Live news updates: Sri Lanka’s embattled former president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, returned from Thailand at midnight on Friday. Rajapaksa, 73, returned to Katunayake International Airport on a Singapore Airlines flight SQ-468 and was greeted inside the airport by several current government ministers and politicians from his Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party. The former president has reportedly gone to a state-owned bungalow set up for him in the heart of Colombo.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made five “key promises” to farmers in Gujarat on Friday while addressing a rally in the city of Dwarka in the state’s Saurashtra region. He said that if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is elected to power, his government will purchase wheat, rice, cotton, peanuts, etc. at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The other promises include giving up farm loans, re-conducting the farmland survey previously conducted by the BJP government, which will be scrapped, and carrying out a new survey. The AAP leader has promised to provide power supply during the day for 12 hours continuously, as well as providing assistance, if the crop fails, Rs 20,000 per acre.
The Supreme Court on Friday granted provisional bail to activist Teesta Setalvad, who was arrested for allegedly fabricating documents to incriminate high-ranking officials, including Gujarat’s then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in the 2002 riot cases in the condition. A court led by Chief Justice UU Lalit and Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia said that since the essential custody questioning is complete, the provisional bail issue should have been heard, noting that his bail statement was still pending. is pending before Gujarat High. court