Daily News Summary – August 28, 2017


Assembly bypoll results:  AAP retains Bawana; BJP wins both Panaji, Valpoi; TDP wins Nandyal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Ram Chandra won the Bawana Assembly by-poll in Delhi by around 24,052 votes, giving a boost to the party which is in power in Delhi. Chandra got 59,886 votes, storming way ahead of BJP’s Ved Prakash (35834 votes) and Congress’s Surender Kumar (31919 votes).  TDP’s Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy defeated his nearest rival Silpa Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress party by over 27,466 votes.


Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2002 rape case

 A special CBI court on Monday pronounced a 10-year jail sentence for Dera Sachcha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2002 rape case. CBI judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced the sentence in Rohtak Jail, where a makeshift court was installed to carry out the proceedings smoothly. After the sentence, Ram Rahim was sent for a medical examination. He will have the right to file an appeal against the court order in high court.


CBI interrogates WB minister Subrata Mukherjee in Narada scam

West Bengal minister Subrata Mukherjee was today quizzed by the CBI in connection with the Narada tapes scam, agency sources said. The Trinamool Congress leader was summoned by the agency which is probing the scam in which names of several other ministers, MPs and MLAs of the party had cropped up. He was in the CBI office for more than four hours, agency sources said. He was interrogated by the ED in the same matter earlier. The tapes purportedly showed the CEO of Narada News, Matthew Samuels, offering money to the leaders while posing as a businessman.


Justice Dipak Misra sworn in as 45th Chief Justice of India

Justice Dipak Misra was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Monday. Justice Misra was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind.  He was succeeded by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar who demitted office earlier on Monday. Chief Justice Misra will preside over the top court for 13 months and six days, and will retire on October 2, 2018.  63-year-old Justice Misra is the senior-most judge of the apex court after Justice Khehar, and will be the third person from Odisha to be appointed the CJI, after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik.


RBI to launch new Rs.1000 banknote by December

The Rs 1,000-denominated currency note, which was demonetized on November 8 last year, is coming back in a new avatar with enhanced security features. Sources told DNA Money that the government would shortly start printing the new Rs 1,000 note to bridge the yawning gap between the existing Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. Preparations for the design and the paper for printing the Rs 1,000 note are in full swing. The new currency note with enhanced security features could be out as early as December 2017, said a person close to the development.


Blue Whale Challenge: Class VI student hangs himself to death

In yet another shocking incident, a 13-year-old boy hanged himself to death, following instructions on the infamous ‘Blue Whale’ online game. The class VI student identified as Parth Singh was found hanging in his bedroom in Maudaha village on Sunday night. The Blue Whale game firstly asks the player to draw a whale on a piece of paper, then carve a whale figure on their body, and then gives other tasks such as watching horror movies alone etc. The tasks include the final challenge to commit suicide.


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