PDP Not to Forge Alliance with BJP for Ladakh Election
ISix months after joining hands with the BJP to form a coalition government in Jammu & Kashmir, the PDP has decided not to forge an alliance with its ally for the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) polls.“The PDP will contest the polls independently. There will be no alliance with any party, including the BJP,” Senior PDP leader and minister Syed Altaf Bukhari said. The LAHDC is an autonomous hill council that administers the hilly Leh district. The Council, which was created in 1995, comprises 30 councillors, of which 26 are elected directly through voting and four others are nominated.
Mismatch in Sheena Bora’s Bone Samples
In a twist in the Sheena Bora murder case, the bone samples of the charred body collected from Pen in 2012 do not match with those obtained from the remains exhumed recently. The forensic experts at the BYL Nair Hospital, who submitted a 26-page report to the Khar police, have expressed doubts that the samples might have got mixed up and may not belong to Sheena. Meanwhile, a city court extended the judicial custody of all three prime accused in the case till October 5. And the CBI has accepted Maharashtra government’s request to take over the probe into the case, CM Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said.
Non-Marathis Get 70 pc of Taxi Permits
Amid a controversy over the Maharashtra government’s decision to issue auto rickshaw permits to only those who speak Marathi, the data with the Transport Department shows that almost 70 per cent of taxi permits in the city have been issued to non-Marathis. Of the 7,843 permits, 5,303 went to non-Marathis. In September 2014, 27,087 applications were received and permits were issued through an online lottery system. CM Devendra Fadnavis said every permit holder was conversant with Marathi. “You may call them non-Marathis, but they have been living in the state for 15 years. They got permits because they know the language,” he said.