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Business and Economy

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • The Delhi Police is turning the heat on eyewitnesses who are retracting their story in the “Jessica Lall murder case.” Buoyed by the Supreme Court (SC) implicating verdict on Zahira Sheikh who changed her story on the “Best Bakery case,” the police pointed accused eyewitness Shiv Dass Yadav, an electrician who was working at the bar and claimed to have seen the shooting, of retracting his testimony without due cause. Dass was accorded police custody and never once did he retract his story till the actual trial. SC Chief Justice Sabharwal had highlighted the need for change if the system is to be protected and in response the Parliament is considering a new law that will amend the Criminal Penal Code (CrPC) that will make it harder for witnesses to turn hostile.

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Environment, Health and Education

  • US-based Human Rights Watch said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is extorting money from Tamil populations settled in Canada, Britain, and Europe often under threat of serious consequences. Oftentimes, expatriates of Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora living outside their native land have families back home. The LTTE threaten the safety of their families back home to extract thousands of dollars. Author of the report, Jo Becker said that while most Tamils support the LTTE struggle, “the culture of fear is so strong that even Tamils who don’t support them still feel that they have no choice but to give money.” Tamils who do not have money or unemployed have been asked to borrow through credit cards, re-mortgage their houses, or even “cut out one meal per day” to support the LTTE.

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  • The US said that while it would accept the sale of Russian uranium for the Tharapur plant in principle, it would like Russia to wait for India to move further along on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. India rejected this suggestion saying that the supply of uranium by Russia will not violate the 45-nation Nuclear Supplier Group guidelines

  • Editorial: Hamas's victory in Palestinian Territories

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