After spending 11 days in jail, a government clerk and three other men who were “mistakenly” picked up by Muzaffarnagar police after December 20 clashes walked free on Tuesday. Over 73 people are in jail for their alleged role in clashes and arson in Muzaffarnagar. Local police are in the process to identify more “innocent” people it has put behind bars.
Warning Pakistan that India reserves the right to pre-emptively strike at cross-border sources of terror if it does not stop state-sponsored terrorism, the country’s new military brass on Tuesday said the armed forces are in a high state of operational readiness and better prepared to tackle the challenges on the western and eastern fronts now.
In its first fare hike in five years, the railways on Tuesday announced increase in passenger charges that will see ticket prices rise by Rs 55-60 if you travel between Delhi and Mumbai or Kolkata on a Rajdhani from Wednesday onwards but did not touch suburban train fares.
The country lost 110 tigers in 2019, a third of them to poaching. The year also saw the death of 491 leopards, according to figures compiled by NGO Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI). As many as 38 tigers were lost to poaching, up from 34 in 2018.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday unveiled a Rs 102 lakh crore infrastructure investment plan for the next five years, with less than a fifth consisting of new projects to begin with.
In the first confirmation on Chandrayaan-3, Union minister for department of space Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said the second lander mission to Moon will be a “cost-effective mission and most likely be launched in 2020”. “The orbiter is already there (on Moon’s orbit & functional). So we are going to cut on cost. It will carry only a lander mission.” said Singh.
On the New Year’s eve, the railways announced fare hike across its network, excluding suburban trains, effective from January 1, 2020, according to an order issued on Tuesday. The railways also announced a two paise/km hike in fares of mail/express non-AC trains and four paise/km hike in the fares of AC classes. Premium trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains are included in the fare hike.
In a stern warning to Pakistan, Army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane on Tuesday said India reserves the right to preemptively strike at sources of terror threat if the neighbouring country does not stop state-sponsored terrorism. ”The Pakistan army’s proxy war design received setback due to elimination of terrorists and decimation of terror networks (by India),” he said.