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Supreme Court News LIVE Updates: Demonetisation decision taken to fight fake currency, terror financing and black money, Centre tells SC

Demonetisation News LIVE Updates: Centre, in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, has defended its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and 1,000 currency notes in 2016 as it said that it was a major step to fight the menace of fake currency notes, terror financing, black money and tax evasion. The central government, in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, said that it was a part of a larger strategy for combating the menace of fake money, terror financing, black money and tax evasion, but not confined to them alone. The affidavit was filed to counter the various pleas challenging the Centre’s November 8, 2016 decision. The matter is being heard by the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court.

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Gandhinagar is heart of Gujarat & I’m very happy about filing nomination from there. I’m grateful to my leadership for believing in me with a seat which holds both urban&rural bases. BJP will win in Gandhinagar & Gujarat

– Alpesh Thakor, BJP candidate on filing nomination tomorrow

European Union vows $1 billion for climate resilience in Africa, reports AFP

DeMo decision taken to fight fake currency, terror financing & black money, Centre tells SC

Centre, in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, has defended its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and 1,000 currency notes in 2016 as it said that it was a major step to fight the menace of fake currency notes, terror financing, black money and tax evasion.The withdrawal of the legal tender character was one of the significant steps in the enhanced formalisation of the economy with the aim of expanding opportunities for the millions living on the periphery of the economy, the government said.

It’s a very important milestone. It is the first G20 Presidency in India. I am pretty sure that under the leadership of PM Modi, India will set a new yardstick for international cooperation within the framework of G20.

– Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India

Canada imposes new Iran sanctions over drones for Russia, human rights

Canada has imposed fresh sanctions on Iran, targeting individuals involved in alleged human rights abuses and companies it accused of supplying Russia with drones for use in Ukraine, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. It is the fifth package of sanctions Canada has implemented against Iran this year. It targets six individuals and two entities, Shahed Aviation Industries and Qods Aviation Industries, the foreign ministry said.

Actor Kevin Spacey to face 7 additional sex charges in UK

Actor Kevin Spacey will be charged with seven further sex offenses in Britain, all relating to the same alleged victim, U.K. prosecutors said Wednesday. It brings the number of charges the Hollywood star faces in the U.K. to 12. Britain’s Crown Prosecution said Wednesday that charges against the former “House of Cards” star are three of indecent assault, three of sexual assault and one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. The charges relate to incidents between 2001 and 2004.

Djokovic ‘very happy’ with visa allowing him to play Australian Open

Novak Djokovic confirmed Wednesday he has received a visa to travel to Melbourne to play in the 2023 Australian Open, despite a ban after he was deported last January over his vaccine status. “I was very happy to receive the news yesterday. It was a relief,” the Serbian said after beating Andrey Rublev in the ATP Finals in Turin.

Canada’s October inflation rate unchanged at 6.9 percent

Canada’s inflation rate was the same in October as the previous month, as higher gasoline costs were offset by prices for groceries rising at a slower pace, the national statistical agency said Wednesday. Canadians paid 6.9 percent more for goods and services in October, compared to a year earlier, beating analyst expectations.

WHO: 1st Ebola vaccines to arrive in Uganda next week

The head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday that he expects the first doses of Ebola vaccine targeting the strain causing the current outbreak in Uganda to arrive in the country next week. At a press briefing, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said an expert committee convened by the agency had evaluated three experimental Ebola vaccines and decided they should all be tested in Uganda as part of the necessary research before being licensed.

Pradhan holds high-level meeting on preparations for G20 meet

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting on the preparations for G20 meeting to be held in India in 2023, officials said. “During the meeting, Pradhan said that education is one of the priority areas of G20. He called for extensive preparations ahead of the G20 summit and said the meet under India’s presidency is also an opportunity to share what the country has achieved in the education sector particularly after the launch of National Education Policy 2020,” a senior Ministry of Education official said.

Shriram Life empanelled as annuity service provider for PFRDA pension scheme

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has onboarded Shriram Life Insurance Company (SLIC) as the annuity service provider for the NPS scheme. The empanelment will help the insurance company manage the annuity component of the maturity proceeds under the National Pension System (NPS), SLIC said in a release on Wednesday. The life insurer said its empanelment as an annuity service provider by the pension fund regulator will help garner more NPS subscribers under its annuity plan.

Railways announces pay grade upgradation for 80,000 field officers

Around 80,000 railway employees facing stagnation in their jobs now have an opportunity to improve their pay scale with the national transporter announcing a new provision under which its supervisory cadre will have a chance to reach higher pay grades equivalent to Group A officers. Announcing the new provision on Wednesday, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said there was stagnation of supervisory cadre of railway in Level-7 and the scope of their promotion was negligible.

Aurobindo Pharma gets EIR from USFDA for its Andhra Pradesh facility

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd on Wednesday said it has received an Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from the US health regulator for its manufacturing facility at Pydibhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh. The company’s Unit XI at Pydibhimavaram is an API non-antibiotic manufacturing facility. It was inspected by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in February 2019 and issued a warning letter in June 2019. It was inspected further by the USFDA from July 25 to August 2, 2022 and issued a Form 483 with three observations.

Demonetisation a ‘well-considered’ decision to combat black money, terror financing: Centre tells SC

The 2016 demonetisation was a “well-considered” decision and part of a larger strategy to combat the menace of fake money, terror financing, black money and tax evasion, the Union government has told the Supreme Court. Defending its decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations, the Centre told the top court the step was taken after extensive consultation with the Reserve Bank of India and advance preparations were made before the note ban was enforced. The submissions were made in an affidavit filed in response to a batch of pleas challenging the Centre’s 2016 demonetisation decision.

Drone hits Israeli-linked tanker; Iran frees 2 Greek tankers

An oil tanker associated with an Israeli billionaire has been struck by a bomb-carrying drone off the coast of Oman amid heightened tensions with Iran, officials said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Greece said Iran freed two Greek oil tankers held by Tehran since May. The drone attack on the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Pacific Zircon happened on Tuesday night off the coast of Oman, one Mideast-based defence official said.

Xi, Trudeau exchange barbs at G20 meet in Bali

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday exchanged barbs on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali over the leaked reports of their meeting. In perhaps a very rare open remark captured on television camera, an agitated Xi was seen objecting to Trudeau saying whatever they discussed in their earlier meeting was leaked to the media. “Everything we discuss has been leaked to the paper, that’s not appropriate,” Xi told Trudeau through a translator on the sidelines of the closing session of the G20 meeting.

Report: At least 32 transgender people killed in US in 2022

At least 32 transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been killed in the United States in 2022, the Human Rights Campaign announced Wednesday in its annual report ahead of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender people of colour account for 81 per cent of known victims this year, and 59 per cent are Black. Trans women are disproportionately represented, as they have been in years past, also comprising 81 per cent of the deaths recorded at the time of publication.

Cash for seat case

AAP MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi has been summoned by the ACB for questioning at the ACB office tomorrow.

UK PM Sunak sets up inquiry into bullying allegations against deputy

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday agreed to a request by his deputy and close Cabinet ally, Dominic Raab, to set up an independent investigation after two formal complaints of bullying were filed against him by civil servants. Raab is the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary and filled in at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons, while Sunak is in Indonesia for the G20 Summit. Raab denied the allegations against him and told Parliament that he would “comply fully” with the independent investigation.

JD-U to support SP’s Dimple Yadav in Mainpuri bypoll

Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday decided not to contest the by-poll to Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri parliamentary constituency. The by-election in Mainpuri is taking place due to the demise of sitting MP and veteran socialist leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mainpuri is a traditional seat of Mulayam Singh’s family and Samajwadi Party (SP) has given the seat to party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav. The Nitish Kumar-led JD-U has decided to give support to Dimple Yadav, with the aim of strengthening the unity of the opposition party in the country and give tribute to Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Tension in Hubballi over religious conversion, complaint against 15 including pastors

Tension prevailed in a locality here over alleged religious conversion and a man lodged a complaint against 15 people including a few pastors and a history-sheeter, police said. An FIR has not been registered by the police. A large number of people from the Shikkaligar community along with members of pro-Hindu outfits gathered at the Old Hubballi police station on Tuesday night demanding action against Christian missionaries who were allegedly involved in converting people.

Kejriwal asks people of Gujarat to `try’ him once

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday urged the people of Gujarat to “try” him once and give his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) five years in power. Speaking at a roadshow in Valsad city in poll-bound Gujarat, he promised relief from inflation through the “guarantees” including the waiver of electricity bill, free and quality education and medical care, among other things.

Car falls into a deep gorge in Kishtwar, 8 dead

Eight people died when a car fell into a deep gorge around 5:30 in the evening in the Marwah area of Kishtwar: Deputy Commissioner Kishtw

FTX founder Bankman-Fried sued in US court over yield-bearing crypto accounts

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been sued in U.S. court by investors alleging the company’s yield-bearing crypto accounts violated Florida law, according to court papers. The proposed class action filed late Tuesday night in Miami alleges that FTX yield-bearing accounts were unregistered securities that were unlawfully sold in the U.S. When the crypto exchange faltered on liquidity concerns, U.S. investors sustained $11 billion in damages, the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit seeks damages from Bankman-Fried and a number of celebrities who allegedly helped promote FTX, including National Football League quarterback Tom Brady and tennis star Naomi Osaka.

Delhi court to pass order on Satyendar Jain’s bail plea on Nov 17

A court here on Wednesday said it will deliver the order on the bail applications of AAP leader Satyendar Jain and two others in connection with a money laundering case on Thursday. Special judge Vikas Dhull of Rouse Avenue Court was scheduled to pronounce the order on Wednesday. However, the court deferred the matter, citing the order was not ready. Jain, whose bail has been denied in various hearings since his arrest in the PMLA case on May 30, is presently lodged in Tihar jail.

Indian banking sector resilient: RBI Governor

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday said that despite challenges, the Indian banking sector has been resilient and improved in various performance parameters. At the same time though, he asked public as well as private sector banks to remain watchful of the evolving macroeconomic situation and take necessary mitigating measures to minimise their impact on balance sheets and contain financial stability risks. Das made these remarks during a review meeting with Chairpersons of public sector banks and some private sector banks, which was also attended by other senior officials of the RBI.

US retail sales increase solidly in October

U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in October as households stepped up purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, suggesting consumer spending picked up early in the fourth quarter, which could help to support the economy. The solid retail sales reported by the Commerce Department on Wednesday and signs of a slowdown in inflation raised cautious optimism the economy could avoid an anticipated recession next year or just experience a mild downturn.

Toyota shows new Prius hybrid with more power, range, style

The new Toyota gas-electric Prius hybrid not only comes with more power, acceleration and driving range. It’s also more stylish, scrapping the rather stodgy angular body for a sleekly futuristic look. Simon Humphries, senior general manager of Global Toyota design who unveiled the car in Tokyo on Wednesday, stressed that the company was still defying the sceptics who keep asking how much longer the Japanese automaker will stick with hybrids in a rapidly electrifying industry.

We are walking in the Bharat Jodo Yatra to protect the Constitution…Farmer’s basic needs are diesel, petrol, gas cylinders but the current govt hiked the rates of these things.

– Rahul Gandhi

Modi govt says that become Agniveer, take training for 6 months, work for 4 years in the Army and then become unemployed for the rest of your lives. What kind of nationalism is this? They are playing with youths’ sentiments in the name of Agniveer.

– Congress MP Rahul Gandhi

Australia in India: Delhi likely to host Test after 5 years, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad also in fray

Delhi will be hosting a Test match after more than five years when Pat Cummins’ Australia travel to India for the high-profile Border-Gavaskar four-match series in February-March next year. Three other centres which are strongly tipped to host the remaining Tests are Ahmedabad, Dharamsala and Chennai. The series will be very important as it will be the last four games for India in the second edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. In fact, in order to qualify for the summit clash, India might have to beat Australia 4-0, which could be a Herculean task for Rohit Sharma’s men.

Wall Street opens lower on grim sales outlook from Target

Wall Street’s main indexes opened lower on Wednesday after top retailer Target’s dour holiday forecast stoked fears of inflation hurting a crucial business season for retailers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 38.0 points, or 0.11%, at the open to 33,554.93. The S&P 500 fell 14.9 points, or 0.37%, at the open to 3,976.82?, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 98.3 points, or 0.87%, to 11,260.095 at the opening bell.

COP27 negotiators still far apart on strong climate deal

Countries were far from agreeing the contours of a climate deal at the COP27 summit in Egypt on Wednesday, with the host country urging negotiators to resolve their differences ahead of a weekend deadline. The outcome of the conference in Sharm el-Sheikh is a test of world resolve to tackle global warming as other crises, ranging from Russia’s war in Ukraine to consumer inflation, distract international attention. Leaders from the G20 group of developed nations issued a declaration on Wednesday expressing support for a global goal to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, phase out coal and speed up climate finance.

Building collapses in Kenya’s capital, killing three people

At least three people died when a building collapsed in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, authorities said Wednesday. Six other people were rescued from the rubble and are being treated at a hospital in the Kasarani suburb, where the multi-story building is located. The residential building was under construction and had shown signs of weakness including visible cracks before it collapsed, witnesses told local media.

Terminal benefits should be paid to retired employee at earliest: Delhi HC

Terminal benefits, unless withheld for a valid reason, should normally be paid at the earliest to a retired employee who looks forward to getting them as succour in old age, the Delhi High Court has said. The court’s observation came on a petition by a private school employee seeking terminal benefits, including leave encashment, gratuity, arrears of salary as well as the differential amount payable to her for the period she was illegally suspended from service.

Reason for withdrawing my nomination was that (AAP) workers in Surat(East) Assembly started resigning. The workers started demanding money. I’m not capable enough to spend Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1 crore. Their demand was so much that I couldn’t fulfil it.

– AAP candidate Kanchan Jariwala

There was a lot of pressure from the party. People were harassing me by calling again & again. I went away with my son’s friends, there was no one from BJP. What I have to do now, I will tell after 5-7 days.

– AAP candidate Kanchan Jariwala on allegations of being kidnapped by BJP

Cong’s final list of candidates for Gujarat polls

Gujarat polls: PM Modi to hold road show in Vapi on Nov 19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders are expected to hold several road shows and public rallies in Gujarat as the party looks to rev up its election campaign to retain power in the state.Modi is likely to hold a road show in Vapi in Gujarat on November 19 and other senior leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, will also spearhead the mass contact programme in different parts of the state, party leaders said.After arriving in his home state on November 19, the prime minister is expected to hold public meetings across the state in the next two days.

EC asks Gujarat CEO to take action “as warranted” into AAP’s allegation of candidate’s kidnapping

The Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Gujarat chief electoral officer to inquire and take action “as warranted” into the allegations of the Aam Aadmi Party that its Surat (East) candidate was coerced into withdrawing from the poll fray. A four-member delegation of AAP led by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met the Commission officials this evening and handed over a representation after holding a protest outside the EC office here.

Govt gets Rs 3,839 cr from Axis Bank stake sale; disinvestment kitty swells to Rs 28,383 cr

The government has garnered about Rs 3,839 crore by selling a 1.5 per cent stake in Axis Bank, held through SUUTI. Last week the government sold a 1.5 per cent stake in Axis Bank through the Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI). The floor price for the offer was Rs 830.63 per equity share. “Government has received about Rs 3,839 crore from the sale of Axis Bank shares held by SUUTI,” the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey tweeted.

Gold gains Rs 320; silver drops Rs 125

Gold prices rose by Rs 320 to Rs 53,449 per 10 grams in the national capital on Wednesday in line with firm global trend and depreciation in the rupee, according to HDFC Securities. In the previous trade, the precious metal had closed at Rs 53,129 per 10 grams. Silver, however, dropped Rs 125 to Rs 62,682 per kg.

Iran issues new death sentences as protests enter third month

Iran issued a series of death sentences as women-led protests over Mahsa Amini’s death in custody entered a third month Wednesday, with clashes overnight leaving at least six people dead. Street violence raged across Iran overnight as protests sparked by the September 16 death of Amini intensified on the anniversary of a lethal 2019 crackdown.

Ukraine requests ‘immediate access’ to Poland missile blast site

Kyiv on Wednesday requested access to the site of a deadly blast in a Polish village after Western officials said the explosion there was likely caused by Ukrainian air defences. “Ukraine requests immediate access to the site of the explosion,” the secretary of Ukraine’s national security and defence council, Oleksiy Danilov, said on Twitter, adding they were ready to hand over “evidence” regarding allegations against Russia.

Keystone Realtors IPO subscribed 2 times on last day of offer

The initial public offering of Keystone Realtors, which sells properties under the brand ‘Rustomjee’, received 2 times subscription on the last day of offer on Wednesday. The company’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) got bids for 1,73,72,367 shares against 86,47,858 shares on offer, according to an update on the NSE. The category for Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIBs) received 3.84 times subscription, non-institutional investors portion was subscribed 3.03 times, while the quota for Retail Individual Investors (RIIs) got 53 per cent subscription. The IPO had a fresh issue of up to Rs 560 crore and an offer for sale of up to Rs 75 crore.

Trinamool MP Abu Taher Khan’s car mows down 6-year-old child in Murshidabad

India’s export to UAE rises 17.6 pc to USD 18 bn in Apr-Oct this fiscal

India’s exports to the UAE, with which a free trade agreement was implemented on May 1, rose by 17.6 per cent to about USD 18 billion during April-October this fiscal, according to the commerce ministry’s data. However, exports in October dipped by 18 per cent to about USD 2 billion. Imports during April-October 2022-23, on the other hand, increased by 33 per cent to USD 32.3 billion from the UAE, the data showed.

Congress releases the final list of 37 candidates for Gujarat polls

HC adjourns Twitter’s plea against govt blocking orders to Dec 12

The Karnataka High Court has adjourned the hearing of the petition filed by microblogging site Twitter against the Central government’s takedown orders to December 12. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sought time to present its arguments in the case following which Justice Krishna S Dixit adjourned the case on Wednesday. Twitter has approached the High Court challenging the several blocking directions issued to it to remove tweets, accounts and URLs on the platform.

Newly elected BJP MLA Bhavya Bishnoi takes oath

Newly elected BJP MLA from Hisar district’s Adampur constituency, Bhavya Bishnoi, was administered oath by the Haryana Assembly Speaker here on Wednesday.After the oath ceremony, Bhavya’s father and BJP leader, Kuldeep Bishnoi, hit out at the Congress, saying it has no future and it will be decimated in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and in the next Vidhan Sabha election in Haryana. Bhavya is the youngest member in the present House, Speaker Gian Chand Gupta told reporters after he administered oath to the 29-year-old MLA.

Country’s first private rocket set to be launched on Nov 18

Indian Space Research Organisation is all set for the maiden launch of the country’s first privately developed rocket “Vikram-S” by space startup Skyroot Aerospace on November 18 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Skyroot Aerospace has become the first private space company in India giving wings to the space programme, after the sector was opened up in 2020 by the Centre to facilitate the private players. The maiden sub-orbital launch of the rocket was rescheduled to the forenoon of November 18 from the earlier planned November 15 due to inclement weather conditions, Skyroot said.

Musk gives Twitter workers deadline to decide job fate

Elon Musk says Twitter is a software and servers company at its heart and wants employees to decide by Thursday evening if they want to remain a part of the business, according to an email the new owner sent to Twitter workers. Musk wrote that employees “will need to be extremely hardcore” to build “a breakthrough Twitter 2.0″ and that long hours at high intensity will be needed for success. Musk said Twitter will be much more engineering-driven, with employees who write “great code” comprising the majority of the team.

Over 21 lakh central govt pensioners used digital life certificates: Centre

Over 21 lakh central government pensioners have used digital life certificate (DLC) facility, the Centre said on Wednesday. The biometric-enabled digital service does away with the requirement for pensioners of the central or state governments or any other government organisation to submit their physical life certificate every November in order to ensure continuity of their pension.

Sebi Settlement Scheme II on illiquid option cases: Strong response so far; to end on Nov 21

Markets regulator Sebi’s settlement scheme on illiquid option cases will be open for another five days till Monday and it has received a strong response with over 7,000 entities already applied under this by paying the settlement amount, sources said on Wednesday. The scheme provides an opportunity for the entities who have executed reversal trades in the illiquid stock options segment of BSE between April 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015, and against whom enforcement action initiated by Sebi is pending, to settle the case.

31 cadres of banned outfits surrender to Manipur CM

A total 31 cadres of five banned valley-based insurgent outfits laid down arms and surrendered to Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday. The surrendered militants included 17 from Kangleipak Communist Party (People’s War Group), three from Kanglei Yawol Kanba Lup, six from People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) and four from United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and one from PREPAK (VC).

Kathua case: application for birth certificate nailed ‘juvenile’ now declared adult

A shoddily drafted application for a birth certificate was the loose string that led to the unravelling of the conspiracy to proclaim one of those accused in the 2018 gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua as a juvenile. On Wednesday, that story, told multiple times over the last four years, ended with the Supreme Court ruling that the accused claiming to be a juvenile can be treated as an adult and a trial should be initiated against him. The case of the young man in his early 20s, who can now be identified as Shubam Sangra, was being heard by the Juvenile Board in Kathua in Jammu. He was lodged in a juvenile home in Jammu and was expected to be released soon.

Excise Policy case: Delhi court allows businessman Dinesh Arora to turn approver

In fresh trouble for Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, a city court on Wednesday allowed the CBI’s plea to make businessman Dinesh Arora, an accused considered close to him, an approver in the excise policy case. Special Judge MK Nagpal passed the order while allowing pardon to Arora in the case, a court source said. During the hearing, Arora had told the court he was ready to make “true disclosure voluntarily” and expressed the desire to turn an approver.

SC stays Bombay HC observation that those who feed stray dogs must adopt them

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the observation of the Bombay High Court’s Nagpur bench that those who feed stray dogs must adopt them or put them up in dog shelter homes, and also bear expenses for their maintenance.

Swiggy introduces sexual harassment redressal policy for its women delivery executives

On-demand convenience digital platform Swiggy on Wednesday said it has introduced a sexual harassment redressal policy for its women delivery executives, who are otherwise not covered under the ambit of Indian laws for the prevention of such incidents at workplaces. Under the policy, apart from supporting the women delivery executives in filing police complaints, in case of harassment by a customer, after the completion of an initial investigation, no other female delivery executive would be assigned to the same customer with the contact number highlighted, even if the customer changes location, the company said in a blog post.

Arrest warrant against Union minister Nisith Pramanik in 2009 jewellery theft case

A court in Alipurduar has issued an arrest warrant against Union Minister of State for Home Nisith Pramanik in connection with thefts at two jewellery stores 13 years ago. The hearing of the case was conducted at the judicial magistrate’s court and no lawyer representing the minister, also a BJP MP, was present at the court when the warrant was issued. Along with the minister, the warrant of arrest was also issued against another accused on November 11. Pramanik’s lawyer Dulal Ghosh did not disclose their next legal move.

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