QBullet: Chidambaram Arrested By CBI; Dalit Protests Turn Violent

1. INX Media Case: High Drama at Chidambaram’s Home Before Arrest

Congress leader and former Home and Finance Minister P Chidambaram was arrested on Wednesday night, capping off a two-day long drama that began with the Delhi High Court dismissing his anticipatory bail petitions in two cases of alleged corruption and money laundering linked to INX Media. Chidambaram was taken to the CBI headquarters.

The arrest comes hours after Chidambaram failed to get an urgent hearing from the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Delhi HC order and CBI and the ED issued a Look Out Circular to prevent him from leaving the country.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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2. Ravidas Temple Row: Protest by Dalits Turns Violent, Police Vehicles Vandalised

The protest against the demolition of Ravidas temple in south Delhi turned violent as thousands of Dalit from various parts of the country hit the streets. The police restored to “mild lathicharge” and used tear gas after protesters set two motorcycles on fire and vandalised a police vehicle, causing injuries to a few policemen.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was also detained from Tughlakabad and taken to Kalkaji police station. An FIR has been filed against him for rioting and unlawful activity.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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3. Trump Again Offers to Mediate in a ‘Very Explosive Situation’

Describing the situation in Kashmir as “explosive” and “complicated” on account of religious differences in the region, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he “will do the best I can to mediate or do something” to defuse the crisis between India and Pakistan.

“Kashmir’s a very complicated place. You have the Hindus, and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn’t say they get along so great. And that’s what you have right now,” Trump told reporters in the White House, offering a pareddown explanation of a crisis.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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4. Not Rape If Woman Has Sex Knowing Marriage Unlikely: SC

If a woman continues to maintain physical relationship with a man despite knowing it won’t fructify in a formal alliance, she cannot accuse him of rape on the ground that he made a false promise of marriage, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The verdict of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee came as it quashed the rape case lodged by an assistant commissioner of sales tax against a deputy commandant of CRPF.

They were in a relationship for eight years and lived in each other’s houses on multiple occasions, which showed they were in a consensual relationship, the court said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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5. Signs of Weakening of Service Sector: RBI Guv

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das, during a key meeting on August 7, had highlighted several indicators of a slowdown in the economy while supporting his argument for an aggressive cut of 35 basis points (100bps = 1 percentage point) in the repo rate (rate at which RBI lends to banks).

“Several high frequency indicators for May-June suggest weakening of services sector activity. Two key indicators of rural demand — tractor and motorcycle sales — continued to contract. While passenger vehicle sales contracted in June, domestic air passenger traffic growth turned positive after three months of contraction,” said Das during the monetary policy committee meeting, minutes of which were released on Wednesday.

(Source: The Times Of India)

Also Read: Weak demand in May contract India's service sector output: PMI

6. CBI Files Fresh Case Against NDTV, Prannoy Roy for Alleged Violation of FDI Norms

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a fresh case against NDTV Ltd, its promoters Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy, former CEO Vikramaditya Chandra, and a few income tax officials on charges of money laundering under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 .

The CBI in its FIR has alleged that between 2004 and 2010, NDTV “floated” around 32 subsidiary firms in tax haven such as Holland, UK, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius. These firms, according to the CBI, had “no business transaction and they were meant only for financial transactions to bring funds from abroad”.

The CBI has alleged that these are “sham transactions” as the funds were “invested by unknown public servants through NDTV Ltd and later laundered back to lndia through multiple layers of complex transactions and shell companies.”

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: CBI Books NDTV’s Roys, Former CEO for Alleged FDI Norms Violation

7. Restructuring of Army’s HQ Gets Go-Ahead From Centre

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh has given his go-ahead to the restructuring of the Army headquarters (HQ) as part of a larger transformation plan of the force to become a deadlier fighting machine fully prepared for future wars.

The decisions taken by the minister include relocating 206 officers from the HQ to field areas, the creation of a separate vigilance cell under the Indian Army chief, and a new branch under the vice chief that will focus on human rights issues, a defence ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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8. Centre Steps in as Jagan Nixes Power Agreements

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has swung into action to save bank loans amounting to ₹37,000 crore from turning bad in the aftermath of the new Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to renegotiate old power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by its predecessor, officials with direct knowledge of the matter said.

YSR Congress Party chief and chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s decision has also raised questions over the sanctity of signed contracts in India, particularly among foreign investors. Jagan Mohan Reddy decided last month to reopen the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed under the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government and reduce the price it agreed to pay for solar and wind energy supplied to state-run power utilities.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Jagan’s Govt Demolishes Naidu-built ‘Praja Vedika’ in Amaravati

9. Ragging: Medical Students Forced to Shave Heads

A group of seniors allegedly forced 200 first-year students at Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences (UPUMS) in Saifai to shave their heads and parade on the campus on Monday despite a ban on ragging in educational institutes.

The photos of the alleged ragging was circulated on social media, prompting the university administration to order a probe. “A committee has been constituted under proctor Ramakant Yadav to investigate the matter,” said UPUMS vice-chancellor Raj Kumar.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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