Top News of the Day: Saudi Arabia executes her 37 nationals for terrorsim, Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka blasts, Harassment Charges Against CJI to be probed, and more

Several killed in a deadly earth quake in Philippines (Image: Twitter)

Saudi Arabia executes her 37 nationals for terrorism

Saudi Arabia beheaded 37 Saudi citizens for what it said on Tuesday were terrorism-related crimes, the Interior Ministry said, publicly pinning two of the bodies to a pole as a warning to others.

The Interior Ministry statement said those executed had adopted extremist ideologies and formed terrorist cells with the aim of spreading chaos and provoking sectarian strife. It said the individuals had been found guilty according to the law and ordered executed by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, which specializes in terrorism trials, and the country’s high court.

‘Chowkidar chor hai’ remark: Supreme Court issues formal contempt notice against Rahul Gandhi

The apex court however exempted Gandhi from personal appearance in the case, filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, which will come up for hearing on April 30.

Supreme Court issues notice to lawyer who claims he was offered ₹1.5 crore to ‘frame’ CJI

The lawyer, Utsav Singh Bains, said he learnt from a “reliable person” who, on the condition of anonymity, told him that a “corporate figure” had tried and failed with the CJI “to get a favourable order in a high profile case”. This person had also tried unsuccessfully to get the case transferred.

Supreme Court orders Gujarat government to pay ₹50 lakh compensation to Bilkis Bano

During the 2002 Gujarat riots, a pregnant Bilkis Bano was gang-raped and seven of her family members were killed by a mob at Randhikpur village.

Pendency of trial no bar from contesting election, Pragya Singh Thakur tells court

Ms. Thakur was replying to a plea filed by Nisar Ahmed Sayyed Bilal, father of Sayyed Azhar Nisar Ahmed, who was killed in the September 29, 2008 Malegaon blast that also claimed five other lives.

Guwahati school ‘expels’ girl for being a “slow” learner

The school has allegedly expelled a 7-year-old girl student for being a “slow” learner and failing to secure better grades in her class.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people and injured about 500, the group’s AMAQ news agency said on April 23. The group did not give any evidence for its claim. The Sri Lankan government has blamed National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) after seven suicide bombers struck at three churches and three hotels on April 21.

A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake

Powerful quake hits Philippines, day after deadly temblor

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the April 23 quake at 6.4, while the local seismology agency said it was 6.5. The quake was centred near San Julian town in Eastern Samar Province and prompted residents to dash out of houses and office workers to scamper to safety.

Aviation Ministry says Jet Airways’s slot allocation to others only temporary

The SBI-led consortium of lenders and Jet Airways employees unions had on Monday urged the government to secure its international landing slots to protect its valuation.

Justice Bobde to Conduct In-House Inquiry Of Harassment Charges Against CJI

Justice SA Bobde, the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, was on Tuesday, 23 April, appointed to conduct an in-house inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

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