14 February 2017

14 Feb.2017: 16 Jamadiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:116
No need to stand during national anthem when part of a film: Supreme Court, modifying earlier order
Modifying its earlier order, the Supreme Court has now said that audience need not stand when the National Anthem is played as storyline in a film, newsreel or documentary. The apex court also said it is not mandatory to sing the anthem in cinema halls. On Nov.30, the apex court had ruled that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect.The court also directed that the national flag should be shown on screen when the anthem is played."People must feel this is my country and this is my motherland," a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy had said while stressing that it is the duty of every citizen of the country to show respect to the national anthem and the flag. outlook/pti
No one is obliged to stand up when national anthem is played as part of a Film, documentary:SC
Supreme Court Convicts V K Sasikala In DA case; Can't Contest Elections For 10 Years
AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court which set aside the Karnataka High Court verdict acquitting her in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case that also involved late Chief Minister J JayalalithaaThe apex court restored in toto the judgement and the findings of the trial court in Bengaluru which had held guilty all the accused including Sasikala's two relatives, VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi.The two-judge bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy directed Sasikala and the two relatives to surrender forthwith to the trial court in Bengaluru and serve the remaining part of four year jail term. The verdict disqualifies Sasikala from becoming a legislator, and consequentially she can't be chief minister either.The bench read the operative portion of the voluminous judgement saying that "according to the materials and evidence place on record, we set aside the judgement and the order of the high court and affirm in toto the judgement and order the trial court convicting the accused persons." PTI

Sasikala DA case verdict Live: Panneerselvam expelled from AIADMK, Palaniswami  named CM candidate
The Supreme Court convicted AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case on Tuesday, delivering a blow to her chances of becoming the Tamil Nadu chief minister. The court found the 61-year-old and two others guilty in the 21-year-old corruption case and asked Sasikala to surrender. The judgment bars Sasikala from holding a public office and contesting elections for at least next 6 years, strengthening the hand of caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam, who has been locked in a bitter power struggle with her. Watch this space for live updates from Tamil Nadu and Delhi on a day of hectic political and legal activities.Panneerselvam expelled from primary membership of AIADMK by Sasikala camp, Edapaddi Palaniswami named CM candidate after meeting of AIADMK MLAs at Golden Bay resort
DA case verdict: Palaniswami or Jaya’s nephew? Spotlight on who will be Sasikala’s pick for CM job

Rohith Vemula's SC Certificate To Be Cancelled By Andhra Govt
The Andhra government has reportedly decided to cancel the Scheduled Caste (SC) certificate of Rohith Vemula, the student of the University of Hyderabad who committed suicide last year. It has issued a show-cause notice to Rohith's mother Radhika, asking her to furnish documents within two weeks to prove she is Dalit, failing which they would cancel both their SC certificates.The district collector of Guntur, Kantilal Dande, told Hindustan Times that Rohith and his mother had obtained the SC certificate "fraudulently" and that they actually belonged to OBC."This is nothing but a concerted attempt to dilute the case and save the skin of the Vice-Chancellor and BJP Ministers," Radhika told The Hindu, adding that she was born into an SC family and later adopted by another family.

Only 5% Of Women In India Choose Their Husbands, 80% Need Permission To Visit A Health Centre
How much control do Indian women have over different aspects of their lives? Not much, according to Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS), conducted by University of Maryland and the National Council of Applied Economic Research in 2004-2005 and 2011-2012.Only 4.99% of women in India had sole control over choosing their husbands, while 79.8% of women needed permission to visit a health centre, according to the 2012 IHDS survey, showing little change since IHDS survey in 2005, when 5% reported having sole control over choosing their husband, and 74.2% reported needing permission to visit a health centre.IHDS survey in 2012 covered over 34,000 urban and rural women between the ages of 15 and 81, in 34 Indian states and union territories.Overall, 73% of the women surveyed reported that their parents or relatives alone chose their husbands, while as few as 5% of women reported to have had sole control over choosing their husbands.A similar survey for men has not been conducted.Almost 80% of women said they had to seek permission from a family member to visit a health centre. Out of these women, 80% said they needed permission from their husband, 79.89% from a senior male family member, and 79.94% from a senior female family member.Further, 58% of women reported that they needed permission to visit the local kirana (grocery) store, compared to 44.8% in 2005.
65% Indian women are literate, 5% have control over choosing their husband: report
Delhi crime data: Rape every four hours, murder every day
DELHI: Crime in Delhi increased for the third straight year and three out of every four cases registered in 2016 went unsolved, official data released on Monday showed.The numbers, released by Delhi Police as part of an annual disclosure, cement the national capital’s reputation of being a dangerous city — particularly for women who made a distress-call to helplines every 9 minutes on an average.Of the 2,09,519 cases reported last year, 1,53,562 cases — or 73.29% of them — could not be cracked. In 2015, the proportion of cases that were unsolved was 72.78%.Allegations of crimes against women — a molestation complaint every two hours, a rape case every four hours — remained staggeringly high. But rape cases were fewer in 2016 compared to the year before when 2,199 cases were registered. Last year, 2,155 rape cases were filed.

BJP IT Cell member arrested for being ISI agent hated Kejriwal, was follower of Tarek Fatah
BJP IT Cell member, Dhruv Saxena, who was recently arrested by Madhya Pradesh ATS, was a follower of suspected Pakistani agent, Tarek Fatah, and hated Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. A cursory look at his Facebook timeline explains the extent of hatred he harboured for Kejriwal and other Indian elected representatives. His social media posts also highlighted his admiration for the RSS’s poster boy and suspected Pakistani agent, Fatah.On 28 Jan, Saxena had posted a photo of the Republic Day event slamming Vice President Hamid Ansari for not saluting India’s tricolour while the national anthem was being played. This despite the fact that there’s no requirement to salute the national flag during the national anthem. Few months ago, he had done his best to drum up the support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation announcement by sharing series of videos. It was during this time that he also posted a video of Fatah, where the controversial Pakistani was seen hurling insults at Delhi chief minister, his West Bengal counterpart, Mamata Banerjee and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah by passing disparaging comments on the latter’s look.

Irom Sharmila Claims BJP Offered Her ₹36 Crore To Contest Manipur Election On Party's Ticket
IMPHAL -- In what may bring embarrassment to the BJP ahead of the Manipur Assembly polls, social activist Irom Sharmila has revealed that she was offered ₹36 crore to contest the elections on the saffron party's ticket."Just after my fast, I met a BJP leader who suggested that I will need lots of money depending on current system of politics. He said I will need on an average ₹36 crore for fighting the election, if I have that amount I need to produce it, if not the Centre will give it," she told reporters.

Modi govt ‘sponsors’ Karachi Lit Fest, another U-turn in foreign policy towards Pakistan
Indian government led by the BJP on Monday was condemned by its political rivals for its another ‘U-turn’ on its foreign policy towards Pakistan.Congress’s Manish Tiwari slammed the Centre’s Narendra Modi government after it emerged that the government’s flagship cultural body, Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ (ICCR), was one of the sponsors of the just concluded Karachi Lit Fest.Tiwari termed the development bankruptcy of foreign policy under Narendra Modi government.He told Times Now, “It’s another example of complete and absolute bankruptcy of the Modi government when it comes to their policy towards Pakistan. Strangely, this sponsorship of Karachi Lit Fest by the ICCR, which is the government of India entity for all intents and purposes comes on the same day when the Unites States of America has denied a visa to the deputy chairperson of the Pakistani Senate.”

Over 50% Saudi jobs meant for Indians shifted to Bangladesh, Pakistan in Modi govt
New Delhi: When Narendra Modi made his maiden visit to Saudi Arabia last year, it was widely hailed as another masterstroke by the Indian prime minister with commentators dubbing his act as ‘Modi scoring big with befriending Saudi.”Modi’s supporters in media and outside argued that by befriending Saudi, Modi had effectively neutralised the influence of India’s arch-rival, Pakistan. However, the latest data shows that 50% Saudi jobs meant for Indians shifted to Pakistan and Bangladesh under Modi as India’s prime minister.The Narendra Modi government had come to power on the promise of creating two crore jobs early but half of its tenure has passed and the unemployment rate is continuously increasing. This has been admitted in the Rajya Sabha by Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh.

Shot in the eyes: Kashmiri girl tells her story
There are some things about Oct.31, 2016, that Ifra Shakour says she will never forget. And then there are the hours that she was unconscious.She remembers hunching over school books, cramming for her eighth-grade exams. She recalls hearing bursts of tear gas shells coming from the local market. And she definitely remembers that feeling of dread when she realised that her little brother wasn't home."I asked my mother what was happening outside," the 14-year-old told Al Jazeera in this 101 East documentary. "I didn't know what was going on. I closed my books and went out." Ifra only made it to her front gate. The last thing she saw were two uniformed policemen running towards her."When I saw them, I got scared. That's why I ran," she told Al Jazeera."They caught me by my hair and dragged me. And then they beat me with their baton on my arm. But still they weren't satisfied so they shot me with a pellet gun."

  Senate Republicans are worried Donald Trump is mentally ill, says Democrat Senator Al Franken
Republican senators are concerned President Donald Trump is mentally ill, Democratic Senator Al Franken has claimed. Minnesota senator told CNN's State of the Union the worries of "a few" Republicans comes from "the way that we all have this suspicion" that Trump "lies a lot."He added: "He says things that aren't true. That's the same as lying, I guess."Franken cited Trump's evidence-free claim he would have won the popular vote in the presidential race if not for three to five million immigrants in the country illegally voting for his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.Trump is also said to have told some senators in a private meeting at the White House that he and former Republican senator Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if it had not been for voters bussed in from other states.
 IS Chief Baghdadi Targeted In Air Strike, Says Iraqi Military: Reuters
The Iraqi airforce carried out a strike on a house where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was thought to be meeting other commanders, the Iraqi military said on Monday, without making clear whether he had been hit.In a statement, it said Iraqi F-16s had targeted the house in western Iraq on Saturday. It published the names of 13 IS commanders it said had been killed in the air strike, but the list did not include Baghdadi.3 other IS positions in western Iraq were targeted in the same wave of air strikes, killing 64 fighters, the statement said.The military said Baghdadi moved last week in a convoy from Raqqa, in Syria, to the region of al-Qaim, on the Iraqi side of the border, to discuss with commanders "the collapse happening in Mosul and to chose a successor for him".US-backed Iraqi forces have completed the first phase of the campaign to retake Mosul, removing the militants from the eastern side of the city last month.An Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary force is also battling the Sunni militants west of Mosul, trying to prevent their escape to Syria. 

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