John Kerry&’s visit next week
NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE: The US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, will arrive in India on Sunday and co-chair the 4th India-US strategic dialogue on Monday. This was announced by the US State Department in Washington yesterday. “Topics for discussion will include bilateral and regional economic engagement, regional security and Defence, science and technology, climate change, and other global issues such as women’s empowerment, non-proliferation and space cooperation,” said US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki in a statement. Mr Kerry is on a 10-day visit to various Asian nations. Before arriving in the Capital, he will make a stopover in Doha on 23 June. Mr Kerry will co-chair the annual US-India strategic dialogue with external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on 24 June. sns
BJP for early decision on JD-U MPs
NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE: The changed political equations between BJP and JD-U today played out in the open in a Parliamentary panel when the main Opposition demanded an early decision on disqualification of three MPs of its erstwhile ally. The agenda regarding the JD-U petition to disqualify three of its Lok Sabha MPs ~ Rajiv Ranjan Singh ‘Lalan’, Sushil Singh and Mangni Lal Mandal ~ is pending for months with the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha. pti
ACB may question Alemao in PWD scam
PANAJI, 20 JUNE: Anti-Corruption Bureau may summon former Goa PWD minister Churchill Alemao for questioning after allegations came up that he was allegedly involved in a scam where tenders were issued for carrying out various works in violation of procedures. The minister, however, has denied the allegations.pti
Trial against Jagan can start: CBI
HYDERABAD, 20 JUNE: The CBI today told a local court that it had completed investigation in the three charge-sheets filed against YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the case related to ‘quid-pro-quo’ investments and the trial can start. The CBI has filed five charge-sheets and three supplementary charge-sheets against Mr Reddy and others, including three former Andhra Pradesh ministers, so far. pti
Man kills father&’s murderer after 37 yrs
CHANDIGARH, 20 JUNE: A 41-year-old man killed his father’s murderer 37 years after the murder in Punjab district, and after the latter served a life term in the case. A resident of Ralla village under the Joga police station in Mansa district, Jarnail Singh&’s father Harmel Singh was murdered in 1976 by Chotta Singh following some argument. Chotta had returned to the village after serving life imprisonment for the murder of Harmel. But apparently, Jarnail was waiting to take revenge and murdered Chotta with an axe on 18 June. He fled from the spot but was arrested on Wednesday. The axe used in the crime has also been recovered. sns