- The two NRI children—Abhigyaan and Aishwarya, who were kept in foster care by authorities in Norway for nearly a year, have arrived in New Delhi today. After a protracted legal battle and diplomatic pressure by India, the children came back home accompanied by their foster father and were received at the airport by their grandparents and Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur.
We have a clip from their grandfather Manotosh.
- Eight ruling party MPs from Telangana region were suspended for repeatedly disrupting House proceedings to demand a separate state after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal moved a motion seeking their suspension. This is perhaps for the first time in several years that members of the ruling party have been suspended from either House of Parliament.
More detail in the bulletin.
- The Chhattisgarh government rushed medicines for abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon hours after the Maoists informed them that he was critically ill. The medicines are being sent through one of the mediators named by the Maoists for holding negotiations with the government. Last night, the Maoists had named three mediators including lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Former National SC/ST Commission chairperson BD Sharma, for negotiations after the Chhattisgarh government offered to hold talks to free Menon.
Bhushan has backed out from the negotiation responsibility, but you can listen to a clip where BD Sharma says that he is waiting for some intimation from the government to start negotiation.
- In a Firstpost exclusive, we have learnt that the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing scams involving Jagan Mohan Reddy, believes it has iron-clad evidence in the form of over a dozen section 164 statements from various witnesses and is leaving no stone unturned to keep them secret.
- Confessed mass killer Anders Breivik defended his sanity after a forensic panel found flaws in a psychiatric report that declared him sane in the eyes of the law. More detail in the bulletin.
- In sport, it is a big night for Chelsea as they take on Barcelona in their second leg semi-final of the Champions League. The Blues already have a one goal lead which they can take to Spain. As for the IPL, the Knight Riders take on Deccan Chargers—who are still looking for their first win of the tournament.
- And finally, the Supreme Court refused to grant 400 days to the government to complete fresh auction of 2G spectrum licences but extended the deadline for it from June 2 to August 31, 2012.