POSTED BY Rama Dwivedi ON Jul 29, 2015 AT 20:57 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 29, 2015 20:57 IST

Supreme Court lawyer Vrinda Grover along with several eminent journalists and activists will present a mercy petition signed by Yakub Memon to the President Pranab Mukherjee later this evening.

At Jantar Mantar in Delhi, people from all walks of life have gathered and are raising slogans: "Nyaay ki hai he pukaar,  current petition ho sweekaar"

"There is a lot of doubts across the political spectrumand no death penalty should be exercised in case of doubt. We would also like to remind everyone the  principle our late predident kalam had against death penalty. Its time for india to show their moral fibre and show the world that we are an enlightened nation" said Kavita Krishnan, social activist.

The statement by People's union for democratic rights reads:

One has to assert that Yakub's right to life cannot be taken away as hanging him for his supposed crime committed 22 years ago is not justice; it is vengeance...One has to recall what B. Raman the RAW chief who was instrumental in securing Yakub's arrest, had told the Rediff editor in 2007: that the "promie given by serving officers who represent a soveriegn State is non-negotiable, and that the system should uphold hat is promised by the representative of the soverign State."
One has to emhasize that a person cannot be punished twice; that 21 years of incarceration cannot be compounded with another and extreme punishment, of death penalty.

10.10 PM: The mercy petition is received by the President's office via email,  fax. The President's office will refer the matter to ministry of home affairs and they will revert on validity of the petition.

It's unconstitutional if the victims petition goes unheard, Vrinda Grover said.

Police has barricaded the entire area and restricted the protesters movement.

People are planning to hold an all-night sit-in.

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POSTED BY Rama Dwivedi ON Jul 29, 2015 AT 20:57 IST, Edited At: Jul 29, 2015 20:57 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 29, 2015 AT 15:47 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 29, 2015 15:47 IST

According to a report in USA Today, an alleged Islamic State recruitement document was found in Pakistan's tribal areas which gives a sneak peek into the Islamic State's ambitious plans of building a grand terrorist army in Pakistan and Afghanistan and triggering a war in India.

The 32-page document which is in Urdu was translated by Harvard researcher and translator Mustafa Samdani.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 29, 2015 AT 15:47 IST, Edited At: Jul 29, 2015 15:47 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 28, 2015 AT 21:57 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 28, 2015 21:57 IST

Imagine if you were to hear a child's laughter coming down a coconut tree outside your house late every evening. Imagine how creepy that would be!

This is exactly the tragedy that befell Govinda's family, a resident of Vandse in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district, Karnataka. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 27, 2015 AT 22:43 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 27, 2015 22:43 IST

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam died after he collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. 

The 84 year old Kalam was rushed to Bethany hospital in a critical condition where he died. 

From the Outlook archives, we bring to you articles to reminisce a life well lived. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 27, 2015 AT 22:43 IST, Edited At: Jul 27, 2015 22:43 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 23, 2015 AT 23:15 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 23, 2015 23:15 IST

Imagine it's sometime between 610 AD to 632 AD. Imagine a Prophet receiving revelations from God which would form the basis of one of the world's largest religions. Imagine people sitting around him hearing him preach, in the middle of a hot, arid desert, some committing it to memory, others writing it down on anything that they can lay their hands on - parchment, stone, palm leaves and the shoulder blades of camels. 

Now imagine a fragment of it turning up 1,370 years later, in a far away land. Birmingham, UK, to be precise.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 23, 2015 AT 23:15 IST, Edited At: Jul 23, 2015 23:15 IST
     
 
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