Sikh woman on Pak pilgrimage converts to Islam, marries Lahore man: Reports

She has applied for an extension of visa, citing “threats of assassination” to her life in India, before Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad

Sikh woman on Pak pilgrimage converts to Islam, marries Lahore man: Reports

A Sikh woman pilgrim from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district has reportedly converted to Islam and married a Lahore-based Pakistan national, reports reaching her family in Punjab have indicated.

Kiran Bala, daughter of Manohar Lal, wrote to the Pakistan Foreign Office that her visa should be extended as she married one Mohammad Azam, a resident of Lahore, during a ceremony held at Jamia Naeemia seminary in Lahore on April 16, The Express Tribune reported.

She went to Pakistan on her Indian passport with Pakistan visa valid till April 21.

Her old father-in-law, Tarsem Singh, alleged on Thursday that his daughter-in-law could have fallen into the hands of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and may have been forced to convert and remarry there.

Kiran’s father-in-law, Tarsem Singh spoke to ANI and said, “My daughter-in-law called and said that she has converted to Islam and got re-married in Pakistan. I want to request the Prime Minister, CM of Punjab to take her out of this situation. I suspect she might have fallen into the hands of ISI.”

As per Pakistani media reports, Kiran embraced Islam from Darul-Aloom Jamia Naeemia in Lahore on April 16 and later performed ‘nikah’ (marriage) with Muhammed Azam, a resident of Hanjarwal Multan Road in Lahore.

According to ANI, she also changed her name to Amna Bibi which she used to sign the letter addressed to the foreign ministry, the report said.

“Now in the given circumstances, the undersigned could not return back to India and the undersigned have received life threats of assassination, therefore, the undersigned intends to extend her visa,” she wrote in the letter, published by the local media.

However, what is curious is that in her application for extension of the Pakistan visa, her name is typed as Amna Bibi while the signature has been done as Amina, IANS reported.

She has applied for an extension of visa, citing “threats of assassination” to her life in India, before Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, a report in Daily Times said.

The News also posted pictures of the woman and her visa extension application on its website.

Around 1,700 Indian pilgrims had gone to Pakistan to visit Sikh shrines, including Panja Sahib Gurdwara near Lahore and Nankana Sahib — the birth place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, on the occasion of Baisakhi on April 13. | Readmore…

Mecca Masjid blast case judge’s resignation rejected: Top 10 developments

Following the Mecca Masjid blast case verdict, Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at the NIA over the acquittal of the five accused and assured to provide legal help to the family of the victims

Mecca Masjid blast, Swami Aseemanand

The Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court on Thursday rejected the resignation tendered by special National Investigation Agency (NIA) judge Ravinder Reddy, who delivered the Mecca Masjid blast case verdict. Judge Reddy has been asked to attend to his duties immediately. The NIA court of Reddy had on Monday acquitted all the five Hindu activists accused in the decade-old bomb blast that killed nine worshippers at Hyderabad’s historic Mecca Masjid. The accused included Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swamy Aseemanand. Within hours, Reddy, who ordered the acquittals, resigned, citing “personal reasons”.

Meanwhile, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at the NIA over the acquittal of the five accused in the Mecca blast case. Addressing a rally in Hyderabad, Owaisi said that the investigation agency had turned deaf and blind. Further, he assured to provide legal help to the family of the victims.

Accusing the Congress party of indulging in vote bank politics, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Wednesday asked Rahul Gandhi to apologise to Hindus for labelling them as terrorists. “In pursuit of vote bank politics, the Congress popularised ‘Hindu Terror’ and tried to implicate some Hindu activists in the Meccas Masjid blast case in Hyderabad over a decade ago, though a NIA court acquitted them,” said Shah at an event in Bengaluru.

While the politicians duked it out over the verdict, following the exoneration of the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case, the family of one of the deceased demanded justice. Rehana Begum, the younger sister of deceased Saleem, said that her brother had died in the police firing that ensued after the blast took place and held those who planned and executed the blast responsible for his demise.

The blast, which took place on May 18, 2007, during Friday prayers at the Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad, killing nine people and leaving 58 injured, was allegedly carried out by a group of right-wing terrorists.

Here are the top 10 developments around the Mecca Masjid blast case verdict, the subsequent resignation of the judge who pronounced the verdict, and the rejection of the resignation:

1) Resignation of judge who delivered Mecca Masjid blast verdict rejected: The High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana today rejected the resignation filed by special NIA judge Ravinder Reddy, who delivered the Mecca Masjid Blast verdict. According to sources, Reddy has been asked to attend to his duties immediately.

On Monday, a special NIA court at Nampally had acquitted all the five accused in the case due to lack of evidence. Hours after the verdict was pronounced, Reddy had tendered his resignation.

2) Owaisi calls NIA blind and deaf after the Mecca Masjid blast verdict: After the acquittal of the five accused in Mecca blast case, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at the NIA, saying that the investigative agency has turned deaf and blind. He assured the families of the victims that he would provide them help in appealing against the verdict. “If the family of any victim wants to appeal against the verdict, then I am ready to provide them legal help. People call NIA a caged parrot, but I will say that it is blind and deaf also,” Owaisi said.

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SC rules out fresh probe in Sohrabuddin case judge Loya’s death: 10 points

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and judges A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, which dismissed the pleas, said that attempts were made to scandalise the judiciary

Tripods of television crew stand in front of the Supreme Court building in New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the mysterious death of special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge B H Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah. Loya had on December 1, 2014 died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur, where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.

Further, the apex court said that the submissions of the petitioners prima facie amounted to criminal contempt of court but that it was not initiating contempt proceedings.

Attempts were made to scandalise the judiciary by levelling serious allegations against judges and judicial officers of the Bombay High Court, said a Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and judges A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. Further, dismissing the pleas for an independent probe, the Bench said there was no reason to doubt the statements of four judges on the circumstances leading to the death of judge Loya. The apex court said that the documents placed on record and their scrutiny established that the CBI judge’s death was due to a natural cause.

The apex court had earlier asked the Maharashtra government to submit the post-mortem report of the CBI judge, who had died under suspicious circumstances in 2014, citing that the “matter was very serious”. Maharashtra-based journalist B S Lone and activist Tehseen Poonavala had filed independent pleas seeking a fair probe into the death of Justice Loya.

The issue of Justice Loya’s death had come under the spotlight in November last year after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his demise and its possible links with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. However, Justice Loya’s son had on January 14 said in Mumbai that his father had died of natural causes.

In the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, BJP President Amit Shah, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria, Rajasthan-based businessman Vimal Patni, former Gujarat police chief P C Pande, Additional Director General of Police Geeta Johri and Gujarat police officers Abhay Chudasama and N K Amin, have already been discharged.


Here are the top 10 developments around the Supreme Court’s verdict on pleas seeking an independent probe into CBI judge B H Loya’s death:


1) SC dismisses pleas seeking fresh probe in judge Loya’s death: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that there would be no independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, and dismissed a batch of pleas seeking the same.

2) ‘Attempt made to scandalise judiciary’: The Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and judges A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, which dismissed the pleas, said that attempts were made to scandalise the judiciary by levelling serious allegations against judicial officers and judges of the Bombay High Court.

3) Documents show judge Loya died of natural causes, says SC: The Bench further said that there was no reason to doubt the statements of the four judges on the circumstances leading up to the death of judge Loya, adding that the documents placed on record and their scrutiny established that the special CBI judge’s death was due to natural causes.

4) Frivolous litigation filed to settle political scores, says SC: The Supreme Court said that with these petitions it became clear that a real attempt and a frontal attack was being made on the independence of the judiciary. The apex court also said that a frivolous and motivated litigation had been filed to settle a political score. It also said that political battles should be fought in the “halls of democracy” and not inside court, reported Bar & Bench.

5) SC says petitioners in contempt of court but no action to be taken: The judgment made strong observations against the conduct and submissions of senior counsel Dushyant Dave, V Giri, and advocate Prashant Bhushan, reported Bar & Bench, adding that the Supreme Court stated the submissions of the petitioners prima facie amounted to criminal contempt of court. However, the court said that it was not initiating civil contempt against the petitioners for scandalising the judiciary.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the mysterious death of special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge B H Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah. Loya had on December 1, 2014 died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur, where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.

Further, the apex court said that the submissions of the petitioners prima facie amounted to criminal contempt of court but that it was not initiating contempt proceedings.

Attempts were made to scandalise the judiciary by levelling serious allegations against judges and judicial officers of the Bombay High Court, said a Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and judges A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. Further, dismissing the pleas for an independent probe, the Bench said there was no reason to doubt the statements of four judges on the circumstances leading to the death of judge Loya. The apex court said that the documents placed on record and their scrutiny established that the CBI judge’s death was due to a natural cause.

The apex court had earlier asked the Maharashtra government to submit the post-mortem report of the CBI judge, who had died under suspicious circumstances in 2014, citing that the “matter was very serious”. Maharashtra-based journalist B S Lone and activist Tehseen Poonavala had filed independent pleas seeking a fair probe into the death of Justice Loya.

The issue of Justice Loya’s death had come under the spotlight in November last year after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his demise and its possible links with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. However, Justice Loya’s son had on January 14 said in Mumbai that his father had died of natural causes.

In the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, BJP President Amit Shah, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria, Rajasthan-based businessman Vimal Patni, former Gujarat police chief P C Pande, Additional Director General of Police Geeta Johri and Gujarat police officers Abhay Chudasama and N K Amin, have already been discharged.

Here are the top 10 developments around the Supreme Court’s verdict on pleas seeking an independent probe into CBI judge B H Loya’s death:

1) SC dismisses pleas seeking fresh probe in judge Loya’s death: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that there would be no independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, and dismissed a batch of pleas seeking the same.

2) ‘Attempt made to scandalise judiciary’: The Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and judges A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, which dismissed the pleas, said that attempts were made to scandalise the judiciary by levelling serious allegations against judicial officers and judges of the Bombay High Court.

3) Documents show judge Loya died of natural causes, says SC: The Bench further said that there was no reason to doubt the statements of the four judges on the circumstances leading up to the death of judge Loya, adding that the documents placed on record and their scrutiny established that the special CBI judge’s death was due to natural causes.

4) Frivolous litigation filed to settle political scores, says SC: The Supreme Court said that with these petitions it became clear that a real attempt and a frontal attack was being made on the independence of the judiciary. The apex court also said that a frivolous and motivated litigation had been filed to settle a political score. It also said that political battles should be fought in the “halls of democracy” and not inside court, reported Bar & Bench.

5) SC says petitioners in contempt of court but no action to be taken: The judgment made strong observations against the conduct and submissions of senior counsel Dushyant Dave, V Giri, and advocate Prashant Bhushan, reported Bar & Bench, adding that the Supreme Court stated the submissions of the petitioners prima facie amounted to criminal contempt of court. However, the court said that it was not initiating civil contempt against the petitioners for scandalising the judiciary.

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Tamil Nadu college sex scandal: Governor won’t resign; top 10 developments

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit ruled out his resignation in the wake of a raging controversy over a sex scandal in a college in the state involving an assistant professor

Tamil Nadu Governor

Amid the raging Tamil Nadu Madurai Kamaraj University college sex scandal, Governor Banwarilal Purohit dismissed as “nonsense” and “baseless” an allegation that he was under the Union Home Ministry’s scanner for sexual misconduct. Purohit categorically denied any association with the college professor arrested for suggesting her students extend sexual favours to university officials in exchange for academic and financial rewards. Further, Purohit ruled out his resignation over the matter. Meanwhile, as political parties demanded a CBI probe into the matter, the Tamil Nadu Police chief ordered the transfer of the case involving an alleged attempt at sexual trafficking of college students by a professor to the Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CBCID).

The female professor who allegedly tried to coax her students into extending sexual favours to top officials of the university in Tamil Nadu has been arrested. On Monday, Governor Purohit and Madurai Kamaraj University Vice-Chancellor P P Chellathurai had ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter by the retired IAS officer R Santhanam. On Tuesday, Governor Purohit had appeared to keep the option of a CBI probe into the sex scandal open, saying he would decide on it once the report of the one-man committee headed by Santhanam was submitted.

Purohit’s denial comes after a report in a daily in February this year claimed the Governor of a southern state was accused of sexual misconduct and that the Union home ministry was investigating the veracity of the allegation.

Purohit, who called an unusual press conference on Tuesday to promise a fair inquiry into the Tamil Nadu college sex scandal, was at the receiving end of reporters’ questions about the arrested female teacher allegedly making repeated references to him and whether he would resign to stay away from the probe. He was also asked how the probe appointed by him would be fair.

An assistant professor in the Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai in Virudhunagar district, Nirmala Devi has been arrested on the charge of suggesting to some girl students that they yield themselves to keep the “higher-ups” in the Madurai Kamaraj University happy. She is heard making the suggestion in an audio clip that went viral over social media.

Here are the top 10 developments around the Tamil Nadu Madurai Kamaraj University college sex scandal that has brought Governor Banwarilal Purohit into spotlight:

1) Governor Banwarilal Purohit dismisses allegations as ‘nonsense’: Amid the raging Madurai Kamaraj University sex scandal, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit dismissed as “nonsense’ and “baseless” allegations that he was the subject of a Union Home Ministry probe for sexual misconduct. “It is nonsense, baseless, totally baseless,” he told reporters at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai. In a report in a daily in February this year, it was claimed that the Governor of a southern state was accused of sexual misconduct and that the veracity of the allegation was being looke into by the Home Ministry. Subsequently, the ministry had said that it was not aware of any such alleged sexual misconduct by any Governor.

2) Purohit assures guilty in Tamil Nadu sex scandal will be punished: Governor Purohit said strict action would be taken in the Tamil Nadu college sex scandal and asserted that the guilty would be punished. “The matter is very serious… it should not have happened and the guilty has to be punished (sic),” he said. The Raj Bhavan asserted that swift action was being taken in an unbiased manner to bring out the truth in the matter.

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IPL 2018: Rohit’s 94 helps Mumbai secure maiden win, Kohli’s 92 in vain

This is the maiden win for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 after three losses. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli is the only man who looked to score runs for RCB.

Rohit Sharma in action against RCB. Photo: PTI

Mumbai Indians managed to secure their first win of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) as they moved up to the 6th spot in Vivo IPL Points table. They defeated Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) by 46 runs. Chasing a mammoth target of 214, Virat Kohli’s heroics could not save the day for RCB as no other batsman came to his aide. Krunal Pandya scalped three wickets for Mumbai Indians. Earlier Rohit Sharma scored 94 runs to help MI post a total of 213. This is the maiden win for MI in IPL 2018 after three losses.

Earlier, after being reduced to 0-2 in the first over, Mumbai Indians had a remarkable recovery. Lewis and Rohit Sharma first built the innings and then lead the onslaught to take the team’s score to 213-6 in 20 overs. Royal Challengers Banglore bowlers failed to capitalise on the launch pad provided by Umesh Yadav.

MI captain Rohit Sharma made 94 and missed a well deserved century. Evin Lewis made 65 runs.

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Royal Challengers Banglore innings update: Over by over

Over 1: Virat Kohli and Quinton De Kock will open for Royal Challengers Banglore. Jasprit Bhumra will start off for MI. Dot ball. Pushed to third man for a single, first runs on the board. Onto the pads of De Kock, missing leg. Wide ball. One run to De Kock, given as leg-by. Kohli defends. Straight drive for four. Kohli sending a message. RCB 7-0

Over 2: De Kock sweeps Krunal Pandya for four. Easy single. Kohli flicks off his pads, four runs. Dot. Punched by Kohli through covers for four. Dot ball. MI 20-0

Over 3: Mitchell McClenaghan into the attack. Easy single for De Kock. Gone through Kohli. Huge appeal. Turned down. Bouncer pulled for one. De Kock swings and misses. Driven but just for one. Classic Kohli with a classic cover drive for four. MI 27-0

Over 4: Mustafizur Rahman is into the attack. Kock hits him for four. Easy single for De Kock. Kohli defends. Quick single to Kohli. Rahman to De Kock, flat six, sheer power, Amazing! Good single to end the over. RCB 40-0

Over 5: Mitchell McClenaghan to continue, De Kock steps out and misses. clean bowled. A B de Villiers is on the crease with Kohli. Quick single to ABD. Kohli takes another single. McClenaghan strikes again, ABD caught in the deep for 1. RCB in trouble. Mandeep Singh comes in. Easy single. End of over. RCB 44-2

Over 6: Rahman continues, Lucky four for Kohli. Driven for single by Kohli. Beautiful shot by Mandeep, four runs. Ripper by Rahman. Flicked off the pads for single. That was in the air for a while. Same shot by Kohli. RCB 55-2

Over 7: Mayank Markande is into the attack. Single to Kohli and Mandeep. Decent over. Just four of it. RCB: 59-2

Over 8: Krunal Pandya comes to the attack. Chance of a run out. Not out. One run. Played fine by Kohli for one. Mandeep steps out, couldn’t connect, just the one. Very good running. RCB 65-2

Over 9: Markande to continue. No run. Again a dot. Just the one. Pressure mounting on RCB. Mandeep steps out, misses the wide one, stumping missed. Powerful shot for one. Lofted shot for one. RCB 70-2

Over 10: Krunal continues, double. Single followed by Single. Mandeep falls into the trap this time, steps out to a wide ball, misses and gets stumped. Mandeep out for 16. Corey Anderson come in, plays a lofted shot on the first ball and is out, gone for 0. RCB 76-4.

Over 11: Washinton Sundar comes in. Hits a four. RCB 84-4

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Over 12: Krunal Pandya continues. Double to Sundar. Hits high in the air, Krunal is out for 7. Sarfaraz Khan is the new man in. Full toss to Kohli, one run. Sarfaraz had no clue about that spinning beauty. RCB 87-5

Over 13: Bhumra is back, single taken. Hardik throws, ball awkwardly bounces off from the pitch and hits Ishan Kishan’s face. He has a lump below his right eye, he looks in deep pain. He walked off the field. That was a nasty blow to his face. Aditya Tare will keep the wickets. Punched towards point for four. RCB 94-5

Over 14: Markande is back, Kohli hits a six! Quick double. Single to Kohli. Sarfaraz steps out, misses and stumped. Chris Woakes is in.

Over 15: Hardik Pandya is into the attack. Bouncer to Woakes. Single to Kohli, 50 for him. High full toss, Kohli takes a single, asking for a no ball. Woakes wanted a single, Kohli sends him back. RCB: 108-6 | Readmore…

Akshaya Tritiya 2018: Offers raining on gold, diamond; all you need to know

It’s raining sales on gold and diamond. Here is a list of portals offering tempting discounts to mark Akshaya Tritiya 2018

Akshaya Tritiya gold offers

Today is Akshaya Tritiya 2018, a day believed to bring good luck and success. It is believed that Akshaya Tritiya is good to initiate new beginnings and brings good fortune and luck. Most people start new businesses, buy land or jewellery, and invest in something on this day. All leading online portals – Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, etc – are enticing consumers with some heavy discounts on gold, platinum and diamond jewellery and giving an opportunity for shopaholics to shop to their heart’s content. Moreover, leading jewellers have lined up attractive offers for buyers.

In order to cash in on Akshaya Tritiya, leading jewellers have lined up attractive offers. Tanishq, for example, is offering up to 25 per cent off on making charges of gold and value of diamond jewellery, while Malabar Gold & Diamonds is offering gold coins and gift cards. PC Jeweller claims to be offering the lowest prices on gold coins this Akshaya Tritiya.

Banks like HDFC are offering up to 5 per cent cashback on jewellery purchase. However, while you are excited to grab your diamonds and gold, the government, has in a tweet advised customers to purchase only BIS-Hallmarked Jewellery, which is available in 14, 18 and 22 carats.

It’s raining sales on gold and diamond. Business Standard lists portals offering tempting discount to mark Akshaya Tritiya 2018:

1. Akshaya Tritiya 2018 offers from Tanishq: Starting today, the Bengaluru-based jewellery brand will offer up to 25% off on making charges of gold and diamond jewellery. Tanishq tweeted,”Celebrate this Akshaya Tritiya with us, and avail of up to 25% off on making charges of gold jewellery and diamond jewellery value!”

The company is also offering a wide range of designs under its Mangalam jewellery collection starting from Rs 10,000. Customers can opt to upgrade their old jewellery by exchanging and getting 100% value on them.

2. Akshaya Tritiya 2018 offers from Malabar Gold and Diamonds: The company has online ‘AKSHAYA TRITIYA’ offers, under which customers can get free gold coin on every purchase of jewellery worth Rs 15,000. If the order value is Rs 30,000, or more, you get two gold coins. The company also is offering 5 per cent value of jewellery purchased as e-gift card against a minimum shopping of Rs 15,000. This e-gift card can be redeemed online at the time of next purchase.

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This offer is valid until April 25, 2018 on a single transaction done at http://www.malabargoldanddiamonds.com website only and not at any of retail showroom.

3. Akshaya Tritiya 2018 offers from Orra Jewellers: To celebrate Akshaya Tritiya, the company is offering 0 per cent making charges on gold bars and coins. The offer is valid till April 18. The company is providing a discount of 27 per cent on diamond jewellery. Besides, there is also a 50 per cent off on making charges of golden jewellery also available for customers.

4. Akshaya Tritiya 2018 offers from PC Chandra Jewellers: Anyone purchasing jewellery from here till April 22 will get gold coins. The offer is, however, not valid in Agartala.

5. Akshaya Tritiya 2018 offers from Om Jewellers: The company is offering a discount up to 51per cent on making of charges of jewellery of gold, platinum and uncut diamond. On IGI certified jewellery, the company is asking its customers 0% making charge.

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Blast outside Indian consulate office in Nepal’s Biratnagar; no casualties

The security around the blast site has been tightened since the incident

Nepal indian embassy

A minor bomb explosion took place outside an Indian consulate office in Nepal’s Biratnagar damaging the wall of the premises, according to media reports on Tuesday. No injuries or casualties were reported as there were no officials present in the office at the time of the incident, according to the local media.

The bomb blast took place at around 8:20 pm and caused a hole in the compound wall. No one was in the office at the time of the incident, sources said.

Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar said the blast took place last night in an open space behind the building causing a minor damage to the wall. Police said they are investigating to find out on who caused the blast, Kathmandu Post reported.

The security around the blast site has been tightened since the incident.

Investigating officers suspect that cadres of a local political group may have caused the blast. The party had called a general strike in Biratnagar on Monday.

Meanwhile, security sources in New Delhi, citing inputs from Nepal, said a small explosion took place at Biratnagar at the Indian Embassy consulate office.

This is a temporary office which had been set up during floods in Nepal and north Bihar and continues to function since then.

Biratnagar is the industrial capital of Nepal and 6 km north of the border of Bihar.

Further details are awaited.|  Nepal Bomb Blast