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Aam Aadmi Party stood firmly behind Arvind Kejriwal at a key meeting of its national executive on Wednesday, deciding to expel Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, who had in recent weeks openly criticised the party's functioning and Kejriwal's leadership style, from the political affairs committee of the young outfit. "I just hope that the party doesn't stray from its founding principles and doesn't disappoint the millions who have reposed their faith in it," Bhushan told HuffPost India shortly after the stormy meeting.In what will come as a relief to beleaguered MP Shashi Tharoor, the Central Administrative Tribunal has held that he hadn't put any pressure on AIIMS doctor Sudhir Gupta to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in Sunanda Pushkar murder case. The government allows investigating agencies to snoop on nearly 5000 calls a month, said communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Lok Sabha. Buoyed by the zooming stock market, Sun Pharma's Dilip Shanghvi on Wednesday toppled Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani as India's richest person. At current prices, Shanghvi is valued at Rs 1.39 lakh crore ($22.4 billion), while Ambani is worth Rs 1.38 lakh crore ($22.2 billion). Home and car loans will get cheaper after the RBI cut rates, signalling that it is on the same page with the government regarding the country's economic outlook. An order for pilot-trainer aircrafts, placed during the UPA regime is now under scrutiny after it has emerged that the government has to cough up most of the Rs 4000-crore cost in eight years as opposed to staggering it over the agreed 30 years. The BBC has telecast India's Daughter, a documentary featuring interviews with Nirbhaya's rapist that had been banned in India. The film had caused widespread controversy ahead of its airing and disrupted Parliament on Wednesday as members debated whether or not the film should be shown. BJP-led government in Maharashtra has scrapped an ordinance providing reservation for Muslims, despite the Bombay High Court allowing quota for the community in educational institutions. US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday.
Off The Front PageActivist Satyashree from Maharashtra, who received her passport last month, may have become the first person in India to be officially identified as 'Transgender'. The Idaho state senate in the United States opened proceedings to Sanskrit prayers by a priest. The act--criticized by some senators for being un-Christian--was significant on the back of vandalism in two Washington temples. The tigers may be mushrooming, but India's rhinos seem to be under increasing threat after reports emerged of poachers killing two rhinos within four days in Kaziranga National Park, taking the toll of rhinos killed in the park this year to seven. The Modi government's Swachh Bharat campaign could rid garbage, as well as reduce leapoard attacks if one follows the implications of an intriguing study by wildlife biologists in Maharashtra. World Cup fever is now a malady that requires a legal cure after the Guwahati high court on Wednesday directed the Assam government to provide cable TV connection to inmates of the central jail here so that they can watch World Cup cricket matches.
Kerala businessman Nisham, who killed a security guard with his Hummer, is now wanted by the Karnataka police after he was accused, last December, of threatening and assaulting a software engineer in Bangalore, who objected to the beedi-businessman's noisy Lamborghini.