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02 July NEWS: Will consider creating larger bench on pleas against polygamy, nikah-halala : SC/ SC extends deadline for Assam NRC final draft till July 30

02 July 2018:17 Shawwal 1439: Vol:10, No:56
Will consider creating larger bench on pleas against polygamy, nikah-halala, : SC
New Delhi:The Supreme Court today said it would consider setting up of a 5-judge constitution bench to examine validity of the prevalent practices of polygamy and 'nikah halala' among the Muslims.The SC  had on March 26 this year decided to refer to a larger bench a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of polygamy and 'nikah halala' among Muslims. "We will look into it," a bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra said, adding that they will be listed for hearing before the constitution bench after the Centre files its response. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Centre, said the government will file its response to the petitions.The development assumes significance as the Centre has recently made it clear that it would oppose in the Supreme Court the practice of 'nikah halala' when the top court would examine its legal validity in the coming days.The court's observation came when senior lawyer V Shekhar and advocate Ashwini Kumar Updhayay, appearing for Delhi-based Sameena Begum, sought urgent hearing of her petition, alleging she has been threatened by her in-laws to either withdraw the petition from the apex court or get thrown out of the matrimonial home."We will list her petition along with other petitions," the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.The lawyers said that earlier, the petitions were shown in the advance cause list of business of the Supreme Court but later they got deleted, which led them to mention them for urgent listing.Some petitions have also challenged the practices of 'Nikah Mutah' and 'Nikah Misyar' -- both temporary marriages where duration of the relationship is specified and agreed upon in advance.Sameena Begum, in her petition, has said that by virtue of Muslim Personal Law and Section 494 of the Indian Penal Code (marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife) was rendered inapplicable to Muslims and no married woman from the community has the avenue of filing a complaint against her husband for the offence of bigamy.A similar plea was also filed by Delhi-based woman Nafisa Khan seeking almost same reliefs. PTI
No to urgent hearing of plea against Polygamy, Halala:SC
SC extends deadline for Assam NRC final draft till July 30
The Supreme Court on Monday extended its June 30 deadline for publication of the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) by a month, after the Centre and State coordinator agreed to publish it within the new time limit.A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.F. Nariman considered report of state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela and extended the deadline. Hajela had last week said it would not be possible to release the final draft of the NRC as scheduled on June 30 due to the floods in state. The NRC is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam.The bench asked State Chief Secretary and DGP of Assam to immediately provide adequate security to Mr. Hajela and his family members, including his children, in view of the work done by him. It asked them to file a compliance report immediately after taking a decision on the issue.The SC said it will consider all the interlocutory applications and other related matters on July 31. thehindu
SC seeks Uttar Pradesh govt’s response on plea alleging fake encounters
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s response in connection with a plea alleging that several people have been killed in fake encounters in the state. A bench comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued the notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on PIL filed by PUCL, an NGO.Appearing for PUCL, Lawyer Sanjay Parikh alleged that Uttar Pradesh police carried out 500 encounters in which 58 have been killed.The bench, however, rejected PUCL’s plea that NHRC be also made a party in the present proceeding. NHRC had earlier issued notice to the state government on the issue.indianexpress
SC directs Centre to decide time frame for appointing Lokpal
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central government to spell out the steps needed to be taken for the appointment of a Lokpal and the time frame that each step will require to be completed.A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R. Banumathi sought the details as Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said the selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet shortly to decide on the next step.The court said the competent authority will file an affidavit indicating the steps and the time each step will take in the course of the appointment of the Lokpal.IANS
Dera Sacha Sauda had a hand in Bargari sacrilege, murder of Sikh preachers: Commission report
Chandigarh: 200-page injury report of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission of Inquiry into incidents of sacrilege of the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib 3 years back has pointed out that it was allegedly Dera Sacha Sauda which had a role in these incidents as they wanted to create communal tension in the state and also plotted the murder of 2 Sikh preachers, Baljit Singh Daduwal and Harjinder Singh Maji.Sources said that the report which was submitted to the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh yesterday by the Justice Ranjit Singh has corroborated findings of a SIT of the Punjab Police as it points out that to create communal tension in the state in 2015 `Premis' or followers of Dera Sacha Sauda had a hand in these sacrilege incidents. It claimed that the Dera had formed a team of ten followers who were given this task by three members of the national committee of the Dera.For the act of sacrilege in Bargari, ten followers were given the task and three people (followers of the Dera) who have already been arrested by the Punjab Police have reportedly told the police about the names of others and also the names of their three handlers Pradeep, Harsh and Sandeep (reportedly members of national committee of Dera).An officer alleged that the main conspirator was allegedly one Mahinder Pal Singh and he had further deputed one Sukhjinder Singh and another person Neela for the purpose who were Dera followers. While the others who allegedly had a hand were Shakti Singh, Baljeet, Bhola, Nishant, Narender Sharma, Raju and Bittu as they worked on the instructions of the handlers.Sources allege that the handlers told the followers to paste posters with derogatory comments on Sikh spiritual leaders and also in June 2015 these people alleged stole Guru Granth Sahib from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala to avenge an attempt made by a supporter of preacher Panthpreet Singh to bring premis back into the Sikh fold and thus tore few pages before throwing the holy book in the drain near Kotkapura thus, violence spread in the state and two people lost their lives.newindianexpress
Get police permission to continue WhatsApp groups, FB pages : J-K’s Kishtwar official
Jammu:In a bid to curb spread of rumours via social media platforms, the Kishtwar district administration near Jammu has asked the netizens having WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages to get their antecedents verified by police and seek their permission within ten days to continue running them.In a stern measure, the netizens have also been asked to give an undertaking to the authorities that they would be personally responsible for the contents uploaded on their social media platforms and be liable to face legal consequences for possible breach of law by such contents.The order, issued by District Development Commissioner (DDC) Angrez Singh Rana on Friday, has also warned netizens that they may be liable to prosecution under various laws, including anti-terror law, UAPA, besides other penal provisions like IT Act, Ranbir Penal Code and the Cyber Crime laws.The officials said the order was issued by the DDC in response to a letter written by Kishtwar’s SSP Abrar Choudhary to him on June 22.HT
In a first, CRPF inducts 500 women personnel to counter protesters in Kashmir
New Delhi:In a first, a special contingent of about 500 women CRPF personnel has been dispatched to Kashmir valley for regular security duties and tackle the unruly crowds and stone-pelters, including women.The women personnel, largely in constable ranks, are based at Central Reserve Police Force recruit training centre in Humhama in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and are being trained in counter-riot and anti-militancy operations.“This is the newest theatre of operations where women personnel have been brought in. This is the maiden team of women personnel in the Kashmir valley. A few years back, the CRPF women troops were inducted into the anti-naxal operations grid in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand,” said a senior officer of paramilitary force.indianexpress
Tension in ‘dispute-free’ Latur village: Dalits allege attack, boycott, Marathas say it’s a bid to get new homes
Outside Gram Panchayat office of Rudrawadi village in Maharashtra’s Latur district, 4 police constables are deployed round the clock and a police vehicle visits every two hours. There is visible tension between Maratha and Dalit communities of the village with a population of little more than 700.An FIR says “suspicion of a love affair” between a Dalit boy and a Maratha girl sparked the dispute in the village, which has in the past won awards for being a Tantamukta Gaon (dispute-free village). While both communities, the Marathas and the Dalits belonging to Matang caste, agree to this, they have separate versions of what FIR states that more than 20 people from Maratha community attacked the boy on May 9 and also assaulted those who went to rescue him. Nitin Shinde, son of village sarpanch Shalubai Shinde from the Dalit community, said, “After the attack on the boy over suspicion of a love affair, there were repeated attacks on us. We registered a police complaint but no one was arrested immediately. A group of them forcefully entered our houses 2 days after the attack and brutally hit us with sticks. Around the same time, a girl from our community was to get married. Some of us along with the bride and groom had gone to the village temple located in Maratha locality. Though we have never entered the temple, we were allowed to pray from the stairs. But that day, we were stopped from even going close to the temple and attacked.”Another member of the Dalit community, Tukaram Shinde, who is complainant in the case lodged in connection with the May 9 attack, says, “We were afraid because of attacks and later, the rest of the village started boycotting our families. We were stopped from going to shops. So, our 12 families left the village and came to Udgir tehsil HQRS to demand rehabilitation.We have been living in an old college hostel. We don’t want to live in that village. Recently, 9 of the families went back, but my family and families of Sarpanch Shinde and his relative will continue our demand.”Police have so far arrested 22 persons. Indianexpress
Dhule lynching: 23 arrested, all accused in their 20s; sent to 4-day custody
New Delhi: 23 people have been arrested today in connection with lynching of 5 people in Maharashtra’s Dhule district. Those arrested are residents of Rainpada and between the age group of 20 and 30 years and have been sent to four-day police custody. The lynchings, apparently triggered by social media posts, took place Sunday morning in the tribal hamlet of Rainpada in Sakri taluka, over suspicion that the victims were part of a gang of child lifters.Bharat Shankar Bhosale (45); his brother, Dadarao Shankar Bhosale; Raju Bhosale; and Bharat Malwe (47), all hailing from Khave village in Solapur’s Mangalvedhe tehsil, and Anagu Ingole from Manewadi village in Mangalvedhe, were bludgeoned to death by a mob in Sakri tehsil on the suspicion of them being child-lifters. All belonged to a nomadic community that derived sustenance by begging for alms reported TheHindu. The kin of the deceased have refused to accept their bodies, demanding that stern action be taken against the killers.The mob that attacked them reportedly comprised over 35 people, including some children.M Ramkumar, SP, Dhule said, "Victims were nomads who had come to seek alms at the weekly bazaar.” A case has been registered against 35 people, of which 12 — all residents of Rainpada village — have been named. indianexpress/ the hindu
Responsibility of Maharashtra govt to ensure no communal tension occurs in state: HC
Mumbai: Bombay High Court recently felt obliged to remind the Maharashtra government and citizens that India is a secular and democratic country. The court also said that the government is under constitutional obligation to ensure no incident of communal or religious tension occur in the state.A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla also reminded the citizens of their fundamental duty to respect and follow the Constitution of India. Justice Oka said, “India is a Secular Democratic Republic. Petitioners (citizens) have to respect ideals of the Constitution as required by Article 51 A (a).” “If by virtue of lawful orders of this court which uphold the law, communal tension is created, it is always the responsibility of the state government to ensure that such a situation does not arise,” Justice Oka added.The observations were made while rejecting a writ petition challenging a notification of the government reserving a portion of land as burial ground of the Muslim community, in Ulhasnagar city. The petitioners, who stay in hutments constructed upon the land reserved for the burial ground, claimed that if the court fails to issue direction to the government for de-reserving the land, there were high chances of communal riots in the area.freepressjournal
Demand for post-March 2018 OBC certificate 'illegal': Delhi Minorities panel
Taking cognisance of several Delhi University (DU) colleges asking recent OBC certificates from aspirants, Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) wrote to university registrar saying that the demand is "illegal" as these certificates don't have any "expiry date".This year, DU colleges have changed the norms for students seeking admission under OBC category. They have been asked to produce certificates issued only after March 31, 2018, because of which several aspirants are left in a lurch. Until last year, the students seeking admission were allowed to submit certificates that were issued up to a year ago. DU reserves 27% seats for OBC applicants (non-creamy layer, central list).However, when a large number of students had failed to produce the recent certificates, the university issued a notification saying that the colleges can provisionally admit the students. They were made to sign undertakings that they will submit a post-31 March 2018 OBC certificate within 15 days, failing which their admissions will be cancelled. Its  chairperson Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan wrote to the registrar saying that the demand is "illegal".dnaindia
Godhra: Muslims gift bikes to councillors who didn’t back BJP in municipality polls: Indian Express
Vadodara : 14 Independent councillors who did not side with the BJP in the elections to the post of president and vice-president in the Godhra municipality were felicitated by the local Muslims on Sunday.Each of 14 councillors — 13 Muslims and one Hindu — were given a two-wheeler from the money collected from the community at a function held at Polan Bazaar under the banner of Muslim Ghanchi Samaj. The event was attended by nearly 3,000 people.“These councillors have always shown solidarity towards our minority community and have never been communally biased towards us. All the community members came together today to thank them and vowed to reduce crime, improve girl child education and work towards communal harmony,” said Firdos Kothi, president of Muslim Ghanchi Samaj.One of the 14 councillors, Sanjay Soni, returned the 2-wheeler and donated Rs 11,000 in a fund for education for children.In 44-member Godhra municipality, BJP has 18 councillors, while 25 are Independents and 1 from Congress.
NCERT compiles manual to make schools more inclusive for children of minorities
New Delhi:A manual prepared by NCERT has pointed out that children from minority communities at times find the prayers in the school assemblies and picture of gods and goddesses on the walls alien to them and has suggested some changes including the celebration of festivals related to religious minorities in schools, sensitive handling of these children during religious functions celebrated in schools, and adequate representation of minority parents in School Management Committees (SMC).The manual, prepared for SMCs by the council, also states that apart from some general issues of discrimination and harassment, children from minority communities may face other issues including “offensive comments” about food habits and perceptions of “undesirable” uniforms.NCERT released the manual in June for SMCs that are formed under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.HT
Delhi Burari deaths news updates: Police launch manhunt for tantrik 'Baba Janegadi' in connection with incident
Delhi:Among the 11 who were killed in Delhi's Burari on Sunday, the eldest member Narayan Devi committed suicide with the help of a belt, CNN-News 18 reported. Police officers have not found the belt yet.Narayan Devi's daughter Sujata refuted claims of occult practices. She told Firstpost that the family was happy and was looking forward to the marriage of the granddaughter.5-rear-old Narayan Devi was the last one to die. Some of the notes stated that "one will not die" but attain something "great", the officer said. In a fresh twist to the case, liquid chemical substances were found in the stomachs of 5 deceased, reported CNN-News18. Investigators are scrutinising call data records of the family members and their internet search history, as well. The police said they will also interrogate the family of the man who was engaged to marry one of the deceased.A Delhi Police officer said they recovered handwritten notes from the house which talked about how a person can overcome fear by covering eyes and mouth, how a person can attain salvation, and how the human body is temporary but the soul continues to live on."The notes talk about if a group of 11 people follows these rituals, all problems would ease out and they would attain salvation. Some notes have dates on which they were written while others don't. All the notes talk about reaching the end and gaining peace," one of the investigators said.A report by SDM to the crime branch says that the entire family had books on 'occult rituals' and religious practices, and which they performed as well.Police have launched a manhunt for a tantrik 'Baba Janegadi' in connection with the deaths.Police got to know about him after they received SDM reports which had statements of relatives, and friends of the family, CNN-News 18 reported.firstpost
 ‘No Namaz-e-Janaja will be offered’: Muslims disowns the accused for raping minor
Leaders from Muslim community have disowned the accused porter Irfan Mev alias Bhaiyyu arrested over the rape of a minor in Mandsaur in MP and said that there is no place for the rape accused in community graveyards in the district.“There is no place for such demon in the community. He should be hanged for his actions,” Waqf Anjuman Islam Committee Sadar Mohd Yunus Sheikh told reporters, after leading a delegation to submit a memorandum to Mandsaur SP Manoj Singh, reported TOI.Several Muslim organisations also demanded the death sentence and a speedy trial in a fast track court for the accused for the horrifying crime and claimed that no Namaz-e-Janaja will be offered.“Irfan’s crime can’t be pardoned. We have decided that we will not allow his body to be buried in any of the community burial grounds in the district,” Sheikh said.Mother of one of the 2 accused demanded a CBI inquiry in the matter. She believes that his son is innocent. “I trust he is innocent. A CBI inquiry should be conducted in the case. If he is found guilty he should be severely punished,”mother told ANI.Meanwhile, father of the 8-year-old victim has demanded death sentence for the accused. Speaking to ANI, the father on Saturday said that he wants nothing, except justice for his daughter.siasat
Punjab govt proposes death penalty for drug smuggling
Punjab govt on Monday recommended death penalty for those convicted in drug smuggling cases. CM Capt Amarinder Singh said the recommendation was being forwarded to the Centre. Making Punjab free from drugs was one of the commitments of the Congress ahead of the Assembly election last year. “Since drug peddling is destroying entire generations, it deserves exemplary punishment. I stand by my commitment for drug-free Punjab,” Singh said.indianexpress
UP: Man stabs imam to get his brother appointed to the post, arrested
Pilibhit: 45-year-old imam of a mosque in Gajraula Kalan area in Pilibhit was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by a 20-year-old man immediately after the morning prayers on Sunday. Police have booked the accused for attempt to murder and have sent him to jail.Officials said that during questioning, the accused said that he wanted his elder brother, who is an imam at a mosque situated nearly 35km from their house, to replace the victim at Gajraula Kalan mosque.According to the victim, Nasrulla Khan, he was attacked by Zakir Noor Khan around 5am on Sunday. Meanwhile, accused’s father, Tanveer Khan, alleged that the imam had staged the attack to implicate his son. “Because of his notorious activities, nearly 300 residents have started offering prayers at a separate place. My son has criticized him on several occasions and has been gaining popularity among the residents. Can a Muslim bring a weapon inside a mosque at the time of namaz? We will protest against fake FIR and the unlawful arrest of my son,” Tanveer said.TOI
France aiding Egyptian Sisi's govt repression through arms sales: NGOs
France has "participated in bloody Egyptian repression" for the past five years by delivering weapons and surveillance systems to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's govt, rights groups charged in a report. Commissioned by 4 French and Egyptian human rights groups, the study, released on Monday, found French arms sales to Egypt had leapt from 39.6m to 1.3bn euros ($1.5bn) between 2010 and 2016.In addition, "by supplying Egyptian security services and law enforcement agencies with powerful digital tools, they have helped establish an Orwellian surveillance and control architecture that is being used to eradicate all forms of dissent and citizen action," the groups said. They charged that French companies were also complicit in what they called a "relentless crackdown" since el-Sisi overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The report notably cited companies selling mass data interception and crowd control technology, used for a surveillance system under which tens of thousands of opponents and activists had been arrested.Bahey Eldin Hassan, director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), one of the groups behind the report, said, "Today, France is helping to crush this generation through the establishment of an Orwellian surveillance and control system aimed at nipping in the bud any expression of protest." The report charges that at least 8 French companies have "profited from this repression" despite a EU declaration in 2013 that member states had suspended export licences to Egypt for equipment that could be used for domestic repression.aljazeera
Guterres: Rohingya face 'unimaginable' atrocities
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he heard "unimaginable" accounts of atrocities during a visit on Monday to vast camps in Bangladesh that are home to a million Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar.He described the situation for the persecuted ethnic minority as "a humanitarian and human rights nightmare", as he prepared to tour makeshift shelters crammed with people who escaped a Myanmar army operation last year that UN has called a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing"."In Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, I've just heard unimaginable accounts of killing and rape from Rohingya refugees who recently fled Myanmar. They want justice and a safe return home," Guterres wrote on Twitter.He said that as many as 200,000 Rohingya in the camps need to be relocated, as monsoon season threatens their safety."The Rohingya are one of the most discriminated against and vulnerable communities on Earth," he said in a tweet before his visit to camps in southern Bangladesh.aljazeera
Myanmar not ready for Rohingya return:Red Cross Chief
Refugee Camp (Bangladesh): Conditions in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state are not ready yet for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled a military crackdown, the head of the International Committee of Red Cross said on Sunday after visit to the region.Myanmar has said it is ready to take back the more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled Bangladesh since last August, and has set up two reception centres and what it says is a temporary camp near the border in Rakhine to receive the first arrivals.But Red Cross president Peter Maurer said he did not believe returns should start any time soon based on what he saw during his visit.“I think there is still a lot of work to do till large scale repatriation is a realistic possibility,” Maurer said.thewire
Jordan to hold talks with Russia over Syria's Deraa province
Jordan is set to hold talks with Russia this week over the situation in southern Syria and alleviating the humanitarian situation there, Jordan's foreign minister said. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Monday he will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow later in the week to discuss developments in Deraa province, near Jordan's border. On Sunday, rebels in the strategically located town of Bosra al-Sham in Syria's southern Deraa province surrendered to forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. aljazeera
Israeli paper: Most Arab leaders agree to US ‘deal of century’
Israeli paper Haaretz revealed that most of Arab leaders had agreed on the US “deal of the Ccentury”, noting that they asked the US to keep their agreement a secret, Al-Khaleej Online reported yesterday.According to website, Israeli paper said that Arab leaders asked the US to keep their approval of “Deal of the Century” as a secret as they expect this would harm the region’s stability.Haaretz also said that a number of Palestinian officials said that the Arab states, which accepted the deal, asked the White House to keep it a secret.MEMO
Netanyahu orders approval of ‘Jewish state’ bill
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the approval of the second and third reading of the “Jewish state” bill before the end of Knesset’s summer session, local media reported. Bill was approved in its first reading at the beginning of the summer session with the support of 64 members of the Knesset, 50 were against, Arab48 reported.According to Israeli paper Haaretz, bill classifies Hebrew as the official language of Israel and downgrades the status of Arabic.MEMO
Arab Parliament calls on US to remove Sudan from terror list
Arab Parliament speaker, Mishaal Al-Salami, revealed a plan by the assembly to encourage the United States to remove Sudan from its “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list.Speaking at a joint press conference with the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Osama Faysal, Al-Salami said that the plan will be presented during the parliament’s next session which will be held on 4 July in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.“Plan is not confidential and will be implemented in partnership with the African Union,”Al-Salami added.He pointed out that a delegation from the parliament will visit US “soon” to discuss the plan.On his part, Faysal praised the Arab plan describing it as a “sincere Arab initiative to support the Sudan”.MEMO
Avtar Singh, Sikh candidate for Oct. polls among 20 killed in Afghanistan blast
New Delhi:A sikh politician in Afghanistan, who was a candidate in the parliamentary elections scheduled for October, was among 20 people killed in a blast triggered by a suicide bomber targeting a vehicle in the eastern city of Jalalabad Sunday. Officials said at least 10 of the dead were from the minority Sikh community in the country.Most of those killed, including the politician Avtar Singh Khalsa, were travelling to meet President Ashraf Ghani. The blast, which occurred hours after Ghani had opened a hospital in Jalalabad, damaged shops and buildings around Mukhaberat square in the city, the provincial governor’s spokesman said.indianexpress
Mexican leftist Lopez Obrador wins presidency
Mexico's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has claimed victory in Sunday's presidential election, setting the stage for the most left-wing government in the country in decades.An official "quick count" from a national sampling of ballots showed Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, having about 53 percent of the vote, putting him well ahead his main rivals.Exit polls also showed a decisive victory for 64-year-old veteran candidate, who has pledged to eradicate corruption and subdue drug cartels with a less confrontational approach.In brief remarks at a hotel in central Mexico City, Lopez Obrador called for reconciliation after a polarising campaign and promised profound change that respects the law and constitutional order.His main opponents, Ricardo Anaya and the ruling party's Jose Antonio Meade conceded after congratulating him on the win. aljazeera
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India’s forex reserves are falling $2 billion per week as RBI fights to save sliding rupee:MAHUA VENKATESH
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In remembering the Emergency, don’t forget what Justice H.R. Khanna wrote about minorities:Maneesh Chhibber
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