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1. The two BJP Ministers-Choudhary Lal Singh (Forest) and Chander Prakash Ganga (Industry and Commerce), who were under fire for allegedly instigating the people in Rassana rape-cum-murder case of eight year old minor girl, last night submitted their resignations to State BJP chief Sat Sharma.

2. Taking strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, the Supreme Court has initiated a case on its own record saying such impediment "affects the dispensation of justice and would amount to obstruction of access to justice".

3. Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid today said the Crime Branch probing the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district "has done a commendable job".

4. Crimes against women will not go unpunished, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in comments that are being seen as his first public response to the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old child in Jammu and Kasmhir's Kathua, and a teenager's allegation that a lawmaker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had raped her in Uttar Pardesh's Unnao.

5. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Lucknow late on Friday over allegations that he raped a teenager in Unnao last year.

6. As the outrage over the Kathua rape case continued, the Supreme Court has stepped in to warn the lawyers in Jammu that they cannot obstruct the process of law while the Delhi High Court restrained the media from revealing the identity of the victim by any means.

7. Facing flak over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, the BJP on Friday claimed that its rivals were "selectively" picking the two instances to target it and asserted that stringent action was being taken in both the cases.

8. The Cabinet meeting, scheduled to be held on April 16 at 4:30 pm, has again been postponed. An official order issued by the GAD didn't mention next date of the meeting.

9. Thirty-one per cent of the Prime Minister's Rs 80,000-crore development package for Jammu and Kashmir has been released to the State Government and 25 per cent of the total amount utilised so far.

10. The Centre's representative to Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, on Friday called on Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan.

 

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