TB drugs

The 42nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, focusing on tuberculosis (TB), HIV, tobacco control and non-communicable diseases, is currently being held at Lille from 26-30 October. Lille is the place where Professors Albert Calmette and Camille Guerin developed the current TB Vaccine BCG 90 years ago at the Institut Pasteur de Lille. Researchers and other experts from more than 100 countries are attending this 5-day conference, which has the theme of "Partnerships for Scaling-Up and Care".

Union Government strongly opposes commutation of death sentence awarded to killers in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

The Government of India has strongly opposed to commute the death sentence awarded to the killers and their mercy plea rejected by the President of India. Strongly opposing the petitions by three Rajiv Gandhi assassins challenging their death sentences, the Centre on Friday said the delay in the disposal of the clemency pleas was not a valid ground for commutation of capital punishment.


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